Posted in Cat Clarke, Reading, Review

We Are Young by Cat Clarke [Review]

I got an eARC copy of this book from NetGalley ahead of the book’s release in exchange for an honest review.

Having read ‘Undone’ a few years ago (a book that’s had a pretty secure spot as one of my favourite books of all time), I knew that Cat Clarke was an author to keep an eye out for, and that’s a huge part of the reason why I requested this book. I enjoy how she doesn’t make a massive deal of LGBT+ representation and includes it casually, unlike many other YA authors. She also throws a lot of other major contemporary issues into her stories in a way that is neither romanticised or sugar-coated.

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Posted in Reading, Review, Riley Redgate

Final Draft by Riley Redgate [Review]

I saw that this was available on NetGalley (shoutout to them) and I was instantly hooked by the description. It said something about being ‘sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed’ and I’ve never related to something so much in my life.

This book is a treasure. It’s about Laila’s obsession with artistic perfection, and that’s a feeling I know very well. It’s about how the growth of her writing corresponds to her own personal growth. It’s about being shy and learning to expand horizons and branch out into ‘real life’ in a way that is interesting rather than overdone.

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Posted in Melissa Albert, Reading, Review

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert [Review]

So, for me, this is one of those books where the cover is the best thing about it. I didn’t actually have a cover – I got an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review – but I’ve seen pictures from people who received physical copies and it does look gorgeous.

I would usually only give something a one or two star rating is it’s problematic or I have a personal vendetta against it because it reminds me of exams, but I’m giving this one a low rating because it’s just so boring. I feel like it’s marketed as a fantasy, but I was two-thirds into the book when I finally reached the fantasy aspect, and at this point I had stopped caring about the story entirely. This book feels more like ‘Alice in Wonderland’ rewritten as a YA mystery, and mystery is a genre that I’m not a huge fan of reading, so that could be why the story didn’t work for me.

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Posted in Alexandra Christo, Reading, Review

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo [Review]

I’m sad that I don’t have a physical copy of this book – the cover is gorgeous and I imagine it’s shiny and I want to take endless photos of it – but I did get to read an ARC from NetGalley just ahead of the book’s release, in exchange for an honest review. Shoutout to NetGalley. I read this book in mid to late February, and I’ve decided to wait until the night before the book is released to write the review.

First and foremost, I have a huge soft spot for books revolving around the ocean, whether it involves pirates, mermaids, sirens, sea creatures, or any mix of those things. When I first heard about this story, I knew that I had to request it, and I was ecstatic that it appeared in my library.

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Posted in C.G. Drews, Reading, Review

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews [Review]

I’m going to start off with saying that I’m sad that I don’t have a physical copy of the book to hold and cherish (it looks beautiful, and if you have two copies, the front and back covers make a butterfly), but I did get to read an ARC from NetGalley a few months ahead of the book’s release, in exchange for an honest review. Shoutout to NetGalley.

So, this is the debut novel of C.G. Drews, who has a blog called Paper Fury. If you’ve seen a few of my posts or any of my YouTube videos, you will know that I’m obsessed with her, and I’ve been dying for the chance to read her book. I read this book in one sitting – only a few hours. It’s the most unputdownable book I’ve read this year, full of thrills and feels, and this beautiful musical heart that mine is breaking for.

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Posted in Reading

Annoying Questions Bookworms Get Asked

Nowadays, reading is an unusual or uncommon hobby for teenagers. In my group of friends, there are three people (including myself) who read for pleasure, and only two who are serious readers (in terms of reading a variety, following specific authors, keeping up to date with releases). Because of the lack of readers, we can get asked a lot of annoying questions.

In an old PaperFury blog, Cait listed some of these questions. Today, I’ve decided that I want to have a go at answering them.

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Posted in Hayley Barker, Reading, Review

Show Stopper by Hayley Barker [Review]

(I’ll put in a proper colour picture of the book because I don’t feel like the black and white one in the banner does it any justice at all)

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This book was an impulse purchase – I saw it on the bottom shelf in WHSmiths and basically just went, “Ooh, it’s shiny. I need it.” The book dragon inside me took control during the walk from the shelf to the tills at the other side of the shop. The synopsis sounded good, so I brought it, but when I got home I read a few reviews and was starting to regret that decision.

The book took me eight days to read. As I normally devour books I enjoy in a day or two, that says a lot about how I feel. I found the story very slow. It took me a few days to get into, but the plot dragged through all the uninteresting parts, and rushed through anything that could’ve been exciting and I wanted to spend more time reading

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Posted in John Green, Reading, Review

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green [Review]

(A note before we begin: I started reading this book yesterday, and finished it today. I wrote this review today so everything is a first impression while the story is still fresh in my mind. My thoughts might change over time, but these are the ones I have in this moment.)

(I’m also trying out a new way of reviewing.)

It’s been a while since I’ve read a ‘new’ John Green book, but this one was definitely worth the wait.

Sixteen-year-old Aza is pursuing the mystery of a missing billionaire, and there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake, so her best friend Daisy is eager to investigate. As much as Aza wants to be part of the mystery and present in her new relationship with an old friend, she’s trapped within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

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Posted in Reading

Best YA Book Quotes

I apologise in advance if you’re not a John Green fan.

Anyone who isn’t familiar with YA novels may just think that they’re nothing but cheesy romance stories – to be honest, so did I, at first.

But we all know that that’s not the case as you’ll often come across a quote in a young adult book that won’t leave your mind.

Here are some of the ones that are still stuck in my head.

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Posted in Christine McCullough, Reading, Review

Love to Hate by Christine McCullough [Review]

Love to Hate is a LGBT+ romance novel by Christine McCullough, originally published on the writing website ‘Movellas’ in 2015 but published as an eBook in 2016.

The book focuses on Cyrus and Haydon, roommates in Sharpe’s Boarding School. Cyrus has spent a majority of his life going from boarding school to boarding school, always being the new kid, and he has no reason to expect things will change at his newest school. Rather than trying to make friends, he has made his peace with being alone. However, Hayden is hell bent on breaking Cyrus’ icy exterior, not being put off by his attempts to discourage friendship.

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