Friday, 29 June 2018

Book and a Brew June 2018


Hello Readers,

I thought I would share my unboxing of this month’s book and brew each month there isn’t really a theme so it’s a solid surprise, obviously if your box hasn’t arrived yet spoilers. I think this maybe my 5th or 6th box I honestly love it. 
SPOILERS LAST WARNING











The tea
The tea is by Leaves of the World and is called Hemingway Mojito (my favourite alcoholic drink). The tea is an organic green tea with fresh lime, mint, a hint of rum and blackberry (just like Hemingway liked it). I love with the lose leaf teas they include biodegradable reusable (2-3 times) drawstring tea bags.  I love the taste of the tea but I might be bias.



The book
WELCOME TO LONDON BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT
Oxford Street burned for three weeks. The British Museum is occupied by ragtag survivors. The Regent's Park camps have been bombed. The Nazareth Act has come into force. If you can't produce your identity card, you don't exist.

Lalla, sixteen, has grown up sheltered from the new reality by her visionary father, Michael Paul. But now the chaos has reached their doorstep. Michael has promised to save them. His escape route is a ship big enough to save five hundred people. But only the worthy will be chosen.

Lalla has grown up sheltered from the chaos, but now she's sixteen, her father decides it's time to use their escape route - a ship big enough to save five hundred people. Once on board, as day follows identical day, Lalla's unease grows. Where are they going? What does her father really want?
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SALVATION?


 L x




















Thursday, 28 June 2018

What's inside my YALC bag


Hello readers,

Seeing as we are just 28 days away from LFCC and YALC I thought I would do a what’s in backpack post.

First off you will need a good backpack
You are going to need stuff, then you'll buy a lot of stuff and then you might lucky enough to pick up and ARC or two. I swear by my The Nightmare Before Christmas bag its large enough for keeping the essentials with space to add to it.

 A (Good) Mobile Power Bank
While you think your phone has an all-day battery, once it enters the arena that is a fully packed convention centre, it'll be begging for juice like a hobbit needs a second breakfast.

Camera
You don't have to be a professional photographer to capture great moments during conventions

Sharpies
If you haven't been to a convention before, you may not realise that Sharpies are one of the most important things you can have in your kit. I swear by my Sharpies and always carry a couple extra just in case anybody’s runs out or gets lost. I think I even gave a couple away to authors last year as theirs ran out. 

Anti-stench tools
It may come as a shock to some people that deodorant is classed as an essential! However, if you've ever been inside a packed exhibit hall on the last day of the convention, then you know it can be a little pungent.  It's hot and you're sharing a space that's overflowing with people. It's going to smell funky. While we're on the subject of odour control, don't forget the breath mints or gum, your mouth gets dry and not so fresh.

Anti-Bacterial Countermeasures
While you are walking around a lot, you will come into close contact—sometimes almost too close contact—with thousands and thousands of people.  (You may get after convention flu it’s a thing).

Cash
This is one of the most important things you can have on you. While it could be possible some of the vendors might take credit cards, you will run into a few who don't and those people just might be selling what you want.

Water
Water is good. It keeps you hydrated when you're stuck in a line or taking a moment out for yourself. It keeps you cool when you spend most of the day indoors.

Snacks/Food 
Convention food isn’t the healthiest or the most affordable. Help your body and wallet out by packing your own snack, fruit, and granola bars. There is a Tescos across from Olympia but it gets a little sad due to the sheer number of people who visit from the convention.


What is in my bag
N  Chapstick
N  Charge cables (plus a spare)
N  Cosplay SOS kit (not pictured)
N  Deodorant
N  FANS
N  Gum
N  Hand sanitisers (the bat)
N  Notebook and pen
N  Perfume spritzer
N  Power banks
N  Purse
N  Sharpies
N  Small hairbrush (self-contained hair ties)
N  Snacks
N  Tissues
N  Water
N  Wet ones (freshen up wipes)

L x

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth by Ian Nathan (Author), Andy Serkis (Foreword)


Hello Readers,

Thank you, Edelweiss+ and Harpercollins for giving me this ebook for free in exchange for a honest review

There are spoilers in this review afraid

A brilliant and fascinating book by British film writer Ian Nathan, "Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson & the Making of Middle-Earth", tells the behind-the-scenes challenges to get Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and The Hobbit movies made. It also describes how one 25-minute preview of LOTR outside Cannes' main theatre blew the audience away. Anything You Can Imagine takes the reader on a cinematic journey across all six films, featuring interviews with Peter, his cast & crew. From the early days of daring to dream it could be done, through the highs and lows of making the films, to fan adoration and, finally, Oscar glory. With countless and wonderfully insightful first accounts of the filming process and interviews new and old while including all the studio politics and battles to even get the films made at all. The book also looks into the early casting decisions Stuart Townsend as Aragon and Sean Connery as Gandalf.

Ian Nathan reveals how Harvey Weinstein rejected Peter Jackson's original idea for two films - but now, even though Weinstein didn't make LOTR - the films still make him more money than any of his films. The book details Jackson's pre-production battles with Harvey Weinstein before New Line's brave decision to take the project on. Having already "wasted" (in Harvey Weinstein's opinion) US$12m in developing a two-movie script, Jackson felt the full Weinstein wrath. Having “squandered” the money, the Peter had to now make a single two-hour movie or he would be replaced by Shakespeare in Love director John Madden, or someone even more high-profile (Quentin Tarantino).

The streamlined approach of the trilogy would have cut the battle at Helm's Deep, Eowyn would replace Faramir as Boromir's sister, the Balrog would disappear and even Saruman's fate was in the balance. "It was literally guaranteed to disappoint every single person that has read that book," Jackson told Nathan. In my opinion I’m total with Peter telling them to politely shove it, the battle at Helms Deep is honestly one of my favourite moments in the original trilogy and I believe it helps the watchers to suspended their disbelief more than if the scene had completely been cut.

Reading this book not only made me want to re-watch The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy it adds to my excitement for Jackson's "Mortal Engines" set for release December this year. I think this book is worth a read for anyone who would like to know more about Peter Jackson's world or a look into the behind the scenes of the film world. 

L x








Monday, 25 June 2018

Book Box Club June 18


Hello readers,

I’m so excited that I got my second Book Box Club box (I’m not sponsored - I think I have to say that) The theme for Junes box was Bad Girls and I honestly thought the whole box was stupidly cute and again I loved every bit of it. Also look at me doing this post on time if not a little early. 

 Spoilers

What was inside the box?
The bookish goodies

N  Bellatrix Lestrange pencil tin designed by Kristin Askland, I think the design absolutely gorgeous and added bonus its filled with jellybeans. 
N  Coconut-scented shower gel that's been created exclusively for Book Box Club by Soul and Soap. I am honestly so in love with this sent and it has made my skin feel so soft.
N  A Queen of Hearts quote print designed by Kate Louise Copsey, I love the design and it will join my other book related prints on my wall.
N  The Maleficent inspired pencil is beautiful (its matte black I might be bias) created by Book Box Club.
N   A notebook inspired by the And I Darken Series by Kiersten White, which features a quote from the series. 
N  A signed bookplate by Lygia Day Penaflor
N  All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor postcard
N  Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian postcard
N  Noah Could Never by James S. Green bookmark



The book

All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

I have seen a fair bit about this book online thankfully nothing containing spoilers but it looks and sounds like it will be a good read.

Synopsis
Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favourite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined. . . .  


Bonus Book

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

This ARC is so pretty

Synopsis
A dark and gorgeously drawn standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory. Won in a major six-house auction!

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.

When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies' one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.

Full of fierce girls, bloodlust, tenuous alliances, and unapologetic quests for glory, this elegantly spun tale challenges the power of storytelling—and who gets to be the storyteller. Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater, V.E. Schwab, and Heidi Heilig.



L x

Friday, 22 June 2018

Arrowheart (The Love Curse #1) by Rebecca Sky


Hello Readers 

This is an update from the first five chapters sneak peek I did back in April (it was my second book post on my blog ahhhhhh). This is your warning this review may get a little fangirly sorry not sorry. Also, if you are joining me from either my Twitter or Instagram you will know how excited I was on a countdown till the books publish date. 



This book fills my inner mythological Greek history geek with excitement and joy that I haven’t experienced in this genre for a while (looking at you Percy Jackson and Rick Riordan).

Arrowheart has a perfect blend of Greek mythology with modern teen life in the backdrop of modern-day New York. I honestly enjoyed the uniqueness of this book; a romance, contemporary fiction with an intriguing fantasy blend by adding Greek gods and mythology. I found the characters of the book easily relatable and authentic, even though most of the characters are descendant from Gods they were created in such way that made them easily relatable.

The plot follows a teenage girl called Rachel Patel, who seems to be a normal convent schoolgirl, but she hides a secret she is, in fact, a Hedoness - a direct descendant of Eros, the god of Love, and is capable of controlling men by kissing them. Rachel is a likeable and realistic character from the get-go. I love that even though she has this gift to make any boy fall head over heels in love with her, she just wants to be an average teenage girl.

On the other hand, I found Rachel's friend Marissa a little marmite. There were times when I really wanted to shake some sense into her as she comes across very self-centred and has no real worries in the world but I do believe it is all an act. There are some moments when the fa├žade breaks and you can see she’s actually vulnerable. She also believes that it is her given right to use her powers as a Hedoness as she pleases.

Both Rachel and Marissa attend a special school, disguised as a religious institution. The aim of this school is quite simple, it teaches the girls about their ability and how to use it for the greater good of society. Rachel doesn't want this power and is appalled at the way others use it and exploit those they turn, as they call it, making them pretty much their slaves. Rachel wants a different life despite being paired with the class' top student (Marissa), she still hasn't turned anyone.

I’ll be honest I binge read this book in one sitting (4 hours). The book was fast-paced and funny and interesting. Not only did I enjoy the Greek Mythology history and factual spin on YA, I love how incredible but believable the world Rebecca has created. This is quite a light-hearted read but still captivates the reader; for me, the ending was particularly strong, and I'll definitely be looking out for sequel books in this series. 

L x




Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Ascension by Victor Dixen


Hello readers,

Thank you, NetGalley for the chance to read this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review.


Ascension is the first book in the Phobos series by Victor Dixen. I had no idea that it had been originally written in Dutch and translated into English. I absolutely loved the sound of this book from the synopsis alone as it sounded like such a fun and relatively light-hearted read.  I absolutely love the idea; speed-dating in space on a one-way ride to Mars, fighting for each other's affections, while the whole world watches (Yes, I love programs like Unreal). I love that the characters are in a confined spaceship in space I think it adds an extra element that only being trapped with no real escape that helps the drama develops. I have already added the next book to my ever-growing TBR list (I hope it is translated and published relatively soon).

I’m going to nab a little of the synopsis for this post (thanks Goodreads)

Six girls, six boys. Each in the two separate bays of a single spaceship. They have six minutes each week to seduce and to make their choices, under the unblinking eye of the onboard cameras. They are the contenders in the Genesis programme, the world's craziest speed-dating show ever, aimed at creating the first human colony on Mars.


Among the crew of the Genesis program, the protagonist, Leonor, was an orphan who survived a fire that left her with a horrific scar (that she calls 'the Salamander'), which also manifests as a voice of self-doubt in her head. I know some people might not like to see a character hate her physical appearance in such a way, but to me, aspects of her relationship with her burn marks felt relatively authentic and easily relatable. I have scars from my keyhole appendectomy and the scar near my bellybutton has a nickname (personal but true). 

The novel is split into different plotlines each designated by a different cinematographic term. I thought that this was a brilliant added detail that has been added I am a lover of the small intricate details that tie things together.
    'Shot' follows Leo's story aboard the Cupido
    'Genesis Channel' is a transcript of the speed-dating sessions.
    'Reverse Shot' follows the by the executives of the Genesis Program
    'Out Of Frame' follows Andrew Fisher's investigation

I love how this gives the story an interesting contrast between the characters on the surface and the people they are underneath, and it is certainly an interesting and effective method of storytelling.

It is quite clear that Dixen has done his research in terms of the science which adds another beautiful layer to this book. The Cupido (the Martian colony ship) is powered by a Nuclear Thermal Rocket and uses centripetal force to generate Mars-level artificial gravity, even the signal delay is taken into account, with some chapters even noting exactly how long the delay is.  The book is also full of technical diagrams of the spacecraft, the habitat modules and the journey to and from Mars, which is a very nice touch.

I honestly loved this book and I think it is worth a read for anyone who enjoys science fiction books or anyone looking for a light-hearted read.


L x

Monday, 18 June 2018

Book Box Club - May 2018


Hello readers,

I know this is a little late for an unboxing post but I don’t like ruining surprises. 

I’m so excited I got my first Book Box Club (I’m not sponsored - I think I have to say that, I might be wrong).  The theme for May was Stargazers and I honestly thought the whole box was stupidly cute and I loved every bit of it and I have ordered July's box (It has honestly just arrived)

What was inside the box?


The bookish goodies
The pair of constellation socks by Joe Cool is stupidly cosy. The socks  design is brilliant in my opinion,  I was instantly in love with these.

The Professor Trelawney magnetic bookmark from Magic Bookmarks, is ridiculously cute, and she’s holding her crystal ball. I love this type of bookmark because they hold the page really well and don’t tend to fall out of books.

‘To the Stars Who Listen’ bag by Catarina Book Designs. It’s got a quote from the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas on the front, and it’s quite spacious and its bigger than what I first thought. I always need an extra bag to throw cosplay makeup into.

The Felis Constellation Pin by Tumble and Rose was adorable and is on my lanyard for work. The pin is honestly stunning and I have had couple of compliments about it at work.

A mirror designed by the girls at Book Box Club, featuring a quote from Shakespeare. ‘It is not the stars to hold our destiny, but to ourselves.’

Book plate signed by Tessa Gratton

There’s also some bookish paper swag from Bloomsbury and Penguin Random House. These are a bookmark advertising The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green and a postcard for Skylarks by Karen Gregory.


Finally, the book itself
This book is honestly huge and it weighs a tonne. I am honestly a sucker for a paper wrapped book so having the book wrapped in pretty silver paper and some string, is perfect for me.

Synopsis
A kingdom at risk, a crown divided, a family drenched in blood.

The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.

The king's three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm's only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.

Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Wilt by Nikki Rae Cover Reveal


Hello Readers,

So today I have a cover reveal (I know look at me pretending to know what I’m doing). This book is a different to the usual books I read and review on my blog but having read reviews of the first book (Bloom) being compared to The Handmaid’s Tale meets Fifty Shades of Grey my curiosity got the better of me sorry. The book is called Wilt and is the sequel to Bloom: A Dark Romance (The Order, 1).



Release Date: June 30, 2018
Genre: Dark Contemporary Erotic Romance
Pages: 130

Synopsis:
When she was sold to Master Elliot Lyon of House Chimera, Fawn could have never imagined he was the same person as Elliot, the man beneath a well-placed mask.  A victim. Just like her. She would have never thought he was grooming her for the Wolf she’d already escaped once. That he planned to deliver her to the beast’s jaws in exchange for his wife. Master Jager will stop at nothing to have her—even if that means using others as collateral. With more than just their lives on the line, Fawn must become someone else, and Master Lyon distances himself further from Elliot as her transfer looms.
 The roots of the Order run deep within them, but Fawn is beginning to realize another bond has formed between her and her Owner, a man she vowed to destroy along with the rest of their tangled branches.
 In a world where trust is just a tool and love isn’t meant for people like them, Fawn is determined to beat the powerful at their own elaborate games of make-believe. Even the man who Owns her. 


Pre-order link:  https://goo.gl/Gf2iNF

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L x

The Survival Game by Nicky Singer


Hello Readers,

Thank you, NetGalley for the chance to read this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review.

I will be honest I have such a guilty pleasure for dystopian worlds due to climate change, this one has the added bonus of being set in a near future Britain.


The book follows fourteen-year-old Mhairi Anne Bain, originally from Scotland but relocated with her parents to Sudan at the time of the global collapse as her mother was a scientist and was working on harnessing the solar energy of the desert there. The story focus on the journey Mhairi takes to get back to the Scottish isle of Arran, where her grandmother lives.

At the start of the book, Mhairi is close to the Scottish border when she comes across an old man walking with a five-year-old boy, and the boy ends up travelling with her. Since the collapse, Scotland is now separate from the U.K. and has its own strict border controls. In order to cross borders in this world, you need papers, and these papers are considered quite valuable and you don't want others to get their hands on it.

The book has been written in such a way as to allow the story to slowly unravel, and with short, choppy chapters, this was a gripping and also worryingly plausible read.  The book isn’t only beautifully written, it's raw and energetic, lyrical and beautiful, intense and passionate.

Heads up little spoilers


 I found this book to be beautiful but both terrifying and deeply sad.  During the book events transpire which result in Mhairi travelling back to England predominantly alone, becoming a different person due to traumatic things which occur on the journey. The book then contradicts all this sadness and despair with a wonderfully written scene in which Mhairi comes across a meadow of wild garlic, eats some bulbs and smells some leaves and she finds herself able to fall asleep without fear

The book also asks important questions and requires the reader to question themselves. 'what would you do?' What would you do if you had limited water, food, and time. Would you share? Would you help those without anything? Or would you turn your back for 'the greater good'? 

The book also brings in more that relate to the real world - the refugee crisis is already weakening international alliances and provoking angry public opinion. What will happen when climate change intensifies it? Will countries institute population control measures? Will borders stay as they are?

L x

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Singapore Girl (Ash Carter #2) by Murray Bailey


Hello Readers,

Thank you LibraryThing and Murray Bailey for the chance to read this book for free in exchange for an honest review

I didn't realise in advance that this is part of a series (ooops) but I didn’t think it made that much difference within the narrative of this book. This is the second book that focuses on Ash Carter, it was easy to read as a stand-alone story, I did find myself wondering whether I was missing something vital about Ash though but that might just be me being nosey, so I am currently waiting for the first book (Singapore 52) to arrive by post. Then I’ll probably read them back to back and this little issue I have will possibly disappear.

The book takes places in Singapore during 1952 (British colonial times during the Malayan emergency). The story focuses on Ash Carter an ex-military policeman who is now working for the government secretary responsible for internal security. When a body is discovered on a causeway between Singapore and Malaya, he is assigned to investigate the death: does it represent another drug-war punishment or is something more sinister going on?

 I love that it was clear that Bailey has done a lot of research into the time period and geographical social norms and locations have been used brilliantly. I found the descriptions of this restless period in history created a vivid yet distinctive picture of the struggles which were being faced by the distinctive social groups involved. The geographical norms I am referring too are the conflicting interests of the wealthy and powerful, the colonial forces, the military, as well as those intent on pursuing a range of criminal activities, are well represented and fit into the story wonderfully.

Without giving to much away it is clear that nothing during this investigation, is going to be straightforward. There are links within organised crime and the military and powerful people intent on shutting down the investigation.

Books in the series
Singapore 52
Singapore Girl
Singapore Boxer 

Murray Bailey was lovely enough to send me a surprise two more books that I look forward to reading




 L x

Monday, 11 June 2018

Junior Braves of the Apocalypse Vol. 1 by Greg Smith, Michael Tanner, Zach Lehner


Hello Readers,

Thank you, NetGalley for the chance to read this ebook  for free in exchange for an honest review.

The Junior Braves of Tribe 65 are off on a camping trip to celebrate spring break, after a week of roughing it and learning survival skills from their leader they return home. But, nothing could possibly prepare them for what they face upon their return to their hometown: everyone they love is gone, and instead, the streets are filled with mutant zombies.  Now they must use the skills they have learnt to stay alive and figure out what happened to their families. Things quickly get scary when they are unlucky enough to get separated from their tribe leader. If the boys are  going to figure out what happened to their town and their families, they’re going to have to stick together and use everything they know. The book even manages to sneak in some actual survival knowledge.

The plot itself is pretty solid and the characters are well developed. The group of boys consist of an extensive range of personalities that aren’t stereotypically boring as they have well written personalities and are physically recognizable from the start of the book.

The zombie apocalypse theme isn’t particularly new but watching these kids try to deal with the remainder of humanity is engaging. The artwork, with its gruesome depictions of the zombies and sparse colours, really helps to tell the story. Also, credit where its due it manages to steer clear of overt graphic violence and uses no profanity. And the story didn’t suffer one bit. They honestly wrote a tense, scary, exciting story without relying on shock gore or over the top language its honestly brilliant.

Its and interesting read and worth a look if you would like to see a more innocent (so to speak) look into a zombie/mutant apocalypse


L x

Friday, 8 June 2018

Trans Teen Survival Guide by Fox Fisher and Owl Fisher


Hello Readers,

First things first

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH

I’ve been waiting to review this book till I had enough blog traffic because I honestly think this book needs to get the attention it deserves and now I have the added bonus as it is PRIDE month.

I have and always will be a LGBT rights supporter


Thank you, NetGalley for the chance to read this ebook for free in exchange for an honest review.

Publish date: 21st September 2018

I don’t think spoilers are really an issue with this review but just in case possible spoilers

What I liked most about the book was how the book has been presented, the book is made up of short chapters containing relevant information on specific topics followed by people sharing their own personal stories relating to that specific topic. The friendly, encouraging tone makes it very accessible and although the writes deal with some difficult issues, the book manages to remain upbeat and optimistic. It is made clear that there is no one way to be trans and that the most important thing is to be free to be who you are. Readers are encouraged to seek out accepting and authentic friends, the support of the trans community and to practise self-care.  There is also practical advice about how to change your legal name, as well as advice on emotional well-being such as hobbies, taking care of your mental health and eating well.

The book explores what sex, gender, gender orientation and gender expression are, the differences between them, and how there isn't a good or bad way to be a certain gender. The book not only explores what gender is, but also how it's viewed in society and how hurtful some of the stereotypes can be. It rightfully (In my opinion) warns trans teens about people who could have ulterior motives and be more obsessed with their genitals vs their gender (this is honestly a thing and I’m glad it has been addressed).  I appreciate the diversity present throughout the book, as it is informative for trans individuals and is inclusive to anyone who identifies within the trans umbrella identity, such as non-binary individuals.

The books constantly informs the reader that, no matter how they identify and express themselves, they are queer/trans, which is a really important thing. There has been a lot of "discussion" on social media by keyboard warriors in the past few years about how some people are supposedly not queer enough. This micromanaging and negativity is extremely hurtful to the LGBT+ community, and I am glad that they address this in the book. They also remind the reader that having surgery or not is a personal choice and doesn't affect the fact that they ARE trans.

I honestly think this book is extremely important and was presented brilliantly. There is plenty of resources listed and trans readers are reminded that it gets better, they will be alright, they matter, they are valid and they are enough. I think it's vital that we have more books like this exploring each and every aspect of the LGBT+ community.

Publication Spotlight 

 L x

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

YALC books part three


Hello Readers,

Continuing on the previous Wednesdays theme I’m going to show you the last four books I’m taking to YALC this year in hope of getting to meet the author and hopefully the chance to get them signed. The four books today are The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, Unboxed by Non Pratt, Truth or Dare by Non Pratt and Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher.  Another repeat from last week most of the book are on my to read or reread pile so I can review them on here, so instead of a stupidly long post I’m going to upload a picture and little synopsis.


The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury 
I have been fortunate enough to meet Melinda every year I have been at YALC and she’s also YALC Slytherin house deputy captain (House Pride) so I might be bias but I love this book. I did have a little accident with my first copy (it got knocked in the bath) so I have a nice new one to take to YALC this year.

Synopsis
Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, Twylla isn't exactly a member of the court. As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla's fatal touch, avoids her company. But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla's been promised to the prince and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

Unboxed by Non Pratt 
I have two Non Pratt books because I love unboxed (it will pull at your heart stings) and I’m yet to read Truth or Dare but it was one of the book promoted last year and it sounds amazing so I picked it up.

Synopsis
Four friends meet up at their old school to open the memory box they stowed there years ago - with five letters inside for four of them, because their friend Millie has died. When they open the box they find a new letter from Millie and discover that she has left them special instructions: permission to open her letter only if they all read aloud the letters they wrote to their older selves, revealing their deepest secrets.






Truth or Dare by Non Pratt 
I also think Non deserves to be mentioned twice because she did shave her head last year at YALC to raise money for the Royal Hospital of Neurodisability just as Benedict Cumberbatch walked in. Non had conducted extensive research at the facility during her research for the book Truth or Dare which features a character with a traumatic brain injury

Synopsis
A powerful and touching novel about bravery from the Guardian's "writer to watch" Non Pratt, perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell, John Green and Holly Bourne. How far is too far when it comes to the people you love? Claire Casey hates being the centre of attention. But if it means getting Sef Malik to notice her, it's a risk she's happy to take. Sef is prepared to do anything to help his recently disabled brother. But this means putting Claire's love - and life - on the line. Because when you're willing to risk everything, what is there left to lose?

Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
I am honestly so in love with the concept behind this book and I am really looking forward to reading it.

Synopsis
Against all odds, she survived. The first girl born in fifty years. They called her Eve.
All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past. But at sixteen it's time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She's always accepted her fate.
Until she meets Bram. Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom. But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race? Described by Giovanna and Tom as an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future - do you embrace your fate - or do you run from it?


·         The Hazelwood by Melissa Albert 
·         The Fandom by Anna Day 
·         The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill 

·         The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
·         Clean by Juno Dawson
·         Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls