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Book Review: The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna Marie Crowhurst

*I am reviewing this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * Title: The Illumination of Ursula Flight Author: Anna Marie Crowhurst Publisher: Allen & Unwin Source: ReadersFirst Rating: 3.5/5 stars ( Amazon | Goodreads ) Book Summary: Born on the night of an ill-auguring comet just before Charles II's Restoration, Ursula Flight has a difficult future written in the stars. Against the custom of the age she begins an education with her father, who fosters in her a love of reading, writing and astrology. Following a surprise meeting with an actress, Ursula yearns for the theatre and thus begins her quest to become a playwright despite scoundrels, bounders, bad luck and heartbreak. Book Review: I was extremely excited to read this book partly due to the cover because let's face it is really amazing. This book did not disappoint being an entertaining and heartfelt story which was a great debut.  I really adored Ursula as a

A-Z of YA Mental Health Reads #3

I have done two of these posts in the past and with a new year means new books that feature mental health. So it's time for an update! So let's get started...  They Both Die at the End by A dam Silvera  All Of the A B ove by Juno Dawson  Hold Still by Nina La C our D aris the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram B E fore I Let Go by Marieke Nijikamp Learning To F all by Marcella Pixley  Turtles All the Way Down by John G reen  Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? by  H olly Bourne  I Way Lost My Way by Gayle Foreman Clean by J uno Dawson  We are Young by Cat Clar K e  The Goldfish Boy by L isa Thompson  Bad Ro M ance by Heather Demetrios  Release by Patrick N ess  I Was Born For This by Alice O seman S P arrow by Sarah Moon   Mos Q uitoland by Davi Arnold  Wo R ries Go Away by Kes Gray S tarfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman T op Ten by Katie Cotugno  Don't To U ch by Rachel M. Wilson  Reasons To Stay Ali V e by Matt Haig   W hite Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollo

The Works of Neal Shusterman

So over the last couple of months, everyone has been loving Scythe by Neal Shusterman. While I agreed that Scythe is a great book, Shusterman has a wonderful back catalogue of books that people just don't know about, partly because they are not published in the UK, partly because they have not been as hyped as Scythe has.  So this blog post is designed to introduce you the reader to some of my favourite books by Neal Shusterman. So let's get started... The Unwind Series After Scythe, this is probably Shusterman's most famous series. This is because of how wonderful it is. Set in a dystopian world the Unwind series follows Connor who is about to get unwinded which is a process where your whole body will become parts and can be donated to other humans. It's thrilling, creeping, action-packed and everything anyone will want from a dystopian series. It is definitely worth the read.   Bruiser  So arguably Shusterman is most notably known for his dysto

Blog Tour: Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton Book Review

* I am reviewing this book for a blog tour but this in no way affects my review * Title: Nowhere Else But Here Author: Rachel Cotton Source: Publisher Publisher: Ink Road Rating: 3.5/5 stars ( Goodreads | Amazon ) Book Review Summary: He was reckless. He was exciting. He was Theo. And he was a breath of fresh air in my otherwise extremely dull life” What if the missing person is your missing piece? Rose has always played by the rules – now it’s time to break them. Life’s easier when you stay away from other people. Rose Valentine knows that. But some people are impossible to ignore. Take Theo Lockhart. He’s handsome, funny and beyond intriguing. He’s a mystery; one that Rose dreams of solving. Then one night the mystery deepens. Theo turns up on Rose’s doorstep, desperate to hide out at her house. He’s keeping secrets, and Rose has a million questions. Not least – why did he choose to run to her? If Rose lets him in, she’ll be goi

Fireworks: A Short Story

Fireworks Tonight, would bring a new year and a new start but right now it was all about these two people before the clock was to strike midnight. This is the story of a boy and a girl and how they would start to fall in love. Holly had been forced to the party by her friend. It was the Christmas holidays and they were both home from university. It’s not that Holly didn’t like parties, it was just that she didn’t want to be at this one. With people that she didn’t know and where her friend, Jess would inevitably leave her to mingle with others. Leaving also was not an option, Jess had asked her to stay the night and there was no way that she would leave London. At night. On New Years Eve. That seemed like her worst nightmare and something that she would not think about. Instead, she had gathered all the snacks in the flat, mainly cheesy Wotsits and had locked herself in the only quiet room in the house, Jess’s room. The only room that was free and locked after she had given

Book Review: Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

* I am reviewing this book but this in no way affects my review * Title: Leah On The Offbeat Author: Becky Albertalli  Source: NetGalley Publisher: Penguin Rating: 5/5 stars ( Goodreads | Amazon ) Book Summary: Leah Burke - girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier's best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - takes centre stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat - but real life isn't always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she's the only child of a young, single mum, and her life is decidedly less privileged. And even though her mom knows she's bisexual, she hasn't mustered the courage to tell her friends - not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. So Leah really doesn't know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, t

Book Review: Electric Dreams by Phillip K. Dick

* I am reviewing this book for a blog tour but this in no way affects my review * Title: Electric Dreams Author: Phillip K. Dick  Source: Publisher Publisher: Gollancz  Rating: 4/5 stars ( Goodreads | Amazon ) Book Summary: Based on the stories contained in this volume, the ten-part anthology series, Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams is written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander) and Michael Dinner (Justified, Masters of Sex), with Oscar-nominated Bryan Cranston (Trumbo, Breaking Bad) both executive producing and appearing in the series. Each episode will be a sharp, thrilling standalone drama adapted and contemporised for global audiences by a creative team of British and American writers. The series will both illustrate Philip K. Dick's prophetic vision and celebrate the enduring appeal of the prized Sci-Fi novelist's work. Other guest stars include Janelle Mon