Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Traditionally here on Fangirl Fury, I like to give you guys a quick summary of the book I’m reviewing. However, I find that its best to go into Turtles All the Way Down without knowing too much. I found that in its preliminary hype days it was promoted for its billionaire-gone-missing mystery element, but that’s definitely not the entirety of Aza’s story. While Turtles All the Way Down highlights friendships, family, romance, and the life of the American teenager, it most of all sheds light on mental health and what it’s like to live with mental illness.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


My Thoughts:

There are three things I am most definitely proud of myself for doing when it came to Turtles All the Way Down:

  1. I bought a signed copy of the book (bonus points for supporting my local indie bookstore)
  2. I AVOIDED SPOILERS! Almost all of the bloggers that I follow on social media have read Turtles All the Way Down before me, and kudos to me for not clicking on John Green’s reddit for questions and answers about the book
  3. I read the book within a month of its release! Yes, I read throughout the busy-ness that is my university life , but I thought I would pick up Turtles All the Way Down during winter break where I could really devote time to reading it. But after picking up a copy and seeing many positive reviews, I knew I had to read the book ASAP.

Since it was my goal to avoid spoilers while reading, I am going to keep my thoughts on the book as spoiler-free as possible! As you might be able to tell from my 5 out of 5 star rating, I absolutely loved Turtles All the Way Down. I really like John Green as an author (there’s only two of his books that I haven’t been crazy about) and as a person. Like many, I am so happy that he has a new book out in the world.

Like I said above, Turtles All the Way Down incorporates a variety of elements, but the most important of them all is the focus on Aza’s mental health. Aza lives in fear that she’ll contract C. diff and this fear affects how she goes about her life and routines. One of the most successful aspects of Turtles All the Way Down is how through Aza’s narration, we are able to experience what it’s like to live with mental illness. I think what really aided this aspect was how real Aza’s life feels: she’s a high school student (there are many moments in the book where she’s texting her friends or actually doing schoolwork), she has a great female-to-female friendship with her Chuck E. Cheese employee of a best friend, Daisy, and the two spend many nights at Applebee’s talking about school and Star Wars (let’s be honest, I was sold on this book once I read that Applebee’s was Daisy and Aza’s go-to spot). We do have the whole billionaire-gone-missing element and Davis, but I thought that side of the storyline provided a nice juxtaposition between Aza and Davis. Yes, they come from different class backgrounds, but they often share similar feelings. Also, sidenote of appreciation for Davis’s blog and Daisy’s fan fiction!

While it may seem a bit mundane considering how large of a role mental health plays in the book, my favorite aspect overall was the fact that Aza’s last name is Holmes. AND SHE’S SORT’VE SOLVING A MYSTERY, SHE’S SHERLOCK HOLMES!! I haven’t read too many interviews with John Green about the book, but I really want to know if her last name had this intention.

I think The Fault in Our Stars will always be my favorite John Green book, but Turtles All the Way Down is definitely in my top 3 favorites of his. Have you read Turtles All the Way Down? Share in the comments!

Review: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Summary: Environmental lawyer Abby Williams left her hometown of Barrens, Indiana, ten years ago and she hasn’t looked back since. She wouldn’t trade anything, like her thriving career and modern apartment in Chicago, to return back to the failing small-town that is Barrens; unless you knew the reason why Kaycee Mitchell disappeared after high school graduation. When Abby’s work brings her back to Barrens to investigate Optimal Plastics, a high profile company that brought the town back on the map, she’s forced to confront her old demons: her strained relationship with her father, ex-crushes, and high school bullies. As Abby uncovers secrets within Optimal, she discovers more and more about Kaycee’s disappearance and “The Game”, a disturbing ritual that Abby wished stayed behind ten years ago.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


This is one of the best photos I’ve ever taken!

My Thoughts:

I didn’t know too much about Bonfire before going in—okay let’s be honest, all I knew was that it was written by Krysten Ritter, but I had been really intrigued by its hype this convention season. Once I saw that Adam Silvera had given Bonfire a 5 star review himself on Goodreads, I knew that it was time to pick up Bonfire soon. I am more than excited to report that I flew through the addicting and gripping novel that is Bonfire and it has become one of my favorite reads of the year!

Bonfire is dark from the get-go. We’re introduced to Abby and her high school bullies, Kaycee and Misha, right from the start and the mysterious illness that claimed their senior year. The introduction made me think that Bonfire was actually a dystopian, but I was happy to find out in the next chapter that it takes place in “real life” and has mystery and thriller vibes. I found myself glued to this story for its fast-pace and its complex characters. I will say that there is a large cast of characters and at times, I lost track of more minor characters , but I enjoyed how each character really contributed to the story and Optimal case. I found myself really liking how the story interwove both small-town and big business-type politics.

Like Abby, I found myself most interested in the disappearance of Kaycee Mitchell. Throughout the novel, Abby questions if Kaycee was really sick or not and what the real reason behind her disappearance was. It takes the majority of the novel for Abby to crack the code, but it’s not just Kaycee’s disappearance that she’s uncovering; after all, she’s back in Barrens for her environmental law work against Optimal. She’s also realizing that her father is a worse position than he was when she left, and she’s trying to figure how her high school menace is now vice principal. Abby also deals with some old romantic sparks, with golden boy and now Optimal higher-upper Brent and Condor, high school dropout who now lives right across the street with his daughter. Maybe it’s because Bonfire is an adult novel, but there’s also a lot of drinking and alcohol in the novel. I didn’t mind it so much, until Abby’s drinking starts to mess with her memory. However, I think it added to the novel’s mysterious and who-dunit vibes Ritter may have been going for.

Confession time: I haven’t seen Krysten Ritter in most of her work, including the Netflix-hit Jessica Jones and the beloved Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. I think that the only film I’ve seen Krysten in is Confessions of a Shopaholic. I’m often a tad nervous about reading books written by celebrities/famous people/vloggers—basically people where you know that book-writing isn’t their most-known area of expertise—but as you can probably tell from above, I loved Ritter’s Bonfire and was really impressed by her writing style and story-telling. I look forward to see what she brings out in the book world next!

Have you read Bonfire or do you plan on picking it up? Share in the comments!

Gilmore Girls Book Tag


I saw The Gilmore Girls Book Tag on Regan of PeruseProjects Booktube channel a few months ago and wanted to do the tag myself. I enjoy watching Gilmore Girls, and in my opinion,  Gilmore Girls: A Year of the Life was the best sequel/reboot that I’ve seen come out of Netflix so far! Sorry Fuller House! I’m really hoping for a second season of Gilmore Girls:A Year of the Life, but for right now, I’ll settle with this tag.

Lorelai | A character with a witty or sarcastic sense of humor 

Dimple from When Dimple Met Rishi. Dimple’s sarcasm was most definitely a highlight in Sandhya Menon’s debut novel, plus how often do you meet someome who’s not afraid to throw an iced coffee in a guy’s face?? Lorelai would approve, but feel sad about the wasted coffee.

Rory | Favorite classic

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I haven’t read this one in a while,so I’m  due for a reread in the near future.

Luke| A book you secretly love, but are not afraid to admit

A book that I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but wasn’t definitely mine is Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Lane | A musical character

Adam from Gayle Forman’s If I Stay.

Dean | Your first book love (character or book you first loved)

Gale from The Hunger Games

Sookie |A book you’ve devoured

I have eaten so many books up, but I’m going to go with my most recent treat, Bonfire by Krysten Ritter.
Jess | A book you love, that gets the most hate

 A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. A lot of people LOVE this book and series, and a lot of people hate this series. The depiction of a character’s sexuality in ACOWAR has caused much debate in the book community.

Miss Patty| A book that was ruined by the hype 

Now I often don’t pick up middle grade books, but maybe I would have picked up Serafina and the Black Cloak if I HADN’T SEEN IT EVERYWHERE THIS SUMMER. There was a lot of promotion for this series over on Booktube, and I just grew tired of seeing it in every book haul I watched. I’m all for paid promotions, but it was just too many bloggers all at once.

Emily Gilmore | An expensive book

I’m going with one of the most expensive books on my shelf, which is the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. The quality of the book itself and the illustrations definitely make up for the price tag.

Paris | An uptight character

Nesta from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. There’s nothing wrong with being uptight here because Nesta is my favorite character in the ACOTAR world .

Are you a Gilmore Girls fan? Share in the comments!

Review: This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

Summary:Sasha Stone really has it all. She’s bound to be valedictorian, she’s first chair clarinet, and has a boyfriend to match. But what she doesn’t want? This sudden crush on Isaac Harver that keeps cutting into her mind and worse, practice time. Add this to how she’s just discovered that she absorbed her twin in the womb, and Sasha is left feeling that maybe she doesn’t have it all. But no worries: her twin is there to remind her of that.

My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


After being really impressed with Mindy McGinnis’s The Female of the Species in early October, I was excited to pick up This Darkness Mine soon after. If you like Jandy Nelson’s The Sky is Everywhere or Gayle Forman’s If I Stay for their musical elements, you’ll really like This Darkness Mine as the first hundred pages or so puts an emphasis on Sasha’s relationship with music and her clarinet. But that’s where the similarities end.

I was really interested in reading This Darkness Mine because its blurb highlights how Sasha absorbed her twin, Shanna, in the womb. I don’t want to go into too spoilery-details but the basic premise of the book is that Shanna lives within Sasha. Unfortunately for Sasha, this means that Shanna’s crush on Sasha’s classmate, Isaac, largely affects Sasha’s feelings and behaviors, to the point that she doesn’t even remember being with Isaac. I liked how Sasha shares this sensation of having Shanna inside of her with her parents, much to their doubt and fear of their daughter’s psychological being though, because we often see protagonists in the YA world hiding their problems from their parents.

My biggest “problem” with This Darkness Mine is that we spend so much time on Sasha fretting over Shanna and Isaac and how it’s affecting her life. Yes, it’s obviously part of the premise of the book, but there’s such a lack of plot movement and felt very high school trope-like that I found myself getting bored. However, the novel’s major changing point *somewhat spoiler* where Sasha is hospitalized was a major changing point in my feelings as well. From Sasha’s hospitalization to the end of the novel, the story really becomes the psychological thriller This Darkness Mine’s blurb promises. While I think the second half of the book could have been a bit more condensed, I was really intrigued by Sasha’s mindset and trying to determine what was real and what was in her head.

Overall, This Darkness Mine was a great book for me to read around Halloween due to its mystery vibes and dark setting. I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Female of the Species, but while both books are on the darker side, they have such different plots and settings. There was also a bit of gore at the end that seemed fitting to the holiday, but left me with my hands over my heart and barely being able to read the pages because of how creeped out I was—horror fans, unlike me, will love it!

Have you read This Darkness Mine? Share in the comments!

My Experience at Harry Potter in Concert

Last Saturday, I went to the symphony for the first time in my life. But in Fangirl Fury fashion, of course, this concert was based on one of my all-time favorite literary obsessions: Harry Potter. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presented Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets In Concert, where the orchestra performed the score of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while the film played for the audience. I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about these movies meets orchestra performances, especially for Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, and once I heard that my school was hosting a trip to the show, I knew I had to attend.

I attended the event with one of my friends from our university’s music appreciation organization, so it was really awesome to connect through our love of Harry Potter. And we prove that Hufflepuffs and Slytherin can be friends! We sat in the second row of the rear mezzanine, and we were clearly able to see the orchestra on stage and of course, the movie screen. The concert in general had such an awesome atmosphere—how could it not be in a room filled with hundreds of Potterheads?? Throughout the show, the audience would cheer when characters first entered the movie (I think Snape and Hermione received the loudest applause), laugh along with scaredy-cat Ronald Weasley, and applaud during pivotal moments. The orchestra was absolutely phenomenal and there were many times where I became so immersed in Chamber of Secrets that I forgot that the music wasn’t being played on the film’s soundtrack.


Despite how many times I indulge myself in Harry Potter movie marathons on Freeform, I haven’t watched Chamber of Secrets in full in a long time (I also chalk some of this up to the fact that Freeform definitely plays the last three films the most). It was really fun to go back into Chamber of Secrets and be reintroduced to this chapter in the wizarding world, where we of course meet Dobby and  Gilderoy Lockhart. I also forgot how light this movie is compared to the later films in the series. Ron was so funny and stole the show for me, between his under-the-breath remarks and fear of spiders.

I didn’t buy any merch at the show, although they had some really cute T-shirts that said, “Dobby is a free elf”. I did treat myself to a chocolate frog as a snack, where I received a trading card of Madam Pince inside the pack. This was my second chocolate frog ever (okay, we all know I need to make my way to Universal ASAP), so now I have her card and Professor Sprout from my frog that I bought at the Cursed Child release party. On the way home from the symphony, I fittingly started listening to Carry On by Rainbow Rowell on audiobook.

If you ever have the opportunity to attend a Harry Potter in Concert event, I highly recommend that you do! It was such a cool way to experience the symphony and the music behind the wizarding world of J.K. Rowling.

What I Read in October 2017

In October, I read a total of 6 books. I’m pretty satisfied with that number, considering that it was a super busy month for me at school and I added another book to my favorite reads of the year! I’m really excited to see what books I’ll get to in November and December because I want to catch up on some fall releases (I’m talking about you, Turtles All the Way Down and Wonder Woman: Warbringer) and finally start my Throne of Glass reread.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis | 4.75/5 Stars

Review: herefemspecies

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | 3.75/5 Stars

Review: here

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys | 2.75/5 Stars

I had to read Wide Sargasso Sea for my English class this semester and I’m actually going to be working with the novel for the rest of the semester. Wide Sargasso Sea is sort of a prequel to Jane Eyre, as it tells the backstory of Rochester and his first-wife, Antoinette. I’m not a fan of Jane Eyre and unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this one too much either.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins | 4.5/5 Stars

Review: here

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (ARC) | 5/5 Stars

Bonfire was not only my favorite read of the month, but it’s one of my favorite books of the year! I didn’t know too much about Bonfire going in and I admit that I’ve really only seen Krysten Ritter in Confessions of a Shopaholic , but I absolutely loved her debut novel! I’ll have a spoiler-free review of Bonfire on the blog next week!

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis | 3.5/5 Stars

I managed to read another Mindy McGinnis book this month, and while The Female of the Species is dark, This Darkness Mine goes even further in this psychological thriller. I’ll have a full review up soon.

What did you read in October? Share in the comments!

Top Five Wednesday: Genre Benders


Happy November! A new month means a new round of Top Five Wednesday posts! Today’s post is all about book that defy genre or are hard to place in a certain category. I’ll primarily be talking about books that could fit into more than one genre below!

Geekerella by Ashley Poston– Geekerella can be considered to be a fairytale retelling, as sixteen-year old Starfield fan Elle is forced to live with her mean stepmother and stepsisters, or a contemporary read.


The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr The One Memory of Flora Banks is promoted as and is definitely more-so a contemporary book, but as you read the book more and more, some psychological thriller vibes kick in.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock The Smell of Other People’s Houses could be considered a historical fiction novel, since it takes place in 1970s Alaska, or a contemporary novel, as it follows the daily lives of four teenagers. Whatever it is, READ THIS BOOK, IT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITES OF 2017!


The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer– Fairytale retelling or sci-fi? I always classify The Lunar Chronicles as both, calling it a sci-fi fairytale retelling, as I feel that the books don’t fit into just one genre.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins There’s Someone Inside Your House definitely falls more into the horror genre, but its YA romance and family vibes could place it into the contemporary genre.

Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.