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The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
Riverhead Hardcover, 2015
Audience: Adults
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl,The Silent Wife, orBefore I Go to Sleep, thi…

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess
Meg Cabot
Feiwel & Friends, 2015
Source: ARC
Audience: Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Olivia Grace Clarisse Harrison has always known she was different. Brought up by her aunt's family in New Jersey, book-and-music-loving Olivia feels out of place in their life of high fashion and fancy cars. But she never could have imagined how out of place she really was until Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia, pops into her school and announces that Olivia is her long-lost sister. Olivia is a princess. A dream come true, right? But princesses have problems too.

In FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCESS a new middle grade series, readers will see Genovia, this time through the illustrated diaries of a spunky new heroine, 12 year old Olivia Grace, who happens to be the long lost half-sister of Princess Mia Thermopolis.


This book was everything I had hoped it would be! I absolutely loved it. It lived up to The Princess Diaries, but it wa…

Girl in Dior

Girl in Dior
Annie Goetzinger
NBM Publishing, 2015
Source: Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
In February of 1947, the crème de la crème of Paris haute couture have flocked to see Christian Dior’s debut fashion show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway and the mesmerized audience declares the show a triumph. When Clara—a freshly hired chronicler and guide to the busy corridors of the brand-new fashion house—is hand-picked by Dior to be a model, she knows her life will never be the same. A biography docudrama that marries fiction with the story of one of the greatest couturiers in history, this work is a breathless and stunning presentation of Christian Dior’s greatest designs, beautifully rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger.

I went to grab the quote from Goodreads, and I couldn’t believe that this book had only a 3.30 rating. I think it deserves at least a 4.00. The art was beautiful and the story was true to i…

Far Out Fairy Tales: Super Billy Goats Gruff

Super Billy Goats Gruff
Sean Tulien
Stone Arch Books, 2015
Audience: Children
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Once upon a time, three billy goats named Gruff were traveling to the hillside to snack on some green grass -- when they suddenly find themselves trapped inside a video game! The good news: the three billy goat brothers become SUPER billy goats! One becomes a Warrior, one becomes a Ninja, and one becomes a Wizard. The bad news: the green field of grass is gone -- and in its place is Hillside Castle, a dangerous dungeon filled with creepy-crawlies and fantastical foes! Can the goats make their way through the castle to get their grass -- or will the toothsome troll named Final Boss feast on them for his lunch?

Kids will absolutely love this book. The classic tale takes an awesome turn in a fantastical retelling. It’s especially good for reluctant readers that appreciate video games. At first, the story appears to be like any other graphic novel - but then, after the goats eat m…

I’ll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun
Jandy Nelson
Dial Books, 2014
Source: E-Galley/Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

It’s been so long since I’ve read this book! I wish I would have reviewed it earlier. I also wish I would hav…