Scholastic Bloggers’ Book Feast 2017

This weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited along to Scholastic’s Bloggers Book Feast! I had an absolutely brilliant time, and got to find out so many interesting things about upcoming releases as well as chat to lots of other lovely bloggers!

Upon arrival, we were placed in tables named after creatures from Fantastic Beasts (I was a Bowtruckle!). After everyone was armed with a cup of tea, we sat down and heard all about the 2017 releases from Scholastic. I quite literally died a little with each new slide, as every single book sounded so fantastic, yet we still have to wait months for some of them! If you wish to read more about these releases and become just as excited as me, the links are at the bottom of this blog post. Another thing I think I should mention is that on all the walls inside Scholastic, there are quotes from lots of different books, which I found absolutely delightful and commented on multiple times throughout the day. I didn’t get a picture, so you will just have to trust me when I say it is gorgeous.

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Review – The One Memory of Flora Banks

coverTitle: The One Memory of Flora Banks
Author:  Emily Barr
Published by: Penguin
Publication date: 12th January 2017
Pages: 303, paperback
Genre: young adult

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

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The One Memory of Flora Banks is a book that has been anticipated by the YA community for months. I couldn’t wait to read it, and once I’d read it I couldn’t wait to review it. As this is such a recent release and so many may not have had the chance to read it yet, I’m going to try and avoid any massive spoilers.

I read this book expecting a love story, and I think that it would have been a brilliant romance. Honestly, midway through the book I found myself wondering why the story was still focused on Flora’s journey, rather than her heartfelt reunion with Drake. However, once I understood the direction the story was going in, I was delighted. The plot was absolutely captivating, and I soon found myself completely forgetting Drake and becoming entirely absorbed in Flora’s adventures.

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Autumn Releases

These are some books that have been released this October or November that I have yet to read. A few of them are floating around my house, shooting me betrayed looks every time I walk past because I haven’t read them yet, but I just haven’t had much free time these past couple of months. Nevertheless, these are books I am very excited to read. In the future I think I’ll try to make more posts like these, but on a monthly basis (e.g. January releases), and I’ll aim to do them at the beginning of the month.

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