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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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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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Lorali by Laura Dockrill

Rating: 5 stars

As already established on this blog, I am a bit of a mermaid fan. Weirdly, though, it took me a stupid amount of time before I started reading Lorali (I have to thank the sequel appearing at work for finally pushing me into starting it) – but holy moly, me oh my, it was completely worth the wait.

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Rory Francis has lived in Hastings his whole life, and, on the morning of his 16th birthday, he doesn’t expect anything special from his hometown. So when a freak storm causes him to seek shelter beneath the pier, he soon discovers that someone else is hiding – and not just anyone, but a mermaidContinue reading “Lorali by Laura Dockrill”

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon and Dean Hale

Rating: 5 stars

Meet Doreen Green: just your average 14 year old girl, whose day to day life includes all the regular 14 year old girl things, such as eating nuts, talking to squirrels, and hiding her fluffy tail— wait, what?!? Okay okay, so maybe Doreen isn’t quite like your standard teen, but when you have the power to rescue cats from trees, halt neighbourhood gangs, and prevent vandalism, the average teen life can seem quite… strange.

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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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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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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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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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