BOOK BLOG: Chloe Coles

Bookshop Girl: funny, relatable and moving!

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“Bennett’s Bookshop has always been a haven for sixteen-year-old Paige Turner. It’s a place where she can escape from her sleepy hometown, hang out with her best friend, Holly, and also earn some money. But, like so many bookshops, Bennett’s has become a ‘casualty of the high street’ – it’s strapped for cash and going to be torn down. Paige is determined to save it but mobilising a small town like Greysworth is no mean feat.

Time is ticking – but that’s not the only problem Paige has. How is she going to fend off the attractions of beautiful fellow artist, Blaine? And, more importantly, will his anarchist ways make or break her bookshop campaign?”

Earlier this month (technically the end of July, but shush), when I was at YALC, I was lucky enough to listen to Chloe Coles in a panel all about being in the publishing world and hearing her talk about her book made me want to pick it up then and there! Chloe is HILARIOUS and I want her to be one of my real life friends because I am all about people that make me laugh in my life. Having met Chloe and spoken to her for a little bit, I knew had high hopes for this book… and let me tell you, it does not disappoint!

Bookshop Girl is the tale of Paige, a bookish teenager, who works in a bookshop that is being threatened to close down (art mimicking real life or what?!). Paige, along with the help of her best friend, sets it in her sights to save her shop. Oh, but it isn’t that simple… of course there’s a boy in the mix. A seemingly harmless boy. A very attractive young man who catches the eye of our leading lady. (Oh Paige!)

What I loved most about this book was that it showed in such a positive light what using your voice can do. Paige learns very quickly that using her voice, and using the voice of the people around her, can do really good things. There’s some really touching moments with Paige reaching out to authors for the people that she loves that made my heart so happy. Paige discovers some incredible supportive people in very unexpected places – these aren’t people that Paige would’ve expected to support her, yet here they stand, supporting her. There’s some brilliant messages in here about being an activist (on all scales) and standing up for yourself. There’s some brilliant messages about feminism in this book too. 

Despite the fact this book deals with some pretty hard hitting messages, it manages to be hilarious and relatable. Paige sees an injustice in the world around her and she does something about it, but obviously there are things that go awry. She’s a teenage girl. Life is never that simple to always go the way you want. However she is very lucky to be surrounded by people that love her. Her best friend is just lush. There’s scenes between them that I just adore (we’ve all been there, we all have our best friends who we can just be ourselves with). I would love to be Paige’s friend. 

I do not wish to spend much time on the subject of The Boy. I was lulled into a false sense of security with him, although I didn’t trust him. There was always something off with him. 

It’s so incredibly lush to read a book about bookish people, written by a bookish person. Chloe is a bookseller at Foyles in London, which I think adds a really special element to this book. 

What you get in this book is laughter, love and a sense of pride in the bookish community. I would recommend it for anyone who is after a laugh (or a lol as Chloe would say!) It’s such a lush book and I can not wait for book 2 to come out in September!

(I LOVE this cover so much… so colourful!)

My goodreads review reads:

Funny, relatable and brilliant. The power of books, libraries, bookshops told from a teenage girl. I just think this was great. Paige is hilarious. Many moments of lol were had.

Have you read Bookshop Girl?
Can you recommend any books like this?

Let me know in the comments what you thought of this review, your thoughts on the book or any recommendations you have for me! I love a book that will make me laugh! Bookshop Girl is available to buy now! 

S x

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BLOG TOUR: The Secret Deep

The Secret Deep: thrilling, captivating and a little bit terrifying!

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When Aster wakes alone on a tropical island, she has no idea what has happened, why she is there, or where to find her younger sister, Poppy. Meanwhile Sam, who once met the sisters on a plane, makes links between the mystery of their disappearance and suspicious happenings in his own life. In a stunning dual narrative, the truth unravels with devastating effect – and the answer lies in the secret underwater world surrounding the desert island, populated by the beautiful and the impossible…”

My first instincts when I picked up this book were “OMG LOOK AT THAT COVER THOUGH”. That cover is exceptional. You can’t see it particularly well in my picture, but there are little details on the cover of little bubbles. I’m all about this blue theme going on in the cover. 

The title also intrigued me INSTANTLY. The Secret Deep? What’s the secret? Deep? They’re clearly going underwater, or in the water. As a keen swimmer (I bet you didn’t know that!) I was very curious to know what was going on. The tag line “The deeper she dives, the darker it gets” hooked me too cause I guessed that it didn’t just mean the absence of light… and there is so much more than just an absence of light!

The Secret Deep tells the story of Aster and her sister Poppy, who lose their mum to cancer and who have to go live with their auntie. Their auntie lives on an “ecovillage” and is some kind of scientist. Aster and Poppy are given bands (a bit like fitbits) to track their sleeping and other habits, which immediately gets Aster suspicious instantly. When something goes wrong and Aster ends up stranded on an island, without her sister, or her auntie… things start to get interesting. There’s mystery, an underwater setting, a beautiful writing style that will make you want to read on no doubt!

Once I started reading, I knew that I had hit on an absolute winner here. I was away for the weekend with my mam and one of my aunties so I had a weekend to just read and enjoy it. I sat on the balcony and just devoured this book in a matter of hours. There’s so many different themes explored in this book that I could go on for hours. This book deals with medical consent, grief, sibling relationships, friendships, trust and the complexities of families.

While we’re here on families… the auntie in this book is just… she has questionable morals for sure. She’s sinister and I would not like to be caught anywhere with herland or sea. (She gave me vibes of J from The Loneliest Girl in the Universe too!) Here we have two young girls who are meant to be being looked after by their auntie, but obviously that is not the way it turns out to be! I need you all to read it and appreciate how utterly sinister the auntie is – regardless of what she says her motives are. 

This book hit quite a personal chord with me as it explores genes, more specifically cancer genes. A someone who has been diagnosed (is that the right word?) with a cancer gene, it was compelling for me to read it in a story and see that these things are being talked about. I was taken aback at first as this was the first time that I’d read anything about gene studies in relation to cancer. 

A little shout out here to Sam, because he is an absolute darling. It’s so refreshing to read stories that have just a good character in them. Someone who doesn’t have an ulterior motive, who just wants to help and who is there when he is needed most. I really liked Sam, an interesting juxtaposition of him and the auntie (who we all know, creeped me out a little!)

There’s a gorgeous mix in this book of science, survival and sisterhood. What wouldn’t you do for the ones you love?

My goodreads review reads:

A complex and beautiful story of Aster, a young girl who loses her mother to cancer, who has to move to live with her auntie in New Zealand. What meets her there isn’t the usual life – there’s science, the sea, some tracking devices and much more. 

I really enjoyed this – an exploration of medical consent, family, grief and trust. Can you always trust your family?

Have you read The Secret Deep?
Is being stranded on a desert island your worst nightmare?
Do you reckon you would survive?

Let me know what you thought in the comments! 

THE SECRET DEEP is out now in paperback (£6.99, Chicken House)
 
Connect with Lindsay on Twitter: @lindsaygalvin
 

Find out more at lindsaygalvin.com and chickenhousebooks.com  

You should 100% check out the rest of the posts on the blog tour – they are all incredible! 

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S x

Netgalley Tag

Morning!

I saw this tag over on my friend Cora’s blog (Tea Party Princess) and thought it would be super fun to join in!

Now, I go through phases with NetGalley! There are some months when I use it all the time and request EVERYTHING and then there are other months when I’m never on there. I haven’t been on and requested anything for a long time, so it’ll be interesting to see the answers to this tag!

Auto-Approved: Who is one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they are about?

Just one author? Gosh, Melinda Salisbury… let’s be real. You all knew that was coming! But if I can list others, Sara Barnard, Leigh Bardugo, Matt Haig. The list does go on a while!

Request: What makes you want to request a book on NetGalley?

An attractive cover? A book my friends are reading? An author I love? An interesting title? 

Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

I try and write something about EVERY book I read because I think that’s the fairest way to do it. Some reviews will be LONG but others will just be a few words – it just depends on the book and my feelings about it. It’s a bit like my book reviews. I like to review every book in SOME fashion.

Badges: If you could create one badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

Oh man, who knows?! I am not a prolific user so I’m not even sure what badges there are available!

Wish For It: What’s one book you’re absolutely dying to read?

I have not been on NetGalley for a while, so I don’t know what’s available. HOWEVER, I do know that I have ‘How Do You Like Me Now?’ by Holly Bourne waiting to be read and I am VERY curious about that, so I may need to dust my kindle off and get that read!

2018 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

The last book I received on NetGalley was ‘How Do You Like Me Now?’ by Holly Bourne… however it is unread (I will change this over this Summer holidays though!). The last arc I reviewed on NetGalley was ‘Me Mam, Me Dad, Me’ by Malcolm Duffy (which I also reviewed on my blog, check that out here)

And there you have it! The NetGalley tag. I think what we’ve learned is that I don’t use it enough for ARCs, and that I need to read the books that I have on there. I will read Holly Bourne before Summer is over (I have said it now, so it needs to happen!) 

Do you use NetGalley?
What gems have you found on there?
Do you prefer a paperback or an ebook arc?

Let me know your thoughts in the comment! If you fancy doing this tag, go for it!

S x

S4S – Authors that surprised you

Hello! Happy Sunday all!

How are we all today? What is going on in your Sunday life? Engaging in a little #SixforSunday I hope!

Today’s prompt for #SixforSunday is:

Authors that surprised you

Now, I’m not entirely sure what I meant with this, so it’s interesting to see what everyone else is saying… I’ll give a little explanation for each on

  1. Deirdre Sullivan – her books are dark and tough going, but so incredibly brilliant! Not what I was expecting at all!
  2. Leigh Bardugo – man, I love her books so much. I wasn’t expecting to love them as much (despite the fact ALL MY FRIENDS said I’d love them!)
  3. Stewart Foster – his books are brilliantly meaningful and not just to kids, but to adults too. I love his books a lot.
  4. Sylvia Bishop – I fell for her writing within the first sentence of The Bookshop Girl and they continue to be wonderful as they go on.
  5. Alex Bell – she can write YA and MG and do both incredibly brilliantly, now there’s a skill to surprise me!
  6. Alice Oseman – a bit like Leigh Bardugo, everyone told me I’d enjoy the books, but I didn’t expect to be quite so blown away by Alice’s books as I always am.

And there we go! 6 authors who surprised me. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s answers to see how they’ve interpreted the prompt! 

Remember to share your post using the hashtag #SixforSunday and link up if you fancy it! Thanks for joining in and reading! 

See you next week for: Books people always tell you to read!

S x 

Q&A: David Owen

Hello my friends! 

Today I have an absolute treat for you – a Q&A with one of my favourite twitter author people, David Owen. His new book All The Lonely People is coming out next year and I managed to corner him (figuratively, obviously) to ask him a few questions about his new book! I have a sampler ready to read and I’m looking forward to it immensely. Check out the end of this post for more details about the book!

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Can you tell us a little about the main characters?
All the Lonely People has two main characters – Kat Waldgrave and Wesley Graham.

Kat has always struggled to make friends and feel accepted, and she believes the only place she can really be herself is online. She’s a big geek, loves developing her own video games, bingeing TV shows, and so on. So she’s got really involved in the online communities that inevitably spring up around things like that. She has made what she considers friends, people like her, who like her, and she values that so much.

In many ways, Wesley is very similar. He also struggles to make friends and doesn’t feel like he belongs anywhere. To try and assuage his detachment and loneliness he too has turned to the internet, but has ended up falling in with a less desirable crowd – the kind of that takes advantage of disillusioned young men to serve their own agenda. This ultimately means Kat becomes a target for him, which brings their lives together.

If you had to describe this book in 5 words, what would they be?
All. The. Lonely. People. Book?
I. Really. Hope. It’s Good?

No, um, I don’t know! Maybe ‘Kindness and Empathy Defeat Hatred‘? It is far too full of pretentious nonsense for me to describe succinctly!

‘All The Lonely People’ is an interesting title for the book, where did it come from? Was it alway titled that?
The title is shamelessly nicked from the chorus of the Beatles song ‘Eleanor Rigby’. It’s a great song, and one that I have always found particularly melancholy, evocative of loneliness. Lines like ‘Eleanor Rigy died in a church/And was buried along with her name/Nobody came.’ It’s just really sad, and fit the book really well.

For a long time the book was called ‘The Lonely People (Are Getting Lonelier)’, which is also nicked from a song of the same name by an ambient band called Stars of the Lid. But that wasn’t quite as snappy!

If Wesley and Kat had to have fictional best friends from other books, who would they be?
It says a lot about the characters that I can think of loads for Kat and none for Wesley! I think Kat would get on really well with anybody who is fairly unabashed about being their nerdy selves. So maybe Frances and Aled from Alice Oseman’s ‘Radio Silence’, Cath from Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Fangirl’, or Claire from Non Pratt’s ‘Truth or Dare’. I think she’d get on with a lot of people!

Wesley is a lot more difficult. In many ways, he is thoroughly unlikeable, and tremendously adept at falling in with the wrong crowd. As he is at the beginning of the book, he’s more likely to be friends with any of the dickhead male bully characters you see in YA – I can’t think of any specific people! By the end of the book, he might have a better chance of making real friends…

What emotions is this going to make the reader feel?
I hope a lot of different ones! I feel like this is my most emotionally honest book in many ways – I have a natural cynicism about me which in the past I think has made it difficult to be completely honest and open with emotional stuff for fear of it being a bit cheesy. I really tried to put that aside with this book. So I hope people will feel sad, excited, and angry at that various points of the book. I also hope they’ll find it funny and a bit weird. More than anything, I really hope it resonates with people who are prone to feeling loneliness – which I think is more people than will ever admit it.

What inspired you to write a book that focuses so heavily on a person‘s online presence?
Partly because it’s just such a huge part of our lives now, particularly for young people. Almost every day there are fascinating/uplifting/unusual/horrifying stories about how the internet has affected people’s lives. A lot of people – usually slightly older people who didn’t grow up with the internet – still think of it as separate to the ‘real world’. But it is now a fundamental part of everyday life. Whether that’s young people competing for Instagram likes with their classmates, or the right-wing propaganda movements that have influenced elections. That influence needs to feature more prominently in YA stories, and needs to be examined.

So this books aims to look at the positives and negatives of young people being so involved online. How it can prevent young people from being lonely by connecting them with like-minded friends, but also make them feel more lonely because it seems like everybody in your social media feeds is leading a better life than you are. How you can find a place to belong, but also how that vulnerability can be used against you. This wasn’t something I had really seen in YA before.

If you had the chance to escape, quit, disappear, could you do it?
Probably not for very long! I spend an inordinate amount of my time on Twitter, Instagram, and Reddit. In many ways it’s made a hugely positive impact on my life – I’ve made some really close friends ‘in real life’ through Twitter, and becoming a part of the book/UKYA community has been brilliant, because it’s full of brilliant people. But I also end up feeling like people on there are doing so much better than me – going out more and doing amazing things, having more successful careers, and so on. Refreshing Twitter has become a bit of compulsion when I’m watching TV or something fairly inactive. But I would definitely miss it if it were to disappear. Last year I went to Australia and was in the Outback for five days with no signal or internet. It was kind of glorious not feeling like I had to show off what I was doing, keep up with everybody, and also being away from the constant newsfeed of dread and despair. But when I got back it was lovely to check in with everybody. At the moment I think the positives outweigh the negatives for me. 

What should people expect to find on your social media?
Mostly nonsense, moaning, and pictures of my cats. I can never put enough pictures of my cats online. (As a fond follower of David’s twitter, I can confirm there is an exceptional thread of pictures of his cats).

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All The Lonely People – David Owen
Released: 10.1.19
Published by: Atom Books

“Everyone tells Kat that her online personality – confident, funny, opinionated – isn’t her true self. Kat knows otherwise. The internet is her only way to cope with a bad day, chat with friends who get all her references, make someone laugh. But when she becomes the target of an alt-right trolling campaign, she feels she has no option but to Escape, Delete, Disappear.
With her social media shut down, her website erased, her entire online identity void, Kat feels she has cut away her very core: without her virtual self, who is she?
She brought it on herself. Or so Wesley keeps telling himself as he dismantles Kat’s world. It’s different, seeing one of his victims in real life and not inside a computer screen – but he’s in too far to back out now.
As soon as Kat disappears from the online world, her physical body begins to fade and while everybody else forgets that she exists, Wesley realises he is the only one left who remembers her. Overcome by remorse for what he has done, Wesley resolves to stop her disappearing completely. It might just be the only way to save himself.
All the Lonely People is a timely story about online culture – both good and bad – that explores the experience of loneliness in a connected world, and the power of kindness and empathy over hatred.”

Preorder links – Waterstones / Amazon / Book Depository 

A massive thanks to David for taking time to answer my questions! Please go preorder this book! I’m very excited for it! 

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions you have for David or tweet him @davidowenauthor and I’m sure he’ll be happy to answer them!

S x

BOOK BLOG: Philip Pullman

Northern Lights: an emotional rollercoaster!

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“Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…”

Man, I loved Lyra. So so much. She’s just such a brilliant main character. I finished this book about a week ago and I STILL have FEELINGS about this book. I vividly remember the moment in this book where I needed to stop, message my friend Lucy to say I didn’t want to carry on reading because I was too traumatised, breathe, cry and then keep reading. That doesn’t happen often. I love books and I love them deeply. For a book to make me genuinely think about stop reading, that’s a big thing. (I bet you can probably guess the moment of this book… if you can comment or tweet me, cause I’m curious!)

Yes, yes, this is my first time of reading this book.
No, I don’t quite know how I bypassed it as a child.
Yes, it’s always been on my radar.
Yes, I own all of the books (in these WONDEFUL editions because shiny covers are the best!)
No, I’m not reading book 2 straight away (my brain needs a break!)

I can’t imagine as a child or a young teenager reading this book and being in ANY state afterwards. I was heartbroken at one point. There were SO MANY MOMENTS of “WTF OMG!” through the book. My friends were loving my reactions. I did a thread on twitter of my reactions and I can tell you there were a lot more than I put on there, because spoilers. 

Now when I started reading, I genuinely knew VERY LITTLE about this book. I knew it was about a girl called Lyra and there were armoured polar bears (that’s my friend Charlotte’s fault), but that’s about it. This meant when I started reading that I was BLOWN AWAY by it. The plot is just wonderful. The setting is lush. There are scenes that made me laugh (a polar bear at a pub getting drunk? Yes please!) and scenes that made me cry. Scenes that shocked me (that reveal about her parents?!). I think I felt EVERY emotion reading this book and I have no shame about it. There are so many plot twists and reveals in this book that just when you think you’re comfortable and know where you stand in your reading, you’re hit BAM IN THE FACE with something new, some hidden gem of information, some plot twist. So so good. So much recommendation from me.

In other news, I REALLY WANT A DAEMON. 

This book is magical, mystical and wonderful. I’m keen to read book 2 to see where Lyra’s story takes her. 

If you could have a daemon, what would you have?
What kind of daemon would you suggest for me?
Have you read Northern Lights?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments, or on twitter! I’d love your suggestions for my daemon!

S x

p.s. Mrs Coulter is a TERRIBLE person.

BOOK BLOG: Anna James

Tilly and the Bookwanderers: magical, wonderful, incredible. 

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“Since her mother’s disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly has found comfort in stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents’ bookshop. But when her favourite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, appear in the shop, Tilly’s adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their thrilling worlds, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses. Tilly’s new ability could even help her solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. But danger may be lurking on the very next page.”

Tilly and the Bookwanderer tells the story of Matilda Pages, a young girl who discovers she has a magical ability to see characters from her favourite books and wander into their books with them. Matilda’s mam isn’t around, but she is very lucky to be surrounded by an awful lot of love from her grandparents (who own an incredible bookshop, Pages and Co.) As the book progresses, Tilly goes from being quite a lonely character to one surrounded by magic and friendship, through the help of someone from her school, Oskar. There’s secrets, lies, a pretty scary bad guy, discoveries, magic, the Underlibrary and a Librarian (you know it’s series when there’s capital letters involved!) to explore. 

There is SO MUCH I love about this book that I could be here forever. The characters, the setting (I want to visit Pages and Co. because I would spend so much money and I’d just sit and read because it sounds like the ideal reading date location), the magic, the baddies, the plot, the writing style, the cover, the wonder it creates, the love of books, the importance of books. I could go on.

Seeing the world, the real world and the bookish world, though Tilly and Oskar’s eyes was absolutely gorgeousthere’s nothing quite like seeing the wonder of books through a child’s eyes. There are so many moments of utter delight in books and stories that you can get lost in the story without quite realising. 

This book is a gorgeous tale about the magic and wonder of books and imagination. It’s a book that will make you remember why you love your favourite books, and will make you want to reread them (or read The Little Princess, because I never have and that book plays quite an important role in the book). There’s some lovely paragraphs all about the importance of reading, libraries, bookshops, the magic of books that I wanted to just take a picture of them all and frame them. Anna’s writing encapsulates the importance of all of the bookish love so beautifully. I’m very excited for book 2 and 3. I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did, but it’s just lush. 

Reading this book turned me into a bit of a kid again. The idea of being able to jump into books and seeing my favourite fictional characters in real life is just magical. I have no idea which book I’d like to jump into, or who I’d like to meet in real life. Just imagine that! Seeing your favourite fictional character just chilling in the bookshop you frequent… I don’t quite know that I’d know what to do. 

I think this book will have a very special place in many classrooms. My kids are going to love this a lot. It’s such an incredible story about the magic and wonder of stories. It’s going to make readers fall more in love with reading. Anna James is an absolute wonder. 

There’s so much more I’m yet to talk about. I can’t wait to be able to talk to everyone about this book and recommend it to all of my kids!

My goodreads review reads:

An absolutely incredible adventure told through the life of Matilda Pages – a bookwanderer, book store inhabitant and all around brilliant young girl. I loved this story. There are baddies to be terrified of, good guys to root for, unexpected friends, lots of mentions of other books and so much more. This book is what’s so brilliant about all books – adventure, magic, getting lost, being found, friendships and discoveries. I can not wait for more from this series.

Have you read Tilly and the Bookwanderers?
Which book would you like to wander into?
How would you react if your favourite character appeared in front of you?

A massive thank you to Jo at Harper Collins Children for sending me a copy of this book. I’m still in awe. I have pre-ordered the hardback and eagerly await its arrival on my doorstep! 

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S x

BOOK BLOG: Katherine Webber

Only Love Can Break Your Heart: complex, brilliant, real. 

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“Sometimes a broken heart is all you need to set you free… Reiko loves the endless sky and electric colours of the Californian desert. It is a refuge from an increasingly claustrophobic life of family pressures and her own secrets. Then she meets Seth, a boy who shares a love of the desert and her yearning for a different kind of life. But Reiko and Seth both want something the other can’t give them. As summer ends, things begin to fall apart. But the end of love can sometimes be the beginning of you…”

Last Thursday saw the publication of this absolute beauty, the newest book from Katherine Webber (author of the absolutely incredible Wing Jones). I was lucky enough to read it a few months ago, but have needed all this time to be able to put my thoughts in some kind of real order that isn’t just OMG REIKO AND OMG I LOVED IT. I did love it, entirely. 

Only Love is miles away from the brilliance of Wing Jones and Reiko couldn’t be more opposite to Wing. Did that make me love her any less? Absolutely not. Reiko is one of those characters who makes mistakes, has flaws and MADE ME FEEL. There were so many times I wanted to shout at Reiko. There were instances where I definitely didn’t agree with what she was doing, but it didn’t stop me loving her. I felt a bit like a big sister/best friend to her. Watching her make these STUPID choices and then not being able to help killed me. 

Only Love deals with some brilliant themesgrief, friendship, love, heartbreak, families, peer pressure, being a teenager, acceptance – which are dealt with beautifully. There were a few times when you’re with Reiko and you’re SMACKED in the face with something, but never a time when you didn’t feel safe. Grief is one of the biggest themes of this book, with Reiko having to deal with the loss of someone close to her. I didn’t see the massive shocker coming at the end of chapter 1 and I GENUINELY did a gasp – to be hit with such a massive shocker so early in the book gave me feelings. Reiko has to learn to accept her grief, deal with it and let go, despite wanting to keep hold of that someone special. All of this while she’s living her life, going to school, falling in love, falling out with friends… she’s a wonderfully brave young woman.

I can’t talk about this book without mentioning Seth. Oh Seth. Complicated, slightly douchey Seth. He makes mistakes, just as Reiko does. They’re teenagers, they’re finding their way in the world, and with that comes mistakes. 

Shout out massively to the dinosaur scene. If you’ve read it, you know what I mean. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I DEFINITELY want someone to take me to the dinosaur. It just sounds so lush. I’m a romantic at heart. 

I still have many thoughts about this book that are yet to form into a way which makes sense. Katherine Webber has written a book which has heart, wit and punch. I would definitely recommend this book. I’m so excited to see what’s next from Katherine because if Reiko and Wing are anything to go by, it’s going to be just as special.

Have you read Only Love Can Break Your Heart?
What did you think of Reiko?
ARE YOU OBSESSED WITH THAT COVER TOO?

Let me know your thoughts! Comment, tweet me, send a pigeon. 

S x

S4S – Autobuy authors

Hello Sunday! Hello #SixforSunday pals. 

How are we all today? 

Today on #SixforSunday, we are talking:

Authors I will always pick up

Now… I’m technically going to do 2 #SixforSunday posts in one here… 6 YA authors, and 6 MG authors. (Hey, I’m the creator of #SixforSunday, I can bend the rules!)

6 YA authors that are automatic buys:

  1. Melinda Salisbury (I KNOW! WHAT A SHOCKER!)
  2. Sara Barnard (again… WHO AM I?)
  3. Alwyn Hamilton 
  4. Katherine Webber
  5. Alice Broadway
  6. Alice Oseman

6 MG authors that are automatic buys:

  1. Maz Evans (I bet you didn’t see that coming!)
  2. Lisa Thompson
  3. Katherine Rundell
  4. Ross Montgomery
  5. Kiran Milwood-Hargrave
  6. Abi Elphinstone

Shout out to Matt Haig too… who doesn’t fit into these 2 categories, but who is 1100% an auto-buy in my life.

None of these names will come as a surprise to long time, or even short time, followers of my blog! 

Remember to share your #SixforSunday post with me on twitter! I’m loving all of the posts! Thanks guys!

See you next week for Authors who surprised you!

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BLOG TOUR: A Chase in Time

Want to read a brilliant book all about ? Then I would recommend reading on to read the extract from A Chase in Time by Sally Nicholls. 

Today, I’m on the blog tour for A Chase in Time and man, what a beautiful looking book it is! I’m super excited by it – travelling through history with the help of a magical mirror? YES PLEASE. A massive thanks to Nosy Crow for sending me a copy of this book – I can tell it’s going to go down very well at school. That cover alone is very pick up-able! 

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“The old gilt-edged mirror has hung in Alex’s aunt’s house for as long as he can remember. Alex hardly notices it, until the day he and his sister are pulled through the mirror, back into 1912. It’s the same house, but a very different place to live, and the people they meet need their help. Soon they are caught up in an action-packed adventure, solving a crime, rescuing priceless jewels, and eating more cake than they have ever eaten before.”

A Chase in Time by Sally Nicholls is published in paperback 2nd August by Nosy Crow.

Check out the extract below, which comes from the beginning of the story, so much is yet to happen! 

The mirror hung by the stairs in Aunt Joanna’s hallway. It was tall and wide, with a gold frame full of curling leaves, and scrolls, and fat baby angels, and baskets of flowers, and twiddles. Aunt Joanna said it had once belonged to a French aristocrat, in the days before the revolutionaries chopped off all the aristocrat’s heads and turned their palaces into art galleries.

And once, when Alex Pilgrim was seven years old, he had looked into the mirror and another boy had looked back.

The boy in the mirror was Alex’s age, or perhaps a little older. He had light-brown hair and a sturdy sort of face. He was wearing a woolly blue jumper and grey knickerbockers. Knickerbockers, if you don’t know, are an old-fashioned type of trouser – shorter than long trousers but longer than shorts – worn by old-fashioned schoolboys in the days before boys were allowed real trousers.

This boy was brushing his hair in the mirror, rather hurriedly, as though he would much rather be doing something else. As Alex watched, he turned his head sideways and yelled at somebody out of sight. Alex couldn’t hear what he said, but it sounded impatient: “I’m doing it!” perhaps, or “I’m coming!” Then he put the hairbrush down and ran out of the frame.

Alex stayed by the mirror. It still showed Aunt Joanna’s hallways, but nothing in the hallway was quite as it ought to be. The walls were papered with yellow-and-green-striped wallpaper, and there was a large green plant he had never seen before and a white front door with coloured glass above the sill. It felt very strange not to see his own face looking back at him. He put out a hand, and there was a sort of ripple in the reflection. When the picture settled, there he was as usual: small, fair-haired, and rather worried-looking. There was the ordinary brown door. Everything was just as it always was.

Alex had never believed in those children in books who discovered secret passageways, or Magic Faraway Trees, or aliens at the bottoms of the garden, and kept them a secret. Wouldn’t you want to tell everyone about them? What was the fun of a secret passage if you had no one to boast about it to?

But he knew that he would never tell his family about the boy in the mirror. Of course he wouldn’t. What would be the point? None of them would ever believe him.

Woah, what an extract! I know I want more! 

What do you think of the extract?
Where would you travel to if you had a magical mirror?

Check out the rest of the blog tour, by visiting any of the brilliant blogs featured!

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