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The Wild Swans by Jackie Morris

Rating: 5 stars

“When she opened the covers she found within its pages princes and princesses, witches and wizards, captive and waiting to be released by reading.”

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I was fortunate enough to be given this book as a Christmas present from work, and oh my word – it is wonderful. Not only is it a sight to behold, with gilded lettering and beautiful illustrations, but it is magical inside too. Between the pages of this book is a stunning, lyrical re-telling of The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen, and I was spellbound by it.

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Rating: 4 stars

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I have something to confess, dear reader. When I saw this book sitting on the proof shelf at work, I may have rolled my eyes at it. The cover, the title… I honestly did not think I would enjoy it at all. Which, now that I think about it, is completely ridiculous – I love fairy tale retellings, and I also love a certain (now ended) space-set tv show (BSG, I’m looking at you) – so why did I let the cover and title put me off for so long? Because I am a fool, that’s why.

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Disney’s Wonderful World of Reading

I’ve mentioned before that I am a big fan of Disney. Big, big fan. So when I discovered (thanks again to the charity shop working) that there are several reading series created by Disney based on the films, the collector in me couldn’t not join in. My bad. Although, I have to say, after announcing (to my family) that I was starting collecting them, I didn’t know quite how many existed… so to save myself from collecting enough books to build a fort out of (although that is always SO COOL), I’ve restricted myself to only buying the editions with the original DWWR logo on them. Benefit of this rule is that I don’t have to own any Frozen books. THANK GOODNESS. Disadvantage of this rule is that for several titles, more than one cover was released (WHY), so not only do I have to keep an eye out for titles I don’t already have, I also have to look out for ones I do have, in case they have a different cover. Sigh. (I know, I need help.)

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Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

Rating: 3.5 stars

Before I begin: holy moly, this proof is beautiful! The colours of the cover and sprayed edges make it a visual feast. All of the heart eyes.

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Tash lives in Tibet under strict rules – don’t run in front of a soldier, never look at a soldier, say as little as possible, and never, ever say the banned words: Dalai Lama. A little reckless, very headstrong – but with her heart firmly in the right place – Tash and her best friend, Sam, are desperate to help her parents by joining the resistance and report all the unspeakable truths to the world. But when a scene in the marketplace causes Tash’s parents to be taken by soldiers, she and Sam set off on a dangerous mission to get to the border, to get to India, and to get to the Dalai Lama.

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Good Dog McTavish by Meg Rosoff

Rating: 4 stars

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Barrington Stoke, who published this book, state that it is Super Readable – and I have to say, I completely agree. As one of the leading names (to my knowledge, so please don’t quote me on that) in publishing books designed for people with dyslexia, visual stress, and print-access issues, Barrington Stoke creates books for all ages, printed on slightly thicker paper (so no bleed through of words) and with a super readable (see what I did there?) font, to help everyone and anyone enjoy the wonder of reading.

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Harry Potter

Let it be known – I am a certified Potterhead. As someone who grew up with the releases of the books, my entire family became fans of the series, but I… I took it to the next level, partly thanks to friendships cemented with a mutual love for the series, and partly because I was (read: still are) a bookworm-child hybrid.

Something else that I am weirdly obsessed with, is book covers. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, and I know the covers of books don’t affect the content inside (ie, the important part), but here I am, buying multiple copies of books just so that I have them in different covers. (Unless there’s a photo of a person on the front. Not a fan of that. As I was discussing with a manager the other day, I can cope with illustrated people on covers, but real ones… I’ll pass, thanks.) (Yes, I know I’m weird. Let’s crash on.)

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Rating: 5 stars

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As is covered in a wide range of books and the media, one thing can be drawn from the high school experience – it’s a freaking weird deal. Trying to balance friendships and school work and any extracurricular activities is hard enough, without throwing in crushes or, y’know, the whole ‘trying to figure yourself out’ thing. And for Simon, his high school experience is pretty similar in those senses – apart from the minor detail that he’s being blackmailed.

Wait, what?!

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Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Rating: 5 stars

Apollinia Apostolopoulou (or Apple, as we the readers know her), has one major wish: she wants her mum to come back from America and be a part of her life. Living with her strict Nana whilst her dad leads his own life with his wife in London means that Apple can’t help but feel a little lost – that is, until her mum reappears one day and Apple has the chance to live the life she thinks she wants. But Apple’s mum hasn’t been completely honest about everything she’s returned with, and soon Apple realises that things aren’t quite as they first appear, and that maybe there are those out there who are more lost than she is.

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Who Runs the World? by Virginia Bergin

Rating: 2.5 stars

Set in a world where males cannot live outside of specially built ‘sanctuaries’ due to a virus, the matriarchy is alive and thriving. Fourteen year old River has never experienced a real life male – that is, until she finds one, half dead and naked in the middle of the road. After it – wait, no, he – regains consciousness, he presumes that River is another boy, also run away from a sanctuary.

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Lydia: the Wild Girl of Pride and Prejudice by Natasha Farrant

Rating: 4.5 stars

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While Pride and Prejudice sits happily in the hearts of many, the youngest Bennet sister is often overlooked and dismissed as  “vain, ignorant, idle and absolutely uncontrolled” (Lizzy and Darcy, I’m looking at you). Peeking beyond Lydia’s carefree and bubbly personality, however, it soon becomes clear that there is more to her than meets the eye. Strong willed and desperate for independence from her stifling family, Lydia knows what she wants – and as her mother advises, she will fight for it.

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