Book review: Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven by Bella Forrest

3/5 stars. OK, firstly, for the love of all that is good and holy – enough with the smirking! Surely there are other expressions your characters can have? I’ll get to the actual review part shortly, but this bothered me so much that I just have to get it out of my system.. There were…

Book review: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

4/5 stars Just because this is a book about high school girl cliques and one of the girls is called Regina, don’t make the mistake of thinking this is Mean Girls. Actually, scratch that, this is exactly Mean Girls. Down to the colour coordinated clothing. Except it’s not funny, and nobody is hit by a…

Book review: Cracked up to Be by Courtney Summers

4/5 stars After having read and fallen in love with Sadie by Courtney Summers, it’s safe to say that I had pretty high expectations of this novel, though I knew it was Summers’s first, so I couldn’t reasonably expect it to be as well polished, plotted and written as Sadie. And it isn’t, but it…

Book review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

5/5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with this ARC. HSP/trigger warning: paedophilia. Wow, this book really got under my skin. And if I hadn’t had other things to do I probably would have finished it in a day. As it was I read the last 70% or so in one…

Book review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

4/5 stars After having read and loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I was really excited for this one. More funny and adorable YA? Yes please! I did really love this one too, it’s definitely well written, and as cute and funny as the last one, though I enjoyed Simon vs… more. Part of…

In defense of the Twilight saga (a confession)

When I first read the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer, somewhere in my late 20s, I loved them. And I have been ashamed of it ever since. It seems that the books are unanimously hated by anyone with any taste and/or brains above the age of 15. The only thing worse than liking Twilight would…

Book review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

5/5 stars. I just finished this book yesterday and want to review it while it’s still fresh and I’m still basking in the warm feel-good glow, even though that means it’s skipping the queue. I was a little sceptical at first, as the language is very – well – teenager. For the first few chapters…