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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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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Rating: 4 stars

Please note that this copy was sent to me by the publisher in return for an honest review. 


“What if death was the only thing left to control?”

In a universe where disease and illness have been eradicated, the only way to die is to be professionally gleaned by a Scythe. After Rowan witnesses his classmate’s gleaning, and Citra stands up to a Scythe, they are both chosen by Scythe Faraday to become apprentice scythes – a job that neither of them want to take on. As they start to learn what it takes to be a Scythe, they also discover how corrupt the Scythedom has become, and quickly realise that they need to stick together.

But when disaster strikes, and the two are pitted against each other, Citra and Rowan will have to do whatever it takes to survive. Even if that means gleaning the other. Continue reading “Scythe by Neal Shusterman”

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The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour: Q&A, review and giveaway

Hello and welcome to my stop on The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour! As you might be able to tell, I’m *very* excited to have you here. So, settle in, buckle up, grab your cosiest warm drink, and without further ado, let’s dive in…

Author Q&A

I was lucky enough to be able to steal a few moments of author Katherine Arden’s day, in order to answer some of my questions for her.

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Hi Katherine, thank you so much for answering my questions. It is a pleasure to have you here today! I absolutely adored The Bear and the Nightingale, and was so incredibly excited to read The Girl in the Tower. For those who haven’t yet started the Winternight Trilogy, can you summarise the books so far? Continue reading “The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour: Q&A, review and giveaway”

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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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Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Rating: 5 stars


“In your hands / You are holding / Life. / Death. / Love. / Forgiveness.”

Joe and his brother Ed haven’t seen each other for ten years – because Ed is on death row. Faced with the prospect of Ed’s execution date, Joe is desperate to spend the last summer with him, no matter what. Continue reading “Moonrise by Sarah Crossan”

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See How They Lie by Sue Wallman

Rating: 5 stars

Very recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Sue Wallman, however I wasn’t told until after the event. Yes. That’s right. I had the chance to chat books with an author and I failed to do so. I humbly accept the Idiot of the Year Award, and will add it to the collection. Regardless of my foolish move, the next day as I was preparing to leave work and was trying to pick a book off the proof shelves to read on the way home (“Just pick one Helen, you just need one” – me to myself, 100%), I spotted See How They Lie and thought maybe I could semi-recover from my social fail by reading one of her books. Consequently, I humbly accept Helen’s Best Idea of the Year Award (first time for everything) because this book is seriously good.

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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.


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”