[Book Review] The Dark Dark: Stories by Samantha Hunt

51mqci7w7hl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: The Dark Dark: Stories
Author: Samantha Hunt
Genre: Fiction, short stories, literary fiction, magical realism, surrealism, horror

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: A woman may or may not be turning into a deer at night. An FBI agent develops a humanoid robot for a suicide mission and falls in love with it. Two strangers become intimate and suddenly find themselves responsible for the resurrection of a dog. This collection of ten dark, captivating, and mind-bending short stories blends the literary and the surreal.

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[Book Review] Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

7675953Title: Cat’s Eye
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, contemporary

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Elaine Risley, a middle-aged controversial painter, returns to Toronto for the opening of a retrospective of her art. Her return triggers vivid memories of her childhood and adolescence, and she reminisces about the girls who introduced her to the complex world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a woman, and also seek release from the memories that haunt her.

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[Book Review] The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

41rhassajnlTitle: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, YA

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Platekompaniet.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: 16-year-old Starr tries to balance her life between two worlds: the poor neighborhood she lives in and the suburban prep school she attends. This balance is shattered when she witnesses her best friend Khalil being shot and killed by a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon, his death becomes a national headline, protesters take to the street, and both the police and the local drug lord tries to intimidate Starr and her family. Starr is the only one who can tell the world what really happened the night Khalil was shot, but speaking up comes with a price.

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[Book Review] Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

51votx1unxl-_sx316_bo1204203200_Title: Never Let Me Go
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Genre: Fiction, science fiction, dystopian

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, a secluded and sheltered private school in the English countryside, where they were brought up always reminded of how special they were. Years later, Ruth and Tommy reenters Kathy’s life. For the first time, Kathy recalls their shared time at Hailsham, something that forces them to face the truth about their childhood and to understand exactly what it is that makes them so special.

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[Book Review] The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

30558877Title: The Summer that Melted Everything
Author: Tiffany McDaniel
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, magical realism, contemporary

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: During the summer of 1984, when a scorching heatwave invades Breathed, Ohio, Fielding Bliss befriends the devil. The devil calls himself Sal, is a bruised and skinny 13-year-old boy, and has come to answer an invitation from Autopsy Bliss, Fielding’s father. The Bliss family takes him in, assuming he’s just a runaway boy, but after a series of strange accidents, the townspeople start to believe that Sal really is the devil. While the Bliss family faces their own personal demons, the tensions in Breathed rise along with the feverish heat.

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[Book Review] End of Watch by Stephen King

33641267Title: End of Watch
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Fiction, horror, supernatural, mystery, crime

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Brady Hartsfield, the Mercedes Killer, has been in a vegetative state for five years since he was stopped by police detective Bill Hodges. Complete recovery is unlikely, but Brady is awake and in possession of new deadly powers. Bill Hodges, now retired, runs an investigation agency with his partner Holly Gibney. They are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre. This is the start of their most dangerous case yet, one in which Brady Hartsfield is somehow pulling all the strings, and he’s planning revenge not only on Hodges and his friends, but also on an entire city.

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[Book Review] The Accusation by Bandi

30358510Title: The Accusation
Author: Bandi
Genre: Fiction, short stories, political

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: A man’s life is ruined because of a mistake his father did years ago. A privileged mother is under scrutiny because her toddler is terrified of a Karl Marx portrait. A man is denied a travel permit and sneaks onto a train, desperate to see his dying mother. This collection of seven short stories portrays daily life under the North Korean regime, set during the period of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il’s dictatorship.

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