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:

Any fiction with a badass female protagonist and/or magic
Thrillers (not political)
YA (dystopian, paranormal, adventure)
Rom-coms with an emphasis on the comedy
Humorous non-fiction

If you think your book fits my interests, 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, please 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:

sorcery of thorns - margaret rogerson

I'll never tell - catherine mckenzie

man of the year - caroline louise walker

before the broken star - emily r. king

donna has left the building - susan jane gilman

when we were lost - kevin wignall

valencia and valentine - suzy krause

heroine - mindy mcginnis

we rule the night - claire eliza bartlett

everyone knows you go home - natalia sylvester

queenie - candice carty-williams

the rule of one - ashley saunders + leslie saunders

until the day I die - emily carpenter 

the homecoming - andrew pyper

corpse & queen - alisa kwitney

the wicked king - holly black

no exit - taylor adams

freefall - jessica barry

blog tour: slayer by kiersten white

the gilded wolves by roshani chokshi

fave reads of 2018!

what's left between us - gina heron

watching you - lisa jewell

monsoon mansion - cinelle barnes

this splintered silence - kayla olson

empire of sand - tasha suri

beasts of extraordinary circumstance - ruth emmie lang

vengeful - v.e. schwab

broken things - lauren oliver

game of secrets - kim foster

sanctuary - caryn lix

the dark descent of elizabeth frankenstein - kiersten white

the sisters of the winter wood - rena rossner

three days missing - kimberly belle

the house of one thousand eyes - michelle barker

women talking - miriam towes

in her bones - kate moretti

pieces of her - karin slaughter

the bucket list - georgia clark

heretics anonymous - katie henry

our house - louise candlish

sea witch - sarah henning

girls' night out - liz fenton and lisa steinke

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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