Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens was a parody/spoof/comedy book, based on the concept of a plane full of teenage beauty pageant contestants crash landing on a deserted island and how they survive that. Think of a comedy version of Lord of the Flies, but with girls. I like clever parodies, and I really enjoyed Beauty Queens. It was […]

The List by Siobhan Vivien

A contemporary YA novel set in a school that anonymously releases a ‘list’ every year of eight girls, two per year, detailing them as either the ‘prettiest’ or ‘ugliest’ and the reason why. I was a little apprehensive reaching for The List, because I didn’t really want to read a novel about bullying girls over […]

Slide by Jill Hathaway

I’ve been thinking about this book for a LONG time (as in years) because I love the concept, and I built it up so much in my head and I think I assumed it was going to be SO GOOD… So I was a little surprised to find it was a pretty typical YA paranormal […]

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

I’ve read some of Mary Webber’s previous books, so I know that I enjoy her writing when her characters aren’t full of dumb ideas and even dumber actions. Luckily, To Best The Boys stars a female scientist in the misogynistic world designed to keep her nothing more than a placid housewife, providing for and driving […]

Lair of Dream (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray

I’m back with another instalment of The Diviners series by Libba Bray, read by the extraordinary January LaVoy. This time it’s the sequel, with the uninteresting title of Lair of Dreams – but don’t let the lacklustre titles of this series so far fool you! This book was absa-tootly swell! This book has the perfect […]

Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

I will probably spell everyone’s name wrong since I listened to the audiobook and have pretty much imagined them spelt my way for the whole time I listened to this. So I kinda low key loved this. I felt like I was in really good hands while I listened to this. The narrators were pleasant […]

The Antidote by Shelley Sackier

You know what? This is bullshit. I don’t owe anyone anything. I’ve just struggled through a different book that I could tell from the opening pages wasn’t up to the standards I require in my fiction. I wasted six weeks on that book. I finished it. I was not impressed. This time, instead of forcing […]

Beasts Made of Night

The concept for this book is totally awesome. A Nigerian-inspired fantasy about young gifted people (‘aki’) who literally fight and Eat the sin summoned from others, absolving them and taking on the guilt themselves. That’s a show-stopping, rousing elevator pitch if ever I heard one. Unfortunately, the concept is all this book has going for […]

The Curses (The Graces #2) by Laure Eve

The Curses is the sequel to The Graces, told from the point of view of the youngest Grace sibling, air witch Summer. With the time elapsed between releases, I did re-read The Graces: I planned on doing a light, skimming re-read, but it sucked me in and I really enjoyed it – probably more the […]