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All the Bad Apples

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  53 reviews
The day after the funeral all our mourning clothes hung out on the line like sleeping bats. 'This will be really embarrassing,' I kept saying to my family, 'when she shows up at the door in a week or two.'

When Deena's wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears - presumed dead - her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It's just another bad thing to
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Penguin
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Khadidja ~on hiatus~
Mar 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
Idk anything about this book. BUT i'm willing to read this book just because of the cover,,,, hOW CAN A PERSON BE THIS BEAUTIFUL I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND
Julie Zantopoulos
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019, arc
Such an impactful story with messages and writing that are both...haunting. Full review to come.

*ARC received at ALA*
This book is a very Fowley-Doyle story. If you've read her before, you'll know exactly what I mean : she infuses her twisty whimsy, her magical storyweaving, her mysterious realism into a narrative that has deeper, darker, roots. In ALL THE BAD APPLES it's about women, it's about shame, it's about family.

Full review to come on release date!

** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
All the Bad Apples has everything you should expect from a Moïra Fowley-Doyle novel: beautiful atmosphere, blurred lines between the magical and the ordinary, and queer characters. At the same time, it's so much darker and angrier than usual.

This felt like the bookish equivalent of a scream.
You might think this is a story about a lesbian who has a very traditional catholic father and who is grappling with the consequences of her older sister's disappearance and what might be a family curse, disc
anna (readingpeaches)
hey btw, as per the author on twitter, this "has a lesbian narrator with a bisexual best friend (& other q***r supporting characters)"
J.A. Ironside
ARC provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

I fucking love this book. It's easily one of my favourite reads of 2019. All the Bad Apples follows Deena, who undertakes a quest to find her missing older sister when she vanishes on her seventeenth birthday - apparently in response to the Rys family curse. The curse falls on the 'bad apples' of the family. Those who cannot be 'nice, normal girls'. The ones who have sex outside of marriage or who desire other women or act in any other w

disappointed @ how this book used the d-slur (and not in a good way) to refer to the mc before using the word lesbian and she never referred to herself as a lesbian like........please can u just have ur LESBIAN mc use the word lesbian once i beg

Rep: lesbian mc, biracial (black) bisexual side character, wlw li
'spellbook of the lost and found' was mind-blowing, and i'm almost sure this book is going to snatch my wig as well
we also have a lesbian mc in this one... iconic af
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, lgbt
I quite enjoyed the Irish setting of the story, the writing was lovely and descriptive enough and a diverse cast of characters was obviously a plus. The plot, however, relied a lot on stories about the past and it got repetitive quite soon while also interfering with the development of characters in the present time. So I enjoyed this novel but I wish it went into a different direction in some places.

A big thank you to the publisher and the Edelweiss+ website for providing me with an early copy!
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler-free review.

I absolutely loved Spellbook of the Lost and Found when I read it back in 2017. Ever since then, I’ve been a big fan of Doyle’s fantastic, dream-like writing. All the Bad Apples was a hugely anticipated book for me, and I’m so pleased to say that I loved it even more than I could have hoped.

What I love about Doyle’s writing is the way she uses her atmospheric, bea
Krystle Doria
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a physical ARC of this book from bookcon, and I would love to personally thank the girl who recommended it me because I ABSOLUTELY loved this story!!! It is such an important read for women today. All The Bad Apples is also based on true events that sparked the author to write it. It’s so raw and so real, but also has supernatural/ magical aspects to it. The lore of the “banshees” was so interesting and so original. I fell in love with each and every character, but most importantly, I ...more
Manon the Malicious
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was provided an ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

As always, Fowley-Doyle pulled me into this story. I found myself reading faster and faster as Deena attempted to undo the family curse.

Full review to follow.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

I started this book with no expectations whatsoever. And while it wasn't 100% perfect (some parts felt a bit all over the place) it was really great. Some twists were really predictable but i was hooked nonetheless.

All the bad apples tells the story of Deena, a seventeen-year old girl with an odd family: her mother died when she was still a baby, her father did not raise her but left her in the care of her sister Rachel that is twice her age, while Rachel's twin Mandy, the "free spirit" kept ru
Kim Dyer
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trigger warning: Rape, violence against women, child abuse, homophobia, sexual language, slut shaming.

All the Bad Apples is not an easy novel to read, but it is an incredibly important one. The novel sets itself up as a whimsical tale - a grieving teenager's mission to prove that her sister is not dead by investigating a supposed curse on her family - but it is ultimately so much more than that. It is a dive into the dark heart of Ireland's history, exposing a Catholic hypocrisy and oppression o
Emily (emilykatereads)
"This is what a curse does: It takes a truth and twists it. It punishes those who don't conform. It sets the parameters of conformity so narrow that few can actually stick to them."

This book is so heartbreakingly beautiful. Told in stories between the past and the present, we follow a family history that involves a curse on its women. The female bad apples of the family are cursed, and knocked off the family tree when they turn seventeen.

It's a story about being a woman in a world that hates wo
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my Goodness this book is freaking incredible! Moïra has taken fact and run with it so much so it's as if her wonderful characters are real and not just fiction. There's no words to describe how I feel about this book but I will say that this is a book that EVERYONE needs to read as it is an important piece of work talking about our history. I can not wait to go to the launch on Tuesday! Please read this book you wouldn't regret it!
I stayed up until 3am reading. I lost track of time from the minute I started. All the Bad Apples is a magical book full of family, feminism, and history. I learned so many hidden things as I fell in love with Deena and her family. Fowley-Doyle has, once again, healed my heart. Blog Tour post with accompanying review will be up on August 24.
A story of Irish women and queer folk possibly cursed by banshees (but definitely cursed by the Catholic church and the cis-gendered heteropatriarchy). Although the women in the story are fictional, the Magdalene laundries, mother-and-baby homes, rape, incest, forced pregnancies, bigotry and stigma they experience are all very, very real (see the detailed Author’s note with dates, statistics, and references). In spite of the horrifying things I just listed, the book manages to not be misery porn ...more
Rep: Lesbian protagonist. Biracial (Black and white), bisexual secondary character. Lesbian secondary character. In the stories of ancestors, there's a bisexual character and a lesbian character, though no labels are used. Two f/f relationships, one just at the very beginning of a relationship.

Trigger and warnings under the spoiler, because they're long.

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Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book!!! I am beyond excited
C.G. Drews
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm sitting here just trying to...gather myself after this incredibly hard-hitting powerful story. This was deeply, deeply moving. Like I was nearly choking on rage tears at the end there (inwardly) because it's so deeply about feminism, about the history of abuse and cruelty and discrimination that queer people and women have suffered forever. I'm serious...I was so gobsmacked. This book WENT for it. And holy shit, it nailed the topic.

// this is no light read
It's beautifully written and framed
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
-Featuring feminism, family curses and magic

All the Bad Apples was the queer, witchy book I've always dreamed of, and I have nothing to say about except to sing it's praises and urge you to read it at this very moment! I believe I've previously pitched it as "A queer, feminist witchy novel featuring a family curse and haunted houses in Ireland."
This was the first novel I've read by Möira Fowley-Doyle, but I'll definitely be picking up her previous novels because this was a beautifully dark, twis
Deena is frustrated. She's been raised by her sisters since she was a baby, their mother is dead, their father can't stand to live in the house anymore and moved out, but he still comes home every now and then to yell at them for not upholding the family name and causing embarrassment. Deena is turning seventeen, and she's also accidentally been forced out of the closet to the disgrace of her father. A bunch of girls at her private Catholic school are mocking and bullying her, but it doesn't mat ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Tw:homophobia, rape, Physical abuse, suicide, abortion

Having been a fan of Fowley-Doyle's previous book, Spellbook of the Lost and Found, I knew I needed to read All the Bad Apples. That plus the gorgeous cover (US & UK), people telling me it was feminist and queer, I was sold! All the Bad Apples is one of those books that not only grips you tightly with its sense of mystery,
Tabrizia Jones
Thank you Edelweiss+ and Penguin Publishing for an advanced in exchange for an honest review.

I have no words after reading this one. This novel was just so amazing! I would give it 10 stars if I could. Fowley-Doyle took such an important issue and incorporated such realistic and magical themes and created such a terrific story. I was captivated with it from beginning to end. The feminist themes were abundantly clear but something that everyone can take with them as this story. The magical realis
Gah, how do I write a short review about this book? All The Bad Apples is such an adventure, one that will grip you by the throat, one that will have you checking the shadows for ghosts & one that will (most importantly) leave you angry. Moïra is an incredibly talented writer & finishing this book has just made me want to read Spellbook of the Lost & Found all over again. Moïra’s work is refreshing, consuming & just so bloody good. Read this book y’all.

⚠ Homophobia from the start
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such an important book about shame and family history, but it is also so much more than that - it is about discovering the past and how that can shape a country and a family. I do not want to say too much for fear of spoilers, but it is truly an interesting and impactful read.

The weaving of the present-day telling (present day for this meaning 2012), and the history was well put together, which I appreciated. Also this takes place in Ireland, which made it an ideal purchase and read for
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone 👏 needs 👏 to 👏 read 👏 this 👏 book 👏

This book is beautiful and heartbreaking and the most heartbreaking thing is that THESE THINGS HAPPENED.
It made me angry with my country. Made me happy that we've come a long way from those days. Made me angry again that we still have a long way to go. And finally made me inexplicably happy that Moïra Fowley-Doyle wrote this book.
From one bad apple to the hundreds upon thousands, in Ireland and elsewhere, this book is a must read.
"Cry. Rage. Speak out
Anamelia Regan
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book broke me in so many ways. I cried all the way through and I'm still crying now I've put it down. It was beautiful and heart breaking and relatable and shows the harsh reality faced by so many women not so long ago. My heart is heavy but full after reading this and the message is so important and empowering.
I am a bad apple and I'm proud of that. We should all be bad apples, and we should fight for what is important.

I have so many thoughts about this book and I don't know how to expres
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Moïra Fowley-Doyle is half-French, half-Irish and lives in Dublin with her husband, two daughters and two cats. Moïra's French half likes red wine and dark books in which everybody dies. Her Irish half likes tea and happy endings.

Moïra spent several years at university studying vampires in young adult fiction before concentrating on writing young adult fiction with no vampires in it whatsoever. Sh