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Book Review – Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid @kileyreid @bloomsburybooks #SuchAFunAge

When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for ‘kidnapping’ the white child she’s actually babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events. Her employer Alix, a feminist blogger with the best of intentions, resolves to make things right.But Emira herself is aimless, broke and wary of Alix’s desire to help. When a surprising connection emerges between the two women, it sends them on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know – about themselves, each other, and the messy dynamics of privilege.

thoughtsThe book starts with an incident where Emira, a twenty-something black babysitter, is accused of kidnapping the young white toddler she babysits. Then we get to see the aftermath of this event, and how it changes the relationship between Emira and her boss, Alix Chamberlain.First of all, I really enjoyed this book. I found the tone and writing style very compelling and easy to digest. There’s so much to unpack in this novel, as the author provides a social commentary on race and class. I really admired the way that Reid tackled some heavy topics with nuance, while keeping a relatively light tone.Alix is horrified by what happens to Emira and wants to make things right. She’s well meaning and consults her friends, including her close black friend, Tamra, about the situation and for advice on how to befriend Emira.Meanwhile, Emira is young, skint, and a bit aimless. I found that very relatable as I think a lot of us have been in Emira’s position and some point or another. She’s still trying to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life. There are two main white people in Emira’s life, and for a while, you’re trying to figure who really has Emira’s best interests at heart and who’s just using her.I thought these characters were well developed. With Alix in particular, I feel like we all know people like her. I really liked Emira and enjoyed getting to hear her story. TThankyou to Bloomsbury for sending me this copy to read and review!Amazon Goodreads

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Blog Tour – Follow Me, Like Me – Charlotte Seager @CharlotteSeager @MacmillankidsUK @amberivatt #FollowMeLikeMe

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Follow Me, Like Me by Charlotte Seager organised by Macmillan. Check out the rest of the tour below.

When sixteen-year-old Chloe replies to a DM from a gorgeous stranger, she has no idea what she’s inviting into her life. As her online fan becomes increasingly obsessive, her real life starts to come apart at the seams and Chloe realizes she needs to find a way to stop him before things spiral out of control.Misfit Amber’s online obsession with her personal trainer begins to creep into the real world. But when she hears a terrible rumor about him, she drops everything to try and prove his innocence – even if it means compromising her own.In Follow Me, Like Me by Charlotte Seager, Amber and Chloe might find that the truth is much harder to swallow than the lies.


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This book was intriguing, the premise sounded really interesting in this time and age of social media and the dangers it can involve. I grew up with social media and it’s always been a big part of my life, especially now with the book community but it definitely has a seedy side that I’ve always tried to steer clear of.

This book really delved into how important it is to keep your social media safe. To make sure you only have people you know on social media and to watch what you post to keep yourself safe.The story has two plots – Chloe who is a popular girl who begins a friendship with a stranger off the internet who she doesn’t know and who causes her a lot of trouble in her life.Then there’s Amber who is a bit of a loner who yearns for friends and has an obsession with a personal trainer at her gym and she begins to stalk him online.

The two main characters are connected by another character and the story line is easy to follow although a few things irritated me like the environment of both girls dealt with the situation completely wrong. I felt like this is an important book for all teens to read and understand the dangers and positives of social media.
This book is out tomorrow!

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Blog Tour – My Great Ex-Scape by Portia Macintosh @PortiaMacintosh @BoldwoodBooks #MyGreatExScape

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for My Great Ex-Scape by the wonderful Portia Macintosh! This tour was organised by boldwood books and i was kindly sent an ebook to review on my blog! Check out the rest of the tour at the very bottom!

Rosie Jones has been dumped by every boyfriend she’s ever had – most recently by Dinosaur Dave, live on TV, during the ‘phone-a-friend’ segment of a quiz show. After the footage goes viral Rosie receives a bunch of flowers with a message:

I love you, I should have never let you go, I want you back x

 

But who sent them?

 

At a loose end and with £50,000 prize money in her back pocket, Rosie decides to take a trip down memory lane, visiting each of her ex-boyfriends to see not just if they are the one who sent the flowers but if they are the one.

 

Her journey takes her back to the house she grew up in and on a transatlantic cruise to New York, but can Rosie figure out which ex-boyfriend is the love of her life, or should the past stay in the past?

 

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I read one of Portia’s books last year and absolutely adored her writing style and fantastic characters so I jumped at the chance to read another! Portia didn’t disappoint me! I absolutely adored this book too if not more!

This book gripped me from the very start and I finished it within 24 hours! It was laugh out loud funny but also so very sad and made me want to cry for Rosie. Imagine being dumped on live tv?  I couldn’t think of anything worse!

We follow Rosie on her journey to find who sent her the flowers. I have to be honest, I think I joined team Josh from the very first re connection. The chemistry was evident from that first moment.

This book was total escapism, I devoured it in one sitting and it really whisked me away for hours!

I honestly can’t wait to see what Portia has in store for us next. I already know it will be a superb read which I will love

 

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Book Review – Throne Of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr @hotkeybooks

When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors.With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known and for the land she has vowed to protect.

thoughtsThis book you guys!! It’s incredible! I can’t stop gushing about it! The whole thing is perfection. The writing is stunning and the characters are so lovable. The world is so epic! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for what happens next in this world!I wanted to take my time to immerse myself into the story but i couldn’t stop myself from carrying on every time there was an exciting moment. I loved the first person narrative which i don’t usually like at all but i think it really worked well with this book.I really felt like I was in the story with Aderyn discovering everything at the same time she was. She is a flawed, beautiful character who you can’t help but root for! She’s a really unique, original character.The world this book was set in was the favourite thing for me. It was so beautifully described but not too much that it gets annoying and takes from the plot. I loved learning about the history and I loved all the Swan Lake references.

This book is out now in e-book and paperback! Make sure you pick it up! I can’t wait for more from this series.

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Blog Tour – Followers by Megan Angelo @HQStories @meganangelo #Followers

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Followers by Megan Angelo organised by HQ Stories. Thankyou to the publisher for sending me a review copy!

Orla Cadden dreams of literary success, but she’s stuck writing about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Orla has no idea how to change her life until her new roommate, Floss―a striving, wannabe A-lister―comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they so desperately crave. But it’s only when Orla and Floss abandon all pretense of ethics that social media responds with the most terrifying feedback of all: overwhelming success.

Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity―twelve million loyal followers―Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything, even horrible things, to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.

Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we’ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.

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Followers is one of those books that stays with you, because it is almost too believable. The settings are places we know and the future state of America feels like something that could easily occur. It’s a profound story that’s layered and complex, with just a hint of science fiction to take this story into the scary future Megan Angelo created. Main narrators, Orla and Marlow, are complicated women, each feels held captive by their own lives, but their thoughts are colorful and intelligent. They envision something different for themselves and as the book progresses we see just how far each is willing to go to change their lives. Megan Angelo takes the role of social media influencer and fame to the next level with this twisted, realistic tale that I could not put down.

“She had grown up seeing paper as synonymous with secrets.”

Culturally significant, Followers is a read that I truly think everyone needs to read. We are so attached to our phones, to the ease of access to information, and to the celebrities that give us regular glimpses into their lives. We know what will get the most likes, we can name the latest famous baby, but do we even know our own best friend’s birthday without the help of social media? It is a poignant reminder of just how much the world has changed, and in such a short period of time, since the creation of the Internet, computers, and cell phones.

I rated this book 5/5 stars and I really think everyone should read this book!

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Blog Tour – A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison @whitney_DG @inkyardpress

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D.Grandison.  Thankyou to the publisher for sending me a review copy!

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When Tyson Trice finds himself tossed into the wealthy coastal community of Pacific Hills, he’s ready for the questions, the stares and the feeling of not belonging. Not that he cares. After recovering from being shot and surviving the rough streets of Lindenwood, he doesn’t care about anyone or anything, much less how the rest of his life will play out.

Golden girl Nandy Smith has spent most of her life building the pristine image that it takes to fit in when it comes to her hometown Pacific Hills where image is everything. After learning that her parents are taking in a troubled teen boy, Nandy fears her summer plans, as well as her reputation, will go up in flames.

Now with Trice living under the same roof, the wall between their bedrooms feels as thin as the line between love and hate. Beneath the angst, their growing attraction won’t be denied. Through time, Trice brings Nandy out of her shell, and Nandy attempts to melt the ice that’s taken Trice’s heart and being. Only, with the ever-present pull back to the Lindenwood streets, it’ll be a wonder if Trice makes it through this summer at all.

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I really enjoyed this debut YA novel by Whitney Grandison. I thought the chemistry between Tyson Trice and Nandy Smith was captivating. I felt like the book centered more around Tyson’s story and how he came to live with the Smiths; the author really dives in to his character, whereas I felt like Nandy just remained the same. This is an own voices novel which are one of my favorite books to read. A unique story unlike anything you’ve ever read before that gives us a glimpse into a different life. With a strong male lead that is easy for the reader to fall in love with, the story sucks you in and doesn’t let go. The story was cute and a very good first novel.

Pick it up if you like enemies to friends to lover romances, teen drama, and steamy romance!!

I rated it 4\5 stars!

 

 

This book is out now on kindle and hardback on the 7th January!

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Book Review – Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver @darkroomtours @HoZ_Books @michellepaver #Wakenhyrst

Welcome to my blog! I am reviewing this book i was sent by darkroom tours to review as part of the bookstagram tour!

 

1906: A large manor house, Wake’s End, sits on the edge of a bleak Fen, just outside the town of Wakenhyrst. It is the home of Edmund Stearn and his family – a historian, scholar and land-owner, he’s an upstanding member of the local community. But all is not well at Wake’s End. Edmund dominates his family tyrannically, in particular daughter Maud. When Maud’s mother dies in childbirth and she’s left alone with her strict, disciplinarian father, Maud’s isolation drives her to her father’s study, where she happens upon his diary.

During a walk through the local church yard, Edmund spots an eye in the undergrowth. His terror is only briefly abated when he discovers its actually a painting, a ‘doom’, taken from the church. It’s horrifying in its depiction of hell, and Edmund wants nothing more to do with it despite his historical significance. But the doom keeps returning to his mind. The stench of the Fen permeates the house, even with the windows closed. And when he lies awake at night, he hears a scratching sound – like claws on the wooden floor…

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This is the perfect atmospheric read to accompany these gloomy winter evenings. Wakenhyrst is written in a different genre: a gothic historical mystery set in a spooky old manor house – my favourite kind of book!

Maud Stearne is a teenage girl living with her aloof historian father and younger brothers. As her father continues his research into a local figure he starts to become increasingly affected by supposed supernatural happenings. His paranoia increases and Maud becomes afraid for her father’s sanity. The question persists – is her father mad or is their truly something supernatural happening? Is he haunted by the sins of his past? And can these events lead to anything but tragedy?

One of the things I particularly liked is I felt there was a huge question mark throughout the book as to whether Maud is a reliable narrator or not. She comes across as an intelligent, complicated person right from the start but also as a person with an agenda of her own. That simply added to the growing unease and suspense. The supporting characters are also interesting and well drawn albeit we only get to see them from Maud’s point of view. I also felt the resolution was really very good, which is a major strength for stories like this where it so often falls apart right at the conclusion/reveal.

 

I rated this book 5/5 stars! It’s out now!

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