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The Lie Tree | Frances Hardinge (not like other ladies)

It took me forever to get into this book. I got into a massive reading slump and kept staring at the book and thinking ‘Why must I read you?’ and that isn’t the best precedent to set before getting to a hundred pages. However, once I finally got into The Lie Tree, none of that mattered because, wow, this book has a lot to say.

When Faith’s father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets.

But as Faith’s untruths spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter… Continue reading “The Lie Tree | Frances Hardinge (not like other ladies)”

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Asking For It | Louise O’Neill

Chilling and upsetting – but a 100% must-read

A book by its concept

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Imagine waking up the morning after a party with no memory of what happened. Imagine that everyone else knows but you. Imagine that social media serves as the only means to piece everything back together in horrifying detail. For Emma O’Donovan, eighteen years old, this is not something she can only imagine.

The worst part of reading this book is the knowledge that this not a concept conjured by the author – this is, in one form or another, a reality stretching across the world. The book was partially inspired by real-life cases and the following media reaction. It’s a result of speaking to victims, reading news stories and analysing wider attitudes towards rape. Continue reading “Asking For It | Louise O’Neill”

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Only Ever Yours | Louise O’Neill

Young Adult dystopia at its best

A book by its concept

Set in a dystopian world where girls are no longer born naturally but created artificially, this book explores the impact of gender roles on young women’s lives. It has been described as the Young Adult vision of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, so expectations are high. Continue reading “Only Ever Yours | Louise O’Neill”