Saturday, 21 January 2017

Review: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Not If I See You First by Eric LindstromNot If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom (proof) - Parker Grant doesn't need perfect vision to see right through you. That's why she created the Rules: Don't treat her any differently just because she's blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances.

When Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart, suddenly reappears at school, Parker knows there's only one way to react – shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough to deal with already, like trying out for the track team, handing out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn't cried since her dad's death. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened – both with Scott, and her dad – the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem.

Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.
From Goodreads.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Discussion: When It Comes to Diverse Books, Who Makes Them Diverse?

When it comes to diverse books, who makes them diverse?

When it comes to diverse books, who makes them diverse? And by "who", I mean which characters?

When I was recording the diverse books I read last year, I was only taking note of those where the/a protagonist/narrator was from a marginalised group. This was down to a conversation I had on Twitter with an author who said (and I'm paraphrasing) that she personally didn't consider a book to be diverse if the book wasn't told from the point of view of the marginalised character, as it doesn't get into what it means to be marginalised, and I could see her point.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Review: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara BarnardA Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard (proof) - Steffi doesn't talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can't hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn't a lightning strike, it's the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life - she's been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He's deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she's assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn't matter that Steffi doesn't talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she's falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
From Goodreads.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

First Class Post (90) & Weekly Recap

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First Class Post - because this post is first class!

Review: Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Wing Jones by Katherine WebberWing Jones by Katherine Webber (proof) - Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing's speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants. From Goodreads.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

How Do You Discuss a Book When Characters' Marginalised Identities Are Spoilers?

How Do You Discuss a Book When Characters' Marginalised Identities Are Spoilers?

Eye Heart Romance & YA, Spoiler Alerts: When Is It Okay to Talk About It? It's a really interesting that asks after how long is it finally ok to talk about major spoilers. Her title, however, had me thinking about types of spoilers - is it ever ok to discuss spoilers publicly, or should you always be spoiler free or keep them hidden?

Pantomime by Laura LamIt's something that I really have a bit of an issue with when it comes to books featuring LGBTQ* characters. Quite a number of people had a problem with the blurb of Pantomime by Laura Lam when it first came out back in 2013, when it was published by Strange Chemistry. There was no mention at all the Micah and Gene were the same person; that Micah is intersex, raised in their aristocratic family as Gene, and later became Micah when they ran away (I'm using plural pronouns here, because Micah is also genderfluid, and I can't quite remember what pronouns they use.). So, yes, I've just said that Micah is intersex, but Micah being intersex is actually pivotal to their story. It's important for readers - especially possible intersex readers - to know about Micah's intersexuality. It's important that people know about books with characters they can identify with. Hiding the fact, no-one's going to know until they read it, and with our attitude to not spoiling books, if we don't talk about, still people aren't going to know. Thankfully, with people getting annoyed at how Pantomime was published, people did talk about it, and it became known. Fortunately, now Pantomime has been re-published (as Strange Chemistry are no more) by Tor, the blurb has also been updated.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Why Are US Covers Generally Better Than UK Covers?

Why Are US Covers Generally Better Than UK Covers?

Over my years as a book blogger, there is something I have found: 9 times out of 10, the US edition of a book will have a better cover than the UK cover. I also think there's a kind of style about covers from each, that without being told beforehand, I'd be able to pick out which cover was for the US or the UK edition. This is not to say that the UK covers are awful, just that I feel more often than not, the US covers are so much better. Take these covers for example.

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab UK Cover This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab US Cover

UK cover & US cover