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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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The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

Rating: 4 stars

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I read The Red Necklace for the first time years ago and ever since I had a conversation with a manager at work about it I had been desperate to give it, and the sequel The Silver Blade, another read.

Set just before the French Revolution begins to take hold of France, The Red Necklace follows the story of a group of magicians and a rich Marquis – and how the two overlap in a harrowing turn of events.  Continue reading “The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner”

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

Rating: 4 stars

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The book opens with Juniper Lemon negotiating Back to School Orientation. Whilst not the most fun at the best of times, this year is worse for Juniper as over summer break her sister, Camie, was killed in a car accident. Filling in an index card every day with The Happiness Index (a scheme started by Camie to make Juniper more optimistic) is the one thing that keeps Juniper feeling connected to her sister. Continue reading “Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel”

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 4 stars

“No mourners. No funerals.”

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Last year I read the first 2 books in the Grisha series (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm) and had originally wanted to conclude that series (with Ruin and Rising) before I started this duology, but curiosity got the better of me and I jumped in to Six of Crows back in January. After racing through it, I couldn’t wait to read Crooked Kingdom, whilst at the same time not wanting to finish with these characters.

Admittedly, CK didn’t quite feel as sharp as SoC, but it was still a hugely enjoyable read that hooked me from the start. I loved reuniting with the cast of characters (just don’t ask me to name a favourite) and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen in this instalment. Continue reading “Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo”

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Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans

Rating:  4 stars

“At a certain level, it could be described as The Secret Garden on acid.” – I may have been heard to say this. Maybe.

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‘Wed Wabbit. Don’t laugh, he’s dangerous.’

With the above tagline and the published cover, I found myself hesitant to pick this book up. Don’t ask me why – there was no logic (as far as I could tell). It was only when a manager suggested I read this (“I’ve put Wed Wabbit near your bag”, aka me picturing the book slowly creeping towards my belongings at work, before jumping into my bag with an evil laugh), and, knowing full well how spot on she can be with recommendations (seriously, it’s a sight to behold), I thought I should give it a go. Continue reading “Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans”

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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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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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