Three bite-size review: The Moonstone Girls, Bright Ruined Things, Getting Clean with Stevie Green

What’s the theme for these books? They’re all kind of about messy girls? Yeah, sure, let’s go with that. It’s midterms week for me, so I gotta post these and write some essays! Yes they’re all very short I literally do not take criticism I have so many better things to do. I received all of these books from NetGalley. When I do not receive a book from NetGalley, I will absolutely be shouting that from the rooftops.

The Moonstone Girls

This book was beautiful and also absolutely brutal. Kind of reminded why I don’t read period pieces. Same melancholy awful feeling as the Miseducation of Cameron Post. 4 stars. Bookshop link here. Published Feb 10th, 2022.

Getting Clean with Stevie Green

“It’s so hard to know who you are.”

I enjoyed this book but not that much? Love a book about a messy woman, you know, especially messy women who kiss girls. But. It felt like the characters were my age, not ten years older than me, and I just feel like if I was still embroiled in high school drama now I would be endlessly annoyed with myself, not to mention if I was 37. Kind of kept expecting something life-changing to happen and it just did not. Also I did not really like the dialogue in this book. Three stars, but like, two and a half, actually. But we’ll round up for NetGalley. Bookshop link here. Published Feb 1st, 2022.

Bright Ruined Things (audiobook)

You know that subplot in The Magicians season three about how there were fairies working for that rich family and making them appear to still have magic? That’s basically this book’s vibes, if that subplot were also a retelling of The Tempest? The vibes are really really good. The ending kind of ruins things — they are bright ruined things, I guess — but I enjoyed being taken on this ride. Also, a fantastic audiobook narrator. Three and a half stars (rounded up for NetGalley). Bookshop link here. Published Feb 15th, 2022.

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