• Reviews

    Review: You Must Be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

    You Must Be Layla (Paperback)You Must Be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied
    Genre: Middle Grade | Contemporary
    Published by: Puffin
    Pages: 288
    Release date: 05/03/2019
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: Layla believes she was right to stand up for herself against a bully, but it’s landed her a suspension – not the way she (or her parents) would have wished to begin her time at her fancy new school! This is just a setback though, and she’s determined to prove that she does deserve her scholarship by making new friends and setting her sights on inventing something that could win the big robotics competition.

    But where to begin?

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    Review: Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon (Blog Tour)

    Instructions for DancingInstructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
    Genre: Young AdultContemporary
    Published by: Penguin
    Pages: 285
    Release date: 01/06/2021
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: Evie is disillusioned about love ever since her dad left her mum for another woman – she’s even throwing out her beloved romance novel collection.

    When she’s given a copy of a book called Instructions for Dancing, and follows a note inside to a dilapidated dance studio, she discovers she has a strange and unwelcome gift. When a couple kisses in front of her, she can see their whole relationship play out – from the moment they first catch each other’s eye to the last bitter moments of their break-up.

    For Evie, it confirms everything she thinks she knows about love – that it doesn’t last.

    But at the dance studio she meets X – tall, dreadlocked, fascinating – and they start to learn to dance, together. Can X help break the spell that Evie is under? Can he change Evie’s mind about love?

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    Review: Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

    Midnight Sun (Twilight, #5)Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
    Series: The Twilight Saga #5
    Genre: Paranormal
    Published by: Atom
    Pages: 768
    Release date: 04/08/2020
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

    This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

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    Review: The Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery

    The Last Paper CraneThe Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery
    Genre: Young Adult | Historical
    Published by: Hot Key Books
    Pages: 304
    Release date: 04/04/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: 1945, Hiroshima: Ichiro is a teenage boy relaxing at home with his friend Hiro. Moments later there is a blinding flash as the horrific nuclear bomb is dropped. With great bravery the two boys find Hiro’s five year-old sister Keiko in the devastated and blasted landscape. With Hiro succumbing to his wounds, Ichiro is now the only one who can take care of Keiko. But in the chaos Ichiro loses her when he sets off to find help.

    Seventy years later, the loss of Keiko and his broken promise to his dying friend are haunting the old man’s fading years. Mizuki, his grandaughter, is determined to help him. As the Japanese legend goes, if you have the patience to fold 1,000 paper cranes, you will find your heart’s desire; and it turns out her grandfather has only one more origami crane to fold…

    Narrated in a compelling mix of straight narrative, free verse and haiku poems, this is a haunting and powerful novel of courage and survival, with full-page illustrations by Natsko Seki.

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  • Reviews

    Review: The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey

    The Wolf and The WaterThe Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey
    Series: Deluge #1
    Genre: Fantasy
    Published by: Silver Sun Books
    Pages: 268
    Release date: 08/10/2020
    Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
    Where to find: Goodreads
    Trigger warnings: Violence, murder, death, racism, ableism, slavery, misogyny, parental abuse, miscarriage, sexual assault
    Summary: Some secrets are worth killing for.

    The ancient city of Kepos sits in an isolated valley, cut off from the outside world by a towering wall. Behind it, the souls of the dead clamour for release. Or so the priesthood says.

    Kala has never had any reason to doubt their word – until her father dies in suspicious circumstances that implicate the city’s high priest. She’s determined to investigate, but she has a more immediate problem: the laws of the city require her mother to remarry straight away.

    Kala’s new stepfather is a monster, but his son Leon is something altogether more dangerous: kind.

    With her family fractured and the investigation putting her life in danger, the last thing Kala needs is romance. She would rather ignore Leon entirely, however difficult he makes it. But when she learns the truth of what really clamours behind the wall at the end of the valley, she faces a choice: share what she knows and jeopardise her escape, or abandon him to his fate along with the rest of the city.

    If she doesn’t move fast, then no one will make it out of the valley alive.

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    Blog Tour: Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly (Review)

    Hey friends. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly and I am sharing my review with you. Enjoy!

    PoisonedPoisoned by Jennifer Donnelly
    Genre: Young Adult | Retelling | Fantasy
    Published by: Hot Key Books
    Pages: 432
    Release date: 20/10/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: Beautiful Sophie, with lips as red as blood, skin as pale as snow, and hair as dark as night, is about to come of age and inherit her father’s throne. But Sophie’s stepmother wants rid of her – beautiful she may be, but too weak and foolish to reign. And Sophie believes her, as she believes all the things that have been said about her – all the poisonous words people use to keep girls like her from becoming too powerful, too strong.

    When the huntsman carries out his orders of killing Sophie, she finds a fire burning inside her that will not be extinguished, and sets off to reclaim what was taken from her.

    Jennifer Donnelly turns her feminist eye to this most delicious of fairy tales and shows Snow White as she’s never been seen before.

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  • Reviews

    Review: The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

    The Deck of Omens (The Devouring Gray, #2)The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman
    Series: The Devouring Gray #2 (book 1 review)
    Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
    Published by: Titan Books
    Pages: 405
    Release date: 21/04/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: The teenagers of Four Paths must save their home.

    Though the Beast is seemingly subdued for now, a new threat looms in Four Paths: a corruption seeping from the Gray into the forest. And with the other Founders preoccupied by their tangled alliances and fraying relationships, only May Hawthorne seems to realize the danger. But saving the town she loves means seeking aid from the person her family despises most–her and Justin’s father.

    May’s father isn’t the only newcomer in town–Isaac Sullivan’s older brother has also returned, seeking forgiveness for the role he played in Isaac’s troubled past. But Isaac isn’t ready to let go of his family’s history, especially when that history might hold the key that he and Violet Saunders need to destroy the Gray and the monster within it.

    Harper Carlisle isn’t ready to forgive, either. Two devastating betrayals have left her isolated from her family and uncertain who to trust. As the corruption becomes impossible to ignore, Harper must learn to control her newfound powers in order to protect Four Paths. But the only people who can help her do that are the ones who have hurt her the most.

    With the veil between the Gray and the town growing ever thinner, all of the Founder descendants must put their grievances with one another aside to stop the corruption and kill the Beast once and for all.

    But maybe the monster they truly need to slay has never been the Beast…

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    Review: The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

    The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray, #1)The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
    Series: The Devouring Gray #1
    Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
    Published by: Titan Books
    Pages: 400
    Release date: 16/04/2019
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
    They locked the Beast away.

    After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

    Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

    Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

    The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.

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    Review: I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

    I Was Born for ThisI Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
    Genre: Contemporary
    Published by: Harper Collins
    Pages: 393
    Release date: 03/05/2018
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: For Angel, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friend Juliet, her dreams, her place in the world.

    Jimmy owes everything to The Ark. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band with his mates is all he ever dreamed of doing.

    But dreams don’t always turn out the way you think, and when Jimmy and Angel are unexpectedly thrust together they find out just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

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    Review: The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James

    The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet StokerThe Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James
    Genre: Paranormal
    Published by: Walker Books
    Pages: 425
    Release date: 03/09/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Where to find: Goodreads | Waterstones
    Summary: What if death is only the beginning?

    When Harriet Stoker dies after falling from a balcony in a long-abandoned building, she discovers a group of ghosts, each with a special power.

    Felix, Kasper, Rima and Leah welcome Harriet into their world, eager to make friends with the new arrival after decades alone. Yet Harriet is more interested in unleashing her own power, even if it means destroying everyone around her. But when all of eternity is at stake, the afterlife can be a dangerous place to make an enemy.

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