Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel

I had a lot of thoughts about this. I thought it was beautifully written. The skill of the author as a wordsmith and storyteller were really great. The word choice, pacing, and characterisation led to high engagement and I ended up reading this book pretty quickly. I didn’t much like Rosie as a person, but […]

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

I enjoyed this book. I found its 90s setting charming – it was never very ‘in your face’ – and in fact, I found it pleasant to read a contemporary (or is it historical now?) book where no one had a cell phone or social media. The music references weren’t ultra-hip, in fact, I think […]

Literally by Lucy Keating

In Literally, main character Annabelle finds that an author named Lucy Keating (also the author of the book) is literally writing her life, and fights back. I will use Lucy for the in-book author and Keating for the real-life author. So this book. This book was weird. The author, Lucy Keating, wrote a (clearly) fictionalised […]

ARC review: Book of Living Secrets by Madeleine Roux

I was super interested in reading this book as I was – and still am – going through a phase where I want to read about people who step into stories. The blurb totally drew me in: two contemporary teen girls literally (and literarily)  enter the world of their favourite book, gothic romance Moira, only […]

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

I originally received this as an ARC that I was unable to read in 2020 due to nearly dying (my bad!). So this review is super late, however I did purchase my own physical copy. I loved how urban myths and old wives tales were woven so seamlessly into this alternate 1980s London. The worldbuilding […]

Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

I have a definite weakness, and it’s when gods appear in something akin to a human form and live among their subjects. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in them, because they’re real whether you have faith or not. It appeals to my atheist heart. So when this book was announced as Gladiator meets Avatar: […]

Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

I was looking forward to this book so much, because I love stories about magical girls who save the day, and I also love foxes, so I was super keen to read about a magical girl who had a fox companion and a creepy, cursed forest. Unfortunately I got really sick and was unable to […]

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 […]

Red Hood by Elana K Arnold

When you first received this book for review, you were a little uncertain. Would it be as awesome as Damsel? Could a strange, unearthly, almost-retelling of Little Red Riding Hood ever live up to your admittedly high expectations? You almost psyched yourself out and didn’t request it, after all. But once you opened it and […]

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