Book Reviews, Received for Review

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.

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Book Reviews, Received for Review

ARC Poetry Review: DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker

DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker
Genre: Poetry | Nonfiction
Length: 176 pages
Published on 6th March 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Cyrus Parker: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eARC received from NetGalley

Synopsis:
A collection of autobiographical poetry about healing and learning to love again from professional-wrestler-turned-poet, Cyrus Parker.
The first half of DROPKICKromance focuses on a toxic, long-distance relationship the author was involved in for several years, while the second half focuses on his current relationship with poet Amanda Lovelace. Ultimately, the collection tells about a profound journey of healing.

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Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Review: The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais

The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais
Series: N/A
Genre: Graphic Novel | Fantasy
Length: 80 pages
Published on 3rd October 2017 by Diamond Book Distributors
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Waterstones | WHSmith
Amélie Fléchais: Website | Goodreads
Digital review copy received from NetGalley

Synopsis:
Lose yourself in in the dark forests of Amelie Flechais’ spectacular artwork. A young wolf, on a journey to bring his grandmother a rabbit, is charmed by the nice little girl who offers to help him… but nice is not the same as good. A haunting fairy tale for children and adults alike.

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Book Reviews, Received for Review

ARC Review: Carnivore by Jonathan Lyon

Carnivore by Jonathan Lyon
Series: N/A
Genre: Thriller | Mystery
Length: 400 pages
Published on 2nd November 2017 by HQ
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Jonathan Lyon: Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads
Copies received via Harper Insider #proofparty and NetGalley (oops).

Synopsis:
‘So you liked Irvine Welsh? Read Carnivore’ Cosmopolitan
Meet Leander: lover, fighter, liar.He learnt a long time ago that nothing is as intoxicating as blood. But whether it’s his or someone else’s doesn’t matter any more. There’s a mysterious pain in every muscle of his body – and it’s got so bad that he’ll do anything to escape it.

Up to now, it’s been his secret. But it’s hard to remain invisible when you leave a trail of destruction everywhere you go. So, when he comes to the attention of one of London’s most infamous criminals, Leander decides to put his appetite for violence to the ultimate test.

Let the villain win.

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Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

Graphic Novel Review: Taproot by Keezy Young

Taproot by Keezy Young
Series: Standalone?
Genre: Graphic Novel | Fantasy | LGBT
Length: 127 pages
Published on 26th September 2017 by Lion Forge
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Keezy Young: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Review copy received via NetGalley

Synopsis:
Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him.

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Book Reviews

Poetry Review: The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Series: women are some kind of magic #1
Genre: Poetry | Feminism
Length: 208 pages
Published on 23rd March 2017 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Amanda Lovelace: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy bought for myself – both the indie and the published version.

Synopsis:
the princess saves herself in this one is a collection of poetry about resilience. It is about writing your own ending.
From Amanda Lovelace, a poetry collection in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. The first three sections piece together the life of the author while the final section serves as a note to the reader. This moving book explores love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.

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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
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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.

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Book Reviews, Book Tours

Book Tour Review: Dream Magic by Joshua Khan

Dream Magic by Joshua Khan
Series: Shadow Magic #2
Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy
Length: 336 pages
Published on 6th April 2017 by Scholastic
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Joshua Khan: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Received from Scholastic via Faye Rogers

Synopsis:
In a world ruled by six ancient Houses of Magic, a girl and a boy begin an epic and dangerous journey of discovery . . . Lileth Shadow, princess of darkness, is struggling with her growing powers. Castle Gloom is filling with ghosts, zombies roam the country and people throughout Gehenna are disappearing. Then Lily is attacked in her own castle by a mysterious sorcerer known as Dreamweaver and his army of jewel-spiders whose bites send victims to sleep. Thorn, and his giant bat Hades, must save Lily from the realm of sleep and help her overcome the evil Dreamweaver in order for her to reclaim her kingdom.

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Book Reviews, Book Tours

Book Tour Review: Harper and the Night Forest by Cerrie Burnell

Harper and the Night Forest by Cerrie Burnell, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson
Series: Harper #3
Genre: Middle Grade | Adventure
Length: 240 pages
Published on 2nd March 2017 by Scholastic
Purchase: Amazon | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Cerrie Burnell: Twitter | Goodreads
Laura Ellen Anderson: Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads
A review copy received from Scholastic Children’s Books via Faye Rogers

Synopsis:
Harper and her friends get to visit the mysterious Night Forest, and it is rumoured that a magical Ice Raven lives amongst the ebony trees. Will the children try to capture it? Or give it freedom?

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Book Reviews, Books and Tea Book Club, Travelling Books and Tea

Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Length: 358 pages
Published on 4th February 2016 by Faber & Faber
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Alwyn Hamilton: Website | Tumblr |Twitter | Goodreads
Received from Joel as part of the Travelling Books and Tea Project

Synopsis:
“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.”

Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It’s not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al’Hiza must call it ‘home’.

Amani wants to escape and see the world she’s heard about in campfire stories.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.

But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan’s army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion…

An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.

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