Book Review: Winnie Goes Wild! by Laura Owen and Korky Paul

Winnie Goes Wild!. by Laura Owen
Winnie Goes Wild!. by Laura Owen

Lena’s rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Published: March 2013
Copy: Library


In Winnie Goes Wild! Winnie the Witch (who unlike Hermione is not the brightest witch of her age) tries to be a detective, does everything different for a day, wants to drink hot chocolate on a cold freezing day where the moths have eaten all her woollies, and goes lost in the jungle on her way to her sister Wendy’s exotic party. And as always she is accompanied everywhere by her black cat Wilbur.

When I was young my parents enforced a solid witch-disapproving policy that apparently still bears fruit in me today. Continue reading

Book Review: Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimée Carter

Image from Harlequin.

Image from Harlequin.

Pawn
Lena’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: October 2013
Copy: Bought


“YOU CAN BE A VII IF YOU GIVE EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. Continue reading

Book Review: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5) by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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Fairest
Lena’s rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published: January 2015
Copy: Bought


The Lunar Chronicles are fantasy with science-fiction elements fairytale retellings (the author lovingly calls them ‘space opera’ ;D), of which as of now, three books are out: Cinder (reimagining Cinderella’s story), Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood), and Cress (Rapunzel). Winter (Snow White), the forth and last book in this series, is expected to come out in November 2015. Fairest fits into this series as a kind of prequel, a story about the evil queen in Snow White, in this case called Levana.

Who is Levana, how did she become queen on Lunar and the horrible villain we know her as? This short novel answers all these questions. Fairest is a lot darker and more twisted than the three novels that went before it. And while it’s just as readable as Marissa Meyer’s other books, it is not at all cute or fun like the books before were. Continue reading

Mini Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Image from HarperCollins UK.

Image from HarperCollins UK.


We Should All Be Feminists
Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: January 2014
Copy: Bought


We Should All Be Feminists is an essay that was adapted from a TED talk Adichie gave in 2013 about the topic of feminism. It is available as ebook or in paperback.

Adichie neatly and without pathos sums up what feminism is all about, what it means today (because haven’t we gotten past most of the inequality?) and how feminism actually is not only about women. Continue reading

Book Review: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin

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Image from indiebound.


The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: May 2009
Copy: Bought


“To the dismay of her ambitious mother, Bolanle marries into a polygamous family, where she is the fourth wife of a rich, rotund patriarch, Baba Segi. She is a graduate and therefore a great prize, but even graduates must produce children and her husband’s persistent bellyache is a sign that things are not as they should be. Bolanle is too educated for the ‘white garment conmen’ Baba Segi would usually go to for fertility advice, so he takes her to hospital to discover the cause of her barrenness. Weaving the voices of Baba Segi and his four competing wives into a portrait of a clamorous household of twelve, Lola Shoneyin evokes an extraordinary Nigerian family in splashes of vibrant colour.”Serpent’s Tail

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Book Review: The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey

The Dragonsitter The Dragonsitter
Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: May 2012
Copy: Library


Edward’s only slightly unreliable Uncle Morton has gone on holiday and Edward, his mother and his sister have to watch after his dragon and, inexplicably, things don’t go too well. Looking after a dragon is not that easy as it turns out! And Uncle Morton isn’t helping by not answering any of Edward’s mails. It all wouldn’t be so bad if the dragon stopped ravaging the kitchen cabinets and fridge. And curtains. And the carpet. And the neighbour’s cats? Continue reading

Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone Since You’ve Been Gone
Lena’s rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Published: May 2014
Copy: Bought


Emily and Sloane have been inseparable since Sloane moved to this town and they became friends. The outgoing Sloane was the shy Emily’s gate to the world and Emily couldn’t imagine a day without her best friend. But then, what was to be the best summer of their lives begins and Sloane is gone, she can’t be reached on her mobile and the only thing she left is a thirteen-point to-do-list for Emily. Desperate, Emily starts working on the list in the hope that it will lead her to her friend. Apple-picking at night: check, but kissing a stranger or even skinny-dipping? Not included in Emily’s comfort zone. Continue reading