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Thirteen Reasons Why
4.07
I'm one of the very few people who strongly disliked Thirteen Reasons Why, so maybe I should explain to you why.

I hate Thirteen Reasons Why. And here’...more
not set
Aug 27, 2011
 
How to Be a Woman
3.72
You know what? Since there are so many four and five star reviews hanging around for this, I will serve a proper review to show why I absolutely could...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
 
The Bell Jar
3.94
I don't know.

I can enjoy the bleakest of books. Living Dead Girl, for example, is one of the most brutal, unforgiving books I've ever read, and yet I...more
Aug 17, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
 
The Shining Girls
3.46
Quick caveat to apologising for not reading or reviewing so much anymore. I'm an English Lit student and it's pretty much killed reading for pleasure...more
Jun 28, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
 
The Lying Game (The Lying Game, #1)
4.01
I had high hopes for this one. I was in the mood for a fun guilty pleasure, a kind of Veronica Mars meets Gossip Girl. Being a twin myself, though not...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
 
Forbidden
4.07
I am always in the unenthusiastic minority, aren't I?

Let me get one thing straight. I am not marking this book down because of the subject matter. Yes...more
Feb 05, 2011
Oct 26, 2010
 
Shift
3.74
1.5 stars

Easily my biggest disappointment of 2012 so far.

I was so excited for "Shift." So excited. I love psychological thrillers and horror novels, a...more
Jul 16, 2012
May 18, 2011
 
Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1)
3.25
1.5 stars

I really thought I would love "Fury." I usually strongly dislike paranormal reads, but this sounded like Courtney Summers' "Some Girls Are" w...more
Jan 04, 2012
Nov 28, 2011
 
What They Do in the Dark
2.62
3.5 stars

I have absolutely no idea how to rate this book.

I might have made the wrong decision now. I'm not sure.

50 pages from the end, I was ready to...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
Beatle Meets Destiny
3.63
Every positive thing you've heard about this book is true. It's funny, fast and extremely clever.

Beatle is among the most, if not THE most, loveable m...more
Jun 23, 2011
Nov 19, 2010
 
Empty
3.59
"I did not write this book to sensationalise or shock. I intended Dell's story to serve as a window into her soul - the soul of a broken human being....more
Jul 20, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
 
Slide (Slide, #1)
3.68
2.5 stars

I feel so conflicted about "Slide." On the whole, I felt that it was extremely intriguing and promising but ultimately disappointing.

It reall...more
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
 
Ponies
3.76
I want to cry.

I want to be sick.

I just...

Well, I sort of want to scream at Kij Johnson. Not because "Ponies" is bad but because it's just so good.

It's...more
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
 
Hushed
4.09
I beta-read this book, and you are going to love it. It's dark and beautiful and totally unforgettable.

ETA:

Now we're getting near the release date, I...more
Jan 2011
Jul 20, 2011
 
Sharp Objects
3.87
"Women love vulnerability. Most women."

I'm pretty sure that Gillian Flynn writes just for me.

I'm aware of how narcissistic that sounds, but hear me ou...more
Jul 27, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
 
Dark Inside (Dark Inside, #1)
3.93
2.5 stars

"Dark Inside" and I got off to such a good start. It's the kind of book that I have a great love/hate relationship with: the premise is so ch...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 29, 2011
 
I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother
3.27
[Note: I'm reviewing this quite a long time after I finished the book because I've been really busy for the past couple of months. I can still remembe...more
Oct 2011
Sep 25, 2011
 
Closer (Methuen Modern Plays)
4.01
Closer talks a lot, but it doesn't actually say anything.

Marber is good at acting like he does. The characters are witty, the situations they get them...more
Oct 12, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
 
Mrs Dalloway
3.76
Mrs. Dalloway is an easy book to admire, but it's not an easy book to like or - dare I say it? - love. At least, not to me.

It is a series of vignettes...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
 
Invincible Summer
3.57
This book is sharp, beautiful and almost painful in places. It is the perfect beach read, not that it is light and fluffy (it isn't), but it gels perf...more
Apr 21, 2011
Aug 07, 2010
 
Mansfield Park
3.79
Literally one of the worst novels I've ever read. Follow a morally superior girl in her (non-existent) adventures, during which nothing happens except...more
Apr 2014
Apr 07, 2014
 
Cross and Burn (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #8)
4.08
1.5 stars

If you loved, loved the other books in this series, you'll probably at least like this one. I've read 3-4 of the Hill/Jordan books, usually s...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 20, 2014
 
The Fever
3.33
[This review is angry - it's not meant to insult anybody who enjoyed this book. I NEVER write reviews before I'm done usually, even if I have to skim...more
not set
May 30, 2014
 
Mice
3.57
3.5 stars

It seems weird for me to describe "Mice" as a disappointment when I'm giving it such a high rating and there was so much about it I liked.

Bu...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
 
Pieces of Us
3.55
4.5 stars

"Pieces of Us" is a dark, beautiful, brilliant book.

It's so...REAL. Even though I haven't experienced anything that the characters went throu...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
 
You Against Me
3.72
If I'm honest, this book is probably more of a 3.5/5 for me, but it definitely doesn't deserve to be dropped to a 3.

Downham's writing is superb. I hat...more
Jan 2011
Oct 23, 2010
 
Charm & Strange
3.82
'You're the meanest of all! You're the one who drugged me!'

I almost wish I didn't "have" to write this review, because, though this is a flawed book,...more
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
 
Room
3.95
3 stars? 2.5? 3.5? 4? 2? It's up to you. I am at a loss.

After roughly five months, I've finally finished Room. And, well, this review is going to be a...more
Sep 08, 2014
Sep 08, 2014
 
Cryer's Cross
3.75
[The UK title is The Missing. Personally, I much prefer the US title. The UK one is unbelievably generic. Neither of them are exactly unique, though.]...more
Aug 09, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
 
Fury
3.60
There are a lot of things to love about Shirley Marr's "Fury", but top of the list has to be, in my mind -- guts.

Not just because "Fury" is edgy. It i...more
Jan 09, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
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