Dead End Girls by Wendy Heard: Blog Tour & Book Review

Firstly, what. a. concept! The book kicks off with Maude in the throws of committing pseudocide (i.e., faking her own death). She’s been playing the part of the perfect student, daughter, and girlfriend all the while secretly working side jobs, procuring fake but inscrutable fake IDs, and creating her new British identity, Elizabeth. She has it all planned out and is ready to set it all in motion during her step-family’s annual trip to Hawaii.

That is – until her step-cousin catches her in the act.

But Frankie is battling her own demons, and rather than rat Maude out, she wants in herself. But Maude never anticipated a tagalong on her journey, and her intricate planning quickly unravels under the stark reality of their situation. But the girls are in it together now. And there’s no going back.

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Very Bad People by Kit Frick: Blog Tour & Book Review

Today is both my stop on the blog tour promoting Very Bad People by Kit Frick as well as its book birthday! 🎉 Let me tell you about how much I enjoyed this dark academia YA thriller from its first page to its last~ 🥁🥁💥

Look, if you’re familiar at all with my blog, then you know that YA thrillers are my guilty pleasure. And one set at a boarding school? With a secret society? 😙👌 Perfection.

Very Bad People was absolutely that dark academia YA thriller. Boasting of long-buried family affairs, mysterious deaths, and elusive groups, Very Bad People advertised a lot within its pages. And believe me, it delivered.

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The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner: ARC Book Review

The Lost Apothecary takes place across two different timelines: 1791 and modern-day, and volleys between three protagonists: Caroline, Eliza and Nella. After finding out that her husband was cheating on her, Caroline decides to take what would have been their anniversary trip to London on her own. She joins up with a mudlarking group searching for treasure by the river Thames and comes across an odd object: an old vial with a mysterious marking of a bear on it.

Her curiosity piqued, Caroline begins to research the origin of the vial, and soon finds herself immersed in the history of London circa 1791 – where an unnamed apothecary helped women get revenge on the men who scorned them was whispered about.

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Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney: ARC Book Review

I’ve had The Nest sitting on my bookshelf for – and I’m not exaggerating – literal YEARS. My best friend (who I implicitly trust for immaculate book recommendation) gave me her copy after having read it back when it came out. And I still haven’t gotten around to it… 😅

But! Because of this little anecdote, my eyes were immediately drawn to Good Company – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s sophomore novel. So I was very excited when I was able to get my hands on an ARC. Finally, I would have read something by her to tell my friend about!

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Bruised by Tanya Boteju: ARC Book Review

Bruised tells the story of Daya, a Canadian teen of Sri-Lankan descent, who is traumatized by the car accident that took her parents’ lives. Living with her kooky aunt and uncle, with whom she’s never had a close bond, and suffering from survivor’s guilt, she turns to self-harm as a means to manage her internal pain. So when her friend takes her to a roller derby event, she immediately feels a connection to the sport. Most notably because of the opportunity it offers her to hurt herself more frequently.

The title of this novel itself actually comes from this revelation. As Daya’s acts of self-harm take the form of accumulating a collection of bruises across her body. But there’s much more to roller derby than getting roughed up, and a lot more going on internally that Daya needs to work through. Feelings of grief that won’t go just away, no matter how many bruises she collects.

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