• Reviews

    Review: Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

    Let's Talk About LoveLet’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
    Genre: Contemporary
    Published by: Swoon Reads
    Pages: 277
    Release date: 28/05/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Trigger warnings:
    Summary: Alice had her whole summer planned. Nonstop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting—working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating—no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.

    But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).

    When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library-employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.


  • Reviews

    Review: Wonderland by Juno Dawson

    WonderlandWonderland by Juno Dawson
    Genre: Contemporary
    Published by: Quercus
    Pages: 286
    Release date: 28/05/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Trigger warnings: Mental health, self harm, suicide, sexual assault, drug use, murder
    Summary: Alice lives in a world of stifling privilege and luxury – but none of it means anything when your own head plays tricks on your reality. When her troubled friend Bunny goes missing, Alice becomes obsessed with finding her. On the trail of her last movements, Alice discovers a mysterious invitation to ‘Wonderland’: the party to end all parties – three days of hedonistic excess to which only the elite are welcome.

    Will she find Bunny there? Or is this really a case of finding herself? Because Alice has secrets of her own, and ruthless socialite queen Paisley Hart is determined to uncover them, whatever it takes.

    Alice is all alone, miles from home and without her essential medication. She can trust no-one, least of all herself, and now she has a new enemy who wants her head…

    A searing exploration of mental health, gender and privilege, from the most addictive YA novelist in the UK today.


  • Reviews

    Review: Margot & Me by Juno Dawson

    Margot & MeMargot & Me by Juno Dawson
    Genre: Contemporary
    Published by: Hot Key Books
    Pages: 401
    Release date: 26/01/2017
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: How can you hate someone in the present and love them in the past?

    Fliss’s mum needs peace and quiet to recuperate from a long illness, so they both move to the countryside to live with Margot, Fliss’s stern and bullying grandmother. Life on the farm is tough and life at school is even tougher, so when Fliss unearths Margot’s wartime diary she sees an opportunity to get her own back.

    But Fliss soon discovers Margot’s life during the evacuation was full of adventure, mystery … and even passion. What’s more, she learns a terrible secret that could tear her whole family apart…


  • Blog Tour,  Reviews

    Blog Tour Review: The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

    The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein
    Genre: Historical Fiction
    Published by: Bloomsbury
    Pages: 424
    Release date: 14/05/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: Windyedge Airfield, Scotland. World War II. Louisa Adair, newly orphaned and shunned for her mixed-race heritage, has come here to the edge of the world to look after an old lady with a dark past. Jamie Beaufort-Stuart is a flight lieutenant whose squadron is posted to the airfield over winter. Ellen McEwan is a young woman held hostage by the German pilot who lands at Windyedge one wild stormy night carrying a terrible secret.
    Three young people desperate to make a difference in a war that has decimated their families, friends and country. When the means to change the course of history falls into their hands, how will they use it? And when the enemy comes looking for them, who will have the courage to strike back?
    A thrilling story of wartime secrets, international intrigue and wild courage from the award-winning
    author of Code Name Verity, with three young heroes you’ll never forget.


  • Reviews

    Review: The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling

    The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling
    Genre: Middle Grade, Historical, Mystery
    Published by: Little Tiger
    Pages: 288
    Release date: 02/04/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Summary: Zinnie and her sisters live in the murky tunnels beneath Edinburgh’s Old Town. They keep out of the way of the authorities and remain undetected. Until, that is, rumours of a ghost bring unwanted visitors into the caverns they call home. Among them, a young Arthur Conan Doyle, keen to investigate, and MacDuff, the shady owner of Edinburgh’s newest attraction, the House of Wonders.

    Caught up in a world of intrigue and adventure, Zinnie seeks answers. But how can she discover what secrets lie in the House of Wonders while also protecting the sisters she holds so dear?


  • Reviews

    Review: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

    44778083House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
    Series: Crescent City #1
    Genre: Fantasy
    Published by: Bloomsbury
    Pages: 799
    Release date: 03/03/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Summary: Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion – also known as Crescent City – has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city, and brings Bryce’s world crashing down.

    Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city’s most notorious nightclubs – but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can’t forget any longer.

    As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery, and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir …


  • Reviews

    Review: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

    Chain of Gold

    Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
    Series: The Last Hours #1
    Genre: Urban Fantasy
    Published by: Walker Books
    Pages: 617
    Release date: 03/03/2020
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Summary: Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

    James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.


  • Reviews

    Review: A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven

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    Series: Izzy O’Neill #2 (book 1 review)
    Genre: Contemporary
    Published by: Electric Monkey
    Pages: 334
    Release date: 07/03/2019
    Rating: ★★★★★
    Summary: It’s been two months since a leaked explicit photo got Izzy involved in a political sex scandal – and the aftershock is far from over. The Bitches Bite Back movement is gathering momentum as a forum for teenage feminists, and when a girl at another school has a sex tape shared online, once again Izzy leads the charge against the slut-shamer. This time she wants to change the state law on revenge porn.
    Izzy and her best friend Ajita are as hilarious as ever, using comedy to fight back against whatever the world throws at them, but Izzy is still reeling from her slut-shaming ordeal, feeling angry beyond belief and wondering – can they really make a change?


  • Reviews

    Blog Tour Review: Fierce, Fearless and Free by Lari Don

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    Fierce, Fearless and Free by Lari Don
    Genre: Middle Grade
    Published by: Bloomsbury
    Pages: 141
    Release date: 05/03/2020
    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Summary: A brilliant, inclusive collection of traditional tales from around the world featuring amazing women and girls. Once upon a time, there was a handsome prince who – no, that’s not right! Once upon a time, there were strong, fierce women who plotted, schemed, took action, showed kindness, used magic and trickery, and made their own destiny. From the long-haired Petrosinella who escaped the tower and broke the spell that the ogress had cast over her and Nana Miriam who beat a hippo using politeness and magic, to Kate Crackernuts who tried to save her stepsister from her mother’s curse, these are stories of girls doing it for themselves! With stories drawn from all over the world, including China, Scotland, Armenia, Italy and Nigeria, Lari Don presents heroine stories that don’t leave girls sitting around waiting to be saved by the handsome prince.


  • Reviews

    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?’