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Review: The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

I came upon this book through a recommendation list and was unhealthily excited about it. Girls escaping a sick kidnapper with a penchant for butterflies? Sounds thrilling indeed. And the book did deliver to some points; I’m not saying it’ll squeeze you in a suspenseful grip, but it presents a chilling tale of girls and monsters.

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Review: Throw Away Girls by Jennifer Vaughn

I received a review copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

This mystery/thriller promises serial killers, bloodhound journalists, and tragic promiscuous women. How exciting, how scandalous! The book delivers to a point, but it doesn’t really live up to my expectations.

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The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr—Jekyll & Hyde!

This book is a retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but with a female protagonist. I love the gender swap and the fact that the heroine is actually a doctor. Of course, it’s a steam-punk book in an alternate universe, so feminism=slightly more advanced even in the Victorian era.

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The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig—Time-Travel, Pirate Ships, and Maps!

This book is greatly anticipated on the interweb (Time travel! Maps! Pirate ship! Diversity!!!) and has received many positive reviews, and being the gullible fool I am, I set my expectation mode to ULTRA HIGH. I love time-travel! There are so many places I’d love to visit if I had a time machine! While I’m not saying The Girl from Everywhere is a disappointment, it fell just a little short of my salivating expectations.

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Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas—She Did It Again!

After my slightly traumatic experience with Dangerous Girls, I decided to…yep, read Dangerous Boys! This time, I came prepared, muahahaha! Y’all know what they say, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…” Oh, well. Let’s just say I left nobody out of the suspect list.

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Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas—I Was NOT Prepared!

Dangerous Girls has a great reputation, but I never got excited enough to read it. I WAS WRONG. There, I said it. It’s one of my favorite books of the year. The thrilling plot and unexpected turns had me in the book’s clutch all the way to the end.

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Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud—ME LOVE HEISTS!!!

It feels like I’ve been waiting for this book FOREVER, so I’m super excited to review this one. What’s more, I really love those heist/con artist novels, don’t ask me why, but yep, this genre is my jam. The premise of this book is so interesting and exciting. Identity theft,impersonation, and grand art heist CHECK CHECK AND CHECK. After finishing the book, I’m glad the author delivered and met my severely-bumped-up expectations.

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Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty–Teenage Sherlock Holmes & James Moriarty!

I love Sherlock Holmes. It may be one of the few fandoms that I actually belong to. That said, it’s unsurprising I gobble up whatever Sherlock pastiche thrown my way. Earlier this year I heard another Sherlockian book’s coming out, and the synopsis promised so much! Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty? A female Moriarty? Gimme!

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Book Review: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

I came across this book in a Singaporean airport bookstore and couldn’t put it down (on a side note, said Singaporean airport bookstore gratifyingly well-stocked and current). The synopsis immediately had my attention, because what kind of sick psycho kills people and make ART out of their corpses? As I’m always a sucker for crime TV series, Broken Monsters sounds like something I would totally watch. By the time I finished this book, I have to say, it doesn’t disappoint.

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