Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu | Review

Thank you so much to Hachette Australia for providing me with an unsolicited review copy of Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu. Receiving a copy of this book does not impact my thoughts or feelings on this book. All opinions are my own.

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: June 2nd, 2015

Dates Read: February 1st, 2019

Trigger Warnings: emotional abuse, physical abuse, slut shaming, religion used as a weapon, miscarriage, depression, anxiety

Pages: 306

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Genre: young adult, contemporary 

Goodreads blurb:

Rachel Walker’s family and community have turned away from the world.

Every part of Rachel’s life is controlled, from what she reads to where she goes and what she wears. Her parents dictate how her life must be: marriage, modesty, children and obedience to her future husband. But when a former member of her community, a girl who escaped, moves back to her small Texas town, Rachel’s world turns upside down.

She realises that her life is her own. But can she find the courage to fight for it? 

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Top 17 Books of 2017

Wow, 2017, what a year. So much has happened in my life. There have been so many hardships throughout this year and sometimes it was a mess. Sometimes it left me having a relapse in my room at 3am and sometimes it ended with me on top of the moon being so glad of all the progress I made.

But, you’re not all here to read about my mental health and my hardships of this year. You’re all here to read about what are my top 17 books of 2018. This was strangely an easy list to format. I tried to keep it mainly to 2017 releases, but some are just books I read this year and I adored. So, let’s get stuck into it. This list is in no particular order, so don’t assume because a book is higher up or lower it has more value.


1. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas | Review

This is the one that will have people screaming at me the most I think. I know so many people despise Sarah and her books, but her representation of PTSD really helps me. So, having Chaol, the main character, suffering throughout the book was something that resonated with me and left my feelings all over the place. It was also interesting to learn about his recovery, my mum had been in a car accident and told she’d never walk again (she did and does) so it was interesting to read about something that upsets her too much to talk about.

2. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesa Zappia | Review

I think this hit a lot of people’s favourite books this year. The fandom representation and anxiety throughout hit the nail on the head. It was also interesting to see a character who wrote and fanfiction to be incorporated into a novel. I used to write fanfiction (cringe) so I sincerely enjoyed this dynamic because I met one of my closest friends from writing it.

3. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu | Review

Now, this had to be one of my top books of 2017. It was incredible. It was the book I needed when I was younger and not sure where I fit in the world. When I truly needed some girl power. Honestly, I’m still speechless about this book but I will continue to scream about it and shove it into anyone’s hands I can.

4. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | Review

Okay, so obviously Lord of Shadows was my favourite book of the year. I’ve made it clear how much I adore Cassandra Clare’s books and The Dark Artifices series is no exception. Her writing has improved so much over 10 years so I’m even recommending this series who didn’t like The Mortal Instruments. I really am still speechless over this book. I will definitely be re-reading before Queen of Air and Darkness releases next year.

5. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty | Review

Now, The City of Brass is a shock favourite of the year honestly. It was such a magical read that really drew me in. The culture and just, overall, the story was so absolutely incredible. I am still unable to really grasp what happened in it and it’s another book I want to shove onto absolutely anyone who will listen.

6. The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee | Review

Mackenzi Lee’s work is one book that has stuck with me since I read it months ago. It was so what I needed. A story about two young men and a girl causing mischief throughout Europe with a sense of adventure and serious tones throughout the novel. My favourite thing about this particular work was the inclusion of epilepsy. As someone who’s mum has epilepsy, it was incredible to see it represented in fiction with such a raw emotion. It truly is difficult to see someone you love suffer.

7. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco | Review

I absolutely loved the first book in this series and the second book was no exception. I loved it. Honestly. This book also had some PTSD representation throughout it, that in my opinion, was so well done. The storyline is just as incredible as the first, even if I guessed the killer in this one. Maniscalco is just an incredible writer who I sing the highest of praises to.

8. A List of Cages by Robin Roe | Review

I read this book before I had my blog and really had a chance to rave about it. There are a lot of triggers in this book I wasn’t aware of but I read it in one sitting and was awake until late in the night crying over what happened. I still think about this book. My best friend actually bought me a physical copy for my birthday and I’m just so in love. It was just such an emotional punch so be prepared for that.

9. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | Review

This is probably the most shocking book on my list. I put this book down after starting it and wasn’t expecting to ever go back. I had bought it because it was pretty and $11. One day though I picked it up on a whim and wow. This book. I am completely in love with Lazlo. Yet another book I am recommending endlessly to my friends and family. I really think this particular one is a good fit for anyone.

10. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera | Review

I just loved this book. There are no words for me to even describe how great it was. Read it. Now.

11. Everless by Sara Holland | Review

This is a debut I just loved. The concept is just so intricate and so elaborate. I was blown away by it, not at all expecting a favourite book to come out of reading it. Sure, it doesn’t come out until next year for the US but this book is just so incredible you need to preorder now. 

12. How To Make A Wish By Ashley Herring Blake | Review

Similar to They Both Die At The End I have no words to describe this book. I am trying to shove it on my sister quite aggressively (because it needs to be shared) but she refuses to read it and it frustrates me. So, to everyone reading this you need to pick up this book. Obviously you need to pick up every book on the list, but still.

13. Renegades by Marissa Meyer | Review

I knew I was going to love Renegades. So, I wasn’t shocked when I loved Renegades. Recently its been the target of some homophobic reviews which is really annoying because this book is incredible. I absolutely love the anti-hero concept so I sincerely loved reading about it in Marissa’s beautiful writing style.

14. Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan | Review

This one kind of speaks for itself. It’s the final book in a series and makes the list because Rick Riordan is an incredible writer. His inclusion of the mythologies in his worlds are so flawless and engaging that I can’t help but fall in love with absolutely everything.

15. The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones | Review

This was probably the biggest shock for my list. I picked it up on a whim because the ebook was on my phone was some reason. I thought it was a series as well, I’m not sure why? I fell in love completely. This book is so underhyped. Why haven’t more people read it? I don’t understand, honestly. It is truly a masterpiece. The writing, the storyline,  the romance. All. So. Incredible. Pick this up, please.

16. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed | Review

If you like Moxie, then you’ll love The Nowhere Girls. These two go right together with feminism movements. However, this one is a tad darker and intense. The girls fight back and a movement begins to protect others. It also made me realise some things about my own life I had to move through mentally. It was, however, such a powerful feminist read and I highly recommend it.

17. The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie | Review

Another unexpected favourite. This book got really popular on Goodreads for awhile and I decided to jump on the hype train. It’s such a beautiful f/f romance with pirates involved. Was not what I expected at all but I am glad to have it on this list!


So, there we have it! My top 17 reads of this year. Obviously, I recommend them all highly and sincerely suggest you give them as gifts to yourself (or others) this holiday season. All 17 books meant something important to me this year.

Have you read any of the books on this list? What are some of your favourite reads of 2017?

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu | Review

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TRIGGER WARNINGS: sexual assault, misogyny

REVIEW WARNING: it’s a hell lot of babble

Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: September 19th, 2017

Pages: 336

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads Synopsis:

Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.


R A M B L E

If you ever get one book recommendation from my blog make it Moxie. Honestly, this is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. Honestly. I wish I could make everyone I know read this book. It is valuable and it is powerful.

These days, the word feminist is seen as a dirty word by some. It means man-hater, it means unwashed, it means venomous. Many shy away from using the word to describe them and it sucks. I admit I have shied away from the word many times, in fear of what people will say. But now, fuck itI’m a feminist and proud. 

There’s a quote in the book that perfectly describes this and I just have to include it for everyone to read.

“This is what it means to be a feminist. Not a humanist or an equalist or whatever. But a feminist. It’s not a bad word. After today it might be my favorite word. Because really all it is is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings in a world that’s always finding ways to tell them they’re not.”

Just, wow. I am speechless about how much I love this book. I truly will be adding to my highly recommended books. It’s not even that this book is aimed specifically at women, men are included throughout the narrative, proving that anyone can be a feminist. Something that needs to be known in a world (especially the Internet world) where it is laughed at and mocked.

ALSO! THERE WERE SO MANY TALL GIRLS. Y’ALL DON’T KNOW HAPPY THIS MAKES ME. BEING 5’11 I BARELY SEE GIRLS CLOSE TO MY HEIGHT BUT VIVIAN IS 5’10 AND LUCY IS EVEN TALLER!!!!!


P L O T

The plot centres around Vivian and her urge to do something in her school which is run by misogynistic men where boys are able to get away with absolutely everything. It is the typical school where girls are made to feel as if they are distracting boys purely by wearing a singlet.

I hate to say it, but my high school was pretty similar to this. A friend of mine was cornered by a boy and he tried to force himself on her. She thankfully got away and went straight to the principal. She was told she had been asking for it and it was her fault she wore the school uniform like she did. The guy later tried to go after my little sister and my friend moved to the other side of the country. Basically, my school was filled with these stereotypical guys who think they can do anything they want because they’re a gift to all us mere female peasants (kill me).

Back to Moxie, Vivian becomes inspired after going through a box of her mum’s belongings from her youth. Her mum had been incredibly active in the feminist movement within her era, something which gives Vivian the inspiration to create a zine (not a newsletter) which will inspire the girls at her high school.

She never expects this particular zine to gain growth and popularity. Soon a lot of girls within her high school are becoming Moxie girls and fighting back against the oppression. It was honestly incredible and I can’t fault much about this book (apart from a few careless mentions of the word depression). The diverse cast pushes the plot forward and it is honestly just so inspiring.

Even when the romance is introduced to the novel the aspect of girl power doesn’t take a back seat. Vivian continues on her path and does not become love struck (okay, she does a little), something I loved. Also, the amazing girl friendships within. I always want more powerful friendships between girls in fiction and this book delivered tenfold. The relationship between Vivian and Lucy kind of reminded me of me and my best friend. I just love it so much. There was also an incredible family dynamic between Viv and her mum. It was very realistic for someone who’s mum is her best friend.


C H A R A C T E R S

#V I V I A N 

Vivian has to be one of the most impressive and amazing main characters I have ever read. I have read some pretty incredible main characters, including Starr from THUG, but Vivian is up there. Way up there.

Being a notorious good girl Viv doesn’t do a lot. She studies, visits her friends and doesn’t get in trouble. However, she wants to make a change in her school. She wants to make the careless “make a sandwich” and other ridiculous comments stop. Doing this she decides to create a zine, which leads to her getting her first boyfriend and discovering amazing new friends in her school. It was just incredible. I have no other words.

The relationships that develop and are shown are in no way forced. They are so damn real it almost felt I was reading about a friend group I had. I just have no words. Vivian is such a great main character and her growth is amazing. I’m just so speechless.

The other cast of characters are incredible. From Emma, Lucy, Claudia, Seth and everyone else (there are so many) it is amazing how they all come together in this story to spread one message.


O V E R A L L

Overall, one of the most amazing books I know I’ll read this year. I truly, truly, can’t recommend this enough. Buy this now.