Browsing: The Bookshelf

“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

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Eva Pace, Arts Editor @espcourant “I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.” ― Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train Recently turned into film, The Girl on the Train has been accredited with awards including New York Times Best-Seller and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller. These praises are not in vain, as the novel is truly an expansion of a simple murder mystery into an innovative psychological whirlwind. The novel starts off with a mid-aged woman named Rachel. Having been divorced for a year from the love of…

“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys

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Leigh Charlton, News Editor @leighcourant A review of Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. When the Titanic sank, it dragged 1,500 people with it to the bottom of the Atlantic. On the Lusitania, 1,200 were lost. The fall of these ships rocked the Western world. In January of 1945, 9,343 people, many of them children, went down with the Wilhelm Gustloff in the Baltic Sea. Before cracking open Salt to the Sea, a novel by Ruta Sepetys, I had never even heard of it. The book is narrated from the perspective of four main characters: Joana, a nurse; Emilia, a…

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Eva Pace, Reporter @espcourant A review of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Published in 2014, this young-adult novel has received critical acclaim and has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction, on top of being listed as an ALA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults for 2015. The book follows the Sinclair family on their private island off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard (it’s outlined on a map on the back of the front cover, which I love!) On this island, there are jaw-dropping mansions that house not only the Sinclairs, but also friends and…

“The Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard

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Leigh Charlton, Reporter @leighcourant A review of The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This young-adult novel took the book community by storm when it was released last February. As the publication of its sequel, The Throne of Glass, approaches (February 9, people!), anticipation and interest in the series is growing. Here’s a short preview for your benefit: The Red Queen follows Mare Barrow, an impoverished nineteen-year-old girl with no career skills. Her three older brothers serve in the same, continuous war that took the leg of her father. Without an apprenticeship or valid profession, all men and women of the lower…