Useless Bay by M.J Beaufrand

I was drawn to Useless Bay because I really liked the idea of a group of almost super-human quintuplets that acted as the local search and rescue on their small, isolated island. What I found was most disappointing. To start with, the quintuplets (all named after Rat Pack members, plus Marilyn ‘Pixie’, because their single […]

I Quit 2 Books In A Row

I Quit 2 Books In A Row

I’m not writing a review for these books. I’m not. I’m just… making notes.   I quit Reign of Shadows at 29% when it became obvious to me that it was just another instalove paranormal romance, with the female main character unable to think about anything other than the boy who popped into her life […]

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

I totally missed the hype train on this (courtesy of being a fringe blogger and not active on social media). Sawkill Girls was a creepy, atmospheric YA horror (didn’t realise that for a while, my bad!) about a literal bogeyman that hunts and devours teenage girls on a lonely island called Sawkill Rock (I think […]

Sorceress (Spellcaster #3) by Claudia Gray

I was lucky enough that this entire series was available on audiobook at my local library (except the novella, which was available as an ebook), and that’s the primary reason I wanted to listen to it. To be able to get through an entire series on audio, well that’s one of my bookworm dreams. So […]

The First Midnight Spell by Claudia Gray

This is a companion novella from the Spellcaster series told from Elizabeth’s point of view. It’s not essential reading to understand the rest of the series, but my library had a copy, and I really like reading ‘downfall’ or ‘villain’s comeuppance’ type novels. I like reading about terrible people and the terrible things that happen […]

Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

I really enjoyed Spellcaster by Claudia Gray, narrated on audio by Khristine Hvam. It’s about a teen witch called Nadia who has had her supernatural training interrupted by her mother’s sudden departure from her family, which leaves Nadia, her little brother Cole, and her Dad reeling, and moving to the quaint little Rhode Island town […]

Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray

This book has everything I’ve grown to love and adore about The Diviners: a supernatural Scooby gang, spooky atmosphere, scary villains, awesome language (I nearly said ‘Everything copacetic?’ to a colleague the other day). It’s confronting: there’s racism, attempted rape, domestic abuse, homophobia, and all kinds of bigotry that make me really mad, but all […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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