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The Necronomicon by H.P. Lovecraft:
One of the Seminal horror writers of the 1900’s, H.P. Lovecraft has become one of the founding fathers of classic and contemporary horror, influencing the style of many of the great modern writers including, Stephen King, Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman. This first volume of of his collected works, “The Necronomicon” contains some of his most terrifying tales, including the origin of cult icon Cthulhu. Guaranteed to unnerve and unhinge, Lovecraft’s spine chilling tales of the occult and the inexplicable linger long after the final page. – Lindsay
The Shack by William P. Young:
William P. Young will take you through many emotions in the book The Shack, as you follow along with the tragic murder of Mackenzie Allen Philips’ daughter Missy. After returning to the site of the murder Mack begins a spiritual journey that leaves the reader feeling oddly at ease as this dark and damp shack transforms into a gorgeous garden overflowing with warmth and light. – Christine
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett:
Commonwealth is about two families, the Cousinses and the Keatings. When Beverly Keating leaves her husband for Bert Cousins, her two children suddenly acquire four step-siblings – children from Bert’s first marriage. Thrown together for several weeks every summer, the six children form bonds and alliances, put up with each other’s bad habits, create rituals, and court danger. But when a tragedy occurs, it takes decades for the children to come to terms with what has happened, their role in it, and how thoroughly it has impacted their lives. Spanning from the 1960s to the present, Commonwealth is a wonderful book about family, and how messy, generous, hurtful, and supportive we can be to those we love. – Maddie
Perfume by Patrick Süskind:
A dark masterpiece. As “civilised” humans, we tend to ignore or block out our animalistic affair with scent. Jean-Baptise Grenouille is a man born with no scent of his own but a sense of smell far surpassing comprehension; he understands and thinks through smell. He ultimately seeks to forever preserve his favourite smell; a young virgin girl. Filled with scenes that bypass ordinary thought; you begin to smell as Grenouille does; this novel is testament to scent. – Matt
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder:
“Choose: A quick death…or a slow poison…”
Yelena Zaltana is faced with an important decision, she can either hang for the crimes she’s committed, or become the Commander of Ixia’s poison taster and risk a slow death. Following her choice to become a poison taster, Yelena is thrown into a world of mystery and adventure, as she tries to overthrow a plot to kill the Commander, all the while learning to control the magical talents which become pivotal to her survival. To add to her troubles, she is also intertwined with the growing attraction for the Chief of Security, and her captor, Valek…
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder is one of my favourite books at the moment, I literally could not put it down once I started reading it. It expertly blends fantasy and romance to create a compelling young adult fantasy tale that will leave you wanting more (luckily there are many books to follow in the series!).
Fans of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas will adore this series! – Zoe
Girl Online: On Tour by Zoella:
On Tour is the second novel written by youtuber Zoe Sugg. This novel looks into the life of ex-blogger Penny Porter who is experiencing life to fullest with her upcoming rock star boyfriend Noah Flynn who is embarking on a tour around the world as a support act for a new band. This novel has a very light-hearted feel to it and enables you tor really picture the characters and the scenarios they are placed in. Zoe also incorporates her own experiences giving off a realistic vibe to the readers. – Cass