Norah is an agoraphobic with OCD - in therapy, home-schooled, and living with her mother. Things seem to be going okay until her mother is involved in a car accident and can't make it home. The supermarket delivery guy doesn't follow directions and leaves the groceries on the front porch, forcing Norah to go fishing from the doorway to collect them. Even more embarrassing is that the cute guy who just moved in next door caught her in the act. Then somebody breaks in, and it all starts going downhill from there.
A riveting read from an interesting and unusual perspective, this book gives an engaging insight into the world of mental health and what its like living with anxiety - the difficulties involved with carrying out 'normal' daily tasks, and the stress it can cause those affected. The author describes and explains these issues in an honest and realistic way, while keeping the story full of interest and drama, making for a real page-turner.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies is Louise Gornall's debut novel, and an excellent first published work - with an average rating on Goodreads of 4.06 stars, it is well worth giving it a go.
"In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students—one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty—meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart." - Simon & Schuster.
Much along the lines of the TV series Elementary which features a female Watson, this book is rife with tension and full of intrigue, with just a hint of 'awkward relationship'. A second book (Mind Games) was published in late 2016, and a third (Final Fall) is due to be released in late November 2017.
Some die-hard classic Sherlock fans aren't so keen on yet another remake, but whether you're a Sherlock fan or not, you should give this book a go - murder mysteries are usually a good read and this one is no exception.
This book has an average Goodreads rating of 3.58 - an indication perhaps of the polarising nature of the book, particularly if you read some of the low-rating comments. Which camp are you in?
This is the first book in a series that has been around for a little while, but has slipped under the radar here at MRGS. These books were added to the collection in late 2016.
Set in England in the 1800s, the main character, Sophronia, is sent away to finishing school by her mother in order to try to tame her unruly behaviour. What Sophronia's mother doesn't know is that the finishing school is actually a spy school masquerading as an 'Academy for Young Ladies of Quality'.
With professors of the blood-sucking and howling variety, not to mention friends that are more than ready to get up to a little mischief, much hilarity ensues throughout the book. Full of witty one-liners, this is a page-turning read. There are four books in the series, and there are follow-on series as well (available through Auckland Libraries).
These books are recommended if you're in for a light-hearted paranormal read. The average rating on Goodreads is 3.8, with later books rating in the low 4s.
Finishing School Series
Book 1: Etiquette & Espionage
Book 2: Curtsies & Conspiracies
Book 3: Waistcoats & Weaponry
Book 4: Manners & Mutiny
Parasol Protectorate Series (available from Auckland Libraries)
The Custard Protocol Series (available from Auckland Libraries)
Competence (not yet published)
Incompetence (not yet published)