Sunday, 12 November 2017

Review: Close Your Eyes by Nicci Cloke

Close Your Eyes by Nicci ClokeNetGalleyClose Your Eyes by Nicci Cloke (eProof) - Southfield High School is oh so normal, with its good teachers, its bad, and its cliques. But despite the cliques, there's a particular group of friends who have known each other forever and know that they can rely on each other for anything.

There's the twins: Aisha, rebellious, kind, and just a tiny bit worried about what the hell she's going to do once this year is over, and Ash, smart, quiet and observant. Then there's Remy, the loudmouth, and Gemma, who's more interested in college boys and getting into the crap club in town. And then there's Elise: the pretty one.

But at the start of Year 11, when the group befriend the new boy, Elijah, things start to change. The group find themselves not as close as they used to be.

Until one Tuesday, when the students are trapped inside the school building. And one of them has a gun.

Close Your Eyes is the story of a school shooting which, through interviews, messages and questionable actions, asks: Who is truly responsible?
From Goodreads.

Trigger Warning: This book features suicide.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Discussion: Why YA Needs to Be Taken More Seriously

Why YA Needs to Be Taken More Seriously

It's that time of year again, the time for the Goodreads Choice Awards, where we can vote for our favourite books of 2017. I've voted in these awards for as long as I can remember, but being primarily a YA reader, I've mostly only voted in categories I know YA novels to be in; Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy and Sci-Fi, and Goodreads Debut Author. This time, I actually decided to look through the other categories, and I realised something that annoyed me.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Retellings Reading Challenge 2017: November Link-Up

Retellings Reading Challenge 2017

Welcome to the Retellings Reading Challenge 2017 link-up for November! You can link up your reviews at the bottom of this post.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Review: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

The Bloody Chamber by Angela CarterThe Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (Gift) - From familiar fairy tales and legends--Little Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss-in-Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires, and werewolves--Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories. From Goodreads.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Discussion: Diverse Books are Realistic Because Marginsalised People Exist

Diverse Books are Realistic Because Marginsalised People Exist

The tweet below by an author was making a lot of people angry yesterday. A lot of people have commented on Twitter about how wrong this author is, but I felt compelled to respond, too.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Review: The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

The Nowhere Girls by Amy ReedThe Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed (Proof) - WHO ARE THE NOWHERE GIRLS?
They’re everygirl. But they start with just three.

GRACE SALTER is the new girl in town, whose family had to leave their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal.

ROSINA SUAREZ is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

ERIN DELILLO is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may be an android.

Grace wants nothing more than to be invisible at her new school, but when she learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town after accusing the popular guys at school of gang rape, she convinces Rosina and Erin to join her mission to get justice for Lucy. They form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students. As the Nowhere Girls grow in numbers, their movement becomes about more than sex and transforms the lives of its members, their school, and the entire community.
From Amy Reed's wesbite.

Trigger warning: This book deals with rape and rape culture.