I’ve been absent for a while, trying to make a decision about what to do with this website, but also because I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction which I don’t read here.
Here is a fiction review, at last!
Today I’m reviewing One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus.
This was very nearly a disaster book because I struggled to get into the beginning. Thank god I persisted because it ended up fantastic! Something that surprised me, as usually, my first impressions are right. What’s the last book that surprised you? Continue reading →
Netgalley, if you don’t use it, is a fantastic tool for readers and writers alike. It’s provided me the opportunity to both read my genre and wider, for free, in exchange for a review. You can review on Amazon/Goodreads or as a blogger.
Obviously, you can then (for a price) put your own books on there.
This week I’m reviewing It Started With Goodbye, by Christina June. A good little novel about a girl who got accused of a crime. It then details her summer of penance.
The inconceivable life of Quinn by Marianna Barr was surprising. I really thought I would love it, and it’s not that I didn’t, it’s just that the ending came way out of left field. So much so, that it left me feeling unsatisfied. Which is a massive shame, because the rest of the book was awesome. Continue reading →
The thing about reading a particular genre is that at some point, you go blind. You’ve read all the stories, know all the plots, seen all the worlds. So, you grow tired; maybe you even try a new genre. But one thing’s for sure. Your love of that genre gets a smidgen weary. But this book. THIS book is one of those books that wipes the slate clean. It cleanses your palette like a sniff of coffee beans after too much perfume. It will give you back your love of YA dystopian fiction and boy will you love every second of it.
There are some books you stay up until 2 AM (on a work night) to read. This was one of those books. It was one of the weirdest books I’ve read in quite some time, with a unique protagonists and a fantastic plot.
Not your usual YA read for me, as I tend to focus on fantasy, but I do like high school and life-themed Young Adult books too, and this was truly one-of-a-kind. I think this is one of those books, that you wouldn’t have to be a genre reader to enjoy. This is one of those books that anyone from any genre would love because it is just that well-written.
I wanted to like this book, really, I did. But I just couldn’t. There were so many trope faux pas, and not in a good way. Sometimes an author breaks a trope and its great, and refreshing, but not in this instance.
This book is quite hotly anticipated, but for me, it completely missed the boat.
To the author’s credit, I can see some beautiful writing in there, some of her descriptions are lovely, and I think, give her a bit more time and she will be a stunning author. But for me, this one didn’t hit the mark. Continue reading →
I love YA. But mostly, I read YA fantasy or dystopian fiction. That was silly. I won’t be restricting myself like that again. I’d forgotten there was an enormous field of books in the YA genre and I nearly missed out on this little gem of a book. That would have been a mistake.
This book is for anyone who’s felt like a weirdo, or who doesn’t understand strange people.
Some books are just beautiful. It doesn’t matter whether the story is slow, or not quite rollercoaster enough, they are written with such intricate beauty, it’s like staring at a work of art. Utterly breathtaking. Delirium is one of these books. Continue reading →