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Blog Tour: Five Reasons to read Just Don't Mention it by Estelle Maskame

*I am reviewing this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *

Today Just Don't Mention It by Estelle Maskame is released and it is a wonderful book. It is a companion novel to Did I Mention I Love You? series but it can be read without reading this previous series. Although a great book, I have been really busy so have not managed to finish it I love it so far so instead of a review, I am going to give you five reasons why you should read this book! So let's get started...

Title: Just Don't Mention It Author: Estelle Maskame  Publisher: Ink Road Source: Publisher Rating: 4/5 stars
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Number 1: The characters

So this is mainly for Tyler who is just a great character who is well developed and is someone that you can see grows throughout the novel. This may not be a good thing for Tyler's character but seeing the consequences of the actions is just so interesting to see. This is partly because it is set over two periods, one set in 5 years …

Two Reviews: Scythe by Neal Shusterman and The Wonder Of Us by Kim Culbertson

*I am reviewing this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *
Title: Scythe Author: Neal Shusterman  Publisher: Walker Books Source: Publisher Rating: 4.5/5 stars
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Book Summary:

A dark, gripping and witty thriller in which the only thing humanity has control over is death.

In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ("gleaned") by professional scythes. Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythes' apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe's apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice's first task will be to glean the loser.


Book Review:

Being a massive fan of Neal Shusterman, I was therefore extremely excited to see tha…

Three Year Blogging Anniversary and GIVEAWAY (OPEN)

So if you could not see by the title of the blog post, it has been three years since I posted my first blog post. I can happily say that this blog has changed a lot in three years, We have gone through different layouts, different content posts. Quite a bit has changed but I am still here! This blog has increased my passion for reading and has been a way that I can spread this with everyone in this community. This has led me to read some incredible books and interact with some great people and I can happily say that I feel part of the community. 

Since my first year, I hoped to track the changes in my blogging life especially in terms of my reading life. So let's get started...


Q1) Favourite Book

The Book Thiefby Marcus Zusak- OK so this one hasn't changed. A book still has not beaten how I feel about this book. Let the hunt continue...






Q2) What book do you hope to read in the next year?

Northern Lightsby Phillip Pullman- This was my answer last year and let's face it I need to…

Book Review: The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna Marie Crowhurst

*I am reviewing this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *
Title: The Illumination of Ursula Flight Author: Anna Marie Crowhurst Publisher: Allen & Unwin Source: ReadersFirst Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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Book Summary:
Born on the night of an ill-auguring comet just before Charles II's Restoration, Ursula Flight has a difficult future written in the stars.

Against the custom of the age she begins an education with her father, who fosters in her a love of reading, writing and astrology.

Following a surprise meeting with an actress, Ursula yearns for the theatre and thus begins her quest to become a playwright despite scoundrels, bounders, bad luck and heartbreak.

Book Review:

I was extremely excited to read this book partly due to the cover because let's face it is really amazing. This book did not disappoint being an entertaining and heartfelt story which was a great debut. 

I really adored Ursula as a character. She is core to this story and if you…

A-Z of YA Mental Health Reads #3

I have done two of these posts in the past and with a new year means new books that feature mental health. So it's time for an update! So let's get started... 

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera 
All Of the ABove by Juno Dawson 
Hold Still by Nina La Cour
Daris the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
BEfore I Let Go by Marieke Nijikamp
Learning To Fall by Marcella Pixley 
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green 
Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne 
I Way Lost My Way by Gayle Foreman
Clean by Juno Dawson 
We are Young by Cat ClarK
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson 
Bad RoMance by Heather Demetrios 
Release by Patrick Ness 
I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
SParrow by Sarah Moon  
MosQuitoland by Davi Arnold 
WoRries Go Away by Kes Gray
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Top Ten by Katie Cotugno 
Don't ToUch by Rachel M. Wilson 
Reasons To Stay AliVe by Matt Haig  
White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock 
The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan 
See You In The Cosmos by …

The Works of Neal Shusterman

So over the last couple of months, everyone has been loving Scythe by Neal Shusterman. While I agreed that Scythe is a great book, Shusterman has a wonderful back catalogue of books that people just don't know about, partly because they are not published in the UK, partly because they have not been as hyped as Scythe has. 

So this blog post is designed to introduce you the reader to some of my favourite books of Neal Shusterman. So let's get started...



The Unwind Series

After Scythe, this is probably Shusterman's most famous series. This is because of how wonderful it is. Set in a dystopian world the Unwind series follows Connor who is about to get unwinded which is a process where your whole body will become parts and can be donated to other humans. It's thrilling, creeping, action-packed and everything anyone will want from a dystopian series. It is definitely worth the read.  






Bruiser 

So arguably Shusterman is most notably known for his dystopian reads but he writes so …

Blog Tour: Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton Book Review

* I am reviewing this book for a blog tour but this in no way affects my review *


Title: Nowhere Else But Here Author: Rachel Cotton Source: Publisher Publisher: Ink Road Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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Book Review Summary:

He was reckless. He was exciting. He was Theo.
And he was a breath of fresh air in my otherwise extremely dull life”

What if the missing person is your missing piece?

Rose has always played by the rules – now it’s time to break them.

Life’s easier when you stay away from other people. Rose Valentine knows that. But some people are impossible to ignore. Take Theo Lockhart. He’s handsome, funny and beyond intriguing. He’s a mystery; one that Rose dreams of solving.

Then one night the mystery deepens. Theo turns up on Rose’s doorstep, desperate to hide out at her house. He’s keeping secrets, and Rose has a million questions. Not least – why did he choose to run to her?

If Rose lets him in, she’ll be going against everything she holds true. It’s reckless, risky – and definit…

Fireworks: A Short Story

Fireworks
Tonight, would bring a new year and a new start but right now it was all about these two people before the clock was to strike midnight. This is the story of a boy and a girl and how they would start to fall in love. Holly had been forced to the party by her friend. It was the Christmas holidays and they were both home from university. It’s not that Holly didn’t like parties, it was just that she didn’t want to be at this one. With people that she didn’t know and where her friend, Jess would inevitably leave her to mingle with others. Leaving also was not an option, Jess had asked her to stay the night and there was no way that she would leave London. At night. On New Years Eve. That seemed like her worst nightmare and something that she would not think about. Instead, she had gathered all the snacks in the flat, mainly cheesy Wotsits and had locked herself in the only quiet room in the house, Jess’s room. The only room that was free and locked after she had given strict inst…

Book Review: Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

* I am reviewing this book but this in no way affects my review *

Title: Leah On The Offbeat Author: Becky Albertalli  Source: NetGalley Publisher: Penguin Rating: 5/5 stars

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Book Summary:

Leah Burke - girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier's best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - takes centre stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat - but real life isn't always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she's the only child of a young, single mum, and her life is decidedly less privileged. And even though her mom knows she's bisexual, she hasn't mustered the courage to tell her friends - not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn't know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It's hard for Leah to strike the …

Book Review: Electric Dreams by Phillip K. Dick

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Title: Electric Dreams Author: Phillip K. Dick Source: Publisher Publisher: Gollancz  Rating: 4/5 stars

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Book Summary:
Based on the stories contained in this volume, the ten-part anthology series, Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams is written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander) and Michael Dinner (Justified, Masters of Sex), with Oscar-nominated Bryan Cranston (Trumbo, Breaking Bad) both executive producing and appearing in the series.

Each episode will be a sharp, thrilling standalone drama adapted and contemporised for global audiences by a creative team of British and American writers. The series will both illustrate Philip K. Dick's prophetic vision and celebrate the enduring appeal of the prized Sci-Fi novelist's work. Other guest stars include Janelle Monae, Anna Paquin, Timothy Spall and Benedict Wong.

The ten stories includ…

Blog Tour: The Planetsider by G. J. Ogden Book Review

* I am reviewing this book for a blog tour but this in no way affects my review *

Title: The Planetsider Author: G J Ogden Source: Publisher Publisher: Ogden Media Rating: 3/5 stars

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Book Summary:

Several generations after ‘The Fall’, the scattered clusters of civilisation that grew in its wake live in ignorance of the past. No-one wants to know what caused such devastation or why. No-one, except Ethan.

Ethan used to believe in the guardians; mysterious lights in the sky that, according to folklore, protect the survivors, so long as you believe in them. But the death of his parents shattered his faith and forged within him a hunger to know more. One night, a light grows brighter in the sky and crashes to the planet’s surface. Ethan then embarks on a heartbreaking journey in which harrowing discoveries unveil the secrets of the past, and place him at the centre of a deadly conflict.

Powerful, thought-provoking and emotionally absorbing, The Planetsider is a gripping, post-apoca…