‘Good Me, Bad Me’, By Ali Land: Book Review

Milly is starting a new life with her foster family. She desperately wants to fit in with them and have a permanent home somewhere she can feel safe. You see, Milly is really Annie. And Annie’s mother is a serial killer.

As her mother’s trial approaches, Milly has to try to come to terms with all of the horrors she saw in her house, and with the fact that it was she who turned her mother into the police.

But her mother is always in her head, permeating even her dreams, validating Milly’s fears that she can never be rid of her, and raising the question of whether she is destined to be her mother’s daughter in more than just birth.

‘The Wonder’, by Emma Donoghue: Book Review

Lib, an English nurse who trained under Florence Nightingale, has been sent to rural Ireland to carry out a strange assignment. She has been asked to watch over an eleven-year-old girl, Anna, who claims to have been living without food for months, yet is still healthy.

The ‘miracle child’ has drawn people from all over the country, but not all believe her tales. So Lib and a local nun must take it in turns to watch over her, and see if she is indeed living without food as she claims to be.

‘Say Nothing’, by Brad Parks: Book Review

Judge Scott Sampson thinks nothing of the text he gets from his wife saying she will be picking up their two children from school that afternoon. He’s disappointed that he’ll miss their weekly swimming time, but he goes on with his day.

Until his wife comes home alone that evening, saying she knows nothing about the text, assuming he was picking up the children as normal.

‘A Justified Bitch’ by H.G. McKinnis: Book Review

When a severed finger turns up on Helen Taylor’s doorstep, the police must try to find out if she saw what happened to her recently deceased (and dismembered) neighbour. But Helen has trouble remembering things, and her dead husband, Bobby, talking over her shoulder isn’t helping. So the police call in her sister, Pat, to see if she can make any sense of what Helen says.

Love Stories For People Who Hate Love Stories

I’m going to admit to you now that I hate love stories. Romance novels where the girl meets a handsome millionaire who’s just messed up enough for her to save. Or the strong-willed business woman from the city meets a wild country-man who teaches her about life. Soppy, emotional, sentimental crap, in my opinion, but maybe I’ve just been single for too long. So, romance novels have never made it onto my reading list.

But occasionally a story comes along that, despite its lovey-dovey themes, doesn’t make me want to vomit. Love stories that are a bit less cringe-worthy and a bit more rational.

So, with Valentine’s Day on everyone’s mind I thought I’d share some of these books for those of us that want to partake in the festivities, but not to the point of spewing.

Would You Rather?: Book Lovers Edition

As a book lover, some questions are harder to answer than others. What book do I read next? Do I continue reading that book I’m not really enjoying, just because I’ve started it? Is it okay that I cried more about the death of a fictional character than I’ve ever cried in real life? 

Book Review: ‘Red Rising,’ by Pierce Brown

I haven’t read much YA fiction in my life. I’ve seen The Hunger Games films, and I’ve read Harry Potter, but that’s about it. So I was wary when my friend recommended Red Rising, assuming it wouldn’t be something I was interested in. But, I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised.

Red Rising follows Darrow, a Red, the lowest caste in his society on Mars. He mines underground for helium-3, getting the planet ready to be inhabited by future generations. He is happy enough in his life as a Helldiver, surrounded by family.