13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough {Review}

This book was on my ‘wish list’ pretty much since I first heard of it, and my wonderful friend Dena sent me a copy for my birthday this year so naturally I pushed it up my TBR pile! The thing that attracted me was what The Times had said about it: “Mean Girls for the Instagram age” – I mean, who wouldn’t be drawn in by that? I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like Mean Girls, and I like YA and Instagram, so this seemed like a match made in heaven!

But unfortunately this book is less ‘the popular kid’ and more ‘generic student #12’ – it’s not even in the ‘cool loser’ clique or the ‘outcast’ clique, it literally just blends into the background. Now that’s not to say that it’s a bad book, or a good one, it’s just that the good and bad cancel each other out pretty equally. Continue reading


The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell {Review}

I got this gorgeous covered book for my birthday this year, and it’s not my usual go-to genre but it sounded really intriguing so I couldn’t wait to dive in. The match-book blurb goes like this: Our recently widowed protagonist is sent to see out her pregnancy in her late husband’s disintegrating country estate – but spooky things start to happen and haunt the residents.

One of the fun things about this version of the book is that the cover hides a lot of secrets from the story itself, and it’s great to flick back to the cover once you’ve uncovered it and have that ‘ahhh!’ moment! Continue reading

Turtles all the way Down by John Green {Review}

This is one of those books that’s just kind of…there. The plot (what little we get outside of Aza’s head – but more on that soon) just seemed to be all over the place. You know how some people spin a globe and stop it on a random country to decide whether to go on holiday next? It feels like John Green has a similar plot planning mechanism that he uses to write his books.

Turtles All The Way Down is a random collection of interesting things that, when put together, become pretentious.  Do you know what a Tuatara is? Well the one in this book becomes a billionaire due to a last will and testament. Plus there’s also $100,000 up for grabs, mental health issues and teenagers circumnavigating their lives through puberty in the throes of a philosophical existential crisis. See what I mean? Pick one or two John Green! Not all! Continue reading

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake {Review/RANT}

I CANNOT talk about this book without giving out spoilers. I’m that pissed off at certain parts of the story and characters that I just don’t have it in me not to rant about them. So…you know…SPOILER WARNING from here on out. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

This is also going to be more of a rant with review elements, rather than a legit review, but I just can’t help it.

Here’s a quick recap of the main plot point so far: a set of triplet queens must fight to the death for ruling rites to the throne of their island. Mirabella is the elemental queen, the strongest and most gifted queen who is starting to falter. Katherine is the poisoner queen, once thought to be the weakest but who is now a real player in the game. Arsinoe is the naturalist queen with a game changing secret. Continue reading

The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire by Brian Keaney {Review}

The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire is a historical fiction based in Victoria London. It follows three very different people and their lives and shows how they intertwine in a very ‘it’s a small world’ kind of way. Our three protagonists are a young woman turned prostitute, a captured and sold slave struggling to adjust to live away from his homeland and a fictionalised version of the real life Thomas De Quincey. What follows is an enjoyable venture through fictional history for about two thirds of the book. Continue reading

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland {ARC Review}

Each member of Esther Solar’s family is consumed and obsessed by a fear and Esther believes it’s because of a family curse bestowed upon her grandfather and passed down through the family that eventually results in that family member’s death. Trying to outsmart the curse and the reaper, Esther makes a semi-definitive list of worst nightmares of things to avoid for the rest of her life, but then Jonah Smallwood comes back into her life and Esther, reluctantly, comes to realise, with Jonah’s help, that it’s time to face her fears. Continue reading