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 […]

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

I am officially giving up after three months having read nearly 200 pages. There is just so much damn dialogue about the most banal uninteresting things. There is absolutely zero chemistry between anyone. Everyone is so one dimensional and I have no idea how anyone found them interesting enough to pursue a relationship, let alone […]

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw: A Wicked Debut

Hocus Pocus meets Practical Magic. THIS COVERS LOOKS SUPER SHINY AND PRETTY but I didn’t even know because I borrowed an ebook from my library! Consent is an icky issue So this is kind of a novel about consent without it ever really being addressed. There are so many consent issues to think about: consent […]

Shiny Broken Pieces Audiobook

See my review for Tiny Pretty Things here. It wasn’t great. It wasn’t terrible. It was kind of ‘meh.’ What I did enjoy was the depictions of actual dancing, of the ballet classes themselves, of the class getting ready to perform Swan Lake. I’ve read another ballet book where the dancing is described in terms […]

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

This is Sara Barnard’s second book, but my third Sara Barnard book, and I’ll explain why. A Quiet Kind of Thunder was released in 2017, a year I found very difficult due to personal reasons, in which I did not read very many books. When I saw it was available for review, I didn’t request […]

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

I wanted to save this review for December but just for now I’ll say that I was going to give up on this book at about 20% in because I just couldn’t buy the premise, I couldn’t suspend my disbelief because I really hate those concepts like Dead Like Me where the character is dead […]