2.5 stars

The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power by Naomi AldermanThe Power by Naomi Alderman
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 27th October 2016
Publisher: Viking
Source: Bought
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Rating: two-half-stars

In The Power the world is a recognisable place: there's a rich Nigerian kid who larks around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.

This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.

Well, this was a bit boring. I’m massively disappointed in The Power because I picked it up after Alderman won a tonne of awards, including the Bailey’s prize, and I thought it was going to be a modern classic. I was expecting something epic.

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What We Left Behind by Robin Talley

What We Left Behind by Robin TalleyWhat We Left Behind by Robin Talley
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 22nd October 2015
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-half-stars

Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They've been together forever. They never fight. They're deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they're sure they'll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive.

The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.

While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won't understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni's life. As distance and Toni's shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?

What We Left Behind is Robin Talley’s second novel, a follow up to the excellent Lies We Tell Ourselves. I think it’s fair to say that I had very high expectations for this novel so it was doubly disappointing for me when it didn’t meet any of those expectations at all.

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The List by Siobhan Vivian

The List by Siobhan VivianThe List by Siobhan Vivian
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 1st April 2012
Publisher: Push
Source: Bought
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Rating: two-half-stars

An intense look at the rules of high school attraction - and the price that's paid for them.

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn't matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.

This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, "pretty" and "ugly." And it's also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

The List has been on my TBR forever, and all of a sudden I was really in the mood to read it the other day. I wasn’t sure what it was about, other than there being a list at these girls’ school which lists the prettiest and ugliest girls from each year. And yeah, that’s pretty much the entire plot.

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Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls by Lauren OliverVanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-half-stars

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

I’ve always said that Lauren Oliver is one of my favourite authors. It started when I read Before I Fall when I first started blogging in 2010, and since then I’ve been fangirling over Oliver a lot. But after reading another meh book by her, I’m starting to rethink my life. Continue reading

Mini Review: Even When You Lie To Me by Jessica Alcott

Mini Review: Even When You Lie To Me by Jessica AlcottEven When You Lie To Me by Jessica Alcott
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers
Source: Bought
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Rating: two-half-stars

Charlie, a senior, isn't looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he's the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

I don’t really have much to say about this book. Partly because I read it a couple of months ago, and partly because it was uneventful and the ending was anti-climactic. Even When You Lie to Me was a quick read. It was easy to fly through. But I didn’t feel any connection to the book or the characters at all. I honestly couldn’t tell you anything about Charlie, and the forbidden relationship between her and her teacher wasn’t told in an original way at all. I remember liking the ending because of what happened to Charlie and her development. But I didn’t love it.