Pivot Point by Kasie West

I have a problem with the fundamental plot of this book. In this book, Addie can take a peek into two futures based on decisions she might make at any one point. It’s called Searching and is a rare paranormal gift in her paranormal community. It literally benefits and affects no one but her. She […]

Clique Bait by Ann Valett

Clique Bait by Ann Valett (and Australian author!) is a high school rich mean girls revenge and fake dating story set in an American high school, with a cynical lead vowing to get revenge on the mean kids clique that did something terrible to her ex-best friend. It’s full of glitz and glamour, loads of […]

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

If you’re looking for a quick, fluffy romance book with little emotional investment, filled with cute moments, delicious bakery treats, and two lead characters who aren’t complete nincompoops and both going through their own emotional journeys, then this is the book for you. Seriously, if anyone ever asks me to recommend them a YA romance, […]

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

I absolutely adored The Bone Witch trilogy by Rin Chupeco. Such incredible world-building. Such well-rounded, dynamic characters. Such complicated motivations. I’m sorry to say that The Never Tilting World pales somewhat in comparison. I loved the world-building. I did find it remarkably similar to Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, in that each generation a […]

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

I love the film Easy A, starring Emma Stone as a high schooler who allows boys to ruin her reputation by claiming they had sex with her in return for gift cards. So I was intrigued to read a book where slut-shaming took centre stage via revenge porn, and to add extra conflict, because it […]

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 […]

With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

This book interested me right away because of the blurb: a poor half-black half Puerto Rican single teen mother trying to complete high school and fulfil her love of the cooking. There is so much conflict just in that elevator pitch, and I think I kind of fell in love right there. I was also […]

Through the White Wood by Jessica Leake

Through the White Wood appealed to me because I love elemental-based magic, especially when it’s ice/water vs fire: I also learned through reading the book that it’s based in an area of Russia centuries ago, except this version of Russia has real magic. I really liked that it was based here, and it was really […]

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 […]

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