LucyTheReader

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.

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Dear February… | 2016

Dear February, You were a month of changes, decisions and growth. The promise of spring fills me with hope and I think I’ve begun to see your beauty for the first time, February. Usually you are a time for reflection and remembrance but your longer nights and lighter mornings have somehow captured my heart and the wind whispers sweet notes of the better things ahead. For spring is somehow better and you are in between,…

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March in YA : Ones to Watch

March definitely seems like a quiet month on the YA front. Or maybe that’s just me? It’s going to be a month of catching up on books that I’ve missed out on in previous months and also getting ahead for the next few months too. Here are some of the books I think you should be watching out for in March: Crush by Eve Ainsworth I first read Crush last summer and absolutely loved it.…

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5 Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get | Top Ten Tuesday

I haven’t participated in the Top Ten Tuesday feature, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, for a very long time, but I thought I’d start doing it again weekly because I love reading everyone’s posts. This week the theme is: “Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get”. I haven’t chosen ten because usually I like most of the characters I read about, so here are just a few: Severus Snape – Harry…

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Books, Books, Glorious Books! | Book Haul

The past few weeks have been seriously good for books. I seem to be buying a lot more than usual lately because there are so many books I’m excited to read, and I’ve also been very lucky to receive some from lots of lovely publishers. SO MANY AMAZING BOOKS! Spot the Difference by Juno Dawson is one of this year’s World Book Day titles and I’m currently reading it. Juno always delivers amazing books, so of course I’m…

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REVIEW: How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne

I love that moment when you read a book and you keep glancing at the clock, seeing how many more pages it’s possible to squeeze in because you love it so much and can’t bear to stop reading it. How Hard Can Love Be? was definitely one of those books for me. I was hooked from the moment I began and can’t stop thinking about just how brilliant it was, even a few weeks after reading it.…

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Reading VS Revision – How to Survive School

I don’t know about you, but I find that one of the worst feelings in the world is feeling like schoolwork is getting in the way of reading With exams looming (eek!), lots of us are starting to think about revision, but how do you revise and read at the same time without exploding? 1. Get into a routine Revision timetables are always useful to use, but make sure you slip time to read into…

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REVIEW: Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Beautiful Broken Things is the extraordinary début novel from Sara Barnard that showcases what everyone loves most about UKYA fiction. Caddy and Rosie have been best friends forever, despite them going to different schools. Then Rosie introduces Caddy to a new girl at her school, Suzanne. Suzanne is everything Caddy is not – adventurous, daring and reckless. But she also has a past. Her arrival shakes everything up and threatens to change Caddy and Rosie’s…

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February in YA : Ones to Watch

When looking through the pile of books being released in February that have been staring at me from my desk longingly for what seems like a very long time, there were a few that really stood out to me. So I thought I’d make it into a little feature each month, where I share a few of the releases that I think are ones to watch out for. How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly…

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REVIEW: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

If you’ve been reading Queen of Contemporary for a while, you’ll know how much I loved The Sin Eater’s Daughter and so I was incredibly excited to read the sequel, The Sleeping Prince. It’s always nerve-wracking to start a sequel, but especially so when you have such high expectations. Luckily, The Sleeping Prince didn’t disappoint! The Sleeping Prince starts where The Sin Eater’s Daughter left off, but this time we get to see the story…

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The White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough | Bookshop Tour + Book Haul

At the weekend, I visited The White Horse Bookshop, an independent bookshop in Malborough, Wiltshire. It was the second time I’ve visited the shop and each time is just as lovely as the other – it’s such a friendly and welcoming shop. I love exploring bookshops because each one is unique and after my time working in one during the summer, I have a greater appreciation for them. There’s nothing better than wandering into a…

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REVIEW: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

I have wanted to read something by Courtney Summers ever since I first heard Holly Bourne talk about how amazing her books are, but until now they haven’t been published in the UK, which is a crying shame. We’re really missing out! All the Rage is a harrowing look at rape culture and the way we treat people who have been raped. Loosely inspired by the Steubenville case which was in the news at the time of…

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Too Much French, Decisions & Chocolate Cake | Sunday Diary

I tested out a feature called Sunday Diary in September 2014 and, whilst I loved writing it, I stopped after the first post for some reason, but it’s back!! I’ll be sharing what I’ve been up to in the past week each Sunday – bookish and non-bookish. As I said in the first post, “It’s a chance for me to ramble away and hopefully you’ll learn a bit about me at the same time.” What I’ve…

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