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Three Hallows March Post: On The Come Up by Angie Thomas Book Review

Title: On The Come Up Author: Angie Thomas Publisher: Walker Books Source: Bought Myself Rating: 5/5 stars
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Book Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighbourhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be, and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

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Blog Tour: The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

*I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free by Gollancz in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *
Title: The Everlasting Rose Author: Dhonielle Clayton Publisher: Gollancz Source: Gollancz Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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Book Summary:
In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Camille, her sister Edel, and her guard and new love Remy must race against time to find Princess Charlotte. Sophia's Imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep the rebels from returning Charlotte to the castle and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called The Iron Ladies-a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely-and the backing of alternative newspaper The Spider's Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and restore peace to Orleans.
Book Review:
After reading the Belles last year I was interested in finishing the series to see  where it goes so whe…

Three Hallows February Post: My Favourite Quotes From I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

This month, the book club, Three Hallows that I have been taking part in with Alex and Rachel have been reading I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo. All of us enjoyed the book although I did have some problems with it, it was an entertaining read. In this one, I would like to share my favourite quotes from the book. So let's get started...

Number 5:


“Real love: It was all about risk and having faith. There were no guarantees.” 
Number 4:“That's sexist crap. When a guy goes through obstacles to get a girl, it's considered 'romantic.' Think climbing through a girl's window unannounced to watch her sleep. However, when it's a girl making dramatic gestures for a guy, it's creepy. Double-standard bullshit!” 
Number 3:

“You cannot control who you love, Desi, but you can always control how hard you fight, okay?” 
Number 2:


“Everyone’s weird, though. If you’re not even a little weird, you are truly weird. In that bad way. Not in the good way.”
Number 1: 

“I …

Dealing with Embarrassing Moments

Having anxiety doesn't lend itself to embarrassing moments. Instead of saying fuck it and moving on, our mind decides to let the memories stay and linger. Replaying themselves again. And again. And again until we start to go a little crazy.Today has been that day. First there was the answer that I couldn't give in class. Then the fact that I accidentally fell into a couple of people on the tube. At rush hour. There have been some good things. I met Hank Green and didn't make a complete fool of myself and this was because a nice guy from Waterstones gave me the correct raffle ticket. (THANK YOU!) I mean I look terrified in the pictures but still...Anyway back to these embarrassing moments. I know and my head knows that I should forget them. That the moment should become a distant memory that I laugh about but instead I hear the echoes of laughter and shock and embarrassment plaguing my existence. My waking thoughts.I want their to a day. A good day where I can brush these m…

Blog Tour: The Year After You by Nina de Pass Book Review

*I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free by Ink Road/ Black and White Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *
Title: The Year After You  Author: Nina de Pass Publisher: Ink Road Source: Ink Road Rating: 4/5 stars
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Book Summary:
New Years’ Eve, San Francisco. The most promising party of the year ends in a tragic accident. Cara survives. Her best friend Georgina doesn’t.

Nine months later, Cara is struggling, consumed by guilt and grief. Her mum decides a Swiss boarding school will be the fresh start Cara needs. But Cara knows that swapping sunshine for snow won’t make a blind bit of difference. Georgina is gone, and nothing will bring her back.

Up in the Alps, Cara’s old life feels a million miles away. At Hope Hall, nobody knows about her past. And she intends to keep it that way. But classmates Ren and Hector have other ideas. Cara tries to keep her distance, but she’s drawn to the offbeat, straight-talking Hector, who understands …

Five Reasons To Read A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

This month, the book club that I have been taking part in with Alex and Rachel have been reading A Very Large Expanse of Sea. All of us enjoyed the book although I did have some problems it that is for another post. In this one, I would like to explore why you should read A Very Large Expanse of Sea. So let's get started...

Number 5: The Romance

Although I wasn't a massive fan of the romance at the beginning, Ocean and Shirin's romance really blossoms throughout the book. It is complex and they have ups and downs like any teen romance would. There is also a need for romance and it is just really nice and cute for the most part. The romance also is effective in the text and messaging format which makes the book even better.

Number 4: The Complex Characters
I think that I do really love Shirin as a character. You definitely see her develop throughout the book and I think that Mafi does a great job overall. Also, I think that Ocean is a really great character too. They both have …

On Turning 22

So on Wednesday (today when this goes up) I will be 22. *is currently listening to 22 by Taylor Swift* Obviously. The thing about turning 22 is the fact that you have just turned 21. I say just it was a whole year ago. 21 which has so many meanings behind it which is what I mentioned in my post last year so turning 22 feels kind of meh.21 felt to me last year as to be some big thing like my whole life was going to change. I was graduating from university after so much in my life felt like it was going to change.But the thing is it didn't.I stayed for a Masters in History. At the same university with people that I have know for some year and new ones and of course the people the people that graduated last year ain't there anymore and I do miss them. Things are still kind of the same.Turning 22 feels like it's in the middle. It's not special. It doesn't hold special meaning. It's just itself. This is how I feel like 2019.2019 is such a middling year for me. I'…