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    ARC Review: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

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    Genre: Contemporary
    Published by: Viking
    Pages: 368
    Release date: 27/02/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: One summer morning, a flight takes off from New York to Los Angeles. There are 187 passengers aboard: among them a Wall Street millionaire; a young woman taking a pregnancy test in the airplane toilet; a soldier returning from Afghanistan; and two beleaguered parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons. When the plane suddenly crashes in a field in Colorado, the younger of these boys, 12-year-old Edward Adler, is the sole survivor.

    Dear Edward recounts the stories of the passengers aboard that flight as it hurtles toward its fateful end, and depicts Edward’s life in the crash’s aftermath as he tries to make sense of the loss of his family, the strangeness of his sudden fame, and the meaning of his survival. As Edward comes of age against the backdrop of sudden tragedy, he must confront one of life’s most profound questions: how do we make the most of the time we are given?’


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    Review: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

    47895982. sy475 Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
    Genre: Contemporary
    Published by: Simon and Schuster
    Pages: 436
    Release date: 04/02/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Summary: Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state candidate – as long as he’s behind the scenes. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

    Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is cancelled, her parents are separating and now her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing – with some awkward guy she hardly knows …

    Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer – and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural crush of the century is another thing entirely.


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    ARC Review: Pixie Pushes On by Tamara Bundy

    45358320Pixie Pushes On by Tamara Bundy
    Genre: Historical
    Published by: Nancy Paulsen Books
    Pages: 240
    Release date: 14/01/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: Pixie’s defenses are up, and it’s no wonder. She’s been uprooted, the chickens seem to have it in for her, and now her beloved sister, Charlotte, has been stricken with polio and whisked away into quarantine. So it’s not surprising Pixie lashes out. But her habit of making snap judgments — and giving her classmates nicknames like “Rotten Ricky” and “Big-Mouth Berta” — hasn’t won her any friends. At least life on the farm is getting better with the delivery of its newest resident–a runt baby lamb. Raising Buster takes patience and understanding–and this slowing down helps Pixie put things in better perspective. So too does paying attention to her neighbors, and finding that with the war on she’s not the only one missing someone. As Pixie pushes past her own pain to become a bigger person, she’s finally able to make friends; and to laugh about the fact that it is in places where she least expected it.


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    ARC Review: The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz

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    The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz
    Genre: Fantasy
    Published by: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
    Pages: 384
    Release date: 04/02/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he’s the Guild’s most dangerous member and the Queen’s one and only assassin. He’s also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow–to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.

    Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts–to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.

    When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they’ll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they’ll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom.


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    Review: Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian

    35827843. sy475 Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian
    Genre: Fantasy
    Published by: Henry Holt
    Pages: 354
    Release date: 26/11/2019
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: In a land where magic is outlawed, eight criminals led by seventeen-year-old Larkin are sent on a mission to kill an ancient evil that plagues their kingdom. Descending into an underground realm full of unspeakable horrors, Larkin and her party must use their forbidden magic to survive what lies in wait, teeth sharp and jaws deadly.

    As she fights for her life, Larkin finds a light in Amias, a fellow outlaw with a notorious past. Soon Larkin and Amias realize their fates are entwined. The eight of them were chosen for a reason.

    But as the dangers multiply and her band of felons are picked off one by one, Larkin must confront a terrible truth: They were never meant to return.


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    Review: The Burning by Laura Bates

    42427731The Burning by Laura Bates
    Genre: Contemporary
    Published by: Simon and Schuster
    Pages: 352
    Format: Paperback
    Release date: 21/02/2019
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: New school.
    Tick.
    New town.
    Tick.
    New surname.
    Tick.
    Social media profiles?
    Erased.

    There’s nothing to trace Anna back to her old life. Nothing to link her to the ‘incident’.

    At least that’s what she thinks … until the whispers start up again. As time begins to run out on her secrets, Anna finds herself irresistibly drawn to the tale of Maggie, a local girl accused of witchcraft centuries earlier. A girl whose story has terrifying parallels to Anna’s own…


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    Review: Furious Thing by Jenny Downham

    44575074Furious Thing by Jenny Downham
    Genre: Contemporary
    Published by: David Fickling Books
    Pages: 378
    Format: Hardback
    Release date: 03/10/19
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: Bad things happen when you’re around, Lex…

    That’s what her stepfather tells her. That’s what she believes about herself.

    But how can she convince herself and everyone around her that her anger doesn’t make her a monster? If only she could stop losing her temper and behave herself, her stepfather would accept her, her mom would love her like she used to, and her stepbrother would declare his crushing desire to spend the rest of his life with her. She wants these things so badly, she’s determined to swallow her anger and make her family proud.

    But pushing fury down doesn’t make it disappear. Instead, it simmers below the surface, waiting to erupt. There’ll be fireworks when it does…

    An intensely real story of manipulation and identity, Furious Thing is about the slippery slope of manipulation and how one girl can fight to claim back the spaces that belong to her.


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    ARC Review: The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

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    Genre: Fantasy
    Published by: Hot Key Books
    Pages: 384
    Format: Paperback
    Release date: 01/10/19
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: Aster. Violet. Tansy. Mallow. Clementine.

    Sold as children. Branded by cursed markings. Trapped in a life they never would have chosen.

    When Aster’s sister Clementine accidentally murders a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge – in a country that wants them to have none of those things. Pursued by the land’s most vicious and powerful forces – both living and dead – their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one girl to another, a story that only the youngest or most desperate would ever believe.

    It’s going to take more than luck for them all to survive.


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    ARC Review: The Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly

    The Secret Runners of New YorkThe Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly
    Genre: Sci-fi
    Published by: Hot Key Books
    Pages: 328
    Format: Paperback
    Release date: 26/03/19
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: THE COMING END
    When Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red move to Manhattan, rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building.
    But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying without a care.
    CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?
    And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York.

    But this is no ordinary clique – they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future.

    And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying.

    RUN! AS FAST AS YOU CAN!
    As society crumbles, Skye and Red race to figure out how to use their knowledge to survive the impending annihilation, they soon discover that the chaotic end of the world is perfect time for revenge…


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    ARC Review – Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard

    Fierce Fragile HeartsFierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard
    Series: Beautiful Broken Things book 2
    Genre: Contemporary
    Published by: Pan Macmillan
    Pages: 354
    Format: Paperback
    Release date: 07/02/19
    Rating: ★★★☆☆
    Summary: ‘This time around, I’m going to be so much better. I’m going to prove to them that it was worth waiting on me.’

    Two years after a downward spiral took her as low as you can possibly go, Suzanne is starting again. Again. She’s back in Brighton, the only place she felt she belonged, back with her best friends Caddy and Rosie. But they’re about to leave for university. When your friends have been your light in the darkness, what happens when you’re the one left behind?

    Fierce Fragile Hearts is the stunning sequel to international bestseller Beautiful Broken Things.