2023 Book Review: All the Bad Apples

All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle

YA Fantasy, 2019 by Kathy Dawson Books, 326 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • I will NEVER call someone a bad apple again. Technically, I’m relatively sure I never have. I cringed every time someone was called that in this book (and it was a lot). 
  • The flashback chapters/stories sort of bored me, honestly. I get that they were important but I didn’t love them.
  • I didn’t love our main character. I wanted to but something about the voice just felt whiny and selfish. 
  • Repetitive. Phrases, main points, and ideas are all repeated a bit too much. 

What I Did Like:

  • There’s a twist reveal that worked. I like to be surprised and this was surprising.
  • Found family. This trio who accompanies our main character are adorable and dedicated. 
  • The book has big lessons on grief, tolerance, and compassion that I adored. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Readers that like fantastical elements in their important contemporary stories that make the themes really pop in an interesting way.

My Rating: 3 Stars

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