“The Harpy” by Megan Hunter

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Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I’ll admit it, I requested this book because of the title – even the most tenuous Classics reference is enough to suck me in. I have been fascinated with Harpies ever since I was young. I don’t know if it’s because they are part bird or if it’s their sheer unadulterated, irrational feminine rage, but I’ve always thought they were really cool. Maybe that’s really strange but I’m guessing I’m not completely alone because Lucy, the main character in this story also shares this fascination.

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“Here is the Beehive” by Sarah Crossan

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Thanks to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Usually, before I write up my review I have noted down my thoughts and rating and have a quick eyeball of other reviews to see if anyone else is on the same page. Having seen a huge list of 5-star reviews and nothing else I think it is safe to say I may have missed something here.

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“Come Again” by Robert Webb

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Thanks to Canongate and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I feel like I’ve been completely behind on my reviews lately (this is not so much a feeling as a fact) and being a high school teacher who has had to completely reinvent her way of working has made things more than a little busy recently. I’m going to try and catch up a little with my reviews over the next few weeks, I think I’m sitting at about a 67% ratio on NetGalley at the moment and I want to try and get that up to maybe about 70% over the next week because there are quite a lot of books I have read but haven’t had a chance to review. To try and speed things up a little bit I am going to be dictating my reviews using a voice recognition programme so if my reviews seem a bit “chattier” then that might be the reason why. It’s also quite a fun exercise to see how Microsoft Word deals with accents, every time I say “rather” it thinks I am saying “robber” which is rather fun.

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“Sarong Party Girls” by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan


Thanks to Atlantic Books and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I knew when I read the synopsis for this book that it would be marketed as similar to Crazy Rich Asians – it’s really not though. It’s more of a satirical look at lives of a group of young Singaporean women and their never-ending quest to snag an ‘Ang-Moh’.

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“All the Things We Never Said” by Yasmin Rahman

Thanks to Hot Key Books and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

In the introduction to this book the author Yasmin Rahman talks about how she wanted to write a book for young people, a book that would resonate with teens who feel the same way she did as a teen. I’d definitely say she has nailed that aim, this 100% feels like a YA book with its audience firmly in mind.

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“Jailbirds” by Mim Skinner

Thanks to Seven Dials and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Although I am not teaching the subject currently, I started my teaching career as a Modern Studies teacher. By far my favourite topic to teach was Crime and the Law and I always found that resources and information relating specifically to women’s incarceration were thin on the ground. If only I’d had this book available then. Stats are one thing, but real stories and perspectives are invaluable. I have moved on from Modern Studies teaching, but I’ll be sure to recommend this book to the Modern Studies teachers in my school.

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“The Bride Test” by Helen Hoang

Thanks to Atlantic Books and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is apparently the second book in a series but there was no need for me to have had to read the first book in order to make sense of this one. Saying that, I’ll probably be checking out the first one soon because I really enjoyed the author’s writing style.

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