“Kingdom of the Wicked” by Kerri Maniscalco

Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I will admit my expectations for this book were pretty low. Not for any particular reason other than almost all of the YA Fantasy I’ve read recently have all been rather meh and I thought this would be much and such the same. In this instance however, I was very happy to be proven very wrong.

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“The Last Story of Mina Lee” by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

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

This book tells the story of Mina, a South Korean immigrant to the United States and her daughter Margot. The story is told from two different viewpoints, Mina in the past and Margot in the present day. The story chronicles Mina’s life as an immigrant and Margot’s journey to find out the cause of her mother’s unexpected death.

Mina’s story is definitely the stronger of the two, but I enjoyed Margot’s too. The narrative explores the dark side of the American dream and the challenges faced by undocumented immigrants and the Korean diaspora in the United States which makes for some tough reading at some points. The novel also delves into the enduring effects of past trauma, grief and loss and was often desperately sad.

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“A Woman” by Sibilla Aleramo

Thanks to Penguin Press UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Hmmm…how does one summarise a book such as this? I guess by saying it is VERY Italian. The book is an autobiographical account of the life of the Italian writer Sibilla Aleramo and follows the early part of her life and career at the beginning of the 20th century. Continue reading ““A Woman” by Sibilla Aleramo”

“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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“The Deathless Girls” by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Thanks to Hachette Children’s Group and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

So I was really pumped to read this, I really like Hargrave’s writing and I’m also really excited to read The Mercies when it’s released. Plus, a feminist Brides of Dracula retelling? Yeah, I’m here for that.

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