#Spookathon 2018 TBR

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Hello my fellow book lovers! Spookathon is a read-a-thon that starts on October 15th and ends the 21st. Follow @thespookathon on Twitter for more information!

I went to the library and found a ton of books I’m dying to read! Sadly, I won’t be able to complete all the challenges, but I’m going to mention them in my post anyway, in case you’re participating as well. Because I didn’t take the size of the books into consideration, I might have to start reading them before October 15th. I know that’s technically not fair, but there’s absolutely no way I’ll be able to read eight books in one week. Actually, I don’t even tend to read eight books in a month!

challenges

  1. read a thriller
  2. read a book with purple on the cover
  3. read a book not set in the current time period
  4. read a book with a spooky word in the title
  5. read a book with pictures

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When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can read the synopsis there.

pieces of herKarin Slaughter’s most recent release Pieces of Her is incredibly popular in my country, so I’ve been meaning to read it for a while. I gave Pretty Girls by the author five stars, but was rather disappointed by The Good Daughter. I’ll be reading this novel by listening to the audiobook.

a study in charlotteA Study in Charlotte is the first book in a Young Adult mystery series. I own the hardcover, but could also listen to the audiobook.

burial ritesI have to read Burial Rites ASAP because it’s the final book from my ‘five star predictions’ post I have yet to read. My expectations for this historical mystery novel are clearly high, so I hope it won’t disappoint. I own this on Kindle.

Slasher Girls & Monster BoysThis Young Adult horror anthology stars authors such as Leigh Bardugo and Marie Lu. I’m most definitely going to read Slasher Girls & Monster Boys as I’ve been meaning to read an anthology right before I go to bed for a while. I have the paperback and plan on reading one story each night.

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City of Ghosts is a paranormal Middle Grade novel about a girl whose best friend is a ghost. I haven’t read any of Schwab’s work before and I’ll be listening to this on audiobook.

the seven deaths of evelyn hardcastle.pngWhen I first heard of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – published as 7 1/2 Deaths in the USA – I thought “copying  The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo much??!”, but apparently, that’s a complete coincidence. Lately, this mystery novel has been receiving much praise, so when I spotted it at the library, I immediately grabbed it.

elizabeth is missing.pngElizabeth is Missing is a psychological mystery about Maud, an elderly woman with dementia, who believes her best friend Elizabeth has gone missing. This book has been on my TBR for ages, I can’t even remember what made me add it in the first place. This is another book I borrowed from the library.

we have always lived in the castle.pngI don’t tend to read classics, but when I spotted We Have Always Lived in the Castle at the library, I knew I was going to read this during Spookathon because it’s so short.


So this is my very ambitious Spookathon TBR. Will you be participating as well? Have you read any of the books I mentioned yet?

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ContemporaryAThon TBR |February 12-18th

ContemporaryAThon.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Since I have a ton of contemporaries – especially YA – on my TBR, I thought it might be cool to join ContemporaryAThon. This readathon starts on Monday February 12th and ends Sunday the 18th. You can watch the announcement here!

For my tentative TBR I  only picked books I physically own, with the exception of the graphic novel. It’s my birthday on the 13th so I don’t know how much I will be able to read – interacting with my family is emotionally exhausting – but I want to give it a try nonetheless. Additionally I don’t have any of these books on audiobook, so I suspects I’ll read two or three books in total.

There are seven challenges, so I put seven books on my TBR. Even though there is no way I am going to read them all, I need to have a variety of choices because I am a terrible mood reader 🙂

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

1. a newly acquired contemporary

piecing me togetherI purchased Piecing Me Together last month (check out my book haul here) and I am so excited to read this book. Admittedly I don’t really know what it’s about, but it has received tons of praise. My hardcover copy is only 272 pages long, so that seems doable for a readathon.

2. a contemporary book with pink on the cover

future leaders of nowhere.pngI received a review copy of this last year but because I was incredibly busy at the time, I completely forgot about it. There’s a F/F romance in Future Leaders of Nowhere and it’s less than 300 pages long, so it’s about time I pick it up!

3. a hyped contemporary

they both die at the endWith over 350 pages They Both Die at the End is perhaps a bit long for a readathon, but I’ve been dying (dying, get it?! 😀 ) to read this ever since people received ARCs of it. I read History is all You Left Me last year and Silvera is known for writing heart-wrenching contemporaries, so I think this is going to be my cup of tea!

4. a diverse contemporary

saints and misfitsThis one is pretty random because most of the books on this TBR are diverse in some way, but I am so keen to read Saints and Misfits because it has a Arab Indian-American hijabi protagonist! It’s 350 pages long though, so once again a bit too ambitious for a readathon, but I don’t really care.

5. a dark or taboo contemporary

all the rageI don’t think sexual assault should be taboo, but I do have to admit that I have over five books dealing with sexual assault on my TBR, but I keep postponing reading them. I know I won’t enjoy reading these kinds of books, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to read them. When I mentioned All the Rage in last month’s book haul everyone told me how great it was, so that’s making me more confident to pick it up soon.

6. a contemporary graphic novel

fence.pngI have two graphic novels on my physical TBR and those are fantasies, so this will be the only book on my Kindle I plan to read during this readathon. I’ve only purchased the first issue of Fence so far though, which is only 27 pages long, so I will definitely read this.

7. a contemporary that was recommended to me

dress codes for small towns.pngDress Codes for Small Towns wasn’t recommended to me personally, but BooksandLala loves this one and I think I will as well.


So this is my tentative ContemporaryAThon TBR! During the readathon I will be live tweeting on Twitter @romweasleys and afterwards, I will post a wrap-up post and individual reviews of each book.

Will you be joining as well? Good luck and have fun!

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#SapphicAThon review: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor everything leads to you coverEverything Leads to You

by Nina LaCour

read in December 2017

format: paperback

spoiler-free review

synopsis

A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

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Everything Leads To You has received many positive reviews and We Are Okay by Nina LaCour is one of my favourite books of 2017, so I had expected to love this novel as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t. This is by no means a bad book, I just had expected something more profound.

My main problem is that this is a young adult contemporary, yet it is neither realistic or relatable. Emi is an eighteen-year-old set designer who at the start of the book is still in high school as well. Though it was nice to learn more about the film industry, I couldn’t relate to the characters and their experiences because it seemed so far-fetched. They have jobs on film-sets while attending a private high school, have enough spare time to go wherever they want AND their parents are never around? Their lives seemed so perfect, it just didn’t seem real.

It took me five days to finish this book, even though it’s only 300 pages long and I picked it up regularly! The pacing was odd: a lot of time was spent learning more about Ava’s family, but I didn’t care to learn more about her. It wasn’t as if there was much of a mystery to solve.

Though you can’t tell while looking at the cover, the protagonist of this book is biracial. Her grandfather was black, so she refers to herself as “I’m a quarter”. I feel the need to include this in my review because I know some multiracial people aren’t fond of expressions like that.

There were some things that bothered me, but they weren’t a huge deal in the book. Firstly, Emi says “I wore a skimpy shirt to show off my girlishness”. This rubbed me the wrong way because it sounds as if you can’t be girly if you for example don’t have breasts to show off.

I also didn’t like how Laura was presented. It seemed as if she only wanted to be queer in order to gain popularity, in order to be liked by the boys. Yes, many allocishet boys and men are aroused by femme queer girls, but that’s not at all a compliment. It’s objectifying and fetishising. There would still be a lot of anti-queerness coming from other people, so this doesn’t add up.

There was only one closeted queer girl in this book and I felt like she was presented as some sort of “villain”, because she claimed the other girl had tricked her. The closeted girl’s family was very religious, which is why she was afraid to come out. I understand this hurt her girlfriend, but this narrative hurts, especially because there weren’t any other closeted queer characters who were presented in a more positive light.

Even though this review is rather negative, I ended up giving this book 3.5 stars. Like I said, it’s not a bad book, I just didn’t love it.

content and trigger warnings for: a lot of ableist language (such as crazy and insane), breaking and entering, homeless shelter, deceased parents, adoption, anti-queerness, overdose, drug use, underage drinking


Unfortunately I didn’t love Everything I Never Told You as much as We Are Okay. It was an enjoyable read, but not very profound, relatable or realistic.

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#SapphicAThon review: Ripped Pages by M. Hollis

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor ripped pages m hollis coverRipped Pages

by M. Hollis

read in December 2017

format: Kindle

This is a spoiler-free review!

synopsis

Princess Valentina lives a reasonably comfortable life, but after her mother’s death, her father gets tired of taking care of her and locks her in a tower. She spends years on her own, talking to the birds on her windowsill, and reading books with adventures she will never experience. Her plans of running away are usually left for another day because she knows the vast forest surrounding her tower is too dangerous to cross alone.
Until one day, another girl passes by on her horse and Valentina wonders if she’s finally brave enough to seize her chance of freedom.

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If you are in the mood for a past-paced read, I’d recommend Ripped Pages. This novella is only 60 pages long, so it was a quick read.

In novellas, it’s very common that the backstory, the character, the romance, etc. are a bit underdeveloped and I think that’s the case for Ripped Pages as well. Valentina would think “I have spent so much time and effort on figuring a way out of the tower”, when in fact she only thought about it for one page. It’s understandable though, considering the amount of pages in which the author tried to retell this fairytale.

If you keep that in mind, however, this is still a very enjoyable read. Ripped Pages is a F/F romance, featuring a protagonist who is a lesbian and a queer love interest (Agnes is attracted to multiple genders). There are also two male queer characters and multiple characters of colour.

I really liked how this wasn’t as stereotypical as most fairytales. Agnes’ stepmother for instance is like a mother to her instead of the evil stepmother we are so used to seeing in fiction. In her kingdom, the throne always goes to the oldest daughter. The characters asked for consent before they kissed, which I really appreciated as well.

I also want to thank the author for including a list of trigger warnings at the beginning of her book. It’s a shame this hasn’t been normalized yet.

Trigger and content warnings for scenes of emotional abuse, forced imprisonment, child abandonment, minor violence, trauma recovery


Though Ripped Pages isn’t ground-breaking literary fiction, I would absolutely recommend this fast-paced, diverse F/F retelling of Rapunzel to everyone who’s interested. I will continue to read everything M. Hollis writes!

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#SapphicAThon review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor labyrinth lostLabyrinth Lost

by Zoraida Córdova

read in December 2017

format: hardcover

Review contains some minor spoilers.

synopsis

I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.

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I started reading Labyrinth Lost in April 2017, but because I was incredibly busy back then, I stopped reading it about halfway through, even though I was enjoying it. The beginning was fast-paced and the family dynamics were great. I was interested in learning more about the fantasy aspects, which are inspired by Latin American traditions and cultures. Furthermore, everyone has been raving about the bisexual representation in this novel.

So during SapphicAThon, I decided to continue reading Labyrinth Lost where I stopped many months ago. That wasn’t a smart move. I didn’t feel connected to the characters nor the plot anymore and ultimately, this novel even started to annoy me.

This is a paranormal fantasy and I don’t have a ton of experience with those. I had expected the setting to be similar to e.g. The Raven Cycle, in which the fantasy elements almost seem to coexist with the world as we know it. Labyrinth Lost, however, is primarily set in Los Lagos, described as “a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland“.

In Los Lagos, Alex goes on a journey to rescue her family. While reading, I realised I might not be fond of fantasy books where the characters have to reach a destination. This is a very common and predictable plot device: the characters meet new people and/or creatures on the road, make both friends and enemies, are able to escape dangerous situations and in the end, there’s a big clash with the villain.

Labyrinth Lost follows that exact same pattern. Though the inspiration is unique and the characters are diverse, the story itself wasn’t very exceptional. I just didn’t care about the characters nor the plot. This makes me sad because as a queer reader, I was excited to read about these two ladies falling in love.

I didn’t find the Devourer, the villain, interesting either. We are supposed to believe she is incredibly powerful, but during every single fight, she got injured. We are supposed to believe she is evil, but she doesn’t even kill Alex when she has the chance, even though that clearly would have made things a lot easier for her. This is a problem in many fantasies: we are supposed to fear the villain, but they are incredibly unconvincing.

The only character I was interested in, was Nova. He was the only well-rounded character in this novel. He has a history of abuse and neglect and though that doesn’t excuse his behaviour and actions, I do think it should be taken into consideration. Unfortunately, his storyline was rather predictable and it’s one I don’t like, because it causes a lot of unnecessary drama that will probably be resolved in the sequel anyway.

I guess you can say there was a love triangle, but I didn’t like it. The animosity between Rishi and Nova was so petty! I rolled my eyes every time these three characters started to interact, because it was repetitive and childish.

So initially I wasn’t planning on reading Bruja Born, but I just learnt it is a companion novel focussing on Lula Mortiz. I certainly see potential in that, because I liked her flirty personality. I will wait and see whether people enjoy that novel when it’s released.

I had a hard time visualising the fantasy elements in this book, so I think I would enjoy the movie adaptation more. I think the writing could’ve been developed further. Because Alex is so powerful, she would just “know” how to use her magic without any schooling. She’d hear a voice in her head which just told her what to do. That was rather convenient.

Sadly, quite a few problematic things were said in the book. Nova’s eyes are repeatedly described as ‘bipolar’. I even Googled whether ‘bipolar eyes‘ are a thing, but no, it was just the author’s way of describing his beautiful eyes. On top of that, ableist language such as cr*zy is used regularly as well.

When her friends accidentally walk in on her naked, Alex makes some cissexist comments: “It’s not like Rishi and I don’t have the same parts. It’s not like Nova doesn’t know what a naked girl looks like.”

I’ve noticed that in multiple books featuring magic, self-harm is a necessary part of a magical ritual. This makes me incredibly uncomfortable and I would not watch the film adaptation of this novel if that was included in there as well.

Trigger and content warning for: animal deaths, ableism, descriptions of physical abuse, enslavement, self-harm, anti-trans remarks


Sadly, Labyrinth Lost was kind of lost on me. I would recommend it to people who really enjoy reading Young Adult fantasies and don’t mind predictability and rather underdeveloped characters and world building. This sounds shady, but I genuinely know there are readers who don’t mind that. On top of that, there’s still the diversity that sets it apart from most books in the genre.

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#Sapphicathon wrap-up!

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! This is the last day of Sapphicathon, which is a readathon about F/F romances in fiction. I won’t post any reviews today because I already have too many blog posts scheduled, so you will have to wait until January to read those.

Having said that, I will show you which books I read and compare it to my initial TBR. I’m not going to lie: I didn’t succeed in reading all the books I planned to read, but I could’ve. Unfortunately, my dog Sansa needed an emergency surgery at the start of the second week of Sapphicathon, so reading was the last thing on my mind.

Additionally, I decided to publish my 2017 wrap-up posts in 2017, so I didn’t want to risk running into any new favourites and them not being included in my lists.

These are the books I managed to read during Sapphicathon:

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Since I basically only participated during the first week of this readathon, I think it was a fairly successful one. Sadly though, none of these books ended up as one of my new favourites, they were all a bit average.

Though I didn’t get to read all the books on my TBR, I still want to read them in the future. Perhaps during a next edition of Sapphicathon? 😉

As for the bingo board, I managed to complete 10 of the 16 squares.

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This was my Sapphicathon wrap-up! If you participated as well, feel free to link your posts down below 🙂

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SapphicAThon TBR (December 14 – 28)

SapphicAThon.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! SapphicAThon is a readathon that goes from the 14th to 28th December and focusses on reading F/F romances! You can have a look at the announcement here and this is the Twitter page.

There’s a bingo board of challenges and if I manage to read al the books on my TBR – but let’s be honest, that probably won’t happen – there are only two challenges I won’t be able to complete: ‘ace spec MC’ and ‘MC realises they’re queer’.

I decided to only put books on my TBR that I actually own, either in physical or Kindle form. All of the novels I am about to mention, were recommended by

chameleon moon

synopsis: The city of Parole is burning. Like Venice slips into the sea, Parole crumbles into fire.

The entire population inside has been quarantined, cut off from the rest of the world, and left to die – directly over the open flame. Eye in the Sky, a deadly and merciless police force ensures no one escapes. Ever. All that’s keeping Parole alive is faith in the midst of horrors and death, trust in the face of desperation… and their fantastic, terrifying, and beautiful superhuman abilities.

Regan, stealth and reconnaissance expert with a lizard’s scales and snake’s eyes, is haunted by ten years of anxiety, trauma and terror, and he’s finally reached his limit. His ability to disappear into thin air isn’t enough: he needs an escape, and he’ll do anything for a chance. Unluckily for him, Hans, a ghostly boy with a chilling smile, knows just the thing to get one. It starts with a little murder.

But instead of ending a man’s life, Regan starts a new one of his own. He turns away from that twisted path, and runs into Evelyn, fearless force on stage and sonic-superheroic revolutionary on the streets. Now Regan has a choice – and a chance to not only escape from Parole, but unravel the mystery deep in its burning heart. And most of all, discover the truth about their own entwining pasts.

They join forces with Evelyn’s family: the virtuosic but volatile Danae, who breathes life into machines, and her wife Rose, whose compassionate nature and power over healing vines and defensive thorns will both be vital to survive this nightmare. Then there’s Zilch, a cool and level-headed person made of other dead people, and Finn, one of Parole’s few remaining taxi drivers, who causes explosions whenever he feels anything but happy.

Separately they’d never survive, much less uncover the secret of Parole’s eternally-burning fire. Together, they have a chance. Unfortunately, Hans isn’t above playing dirty, lying, cheating, manipulating… and holding Regan’s memories hostage until he gets his way.

Parole’s a rough place to live. But they’re not dead yet. If they can survive the imminent cataclysmic disaster, they might just stay that way…

I don’t really know what Chameleon Moon is about; I don’t want to read this long synopsis because it’s probably filled with spoilers. But it has been recommended to me numerous times, so my hopes are high! This qualifies for the following challenges:

  • science fiction/fantasy
  • established relationship
  • trans MC

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synopsis: A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour is one of my favourite books of 2017, so I’m very much looking forward to reading this one. I just hope my expectations won’t be too high. This qualifies for the following challenges:

  • QWOC MC
  • non-coming out story
  • interracial F/F relationship

the abyss surrounds us

synopsis: Cas has fought pirates her entire life. But can she survive living among them?

For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Abyss Surrounds Us! It apparently features lesbian pirates, multiple women of colour and a F/F romance, so I will probably devour this novel! Admittedly sci-fi isn’t my go-to genre, but I’m always willing to make an exception when the synopsis sounds so amazing. This qualifies for the following challenges:

  • hate to love F/F
  • interracial F/F relationship
  • science fiction/fantasy

ripped pages

synopsis: Princess Valentina lives a reasonably comfortable life, but after her mother’s death, her father gets tired of taking care of her and locks her in a tower. She spends years on her own, talking to the birds on her windowsill, and reading books with adventures she will never experience. Her plans of running away are usually left for another day because she knows the vast forest surrounding her tower is too dangerous to cross alone.
Until one day, another girl passes by on her horse and Valentina wonders if she’s finally brave enough to seize her chance of freedom.

This F/F YA retelling of Rapunzel is only 60 pages long, so I’m very much looking forward to reading it. I’ve loved Hollis’ other work and I hope Ripped Pages won’t be an exception. This qualifies for the following challenges:

  • under 500 ratings on Goodreads
  • F/F retelling

labyrinth lost

synopsisNothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

I started reading Labyrinth Lost back in March or April, but because I was incredibly busy back then, I never continued it. I, however, was very much enjoying it, so I’d like to read it before the end of the year. I’m not sure yet whether I will re-read the first thirty percent or just pick it up where I left it. This qualifies for the following challenges:

  • bisexual MC
  • science fiction/fantasy
  • friends to lovers F/F
  • both WOC

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synopsis: Small-batch independent yarn dyer Clara Ziegler is eager to brainstorm new color combinations–if only she could come up with ideas she likes as much as last time! When she sees Danielle Solomon’s paintings of Florida wildlife by chance at a neighborhood gallery, she finds her source of inspiration. Outspoken, passionate, and complicated, Danielle herself soon proves even more captivating than her artwork…

Knit One, Girl Two is another novella on my list (only 68 pages!), so I can’t wait to pick it up! This short story sounds so cute. This qualifies for the following challenges:

  • under 500 ratings on Goodreads
  • Jewish MC
  • disabled MC

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synopsis: In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

If I have some time left, I’d like to read Ash by Malinda Lo as well. I started this over a year ago, but I was in a reading slump at the time, so I didn’t continue it. This qualifies for the following challenges:

  • bisexual MC
  • science fiction/fantasy
  • F/F retelling

This is my SapphicAThon TBR! I really hope a lot of readers will be joining! 

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review: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (#Spookathon)

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the kind worth killing coverThe Kind Worth Killing

by Peter Swanson

read in October 2017 (#Spookathon)

format: paperback (library)

spoiler-free review!

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If you are looking for a suspenseful mystery thriller filled with many unpredictable twists-and-turns, The Kind Worth Killing is the book you’re looking for!

When I first picked up this novel, I was a bit wary. Right from the start, Ted and Lily are discussing murdering his wife, Miranda. It was very fast-paced and I was wondering whether the entire book was going to revolve around their plans. But like I said, The Kind Worth Killing took turns I never could’ve imagined.

I really can’t talk about this book much, otherwise, I’d be spoiling it. Maybe I should’ve written a spoiler review instead. If anyone is interested in a review with spoilers, please let me know! Anyway, even the ending had me on the edge of my seat. It’s promising, but you can’t tell for sure what happened next. AND I NEED TO KNOW!

Multiple point-of-views in thrillers usually don’t work for me, as I don’t like finding out plot twists before the characters do. It really takes away a lot of the mystery and surprising elements. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case in this novel; it was done perfectly!

The only reason why I can’t rate this five stars, is because I always felt a bit of a distance while reading it. I guess it’s because of the characters. They weren’t very memorable and I had the feeling we had to dislike anyone but Lily. Even now, I have no idea whether readers were supposed to root for her, or whether we’re supposed to see her as a bad person. In my opinion it’s the latter, but I can’t for sure whether that was the author’s intention.

content and trigger warning for cheating, paedophilia, sexual assault/attempted rape, murder (both animals and humans), food poisoning, excessive drinking, guns, stabbing, driving while intoxicated, car accident


The Kind Worth Killing is one of the best thrillers I have read. There was an abundance of unexpected twists-and-turns and I am looking forward to reading more of this author’s work. Still, I can’t give this five stars because I always felt a bit of a distance while reading this novel, perhaps because I’m uncertain whether or not the reader was supposed to root for Lily. But don’t let that stop you from reading this book, because it was so good!

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#Spookathon 2017 wrap-up

spookathon wrap-up.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Last week, I joined #Spookathon, in which I tried to read solely spooky books such as thrillers and mysteries. You can have a look at my TBR here. During the readathon, I made a thread with my reading updates on Twitter.

Today, I am going to talk about the books I managed to read and whether or not I was able to complete all the challenges.


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As expected, I wasn’t able to complete my entire TBR. During Spookathon, I managed to complete three novels:

  • read a thriller: Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena (review)
  • read a book based on a childhood fear: Bird Box by Josh Malerman (review)
  • read a book that has a spooky setting: The Killing Lessons by Saul Black (review)

I am currently still reading The Kind Worth Killing and I am hoping to finish it soon. I really wasn’t feeling well this weekend, so I couldn’t get a lot of reading done.

I usually prefer to schedule my posts and don’t like to post too many days in a row, but I decided to upload all my reviews at the same time so you could immediately read them if you want to know what I thought of these books.


spookathon.JPGSpookathon was my very first readathon and I think it was a success. Halfway through I did get in a bit of a slump and didn’t want to read any of the books left on my TBR, but I persevered.

Unfortunately, I didn’t discover a new favourite book, but I do want to continue reading thrillers and adult fiction more often, and join readathons from time to time.

How about you? Did you join #Spookathon? Which books did you manage to read last week?

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review: A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena (#Spookathon wrap-up)

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A Stranger in the House

by Shari Lapena

read in October 2017 (#Spookathon)

format: audiobook

(synopsis)


I’ve heard so many great things about Shari Lapena’s work, so I was very excited to pick up A Stranger in the House. Unfortunately, I found this novel rather boring and predictable.

When I read a book, I usually write down my thoughts and things I want to mention in my review, but when I was 40% in A Stranger in the House, I still hadn’t written down a single thing.

Because of the multiple point-of-views, there wasn’t much of a mystery. I usually like multiple perspectives, but in thrillers, it doesn’t often work for me. It takes away the surprising elements.

Don’t get me wrong, plenty of stuff happens in this novel, but nothing was memorable. Tomorrow, I probably will have forgotten the characters’ names already. I have the feeling as if I’ve read a million books similar to this one already. Furthermore, I didn’t care about any of the characters, Tom in particular. He acted like a baby, he was so annoying.

Unfortunately, A LOT of ableist language is used, such a cr*zy. It’s never addressed and it’s a vital part of the story. I found that very problematic and can’t believe that could be published in 2017.

I also found the ending problematic. Beware, what I am about to mention, contains spoilers! I had seen it coming, but other readers might be surprised to find out that Karen was lying about her abusive past. I am tired of media demonising women who come forward, either as a rape victim, as a victim of domestic violence, etc. Books like this reinforce the idea that women lie about such serious matters, and it causes people to not trust other women who come forward with similar stories. As a result, women stay silent, and they get blamed for that as well. It’s incredibly frustrating and I am very disappointed that Lapena reinforces that idea.

content and trigger warnings for murder, fertility problems, cheating, ableist language, abuse


Sadly, A Stranger in the House was a rather disappointing read. It was both predictable and boring. In my opinion, the author made some problematic choices, so I am wary to pick up more of her work. Still, a lot of readers seem to love The Couple Next Door, so I might give that one a chance someday.

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