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Burning Secret by Stefan Zweig.

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Title: Burning Secret.
Author: Stefan Zweig.
Genre: Fiction, literature, foreign lit, novellas, parenthood.
Country: Austria.
Language: German.
Publication Date: 1913.
Summary: The suave Baron, bored on his holiday in an Austrian mountain resort, begins a flirtation with a beautiful married woman. When his advances are rejected, he seeks a new way to her heart⁠—by befriending her twelve-year-old son. To the Baron all this is a game, but he cannot begin to imagine the effect he is having on the boy's life. A compelling tale of seduction, jealousy and betrayal.

My rating: 8/10.
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark.

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Title: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
Author: Muriel Spark.
Genre: Fiction, literature,
Country: U.K.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1961.
Summary: Miss Jean Brodie is a teacher in 1930s at the staid Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, and she is a teacher unlike any other. Proud and cultured, enigmatic and freethinking; a romantic, with progressive, sometimes shocking ideas and aspirations for the girls in her charge, she takes a select group of girls under her wing. Spellbound by Miss Brodie's unconventional teaching, these devoted pupils form the Brodie set. But as the girls enter their teenage years and they become increasingly drawn in by Miss Brodie's personal life, her ambitions for them take a startling and dark turn with devastating consequences.

My rating: 7/10.
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Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau (translated by Rosamond Lehmann).

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Title: Les Enfants Terribles.
Author: Jean Cocteau (translated by Rosamond Lehmann).
Genre: Fiction, literature, bildingsroman, mental health, suicide.
Country: France.
Language: French.
Publication Date: 1929.
Summary: Paul and Elisabeth sleep in the same room, and it is the room which is important: whatever they do and wherever they go – Elisabeth tending her "poor, sick mother" until she dies and then marrying, Paul worshipping a fellow student and then an unfortunate friend of his sister's who resembles him – the room contains them and the "Game" controls them. Isolated from the world, the siblings build themselves a private world out of the shared room and their own unbridled fantasies. But what starts as a competitive and cruel childhood game evolves over the years for Paul and Elisabeth into a drug too magical to resist. A

My rating: 9/10.
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Vampire Mountain by Darren Shan.

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Title: Vampire Mountain.
Author: Darren Shan.
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, horror, YA, vampire fiction.
Country: U.K.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2001.
Summary: Darren Shan and Mr. Crepsley embark on a dangerous trek to the very heart of the vampire world. But they face more than the cold on Vampire Mountain—the vampaneze have been there before them.. Will a meeting with the Vampire Princes restore Darren's human side, or turn him further towards the darkness? Only one thing is certain—Darren's initiation into the vampire clan is more deadly than he can ever have imagined.

My rating: 6.5/10.
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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

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Title: Before I Fall.
Author: Lauren Oliver.
Genre: Fiction, teen, death, time travel.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2010.
Summary: Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend, and her three best friends. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing. The volumes also includes 2 short stories. In the Beginning is a story about how the Fantastic Four all came to be friends. Sixteen Candles is a glimpse into one of Sam's greatest hits—her Sweet Sixteen.

My rating: 7.5/10
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The Neverending Story (2/2).

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Title: The Neverending Story.
Author: Michael Ende (translated by Ralph Manheim).
Genre: Fiction, teen, YA, fantasy, adventure, philosophical fiction.
Country: Germany.
Language: German.
Publication Date: 1979.
Summary: Small, fat and insignificant, Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. One day he steals a mysterious book and hides away to read it—only to find himself stepping through its pages into the world of Fantastica. Enchanted, perilous, dying, Fantastica is waiting for a Messiah, its faery people doomed, until Bastian appears as their Saviour—and in doing so saves himself.

My rating: 10/10.
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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. (1/2)

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Title: The Neverending Story.
Author: Michael Ende (translated by Ralph Manheim).
Genre: Fiction, teen, YA, fantasy, adventure, philosophical fiction.
Country: Germany.
Language: German.
Publication Date: 1979.
Summary: Small, fat and insignificant, Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. One day he steals a mysterious book and hides away to read it—only to find himself stepping through its pages into the world of Fantastica. Enchanted, perilous, dying, Fantastica is waiting for a Messiah, its faery people doomed, until Bastian appears as their Saviour—and in doing so saves himself.

My rating: 10/10.
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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Jim Kay.

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Title: A Monster Calls.
Author: Patrick Ness (inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd).
Artist: Jim Kay.
Genre: Fiction, literature, picture books, bildunsgroman, YA, cancer, fantasy, children's lit.
Country: U.K.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2011.
Summary: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting, the one from the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... This monster is something different, something ancient, something wild. It has three stories to tell Conor, and in return, it wants a story, as well. It wants the truth.

My rating: 9/10.
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Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan.

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Title: Tunnels of Blood.
Author: Darren Shan.
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, horror, YA, vampire fiction.
Country: U.K.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 2000.
Summary: When corpses are discovered—drained of blood—Darren Shan, the vampire's assistant, and Evra the snake-boy are compelled to leave the carnival for the big city and hunt down the foul creature that is committing such acts. Beneath the streets, evil stalks. But could the culprit be one of their own? And can they escape, or are they doomed to perish in the tunnels of blood?

My rating: 8/10.
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It by Stephen King (3/3).

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Title: It.
Author: Stephen King.
Genre: Fiction, literature, horror.
Country: U.S.
Language: English.
Publication Date: 1987.
Summary: They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they were grown-up men and women who had gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end and the evil without a name... It. (Refer to PART 1, PART 1, and PART 2 for the rest of the quotes.)

My rating: 8.5/10.
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