Review: ‘Local Girl Gone Missing’ by Claire Douglas

I haven’t read many mystery books, but I really wanted to get into them more, so when I saw this book I was interested from the start when I read the description.

The old Victorian pier was once a thing of beauty. It’s also where twenty-one-year-old Sophie Collier vanished eighteen years ago.

Francesca has spent the last twenty years haunted by the disappearance of her best friend. But when she receives a phone call from Sophie’s brother saying that a body has been found, she knows she can’t keep hiding from what happened. With her own secrets to keep, Francesca doesn’t relish the idea of digging up the past or returning to Oldcliffe. But it is time to go back to where she grew up, and it looks like she isn’t the only one there hiding truths.

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Review: ‘Flame in the Mist’ by Renee Ahdieh

I recieved this book in the May Fairyloot box ‘Warriors and Legends’ and this book definitely lived up to the theme. It was a loose retelling of Mulan, and it really paralleled Mulan’s greatness and the whole idea of a woman is just as good as a man.

 (There are spoilers in this review but I hope I’ve made them clear enough and easy to skip over. The rest of the review will make sense if you skip over the section about the spoilers. I’ve written the spoiler in this font so that it would be easier to miss and skim over so that it doesn’t affect the plot!).

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

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‘Letters to my Fanny’ by Cherry Healey Review

If you want to start getting into self-love books, and just feminist loving books in general, I really would recommend this as a beginners book. I hadn’t read many full on feminist books before, I only tried to read fantasy books hoping they had a badass feminist storyline towards it, but naturally, most of them have the typical storyline trope which isn’t exactly what I have in mind.

This book is a love letter, to my body. In fact it’s several letters – to every part from my brain to my belly. I spent most of my life hating my body. I forced it to survive on a diet of ham; I squeezed it into asphyxiating support pants; I accidentally cut my delicate area whilst trimming my lady garden.

But now I’ve realised that it deserves some well overdue TLC. This book is the story of how I’ve come to understand some vital life lessons and started to love being a woman. I hope you enjoy it. Except you, Mum and Dad. You should stop reading now. It’s for the best. I promise

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Review: “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” By Jenny Han

I’ve been meaning to read and review this book after I saw it over my Instagram constantly a few months ago, and I’m glad I’ve actually gotten around to reviewing it. It’s a typical type of teen romance story, but it drew me in so much. The book itself is gorgeous, and honestly, I think I would have bought the book because of the cover alone, but luckily, it turned out to be a pretty good book in my opinion.

Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times bestselling “lovely, lighthearted romance” from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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My June TBR list

Well, it’s not so much of a list, and instead, it’s a slightly daunting pile.

Alongside my 3 ancient Greek Tragedies (Aeschylus’ Trojan Women, Euripides Ion and Suppliants and a lost tragedy involving Athena and Hephaistos, congrats to anyone who spots the correlation between these!), I have a pile of books I’m super excited to read, yet super conflicted on which one to start with.

So hopefully with this post, we can share our fear in our ideal monthly reads, while also understanding that chances are, I will come across a book I’ve read 1000 times, or a random book that I picked up on sale, and will probably put these back on the shelf.

If any of you guys have read these, please leave a comment saying which one! I need motivation!

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Review: ‘The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Life’ by Jennifer Byrne

Ever feel that you’re the only lazy girl who just can’t bring herself to wash her hair when you know you probably should? Trust me, you’re not. This is why this amazing guide was created by Byrne, to help fellow Lazy girls out throughout the typical day to day struggles.

This collection of humorous life hacks features 100 easy, low-commitment solutions to the everyday problems of the twenty-something woman.

Do you have a lot to do but can’t seem to bring yourself to do it? The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Life can teach you how to get things done with as little effort as possible. Learn to simplify your beauty routine, keep up with your friendships, hack the dating game, and get by in the corporate world with these easy, low-commitment suggestions. You’ll find over 100 solutions to your most common problems, including:

-Smoothing out frosting on store-bought cupcakes so they look homemade
-Hiding dirty dishes in a soapy sink before company arrives
-Washing and styling bangs (only) to avoid the limp hair look
-Faking it as a food blogger to snag a dinner reservation
-Reading the plot summary online before a book club meeting

With lazy girl–approved hacks that range from humorous advice to quick fixes, you’ll be able to find a temporary solution to simplify your life in no time!

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