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 […]

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

Some people will see this as a loving homage to Narnia, with similar elements easily identified: Lucy, Susan and Peter are obviously Evelyn, Philippa, and Jamie, with Aslan recreated in Cervus the stag, and the Woodlands creatures shadows of Narnia natives. Others will see it as a Narnia rip off. For me, I like to […]

Allied (Ruined #3) by Amy Tintera

I thought this series as a whole was enjoyable and entertaining. I read a lot of firsts in a series and choose not to continue them, primarily because a) I want to try everything and b) if it’s not spectacular, it’s not worth my time investing in reading the rest. Ruined was spectacular. Avenged was […]

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

The Queen’s Rising is a beautiful and imaginative story about Brienna, a young woman torn between identities, and the journey she takes to help reclaim her heritage. The tale starts in a kind of quasi-French or other Western European Rennaissance-era kind of place where a very describable goal for children and young people is to […]

Avenged by Amy Tintera

I absolutely adored Ruined, the first book in this series, so when Avenged came up on Edelweiss to review, I jumped at the chance. That was in 2016, ahead of the May 2017 release date. That was before my life changed forever and I only read 12 books in 2017. Unfortunately Ruined was not one […]