Top Ten Books On Our Summer TBR (Top Ten Tuesday – 23/05/2017)

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Summer Reads Freebie, so we’ve chosen to pick ten of the books that are on our summer reading list. We’ve picked books that are either summer-y in nature or that we’ve heard are adorable YA contemporaries.  Continue reading “Top Ten Books On Our Summer TBR (Top Ten Tuesday – 23/05/2017)”

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein

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34593693Title: The Pearl Thief

Author: Elizabeth Wein

RATING: ★★★★★

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Disclaimer: I received a copy free from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Before Verity, and before Queenie, there was Julie Beaufort-Stuart. It’s 1938 and Julie Beaufort-Stuart is heading back to her family’s ancestral home, the Strathfearn estate, in Perthshire. Her grandfather’s death and debts have led to the forced sale of the estate, all the belongings, and Julie’s childhood goes with it. But not just that, the McEwens family, a Scottish Traveller family, have been a part of the landscape for as long as Julie remembers. Their families and the estate go back generations. However, a man is missing and presumed murdered, and it’s the McEwens, who are loathed by all but her family, that are assumed to be the culprits. But Julie is determined to prove her friends innocent, as well as figuring out where her family’s missing pearls have gone… Continue reading “The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein”

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (Review)

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Title: Ramona Blue

Author: Julie Murphy

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Rating: ★★★★☆

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

Ramona was just a child when Hurricane Katrina uprooted her life. Ever since, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Being one of the only two lesbians in her small town, standing over six feet tall, and with bright blue hair, Ramona feels like she’s outgrowing the trailer she’s come to call home. But with a flaky mom and an overworked father, and between juggling her two jobs, Ramona feels the weight of responsibility. Especially now that her sister Hattie has fallen pregnant. The return of a childhood friend, Freddie, is a welcome distraction. As Ramona’s love for swimming grows, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift.
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Ten Positive Mothers and Mother Figures in YA Books (Top Ten Tuesday – 16/05/2017)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish

It was Mother’s Day last Sunday in the US, so this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Mother’s Day related Freebie. We’ve decided to pick ten mothers, mother figures, and/or positive female role models in YA literature.


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Discussion: “Contemporary YA is dead.” Really?

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Some of you might have heard of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. You know, that book that’s been on the NYT Bestsellers list for 10 weeks now. Which got a movie deal before the book was even released. Or, what about Becky Albertalli’s The Upside of Unrequited which debuted on the IndieBound Besteller’s list. Now take a look at the rest of the Young Adult NYT Bestsellers list. Yeah, that’s right. Contemporary YA dominate. Continue reading “Discussion: “Contemporary YA is dead.” Really?”

Book Recommendations for Mental Health Awareness Week

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This week (8 – 14 May) has been Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. It is also Mental Health Awareness Month in the US. There are numerous mental health problems and all of which are experienced differently from person to person. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I’m always searching for books that feature anxiety accurately. A lot of YA books that feature mental health do end up problematic or end up romanticising or ‘curing’ the mental illness. I’ve not read everything on this list, but I’ve tried to avoid recommending books that I’ve read that feature problematic content, or that I’ve heard features problematic content from reviewers I trust.  Continue reading “Book Recommendations for Mental Health Awareness Week”

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim (Review)

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Title: That Thing We Call A Heart

Author: Sheba Karim

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rating: ★★★★★

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

Shabnam is a Pakistani-American teen, just finishing up high school when her friendship with her feisty BFF Farah begins to unravel when Farah starts to wear a headscarf without consulting Shabnam. Shabnam starts to make some kind of bad decisions – from kissing the most racist boy in school to telling a huge lie about her family and the partition of India. The end of her school year is really starting to suck; but now Shabnam needs to get through the summer before college. Things start looking up when she meets the charming and romantic Jamie who gets her a job at his Aunt’s pie shack for the summer. Shabnam starts discovering her first love, Urdu poetry, and begins to repair her friendship with Farah – and with Farah’s help, Shabnam discovers the truth about Jamie, and in turn, learns about the important of friendship and love in all it’s forms.
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Girlhood by Cat Clarke

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26224552Title: Girlhood

Author: Cat Clarke

RATING: ★★★★☆ (4.5)

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Harper can’t escape the guilt she carries over her twin sister’s Jenna death. She has even tried to run away to and expensive boarding school, Duncraggan Academy, to try and forget her past. She hasn’t yet met anyone who understands what she’s going through. That is, until Kirsty arrives. Kirsty understands exactly what she’s going through because she lost a sister too. The two become close, but Kirsty erratic and manipulative behaviour puts Harpers current friendships at risk. Continue reading “Girlhood by Cat Clarke”