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Guest Post: 5 mini reviews

Guest Post : Emily Meade

Last year I wrote a mini-review of every book I read. To give you plenty of books to add to your TBR, here is a mini-review of every book I’ve read so far.

66.The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

This was a really, really cute book. In my writing, I’m always trying to incorporate more SENSORY description, and this novel is one of the best teachers, because the main character is an ‘aromateur’ in training (she and her mother make love potions). Everything is described by its scent. I was absolutely in AWE of those descriptions; it was probably my favourite part of the book.

  1. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

The absolute perfect conclusion to the trilogy, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  1. The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

A retelling of The Little Mermaid with bisexual mermaids. Heck yeah. I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to, but I’d recommend it just for the mermaids.

  1. Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan

There’s a lot to love about this book. The MC is a girl who loves science and wants to be an astronaut. Her mum ditches her and her baby sister, which was awful to read about, but I loved the story and The Biscuit Club and finding out more about the universe.

  1. How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring-Blake

For me, the two main relationships – Grace and her mother, and Grace and Eva – didn’t work. Grace’s mother is emotionally manipulative, reckless and childish. As for Grace and Eva, their relationship seemed to progress very quickly, and I hated that Eva got all chummy with Grace’s mother. Plus, she does the whole, ‘At least you’ve got a mum – my mother is dead’ thing, which is so not a fair comparison, and it made me kind of dislike Eva. There’s still a lot of good going for it. Great bisexual rep, an interracial f/f relationship, piano and ballet, grief, navigating relationships, pizza fries and a small-town seaside setting. So if those are things you’d enjoy, I say go for it.

I’m Emily Mead.a 21-year-old Aussie YA writer, PR student and amateur French learner. Bookstagram: @emilyjmead i