Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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“Sometimes I think people take reality for granted.”

Alex is trying to get through her last year of high school and move on to college. Her senior year also means a new school, which brings along many challenges. However the biggest challenge for Alex is her battle with schizophrenia, and the daily struggle of figuring out what is real and what is a delusion. This includes Miles, a boy at school she may have met years earlier but over time began to believe that he was imagined. As Alex tackles the school year and everything that comes along with it, she can’t help but question what is real and what isn’t. Continue reading “Made You Up by Francesca Zappia”

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

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“I’m homesick all the time,” she said, still not looking at him “I just don’t know where home is. There’s this promise of happiness out there. I know it. I even feel it sometimes. But it’s like chasing the moon – just when I think I have it, it disappears into the horizon. I grieve and try to move on, but then the damn thing comes back the next night, giving me hope of catching it all over again.”

Following the death of her mother, Emily Benedict moves to Mullaby, North Carolina to live with the grandfather she never knew. In fact, her mother’s past and life in Mullaby is one big mystery to Emily and upon her arrival she gets more questions than answers. Not only are the reactions to her by the townspeople somewhat strange, but there are bizarre occurrences that show that there is more to this little town than meets the eye: Unknown lights appear in the woods behind her grandfather’s house, the wallpaper in her room changes to suit the mood, and her next door neighbour, Julia, bakes hope in the form of cakes. As Emily slowly learns the stories behind the mysteries of Mullaby, Julia has to come to terms with her own past and hopefully find a sense of home she lost so long ago.  Continue reading “The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen”

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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“Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.”

Ready Player One has been a very popular science-fiction book for a few years now, and one I have wanted to read simply because of all the hype surrounding it. Now that the movie version is being released I had to give it a read before seeing it on the big screen.

It is set in the year 2044, at a point where civilization has greatly deteriorated and the majority of people spend their time plugged into a virtual reality system called the OASIS. With many individuals and families living in poverty, the OASIS provides an escape and an opportunity to create a vastly different reality. When one of the original creators of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a challenge in the form of a contest, with the winner receiving his vast fortune. A high school senior, Wade Watts, has dedicated his time to studying everything there is to know about the reclusive OASIS creator and consuming all his favourite games, movies, music, and tv shows, all of which are very 1980’s themed. The race truly begins when Wade does the seemingly impossible and solves the first clue. Soon, he is not only focused on the contest but also survival as there is an organization that will do anything to win the prize and take control of the OASIS. Continue reading “Ready Player One by Ernest Cline”

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

I don’t reach for classics often, if ever, but Rebecca is one of those books that I have been meaning to read for a couple of years now.  It has been recommended to me quite often and there is so much love for this book that I had to see for myself, so when I came across it recently I decided to give it a go. The premise itself is pretty simple; a young woman marries a wealthy older man and upon moving into his mansion, feels haunted by his dead wife, Rebecca.  This alone is interesting enough but Rebecca turned out to be a lot more than I expected. Continue reading “Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier”

The Dry by Jane Harper

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“Death rarely changes how we feel about someone. Heightens it, more often than not.”

Federal Agent Aaron Falk finds himself back in his hometown after a long absence. The small Australian town is the last place Falk ever thought he would see again and one he had no intention of ever going back to. However, the death of his childhood friend, Luke and a note demanding his presence at the funeral leads him to return. It was twenty years prior that he and his father fled to Melbourne after a young Aaron Falk was suspected of murder and Luke had acted as his only alibi. As Falk and a local detective begin to look into Luke’s death, the mysteries of the past resurface, and it becomes clear that there is more to it all than initially believed. Continue reading “The Dry by Jane Harper”