To Best The Boys Review

My edition of this book is stunning, with grey sprayed pages and beautiful patterns inside. Another reminder of how beautiful hardbacks can be.

I relate to the story as soon as it begins, being a woman in STEM myself. It feels like The Hunger Games crossed with The Maze Runner with a splash of science.

The first half of the book is quite slow, but still really engaging. And then we hit the Labyrinth, which I expected to come earlier in the book.

The second half of the book I couldn’t put down. I was so gripped by all aspects of the plot, the Labyrinth, the disease, the characters.

Rhen, the protagonist, goes through so much that girls do even today. Not having the same opportunities. Being expected to sacrifice dreams for family. I did really enjoy that she had supportive parents.

The romance was cute but not the main focus of the story.

I think this book wraps up the story neatly but there is potential for more adventure!

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling Review

Back into the world of chic lit – I thought I’d read this book. I thought it would be a bit like Can’t Copsy, Won’t Cope, but duh just because the character is called Aisling and it’s a small town girl in Dublin, doesn’t mean it is gonna be the same.

The book was so perfect. It started off okay – nothing special. Woman just gets fed up because her boyfriend isn’t in a rush to get married even after 7 years.

Aisling moves in with two other women and together they face womanhood.

The book tackles challenging topics like abortion in Ireland and sick parents, work problems…there is so much.

All of it is so relatable – especially Aisling’s relationship with her parents.

Honestly, what I chose for some light-hearted chic lit actually turned out to make me laugh and cry and feel all the things. I’m so glad I picked it up!


Moxie Review

Jennifer Mathieu is a genius. An actual genius.

So Moxie is started by a girl who is fed up of how sexist her school is. Everything from the uniform checks to the guys who get away with everything is just so damn accurate.

Even if you were pretty invisible at school you’ve probably had your bra strap pinged or had someone make inappropriate comments. Every woman knows someone who’s been harassed.

This book really highlights how the little things are actually a big deal and should be sanctioned even if your school just passes it off as boys being boys.

Even the way girls get in trouble for skirts above the knee, for wearing too much make up. Heck I know girls who weren’t even wearing any make up get handed wet wipes.

I wish every school had to read this book in citizenship or whatever because everyone can learn something from it.

On to the story – the main character, Vivian, is excellent. She’s a quiet, shy girl who decides she’s had enough of it all.

I loved how the girls all rallied together. The ending was perfect. The friendship was excellent.

I loved Vivian’s relationship with her Mum. It was endearing and her Mum was just the right balance of cool without being undrealistic.

I loved the romance and how it showed that guys aren’t all bad and can learn when they get things wrong.

I loved how to showed girls are often discouraged from leadership roles in school and encouraged to do more supportive things.

Basically, it was the best contemporary I’ve read in a while and didn’t even mind that it was predictable.

I’m just happy girls growing up have books like this to read!

Do you have any favourite contemporary YA books? Let me know in the comments!


Wild Embers – Nikita Gill

A couple of months ago I stepped into a new adventure – the world of modern poetry. The pretty cover, name and tagline of ‘poems of rebellion, fire and beauty’ caught my eye, so I bought Nikita Gill’s Wild Embers.

It’s feminist and empowering and easy to relate to. With rewritten fairytales and new depictions of goddesses, I was quite captivated by the magic of it all.

My favourites in the anthology are:

Miracle: The opening poem is perfect – reminding the reader that they are special and amazing. It really sets the tone of the rest of the book.

The Sun and the Moon: This one is really special to me as it reminds me of Daniel. I won’t be soppy and go into why but the poem is about being loved through your good and your bad days.

Unlearning: I think most women go through lots of self-esteem issues as they’re growing up and this one captures how important it is to learn that you’re allowed to change, and how all your bad times make you who you are.

With Love From Midnight: This one captures that every day is a new start, and no matter what happens, midnight always comes and you can start again.

Conjuring: I love this one. It might even be my favourite. It has excellent rhythm and really ties in with the #TimesUp movement and how women are supporting each other and fighting back.

Sleeping Beauty: I love this rewritten version of the story. It changes it to a tale of independence and consent and that we should teach our daughters that they can do life all on their own and succeed.

Journey: This one is all about how it’s important not to compare yourself to anyone else – something I try and fail to do.

Artemis: This is my favourite of the goddess poems. I’ve always been a bit different to most of the women in my family. I’m messy, not much for fashion / shopping and generally only do make-up on special occasions. This one shows how it’s good to be different and to celebrate your differences. It’s also written beautifully.

Courage: I love how this one shows that you shouldn’t have to hide your emotions and passion, and that you’re allowed to love lots. I love lots of people, and that’s okay.

Thanks Nikita for writing a collection that resonates with so many women. I adore how strong it made me feel to read it.


Do you have any favourite poetry collections? Hope you pick up this one next time you go book shopping and enjoy it as much as I did.