Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Review: Half Wild by Sally Green

Half Wild by Sally GreenHalf Wild by Sally Green (reading copy) - WARNING! I cannot review this book without spoiling the others in the series. Read no further if you're planning on reading this series and don't want it spoilt for you.

After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend Gabriel and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift – a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him.

Meanwhile, Soul O'Brien has seized control of the Council of White Witches and is expanding his war against Black witches into Europe. In response, an unprecedented alliance has formed between Black and White witches determined to resist him. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?
From Goodreads.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Review: True Face by Siobhan Curham

True Face by Siobhan CurhamTrue Face by Siobhan Curham (review copy) - Don’t show me your tweet-face
Or ur txt spk
Show me your True Face
And let your heart speak

It’s time to unmask the real you.

We are living in the age of the image – the perfect image. From the constant bombardment of air-brushed photos, to the dubious lifestyle choices promoted by celebrities and the obsession with social media, young women are under pressure as never before to project a persona of perfection. And this is having a catastrophic effect, with girls as young as seven developing eating disorders and female self-loathing reaching epidemic proportions.

True Face is part mystery, part adventure. The mystery comes in working out who you truly are, the adventure comes in planning the life you really want to lead. From body image, bullying and social media, to love, sex and more, plus expert advice on how to silence your inner voice of doom, Siobhan Curham encourages women and girls to be honest, dream big, and create lives that are happy and fulfilling.

Keep Calm and Carry On is replaced by a new mantra: Forget the Fake and Keep it Real.
From SiobhanCurham.co.uk

Thursday, 19 March 2015

YA Book Prize 2015: And The Winner Is...

YA Book PrizeThe inaugural YA Book Prize 2015 awards ceremony happened tonight! This is not an event report, because I'm bad at them, but I need to talk about it!

Fortunately for me, the awards ceremony was happening at my Foyles branch. Unfortunately for me, I was working the late shift, and so couldn't attend. However, my amazing boss, Jo, who is also one of the judges for the prize, spoke to our supervisors to see if it was possible that I could pop in for a short while, and they said yes! Using my break, I had 45 mins to spend in our events space, seeing all the lovely authors have their photos taken before the winner was announced.

YA Book Prize shortlisted authors
Sorry, best of a bad bunch!

And then the winner was announced! And it was...

Review: Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David LevithanHold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan (review copy) - Larger-than-life character Tiny Cooper, from the bestselling novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson, finally tells his own story the only way he knows how - as a stupendous musical.

This is the full script of Hold Me Closer, the musical written by and staring Tiny Cooper, from the New York Times bestselling novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson, written by David Levithan and John Green. Filled with humour, pain, and 'big, lively, belty' musical numbers, readers will finally learn the full story of Tiny Cooper from his birth and childhood to his quest for love and his infamous eighteen ex-boyfriends.
From Goodreads.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Review: Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad by Sally GreenHalf Bad by Sally Green (proof) - Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan's only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it's too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.
From Goodreads.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The 2015 UKYA Blogger Awards: A Whole Lot of Awesome

UKYA Blogger Awards

Last Saturday saw the inaugural UKYA Blogger Awards take place at Waterstone's Kensington. It was an awesome night, despite not winning in my category. This isn't going to be a proper recap, other bloggers have done a far better job of that than I could now, writing this several days later, but I do want to talk about the evening, and what it means.