Sunday, 14 December 2014

First Class Post (73) & Weekly Recap

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First Class Post - because this post is first class!

Review: My Second Life by Faye Bird

My Second Life by Faye BirdMy Second Life by Faye Bird (review copy) - The first time I was born, I was Emma.
I was beautiful. I had everything to live for.
But I died.

Now I have been born a second time, and my previous life haunts me. Because in it I think I did something very wrong. I must find out what I did to Catherine. I must uncover the truth about Emma...

Intriguing, compelling, heartbreaking.
What if your past life could shatter your future?
From Goodreads

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Review: Boy21 by Matthew Quick

Boy21 by Matthew QuickbookbridgrReview: Boy21 by Matthew Quick (review copy) - It's never been easy for Finley, particularly at home. But two things keep him going: his place on the basketball team and his girlfriend, Erin - the light in even the darkest of his days.

Then Russ arrives. He answers only to Boy21, claims to be from outer space, and also has a past he wants to escape. He's one of the best high school basketball players in the country and threatens to steal Finley's starting position.

Against all the odds, Russ and Finley become friends. Russ could change everything for Finley, both for better and for worse. But sometimes the person you least expect can give you the courage to face what's gone before ...and work out where you're going next.
From Goodreads

Monday, 8 December 2014

YA Book Prize 2015 Reading Challenge

YA book prizeLast Thursdsay, the Bookseller's YA Book Prize 2015 shortlist was announced! I was so excited to see a few really amazing books on the list, plus a few I haven't read. Here are the books that are on the shortlist.

A Song For Ella Grey by David Almond Salvage by Keren David
Say Her Name by James Dawson Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison Half Bad by Sally GreenFinding a Voice by Kim Hood
Only Ever Yours by Louise O'NeillGoose by Dawn O'Porter Trouble by Non Pratt The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

An awesome shortlist, right? And I have decided to try and read all the books that have been shortlisted by the end of 2015. I have read three already, and will mark these on my reading challenge page. Anyone else interested in joining me? :)

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Review: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child by Eowyn IveybookbridgrThe Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (review copy) - Alaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before. When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land, each is filled with wonder, but also foreboding -- is she what she seems, and can they find room in their hearts for her? From Goodreads

Thursday, 4 December 2014

LGBT Reading Challenge: End of Year Survey

Cayce of Fighting Dreamer has created a mini-survey for the LGBT Reading Challenge as the year is drawing to a close. So here are my answers about the LGBTQ YA novels I've read this year, and those I'm hoping to read in 2015.

LGBT YA Reading Challenge1. Number of YA LGBT books you have read in 2014:

18. There are still a few weeks left to go before the end of this year, but I don't think there will be any more LGBTQ YA novels read. But I think 18 is pretty good, considering before last year, I hadn't really read any. You can see a list of all the LGBTQ YA novels I've read this year on my Reading Challenges page.

2. Top 3 YA LGBT you read this year:

Hmm. I really want to say the first three books of The Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb (The Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons), but they're not technically YA. I feel there's strong crossover appeal for the stories, considering there are a group of teenagers who are major characters, but for the most part, the LGBTQ element of the story is an adult one, so I'm not sure this would count for this question? In which case I will say:

Friday, 28 November 2014

Review: Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren MyracleLet It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle - An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.

A trio of today's bestselling authors - John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle - bring all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.
From Goodreads