Tag: 2018 Debut Authors Challenge

The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl: On Love, Body Image, School, and Making It Through Life by Christina De Witte

The Ultimate Survival Guide to Being a Girl: On Love, Body Image, School, and Making It Through Life by Christina De Witte

Writing an advice book for young women is easier said than done.  There’s a lot going on in their heads, with their bodies, and the great wide world around them.  When I was a kid, my mum grabbed a religious-toned book and gave it to me and that was “the talk”.  I don’t remember what it was anymore, but I do remember the premise:  everything is natural, your body is god’s temple and do not despoil it, and pray for guidance daily. With all due respect to the religious folk, it was not very helpful.  It didn’t explain how and […]

Posted August 2, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

My expectations for Not the Girls You’re Looking For were so high, they were halfway to the moon.  I can’t explain it.  I think it was the title – a subtle nod to Obi Wan Kenobi and “These are not the droids you’re looking for.” It’s a stupid reason to latch on to a book, but it’s my reason and it happened. Not the Girls You’re Looking For has nothing to do with Star Wars by the way.  It’s a contemporary romance (ish?) with a Muslim main character who actually observes the Muslim holidays.  Written by a Muslim author.  I can’t really speak […]

Posted July 28, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews

This story is made of heartbreak. I wasn’t sure what to think of A Thousand Perfect Notes at first.  If you look through all the Goodreads reviews, 85% of them all start the same “AHH THE AMAZING CAIT WROTE THIS BOOK.” It’s really difficult to separate the author and the novel.  Cait has a great sense of humor and her blog posts are a delight.  When you have an author with much love and influence in the blogosphere, it’s difficult to know whether the reviews are coming from fans of A Thousand Perfect Notes or fans of Cait Drews. I can’t speak […]

Posted July 16, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Remember that post I did a few weeks about about beachside reads and I’m not a beachside person, but here are some books? I wish I had read this book back then because The Wicked Deep is such a perfect summer read. Seriously, this book has everything: Love story? Check. Secluded island? Definitely. Witches? Of course. Ghosts? The best! And it’s predictable as anything, but in a good way, you know?  When you want something to happen, then it does, and you’re all like HAH.  IN YOUR FACE UNIVERSE I WAS RIGHT.  And then you keep reading fervently until you are done with […]

Posted July 9, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood has quickly built itself a reputation as one of those books you either ADORE or are really disappointed in.  I’ve heard some folks call it an Alice in Wonderland retelling (disagree) while other complain that too much of the book is set in the real world. I really liked it, and I’d like to break down for you why I did. First of all, I’m not going to go out and say that Alice, or Finch, or Ella, or any of them were great characters.  I’m usually a character reader, but when a world has been built as […]

Posted May 16, 2018 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Wonderblood by Julia Whicker

Wonderblood by Julia Whicker

Wonderblood has one of the darkest and most fascinating world building structures I’ve ever seen in a dystopia.  It’s dark and bloody and creepy.  A religion has sprouted over the idea of the space shuttles and that they will come back to Earth and rescue everyone, and there will be a new day dawning, one of Hope and Mercy.  The setting and the Carnivals and the astronomical focus of the government at Cape Canaveral is fascinating. No, scratch that.  It is so freaking dark and amazing. Unfortunately, that is where the amazingness of Wonderblood ends.  The story is told from three […]

Posted March 22, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //