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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

First things first: let’s talk about how utterly beautiful this proof is. Look at it. LOOK. Take in the gilded words, the delicately starlit night sky. Feel the softness of the ultra-matte cover (you’re gonna have to use your imagination for that one, but I believe in you, you can do it). See it sitting on your bookshelf, reminding you that you’ve technically stolen it from work as you consider it yours now– I mean… *cough*… work has another copy, and I’m just borrowing it… long term…? (I’m sorry work, I really am. I can’t bring myself to bring it back. Don’t make me. Please?!*)

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LET’S CRASH ON.

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I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman Blog Tour: YA Playlist & Mini Review

Hello and welcome to day 13 of the I Was Born for This blog tour. IWBFT is Alice Oseman’s third novel (after the hugely popular Solitaire and Radio Silence – and Alice has also created the Heartstopper webcomic, which I desperately need to read), and every day on the tour Alice is sharing a different song off of the playlist that is inspired by her new book. As well as this, I’ll be picking a song too, in order to share the love of music and fandoms and all that good stuff. Let’s go!

iwbft I Was Born for This follows Angel Rahmini and Jimmy Kaga-Ricci – two teenagers living in very different worlds, but both connected by the band The Ark. For Angel, The Ark is everything; the fandom has allowed her to find her place in the world, and is how she befriended fellow-fan Juliet.

For Jimmy, The Ark is his dream come true. As the frontman of the band, he gets to write music and perform with his best friends. But unfortunately for Jimmy, his dream doesn’t exactly seem to be working in his favour.

As Angel and Jimmy suddenly find themselves thrown together, their lives are irrevocably changed, and they discover just how far a bit of belief can take you. 
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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid and Nicole have always been best friends, and have always done everything together. That is, until, one day, when Astrid falls in love with roller derby, and Nicole… doesn’t. Nicole doesn’t want to sign up to the Roller summer camp, she wants to sign up for ballet (*GASP!*). Not only is ballet not roller derby, ballet camp also contains Astrid’s least favourite person in the world, the mean Rachel.

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Rating: 4 stars

Please note that this copy was sent to me by the publisher in return for an honest review. 

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“What if death was the only thing left to control?”

In a universe where disease and illness have been eradicated, the only way to die is to be professionally gleaned by a Scythe. After Rowan witnesses his classmate’s gleaning, and Citra stands up to a Scythe, they are both chosen by Scythe Faraday to become apprentice scythes – a job that neither of them want to take on. As they start to learn what it takes to be a Scythe, they also discover how corrupt the Scythedom has become, and quickly realise that they need to stick together.

But when disaster strikes, and the two are pitted against each other, Citra and Rowan will have to do whatever it takes to survive. Even if that means gleaning the other. Continue reading “Scythe by Neal Shusterman”

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Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Rating: 5 stars

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Raymie Clarke is determined to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, and if that means signing up for baton twirling lessons, then so be it. For if she becomes Little Miss Central Florida Tire, then her photo will be in the paper, and her absent father will see it and have to come home. However, Raymie hadn’t counted on the two other girls also learning how to baton twirl (the delicate and dramatic Louisiana Elefante, who also wants to win, and the tough as nails, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who wants to sabotage the competition) throwing a spanner in the works and firmly derailing her plan. Continue reading “Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo”

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The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour: Q&A, review and giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour! As you might be able to tell, I’m *very* excited to have you here. So, settle in, buckle up, grab your cosiest warm drink, and without further ado, let’s dive in…

Author Q&A

I was lucky enough to be able to steal a few moments of author Katherine Arden’s day, in order to answer some of my questions for her.

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Hi Katherine, thank you so much for answering my questions. It is a pleasure to have you here today! I absolutely adored The Bear and the Nightingale, and was so incredibly excited to read The Girl in the Tower. For those who haven’t yet started the Winternight Trilogy, can you summarise the books so far? Continue reading “The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour: Q&A, review and giveaway”

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Rating: 5 stars

Before I begin, allow me to add a teeny tiny bit of back story. As some of you may have seen on my instagram, I recently joined a book club. After the first meeting of Bears Books in early August, our first book pick was The Bear and the Nightingale, which I suggested on a whim after the mention of another book by someone else. Now, while it was very flattering to have my suggestion picked first, it also meant that I got to enjoy the crippling fear of ‘what if the rest of the group don’t like it’, ‘what if they completely pick the book apart, but I enjoyed it’, ‘what if they all hate the book and then hate me for suggesting it’, and so on and so forth. (Nothing like adding some extra fear to your already anxiety-fuelled life…) Thankfully, the other book club people are all lovely humans (and I know they wouldn’t judge me for picking a book they didn’t enjoy), and so none of those fears came to life (and, importantly, I’m still in the book club).

In fact, I was extremely lucky, as they all enjoyed the book (break out the streamers and party rings!), and so without further babbling from me, let’s get on with the review.

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Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Rating: 5 stars

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“In your hands / You are holding / Life. / Death. / Love. / Forgiveness.”

Joe and his brother Ed haven’t seen each other for ten years – because Ed is on death row. Faced with the prospect of Ed’s execution date, Joe is desperate to spend the last summer with him, no matter what. Continue reading “Moonrise by Sarah Crossan”

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Witch for a Week by Kaye Umansky

Rating: 5 stars

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Elsie is used to her humdrum life working in her parents’ (self-admitted) tat shop. Having learnt the Customer Service rules (such as be friendly, be helpful, and always pretend the customer is right, even when they’re clearly wrong), she is expert at dealing with all the boring and ordinary customers who frequent the shop (many in need of a listening ear more than spending money). When local witch Magenta Sharp swirls into town (leaving a small trail of chaos and disorganisation in her wake) and asks to put an ad up (hey, even witches need someone to house– I mean, tower-sit for them), Elsie finds herself drawn to the task. Accepting the job, Elsie vows not to meddle with anything to do with magic, and just to relax and read lots of Magenta’s books.

As good intentions go, Elsie’s magic-free vow comes from the right place (meddling with magic is not something she wants to put on her to-do list), and she does manage to stick to her guns… for two days. To be fair, when faced with a spells-worth of magic that Must Be Used Immediately, Elsie didn’t really have much choice. Continue reading “Witch for a Week by Kaye Umansky”

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The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

Rating: 4 stars

As soon as I saw the proof had arrived at work, it may have accidentally fallen into my bag (I mean, sorry lovely people at work, but you snooze, you lose) – after reading The Christmasaurus last year I was intrigued as to what Tom Fletcher’s second chapter book would be like. Spoiler: I was not disappointed.

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At first glance of the title, I’ll admit, I thought maybe the book was about me, simply because my joints seem to be competing for the title of the Creakiest Joints of a Twenty Three Year Old (seriously, you should’ve heard me when I stood up on the train, The Creakers in hand, and managed to click all elbows/knees/ankles just by walking to the train doors). Luckily, the book is waaaay more fun and exciting than if it had been about my creaky bones, so we can all say a big thank you for that and crash on with the actual review. Continue reading “The Creakers by Tom Fletcher”