Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Mini Reviews: Mae, Vol 1 by Gene Ha and Ghost Stories by Whit Taylor

Mae, Volume 1 by Gene Ha
Series: Mae #1-6
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 136 pages
Published on 7th February 2017 by Dark Horse Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Gene Ha: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Review copy received from publishers via NetGalley

Synopsis:
When she was just a girl, Abbie discovered a portal to fantasy world and for the last couple of years has been having great adventures there: defeating horrible monsters, power-mad scientists, and evil nobles. But by the time she turned twenty-one it all came apart and she decided to return home. Her sister, Mae, has had no idea what happened to Abbie after all this time. Her tales are too hard to believe–that is, until the monsters and other terrible creatures start to cross over to our world…
Collects the first six issues of the fantastical all-ages series, in the 6″ x 9″ format!

Continue reading “Graphic Novel Mini Reviews: Mae, Vol 1 by Gene Ha and Ghost Stories by Whit Taylor”

Advertisements
Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

ARC Graphic Novel Review: No. 1 with a Bullet by Jacob Semahn

No. 1 with a Bullet by Jacob Semahn and illustrated by Jorge Corona
Genre: Graphic Novel | LGBT | Contemporary
Length: 184 pages
Published on 12th June 2018 by Image Comics
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Jacob Semahn: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Jorge Corona: Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received from Edelweiss

Synopsis:
Her social media, strong. Her variety show segments, a hit. Nash Huang is at the top of her game. But when the iRis Shutter contact lens hits the market, Nash’s life is personally invaded. The latest leap forward in “technological progress,” these contacts not only play video or augment reality… but also record with the blink of an eye. Fighting to keep her life together after a leaked sex tape goes viral, a clingy super fan is the last thing on Nash’s mind… but that’s exactly when the bodies pile up and the terror begins.
Collects issues 1 through 6.

Continue reading “ARC Graphic Novel Review: No. 1 with a Bullet by Jacob Semahn”

Book Events, Book Reviews, Received for Review, TEENSgate

Review: Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli

Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli
Series: Creekwood
Genre: LGBT | Contemporary | Young Adult
Length: 352 pages
Published on 30th January 2018 by Penguin
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Becky Albertalli: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received from Publisher via TEENSgate Blogger Event.

Synopsis:
Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.
Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for.

But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal . . .

It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal.

Continue reading “Review: Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli”

Book Events, Book Reviews, Received for Review, TEENSgate

ARC Review: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr
Genre: Contemporary | Young Adult
Length: 288 pages
Published on 11th January 2018 by Penguin
Purchase: Amazon | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Emily Barr: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
ARC sent to work for consideration, finished copy received for review from TEENSgate and Penguin Platform.

Synopsis:
Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . .
Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.And realises her life has been a lie.Her mother and father aren’t hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they’ll never think to look – the favelas.But there she learns a terrible secret – the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .

Continue reading “ARC Review: The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr”

Book Reviews, Received for Review

ARC Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Series: No
Genre: Horror | Contemporary | Young Adult
Length: 289 pages
Published on 26th September 2017 by Pan Macmillan
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Stephanie Perkins: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
ARC picked up at YALC

Synopsis:
Love hurts…
Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series f gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

Continue reading “ARC Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins”

Book Reviews, Received for Review

DNF Reviews: Outlander, Blackbird, and Tempting the Best Man

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1
Genre: Historical Fiction | Romance
Length: 864 pages
Published on 19th February 2015 by Arrow
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Diana Gabaldon: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased from Amazon for Jenny’s annotated birthday present

Synopsis: 1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage.
But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer – her husband’s six-times great-grandfather.

Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach – an outlander – in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.

Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

Continue reading “DNF Reviews: Outlander, Blackbird, and Tempting the Best Man”

Book Reviews, Received for Review

ARC Review: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
Series: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Length: 308 pages
Published on 1st June 2017 by Penguin
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Julie Israel: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy sent to work from the publisher

Synopsis:
It’s hard to keep close a person everyone keeps telling you is gone.
It’s been sixty-five painful days since the death of Juniper’s big sister, Camilla. On her first day back at school, bracing herself for the stares and whispers, Juniper borrows Camie’s handbag for luck – and discovers an unsent break-up letter inside. It’s mysteriously addressed to ‘You’ and dated July 4th – the day of Camie’s accident. Desperate to learn the identity of Camie’s secret love, Juniper starts to investigate.But then she loses something herself. A card from her daily ritual, The Happiness Index: little notecards on which she rates the day. The Index has been holding Juniper together since Camie’s death – but without this card, there’s a hole. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own secret: a memory that she can’t let anyone else find out.

Continue reading “ARC Review: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel”

Book Reviews, Received for Review

Review: Clutch by Lisa Becker

Clutch by Lisa Becker
Series: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Length: 140 pages
Published on 26th October 2015 by Author
Purchase: Amazon
Lisa Becker: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook
Received from author in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.

Continue reading “Review: Clutch by Lisa Becker”

Book Reviews, Book Tours

Book Tour Review: Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe

Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe
Series: N/A
Genre: LGBT | Contemporary | Nonfiction
Length: 272 pages
Published on 24th June 2016 by Scholastic
Purchase: Amazon | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Lucy Sutcliffe: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy recieved from Scholastic via Faye Rogers in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
An inspiring, uplifting and sympathetic story about sexuality and self-acceptance, Lucy Sutcliffe’s debut memoir is a personal and moving coming out story. In 2010, at seventeen, Lucy Sutcliffe began an online friendship with Kaelyn, a young veterinary student from Michigan. Within months, they began a long distance relationship, finally meeting in the summer of 2011. Lucy’s video montage of their first week spent together in Saint Kitts, which she posted to the couple’s YouTube channel, was the first in a series of films documenting their long-distance relationship. Funny, tender and candid, the films attracted them a vast online following. Now, for the first time, Lucy’s writing about the incredible personal journey she’s been on; from never quite wanting the fairy-tale of Prince Charming to realising she was gay at the age of 14, through three years of self-denial to finally coming out to friends and family, to meeting her American girlfriend Kaelyn.

Continue reading “Book Tour Review: Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe”

Book Reviews, Received for Review

Review: Bird After Bird by Leslea Tash

Bird After Bird by Leslea Tash
Series: The Byrds of Birdseye #1
Genre: Romance | New Adult
Length: 290 pages
Published on 6th April 2014 by Red Tash Books
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | WHSmith
Leslea Tash: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Purchased for myself from Waterstones

Synopsis:
BIRD AFTER BIRD is the story of two survivors:
Dear Birdy, Princess Birdzilla von MuffinStuff, Keeper of Dreams, Lover of our Fine Feathered Friends, queen of my life and light of my world, I hope this letter finds you well. If you are reading this then I am gone, and sweetheart, I am so sorry.
Chi-town professional Wren Riley is 25 and a rising star in the business world. She can eat a man alive and laugh about it to her girlfriends in seconds flat–at least according to her reputation. Behind the power suits and the flashing, flirty eyes, however, Wren has a secret, vulnerable side. Following a devastating loss and the discovery of a bird journal she and her father made together years before, Wren sets out to seek peace, closure, and something she just can’t name. Is that something tied to the little paper cranes she keeps finding along the way?

BIRD AFTER BIRD is the story of two warriors:
Laurence Byrd grew up a lanky Hoosier kid with the good/bad fortune of having the same name as the state’s perennial basketball legend. With a better affinity for dogs than sports or school, he ends up in the Army instead of the Chicago art school of his dreams. Still, his service to our country is something he can be proud of–until an argument with the girl who means the world to him results in a series of events that blows his life apart. With no one left to understand him, black sheep Laurie pours out his heart into letters and drawings he never intends to send–then he folds them into paper cranes that he leaves behind like messages in little winged bottles. He never dreams someone might be finding them.

God damn it, Sylvia, for a few moments I tricked myself into feeling really alive. I cut it off before anyone got hurt, but just for a moment or two, I really thought I might feel something again–something like trust. Something like love. Not the kind of love we had, but something new. Something like hope.

BIRD AFTER BIRD is a love story. When Wren & Laurie meet, their lives will never be the same.

Continue reading “Review: Bird After Bird by Leslea Tash”