The Book Blogger Awards | My Nominations

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The Book Blogger Awards have been created by Joce from Write Through The Night – I have actually been nominated by multiple people for a couple of categories, which is REALLY flattering and I was so excited to be nominated! Anyway, I have been blogging for just over six months now, and have come to know lots of amazing blogs and bloggers, so I thought I would take part in these awards myself. Note, these aren’t all the categories, just the ones that I have nominations for, so make sure to read Joce’s post if you want to find out more or nominate anyone!

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The Mystery Blogger Award

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It’s been ages since I’ve done a tag on my blog, and I have lots of fun ones to do, so I thought I’d make a start today with the Mystery Blogger Award! Thank you to Annike and Zoe at Twin Tales for tagging me in this (months ago, sorry!), and you can read their post here!

RULES:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 5-10 people.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share your link to your best post(s)

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Review – Release

31194576Title: Release
Author: Patrick Ness
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 4th May 2017
Pages: 287, paperback
Genre: YA, contemporary, LGBTQ+

Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

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Ever since I first heard about this book, I was massively excited to read it. As is pretty much 100% of the bookish community. So you can imagine how totally over the moon I was when my sister received an ARC of Release from the bookstore she works for, and so I was able to read it last week as part of the SundayYAthon.

Although, I have a confession to make: this is the first book I have read by Patrick Ness. I know, I’m a terribly person and a shoddy reader – I’ve had his books on my TBR for too long now, and just not gotten around to any of them! So this was my first impression of a Patrick Ness book, and let me tell you: it was stunning.

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Reasons To Read The Mortal Instruments

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Today on my blog, I thought it was about time I allowed myself an entire blog post to talk about what is probably my favourite book series ever (loaded statement, I know): The Mortal Instruments. Or, more accurately, the Shadowhunter Chronicles, which is what I think the entire franchise is referred to as.

I first started reading City of Bones when I was twelve. I became hooked on the series immediately, and read the first six books in less than two weeks. The City of Heavenly Fire was the first time I ever had to wait for a book I really wanted, and it nearly killed me. I’ve mentioned quite frequently on my blog that I am total Shadowhunter trash, but I felt that it was time I really explained what it is exactly that I love so much!

I won’t lie. Reading The Mortal Instruments is a commitment. There’s no way to read this series casually. It’s all or nothing. And hopefully you will agree with me that the answer is definitely all.

(also, if you, somehow, have never heard of TMI, the link to the Goodreads is here.)

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Blog Tour: Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined – Research & Camp Experiences

In March I was contacted by the head of publicity at Scholastic’s, Olivia Horrox, and asked if I would like to take part in the Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined blog tour! I absolutely loved EBINR, so of course I was delighted!

This guest post from Danielle Younge-Ullman is on how she went about researching for EBINR, as well as some insight into some of her own camp experiences. I’ll begin by sharing the (gorgeous) cover of the book, as well a short blurb from Goodreads:

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Ingrid has made a deal with her mother: she gets to go to the school of her choice as long as she completes a three-week wilderness programme. But when Ingrid arrives, she quickly realizes there has been a terrible mistake: there will be no marshmallows or cabins here. Instead, her group will embark on a torturous trek, with almost no guidance from the two counsellors and supplied with only the things they can carry. On top of this, the other teen participants are “at risk youth”, a motley crew of screw-ups, lunatics and delinquents. But as the laborious days go by, and as memories of her complicated past come flooding back, Ingrid must confront the question of whether she shares more in common with these troubled teens than she’s willing to admit.

Goodreads | Amazon| The Book Depository

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Review – The Never Dawn

(I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own)

31366152Title: The Never Dawn
Author:  Roy Palmer
Published by: FrontRunner Publications
Publication date: 5th August 2016
Pages: 212, kindle
Genre: dystopian

All his young life, Noah has longed to see the sky he’s only heard about in stories. For over one hundred years, Noah’s people have toiled deep beneath the Earth preparing for The New Dawn – the historic day when they will emerge to reclaim the land stolen by a ruthless enemy.

But when Rebekah, the girl of his forbidden desire, discovers a secret their leader has been so desperate to keep, Noah suspects something is wrong. Together, they escape and begin the long climb to the surface. But nothing could prepare them for what awaits outside.

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As soon as I heard about this book from the author, I was intrigued – the concept story is loosely based off of Noah’s arc. And although the similarities end at the fact that the protagonist is called Noah and he lives underground on the Arc, I am always drawn to books that are retellings of other well-known stories. It also kind of reminded me of Seed by Lisa Heathfield, with the whole cult-element, and the total indoctrination of all the characters, which made me very interested to find out more about the story!

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My SundayYAthon TBR

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Today I am taking part in the SundayYAthon, which is being run by the lovely @_sectumsemprah on Twitter. This readathon lasts throughout the whole of the Easter weekend, ending on Monday. I have decided to read:

  1. Release by Patrick Ness
  2. The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
  3. No Virgin by Anne Cassidy
  4. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

I’ve been struggling with One Hundred Years of Solitude for the past month or so, so I’ve decided to choose three slightly smaller books, and then after each one, I will read a third of this one to help me get through it!

You can keep up with others doing the challenge via the Twitter hashtag here. It would be great to hear your thoughts on these books, or if you’re joining in too!

YA Book Box Subscriptions To Try

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I love books. I mean, that’s a given. I first found out that a book box subscription was even a thing that existed a few months ago – and I’m obsessed. The idea of a surprise book being sent to you, in a box, along with a bunch of other bookish things sounds like the most amazing thing ever to me.

However, this is the kind of thing I agonize over relentlessly trying to make my mind up, so I have looked at countless subscriptions, and have written about the five best ones I’ve found. Hopefully this will help you if you are trying to find out more about book box subscriptions. I’m also hoping that writing all this down helps me out, as it is my birthday coming up and I think I’d love to get a subscription to one of these. Although I’m not sure which one, or for how long, so it would be great if you could share your thoughts, especially if you are subscribed to one of these!

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Review – The Hate U Give

41lfn2gzzcl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Title: The Hate U Give
Author:  Angie Thomas
Published by: Walker
Publication date: 6th April 2017
Pages: 438, paperback
Genre: young adult, contemporary, #ownvoices

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. 

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We’ve all heard of this book – it has blown people’s minds both within and outside of the bookish community over the last few months. I was so excited to read this, and once I started I could barely put it down. It’s been said by countless others, but it couldn’t be truer: this book is so so important. This book should be read by everyone. This book will be a classic of our time.

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