Review: The Other Girl, by Erica Spindler

The Other Girl Erica Spindler

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommended: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Thriller, Crime

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I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Other Girl comes out today! I read this book in one sitting. Need I say more?


Goodreads Synopsis: 

Officer Miranda Rader of the Hammond PD in Louisiana is known for her honesty, integrity, and steady hand in a crisis—but that wasn’t always so. Miranda comes from Jasper, just south of Hammond, a place about the size of a good spit on a hot day, and her side of the tracks was the wrong one. She’s worked hard to leave the girl she used to be behind and earn respect in her position as an officer. Continue reading

Review: And I Darken, by Kiersten White

And I Darken Kiersten White

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Alternate History, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

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This is a great year for fantasy YA for me. I’m discovering a bunch of books I had heard some blurb about before but hadn’t picked it up because I was for a while all about contemporaries, literary fiction and historical fiction. Do get ready for another review where I swoon a lot. Spoiler alert: And I Darken is awesome. Continue reading

Review: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik

Uprooted Naomi Novik

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

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I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book – it is probably the fantasy novel that has been the longest on my to-read list, I keep hearing about it from time to time, and I haven’t really met a person who didn’t wholeheartedly love it.


Goodreads Synopsis:

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Continue reading

Review: Arena (Arena #1), by Pavan Lewis

Arena by Pavan Lewis

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Horror, Dystopia, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

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I have received a free copy of Arena from the author of this book. This in no way affects the opinions reflected on this review.


Amazon Synopsis: 

When seventeen-year-old Tasa Strong is ‘taken’ by the dreaded Iron Cart, she finds herself in a vast arena filled with wild animals and grotesque killers. In order to survive, and save her beloved friend Valeria, Tasa must work with eleven other children to find a way forward – even as she comes to understand that many of them cannot be trusted, and may also be a danger to her life. As they struggle to survive, and compete, they are forced to make horrifying life and death decisions; voting on which in their company should be killed. This act threatens to tear any potential alliances apart; and factions form within their group. Yet still Tasa must struggle forward, led by a boy who seems to want to save her and her friend: yet also clearly has his own secret reasons and brutal abilities – until at last she faces a final and terrifying round of dangers that will reveal the most unexpected and shocking betrayal, and potential reward… Continue reading

Review: Flame in the Mist, by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

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This book got intensively hyped up in the bookish community, and I was so very curious about a retelling of Mulan set in a fantasy Japan. I simply had to see what the fuss was about. All I have to say is – I’m addicted. Okay, that’s not all I have to say, but it does sum up my feelings pretty well. Now that I am done with Flame in the Mist, I can’t believe I didn’t read it slower, and I am so happy it’s a series. Continue reading

Review: Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World Huxley

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Classic Fiction

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This is one of the most well-loved classics of all time, and most people I follow on Goodreads gave either 4 or 5 stars to it, and it belongs in many people’s Favorites shelves. Many people have actually recommended it to me (Hi, Bia!), but I should have listened to my boyfriend when he said that, although he had really enjoyed the book, I wouldn’t like it all that much. So hold tight, this might be a rant-view. I’ve held back from making my points too long, but still it’s quite an epic rant. Continue reading

Review: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

See What I have done Sarah Schmidt

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Crime, Historical Fiction

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I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

If you are a fan of true crime, this book is for you. It tells the story of the ax murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, which today completes 125 years. See What I Have Done got me on the edge of my seat during the whole time, although I already knew the story previous to reading the book. It is so gripping and it sent a chill down my spine every time I thought the story it’s based on was real. Honestly, it felt like reading all the articles about the case, plus filling the blank spaces our imaginations tend to try and fill out. What goes through the head of someone who commits a crime like that? See What I Have Done tells you. Continue reading

Review: What If? by Randall Munroe

What If Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Randall Munroe

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Non-fiction, Humor, Science

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I don’t normally read non-fiction, which is a hole in my shelf I am trying to slowly fill. I’ve got a bit of prejudice towards non-fiction writing, which I think tends to be too dry for my taste, even if the story is wonderful, interesting and with the appeal of being real. But I am making an effort now to find the books that will prove me wrong! So, when I saw this one in a bookstore last year, I knew I had to have it (thank you, Birgit, for the gift!). Continue reading

Review: Girl in Snow, by Danya Kukafka

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Mystery, Crime, Drama

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I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book will be published on August 1st 2017.

I was curious about Girl in Snow after seeing a review from Jay about it, and it seemed to me that the book was a study of human relationships and the complexity of personalities, with a death of a girl as its background. And yes, that is exactly what the story was like. It’s a mystery with characters full of secrets, and it starts with a 15-year-old girl dead in the snow, but it’s not a thriller. Continue reading

Review: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1), by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception Mary PearsonRating: ★★★★☆

Recommended: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

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The Kiss of Deception is the story of Lia, Princess of the Kingdom of Morrighan. She is to marry a prince she never met from a neighbor country, and is fiercely against it. But her parents are willing to give their daughter away without as much as allowing her an opinion, so she decides to take matters into her own hands – and runs away on her wedding day. Continue reading