My holiday TBR!

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I’m going on holiday in October (yay!), and I’m really looking forward to this break. I’ve had a really anxiety-ridden last couple of weeks. I’ve argued with family, I’ve lost my job – which isn’t a massive loss but has left me in the position of having to look for something else, which fills me with all new kinds of anxiety. So I’m really looking forward to relaxing around a pool, going for calming walks across a really lovely island, shopping in the local markets, and obviously- reading a lot of books! So I’ve compiled a list of books I hope to read while lounging around the pool: Continue reading “My holiday TBR!”

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan


Ignite the Stars

by Maura Milan

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

My rating: ★★★☆☆ | Book Depository

Disclaimer: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Ia is a criminal mastermind and an unrivalled pilot. Known by the name Cocha, everyone fears her name – she is known as a force against the Olympus Commonwealth, the imperialist nation that destroyed her home planet. Captured, Ia is forced to work for the same Commonwealth she despises. Trapped in a prestigious military academy Ia plots her escape while also bonding with her roommate, Brinn, who has a closely held secret.  Her new acquaintances cause her to question her own alliances and she needs to escape the Commonwealth’s clutches before these bonds deepen.  Continue reading “Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan”

Waiting on Wednesday (19/09/2018)

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The Cerulean by Amy Ewing


Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.

But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.

Publisher: HarperTeen | Release Date: February 5th, 2019  | Pre-order at Book Depository

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo




The Deepest Roots

by Miranda Asebedo

Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

“We were more than girls from Cottonwood Hollow. We were blood sisters. Sworn to never turn away from each other.”

Everyone knows that Cottonwood Hollow is a strange place. The girls even stranger. For the past century, the girls born in Cottonwood Hollow are born with a special gift – to Heal, to Fix, to Find. Rome, Lux, and Mercy are best friends, and they all have their own gift, but for them, it often feels like a curse. The ability to Fix won’t help Rome’s mother pay the rent, or help her confide in her friends. Rome isn’t the only one keeping a secret though, and as the girls’ friendship is tested, they discover the truth about their small town and their gifts, as well as the power of friendship.  Continue reading “The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo”

Waiting on Wednesday (12/09/2018)

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We Set The Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

The first in a sizzling fantasy duology from debut author Tehlor Kay Mejia, We Set The Dark On Fire is a boldly feminist look at freedom, family, and fighting the power.

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | Release Date: February 26th, 2019  | Pre-order at Book Depository

For A Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig




Title: For A Muse of Fire (For A Muse of Fire #1)

Author: Heidi Heilig

Rating: ★★★★★

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Jetta is a member of a famed troupe of shadow players, where a story is told through the shadows cast by puppets. But Jetta and her parents have a secret to their success – Jetta’s has necromancy powers and uses it to bind souls to her puppets so they can move without strings. With her skills and their fame, Jetta and her family are trying to make their way from Aquitan and Chakrana (the former inspired by South East Asia, and the latter by France, their interaction and history based on French colonialism), fleeing the rising rebellion, but also where rumor has it the Mad King has a spring to cure his ills, because the spirits of the dead are not the only thing that plagues Jetta. But as the rebellion lands on her front step, Jetta finds herself facing truths and decisions she never imagined.  Continue reading “For A Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig”

Favourite UKYA of 2018 so far…


2018 is the year I started breaching into UKYA a little bit more than I have ever done so in the past. It’s unusual, I know, for a UK based book blogger to rarely read UKYA but I used to be so much more involved in the US book blogging sphere. Perhaps that is because I started my blogging on Tumblr which is very US-centric. But also, none of the UKYA really caught my attention that much until recently. We all saw the horrible, yet not surprising, statistic about only 1% of main characters in UKYA books were POC so UKYA have a very long way to go in terms of diversity and representation. Of the UKYA books I’ve read this year only 3 are by authors of colour but only NINE books by authors of colour have been or expected to be published this year.

Recently though, I’ve started to focus on promoting UKYA with a focus on those with POC and/or LGBTQIA+ characters. Last year I read and loved Stripes anthology A Change is Gonna Come  &  I can’t wait to read their new anthology coming up by LGBTQIA+ authors. The point of this post is to recommend some of my favourite UKYA I’ve read this year and to highlight some upcoming UKYA that I am really excited for! Continue reading “Favourite UKYA of 2018 so far…”

Waiting on Wednesday (05/09/2018)

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Internment by Samira Ahmed


A story of hope and resistance aimed at young audiences, Internment gets at the heart of the terrifying state of our politics. Set in a horrifying “15 minutes in the future” United States, the book follows 17-year-old Layla Amin as she is forced into an internment camp for Muslim Americans along with her parents.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped in the camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s director and his guards.

Internment questions the imaginary boundaries that separate us, and challenges readers to fight the complicit silence that exists in our society today.

Publisher: Little, Brown | Release Date: March 19th, 2019  | Pre-order at Book Depository

Sadie by Courtney Summers


Sadie_FINAL cover imageTitle: Sadie

Author: Courtney Summers

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Rating: ★★★★★

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Disclaimer: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

‘If I’ve learned anything about Sadie Hunter, it was that she was almost a secondary player in her own life. She lived for Mattie, lived to love, care for and protect her little sister, with every breath.’ 

Sadie is a missing girl on a journey of revenge, and her story is told through a podcast series narrated by West McCray. Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Her mother is an addict and Sadie has had to look after herself and her sister Mattie for her whole life. Living in a small isolated town, she is doing her best to keep them afloat. When Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s whole world crumbles around her. She is determined to get revenge and justice for her sister and hits the road and follows the clues. When West McCray, a radio presenter, overhears a story about Sadie he becomes obsessed with finding her. He starts his own podcast to uncover the truth and hopefully find her before it is too late. Continue reading “Sadie by Courtney Summers”

Waiting on Wednesday (29/08/2018)

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Of Ice and Shadows (Of Fire and Stars #2) by Audrey Coulthurst


Princesses Denna and Mare are in love and together at last—only to face a new set of dangers.

Mare just wants to settle down with the girl she loves, which would be easier if Denna weren’t gifted with forbidden and volatile fire magic. Denna must learn to control her powers, which means traveling in secret to the kingdom of Zumorda, where she can seek training without fear of persecution. Determined to help, Mare has agreed to serve as an ambassador as a cover for their journey.

But just after Mare and Denna arrive in Zumorda, an attack on a border town changes everything. Mare’s diplomatic mission is now urgent: She must quickly broker an alliance with the Zumordan queen to protect her homeland. However, the queen has no interest in allying with other kingdoms—it’s Denna’s untamed but powerful magic that catches her eye. The queen offers to teach Denna herself, and both girls know it would be dangerous to refuse.

As Denna’s powers grow stronger, Mare does her best to be the ambassador her kingdom needs. Her knowledge of Zumorda and its people grows, and so too do her suspicions about the queen’s intentions. With rising tensions and unexpected betrayals putting Mare and Denna in jeopardy and dangerous enemies emerging on all sides, can they protect their love and save their kingdoms?

Publisher: Balzer + Bray | Release Date: March 5th, 2019  | Pre-order at Book Depository