REVIEW: Foe

Thank you to Iain Reid and Ben McNally Books for providing me with a signed copy as a part of their Book-a-Month service.


Years ago I read I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid and was – for lack of a better term – scared shitless. Reid is a master of atmosphere and I was so excited to get my hands on this new book that I didn’t even know was coming out.

Foe is the story of a quiet couple whose lives get shaken up when a stranger comes to prepare Junior for an intergalactic trip he never signed up for to begin with. Tension builds as Junior’s wife Henrietta becomes more distant and angry without much reason.

It’s hard to go into this one without giving anything way but I’m going to do my best.

loved this book. Think Slaughterhouse 5 meets old school sci-fi movies with chilling atmospheric tension to rival that of Stephen King. I do want to be clear and say that this is not a science fiction novel. It’s a thriller. It’s a character study. It’s brilliant. I honestly can’t think of any other book like this. It’s truly so bizarre it’s brilliant.

Please read this book.


37796953Author: Iain Reid
Published: August 7, 2018
Pages: 261
Publisher: Simon & Shuster
ISBN: 9781501103476

Synopsis: Junior and Hen are a quiet married couple. They live a comfortable, solitary life on their farm, far from the city lights, but in close quarters with each other. One day, a stranger from the city arrives with surprising news: Junior has been randomly selected to travel far away from the farm…very far away. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Hen won’t have a chance to miss him at all, because she won’t be left alone—not even for a moment. Hen will have company. Familiar company.

REVIEW: The Serpent King

22752127If Jeff Zentner never writes another book I will be forever heartbroken.

Considering this is Zentner’s first novel, I am utterly floored. The last time I read a YA novel this intensely emotional was when I read Perks of Being a Wallflower. I’m fairly certain I cried for the entire time I was reading this book from pages 114 onwards.

Dill is so passionate and so lost but never stops doing what he truly believes to be the right thing to do. His faith is unwavering, and – speaking as someone who doesn’t have a religious bone in their body – it’s something truly beautiful. Travis is a darling, so sweet and sure of himself, even when people are tearing him down for his escapist love of fantasy. And Lydia? Bloody hell, where do I even start? She’s an inspiration of what it means to find what you love and take it by the throat. She’s proud and confident, and so real that I honestly have no idea how to truly talk about her.

The story is heavy – far heavier than I’ve typically seen in YA – and heartwrenching. It’s a devastating novel that made me laugh just as much as it made me sob.

If you read one YA book this year. Make it this one. Please.


Author: Jeff Zentner
Published: March 8th 2016
Pages: 384
Publisher: Crown Books
ISBN: 9780553524024

Synopsis: Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life – at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extremely public fall from grace. The only antidote to all this venom is his friendship with fellow outcasts Travis and Lydia. But as they are starting their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him.