Friday, 22 March 2019

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Books that Leave a Lasting Impression

Books that Leave a Lasting Impression

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Titles marked with an asterisk (*) were gifted to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Today, I want to talk to you about the books that left a lasting impression on me. In her Predicting My 5 Star Reads of 2019, Kate of Reading Through Infinity wrote about how she is quite a critcal reader, and because of this, she only rated four out of the 82 books she read five stars. That got me reading about my own rating of books myself, because I rate a lot of books five stars. How and why I do that is a conversation for another time, but it made me think that there aren't that many that I can think of off the top of my head, just because there are so many.
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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Tenth Bloggerversary: What Blogging Means to Me, My Favourite Book from Each Year & Giveaway!

Tenth Bloggerversary: What Blogging Means to Me, My Favourite Book from Each Year & Giveaway!

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Titles marked with an asterisk (*) were gifted to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Today is my 10th Bloggerverary! I can't believe it's been a whole ten years! I just wanted to take a moment to talk about how much blogging means to me.

I'm the kind of person, who - when it comes to hobbies and interests - flits from thing to shiny new thing. I'm kind of a creative person, but I do lose interest quite if the creating takes too long, or if I'm not automatically brilliant at it. I've tried my hand at painting, drawing, sewing, mail art, handmade cards, handmade jewellery... When it comes to interests, I can easily become distracted by something else. In the past year I have researched into mermaids, witch hunts, the Tudors. I have bought books, written lists of books to buy, and bookmarked articles. And then I'll come across something else that interests me, and the previous thing will be all but forgotten.

So the fact that I've been book blogging for ten years may seem kind of surprising. To commit so many hours, days, weeks, months, years to something when I normally lose interest quite quickly is quite an achievement. But the difference with blogging is that it's never the same, there's always something new. New and different books to read and review. New authors. New favourites. New bookish things to talk about (though if you told me a few years back that I would end up managing to come up with quite a few discussion posts, I would have laughed at you - I used to find it so hard). New blogs to read. New friends. It might take a few hours to write a format a post, but the writing never gets boring for me, I simply adore it. Blogging never gets old.
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Monday, 18 March 2019

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Review: The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown


Published: 7th March 2019 | Publisher: Penguin | Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Savannah Brown's Website

Sydney's dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around their small Ohio town.

He is also unexpectedly dead.

Is Sydney crazy, or is it kind of weird that her dad-a guy whose entire job revolved around other peoples' secrets-crashed alone, with no explanation?

And why is June Copeland, homecoming queen and the town's golden child, at his funeral?

As the two girls grow closer in the wake of the accident, it's clear that not everyone is happy about their new friendship.

But what is picture perfect June still hiding? And does Sydney even want to know?

THE TRUTH ABOUT KEEPING SECRETS is a page-turning, voice led, high school thriller.
From Goodreads.

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I received this eProof for free from Penguin via NetGalley for the purposes of providing an honest review.

Trigger Warning: This book features discussion and description of multiple deaths, discussion of elements of the embalming process, discussion of an abusive relationship: controlling and manipulative behaviour, stalking, abduction, attempted murder, discussion of racism, and homophobia.
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Friday, 15 March 2019

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What Do We Want From Retellings? Part 2

What Do We Want From Retellings? Part 2

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Today, I am back to continue with my What Do We Want From Retellings? discussion, after quite a long wait. If you haven't yet read it, do check out What Do We Want From Retellings? Part 2, where I discussed what I want from straight retellings and reimaginings. Today, I'll be talking about prequels and sequels, different POVs, and thematic retellings.

Prequels and Sequels

Prequel and sequel retellings are stories set before or after the original story. Prequels, obviously, generally show us an author's idea of what may have led to the events of the original story, and from what I've seen, more often than not, they tend to be from the perspective of the villians, giving us their origin story - I'll talk more about these when I discuss different POVs. And prequels show what might happen after the original story, continuing it on to see what could happen next. There has been quite a slew sequels published recently in the UK when it comes to children's classics, like Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders and Four Children and It by Jacqueline Wilson, sequels to Five Children and It by E. Nesbit, and Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb, a sequel to The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, among others, but generally for younger readers.
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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

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A Diversified Bookcase: Proud, ed. by Juno Dawson

A Diversified Bookcase

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A Diversified Bookcase is a feature where authors of diverse YA recommend other diverse YA novels by other authors to their characters. Today it's Once Upon a Bookcase's stop on the Proud Blog Tour. Proud, ed. by Juno Dawson, is a new LGBTQ* YA anthology, and today we have the four brand new voices included in the anthology stopping by to recommend one queer YA novel to their protagonists.
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Monday, 11 March 2019

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Review: Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Furyborn by Claire Legrand


Published: 22nd May 2018 | Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire | Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Claire Legrand's Website

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.
From Goodreads.

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I received this eProof for free from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley for the purposes of providing an honest review.

Trigger Warning: This book features kipnap, attempted murder, and experimentation on people.
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Friday, 8 March 2019

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Don't Demand Authors Perform Their Outrage for You

Don't Demand Authors Perform Their Outrage for You

There has been another recent YA controversy where a marginalised author wrote a book that was harmful to another marginalised group, and insensitive about a tragedy. But that's not what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about the people who demand authors from the marginalised group that has been harmed to speak out publicly about the controversy - like this.
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