Under My Skin by Juno Dawson

Under My Skin Juno DawsonIf you’re looking for a creepy horror book to sink your teeth into this winter, I can highly recommend Under My Skin by Juno Dawson.¬†This book reminded me why I read horror when I was a teenager, except it was infinitely better than anything I read back in the day.

At 17 years old Sally Feathers is just like a lot of young women her age, desperate to make it to the end of school in one piece without any major traumas. Her routine and ordinary life is changed when she encounters a mysterious tattoo parlour in the seedier side of town and is instantly drawn to an image of the beautiful Molly Sue.

Sally images having a secret Molly Sue tattoo on her back will inspire her with the confidence to get a part in the school musical, and perhaps talk to that hot guy who’s dating one of the cool girls. What she didn’t bargain on is Molly Sue having other ideas.

This is an exquisite YA book exploring deeply disturbing ideas of power, loneliness, confidence, identity – all through the medium of carefully crafted and interesting characters in their high school setting. I loved this book and how the strong voices and personalities of the characters shone through the fast moving plot.

Atmospheric and dark, but full of personality and courage, this book is the perfect read for a warm night inside on these dark nights.


Publisher: Hot Key Books
Genres: YA, Horror
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The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Flora Banks suffers from amnesia, but there is one thing she remembers, she kissed a boy on a beach. Now she’s going on go on an adventure to find the boy who’s brought her memory back.

I thought this book was going to be a love story. It isn’t. This is a story about Flora, about her strength, bravery, and determination to be ‘normal’. This is a story about a young woman who desperately wants to remember who she is and what is happening with her life. This is a story about vulnerability and the attempt, against all odds, for Flora to gain control of her life and not let her vulnerability control her.

When I finished this book I felt like I had been completely swept up in a whirlwind of emotion. The story is written superbly so that the reader really feels like they are inside Flora’s head, full of confusion and desperation. The constant repetition of facts is a fantastic tool for drawing us into Flora’s world. The final few chapters show us how unreliable it is to rely on memory, and how even memories we think are true can be manipulated by others.

This novel is a uniquely brilliant and thought-provoking read that you won’t want to put down.

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