Six for Sunday: 29th April 2018

Hello and happy Sunday! I really enjoyed doing today’s topic; I love talking about some of these books! What I’ve done is included their Amazon summary so it’s a completely unbiased summary of the books!

You can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

Favourite books people never seem to know about…

1. The Great Good Thing Roderick Townley

Image result for the great good thing roderick townleySylvie had an amazing life, but she didn’t get to live it very often.
Sylvie has been a twelve-year-old princess for more than eighty years, ever since the book she lives in was first printed. She’s the heroine, and her story is exciting — but that’s the trouble. Her story is always exciting in the same way. Sylvie longs to get away and explore the world outside the confines of her book.
When she breaks the cardinal rule of all storybook characters and looks up at the Reader, Sylvie begins a journey that not even she could have anticipated. And what she accomplishes goes beyond any great good thing she could have imagined..

2. The Doomspell Cliff McNish

Image result for the doomspellIn a blaze of light, rush of wind and scrabble of claws, Rachel and Eric are ripped through a wall onto another world. Like thousands before them, they have been snatched by the Witch!

Rachel discovers that she has extraordinary gifts – magical gifts similar to the Witch’s own. The Witch is excited to have found someone she thinks she can use for her own evil purposes. But, for the Witch’s victims, Rachel is the only hope…

3. The Diamond of Drury Lane Julia Golding

Image result for the diamond of drury lane‘I am Cat Royal – Orphan, Adventurer, Actress . . .

‘Reader, you are set to embark on an adventure about one hidden treasure, two bare-knuckle boxers, three enemies and four hundred and thirty-eight rioters. I was brought up in Drury Lane, so I have become accustomed to a life less than ordinary. But this turn of events, I have to say, surprised even me. Follow me, and I will show you in The Diamond of Drury Lane.’

Exciting, funny and packed with adventure . . . Cat Royal never fails to stir up trouble wherever she goes. Julia Golding’s award-winning adventure series for girls has all the ingredients of a Philippa Gregory book for readers aged 9 and up

4. Missing Judy Anne Cassidy

Image result for missing judyKim Hockney has a secret. It’s to do with the terrible thing that happened eight years ago – the day when her five year old sister Judy went missing. Her parents have always been careful not to blame her but she knows they look at her and wonder what her little sister would have been like, if Kim hadn’t let her run off that dark afternoon. Then one day some new evidence turns up…

 

5. The Wind Singer William Nicholson

Image result for the wind singerIn Aramanth, exams are everything, deciding where people should live and what they should wear. When Kestrel rebels, her family are sentenced to the harshest punishment. In order to save them and to restore happiness to Aramanth, Kestrel knows she must restore the voice of the wind singer, an ancient statue standing in the city’s square. She embarks on this dangerous mission with Bowman, her twin, and along the way they encounter Mumpo, the silly, smelly school dunce who adores Kestrel. Their daring journey encompasses the Mudpeople, the malevolent Old Children and bloodthirsty desert tribes.

6. Midnight for Charlie Bone Jenny Nimmo

Image result for midnight for charlie boneSince his father died, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone. Looking at a picture of a couple with a baby and a cat, he suddenly discovers he can hear their voices. Although he tries to hide his new gift, Grandma Bone and her scary sisters soon find out, and send him to Bloor’s Academy. Charlie quickly finds life at Bloor’s pretty tough, with its strict rules and the malevolent head boy, Manfred, set against him. When Charlie discovers that the child in the photograph is being held, hypnotised, against her will, he and his new friends with ‘gifts’ try to awaken her. But can they overcome Manfred’s sinister hypnotic gifts?

I may be a massive Cliff McNish fan…I just LOVE his books so much and they are so so underrated, so anything by him should be on this list! So I was good and just chose one! Also, there are so many more books that I could have chosen for this…narrowing it down to six was so difficult! There are books that, whilst I know they’re still in print, they really do deserve so much more recognition. Have you read any of these or would like to?

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WWW Wednesday: 25th April 2018

It’s that time of week again – hello and happy Wednesday! This has been one of my favourite reading weeks this year…you’ll see why!

What are you currently reading?

I’ve just started How to Write a Love Story by Katy Cannon, and whilst I’m not far into it it’s pretty good so far! It seems like a fairly light contemporary.


What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Legendary this week and OMG! It was even better than Caraval and I just want to experience the magic all over again!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have a load of May releases to get on with so probably one of those! I’m tempted to start We Are Young by Cat Clarke next.

LEGENDARY – Stephanie Garber

5/5

Sequel to the wonderful Caraval, that’s arguably even better than the first.

I finished Legendary this afternoon. My heart is still racing. This book!

Without a doubt, Legendary is even better than Caraval, which is some feat since Caraval was without a doubt one of the top books of 2017. Somehow, Stephanie Garber has crafted a tale that once again has you doubting what’s real and what’s only a part of the game, full of unexpected twists and turns. Even things that you are fairly certain are real you question, and that really is the true beauty of this book!

Legendary focuses on the story of Tella, who is a much feistier character than her older sister Scarlett, and as such makes the story a lot more fast-paced and unpredictable. I couldn’t help but adore Tella. She takes on everything that’s thrown at her with such a headstrong attitude as she is thrust into the world of Caraval.

I don’t want to make this a spoiler review, so I’m going to try to be as obscure as possible, but know that so many fantastical new characters are introduced in Legendary, as well as some incredible development of existing characters. I finished the book with a new book boyfriend (oh hi Dante!) and a thirst for more!

I have heard that this is just a duology, but, that said, I’m desperate for more and want to know what happens next! So, if you’re reading this, Stephanie, PLEASE can there be more!


Thank you so much to Hodder for my copy of Legendary via NetGalley!

That Never-Ending NetGalley TBR

So…like many bookworms, NetGalley is both a blessing and a curse for me! It’s an amazing way to get hold of some incredible books prior to publication, which, as an ex-bookseller, is something that I really missed about bookselling, and it means you can get involved in the whole hype of a new book in the run up to its release and help to influence others to try it! However, this also means that there are lots and lots of tempting books available for you to request, and it’s so easy to go a bit crazy requesting books! When I first got NetGalley I would request books I just slightly fancied, but I found that I just couldn’t get into them or find the motivation to read them over exciting books that were already out, so now I try so hard to only request books I know I’ll read and want to push to the top of my TBR. I feel like I owe the publishers to at least attempt to read the book, as they’ve so kindly sent me a copy, so I like to try to do each book justice! So, this month I decided that I was going to draw a line and start using NetGalley more efficiently – only choosing books I really want to read, prioritising them by publication date to an extent. I always make sure that I give a shout out to every book I’m sent on my Instagram or Twitter, then once I’ve read it I try to review it as soon as possible on here! If I love the book, and you follow me on Twitter, I’m very sorry for how obsessive I can get!

So, without futher ado, here is my current TBR on NetGalley (pictures to come!):

Tradition – Brendan Kiely

  • 3rd May 2018
  • Penguin

Boy Underwater – Adam Baron

  • 28th June 2018
  • Harper Collins

My Box-Shaped Heart – Rachael Lucas

  • 17th May 2018
  • Macmillan

The Colour of the Sun – David Almond

  • 3rd May 2018
  • Hodder

Skylarks – Karen Gregory

  • 3rd May 2018
  • Bloomsbury

How To Write A Love Story – Katy Cannon

  • 3rd May 2018
  • Stripes

We Are Young – Cat Clarke

  • 3rd May 2018
  • Quercus

Mystery of the Skull – Pamela Butchart, Enid Blyton

  • 12th July 2018
  • Hodder

 

Have you read any of these and recommend them? Hopefully I’ll get through all of these soon!


Thank you to all the publishers of titles sent to me via NetGalley!

Six for Sunday: 22nd April 2018

Sundaaaay! I’ve just got one more French tutorial left of my two week intensive course with uni hurrah! Finally I’m getting to reference French history in it. I’m happy. Anyway…

You can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

Favourite snacks to read with…

1. Ice Cream

I adore ice cream and may have accidentally had this as my reading snack this morning for breakfast.

2. Chocolate

3. Ice lolly

4. Sweets

noticing a trend yet…?

5. Biscuits

6. More chocolate 

So yeah, I think we’ve established that I don’t have a particularly healthy diet! What are your favourite snacks to eat whilst reading?

 

WWW Wednesday: 18th April 2018

Hellooooo! Sorry it’s been so quiet on here this week – new job means lots of learning so I’m exhausted but happy! Anyway, I’ve found time for a little bit of reading…

legendary

What are you currently reading? 

LEGENDARY. IT. IS. AMAZING. I actually am loving it more than Caraval so far, which is saying something because I loved Caraval!

i was born for this

What did you recently finish reading?

I’m just gonna carry on plugging I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman. LOVE LOVE LOVE. If you have the opportunity to read it now, read it. If you don’t, put it on your May TBR.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve been approved for more books on NetGalley so I shall just read whatever takes my fancy next! I have just been sent an ARC for a book blog I’m taking part in in the next few months so I shall probably start that too!

Six for Sunday: 15th April 2018

Hello and happy Sunday! I have had a full weekend off – it’s insane! After two terms doing 6 days a week, I’m very happy that I get more time off work, even though I LOVE my new job! Anyway…

You can find the prompts for S4S here. This week’s is:

Favourite places to read…

1. Warwick Castle

I went here yesterday because it was strangely sunny in England, so my friend and I decided that we’d go to the castle to read!

2. In bed

Probably my favourite place to read; it’s so comfy

3. The quiet room at work

4. My grandparent’s house

5. My best friend’s house

We’re antisocial and read when we’re together.

6. On the floor in my bedroom 

Where do you like to read? This was actually quite hard to come up with for me!

 

WWW Wednesday: 11th April 2018

I kinda forgot to post this yesterday…but it’s my favourite tag so I just had to have one for this week!

legendary

What are you currently reading? 

LEGENDARY BY STEPHANIE GARBER AND I AM LOVING BEING BACK IN THIS WORLD. I’ve decided that I’m going to focus on getting ahead with my reading rather than playing catch-up, so of course I had to start Legendary!

i was born for this

What did you recently finish reading?

I read I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman, and boy did I love it! It’s one of my favourite books this year, and possibly ever, for sure! I just loved the characterisation, the diversity without it being thrown in your face and the nostalgia that this book brought. It’s a real gem!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m going to keep on reading Legendary, then I think I’ll start Skylarks by Karen Gregory. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and I’m still in the mood for contemporaries!

THE LIST OF REAL THINGS – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

4/5

Another stunning book from the author of The Apple Tart of Hope and Back To Blackbrick.

As soon as I saw that there was a new book from Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, I knew that I had to read it; I adored her other books and how she sensitively but effectively deals with difficult topics. The List of Real Things is no different – it’s a wonderful story that focuses on grief, family relationships and friendship.

One thing I love about Sarah’s books is how they’re on the border of Middle Grade and Young Adult and are very much magical realism books; the characters are not-quite teens but are faced with situations that are difficult and there is an element of fantasy within a contemporary setting.. This makes them the perfect choice for more advanced younger readers, as well as a nice read for older readers.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend The List of Real Things for anyone who’s a fan of Sarah’s other books, as well as people looking for a good book to dive into. Because of the subject matter and style of writing, fans of Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton and Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson should love this one and not hesitate in picking it up!


Thank you to Hachette via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!

I WAS BORN FOR THIS – Alice Oseman

5/5

A fantastic read that’s full of nostalgia, diversity  and is completely unputdownable.

Well. This book. What can I say?

As I am writing this, I am still in a book hangover from I Was Born For This and I feel like my Twitter has been spammed with how much I love this book!

I Was Born For This is a dual narrative YA novel from the perspective of a fangirl, Angel, and a musician, Jimmy. This book brought back so many memories of my days as an All Time Low Hustler (although I did still squee when I saw an ATL reference in the book…) and was such a nostalgic read for me! So many teenagers and young adults will completely understand the fandom of The Ark and be able to relate in some way to Angel and her infatuation with Jimmy and the rest of the band – we all probably had something or someone we were passionate about growing up.

Another thing that I really loved is how diverse the characters throughout the book are but how they’re not defined by their race, gender, religion or health – which is how it should be! That’s part of what made this book so brilliant; it effortlessly ticks all the boxes without shoving it in your face which I find can sometimes happen in YA. It’s also got older teen characters which I haven’t come across too much and, as an older reader, I really enjoyed.

I can’t wait for more people to read this book and fangirl over it with me! It shows the importance of believing in yourself and is one you won’t be able to put down.

 


Thank you to Harper Collins via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!