Review – No Filter

29478908Title: No Filter
Author: Orlagh Collins
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication date: 13th July 2017
Pages: 355, hardback
Genre:
 young adult, contemporary, romance

This is the story of THAT SUMMER … the one when everything changes.

Emerald has grown up in a privileged world – the beloved daughter of a wealthy family, friends with all the right people, social media addict. But Emerald’s family has secrets – and when Emerald finds her mum unconscious on the bathroom floor, no one can pretend any more. Now she’s being packed off to stay with her grandma in Ireland while her mum recuperates and her dad just works and works and works. 

Grandma’s big, lonely house is set back from the beach, and there’s no phone signal or wifi. It’s going to be a long summer … Until she meets Liam. 

When you’re falling in love, it’s hard to tell someone everything. Even if you’ve got nothing to hide any more. And when secrets and lies are all you’re used to, how do you deal with real love – brave and true – with no filter? 

The fresh, funny and poignant debut novel from Orlagh Collins, a bright new voice in YA fiction. Authentic, down to earth and sweepingly romantic all at once, No Filter is perfect for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Goodreads | A Great Read 

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No Filter was one of the books I read last month, making it one of my first YA reads of 2018! I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of this book by Orlagh, the author of No Filter, as I am going to be interviewing her next month as part of the YA Shot Blog Tour. In the mean time, I read this book, and thought I would review it!

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Review – Genuine Fraud

33843362Title: Genuine Fraud
Author: E. Lockhart
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date:  7th September 2017
Pages: 267, hardback
Genre:
 young adult, contemporary, mystery, thriller

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. 
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. 
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. 
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

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The hype for this book built up throughout 2017, and having enjoyed We Were Liars and adored The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, I was so keen to read Genuine Fraud. Having read both positive and negative reviews, I was slightly apprehensive going in, and unfortunately, I really don’t think this book was for me.

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Review – The Fandom

the fandomTitle: The Fandom 
Author: 
Anna Day
Published by: Chicken House
Publication date:  4th January 2018
Pages:  416, paperback
Genre:
 young adult, contemporary, fantasy, romance

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands …

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I had high hopes for this book, and once I started reading it turned out to be very different to what I was expecting – and I do not mean this as a criticism. I adored this book. It was fun and heart-wrenching and clever all at once.

The plot of this book is one of the best I have read in a long time, and it was executed beautifully by Anna. I loved how all the different worlds within the book (the real world, the book’s The Gallows Dance and the one they are launched into) clashed and intertwined with one another. Little details went wrong, or could be used to their advantage, and it was super interesting to see how it all slotted together. Whilst I was envisioning a happy ending, I genuinely had no idea what direction the book was going in, and it really kept me on my toes!

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Review – Moxie

35383830Title: Moxie
Author:  Jennifer Mathieu
Published by: Hodder Children’s Books
Publication date: 21st September 2017
Pages: 340, paperback
Genre: YA, contemporary, feminism

It’s time to fight like a girl!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

TIME TO FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

A page-turning read with a feminist message, for anyone who has ever had to deal with #everydaysexism

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It’s official: Moxie is exactly what YA needs at the moment. To be honest, it’s what the world needs at the moment. This book had me so fired up, in a totally inspiring way. Lots of people have been talking about this book at the moment, and it is definitely worth the hype (though for anyone who has not read this yet, please note that this book does touch upon sexual harassment and sexual assault – not in too much detail, but this is something to be aware of)!

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Review – Lord of Shadows

30312891Title: Lord of Shadows
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Published by: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date: 23rd May 2017
Pages: 701, paperback
Genre: YA, fantasy, romance

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

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Lord of Shadows was, without a doubt, my most anticipated release of 2017, and I have been looking forward to reading it for so long. My excitement for this book is older than this blog, in fact. So when I finally sat down to read it this September, I had high hopes, and was ready to delve back into my most-loved fictional world.

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Review – Unconventional

32820770Title: Unconventional
Author:  Maggie Harcourt
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 1st February 2017
Pages: 464, paperback
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance

Lexi Angelo has grown up helping her dad with his events business. She likes to stay behind the scenes, planning and organizing…until author Aidan Green – messy haired and annoyingly arrogant – arrives unannounced at the first event of the year. Then Lexi’s life is thrown into disarray.

In a flurry of late-night conversations, mixed messages and butterflies, Lexi discovers that some things can’t be planned. Things like falling in love…

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Unconventional was the first book I read as part of my YALC reading last month, and it was such a perfect way to start! From my first quick skim of the blurb, I knew this would be a fun read, and I was right; this book is like a little ray of sunshine, and proved to be a lovely summer read.

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Review – The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

the loneliest girl in the universeTitle: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Author:
 Lauren James
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 7th September 2017
Pages: 290, paperback
Genre: 
YA, sci-fi, romance

‘Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?’

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe has been one of the most-anticipated 2017 releases for so many people in the YA community. I too, was dying to read this – I loved Lauren James’ The Next Together, and her newest book sounded just as amazing (as well as having quite possibly one of the most beautiful covers ever). I will say now that I really did enjoy this book, but unfortunately not as much as I was expecting.

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Review – Wing Jones

25909375Title: Wing Jones
Author:
 Katherine Webber
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 5th January 2017
Pages: 378, paperback
Genre: 
YA, contemporary, romance

Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.

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Wing Jones has been sitting patiently on my TBR since the start of the year, and in preparation for YALC, I finally found time to read it. And I am so glad that I did, because I adored it (and got to tell Katie this at YALC myself!).

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Review – After the Fire

33357614Title: After the Fire
Author:
 Will Hill
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 1st June 2017
Pages: 496, paperback
Genre: YA, contemporary, cult fiction, thriller

‘The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.’

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.

Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out.

What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?

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This is another book that has been on my shelf for ages, just waiting for me to pick it up. I find books about cults immensely fascinating, so I was very excited to read After the Fire. I started this book at around three o’clock on a Saturday afternoon, and proceeded to spend the rest of the day reading it. I was utterly gripped from start to finish.

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Review – Orbiting Jupiter

30335557Title: Orbiting Jupiter
Author:
 Gary D. Schmidt
Published by: Andersen Press
Publication date: 2nd March 2017
Pages: 192, paperback
Genre: YA, contemporary

A heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don’t want to.
What’s more, Joseph has a daughter he’s never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby – no matter the cost.
 

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I was intrigued by this book as soon as I read the blurb for the first time, and I knew it would be quite different from the other books I read. Once I started, I was so absorbed in this book that I finished it in virtually one sitting; I could hardly turn the pages fast enough!

I adored the writing style in this book – I thought is was very engaging, and it really put across the voice of Jack, who is only twelve years old. It was also so interesting to follow the story, which was told from Jack’s perspective but really about Joseph; we get to see Joseph develop and grow with his new foster family, and Jack offers a very detailed view as to how he treated by the teachers and pupils once he started school.

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