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Title: Wanderlove
Author: Kirsten Hubbard
Genre: YA
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 354
Date read: July, 2018

It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America - the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan's found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.


This is very much a "what you see is what you get" book - the blurb pretty much tells you what's going on. And you know what? That's fine. Sometimes it's nice to know what you're in for when starting a new book, and this turned out to be a very charming YA. It's a great mix of traveling around Central America and (fairly standard) YA, and I ended up really enjoying it. The characters are believable and as I grew to care for Starling, Rowan and especially Bria, their inward journey turned out to be just as interesting as their outward one.

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Title: Only Human (Themis Files 3)
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Genre: Sci-fi
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 336
Date read: June, 2018

In her childhood, Rose Franklin accidentally discovered a giant metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. As an adult, Dr. Rose Franklin led the team that uncovered the rest of the body parts which together form Themis: a powerful robot of mysterious alien origin. She, along with linguist Vincent, pilot Kara, and the unnamed Interviewer, protected the Earth from geopolitical conflict and alien invasion alike. Now, after nearly ten years on another world, Rose returns to find her old alliances forfeit and the planet in shambles. And she must pick up the pieces of the Earth Defense Corps as her own friends turn against each other.

Unfortunately not quite as good as the first two books in the series. It was still well-written, and a good conclusion to the story. But it was too bleak for my tastes. I knew already from the previous books that Sylvain Neuvel isn't afraid to kill his darlings, but it has to serve some sort of purpose for me to be on board with it.

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Title: The Forever House
Author: Veronica Henry
Genre: Chick-lit
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: Audiobook ~10hours
Date read: June, 2018

Hunter's Moon is the ultimate 'forever' house. Nestled by a river in the Peasebrook valley, it has been the Willoughbys' home for over fifty years, and now estate agent Belinda Baxter is determined to find the perfect family to live there. But the sale of the house unlocks decades of family secrets - and brings Belinda face to face with her own troubled past. . .


Typical English chick-lit and a tad too twee, but though I did feel like rolling my eyes at times, it was a very sweet book, and I found more to like about it than not.

The plot is pretty much non-existing, and it's definitely a character-driven book, but I grew to care for both Belinda and Sally and appreciated the way the narration jumped back and forth in time to give us the story of Hunter's Moon both then and now.

I wasn't blown away by it, but liked it well enough.

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Title: Refuel: An Uncomplicated Guide to Connecting With God
Author: Doug Fields
Genre: Christian non-fiction
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 132
Date read: June, 2018

As a Christian, you know you need to have devotions. You've heard it from your pastor; you've seen the study guides; you may have even made a dent in the One Year Bible. Some of you have valiantly set your alarm clocks back an hour for morning quiet time, only to find that life creeps back in to steal your resolve. It isn't because you don't love God. You quit because you "bought into" someone's unsustainable habit at an unreasonable pace.

But you don't have to keep running on empty. Bestselling author Doug Fields offers an uncomplicated, practical plan that you can carry out. This book won't teach you how to "cram God" into your already-full schedule. Instead, Doug will show you a practical, doable way of setting God first, and then letting everything else in your life fall into place. You will experience the fullness God has for you-just take some time to refuel.


A quick read, full of examples of how to establish a habit of connecting with God on a regular basis, without pushing any guilt about not doing so already. I really appreciated how specific the examples were, and how easy they would be to incorporate in a busy lifestyle.

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Title: A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way through Love, Loss, and Laughter
Author: Rachael Herron
Genre: Essays
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 144
Date read: June, 2018

In these 20 heartfelt essays, Rachael Herron shows how when life unravels there's always a way to knit it back together again, many times into something even better. Honest, funny, and full of warmth, Herron s tales, each inspired by something she knit or something knit for her, will speak to anyone who has ever picked up a pair of needles. From her very first sweater (a hilarious disaster, to say the least) to the yellow afghan that caused a breakup (and, ultimately, a breakthrough), every piece has a moving story behind it. This beautifully crafted and candid collection is perfect for the knitter who loves to read and the reader who loves to knit.


Unfortunately I was slightly disappointed by this essay collection. I had fully expected to adore it (essays about knitting - what's not to like?), but just wasn't as charmed by it as I had thought I'd be. I can't pinpoint any specific issue I had with the collection, so I think it was just a matter of lack of chemistry.

Not a bad book by any means - I just didn't fall in love with it the way I thought I would, and therefore spent waaaaaay too long reading it.

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Title: Mordacious (The City, #1)
Author: Sarah Lyons Fleming
Genre: Dystopian
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: Audiobook ~18 hours
Date read: June, 2018

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in.

Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier and likelier, and finding his sister may be his only prospect for survival - if he can make it home.

Sylvie doesn't need more than food, water and shelter. Eric wants only to find his sister. But sometimes what we think we need isn't what we need at all, and what we find is more than we expected.


A companion series to the "Until the End of the World" series, featuring (among others) Cassie's brother and Penny's mother. I was really curious to see what happened to both of them, so I was happy to see this. However, what mostly appealed to me about the UtEotW series was the world building, and there was hardly any of that here, as the universe had already been established.

I still enjoyed it though, especially as it wasn't quite as heavy on the zombie-bashing (literally) as I'd feared. I'll probably read the rest of the series eventually, but right now I think I need a break from all the zombies.

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Title: Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer
Author: Priscilla Shirer
Genre: Christian non-fiction
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 211 pages
Date read: June, 2018

You have an enemy . . . and he’s dead set on destroying all you hold dear and keeping you from experiencing abundant life in Christ. What’s more, his approach to disrupting your life and discrediting your faith isn’t general or generic, not a one-size-fits-all. It’s specific. Personalized. Targeted.

So this book is your chance to strike back. With prayer. With a weapon that really works. Each chapter will guide you in crafting prayer strategies that hit the enemy where it hurts, letting him know you’re on to him and that you won’t back down. Because with every new strategy you build, you’re turning the fiercest battles of life into precise strikes against him and his handiwork, each one infused with the power of God’s Spirit.


A really good book with some concrete examples of how we can pray specifically and strategically for the areas in our lives where the devil is most likely to attack us. Priscilla uses personal examples to make the issues relatable to the reader, and offers verses from Scripture to use in our prayers.

I don't think I learned so many new things from this book, but I appreciated the specific examples of how to apply her ideas to my existing prayer-life. Especially the part about praying specifically and individually for family and friends rather than just the litany of "bless him and her and her and...". Prayer blesses both the one being prayed for and the one praying, and this tactic allows me to focus more distinctly on whoever I'm praying for. Not that there's anything wrong with the other method - and sometimes that is indeed all I have time for - but it's good to be reminded of alternatives.

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Title: White Weddings
Author: Milly Johnson
Genre: Chick-lit
Rating: 2/5
# pages: 444
Date read: June 2018

Bel is in the midst of planning her perfect wedding when disaster strikes and everything she thought she knew is turned on its head. Can she hold it all together and, with the help of her friends, and a mysterious man she meets unexpectedly, turn disaster into triumph?

Bel's friend, ice-cream parlour owner Violet, is engaged to Glyn, who is besotted by her although Violet fell out of love with him long ago. But however trapped she feels in the relationship, she can't quite say the words, 'I don't want to marry you anymore.' Then, just when she's about to give up and resign herself to married life, she finds love in the most surprising of places. Will duty rule her heart or will she allow herself to be swept off her feet?

Max was planning a quick registry office do with her fiancé Stuart until she sees a TV programme about traveller brides and becomes determined to have the most extravagantly glitzy wedding ever. But in all the excitement has she lost sight of what's really important? Does she want the wedding more than she wants the groom?

And as all three friends find the dress of their dreams at the White Wedding bridal shop, its owner, the lovely Freya, guarantees that her gowns will bring them happiness - though maybe not quite in the way they expected...


Frankly, this book suffered a lot from my expectations being totally off. I'd assumed "White Weddings" would be a cozy, romantic, feel-good chick-lit - instead I got a trainwreck of a book, that I couldn't look away from. Not at all what I was looking for, unfortunately. Of the three weddings being planned in the book, only one actually takes place, none of the women are happy in their relationship (although not all of them are aware of it) and though they all have good reasons to get out of the relationships, they all need the catalyst of finding somebody else to actually get out. It seemed to belittle the very real issues the relationships had, that they needed "the other man/woman" in order to get out. Bel came closest, but still...

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Of the three women, I liked Bel the most. She seemed the most believable and was definitely the one who showed most character development. I loved seeing how she grew during the story and how her relationship with her family changed. I felt sorry for Vickie, and though I wanted to shake her, her predicament seemed believable. Max was infuriating though. I really wish she'd come to understand how seriously she had wronged Stuart, instead of it just boiling down to Spoiler 2Collapse )

Milly Johnson came highly recommended, but if this is the general standard and genre of her books, I think I'll stay away from them from here on.

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Title: The Great Alone
Author: Kristin Hannah
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 1.5/5
# pages: 435
Date read: June, 2018

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America's last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents' passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights' lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt's fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.


I read my first Kristin Hannah book earlier this year. It was fun and touching and real. So when I discovered this and saw it took place in Alaska (a place forever on my bucket list) and that it came so highly rated, I wanted to read it immediately, knowing I would love this too.

I was wrong. I won't go so far as to say I hated it, but I really wish I'd never laid my hands on it. It was well enough written that I wanted to know what came next, but it hurt me greatly to read. I kept at it, thinking that it had to improve... but it didn't. At least not until it was far, far too late. 30 pages of renewed hope and finally a chance of real happiness can never make up for the 400 pages of heartbreak that came before. It made me cry and not in a good way, making it a very painful book to read.

With all the glowing reviews out there I hope mine will warn others that this is not a happy book, this is not a pleasant read, this is not a book you feel better afterwards for having read.

I don't know that I will dare give Kristin Hannah another chance. As much as I loved "Now That You Mention It" - this wasn't worth it.

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Title: A Wish Upon the Stars (Tales From Verania 4)
Author: T.J. Klune
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5/5
# pages: 450
Date read: May, 2018

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.

The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne.

But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind.


My favourite since the first book in the series. It made me laugh, it made me smile, the end was sappy as anything, but the getting there was well worth the ride. It's so far removed from what I usually read, but I'm extremely grateful to Laura and Leslie for reviewing it on their podcast and pushing me out of my comfort zone. I never thought I'd come to love a wizard (no longer apprentice), a hornless (or not?) gay unicorn, an adorable half-giant, a dashing and immaculate knight and a sex-crazed dragon as much as I do. They'd go through fire for each other, and their friendships just work.

I do wish we'd heard more about the other dragons and the time spent in the Dead Woods, but absolutely LOVED Sam's entry back into the "real world". That couldn't have worked out better if it had been scripted.

Flora bora slam!

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Title: Ravnenes hvisken (The Whisper of Ravens)
Author: Malene Sølvsten
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Rating: 3.5
# pages: 707
Date read: May, 2018

17-year-old Anne can see events from the past, and one night she relives a frightening old murder. A red-haired girl is murdered and has a rune carved into her back. But soon after, she discovers that a murder is at loose in the area - and all victims are red-haired girls who are all found with that same rune.

Suddenly the small town is full of strangers. They all have mystical powers, and they all flock to Anne, who isn't used to having people come close to her. Are they friends or enemies? Who can she trust?


Well-written and interesting concept. I really liked it and enjoyed that (most of) the characters were more nuanced than you often see in YA literature (the social worker, Grethe, especially. She actually wanted what was BEST for Anne, which made for a nice change). It was very readable, and the open ending didn't bother me too much.

So why the 3.5 star rating? First of all, it was too easy to put down. I just didn't care enough for it to ever become a real page-turner. I liked the characters, but never grew to love them. So while I never considered giving up on it, I didn't feel any urgency to finish it either. Which brings me to "secondly" - it was just too long! There was a LOT of downtime. Page upon page that filled in the characters' backstory, but did nothing to move the story along. It never got dull, but I did start to wonder if the book really needed to be 700+ pages long.

In the end, I found more things to like than not, so I'm glad I've read it. But despite the open ending, I doubt I'll read more books in the series. At least not anytime soon.

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Title: The Consumption of Magic (Tales From Verania 3)
Author: T.J. Klune
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4/5
# pages: Audiobook ~17hrs
Date read: May, 2018

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.

It's not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.

Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin's true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.

With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits - the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin - must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.

A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.


I knew going into this that it was very much a transitional novel - the second novel in a trilogy type of thing - and this was very true. Nothing was really resolved, and while it didn't end on a cliff-hanger, it was blatantly obvious that there was more to the story. Still, there was character development, there were more dragons, there were new issues to overcome, there was a tad too much foreshadowing (but thankfully fairly contained) and there was just as much banter and sass between Sam, Gary, Tiggy and Kevin as I had expected. I "read" this as an audiobook narrated by Michael Lesley. He does a brilliant job of making all the characters come to life, and it's one of the few circumstances where I actually prefer the audio version to the written one (usually I have no preference either way). So good!

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Title: Discount Armageddon (InCryptid 1)
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: fantasy
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 334
Date read: May, 2018

Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night... The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity - and humanity from them.

Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right? It would be, if it weren't for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family's old enemies, the Covenant of St. George.

When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed. To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone's spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city...


I had been told that this was very different from the October Daye books which fortunately turned out to be true. A lot more fantastic creatures, a lot less fae and a super fun read. I mean... how often does a book include quotes such as "Life as the chosen religious figure for a colony of cryptid mice can be a lot of things, but it's definitely never boring." or "We all make mistakes. Luckily for us, there are very few mistakes that can't be solved with a suitable application of either lipstick or hand-grenades."? Any book that does is A-OK in my eyes :-D

I loved it - it was just the right mix of wacky and sensible for me to enjoy it. Most of the characters were likeable, and the ones who weren't were still (relatively) 3-dimensional. I enjoyed seeing the friendship grow between Verity and Dominic and absolutely loved Sarah!

Though the first book in a series, it actually reads quite well as a standalone novel as well.

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Title: Sheets
Author: Brenna Thummler
Genre: Graphic novel
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 224 pages
Date read: May, 2018

Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.

Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.

When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt's Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.


I was utterly charmed by this graphic novel. The drawings are breathtaking (the colouring especially) and the storyline really sweet and touching. I felt for Marjorie from the very beginning, and though she should really have called the police on Nigel the first time he trespassed, as a 13-year-old with an absent father, I can understand why that didn't happen.

Wendell grated on my nerves at first, but as we got to know him better, I started understanding why he acted out the way he did. He did seem somewhat younger than his 11 years, but I'm willing to blame being dead for reverting to a younger childhood.

I loved the end and how the laundrette did become a "spa" after all.

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Title: Var det mig, du mente?
Author: Kurt Dalsgaard
Genre: Memoir, christian non-fiction
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 288
Date read: April, 2018

Kurt Dalsgaard's autobiography about his life as a missionary for Home Mission in Randers, Vejle and Brede, as coordinator of Copenhagen Home Mission, employed at Danish Bible Institute, as father and husband, but first and foremost as Christian.

Full disclosure: I've known Kurt Dalsgaard most of my life. He's the father of my childhood best friend and close friends with my own parents to this day. I'm not sure I would have picked up the book otherwise.

And that would have been a shame, because even taking my personal bias out of the equation, I found it a very interesting book. Kurt had a huge part in the shaping of IM (Inner Mission / Home Mission) in Denmark in the 80s and 90s, and as someone who was part of IM during those years (although as a child) it was interesting to see what went on "behind the scenes" so to speak.

But I also really appreciated the chapters on his personal life (even though some of them were heartbreaking) and connecting the Kurt of the book with the father of my best friend.

(Putting my personal bias back in, I was also really chuffed to see my parents mentioned more than once :-D Always fun with a personal connection like that.)

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Title: A Symphony of Echoes (The Chronicles of St. Mary's #2)
Author: Jodi Taylor
Genre: Sci-fi
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: 478
Date read: April, 2018

In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, withess the murder of Archbishop Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.


But they must also confront an enemy intent on destroying St Mary's - an enemy willing, if necessary, to destroy History itself to do it.


Not quite as good as the first one, but still an enjoyable read and I loved all the time travel - even if some of the visits seemed somewhat random (I loved their trip back to Nineveh, but never figured out what purpose it served to the main part of the story!) making it seem more like a collection of connected short stories than an actual novel.

I think I'll take a bit of a break from the series though. The incessant foreshadowing ("little did I know that 24 hours later I'd be ready to kill him", "it was a good plan, really! None of us knew what would happen" etc. etc. etc.) drove me batty, and though not enough to give up on the book itself, it's enough to put me off reading the next one just now.

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Title: Death and the Penguin
Author: Andrey Kurkov
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 228
Date read: April, 2018

In today's Ukraine, all that stands between one man and murder by the Mafia is a penguin.

Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha, his pet penguin, for company. Although he would prefer to write short stories, he earns a living composing obituaries for a newspaper. He longs to see his work published, yet the subjects of his obituaries continue to cling to life. But when he opens the newspaper to find his work in printfor the first time, his pride swiftly turns to terror. He and Misha have been drawn into a trap form which there appears to be no escape.


Very strange and quirky little book. Slow-moving, but in no way boring. Written by a Ukranian so quite different in style from what I'm used to. I neither liked it nor disliked it, but found it interesting to consider how differently the plot would have been handled if written by an author of another nationality.

It held my interest, but though left with an open ending, I'm in no rush to continue on with the next one.

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Title: The Loose Ends List
Author: Carrie Firestone
Genre: YA
Rating: 5/5
# pages: 400
Date read: April, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Maddie O'Neill Levine's grandmother is a young-at-heart socialite who has always been Maddie's go-to confidante. Although Maddie and the rest of her family have learned to expect the unexpected from their matriarch, Gram still manages to shock them all when she announces that she has booked the O'Neill clan on a secret death-with-dignity ship called the Wishwell; Gram has terminal cancer and is determined to leave the world in her own way--and give her family an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her wacky family. Aboard the ship, Maddie bonds with other Wishwellians and falls for Enzo, the son of the ship's owner, as they travel the globe. But despite the copious laugher, headiness of first love, and wonder of the glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram, and she struggles to find the strength to let go in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, grief, and the power of forgiveness.


One of the best YA novels I've read in years. From the back blurb I expected "fluff with a substance" and that was definitely also what I got. It was funny, it was heartbreaking, it was life-affirming, it was poignant, it was beautiful, it made me sob my way through most of the last 100 pages (but in a good way).

I loved the relationship between Maggie and her Gram, and though the idea of a "death with dignity" cruise seemed more than a little morbid, once I accepted that premise I liked reading about the other passengers on the ship, and how they all ended up interacting in one way or another, and because an automatic support group. I've always been fascinated with cruises, and loved reading about both life on the ship and at the different ports they got off at.

I can easily see this book as not being for everybody, but it totally worked for me.

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