Review: Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There have been a few books like this out recently, and I am a huge champion of celebrating women, especially when they’ve often been overlooked for their achievements. Wonder Women is one of the best books of this ilk that I’ve read this year, and there’s a few reasons why that is.

First, there’s great diversity in the women featured – so many different nationalities feature, whereas other books have been very US-centric.

Secondly, many of the women featured I haven’t heard too much about – it’s great to learn about new people who have been overlooked previously.

Thirdly, this book has a great voice – informative but also funny.

Finally, I love the focus on scientists and inventors, and the mini chapters about a career in the scientists.

Definitely one to check out!

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Blog Tour – The Regulars by Georgia Clark

Today I’m hosting something a little bit different – it’s Day One of The Regulars blog tour and I’m delighted to present a piece by Georgia Clark, the author of The Regulars, on how she came to write the book.

The Regulars has been described as the ‘Dorian Grey for the Girls generation‘ and is perfect for Lena Dunham and Amy Poehler fans.

Best friends Evie, Krista and Willow are just trying to make it through their mid-twenties in New York. They’re regular girls with typical quarter life crises: making it up
the corporate ladder, making sense of online dating, and making rent.
Until they come across Pretty, a magic tincture that makes them, well …gorgeous. Like,
supermodel gorgeous. With a single drop, each young woman gets the gift of
jaw-dropping beautyfor one week, presenting them with unimaginable opportunities to make their biggest fantasies come true.
But there’s a dark side to Pretty, too, and as the gloss fades for these modern-
day Cinderellas, there’s just one question left: What would you sacrifice to be Pretty?

Georgia Clark dishes the dirt on how she came to write the hot new novel, The Regulars.

As a child, I was enamored with my own beauty.

I’m compelled to describe myself in an early diary entry, doing so as follows: “I have long, wavy, golden hair and big, beautiful blue eyes.” My faith in my wonderful good looks was palatable, and I took delight in dressing in bright, showy colors, unafraid to stand out, peacock-like, from the crowd. Which is why it was so odd to find myself in my late-20s/early 30s convinced of my own Quasimodo-esque ugliness. The mirror was a horrorshow, reflecting back nothing golden or beautiful. Instead, I saw thin lips, a witches’ chin and dark circles on par with two black eyes. Despite having a boisterous group of friends, promising career, and exciting life in New York, love eluded me, and the reason (I was sure) was my own physical failings.

On meeting my partner, these feelings began to fade. Her daily affirmations that I was delightful in every way helped me see the girl in the mirror in a more positive light again. I might not be a supermodel, but I certainly wasn’t ugly. So why had a spent a long period of an otherwise happy life feeling that I was? And if I felt that way, surely other women felt that way too.

This inspired me to start thinking on beauty. Where do messages about beauty find us, how do they affect us, how do different women respond to these messages differently. What is beauty? How does a modern feminist reconcile her own empowerment with very real feelings of physical inadequacy? These thoughts and more were bubbling in the back of my brain when one night, inspiration struck. I was at home alone, working on the edits to my YA sci-fi novel, Parched, when a concept popped in my head. A serum. That turns you pretty: objectively, definitively. But only for a week at a time. ‘Hm’, I thought, putting my notes aside. ‘That’s interesting’. Less than a minute later, a scene began playing in my head, as crystal clear as a feature film. Three young women. A tiny bottle of Pretty, something from a modern fairytale. An impossible transformation, as visceral and gross as it was funny and unexpected. Someone comes home: ah, an excuse is needed! What next? Who knows… As soon as the scene stopped playing – a gift from on high, a missive from the muse – I knew, without a doubt, that was a novel. A year and a half later, I finished The Regulars.

Georgia Clark is an author, screenwriter and journalist who is widely published in women’s and lifestyle magazines, and writes for TV. She is enthusiastically vegetarian, proudly queer, definitely a city-dweller, a long-time lover and supporter of the arts and an advocate for the empowerment of young women.
You can follow Georgia at @georgialouclark, sign up to her mailing list at, and like her author page on Facebook.
The Regulars is available NOW in hardback from all good bookstores!
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour:

I can’t wait to pick this one up – can you?


April 2016 Wrap-Up and Book Haul

Books Read

April 2016 was a month I felt I didn’t read too much in – I fell into a bit of a slump – but still managed to read quite a few books. I haven’t reviewed all of them yet, but will update here when I have.

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – review here
  2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – review here
  3. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
  4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  5. You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour – review here
  6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Blog Posts

I also didn’t post as much as I wanted to, but here are the posts I did… post.

Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters Super Fan Event!

Fairyloot April Unboxing!

Amazon Woes.

I also posted the first two installments in my new #YALCReadingList series – a showcase of the authors who will be attending YALC this year and which books I will be reading in preparation.

YALC Reading List: What To Read for YALC16

YALC Reading List: Part 2!

Books Bought/Received


Yep, 17 books. It was my birthday, hence the (slightly larger than normal) haul.

  1. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard (received from MyKindaBook and loved!)
  2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  3. Iron Fist: The Inventory by Andy Briggs (received from Scholastic for a blog tour this month)
  4. ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas (ACOMAF already pre-ordered)
  5. Silver Shadows and 6. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

7. The Winner’s Crime  and 8. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

9. Scarlet, 10. Cress, 11. Winter, 12. Stars Above and 13. Fairest by Marissa Meyer

14. The Wrath and the Dawn and 15. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

16. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (Signed at the fan event)

17. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (from the April Fairyloot box)

TV Shows watched

So I’ve recently binged Season 3 of Orphan Black, as well as watching my regular shows weekly (UK Pace) – Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation, Jane the Virgin, GIRLS, and (staring last week), Game of Thrones.

Which books should I bump up my TBR? Comment below or tweet me at @annalisebooks!

Annalise x