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BOOK REVIEW: Wilder Girls by Rory Power

A feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears. This fresh debut is a mind-bending novel unlike anything you’ve read before. – Penguin Random House

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Title: Wilder Girls

Author: Rory Power

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: YA, Horror, Mystery

Format: Physical book

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.


MY REVIEW:

I would describe Wilder Girls as a mix of YA horror, survival, and dystopia. The author did a great job of writing the gruesome horror aspects! I would say that was the strongest part of the book.

The story follows 3 girls who are at a boarding school on an island. The girls at the boarding school all get sick and start to form all sorts of different deformities. Its unclear why this is happening to the girls and therefore, the island is under quarantine while scientists try to cure them.

The idea of this book is awesome! I really enjoyed the characters. I loved the main character Hetty and her friend Byatt. I have to admit I wasn’t the biggest fan of Reese 🤷🏼‍♀️ I liked that there was little to no romance in this story. There was some hints of romance but it was really kept to a minimal.

Survival was a big part of the story. Probably 99% of the time the story focuses on the girls just trying to survive another day. It was quite desperate at times and did keep me on the edge of my seat.

BUT this story just lacked something for me. Maybe it was the fact that no real action happens until the end of the book. Maybe it was ending that felt totally unresolved and just finished with nothing answered. The characters really kept me in this book. The story itself was interesting and unique but wasn’t AMAZING!


Have you read this one or is it on your TBR? I’d love to hear what you think of this one!! Chat with me in the comments!

BOOK REVIEW: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Author: Christina Lauren

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Format: Ebook

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?


MY REVIEW:

My heart is full. I feel so satisfied with this book, I am literally sighing as I sit here thinking about it! This was probably one of the best love stories I have read. It was perfect in every way!

Hazel is the most hilarious and wholesome person. I loved her character! I don’t have enough words to describe how awesome she is! I loved her craziness and her overwhelming truth. She was herself 100% and I thought that was so heartwarming.

Josh is the guy every single girl needs in their life. He sounds SO PERFECT. Like Hazel said “blueprint for perfect” haha. I loved every second of him 😍

This book was the perfect amount of romance, sex, mixed feelings, and emotional uncertainty. I never questioned Josh and Hazel at any point during the story and well, the ending had me extremely happy and full of so much love!!

This was my first Christina Lauren book and I WILL be reading all of them after reading this work of art. I want everyone to read this and experience this romantic, sexy, quirky, love induced rollercoaster. This was everything I didn’t know I needed 🙌🏻


This was a fantastic read! I love that I am getting more and more into these chick-lit style books! They are so fun and honestly such a good break from what is happening in the world! Its a different kind of escape opposed to reading fantasy or thrillers.

Have you read this one? What did you think?

BOOK REVIEW: The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme. – Goodreads

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Title: The Lantern’s Ember

Author: Colleen Houck

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal

Format: Physical copy

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos. 


MY REVIEW:

This is a story about a lovely witch named Ember who goes on an unforgettable adventure into The Otherworld with the help of a handsome vampire, a lantern, and a mortal. The book has everything spooky! There are witches, ghosts, vampires, goblins, lanterns, even the Boogeyman! There is action and mystery throughout that doesn’t stop or slow down. I got some Halloweentown vibes from this one!! I honestly couldn’t get enough of this story.

Ember, the main character, is so wonderful. I found right away I was drawn to her rebellious and curious personality. She is so easily liked which is apparent throughout the story as many of the male characters are infatuated with her!! I had NO problems with Ember. She was smart and made good decisions. She wasn’t easily swayed by romance which was different! Normally female characters are so driven by romance. Not Ember. She was independent and while there is a romance in this story, it is not her that is leading it. I loved that aspect of the book!

Dev, the vampire that is involved in Embers adventure, was so handsome and interesting! He was everything a vampire should be (mysterious, dangerous, instinct driven) and everything a vampire shouldn’t be (caring, empathetic, and thoughtful). I LOVED Dev. He was fabulous. He saved the day several times and had such a deep and honest care for Ember that just made my heart melt into a puddle of love. He was probably my favourite character and I have to say I was a little bit disappointed that Dev didn’t get the ending I was hoping for!

Jack, the lantern, was a very intriguing character to me! First off, you are probably asking “what is a lantern?” So, Jack is basically immortal and essentially dead. He lives to protect the “crossroads” which are the spots that the mortal world and The Otherworld connect. He spends his days just watching and stopping humans from crossing and also stopping creatures from entering the mortal world. This is how he met Ember and that is where the real journey begins. Jack is a sweet character. It took me a little bit to warm up to him but once I did I was hooked. He is such a special character in this story and believe me, the ending will have you smiling ear to ear!

Overall story – LOVED IT!! The author took such a wildly fun idea and did an amazing job. There was not even one time that I couldn’t picture where the characters were. Everything was perfectly descriptive but not boring. There was a lot of background for the characters that helped bring them to life. The story is written in 3rd person point of view so everyone’s thoughts and feelings are quite out in the open throughout the story. I actually really enjoyed that because it gave me more information and everyone’s true intentions! Also, the ending had me a little shocked but also happy with some warm and fuzzy feelings!!

I saw a lot of mixed reviews about this book. There were some 1 star, some DNF reviews, but also some 4 and 5 stars. I had no idea what to expect so I just went into it with an open mind. I have to say I was so pleasantly surprised by this and really connected to the characters. I love spooky things so this fit so perfectly. By no means was this book scary or anything, just simply the idea of the story gave it those spooky vibes! I would recommend anyone who enjoys Halloween, witches, magic, or spooky creatures to read this book!


Do you like paranormal, spooky, fantasy reads? Have you read this one?