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Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

* I am reviewing these books which I was gifted for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * Title: Nevernight Author: Jay Kristoff  Publisher: Harper Voyager Source: Netgalley ( Amazon | Goodreads ) Book Summary: Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything. But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult. The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear. Book Review: OK, so this was a journey! A lot of people have bee

Book Review: Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

* I am reviewing these books which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * Title: Aurora Rising Author: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman  Publisher: Rock The Boat  Source: Publisher ( Amazon | Goodreads ) Book Summary: From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure. The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch… A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder An alien warrior with anger management issues A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering And Ty’s squad isn’t even

The Hunger Games: The Series That Made Me

So this post is a long time coming. I can't tell you how many times I have thought about writing this blog post. How many different versions of this blog post that could have existed but had now been forgotten due to the test of time.  I was going to write it after I saw Mockingjay Part 2, two years after it's release. (This is partly because of issues that I couldn't get the cinema at the time of seeing it. I will discuss more later.) Alone. In my room. With the lights off. As I slowly cried, even though I didn't cry at half the deaths in the film.  I was also going to write this once there was prequel news and the Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes was announced. It even got published by accident so some of you might have seen my empty blog post published but still I couldn't write it. Fast forward to last week. My family, in this whole lockdown situation, started to rewatch the series. They were on TV so I started to watch Catching Fire and I felt something in

Book Review: Meat Market by Juno Dawson

* I am reviewing these books which I was gifted for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * Title: Meat Market Author: Juno Dawson   Publisher: Quercus  Source: Netgalley ( Amazon | Goodreads ) Book Summary: Jana Novak's history sounds like a classic model cliché: tall and gangly, she's uncomfortable with her androgynous looks until she's unexpectedly scouted and catapulted to superstardom. But the fashion industry is as grimy as it is glamorous. And there are unexpected predators at every turn. Jana is an ordinary girl from a south London estate, lifted to unimaginable heights. But the further you rise, the more devastating your fall ... Honest and raw, this is a timely exposé of the dark underbelly of the fashion industry in an era of #TimesUp and #MeToo. It might just be Juno Dawson's most important book yet. Book Review: This was quite good. First, I'm going to say that this has a lot of trigger warning

Blog Tour: Rebel With A Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring Book Review

* I am reviewing these books which I was gifted for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * Title: Rebel With A Cupcake Author: Anna Mainwaring   Publisher: Firefly Source: From Publisher  ( Amazon | Goodreads ) Book Summary: Jesobel Jones is bold and beautiful. The daughter of a hand model and a washed-up rock star, she sees no need to apologise for her rambling house, her imperfect family, her single status … or her weight. Jess makes her own cupcakes and she eats them, too. That is, until Own Clothes Day when a wardrobe malfunction leaves Jess exposed, and a mean girl calling her the one thing that’s never bothered her before: fat. Book Review: When I got an email to join the blog tour for Rebel With A Cupcake, I was really excited as I enjoyed Tulip Taylor and really wanted to read her follow-up release in the UK although this book has been published in other territories before. After reading what Rebel With A Cupcake

Book Review: Daughter Of The Zel by Phoebe Ritter

*I am reviewing these books which I was gifted for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. * Title: Daughter Of The Zel Author: Phoebe Ritter  Publisher: Self-Published Source: From Author ( Amazon | Goodreads ) Book Summary: Raised on the border between Nevda and Zel, Efa has two certainties in life. Their country's neighbours, the warlike Zel, are to be feared. Her touch will kill, so she can never leave the island. When Efa is kidnapped and discovers she is half-Zel, certainty will be hard to come by. Book Review: When Phoebe asked me to review the book I was quite excited, I don't often read a lot of sci-fi but I normally do connect and enjoy books in this genre. Daughter Of the Zel was no exception as I really connected with the story and I think that I should probably read some more sci-fi! The start of this book is really engrossing. I was in the story all the way and I was really excited to see where the sto

April TBR: O.W.L.S. Readathon and Reading the YA Book Prize Shortlist

So I am normally one to do a TBR but I thought it would be interesting to post what I am doing this month because I am doing a couple challenges which overlap with each other. (You can clearly see this from the title though!) So let's get started... Reading The YA Book Prize Shortlist Every year I look to see how many books I have read on the shortlist for the YA Book Prize and while I normally do OK this year I knew that I was slacking. Even worse I have 8 out of the ten books on my TBR so I obviously had an idea. Why not read them all! What is cool about the YA Book Prize is that they have twitter chats to go along with each book so hopefully, I can take part. Here are the nominees:  A Good Girl's Guide To Murde r by Holly Jackson  Deeplight by Frances Hardinge  Furious Thing by Jenny Downham  Meat Market by Juno Dawson  The Deathless Girls by Karen Milwood Hargrave  The Gifted, The Talented and Me by William Sutcliffe  The Places I've Cried In Public by

Escapril 2020

So last year I wanted to share all of my Escapril Posts on my blog but never got the chance so as I am doing this year I finally have my chance. I will be updating it as much as I can throughout the month. So let's get started... Day 1: Dawn I wonder how long it will be until I see the daylight. See the sun break. To see a new dawn. A new day. A new beginning.  Day 2: Growth & Decay Every time I feel like I am growing, I slowly slip. D    o       w          n D    o       w          n Further and further. Until I hit the bottom. But I climb            r          e        h      g    i H             r          e        h      g    i H Until I finally reach the top. I see the light. Hoping that it doesn't happen again.  Day 3: Is Anyone Listening? "Is anyone listening?" I scream. It's like I'm speaking into a void. I'm all alone. I hear static. "Hello? Is anyone listening?" I repeat. Over and over and over. Like a broken reco