Beautiful Broken Girls

Beautiful Broken Girls

Man, these girls were broken long before anyone even died. Two sisters lead a completely sheltered life and when their promiscuous cousin dies, they seemingly commit suicide by drowning in the local quarry pool shortly afterwards. The younger sister, Mina, left several notes to her ex-boyfriend explaining why they died but in a convoluted way […]

Coraline: A Satisfyingly Creepy Tale

Coraline: A Satisfyingly Creepy Tale

There was a film adaptation of Coraline released in 2009 that was amazing and will be referenced throughout this review. SUMMARY Coraline Jones, a bored tween, finds a more interesting life through a magical portal in her new house’s drawing room where her Other Mother wants to love her and keep her forever and replace […]

Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant

Where to begin with Skulduggery Pleasant. It’s an Urban Fantasy about a private investigator with magical powers. Sound familiar? It should because that’s the Dresden Files too. But unlike the decidedly adult tone of Jim Butchers master-works of Urban Fantasy, Derek Landy offers us something just as good, but a little more Artemis Fowl. Set […]

The Princess Diaries 2 by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries 2 by Meg Cabot

I found the first Princess Diaries book pretty difficult to review. I think the diary aspect, although somewhat original and gimmicky at the time, really makes it hard to comment on the plot of the book. A lot of the book is introspection, so thankfully Mia’s a really likeable character. The bonus for me here, […]

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

A beautiful book that broke my heart, caused 1am ugly crying and hit too close to home on multiple occasions, Beautiful Broken Things is a story about that intense friendship you have in your teens and what happens when a best friend breaks your heart. I’m not using my usual format to review this book […]

Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison

Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison

SUMMARY Natalie and Brooke’s friendship is put to the test when they and those they love keep secrets from each other. WORLDBUILDING For the most part I bought the contemporary setting of Anything to Have You. The dialogue was almost hyperreal and the depiction of the landscape changing throughout the seasons made me yearn for […]

The Princess Diaries Audiobook

The Princess Diaries Audiobook

SUMMARY Mia Thermopolis’ extraordinarily ordinary American teenage world is thrown upside down when she finds out she is the one and only heir and Princess to the throne of Genovia, a small but rich country bordering France. WORLDBUILDING I have to say, I know Genovia’s totally fake – I mean, what country can afford not […]

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

When I was five or six years old, my older brother convinced me to go on the Haunted House ride with him at the local show. I was pretty scared, and knew my big brother wouldn’t protect me from anything, and didn’t particularly want to go, but I thought if I didn’t do it now […]