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Christine- Go Set A Watchman

Jeanne- The Rival Queens: Catherine de’ Medici, her daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom

JoAnna- Dealing with People You Can’t Stand

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Candace- Elizabeth I and Her Circle

Christine- Uninvited

Jeanne- The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack:And Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution

Meghan- A New Darkness

Shianne- Star Wars:The Ultimate Visual Guide

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Christine- The Last Olympian

Jeanne- The Golden Age of Murder:The Mystery of the Writers who Invented the Modern Detective Story

Meghan- I am Alice

Shianne- Spelled

Sue- Gifted Hands

The Babadook

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A single mother battles with her son’s rebellious behavior and fear of monsters. One night she finds a strange book, called The Babadook, in their house, and soon discovers a sinister presence all around her, coming from the book.

I’m a big horror fan, but not a big horror movie watcher because many horror movies nowadays are bad or too violent. This was not one of those movies. The Babadook has horror, psychological twists, suspense, and just a tiny bit of gore. It’s pretty creepy, and the ending is, to put it bluntly, quite weird. But I really enjoyed it, and it did actually scare me, which doesn’t always happen with horror movies. I give it a 7 out of 10.

The Girl on the Train

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girlThe Girl on the Train

By: Paula Hawkins

Rachel is struggling to keep her life together. Two years ago her husband left her for another woman, then she lost her job, and it’s all because she can’t keep her drinking under control. To keep up appearances to her roommate, who is unaware of her unemployment, she takes the train to and from London every day. Taking the train comforts her, and she particularly enjoys riding past one specific house that belongs to a couple she calls “Jess and Jason”. “Jess and Jason” seem to be perfect and have the kind of life that Rachel day dreams about. Then one day she sees “Jess” with another man and the following day “Jess” goes missing. Rachel is eager to try and help the couple she has grown to care for, but she quickly finds herself in a complicated mystery that threatens to take away what little control she has over her life.

I loved this book! It is extremely popular right now and for a good reason. Rachel is the kind of character that you can’t help but sympathize with. Watching her struggle with her drinking is heartbreaking and frustrating, and it gets her into a load of trouble, but she’s a good, realistic character. The story is told through 3 different perspectives, Rachel’s, Anna’s (Rachel’s ex-husband’s new wife) and Megan’s, also known as Jess. All of these women are complicated and give interesting insight to the story. The plot twist was amazing and unexpected and I was completely floored. Once I got to the final 100 pages of the book I couldn’t put it down. It was an excellent read and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers.

The Last American Vampire

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lastThe Last American Vampire

By: Seth Grahame-Smith

Henry Sturges is distraught after the death of his good friend, Abraham Lincoln. Sturges is used to death- as a vampire he sees it constantly- but Lincoln’s death is particularly hard. And now that the Civil War is over Henry finds himself faced with a new challenge. A mysterious vampire named Grandeur is plotting to destroy the United States of America, and it is up to Henry to stop “them.”

I loved Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter, which was the first book in Grahame-Smith’s vampire odyssey. I was so excited when I found out that he continued the story with The Last American Vampire. Grahame-Smith has a knack for historical fiction. The way he writes makes you completely believe that major events in U.S. and world history happened because of vampires. This book was perfectly plotted and flowed well from one event to the next.

While this does have its fair share of gore, it’s a good read even for people who don’t particularly like vampires or anything bloody. I’ve recommended these books to people who were very hesitant to read anything violent and they ended up loving them. They are wonderfully entertaining, especially for history lovers. I highly recommend them, but make sure you read them in order!

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Christine- The Girl on the Train

Jeanne- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

JoAnna- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team:A Leadership Fable

Sue- Summerland