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All the Bad Apples

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,496 ratings  ·  382 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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Kathy Dawson Books (first published August 1st 2019)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-m-intrigued
A BOOK about FAMILY CURSE,WITCHES, BANSHEES, GHOSTS washed with magical realism, mysterious historical journey to the family ancestors’ stories repeated itself like living in the same Groundhog Day, taken place IN IRELAND and lots of tasty, juicy apples give you cravings! What am I waiting for? GIVING WITHOUT THINKING MY 5 BILLION STARS!

My vocabulary was limited to express how I loved this book so much because this is more than a mythological, mystical, mysterious, gothic, folkloric adventure.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Break the stigma, break the curse.

An absolutely enchanting feminist tale!

I was so enthralled by this story, I could not put it down. Deena begins to unravel the mysteries of her family tree whilst on a search to find her sister, Mandy, assumed dead.

I was completely swept up in their family lore. I wanted to know everything about the Rys family.

Fowley-Doyle seamlessly blended past and present together as the narrative unfolds. The reader takes a front seat as history
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Unputdownable. This is full of inherited rage, inherited silence, inherited stigma, and so much more. It’s about a past that is only escapable if someone finally dares to speak it out loud. It’s a horrifying masterpiece that demands to look centuries of trauma in the face and scream about it or nothing will ever change. Essential, essential reading.

TW: Homophobia, internalized homophobia, historical homophobia, mentions and discussion of rape and incest
C.G. Drews
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
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Well, that was quite a painful read and it definitely made me hug my son a bit tighter. :*( A really important story and look at recent history.
Mar 19, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
"There are tears in the landscape. Pinpricks in the map. Pain stays on in a place like this."

In true Moira Fowley-Doyle fashion this is a stunningly written novel about women, sisters, family, friends, and about the length we go to for love. It's queer, it's diverse, it's witchy, and there are mother f'ing harpies. It's spooky, it's feminist and it's about the strength and resilience of women in the face of their greatest historical threat--men.

"The curse isn't on our family, it's on every
This is what a curse does : It takes a truth and twists it. It punishes those who don't conform.

ALL THE BAD APPLES is, to quote the author, a story that "was, in part, fueled by rage." I don’t want to veer away from the specific history she's shed light on but for anyone who has looked around, confused and shocked and angry, about some of the abortion bills trying to be passed in the US? You’ll want to read this book. Because Ireland had been living that life up until 2018.

That's the problem
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
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,
Temi Panayotova
Would have been interesting if it was a real ghost story. It is not about an actual supernatural curse, the plot is just plain basic and stupid and the same as the other books Doyke has written. She needs some more imagination and to stop writing this god awful predictable plots.
Do Not Waste your time with this!
Kayley Hyde
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 ahhhh wow
Karima chermiti

Trigger warning : (view spoiler)

There are things in life you hold, and there are things that hold you.

This book flew under my radar for so long I don’t know how it was even possible; full of all the things I love and appreciate in books, All the Bad Apples is an all time favorite of mine and it will always be. Like a scream in the dead silence of night, it woken something in me and made breath like it was the
3.75 stars.

"There are things that hold you, and there are things that you hold."

This book has vague similarities with The Disappearances but as much as I loved the aforementioned title, All The Bad Apples did not make it through to my 'favorites' shelf.

There were strong issues depicted in the book that would be controversial to some. I, for one, had a slight dissent from certain outlooks the author wanted to convey in the story. But aside from those topics, this book is well-written as it is
Samantha (WLABB)
Rating: 4.5 Stars

The Rhys women were cursed, and upon their 17th birthday, all the bad apples fell from the family tree.
“You’d know them a mile away. The ones who don’t look like the others, don’t act like the others. The ones who don’t conform, don’t follow the rules . . .The ones who dress differently, love differently, think differently.”

However, Mandy was determine to break the curse, and while tracing the family's history, she disappeared. They had a funeral, but Deena didn't believe her
c, (½ of readsrainbow)

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
Aly (In Wonderland)
I have no words.
5 Stars for All The Bad Apples (audiobook) by Moïra Fowler-Doyle narrated by Marisa Calin and Elizabeth Sastre. I thought I was in for an interesting tale set in a beautiful place. The premise sounded great. I had no idea that this was a fictional tale set around such an important topic. The unsettling part of the book is that many of the subjects are historically true. The narration was superb. I could listen to the narrators read the phone book. Maybe the Dublin phone book. ...more
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Neville Longbottom
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, 2019
Gorgeously written and emotionally harrowing. This book went places I wasn’t expecting it to. Everyone thinks that Deena’s older sister Mandy is dead, everyone except Deena herself. Following a trail of clues that Mandy has left behind, Deena traces the history of her family and the curse that runs through generations.

I absolutely loved Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s writing. Everything was so atmospheric, all the settings around Ireland were described in such vivid ways. The story is about all the women
The Nerd Daily
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Sasha Zatz

All The Bad Apples was the queer, witchy book I’ve always dreamed of, and I have nothing to say except to sing its praises and urge you to read it at this very moment! The perfect pitch for this novel would be “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
chloe ♡
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
“you were saying something about bad apples when i first got here, right? what was it again?”

“you know the kind,” she went on as if i hadn’t spoken. “you’d know them a mile away. the ones who don’t look like the others, don’t act like the others. the ones who don’t conform, don’t follow the rules, don’t go to church on sunday. the ones who run away, make their own lives. the ones who drink too much, talk too much, don’t work enough or at the right things. the ones who dress differently, love
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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,
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book fucked me up in the best way. Probably a fave of 2019.

I should have probably wrote my review just after reading this, because I was drowning in excitement and feelings. I mostly picked this up because it was half-price, had a beautiful cover, was queer and I had heard about some good reviews on Booktube.

And it was SO GOOD. I don't know what I expected but it was not this. Amazing teenage characters, most of them queer, on a quest of the past of the MC's family. It had a sort of dual
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, arcs
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!
andrea caro
I read this on audiobook and it was nearly enough to make me want to stop. The narrator is heavily accented - this wasn't the issue, though. It was that she was so freaking dramatic and sounded like she was crying the whole time.

It was a really hard story and I hated almost everything that happened in it. But an important one. Not a book I can read more than once, but solid.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, feminism
wrowowow this book was SO GOOD finally some good fucking food it kept me on my toes from page one
'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
Oh My God, this book. It shook me to my core. It was so incredibly amazing, I just sat on my bed after I finished reading, hugging the book and feeling million emotions at once.

This book gave voice to generations of oppressed women. It told the story and it got the message out.

Reading this book was wonderful, spellbinding experience. It was about sisters, mothers, lovers, and queers. About the bad apples, misbehaving girls and women and how the society dealt with them. About the abuse,
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The woman in the Rhys (pronounced Rice) Family are cursed. The curse goes back for generations. When Deenas older sister goes missing she is pronounced dead...but Deena knows better. Her sister is alive. Deena has been receiving letters from her. Clues written in letters telling of the past and WHY the Rhys woman are cursed. Following these letters Deena is on a path to find her sister and break this curse. This book is so dark! I was not expecting it to be this dark when I read the synopsis. ...more
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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.
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