Review: My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger

28231373My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger
Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age
Published by: Atom
Pages: 288
Format: ARC e-book
Rating: ★★★
Note: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Somehow, this book was so much more and so much less than I was expecting, which seems like a bit of a weird statement to begin with, but bare with me. I was expecting the ‘researching the Manson murders’ to be a bigger thing that it was. I was constantly expecting a new murder to take place, which just shows how I’ve come to expect things from this genre, when what I should actually be doing is expecting surprises. So, although My Favourite Manson Girl was not the books I was expecting, I really enjoyed the gritty realism and conflicting emotions of Anna’s life. In America the book is titled American Girls  and I think all the images that come that are a lot more accurate than My Favourite Manson Girl, because I was constantly expecting some Nancy Drew mystery to pop up.

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Review: Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

23369370Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Published by: Headline
Pages: 248
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★.5
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

So, I picked up Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between, because all I’ve been doing recently is watching Pretty Little Liars (we’re on season 3, if you’re interested and Spoby is life.) At 248 pages I was confident I could finish it in one sitting, and I did! Which hopefully makes up for the fact I haven’t finished a book in over a week. The basic premise is that Aidan and Clare are just about to go off to university (literally they’re one day away) and they’re trying to decide whether or not to break up. And although it had a few gems, overall the story was pretty generic and much like the million teen rom-coms I’ve seen before.

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Review: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

13132816Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Contemporary, Romance
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 352
Format: ARC E-Book
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

Emmy & Oliver completely blew me away. It was a really beautiful and heart breaking (at times!) character driven story that explores the pain of separation and being left behind. What I loved about this book, was that it didn’t focus so much on the before, but the after. Oliver has been gone for 10 years, leaving his family and best friend Emmy to deal with the media storm that followed. It was so well written and I savoured every word.

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Review: Cleo by Lucy Coats

cleoCleo by Lucy Coats
Mythology, Adventure
Published by: 
Orchard Books
Pages: 320
Format: ARC E-Book
Rating: ★★
Where to Find: GoodReads | Amazon

I was first interested in reading ‘Cleo’ because of its obviously Egyptian themes. I’ve only read one other book on the subject, ‘The Red Pyramid’ by Rick Riordan, and was interested to see how another author transformed the mythology. To place Cleopatra in a YA setting sounded like an excellent idea, and I was looking forward to being immersed in the land of sand, gods and temples. But, (I know, I know, why does there always have to be a but?) I had a few issues with the execution. Let’s discuss!

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

16096824A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Published by: Bloomsbury
Pages: 400
Format: ARC e-book
Rating: ★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

We will preface this review by saying that we were really excited to read a A Court of Thorns and Roses, because we knew that it was a cross over of a Beauty and the Beast retelling and faery fiction, and unfortunately hype can sometimes heighten expectations, which can be a bad thing. Something we weren’t expecting was how easily this book fits into the New Adult genre so is definitely unsuitable for younger readers that may just want to read whatever else Sarah J. Maas has written.

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Review: Half Wild by Sally Green

22429853Half Wild by Sally Green
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary, UKYA
Published by: Penguin UK
Pages: 400
Format: ARC e-book
Rating: ★★.5
Series: Half Bad (#1) | Half Lies (#0.5)
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon

It’s been quite a while since I read Half Bad, and originally I didn’t think I was interested enough to finish the series. Then I read the novella, Half Lies, and realised I needed to keep going because of Gabriel. I wasn’t disappointed by Half Wild, but it was certainly a lot darker than the first book in the series, and pacing wise it was extremely slow and the action was condensed to, I’d say, the last 15% or so.

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