ASKING FOR IT BY LOUISE O’NEILL REVIEW

Title: Asking For It

Author: Louise O’Neill

Genre: YA, New Adult, Contemporary, Feminism

Pages: 340

Publisher: RiverRun

Publication Date: 3rd September 2015

Summary: In a small town where everyone knows everyone, Emma O’Donovan is different. She is the special one – beautiful, popular, powerful. And she works hard to keep it that way.

Until that night . . .

Now, she’s an embarrassment. Now, she’s just a slut. Now, she is nothing.

And those pictures – those pictures that everyone has seen – mean she can never forget.

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THE GIRL IN 6E BY A.R. TORRE REVIEW

Title: The Girl in 6E

Author: A.R. Torre

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Crime, Mystery

Publication Date: 12th February 2015

Publisher: Orion

Pages: 336

Summary: Deanna Madden, aka Jessica Reilly, hasn’t touched another person in three years.

She hasn’t left her apartment.

She makes money from performing to webcams on a sex site, where her clients pay $6.99 a minute for her time.

She’s doing alright. The dollars are piling up in the bank. She’s the number 3 model on cams.com.

And she hasn’t killed anyone for years.

But when Deanna sees on the news that a little girl called Annie has gone missing, the story rattles her carefully ordered world. It’s uncomfortably similar to the dark fantasy of one of her most disturbing online clients. She’s convinced he’s responsible for the girl’s abduction – but no one will listen to her.

So, after three years, Deanna finally leaves the apartment.

And this is what happens…

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FINDING AUDREY BY SOPHIE KINSELLA REVIEW

Title: Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella 

Genre: YA, Chick-Lit, Contemporary

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

Publication Date: 4th June 2015

Pages: 288

Summary: Audrey can’t leave the house. she can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start. And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she’d thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

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OUTCAST BY PAUL AZACETA AND ROBERT KIRKMAN REVIEW

Title: Outcast: Volume 1

Author: Paul Azaceta and Robert Kirkman

Genre: Horror, Graphic Novel

Publisher: Image Comics

Publication Date: 12th February 2015

Pages: 152

Summary : Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it!

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UNBECOMING BY JENNY DOWNHAM REVIEW

Title: Unbecoming

Author: Jenny Downham

Genre: Contemporary, YA

Publisher: David Fickling Books

Publication Date: 3rd September 2015

Pages: 436

Summery :  Three women – three secrets – one heart-stopping story.Katie, seventeen, in love with someone whose identity she can’t reveal.Her mother Caroline, uptight, worn out and about to find the past catching up with her.Katie’s grandmother, Mary, back with the family after years of mysterious absence and ‘capable of anything’, despite suffering from Alzheimers.As Katie cares for an elderly woman who brings daily chaos to her life, she finds herself drawn to her. Rules get broken as allegiances shift. Is Mary contagious? Is ‘badness’ genetic?In confronting the past, Katie is forced to seize the present. As Mary slowly unravels and family secrets are revealed, Katie learns to live and finally dares to love

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SOUNDLESS BY RICHELLE MEAD REVIEW

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Folklore

Publisher: Puffin

Publication Date: 10th November 2015

Pages: 272

Summery : For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village. Her people are at the mercy of a mysterious faraway kingdom, which delivers food in return for precious metals mined from the treacherous cliffs surrounding them.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, their rations shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the boy she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

Then Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

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THE GROWNUP BY GILLIAN FLYNN REVIEW

Title: The Grownup

Author: Gillian Flynn

Genre: Short Story, Supernatural, contemporary

Publisher: W&N

Publication Date: November 5th 2015

Pages: 96

Summery : A young woman is making a living faking it as a cut-price psychic (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke.

Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year-old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home. The young woman doesn’t believe in exorcism or the supernatural. However when she enters the house for the first time, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time.

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