Tag: YA

Mini Reviews: ‘The Rest of the Story’ and ‘Starry Eyes’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Rest of the Story’ and ‘Starry Eyes’

So recently I’ve been trying to read more contemporary books, and I’ve been loving my choices so far! I decided to start out with Sarah Dessen’s newest book, The Rest of the Story, and Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, which I’d heard great things about. Thankfully neither of them disappointed me, and it’s definitely made me want to read even more contemporary. Check out my reviews below! The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen ‘There is always the rest of the story, right? Even if you don’t know right now what it is.’ Emma’s mother died when she was… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘King of Scars’ and ‘Girls of Paper and Fire’

Mini Reviews: ‘King of Scars’ and ‘Girls of Paper and Fire’

So I recently read two books that were pretty high on my anticipation list: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo and Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. I’m a huge long-standing fan of Leigh Bardugo, and I was so excited when I heard she was writing an entire duology about one of my favourite characters, Nikolai Lantsov. Meanwhile, Girls of Paper and Fire is a book that I first heard about on the 88 Cups of Tea podcast, and have since been seeing quite a lot on book blogs. Whilst I enjoyed both of these books, I didn’t… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘And I Darken’ and ‘The Wicked King’

Mini Reviews: ‘And I Darken’ and ‘The Wicked King’

I should probably refer to this selection of mini-reviews as the ‘badass ladies edition’, as I loved the strong female leads in both of these books! And I Darken is a book I’ve had my eye on for a long time, whereas The Wicked King is the much awaited second installment of Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air series which has been hugely popular in the book community at the moment. I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince, so I was really looking forward to The Wicked King, and it didn’t disappoint! And I Darken by Kiersten White ‘”If anyone is going to kill you,… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Scythe’ and ‘Red Queen’

Mini Reviews: ‘Scythe’ and ‘Red Queen’

As much as I enjoyed my Harry Potter reread, it’s been kind of nice getting back to reading ‘new-to-me’ books. Both of the books I’ve read since finishing Harry Potter have been on my TBR for a while, one for a few months, the other for literally years, but thankfully they both lived up to my expectations! Check out my reviews below for more information! Scythe by Neal Shusterman ‘My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy… Read more »

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Why read YA?

Why read YA?

Whilst YA, or ‘Young Adult’ fiction is probably the most popular genre amongst book bloggers, I’ve personally found that in the wider world, there’s still a sense that ‘adult’s shouldn’t be reading books for kids’. Unsurprisingly, this attitude is one often held by ‘book snobs’, or people who insist the only things worth reading are Ernest Hemingway and the latest Booker Prize winner, but also more surprisingly amongst non-readers. On the odd occasion I’ve spoken about my love of books to non-reader acquaintances, there’s been a sense once I’ve mentioned that I like YA books, that this somehow isn’t ‘proper… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Flame in the Mist’ and ‘Graceling’

Mini Reviews: ‘Flame in the Mist’ and ‘Graceling’

Recently I read two YA books that I really enjoyed, both with strong female leads, vivid world-building, and if I may be shallow for a moment, absolutely gorgeous covers! It’s a shame I only own these books on Kindle, because I literally adore both of these covers, especially this edition of Flame in the Mist! But onto my thoughts about the books themselves… Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh “Be as swift as the wind. As silent as the forest. As fierce as the fire. As unshakable as the mountain. And you can do anything…” Mariko may be clever and accomplished, but… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Vicious’ and ‘Foundation’

Mini Reviews: ‘Vicious’ and ‘Foundation’

I’m a fan of V.E. Schwab’s work, so Vicious is a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages, and I’m so glad I finally got round to it this month! Especially because it lived up to my high expectations! I also read Foundation this month, which is by Mercedes Lackey, an author I’ve been meaning to check out for a while. I always see her books in the fantasy section of Waterstones, and I loved the look of the covers, so when I noticed Foundation for sale on Kindle, I snapped it up. Unfortunately I found myself being a bit disappointed by this book, so… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ and ‘Queens of Fennbirn’

Mini Reviews: ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ and ‘Queens of Fennbirn’

Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Queens of Fennbirn were two books I was super excited to read, because both were by authors I already loved. I ended up loving one, but being slightly disappointed by the other, so read on to find out more! Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo ‘Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.’ Diana, Princess of the Amazons, is desperate to prove herself to her sisters, all of whom have past lives as famous warriors. However, when an opportunity to be truly heroic… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ and ‘The Rose and the Dagger’

Mini Reviews: ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ and ‘The Rose and the Dagger’

Yay for new Sarah J. Maas releases! Even though this one was a novella, and so wasn’t quite as satisfying as the longer books, I still really enjoyed it! I also read The Rose and the Dagger a while ago, and thought I’d review that, although I unfortunately didn’t enjoy it quite as much as The Wrath and the Dawn. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas ‘Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.’ A Court of Frost and Starlight catches up with Feyre and her friends and family a few… Read more »

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Mini Reviews: ‘The Cruel Prince’ and ‘One Dark Throne’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Cruel Prince’ and ‘One Dark Throne’

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake were both books I was super excited to read. There has been a huge buzz around The Cruel Prince in the blogosphere lately, whilst One Dark Throne is, of course, the follow-up to Three Dark Crowns, which I absolutely loved. Thankfully, I really enjoyed both of these books, although perhaps due to the immense hype and my own high expectations I didn’t love either of them quite as much as I’d hoped? Check out my reviews to find out more! The Cruel Prince by Holly Black  ‘What could I become if I stopped worrying about death, about… Read more »

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