book reviews

I've always been an avid reader. Like, the kind of reader who got in trouble in school for reading under my desk when I was supposed to be doing geometry (an action I still stand by because isosceles triangles aren't nearly as important as what Anne Shirley does after Gilbert Blythe calls her "carrots," obviously). When I first started writing book reviews, I found out rather quickly that I really only enjoy writing reviews for novels I love so much, I have to consciously stop myself from emptying my bank account so I can buy a million copies and throw them at random passer-bys. In mid-2015, I rebranded my blog to focus on my serious love for cover manis, so all reviews from mid-2015 to present include custom nail art (which I do myself).

If you'd like me to consider a book for review, I'm interested in:

Thrillers (not political)
YA (dystopian, paranormal, adventure)
Women's fiction (some romance okay but not primary storyline)
Humorous fiction or non-fiction
Any fiction with a badass female protagonist and/or magic

(It doesn't matter if you're self-pubbed or with a Big 5, all I care about is an awesome story told in an awesome way.)

If you think your book fits my interests, please send an email to jennie (dot) gibson (dot) shaw (at) gmail (dot) com that includes a summary, the cover (because I need to know if I can paint it), and any other information that'll get me hooked. I can't guarantee a cover mani and review, but I will try to respond in a timely manner. Also, keep in mind that I require a physical copy of the book, as it's the only way I can match colours and finish for the mani. Ten points to Ravenclaw for Canadian authors! 😊

Ps. This is a book blog and therefore, I review books. Offers to review other products, while appreciated, aren't my cup of tea. Thanks, though!

Reviews with cover manis:

vicious - v.e. schwab

give me your hand - megan abbott

ayesha at last - uzma jalaluddin

her pretty face - robyn harding

playing with matches - hannah orenstein

the book of m - peng shepherd

the outsider - stephen king

blog tour - tell me lies by carola lovering

every single secret - emily carpenter

the death of mrs. westaway - ruth ware

all the ever afters - danielle teller

the favourite sister - jessica knoll

the map of salt and stars - jennifer zeynab joukhadar

miss ex-yugoslavia - sofija stefanovic

then she was gone - lisa jewell

past tense - star spider

the beloveds - maureen lindley

she regrets nothing - andrea dunlop

let me lie - clare mackintosh

rainbirds - clarissa goenawan

shrewed - elizabeth renzetti

blog tour - the wicked deep by shea earnshaw

cadaver & queen - alisa kwitney

the cruel prince - holly black

in a cottage in a wood - cass green

how to stop time - matt haig

iron gold - pierce brown

the wolves of winter - tyrell johnson

the hearts we sold - emily lloyd-jones

the woman in the window - a. j. finn

top 10 reads of 2017!

if you could see me now - keris stainton

not a drop to drink - mindy mcginnis

caraval - stephanie garber

this darkness mine - mindy mcginnis

the last namsara - kristen ciccarelli

wicked like a wildfire - lana popović

the female of the species - mindy mcginnis

sleeping beauties - stephen king and owen king

#NotYourPrincess: voices of native american women - edited by lisa charleyboy and mary beth leatherdale

the nowhere girls - amy reed

don't let go - harlan coben

the blackbird season - kate moretti

the trick - emanuel bergmann

the child finder - rene denfeld

the other alcott - elise hooper

blog tour - zero repeat forever by g.s. pendergast

rituals - kelley armstrong

the good daughter - karin slaughter

the last magician - lisa maxwell

the sandcastle empire - kayla olson

big sexy love - kirsty greenwood

eleanor oliphant is completely fine - gail honeyman

the child - fiona barton

every last lie - mary kubica

blog tour - saints and misfits by s.k. ali

erotic stories for punjabi widows - balli kaur jaswal

the weight of lies - emily carpenter

party girls die in pearls - plum sykes

blog tour - the perfect stranger by megan miranda

her every fear - peter swanson

I found you - lisa jewell

sputnik's children - terri favro

miss you - kate eberlen

wintersong - s. jae-jones

the lonely hearts hotel - heather o'neill

company town - madeline ashby

The Hate U Give - angie thomas

burying the honeysuckle girls - emily carpenter

simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda - becky albertalli

the vanishing year - kate moretti

the impossible fortress - jason rekulak

I see you - clare mackintosh

hag-seed - margaret atwood

top 10 reads of 2016!

the fate of the tearling - erika johansen

the kept woman - karin slaughter

the couple next door - shari lapena

city of the lost - kelley armstrong

crooked kingdom - leigh bardugo

the thousandth floor - katharine mcgee

home - harlan coben

a court of mist and fury - sarah j maas

a court of thorns and roses - sarah j maas

this is your life, harriet chance! - jonathan evison

the girl with the lower back tattoo - amy schumer

the singles game - lauren weisberger

this savage song - victoria schwab

I let you go - clare mackintosh

I like you just fine when you're not around - ann garvin

pasta wars - elisa lorello

the grisha trilogy - leigh bardugo


The Wicked Will Rise - Danielle Paige

Confessions of a City Girl Boxed Set - Juliette Sobanet

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

The One That Got Away - Bethany Chase

The One I Left Behind - Jennifer McMahon

Top Reads of 2014

The Enchanted - Rene Denfeld

The Queen of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

Anatomy of a Misfit - Andrea Portes

The Incarnate Trilogy - Jodi Meadows

The Missing Place - Sophie Littlefield

Between - Megan Whitmer

The Humans - Matt Haig

Confessions of a Paris Party Girl - Vicki Lesage

True Vines - Diana Strinati Baur

Tragic Takes of Strange Girls, Volume One - Suzy G

She Has Your Eyes - Elisa Lorello

Great-Aunt Sophia's Lessons for Bombshells - Lisa Cach

Shelter - Harlan Coben

The Losing It Series - Cora Carmack

The Great Panty Caper - Tawna Fenske

Author Interview with Tawna Fenske

The Lying Game - Sara Shepard

Author Interview with Shona Patel

Teatime for the Firefly - Shona Patel

Dancing With Paris - Juliette Sobanet

Author Interview with Juliette Sobanet

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

Georgetown Academy, Season One - Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz

Game. Set. Match. - Jennifer Iacopelli

Practical Jean - Trevor Cole

Where We Belong - Emily Giffin

Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

Silver Sparrow - Tayari Jones

Adulation - Elisa Lorello

The Glass Castle: A Memoir - Jeanette Walls

Ordinary World - Elisa Lorello

A Personal Essay About The Fault In Our Stars

The Pretty Little Liars Series - Sara Shepard

Cinder - Marissa Meyer

Faking It - Elisa Lorello

How To Be A Woman - Caitlin Moran

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) - Mindy Kaling

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared - Jonas Jonasson

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

The Year of the Gadfly - Jennifer Miller

Misery Loves Cabernet - Kim Gruenfelder

Let's Pretend This Never Happened - Jenny Lawson

Yours Truly - Kirsty Greenwood

Most Talkative - Andy Cohen

Between The Lines - Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me - Joan Rivers

Me, Myself and Why? - Mary Janice Davidson

Savannah Blues - Mary Kay Andrews

One Night Stand - Julie Cohen

Bird By Bird - Anne Lamott

Kissed in Paris - Juliette Sobanet

Sleeping With Paris - Juliette Sobanet

Night Road - Kristin Hannah

MWF Seeking BFF - Rachel Bertsche

The Family Man - Elinor Lipman

Call Me Princess - Sara Bladel

A Shore Thing - Snooki

The Gap Year For Grown Ups - Annie Sanders

Making Waves - Tawna Fenske

Vanishing Act - Jodi Picoult

Love Struck - Chantel Simmons

Memoirs Are Made Of This - Swan Adamson

Perfect Match - Jodi Picoult

13 Little Blue Envelopes - Maureen Johnson

Little Bee - Chris Cleave

Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah

House Rules - Jodi Picoult

Bossypants - Tina Fey

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