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Amelia Unabridged

Amelia Unabridged

Maybe it’s middle-aged grumpiness. Maybe it’s cynicism and jadedness. Maybe it’s the book. But Amelia Unabridged left me cross. Annoyed. And while I wish I had only wonderful things to say about Ashley Schumacher’s debut Young Adult contemporary novel, I just don’t....

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The Burning Girls

The Burning Girls

I wrote my very first book review a year ago. And over the past 12 months, I have failed to find, from start to finish, a truly satisfying thriller. One that is tightly and expertly written, amazingly entertaining, and not overly ludicrous. You see, that’s the problem...

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The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library

3.5 stars I didn’t love The Midnight Library. And no one is more surprised by this than me. For the simple reason that Matt Haig’s bestselling novel is a sensation. It has been embraced by thousands of readers, many of whom cherish it. I thought it would be a...

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I’m Melissa.

Welcome to Bantering Books.

A blog for book lovers. A blog for YOU.

With each review I write, I strive to help you find your next great read. I will give you the rundown – the good, the bad, and the ugly — on the hottest new releases in fiction and other familiar favorites.

My taste in books is eclectic. I review across many diverse genres, with my preferences being:

  • Literary, Contemporary, and Historical Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Magical Realism
  • Paranormal and Horror
  • Romance and Women’s Fiction
  • LGBTQ+
  • Young Adult

My reviews are boldly honest and free of spoilers. Always fair. Sometimes snarky. Hopefully, entertaining.

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