• REVIEW: The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas

    19 June, 2017

      I’ve been a very big fan of Rachael Lucas’s books ever since I read Sealed With A Kiss and fell in love with it. That meant I got super excited when I heard that Rachael was working on a YA novel. I was very lucky to get to read an early chapter of The State…

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  • REVIEW: Love Hurts, edited by Malorie Blackman

    9 February, 2015

    Recently I’ve loved reading anthologies, such as My True Love Gave To Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins, so when I came across Love Hurts I knew I wanted to read it. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Here are just a few reasons why: The majority of the book was made up…

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  • REVIEW: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

    14 November, 2014

    I’ve only ever read one other novel by Forman before – Just One Day – and I really enjoyed that. I didn’t have any expectations going into I Was Here because it sounded a lot grittier than your typical contemporary, so I was very pleasantly surprised. Following the suicide of her best friend, Meg, Cody…

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  • REVIEW: Sealed With a Kiss by Rachael Lucas

    11 May, 2014

    Sealed with a Kiss, so called because it is set on an island where there are many cute seals, is the perfect summer contemporary to take with you on holiday whilst you’re lying by the pool, or sunbathing in your garden (that’s if Britain ever sees sunshine!). Lucas is a name you definitely need to…

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  • REVIEW: The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss

    27 April, 2014

    The Year of the Rat is a poignant and thought-provoking novel that discusses themes of grief and dealing with the death of a parent and how one goes about leading a normal life after that. After hearing Furniss talk at an event, and hearing part of The Year of the Rat being read, I couldn’t…

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  • 7 Reasons to read Keep the Faith by Candy Harper

    18 April, 2014

    I read Have a Little Faith last month and craved a sequel so badly so I was mega excited when I received Keep the Faith to review. It saved me from a lot of pain!Keep the Faith carries on where Have a Little Faith left off and, let me tell you, it was even better.…

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  • REVIEW: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

    7 April, 2014

    I have very mixed feelings on this novel – parts I loved, other parts I thought were good but they just didn’t enthral me as much as I hoped. Nevertheless, The Good Luck of Right Now is a brilliant novel from the equally brilliant Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook. Bartholomew Neil is…

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  • REVIEW: The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel

    28 March, 2014

    The Break-Up Artist immediately attracted me when I heard about it because I don’t think I’ve read a novel with the same concept before, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was original, and lots of fun. The Break-Up Artist, written in first person, is centred on the life of Becca, an American student who, anonymously, gets…

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  • MINI REVIEW: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

    6 September, 2013

    I thought Code Name Verity was hard-hitting, but Rose Under Fire was painful in comparison. The companion novel to the award-winning success of Code Name Verity was just as good and maybe even more emotional. Set in part in the brutal concentration camp of Ravensbrück, Rose Under Fire follows the life of American pilot and…

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  • REVIEW: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

    26 August, 2013

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book, although I really did enjoy it when I read it back in January. The contemporary kick that I was in then actually inspired my blog name. I was a little apprehensive to start the sequel, but I’m so glad I did and can’t believe I left…

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