2017 releases · YA

Love, Tension and Not Much Else: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

I am beyond torn. This book was HUGE last year and it's had my interest ever since. However, I decided to read it because of that cover, since I am weak like that. My friend Janel @ Keeper of Pages was so kind to get this one for me and I decided to read it… Continue reading Love, Tension and Not Much Else: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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2017 releases · fiction

The Original, the Brilliant and the Strange: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

So I can like a short story collection.  I've been meaning to pick this book up ever since it came out. But I don't get on really well with short story collections. I always find that I can never like a collection as a whole, only certain stories. And then I can never say that… Continue reading The Original, the Brilliant and the Strange: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

2017 releases

OCD, a Fugitive Father and Annoying Teenagers: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

"You do belong to yourself, even when your thoughts don’t." I used to be a huge John Green fan. I read all of his books, and I really loved some of them. However, the more time I spent away from his books and the older I got, I found more faults in them (no pun… Continue reading OCD, a Fugitive Father and Annoying Teenagers: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

2017 releases · thrillers

Unlikable Characters, Rural Settings and No Plot: The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

Color me disappointed.  I was really excited to read this book. The premise is something that entirely blew me away and I was so intrigued by it. The Innocent Wife is about a woman who starts writing to a prisoner who is on Death Row, convicted for the deaths of numerous young women. They fall… Continue reading Unlikable Characters, Rural Settings and No Plot: The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

2017 releases · YA

Fandom, Online Communities and a Bit of Awkwardness: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Another book that left me feeling confused. I am sure all of you have heard of Eliza and Her Monsters. It was one of the biggest YA releases of last year and everyone and their mother absolutely loved it. It was compared to Fangirl (one of my faves) and a lot of people related to… Continue reading Fandom, Online Communities and a Bit of Awkwardness: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

2017 releases · YA

Flat Characters, Clunky World Building and a Somewhat Fulfilled Promise of Dragons: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

This book checks all the reasons I hate YA Fantasy.  I wrote about this one in one of my Judging Books By Their Covers post (pretty sure it was October) and when I heard it was about dragons, I immediately wanted to read it. We don't see a lot of dragons, which is confusing, because… Continue reading Flat Characters, Clunky World Building and a Somewhat Fulfilled Promise of Dragons: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

2017 releases · fiction

Rape Culture, Sports and a Small Town Community: Beartown (The Scandal) by Fredrik Backman

Quite possibly my favorite book of the year.  I can't even tell you the how many times I've been recommended Backman's books. And especially this one. Beartown is one of the books I knew I was going to love way before I read it. However, this book deals with rape, and I kept putting it… Continue reading Rape Culture, Sports and a Small Town Community: Beartown (The Scandal) by Fredrik Backman