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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.

Cover of Where You'll Find Me

71. Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend

I looooove love love that this is an MG about mental illness – not the MC, but her mother, who has Bipolar II. It shows that it’s not a kid’s job to take care of their parents. Honestly, reading a lot of contemporary YA I see a lot of TERRIBLE parents who should barely be considered adults, and this was so refreshing. Also, positive step-mother rep (once Anna gets over herself a little bit). And female friendship plus a capella singing. Totally recommend for a sweet MG book with some really great mental illness rep.

Cover of Here I stand

72. Here I Stand: Stories That Speak For Freedom edited by Amnesty International UK

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand I think it’s great that Amnesty International has commissioned this book, because there are some really important issues here – the death penalty, slavery and racism, for example. But at the same time I’m really uncomfortable with the fact that the GREAT majority of the authors are white, and often writing stories that really don’t belong to them. Which I think is a problem.

  1. The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

I think my expectations for this book were way too high after the brilliance of Code Name Verity. And though I liked the Scottish setting and the mystery and Julie, the plot couldn’t get me through the slow pace like Elizabeth Wein has managed before. It’s set in the 1930s and really digs into some of the prejudices of that time.

  1. Lace Bone Beast by N. L. Shompole

Some of these poems are absolutely incredible, and though I hate to compare poetry, it did remind me a lot of Milk and Honey. It’s about forgiveness, self-worth and love, and while some didn’t really strike a chord, there are a few that are absolutely brilliant and more than make up for it.

Cover of Beauty and the Beast

  1. Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve

Did you know that the book version is SO DIFFERENT to the Disney version? It’s more boring and there are less talking candlesticks. I’d stay with the movie version.

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

1 comment


That's a shame about The Pearl Thief; I really liked the first half of Code Name Verity. I think I'll still read it, though, because I need more Julie.

3rd Jul, 19