Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (★★★★☆½)
After being kidnapped by Ray, Alice becomes a living dead girl, forced to stay small forever. Alice has resigned herself to her fate and even looks forward to her impending death at Ray’s hands, until he demands she recruit another girl — a younger Alice who will take her place. Disturbing yet beautiful, Scott’s novel comes with all the trigger warnings.
The Amateurs by Sara Shepard (★★★☆☆)
Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs is a super problematic novel with one hell of a twist ending. From the one-dimensional characters to the deeply disturbing male POVs and the weird way race is handled — not to mention all the relationships centered around statutory rape — Shepard has gone off the rails with this series, and not in her usual good way. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (★★★★☆½)
Pitched as young adult Dexter, The Female of the Species is actually a feminist novel disguised as a serial-killer novel. Read: I was pleasantly surprised. In the story, McGinnis unflinchingly tackles rape culture, filling her (at times) disturbing novel with complex women and strong female friendships.
Dexter is Dead by Jeff Lindsay (★★★★☆)
I have finally finished the Dexter book series — not to be confused with the once good turned very bad television series — and blessedly it did not end with Dexter running away and becoming a lumberjack. While I found this book to be weaker compared to the other novels (minus that bizarre demons are real one), it was still nice to return to the world of my favorite sardonically sassy serial-killer.
The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey (★★★★☆½)
The follow up to last year’s The Girl at Midnight, I found The Shadow Hour to be slightly stronger than its predecessor, although because of the mechanics of the plot there was a lot less world traveling and fewer light-hearted moments than in the first book. Regardless, Grey once again sucks readers into her fully realized fantasy world hidden slightly beneath our own, complete with magic, romance and a cast of amazing characters. [READ FULL REVIEW]
On Bowie by Rob Sheffield (★★★★☆½)
I’m going to be honest, this book destroyed me. I’m talking almost crying in public levels here. Part love letter to David Bowie, part biography, part music criticism, Sheffield’s book taught me even more about Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke and all the iterations of David Jones in a mere 200 pages. Get ready to binge on Bowie tunes after reading! You know, more than usual.