Thursday, May 25, 2017

Crossing Over: Dark and Atmospheric Books with Surprising Worlds


Hey all. It's been awhile since my last Crossing Over post. If you're not familiar with Crossing Over it's a feature that stemmed from my desire to recommend an adult book with crossover appeal based on a YA or sometimes Middle Grade book that are similar. I hate that we pigeonhole books into a specific age range and so I try to combat that. Plus it's basically an if you liked, then try but for crossover books. It runs once a month (usually) here and I pick the books based on the theme of what I'm reading. So this month I don't have a theme so I can basically do whatever I want. But I kind of have no idea here. So I'm just going to do one that I've been floating around for awhile.


The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
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So I feel like this book is fresh in my mind lately because there is a sequel coming out pretty soon. And I have to admit that I didn't love this book as much as I thought I would. It seemed like something that was totally up my alley and I just didn't love it. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, I just didn't love it.

The thing I did love about this book was the atmosphere. It is a susprisingly dark and dramatic. There was a lot more going on in this book than I expected and things unfolded in a way that kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. But the world of this book was even cooler. It was just as dark and dramatic. I'm not typically a fan of stories with fae but I liked how dark and brutal this one was.

So my favorite thing about The Darkest Part of the Forest is probably the characters. The heart of this story is in the family relationships. It's so much about the connections between Hazel and Ben. The characters are complex and interesting. They could have easily become cliche with the tough and smart badass female protagonist and the potential fae love interest but they weren't at all. They are honestly such fun and complex characters.

But in general, this book could have been very cliche and it wasn't. It felt like a classic fairy tale and still made for a unique and interesting story. It's one of those books that I think of as a modern fairy tale because it has the vibe and atmosphere of an older story but feels like it's own thing. The thing that makes these books most similar.

It's a good read and I think fantasy fans should totally check it out. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would but I still really liked it.

Rot and Ruin by Kat Howard
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So I feel like this book is fresh in my mind lately because it's my book club book for June. I'm really excited for maybe some of the other members to read it because I really liked it. It seemed like something that was totally up my alley and I did love it.

The thing I did love about this book was the atmosphere. It is a susprisingly dark and dramatic. There was a lot more going on in this book than I expected and things unfolded in a way that kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. But the world of this book was even cooler. It was just as dark and dramatic. I don't want to give too much away because part of the enjoyment for this book is that you don't really know what is going to happen.

One thing about Rot and Ruin that I liked is the characters. The heart of this story is in the family relationships. It's so much about the connections between the main characters, Imogen and Marin. I thought this was going to be a Snow White and Rose Red retelling and it had elements of that but it was much deeper. The characters are complex and interesting. They could have easily become cliche  but they weren't at all. They are honestly such fun and complex characters.

But in general, this book could have been very cliche and it wasn't. It felt like a classic fairy tale and still made for a unique and interesting story. It's one of those books that I think of as a modern fairy tale because it has the vibe and atmosphere of an older story but feels like it's own thing. The thing that makes these books most similar.

It's a really fantastic book and I wish more people would read it. If you are at all a fan of fantasy, books about sisters, or you just want a unique read check this one out.

Have you read The Darkest Part of the Forest and/or Roses and Rot? What did you think? What steampunk novels with crossover appeal do you like? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco


A weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: Hunting Prince Dracula
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Published: July 11, 2017 by Berkley (Penguin)

Synopsis: In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

 Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life's dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school's forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

Why I'm Waiting:

I was recently sent a copy of this book from the publisher and I am super excited to read it. Like I basically pooped my pants when I opened this book. I Snapchatted my unboxing so you may have witnessed it firsthand. I really loved the first book in this series. It was my favorite debut of last year and one of my favorite reads. It was that good.

For one thing I really love these characters Audrey Rose and Thomas are amazingly likable chatracters. I am not a hge fan of Sherlock Holmes stories or retellings, or even Sherlock Holmes (don't hate me) but I love these characters even though they are based on Sherlock. I don't know what makes them so much more likable but I did fall for them in the first book and I can't wait to find out what happens next to them.

But also I love the world of this book.  If you know me you know that I am a huge fan of historical mysteries. I love a good mystery in general (Stalking Jack the Ripper had an amazing one) but one that is set during a historical time period is even more up my alley. The author of this book (who is an absolute delight) described the first book as Victorian CSI and that is exactly what it is. It's a police procedural crime scene investigation but in the Victorian Era. It's amazing

But the thing I am most excited about for this book is the new location and new plot. I am a huge fan of books that are about Dracula, especially if they are involving the historical figure Vlad the Impaller who Dracula is based on. One of my all-time favorite books is The Historian so I am really intrigued to see how Kerri handles Dracula and his mythology. Plus getting a look at her Pinterest board I know there is going to be some gorgeous and amazing settings throughout Romania and Eastern Europe.

I was excited about this book even before I knew what it was about or what it was called. By the end of Stalking Jack the Ripper I knew that the sequel was going to be about Dracula and I could not be more excited. This is one of my most anticipated books of the year and I can't wait to read my ARC> 

What about you? What are you waiting for this Wednesday? Are you waiting on Hunting Prince Dracula along with me? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Mysteries Perfect for Your Beach Bag

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

For most people beach reach are light and fun contemporaries. But not for this girl. I like to read mysteries over the summer. Those are my beach reads. Murder mysteries, true crime, violent and dark mysteries. That is what I think of when I think of beach reads. Does make me weird? Don't answer that.

1.) Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas - My Review
Whenever I have a list of mysteries you know this one has to be first because it's really brilliant. But it absolutely has to be on this book because it takes place in Aruba on a beach. SO yeah, perfect beach mystery.

2.) You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes - My Review
Another one of my absolute favorite mysteries. This book is super dark and violent which is like the perfect contrast to a bright and sunny beach vacation. Also at one point stuff goes down at a beach house so it seems fitting.

3.) With Malice bu Eileen Cook - My Review
This book isn't about a beach trip but it is about a vacation to Italy so it kind of works. But even so it's just a really good YA mystery. It had me guessing until almost the very end and is definitely captivating enough to keep you reading while you tan.

4.) The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma - My Review
This book is described as Black Swan meets Orange is the New Black, which is exactly what this book is. It's a really dark mystery about a ballerina who goes to jail for murder. But there is some really crazy and really cool elements to the story mystery fans will like. I did.

5.) Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little - My Review
I really liked this book. It's not a super complex mystery but it was still really interesting and had a crazy surprise ending that left me a little floored. If you do like, especially adult, mysteries and haven't read this one I would recommend it.

6.) The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas - My Review
This has a complex true crime feel to it which I really liked. I'm kind of a mystery snob especially when it comes to YA and this one I thought was pretty creative and interesting. It's another one I would recommend to mystery fans.

7.) And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - My Review
Just in case you are looking for a more classic mystery I can definitely recommend And Then There Were None. It's not a beach setting but it does have this mysterious island/vacation thing going for it. Plus Agatha Christie is the mother of modern mysteries for a reason.

8.) The Fixer and The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - My Review
This is more of a political thriller but it is still a really fantastic series with amazing characters and a super complex mystery. Plus I need a sequel which means you all have to buy copies so that the publisher sees there is demand. Please and thank you.

9.) Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco - My Review
I told myself I wasn't going to mention any historical mysteries because that is a giant can of worms for me, but I couldn't not have at least one. This is one of mys favorites and it has that police procedural vibe that I think murder mystery fans will enjoy.

10.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich - My Review
SO I am including this one in case you are looking for one that has more of a horror vibe to it. Plus this book is really amazing and totally crazy. I want more people to read it so I can ask them what the hell happened at the end of the book because I still don't know and it's been almost two years.

11.) Literally Anything by Mary Kubica - My Review
Every summer for the past three years I have read a Mary Kubica book. This summer I will be reading one again. I am definitely a fan of her stuff. She writes some really fantastic mysteries with amazing twists. If you like mysteries and you haven't read her stuff change that.


12.) Literally Anything by Ally Carter - My Review
What I like about Ally Carter is that she has a variety of different stuff. You want something more lighthearted, Gallagher Girls. Want more serious, Embassy Row. Want a heist novel, Heist Society. If you want something with a summer vibe, I recommend Embassy Row.

There you have it, all the mysteries I recommend for your beach bag. What are your favorite mysteries? What are your beach reads? Leave  me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Monday, May 22, 2017

ARC Review: Antisocial by Jillian Blake

Title: Antisocial
Written by: Jillian Blake 
Published: May 16, 2017 by Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan)

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: Alexandria Prep is hacked in this whodunit set in the age of social media and the cloud. 

Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic. 

But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public. 

Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives: 

Sometimes we share too much.

*** I received an advance copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. ***

I was totally intrigued by the idea of this books. Mean Girls meets Wikileaks sounds amazing. And it also sounded like an intriguing mystery/ And while it was engaging and interesting, it didn't quite live up to my hopes.

One of the things that I did like about this book was the characters. This is a book full of unlikable characters who felt like realistic teenagers. I think the Mean Girls comparison here was about the characters. Firstly because there was a huge emphasis on the different cliches in the school as well as the idea of popularity. But there was also this whole frenemies thing in the book with the characters not being honest with each other about their thoughts and feelings. But that is kind of one of the things that made them feel realistic.

Much of the book focused on the characters and their interaction and development. There were two interesting narratives here when it came to the characterizations. The first was around your public versus private image. As the hack occurred and people found out the truth of their classmates these two things came into question and made for the drama. I really love books that explore this theme and this one did it pretty well. It didn't have quite the depth that I hope for but I it definitely was interesting.

I think it was also supposed to be a subtle story of friendship. I really like books that have themes of friendship so I was excited about that here. It's a book with quirky kind of nerdy types who make up a group of friends. When the hack came through, their friendships and relationships were tested. Again I think it did an okay job of creating drama and establishing interest while making the friendships stronger for the truth. But for some reason it didn't quite have the heart that books about friendships usually have. Maybe because it spent so long tearing things down it was hard to bring them back together, or maybe it just was just a different kind of friendship story.

I think the biggest thing that held me back from really loving this book however was the mystery, or lack thereof. By the sounds of the synopsis you would think that this is more of a mystery and thriller but it definitely isn't. The mystery, like a lot of this book, was kind of subtle. There wasn't much of an attempt to solve the mystery or even really much of a reveal. I wasn't even all that surprised when they told you who was responsible. But maybe that was because they just moved on from there and there was still a ton of loose ends. The disappointing thing is that there was a lot promise. This could have been a really interesting book with a crazy twist, but it wasn't. The hack was just a means to an end and frankly that disappointed me.

I also feel like I didn't quite love the pacing here. This was a pretty short read and it didn't take me very long to get through but it still felt a little slow. I mean I read an e-ARC and I only looked at how many pages it was when I finished it and to be honest I was kind of surprised it was under 300 pages. It didn't read like a fast and short read. It's not that it was slow, it just chugged along with only basic plot development. Then when it reached it's climax it just sort of moved on. There was some interest and drama but it just hit those points and kept going. When the book was over it didn't have the impact I was hoping for.

Antisocial was an okay read with a lot of promise that it didn't quite follow through on. Yes, it jad unlikable but interesting characters and some intriguing themes, but it was just a little basic and slow despite not being very long.

I give Antisocial by Jillian Blake 7.5 out of 10 stars


Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Borrow. This is an okay read but nothing special. I was hoping for a thrilling mystery full of drama and surprises and I didn't get that. This is a subtle story of friendship and the images we portray online versus who we really are but even that was subtle.

Have you read Antisocial? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Friday, May 19, 2017

ARC Review: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Title: The Love Interest
Written by: Cale Dietrich 
Published: May 16, 2017 by Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan)

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets. 

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad? 

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die. 

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

*** I received an advance copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. ***

When I first learned about this book, I knew I needed to read it. I love books that play with YA tropes and one involving spies is totally up my alley. And while this was not quite what I was expecting it was a pretty good read and an interesting debut.

For one thing, I really did like the world of this book. It's sort of an interesting combination of contemporary and dystopia. You have a present day setting but a lot of the trappings dystopia with some interesting technology and a extra-governmental organizational power suppressing people for their own gain. Except this time the people they are oppressing is the people who work for it and not really a larger society. It had definite Dollhouse vibes and I really liked that. I only wish we had gotten more from LIC. I didn't really know what their motivations were here and why they even existed. They could have been super fascinating if we had spent more time with them.

I also did like the characters here. I'm the kind of person who likes unlikable characters, who likes characters who subvert common tropes and so I really appreciated these characters. The fun thing about them is that they were intentionally trying to be cliche but you get their inner monologues where they poke fun at the idea of being a "Nice Guy" or a "Bad Boy." It was tongue in cheek and a fun concept. I think probably though it isn't a concept that everyone will appreciate. It's my kind of humor and I really enjoyed it.

I did also like the character development. Many of the characters here were going along with what they needed to do to win and over the course of the book they had a hard time really deciding if that was what they wanted. I appreciated that the book had this subtle coming of age thing as the characters, especially the main character of Caden figured out who they really are. I thought he had really good development and I also really liked Nathalie's development. She was probably one of the more interesting characters even though I figured her out right away.

But one of my main criticisms is kind of about the characters. Well, it was more about the writing. What I mean is the dialogue. The dialogue in this book was so rough. I know sometimes it's hard to write dialogue that feels genuine and interesting without going overboard. It's a fine line and this book did not walk it very well. The dialogue felt forced. There was either too much or not enough. It honestly sometimes felt like the characters were just narrating their thoughts instead of actually speaking like normal people.

My other criticism is with the pacing. The plot of the book was good and super engaging but it took so long to get to the good stuff. It's not really a spy story, that's maybe the B plot. I want more to the spying and less of the just trying to make the girl like you. Because when that stuff did kick in it was amazing. It took me four days to read the first half of the book because it was so slow I kept putting it down but only two days to read the second half. And then when we did finally get to the climax, which by the way happened at about 90% it felt like it was over too quickly. It could have been a really dramatic and action packed read if it was paced a little better.

But in general, this was a pretty good read. I liked a lot about it. It had an interesting world and engaging characters I just wish the dialogue was better and it was paced a little more evenly. I think it had a lot of promise that it didn't really deliver on for my type of reader but I did enjoy it.\

I give The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich 8 out of 10 stars


Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Borrow. This was a pretty good debut and I think fans of more character driven reads will enjoy it a little bit more. It's really a coming of age story masquerading as a spy novel. If you like unique books that play with the tropes or are looking for a subtle spy story then check this one out.

Have you read The Love Interest? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Book Review: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Title: Rose Under Fire
Series: Code Name Verity #2
Written by: Elizabeth Wein
Published: September 10, 2013 by Disney Hyperion

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp. 

Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that's in store for her? 

Elizabeth Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Code Name Verity, delivers another stunning WWII thriller. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival.

As you may know from my recent review of The Pearl Thief, I am a big fan of Code Name Verity. Reading The Pearl Thief, a prequel to CNV, only made me want to reread that book because I love it so much. So instead of doing that I decided to read the sequel which I have not read despite owning a copy for years. I'm glad that I did because this was a fantastic historical fiction read.

In this book, Elizabeth Wein takes us back to the lives of ATA pilots during WWII (in case you are wondering, yes we do get to see characters from Code Name Verity, but more on that later) but this time we see things from a different perspective of the war. This book took us to the Ravensbruck concentration camp. This one feels like a more traditional piece of historical fiction at the time. We get to see what it was like for those imprisoned by the Nazis. And it was truly horrific. Life at Ravensbruck was not as bad as some of the death camps but it was still terrible. You really get immersed in that world. The horror, the pain, the fear that came with it. It's a tough and emotional read as you see firsthand what people went through. You can tell the author did her research into what it was like for the women in the camp which made it all the more horrific.

And Wein once again proved that she is great at writing complex characters you can't help but relate to. Our main character is Rose Justice who is an ATA pilot alongside Maddie Broddart (now Beauford-Stuart which makes me just squee!). I was really happy to check back in to see what Maddie was up to but the real focus of this novel is on Rose. Rose is a really good main character. She's tough and resilient in the face of a lot of adversity, which is totally what you want in a protagonist. I also really liked that Rose showed her sensitive side. In addition to being a pilot she is also a poet. She wrote some absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking poems that feature prominently in the book. It gave the character a lot of depth. But I don't know that she even needed it. I loved Rose and her voice.

But Rose wasn't the only interesting and complex character in the book. Every character at Ravensbruk was complex and memorable. The camp was inhabited by a diverse group of young women from all over Europe. Probably one of the most memorable were Roza, the Polish "Rabbit" who was experimented on by the Nazi doctors at the camp. Despite everything she had been through, Roza was spunky and tough. She made me laugh and made me empathize. I also found Anna to be incredibly interesting. A lot of times you wonder about the Germans, the workers or leaders at the camps, and hearing from Anna her thoughts on what she had done, the regrets, and how she was attempting to make up for them was fascinating. But every character was just as engaging and complex.

But it's a good thing that the characters were so likable because so much of the heart of this book was in the characters and the way they interacted and related. Like Code Name Verity this is a book about friendship, sisterhood, and the connection you can make in the most unlikely of circumstances. When the book started we got to see the relationship between Rose and Maddie, which I totally appreciated. Seeing things from Maddie's perspective for a bit was super interesting. Then at Ravensbruk the young women really created this found family that was so amazing to see. They took care of one another and did things that could have gotten them to serious trouble to help each other. It gave the book a lot of heart and a lot of hope despite the adversity.

On the whole, Rose Under Fire was a great historical fiction book. It took the reader to an interesting period in history and immersed them in an dark and engrossing story. Plus it had amazing characters and a great story of friendship and found family. It was a fantastic read and I read it in just a few days.

I give Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein 9 out of 10 stars


Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Buy. If you loved Code Name Verity and have not read this one you definitely need to. Fans of YA historical fiction, especially those set during World War II should definitely read it. It's a great read.

Have you read Rose Under Fire? What did you think? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Terrible Moms and Mother Figures in Literature

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

**** SPOILER WARNING!****

BEWARE: This will contain spoilers. I can't talk about why these Moms are terrible without spoiling stuff. If you don't like or want spoilers then don't read any further. Maybe just skim the titles.

1.) Levana in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer - My Review
It's a good thing Levana didn't have any children of her own. I mean she tried to kill her niece by lighting her nursery on fire and then made her stepdaughter scar her face because she was prettier than Levana. That is not mother material.

2.) Mrs. Coulter in His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman - My Review
Also not mother material is the cold and calculating Mrs. Coulter. She does some seriously terrible stuff to Lyra in book one after we learn that she's her real mother. I might be able to let that slide but then she pulls that shit in The Amber Spyglass. NO, Mrs. Coulter. NO.

3.) Maddy's Mom in Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon - My Review
I mean... I get that you want to protect your daughter after your husband dies. That seems normal and natural. But Maddy's mom took that to the next level by insisting that she has a disease she doesn't have to keep her in the house forever. TOO FAR!

4.) Mrs. Thenardier in Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - My Review
Many of you know that I have a cat named Eponine. She's one of my most favorite tragic characters in literature. So of course I have to list her mom. Both her parents are awful. They made her a criminal. Also, she's not their only mistreated and abandoned child. Hell, she's the one they liked.

5.) The moms in The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury - My Review
One of the most memorable moments in the first book in this series is when the main character's mother shows up to eat the sins of the recently deceased king. She's totally awful. And that is the tip of the iceberg because the queen is literally THE WORST!

6.) Adri in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer - My Review
You know I wasn't going to let Adri off did you? She's not as bad as Levana maybe but she's truly terrible. She makes her stepdaughter a servant and then when she find out said stepdaughter is the long lost Lunar princess tries to capitalize on that for her own benefit.

7.) Petunia Dursley in The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - My Review
Let's not even begin to mention the fact that she made her adopted nephew sleep in a cabinet and do all the chores around the house like a postmodern Cinderella. But she also spoiled her son so much that he because a literal huge brat.

8.) Avery's Mom in Salt and Storm by Kendal Kulper - My Review
A lot of this book I couldn't understand why Avery's mother wouldn't want her daughter to be a witch. Not only did she keep her from doing that but she also kept her from her grandmother too. And she did magic to prevent her daughter from doing magic. Ironic? Yes.

9.) Mrs. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - My Review
All things considered Mrs. Bennett isn't that bad. I mean she is brash and brutish and she does care more about her daughters marrying well than she does about their happiness, but when you look at her compared to the rest of the moms on this list she's alright.

10.) Cersei Lannisterin A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin - My Review
Same with Cersei. Really her only redeeming quality is that she loves her children. She loves them more than anyone in the world. But let's be honest, it didn't make her a great mom. Joffery was a holy terror (pun intended) and the other two kids aren't fine but only because she basically ignored them.

11.) The Commandant in An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - My Review
SERIOUSLY! This is like the worst one on the list. I can't believe I actually forgot it. Maybe I rage blocked out The Commandant because she is really a horrible mom, a great antagonist but a terrible mom. She treat Elias, HER SON, like he's useless and unwanted.

There you have it, some of the most terrible mothers in literature to me. What Moms made your list? Who isn't mom material to you? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!