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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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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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Who Runs the World? by Virginia Bergin

Rating: 2.5 stars

Set in a world where males cannot live outside of specially built ‘sanctuaries’ due to a virus, the matriarchy is alive and thriving. Fourteen year old River has never experienced a real life male – that is, until she finds one, half dead and naked in the middle of the road. After it – wait, no, he – regains consciousness, he presumes that River is another boy, also run away from a sanctuary.

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Lydia: the Wild Girl of Pride and Prejudice by Natasha Farrant

Rating: 4.5 stars

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While Pride and Prejudice sits happily in the hearts of many, the youngest Bennet sister is often overlooked and dismissed as  “vain, ignorant, idle and absolutely uncontrolled” (Lizzy and Darcy, I’m looking at you). Peeking beyond Lydia’s carefree and bubbly personality, however, it soon becomes clear that there is more to her than meets the eye. Strong willed and desperate for independence from her stifling family, Lydia knows what she wants – and as her mother advises, she will fight for it.

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