Review: Dead Girls by Alice Bolin

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Publication: June 26th 2018
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 288 pages
Source: Christmas Gift (Thanks Dad!)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Essays, Feminism
My Rating: ⛤⛤

Well, this book was disappointing. Maybe my most disappointing read of 2019 and I know that’s a big thing to say because Dead Girls is just the second book I’ve read this year but it truly was a disappointment.

Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession is about dead girls in the vaguest of ways in which Bolin introduces her book as being about dead girls and violence against women, luring us in with her introductory essay and opening essay and completely derailing after. Because contrary to its title, Dead Girls is not about dead girls. Continue reading

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Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Publication: September 4th 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Pages: 311 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

CW: Pedophilia, Rape, Child Abuse, Drug Abuse, Murder

My God this book was amazing.

Thirteen-year-old Mattie Southern is dead and now her sister nineteen-year-old Sadie is missing. Podcast host West McCray doesn’t find these facts interesting. Sad, but these things happen, “girls go missing all the time.” But when West gets a call from someone begging him to find Sadie, his boss sees a story and sends West on a hunt to find Sadie. While West is researching where Sadie went, Sadie is out for revenge on the man who murdered her sister, and she will stop at nothing until he’s dead. Continue reading

Review: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

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Publication: September 25th 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 304 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Retelling, Horror, Historical Fiction, YA
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

Published two hundred years after Mary Shelley’s immortal Frankenstein, Kiersten White seeks to retell the story we all know and love from an unlikely new perspective.

Elizabeth Lavenza owes everything to the Frankenstein’s for bringing her into their home and away from the cruel life she used to live, but mainly she owes her life to Victor. He is the reason she was brought in by the Frankenstein’s, to keep him happy, to be his Elizabeth, and Elizabeth is more than happy to be his. Being Victor’s is better than being poor, or on the street, or being abused as she was as a child. But Elizabeth hasn’t heard from Victor in two years and she doesn’t hold the same affection in Judge Frankenstein’s eyes as she does Victor’s. So Elizabeth must save herself by saving Victor, but will she be able to? Continue reading

Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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Publication: August 28th 2018
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 272 pages
Source: Bookmobile
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Middle Grade
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤

“People think that ghosts only come out at night, or on Halloween, when the world is dark and the walls are thin. But the truth is, ghosts are everywhere…Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there,” (Schwab 1).

So begins Schwab’s foray into the middle grade genre, and she does so as spookily and addictively as ever. Continue reading

Top Ten Books I Hope To Find Under My Christmas Tree

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Merry Christmas to you bookworms celebrating and Happy Holidays or Happy Day to those that don’t! I actually didn’t ask for many books this Christmas and as I write this am not sure what I’ve gotten, if any I asked for! I asked for a few, but one of my favourite things is to see what books my friends and family pick out for me to see what I’d like! Continue reading

Top Ten Winter 2018 TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

Who am I kidding, I’m not going to be able to read ten books before the end of 2018 and I DEFINITELY won’t be reaching my Goodreads goal for this year. Oh well, there’s always next year.

So instead of choosing ten books I won’t be reading, for this Top Ten Tuesday I’m going to focus on what five books I plan on finishing by the end of the year. I think I’ll be able to do it, wish me luck bookworms! Continue reading

Library Loot

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

MORE LIBRARY BOOKS AND MORE THINGS I WANT TO READ AHH! Though of course I don’t think I’ll ever run out of books I want to read, but it can be a bit overwhelming at times!

This week I got City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab from the library and I am so pumped to read it! Continue reading

Top Ten Platonic Relationships in Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme/feature created by The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted by The Artsy Reader

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a Freebie so I decided to choose a theme I missed a few weeks back, Platonic Relationships in Books! I absolutely loved this theme when it came out but forgot to actually make a post that week. It was surprisingly difficult to think of my favourite platonic relationships in books. I think it’s a problem with a lot media, putting so much attention on romantic relationships and so little on others. I only came up with four, how many can you come up with? Continue reading

Review: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

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Publication: July 31st 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages:  384 pages
Source: Library
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, Thriller, Contemporary
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤.5

“What I’m saying…is that girls hunger. And we’re taught, from the moment our brains can take it, that there isn’t enough food for us all,” (Legrand 261).

Sawkill Girls is a book I didn’t know existed and heard no hype for until it oh so casually popped up on my bookstagram feed and intrigued me. A feminist story with diverse characters who hunt monsters and there are moths?! It sounded exactly like my kind of book, and it didn’t disappoint, though I do have some criticisms about it.

On the island of Sawkill girls have gone missing for many years, but the residents never linger on the tragedy for long. Sawkill Girls follows three different girls on the island of Sawkill: Marion who has recently lost her father and has moved to Sawkill with her mother and sister as she tries to keep them stable, Zoey who is a misfit and eager to find out what happened to her missing friend Thora, and Val who is rich, beautiful, and dangerous and she knows it. But a monster lurks and watches them from the shadows and like it or not they’ll have to come together to defeat it. Continue reading