Saturday, 1 April 2017


March's First Class Post & Monthly Recap

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First Class Post - because this post is first class!

I received a lotof books in March, and I'm sharing a lot of links to of things to read online, so advance warning, this post is super long.

Books Purchased:

Physical copies:

First Class Post

Lips Touch by Laini Taylor (23rd October 2014)
When I heard that Laini Taylor was going to be in the UK in April, I wanted to make sure I had all her books. I knew about the US edition of Lips Touch and was going to buy it, then discovered the UK has an edition, too! So I snapped it up.

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (24th March 2015),  The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (28th April 2015) & American Street by Ibi Zoboi (14th February 2017)
I bought all of these books because they're three of the books mentioned in Heidi Heilig's Author Takeover at MuggleNet, where she recommends 30 diverse YA novels - which she dared me to read as a reading challenge.

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (2nd March 2017)
Now I have the new edition, too, which matches The Ship Beyond Time! So Heidi Heilig needs to come to the UK now, so I can get them all signed!

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan (9th February 2017)
I actually thought I already had this, but nope. So I nabbed it when I saw it in my shop. It'll count towards the Retellings Reading Challenge 2017 as it's a retelling of Snow White and Rose Red.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (7th April 2015)
With Beauty and the Beast coming out this month, how could I resist a retelling? I've wanted this book for so long, and I'm so glad I now have it!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (28th March 2017)
I absolutely needed to get my hands on a finished copy! This book is too beautiful not to have an awesome hardback copy of. And now I have it to take to the signing!

Books Received for Review:

Books with an * are reading copies I received as a bookseller.


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Who Runs the World? by Virginia Bergin (1st June 2017) UKYA
A story about the world being run by women? Where it's believed men no longer exist (but this might not be true)? Sold! I think this is going to be like 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger; a feminist novel that shows how gender equality is what's needed, rather than a matriachal society instead of a patriachal one.

After the Fire by Will Hill (1st June 2017) UKYA
This was an unsolicited review copy, but it sounds so good! Inspired by true events, this is the story of a girl's life in a cult, being told after a fire has destroyed everything she once knew - but everything she knew was a life of fear. I'm really intrigued by this story!

The Waking Land by Callie Bates (29th June 2017)
A high fantasy that looks interesting! A woman who was kidnapped by her father's rival, who raised her, who she has come to love. She'll be kidnapped again by her father, to be used as a figurehead for his new rebellion, claiming she's Widegarde reborn. But she does have magic in her veins. I'm intrigued!

Troublemakers by Catherine Barter (1st June 2017)
Andersen Press had a blogger event a few weeks ago that I was meant to go to, but ended up not being able to make. So Andersen sent me over the books I missed out on! This looks to be about terrorism, and activism, and maybe campaigning? I am so excited!

Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winter* (1st April 2017)
This deal with a young girl who is bullied because she is unable to speak in front of people, and who decides to speak up about her bullying in a blog. It also touches on cyberbullying I believe. I'm interested to see if this is going to touch on mental health, or if she simply refuses to speak.

Finished Copies:

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Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order) by Bridget Quinn (17th March 2017)
Art history on female artists who generally get excluded from art history. A feminist look at these artistst and their work. Sold!

The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember (4th May 2017)
Oh my god, I have been SO EXCITED for this novel! It's a bisexual retelling of The Little Mermaid, which is my favourite fairy tale. And Julia Ember was visiting London for the day, around where I work, and as she knew I was so eager to read The Seafarer's Kiss, she popped in to give me a surprise copy! She is so lovely and awesome! And I am so excited!

Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan* ()
I haven't heard much about this book, but it does look interesting! About a girl who is trying to find our what happened to her best friend when she goes missing. (Link goes to the hardback edition, paperback edition isn't on Goodreads yet.)

Noah Can't Even by Simon James Green (4th May 2017) UKYA Debut
I'm really looking forward to this book about a questioning teen! It sounds funny and awkward, but also that it might be kind of adorable. I'm excited!

Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff* (6th April 2017)
This is a reading copy sent to my colleagues, but as they've yet to read the first one, and they know I love this series, they gave it to me! And I've been quoted in it! My review is linked to below.

The Way Back Home by Allan Stratton (4th May 2017)
This is another one from the Andersen blogger event. Zoe breaks out her Granny, who has Alzheimer's, from her home, and take a cross-country trip. Features a trans character, too.

Encounters by Jason Wallace (7th June 2017) UKYA
The final book from the Andersen blogger event. And oh my god, this sounds amazing! Based on true events, about alien sightings in Africa! It sounds creepy, but so interesting! Really looking forward to it!


A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi Girls Can't Hit by T. S. Easton The White Hare by Michael Fishwick Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (28th March 2017)
I actually requested this as a bit of a whim, as I didn't think I'd get it. But I did! Now I just have to get the first book, The Star-Touched Queen!

Girls Can't Hit by T. S. Easton (18th April 2017) UKYA
I'm not a huge sports fan, but this sounds like there's more to it than just boxing; how people react to Fleur's new hobby, being that she's a girl. Feminist novel!

The White Hare by Michael Fishwick (9th March 2017) UKYA
I'm really intrigued by this book! The summary on Goodreads doesn't give much away, but it does sound mystical and mysterious! Really looking forward to giving this a go.

Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood (4th April 2017)
This sounds incredible, like a YA Me Before You! Luc's transplanted heart is failing, and is ready to give up, so goes on a road trip with his bets friend Evelyn - who's in love with him - to Oregan, where dying with dignity is legal. So looking forward to this!

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyce Crompton Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy (4th July 2017)
A town where every seven years reflections, scents, the ability to dream disappear? How can I not read this book?!

The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish (29th June 2017)
I'm trying to see if I can get into middle grade/young fiction, but going for the ones I think will move me. This sounds like one of those books, where a boy is struggling to deal with the death of his best friend, which he believes was his fault.

Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyce Crompton (1st May 2017)
There is something about books that feature graffiti as art that just really appeals to me. And showing Hayes around town... it makes me think of books like Just One Day.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (6th April 2017)
A high fantasy novel where women are trained at a convent to be assassins - but Nona Grey has secrets. I'm really intrigued!

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig Amish Guys Don't Call by Debby Dodds

The State of Graces by Rachael Lucas (6th April 2017) UKYA
I am so excited to read this! A story about a girl with Asperger's, and I believe she experiences some changes that she has difficulties with. I'm really looking forward to it!

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig (2nd May 2017)
A story about a girl who has autism, in foster care, who is planning to escape to put something from her past right. This is published as an adult/general fiction novel, even though Ginny is 14, but it works as a crossover novel.

Amish Guys Don't Call by Debby Dodds (13th June 2017)
I'm intrigued by this novel that deals with a girl who is cyberbullied because her boyfriend is Amish. Hoping I enjoy it!

Thank you to Abrams & Chronicle, Macmillan Children's Books, Julia Ember, Usborne, David Fickling Books, Scholastic, Andersen Pres, and St. Martin's Griffin, Hot Key Books, Zephyr, Entangled: Teen, HMH Books for Young Readers, Orchard Books, Sourcebooks Fire, HarperVoyager, HQ, and Blue Moon Publishers via NetGalley for the review copies.

Check out mail memes: The Sunday Post on Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves on Tynga's Reviews.


Books I Read in March

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
  • The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig - Oh my god, I absolutely loved this book! It's incredible; so clever, so emotional, so suspenseful! It's just epic! I'm so sad the duology is now over!
  • This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel - This was just the most beautiful story, about a family trying to do the right thing for their trans daughter/sister, written by a parent of a trans child. I did have some issues with ableist language, but over all, this book is wonderful!
  • Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff - This book is incredible. Such a heartbreaking but inspiring, empowering read! This is such a hard read, but full of courage and hope, and the incredible strength of women.
  • Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley - The story wasn't really for me, but this is an incredibly important LGBTQ* YA novel. It's one that's sorely needed.
  • See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng - This book is beautiful! Alex is so adorable, and his innocence is eye-opening. Heartbreaking at times, but just a wonderful, wonderful story!
  • History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera - This is a beautiful and heartbreaking story, but I was a little disappointed with it, and was emotionally detached. But still a wonderful story!
  • Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse - This book let me down in quite a big way. I think it's hugely problematic, and I won't be recommending it to anyone.

Diversity Spotlight Thursday:

Diversity Spotlight Thursday

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a meme run by Bookshelves and Paperbacks, the aim of which is to highlight a diverse book you loved, a diverse book on your TBR, and a diverse book yet to be released.

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #4

Run by Kody Keplinger Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #5

The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

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What I've Been Reading Online


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  1. Oh my goodness, after reading this my TBR just got so much longer, I can't wait to see what you think of Cruel Beauty, that's one I'm looking in to getting now, and I'm reading History is All You Left Me right now, but it's slow going because I keep getting so sad lol

    1. Haha! I'm sorry! But yeah, I received so many books last month!

      I'm really looking forward to reading Cruel Beauty! I'm hoping it's going to be a great read! Aww, well, you've got to look after yourself. It can be hard to read a book that's so upsetting.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh, that was for all of March? I was wondering about that. It seemed like a lot of books for one week. You certainly have been a busy bee! I recently bought Strange The Dreamer and I can't wait to read it! Lips Touch, by Laini Taylor, is also wonderfully whimsical. Have fun reading and blogging in April!

    1. Thank you! Oooh, I think you're going to love Strange the Dreamer! It's incredible! I am so ecited to read Lips Touch! I do love Laini Taylor! :)

  3. Wooooooow, is that all? You sure you didn't miss one, or ten? :D :D :D :D There are so many good ones here! I've read a few that were really good - Cruel Beauty, A Crown of Wishes, Strange the Dreamer. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a fabulous weekend, Jo. =)

    Check out my STS post!

    1. Hahaha! No, that's all of them! :P Thanks! I've already read Stange the Dreamer, it was incredible! I'm looking forward to A Crown of Wishes, but need to read The Star Touched Queen first. And Cruel Beauty just sounds incredible! :)

  4. I hope you enjoy all your new books! Some of the fantasy ones caught my eye. I'll have to check them out.

    My STS

  5. What a massive book haul! Hoping for April showers for all of us. Because more reading! 🙂

    1. Thanks! Ooh, that sounds like a good plan! :)

  6. I'm going to have to bookmark your post and come back to it when I have more time to add all these delicious sounding books to my wish list. That's quite a haul! You have several books by authors I want to try but have yet to.

    I hope you have a great week!

    1. Thank you! I'm sorry for what my post is about to do to your TBR! Really looking forward to reading a lot of them :)

  7. Wow! You sure had a busy month! I might add some of these books to my TBR list!

    Here’s my March Monthly Wrap Up!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

    1. I did! Hope you enjoy any you choose to read!

  8. I'm interested to see what your thoughts are on Amish Guys Don't Call. It sounds really intriguing! Lots of goodies! Happy reading! I'm a blog follower and you can find my post for StS here if you'd like to stop by.

    1. Thanks for following! It does look interesting, doesn't it? I'm looking forward to giving it a go! :)

  9. Wow what a book haul! And See You in the Cosmos looks like a good one. I need to check that out. And thanks for the links as well. Lots to explore there. :)

    1. Oooh, I hope you enjoy See You in the Cosmos if you decide to read it! It's such a sweet story! :)

  10. Wow, you got a lot of books in March. I hope you love them all!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  11. I'm impressed with your list of links! So many articles I should check out. I'm also excited for The Seafarer's Kiss. I want more mermaid tales in my life, haha.

  12. I'm going to a Laini Taylor signing too! I really hope you enjoy, I'd love to see a post on it! <3
    Megan @

  13. Wow! Great post--so many books! I see new ones for my to-read list as well as ones that I already have and need to get to. I'm really looking forward to reading Strange the Dreamer based on the excellent reviews.