Review: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Review: Wilder Girls by Rory PowerWilder Girls by Rory Power
Genre: Magical Realism
Release Date: 9th July 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there's more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

Wilder Girls has received a lot of hype this year in the run up to its release. I think a lot of people were excited because a) it’s queer, and b) it sounds super weird. And it is super weird. I don’t normally go for weird books, but I picked up Wilder Girls at YALC and decided I should give it a go.

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Review: Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist

Review: Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma BerquistMissing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: 21st May 2019
Publisher: Greenwillow
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

With a touch, Lexi can sense how and when someone will die. Some say it’s a gift. But to Lexi it’s a curse—one that keeps her friendless and alone. All that changes when Lexi foresees the violent death of a young woman, Jane, outside a club. But Jane doesn’t go to the afterlife quietly. Her ghost remains behind, determined to hunt down her murderer, and she needs Lexi’s help. In life, Jane was everything Lexi is not—outgoing, happy, popular. But in death, all Jane wants is revenge. Lexi will do anything to help Jane, to make up for the fact that she didn’t—couldn’t—save Jane’s life, and to keep this beautiful ghost of a girl by her side for as long as possible.

I read Emma Berquist’s debut novel, Devils Unto Dust, last year and really enjoyed it. It was the perfect Western horror. I picked up Missing, Presumed Dead quite eagerly, even though I’m kind of out of my paranormal phase.

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Review: Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

Review: Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina MorenoDon't Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 14th May 2019
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea-at least, that's what they say. Dating her is bad news, especially if you're a boy with a boat.

But Rosa feels more caught than cursed. Caught between cultures and choices. Between her abuela, a beloved healer and pillar of their community, and her mother, an artist who crashes in and out of her life like a hurricane. Between Port Coral, the quirky South Florida town they call home, and Cuba, the island her abuela refuses to talk about.

As her college decision looms, Rosa collides - literally - with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina. With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?

Well, this was cute. I received Don’t Date Rosa Santos for review, and it’s pretty much exactly the kind of marshmallow fluff that I was expecting.

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Top Ten Books I’m Avoiding and Why

A lot of these books are books in a series because I’m absolutely awful at finishing series even if I’m really enjoying them! I might write a blog post about it at some point. I just get scared about being disappointed!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
    This is where I stopped in this series. I adored Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows, but I just never picked up Empire of Storms because I was worried about the series getting worse.
  2. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
    I’m not really avoiding this one, it’s just I need to reread The Way of Kings before I pick this one up again. When I read the first part of this, I couldn’t remember much from the first book. I think I need to do a full reread to refresh my memory.
  3. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
    I’m avoiding this one because I’ve heard it’s not the author’s best work. I really want to pick up his Lightbringer series, but I don’t want to do that until I’ve read his original trilogy.

4. The Passage by Justin Cronin
I’m mostly just avoiding this one because it’s really long, and the trilogy keeps getting longer.
5. Atonement by Ian McEwan
I just don’t want to cry.
6. The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom
I’ve heard this one is really bad, but I kind of want to read it around Halloween? I tell myself that every year.

7. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein
I started reading this when I was a child, but I couldn’t get into it. I read The Hobbit a bit more recently, and I hated it. So while I want to read this one because it’s a classic (and Quill loves it), I think I’m going to hate it.
8. Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I’ve probably gone off this series? But I own this one so maybe I should give it a go?

9. A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
10. The Fireman by Joe Hill
I’m mostly just avoiding this one because of the size of it. I think it sounds like something I’d love, but it’s HUGE.

New Book Releases: September 2019

I’m back with my most anticipated releases for September 2019! I’ve skipped this post over the past couple of months because of my blogging slump, but I’m back now and I’m super hyped for (mostly) all of these books. Let me know in the comments below which books you’re most looking forward to. Should I have included something else in this list?

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Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
Goodreads | Amazon
Admittedly, I’m not super hyped about this because I hated Nevernight (!) but I figured you’d all be excited for it.

Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake
Goodreads | Amazon
I’ve been quite enjoying this series, even if it’s not the best thing I’ve ever read! I’m half excited for it to be over.

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
Goodreads | Amazon
I’m currently reading this one as I’m typing this, and I’m super excited for all the witchdoctor goodness. I’ve just gotten to the part where children are going missing, so I’m waiting for the main character to solve the case!

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
Goodreads | Amazon
This one is about a girl who’s the daughter of a treasure hunter, who ends up going in search for Vlad the Impaler (or his ring?). I’m hoping for some Lara Croft vibes from this one, although the blurb doesn’t mention it.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Goodreads | Amazon
I was considering requesting this one to review, but I’ve been a bit busy lately and didn’t want to overdo it. I want to get to it soon though! It’s been getting a tonne of hype. It’s about a witch who flees her coven and goes into hiding, and a witch hunter who works for the church. There’s probably a romance between the two of them, but that’s just a guess.

Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger
Goodreads | Amazon
I didn’t know until recently that this one was inspired by Pokemon?! Or has Pokemon kind of elements, in that everyone gets an animal companion. I’m so here for this fantasy book!


The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Goodreads | Amazon
I’m hoping this is going to be a fantastical Locke & Key with less horror and more whimsy!

Steel Tide by Natalie C. Parker
Goodreads | Amazon
I haven’t read Seafire yet but do you think I should? I’ve been intrigued by it since it came out last year.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
Goodreads | Amazon
This one is about vikings and blood feuds and clans. Sign me up!

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
Goodreads | Amazon
This is a dystopian feminist thriller that has been likened to The Handmaid’s Tale. Given how much I adored Vox recently, I’m really in the mood for more feminist books in my life!

The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan
Goodreads | Amazon
The Nanny is about a woman whose nanny vanished when she was younger. I’m looking forward to trying another Gilly Macmillan book out, and I think this might be the one!

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring
Goodreads | Amazon
This is a psychological thriller that has been really hyped up since BEA. Have you read it yet? I’m kind of on the fence about it after reading some reviews. The premise sounds good though!

There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
Goodreads | Amazon
This is a fantasy book about prophets! Prophets used to rule the world, until one day they vanished. I’m so ready for some prophecies!

Unspoken by Celia McMahon
Goodreads | Amazon
This is another one of those forbidden magic fantasy books, and it’s something I can potentially get behind.

So those are all the new books I’m looking forward to getting hold of in September! What about you?