Book Review: The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

One day, on the island of Here, an enormous, unruly beard explodes from Dave’s face. It disrupts society, throwing life into chaos as the beard begins to threaten the order of things. It is too reminiscent of There, the dark unknown land beyond the edge of Here. The people work together to contain the beard, but it just continues to grow and grow…

Book Review: Gemma Bovery by Posy Simmonds

Set in France, Gemma Bovery is told from the perspective of a French baker, and follows his obsession with a young English woman who moves into the area with her husband. A silent observer, Joubert lives voyeuristically by watching an affair unfold between Gemma and a local man, but is driven to hysteria as he believes her fate will be the same as the protagonist of Madame Bovary – ending in tragedy.

Book Review: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Roomies is narrated by two girls from different states, who will soon be thrown together in the same dorm room at university.  Lauren is from a bustling family, juggling several jobs alongside her duties at home, but has mixed feelings about leaving it all behind.  EB has a strained relationship with her mother and a boyfriend she isn’t all that interested in, and is looking forward to starting a new life […]

Book Review: The Trees by Ali Shaw

Title: The Trees Author: Ali Shaw Genre: Fiction, Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism Source: Net Galley (I received a copy of this for free in exchange for an honest review) “There are no good men and there are no bad. Good and bad are just ideas, made up by priests and the…

Book Review: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

Title: The Sleeper and the Spindle Author: Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell (illustrator) Genre: Fiction, Retelling, Fantasy “There are choices,” she thought, when she had sat long enough. “There are always choices.” INFO | Goodreads BUY | The Book Depository The Sleeper and the Spindle takes aspects of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty…

Book Review: The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Title: The Girl of Ink and Stars Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave Genre: Fiction, Teen, Fantasy, Adventure “All things have a cycle…a habit of returning the way they came. Seasons, water, lives, perhaps even trees. You don’t always need a map to find your path back.” INFO | Goodreads BUY | The…

Book Review: ZOO by Otsuichi

Title: ZOO Author: Otsuichi Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, Horror Source: Net Galley (I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review) “Love and death are not different things, they are the front and back of the same thing.” INFO | Goodreads BUY | The Book Depository ZOO is a translated…