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Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Rating: 5 stars

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Parker Grant has a set of rules to get her through life. These rules go from number 1 (Don’t deceive me. Ever) to number infinity (There are NO second chances), and they are non-negotiable, due to the fact that Parker is blind.

Struggling to come to terms with her dad’s death and relatives moving in to live with her, Parker’s routine is interrupted by the merging of her school with another. This means there are loads of new people who don’t know her rules, as well as someone from Parker’s past who once not only broke Parker’s rules, but also her heart. Parker is determined to continue to shun Scott, but that seems to get harder and harder as he keeps appearing. Could it be that what Parker thinks Scott did wasn’t quite the entire story? Continue reading “Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom”

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The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods

Rating: 5 stars

“That night, a bright little bird flew high overhead. Each beat of its wings made a patch of the stars flicker out, and another made them flicker back on.”

The above quote is on the front of the proof of this book, and as soon as I read it (coupled with the wonderful use of silver gilding), I was gripped, hook, line and sinker (yes, I am grasping at straws with a fish related pun).

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In a small town called Allora, where the houses are painted in beautiful colours and fish fly out of the sea, Alberto lives in a house on the top of the hill. Originally a carpenter, he is forced to become a coffin maker when a plague sweeps through the town, taking with it his wife and 3 children.

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Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy

Rating: 5 stars

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I have to admit, I’m still relatively new to the graphic novel genre, but after a friend let me read her copy of Nimona (by Noelle Stevenson, who co-created this series), I’ve been hooked (and it backs up my belief that all books should have illustrations in them, whatever the reading age. ALL THE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS). Continue reading “Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy”

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The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop // & competition

Rating: 5 stars

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I practically inhaled this book when I got a hold of it back in February, but it was only when a manager asked if I had written a review for it that I realised I hadn’t (shame on me, shame on my family, shame on my cow). Continue reading “The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop // & competition”

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The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

After Kiran’s success at the British Book Awards on Monday (she deservedly won Children’s Book of the Year for The Girl of Ink and Stars), I realised I hadn’t got round to posting this review.

Rating: 5 stars

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Before I begin this review, please allow me to drool over the physical beauty that is this book. The cover, the endpapers, and the beautiful butterfly illustrations at the start of each chapter – it is a delight for the eyes, and that is even before you begin to read the text! Reader, you cannot say we’re not spoiled. Continue reading “The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave”

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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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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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