Wednesday, 23 November 2016

BOOK REVIEW- AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR?

TITLE: And a Happy New Year?
AUTHOR: Holly Bourne
PUBLISHER:  Usborne Publishing Ltd
AGE GROUP: 14 +
RATING:  5/5
RELEASE DATE:  1st November 2016.


PURCHASE THE BOOK FROM THE BOOK DEPOSITORY HERE. 

SYNOPSIS


Spinster Club girls Evie, Amber and Lottie are reunited for the mother of all New Year's Eve parties. Having spent months apart since finishing college, they've got plenty to catch up on: how is Evie juggling a relationship with her OCD? Does Amber plan to spend more time with Kyle in America? And where did Lottie end up? Get ready for some serious partying - and some major New Year's revelations - from everyone's favourite cheesy-snack-loving feminists.

Evie, Amber and Lottie are reunited for a New Year's Eve special- the final book after the Spinster Club Trilogy. They have spent months apart after finishing college, and their lives have started to move on, but they all have some secrets to hide. Will their friendship and special bond survive through life's trials and tribulations?

After loving all of the girl's individually in each of their books, reading 'And A Happy New Year' reminded me how sad I was to see the last of the trio. Even though this Spinster Club Special is shorter than all of the other novels, I still built up an emotional connection to Evie, Amber and Lottie once again: the feels all came flooding back. After the ending of What's a Girl Gotta Do, I was desperate to find out where Lottie had ended up, so it was perfect that the books linked seamlessly.

I adored how the chapters in the book were in the different points of view of the girl's, making it so interesting to revisit Evie and Amber's lives. Holly Bourne once again had me captivated from the first to last page; her writing is just fabulous, and so relatable. An easy 5/5: I know many devoted readers will throughly miss the Spinster Club.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

TOP 4 YA AUTUMN READS



Since my Top 5 YA Summer Reads post was popular, I thought to make a new one for Autumn. It's so lovely to curl up with a warm book in the cold weather, especially if you can't put it down. Below are four books that are so varied in their content, that there will definitely be one to suit your reading taste- or take you out of your comfort zone.

Milk and Honey is a really poignant poetry book, as some of the poems really speak to you on a personal level. The book was split into four parts: Loving, Breaking, Hurting and Healing, which I really liked- I enjoyed traveling along the spectrum of feelings of Kaur. I also really liked the varying lengths and structures of her poems, as when I was reading them I became so drawn in on specific feelings and words: especially when I would change from reading a shorter poem to a longer one. 

Read my review of Milk and Honey here.

I really enjoyed reading Love and Other Man-Made Disasters by Nicola Doherty, which centres around a girl called Juno, who is being forced to go on a Ski Trip with her family for a week. She worries a lot about the world, and can't stand the fact that she won't be able to revise at home for her A-Levels over the holidays. But when Juno meets a ski instructor called Boy, everything changes. It is the perfect Autumn and Winter read, especially as it is set in a ski resort- you could lose yourself in it if you were sat with a blanket by a roaring fire.

Read my review of Love and Other Man Made Disasters here.

Caramel Hearts is definitely one to read if you want to do some baking on a cold winters day. Liv Bloom lives on the Egerton Estate with her Sister Hatty, as her Mum is in a recovery centre for alcoholics and her father walked out on them when she is younger. While Hatty is struggling to keep everything together, Liv stumbles across a recipe book, which opens up a lot of secrets than what she thought at first. Both sweet and gritty, Caramel Hearts will both tug on your heart strings and have you rooting for the characters every step of the way.

Read my review of Caramel Hearts here.

If you want to read something that is completely out of your comfort zone, The Call should be at the top of your list. Irish teenagers are training in colleges against the Sidhe, who are a fairy type race that are seeking revenge as they were banished to their own land millions of years ago. Any teenager can be taken at any time, and they have three minutes and four seconds to save their life- or the Sidhe will catch them, and get their revenge. This book is so fast pace and apprehensive you genuinely cannot put it down and go about your day. It captivates you from the first page and won't let you go until the last.

Read my review of The Call here.

What are your top Autumn Reads?


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

BOOK REVIEW- UNBOXED

TITLE: Unboxed
AUTHOR: Non Pratt
PUBLISHER:  Barrington Stoke
AGE GROUP: 13 +
RATING:  5/5


PURCHASE THE BOOK FROM THE BOOK DEPOSITORY HERE. 

SYNOPSIS

Unboxed is about four teenagers who come together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box.
Unboxed is a brilliant book to read, and will easily lift you out of your reading slump. It has a short timescale of one evening, but what makes this book so special is how attached you become to the characters in this short time. I adored the whole friendship group, and the letters that they were reading were so poignant, it released emotions in me that I didn't know I had.

Alix, Ben, Zara and Dean reunite after spending months apart, to open a time capsule about their best summer that they had made a few years before. However, their friend Millie, who was also in the big friendship group, wasn't at the meeting as she died from cancer. In fact, she was the person who wanted everyone else to meet up again, so they could read letters to their future selves. But the letters contain secrets that everyone wants to hide and keep to themselves.

I loved the whole concept of Unboxed, even down to the short chapter names. The characters had a trait that everyone could relate to and empathise with, the plot was full to the brim for such a short book, and it was beautiful on the inside and out. 

Another brilliant thing about Unboxed is that is was made to encourage more people to read. It has black text with a yellow page background and a dyslexia friendly font- which can be extremely helpful to people who can't read as well as others. I think it is fantastic that Unboxed has been designed so carefully, as everyone should be able to be captivated by a novel and discover the magic of reading. An easy 5/5- Unboxed was one of the most moving novels I have read this year, and is a perfect refreshing length.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

TOP 5 QUOTES FROM HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE


I absolutely adored Holding Up the Universe: it is definitely very high up in my favourite reads of 2016 so far. Jennifer Niven is such a beautiful writer, and some of her quotes really stayed with me after reading the book- here are my top five!

“Dear friend, You are not a freak. You are wanted. You are necessary. You are the only you there is. Don’t be afraid to leave the castle. It’s a great big world out there. Love, a fellow reader”

“It's about the important things, like the way their face lights up when they laugh, or the way they move as they're walking towards you, or the way their freckles create a map of the stars.”

 “We're all weird and damaged in our own way. You're not the only one.” 

“It's my experience that the people who are most afraid are the ones who hide behind mean and threatening words.”

“I’ve always thought you should be able to freeze time. This way you could hit the Pause button at a really good point in your life so that nothing changes”

Have you read Holding Up the Universe?

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