Thursday, 20 October 2016


TITLE: Stories from the Edge
AUTHOR: Miriam Halahmy, Keren David, Katie Dale, Sara Grant, Dave Cousins, Bryony Bearce, Savita Kalhan, Paula Rawsthorne
PUBLISHER: Albury Fiction
RATING:  5/5
SOURCE: Sent by author, in exchange for an honest review.


A collection of gripping, thought-provoking short stories by eight award-winning UK young adult authors. From the perils of online chat rooms, doping in sport, racism and terrorism, to gender and self-esteem issues, love, life and death, Stories from The Edge isn’t afraid to ask some big questions. Sometimes frightening, often funny, always brutally honest, these stories will take you to where the shadows are darkest and the ground drops away. The question is, are you prepared to look over the edge? “I guarantee that these stories will leave readers gasping for more.” – Joy Court, Chair: CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals Discussion Guides for exploring each of the stories are available as a free PDF download from The Edge website: http//

'Stories from the Edge,' is a collection of short stories from eight UK young adult authors- each of them brims with such diversity and honesty, the whole book will draw you in and make you devour it in one sitting.

The books cover a wide variety of topics such as: online chat rooms and social media, love, death, terrorism, confidence and self esteem. Every new story you came across you didn't know what you are going to get, especially as some of the titles are so unique that they don't give anything away at all.

Some of the issues that have been covered in these novellas I haven't had experience of- so it was great to become educated on these matters. 'Stories from the Edge' had me hooked, and was such an enjoyable book.

A firm 5/5 hoots, this book is perfect for teenagers who aren't so keen on reading- which I can guarantee they will be once they have finished this one. With a wide variety of sensitive issues talked about, and the length of the stories being just right to make you ache for more- you can't go wrong with this book. A keen reader myself, I absolutely adored it.

Sunday, 16 October 2016


1. Can I buy any more books? Or will my house actually fall down?
2. Can I buy this whole bookshop?
3. I am sure no one will notice if I sneak stack of books in the kitchen, all of the other rooms in my house are full to the brim with them.
4. Responsibilities or reading- which one to choose?
5. I need to find out what happens in this chapter, even though I have a million other things to do.
6. How am I going to read every amazing book in the world? There isn't enough time in the day.
7. If I won the lottery I would have a mansion with multiple libraries in them, and my bed would convert into a bookshelf.
8. Why can't I live in the world of that book?
9. Can I just read for a living?
10. I'll just read one more chapter, (or ten.)

Wednesday, 12 October 2016


TITLE: A Step Towards Falling
AUTHOR:  Cammie McGovern
PUBLISHER:  Macmillian Children's Books
RATING:  4/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 11th August 2016



'Neither of us is exactly living the dream. But we're living something and that's more than either of us expected this year.'

In A Step Toward Falling, Cammie McGovern tells a poignant, compelling story of not judging people on appearances and knowing how to fix the things you've broken.

Emily has always been the kind of girl who tries to do the right thing - until one night when she does the worst thing possible. She sees Belinda, a classmate with developmental disabilities, being attacked. Inexplicably, she does nothing at all.

Belinda, however, manages to save herself. When their high school finds out what happened, Emily and Lucas, a football player who was also there that night, are required to perform community service at a centre for disabled people. Soon, Lucas and Emily begin to feel like maybe they're starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. But can they do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt the most?
A Step Towards falling is a novel brimming with realism, and is very unique. It was thoroughly enjoyable to read- I felt as if I was growing with the characters too as they learnt about themselves.

The story involves Emily and Lucas, who both witnessed their classmate called Belinda, who has a disability, get attacked at a football game- and they did nothing about it. Due to this event, they both are required to undertake community service at a relationship class with people who have developmental disabilities like Belinda. Soon, Emily and Lucas start to learn more about themselves and what they can do to help others than they ever realised they could. But the one thing they haven't worked out is how they will be able to help the person that they hurt the most?

I really liked how the story was told in the two different characters perspectives, (Emily and Belinda)- especially as I haven't read a book that illustrates the mindset of someone with a development disability. The novel just highlighted to me that everyone is different in their own way, which is such an amazing thing if you stand back and think about it. 

I loved the personality of Lucas as a whole, I didn't warm to Emily as much, but I did adore Belinda. She was just so honest and innocent that no reader wouldn't love her- she had me rooting for her, especially as she shouldn't be judged by others just because she has a disability. A firm 4/5, A Step Towards Falling had a slow plot at times- but nevertheless it was touching, moving, and covered a variety of issues that teenagers need to be aware of.


Sunday, 2 October 2016


The blogging community is full of such inspiring people, it can be slightly daunting if you are looking for some new blogs to read. I have complied some of my favourite bloggers in one list- hopefully you will find someone to absolutely adore!

I love Lucy from Queen of Contemporary's posts- I get a lot of book recommendations from her. I particularly liked her post Writing Validation & Not Being Good Enough- it was so relatable, especially as I am writing my own novel now. Lucy has a BookTube Channel, so if you are looking for a fellow book blogger to follow she should definitely be on your list.

Another fabulous book blogger is Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf: her posts are incredibly varied- I always find myself nodding my head in agreement while reading them. Her post, Are Arcs Really that Important is perfect to read for new book bloggers- she also has some great tips if you have just started out blogging. Amber also has a BookTube Channel, her videos inspire me to make my own.

I am lucky to have a book blogger in my family, so we can share both of our passions: reading and blogging. Michelle from The Book Magnet posts wonderful reviews, so she is definitely another blogger that you should be adding to your reading list. I loved her review of Nina is Not Ok, which is a book I have added to my never ending TBR!

Joshua from Oh Hi I'm Josh has a blog full of amazing author interviews- and insightful reviews. He always has very unique posts and Q&A's with authors that I absolutely love. I adored his post with one of my favourite authors: 10 Questions, 140 Characters with Lauren James.

I stumbled across Nicole from Thrifty Vintage Fashion's blog on Twitter a couple of months ago, and I am honestly in awe of her. She is such a brave person, and she makes it her mission to have various guest posts on her blog about mental illness- and I can imagine how much her blog would help someone if they were too scared to speak up. I really enjoyed reading her post Thoughts on Loneliness.

I fell in love with Em from Adventures of a Lost Teen's Blog as soon as I saw it: it is stunning. She writes really personal posts, that I can empathise with and relate to, as I think we are very similar people. Her post, An Abundance of Change really rung true with me, as I was feeling very similar to Em.

Who are your favourite bloggers?

Wednesday, 28 September 2016


TITLE: Billy and Me
AUTHOR: Giovanna Fletcher
PUBLISHER:  Penguin Books
RATING:  5/5


Sophie May has a secret.

One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.

But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.

Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that
comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret
heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation? 

Sophie May has lived a comfortable life in Rosefront Hill, staying in the safe places of her home with her Mum and working in the local tea shop. But when an unexpected visitor shows up at the tea shop, with his eye on Sophie- how will she cope with these encounters she has never had to experience before? She gets pulled into the world of showbiz with her newly found actor beau, Billy Buskin. Will the brutal world eat her up and swallow her whole? Especially when she has something to hide...

'Billy and Me' is a lovely, easy summer read. It is written simply, but with a raw and real voice that many can relate to. I liked Sophie May, as there are definitely aspects of her that I can mirror myself to. Readers can become so attached to her, that you want to help her when she makes decisions that you might not have agreed with.

It was nice to see her and Billy's relationship blossom, even if it was a little bit typical. I also liked how the setting of the book flitted between places, making it more exciting and making you wonder what adventures lie ahead for Sophie and Billy- who made great protagonists as they are so likeable. I loved Molly, who owned the tea shop in the novel- and really made a big impact on Sophie's life in a very positive way. It made me want my own Molly in my life! Sophie's flashback passages were presented very well, as sometimes they don't make sense if books include them, whereas they were crystal clear in this one.

 The plot was quite slow in places for me; I would have liked more twists and turns- keeping me on the edge of my seat. Parts of the novel were very predictable: but that was quite nice in a way. 'Billy and Me' felt like a reading break for me, it was great to read as other books I read are always giving me the shock factor. This novel is a definite 3/5: slightly predictable but very pleasant. I would be interested at reading the sequel: to see what Sophie and Billy get up to next.

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