Before I start with my review of Life by Committee, there’s one important question to consider. Do you need to like the main character to enjoy a book, or can you overlook the likability factor for a unique storyline? Life by Committee is definitely in the latter camp, because although I found it very difficult to like Tabitha, I loved where Corey Ann Haydu went with the plot.
Tabitha is struggling with who she is and how her looks influence how people perceive her. It’s interesting to read from the perspective of a character who found herself becoming more attractive as she grows up, and being acutely aware of it. And Tabitha knows that’s what caused her friends to ditch her –… Read more
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children is full of musical references, has a main character that really stands out from the crowd and is a story about the difficulties of growing up and finding yourself when you are considered ‘different’.
Gabe is transgender and has always known he should have been born a boy. He’s also incredibly comfortable in his own skin and identity as a boy – something which I found really refreshing as a trans character. His parents and best friend know his ‘secret’ but to everyone else, including all the kids at his school, he is still Liz. Gabe is also incredibly passionate about music, a passion he shares with his next-door neighbour John… Read more
I’d been looking for an intense fantasy/horror story for a while, and The Heaven’s Rise seemed to fit the bill perfectly - a murky, remote setting, a mysterious parasite and a whole bunch of flawed characters. And although I got most of what I wanted, The Heavens Rise unfortunately suffers from two main problems - uneven pacing and a confused and rather unresolved cause.
Niquette (Nikki), Ben and Anthem are the closest of friends - Nikki and Ben are best friends, and Anthem and Nikki are involved in an intense relationship, and when Nikki disappears, Ben and Anthem form a bond that began in friendship but is strengthened through their shared grief. The Heavens Rise flickers… Read more