Review: The Ghostwriter, by Alessandra Torre

The Ghostwriter Alessandra Torre

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery

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To be honest, I didn’t know much about the plot when I started reading this book. I had seen it recommended by many fellow book bloggers and highly so, and although I read the synopsis a few times, somehow I completely forgot about it and thought it was a murder mystery. So I was not emotionally ready for the roller coaster it would get my heart through. Continue reading

Review: Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin

Young Jane Young Gabrielle Zevin

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Contemporary fiction

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Young Jane Young was one of my most expected books of this year, I love Gabrielle Zevin’s writing and the story of this book just caught my eye immediately.

This is the story of Aviva Grossman, an ambitious girl who starts working as an intern to the Congressman she admires the most. She has plans for her future and loves to work in politics – but she makes the mistake of having an affair with the Congressman. While he escaped with his reputation almost untouched, Aviva’s life was destroyed. No one will employ her, date her and she falls into depression. She decides to change her name and move to a small town to start over – but when she decides to run for mayor of the city, her past catches up with her. Continue reading

Review: The Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the Species Mindy McGinnis

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Thriller, Contemporary, Young Adult

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This was excellent! I bought this novel when it was on sale at Amazon, but now I crave to have the physical copy, too.

The Female of the Species is the story of Alex Craft, whose sister was brutally raped and murdered three years before and the culprit walked away for lack of evidence. Alex knows the language of violence well, and is decided to take justice to her own hands. She can’t stop being this way, and knows she’s a danger to normal people and cannot trust them with her secret. But when she befriends Peekay and starts to fall in love with Jack, things get out of control, and it will change their lives forever. Continue reading

Review: My Best Friend’s Exorcism, by Grady Hendrix

My Best Friend's Exorcism Grady Hendrix

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Horror, Paranormal

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This was such a fun read, I didn’t expect it to be so entertaining. When I read the blurb saying it was both a heart-warming story about friendship and also a horror story, I was a bit confused. But yes! This reads like a summer horror blockbuster, and I had lots of fun.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism is the story of Abby and Gretchen, and the fall of ’88, when Gretchen is possessed by a demon. She’s moody, irritable, edgy – and strange things keep happening around her. Now, Abby must find a way to help her friend, even if nobody will believe her. Will their friendship be strong enough?

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Review: The Martian, by Andy Weir

The Martian Andy Weir

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommended: Yes!

Genres: Science Fiction

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Confession: I have not watched the movie, so my review is solely based on the book.

Mark Watney is one of six astronauts in the Ares 3 mission in Mars. When the planet is hit by a storm and a flying antenna stabs Mark, the life signals his suit sends to his crew is clear: he’s dead. But Mark isn’t – yet. And now his crew and ship are gone.

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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: 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: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Night Circus Erin Morgenstern.jpgRating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

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I’ve been postponing writing the review for this book, for one simple reason: I cannot find anything to write about it that I didn’t like. I normally spend some time before writing reviews contemplating all the aspects of the book I’ve just finished, and try to find the merits on the ones I didn’t like, and the bad aspects of the ones I loved. But for this one, I just couldn’t! So do get ready – this is going to be a rave-iew (I am sorry, I could not resist). Continue reading

Review: The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale by Kristin HannahRating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Historical Fiction

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The Nightingale came out in 2015, and since then there has been such buzz about it, I just had to read it. At first I was put off by the WWII theme, as I have recently read quite some of those, but when I saw the story was about two sisters, I was curious and convinced. As I have a sister myself, I always relate and am instantly drawn to books about sisterhood. Continue reading

Review: The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison (The Collector #1)

The Butterfly Garden

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Horror

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This book is such a gem! I don’t read a lot of horror, although this one is probably closer to a mystery thriller in my opinion, and I had not heard about it at all, until I saw it on Amazon Unlimited. The story sounded interesting and it was among their most popular and best-rated books in the Unlimited list, so I thought – well, why not?

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