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Tag: beat the backlist

General Fiction

You Will Know Me

I’ve been meaning to try Megan Abbott’s books for years and finally the Popsugar challenge gave me a push to pick one up. Devon Knox is a rising gymnast star, introduced to the sport when she lost two toes to a mower as a toddler….

5 Star, Non-Fiction

Inferior

In Inferior, Angela Saini looks at the bias at work in science, specifically when it comes to studies in sex difference. From Darwin’s frankly appalling (but of his time) attitude to women to modern day studies, Saini looks at their evidence and takes apart theories…

Young Adult

After the Fire

Seventeen year old Moonbeam has spent most of her life in the compound of the Lord’s Legion, until the government come to take her away, the very people she has been taught are servants of the serpent. Now in the clutches of the enemy, Moonbeam…

Fantasy

The Diviners

It’s 1926 and Evie O’Neill has been packed off to stay with her uncle in New York. It’s meant to be punishment but Evie cannot wait to escape her provincial life and discover the delights of the Big Apple. Her crime? She’s a seer and…

5 Star, Science Fiction

Scythe

I must have bypassed Scythe when it came out, because I’d become a bit phased by young adult dystopia, but then I saw Hanna @ Booking in Heels loved it. She’s a tough critic. Turns out it’s set in a utopia and has plenty to…

5 Star, Horror

Into the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep reminded me in many ways of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, but instead of dinosaurs, there are killer mermaids. It’s set in the very near future, enough to allow for some slight technological advances and a bit more damage to the environment….

Fantasy

Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands is a Arabian inspired fantasy with a western genre elements, especially at the start. Amani is a sharp-shooter and dresses as a boy in order to enter a shooting competition in the local saloon. There’s horse wrangling and train fights and…

General Fiction

Swimming Lessons

Ingrid writes letters to her husband, hiding them in his books instead of sending them. After finishing her final letter, she disappears leaving her two daughters behind. Everyone assumed she drowned, but Flora has never given up hope that her mother is still out there….