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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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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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YA Shot Blog Tour | Defender of the Realm Author Duo Q&A and Review

Today’s blog post is a bit exciting – not only am I posting on a Saturday (oh, so this is what a weekend is…), but I also have an author Q&A courtesy of the YA Shot Blog Tour. YA Shot is an author-led YA and MG festival that happens every year in Uxbridge. This year, YA Shot is happening on Saturday 14th April – for tickets and more information, check out their website here.

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I’m joined by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler, an award winning writing duo. They have worked on many popular tv shows (such as Thunderbirds are Go!, Danger Mouse, and Shaun the Sheep, and are currently working on the script for the new Moominvalley series), as well as being the brains behind the popular middle grade Defender of the Realm series.

Read on for a Q&A with Mark and Nick, and a (spoiler-free!) review of the first book in the series. Continue reading “YA Shot Blog Tour | Defender of the Realm Author Duo Q&A and Review”

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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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Book swap!

I recently began to dabble in the (extremely addictive) #booksfortrade tag on twitter, and have been successful in a few swaps so far (thank you to all who have swapped with me!).

Yesterday I visited a friend who had promised me a raid of her shelves in exchange for 6 books. And raid them, I most certainly did. Accompanied with a cup of tea and a Howard Wallace, PI cookie (so TASTY), I gazed at the many books on her shelves (including seeing the UK proof of The Smell of Other People’s Houses, which I hadn’t seen before but is now on my wishlist), and selected some books!

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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”

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Bad Mermaids by Sibéal Pounder

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Calling all mermaid and Witch Wars fans: prepare yourself, for Sibéal Pounder’s latest series has arrived – and this time, it’s starring mermaids. As the most mermaid obsessed empolyee (possibly the only obsessed one, now I come to think about it – see this photo for evidence) at the bookshop where I work, I was extremely excited to read it as soon as I could get my fins- I mean *ahem* hands on it. Continue reading “Bad Mermaids by Sibéal Pounder”

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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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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”