• Book Review

    Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds – Illustrated by Chris Priestley 

    Will knows The Rules. He knows that when someone you love gets shot there are three simple rules to get through the days. So when his brother Shawn is shot and killed, Will gets on them straight away.  Rule number 1 – no crying. Not a single tear. Rule number 2 – No Snitching. Not to the police, your mum or anyone. Rule number three – Get Revenge. Find the one who pulled the trigger and pull one right back at them.  So will jumps in the elevator and presses L. L for Loser. L for Lobby. L for a Long Way Down. Can Will’s journey to street level change…

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    The Shiverton Hall Series – Emerald Fennell

    Shiverton Hall is a school with a sinister reputation, as its newest pupil, Arthur Bannister is about to find out. But the spine-chilling tales, evil spirits and unearthly noises are the least of Arthur’s worries. It’s his friends he need to watch out for…  *** The Shiverton Hall series is currently made up of 2 books, set around Arthur Bannister and his move into Shiverton Hall school. He gets a scholarship there having never heard of the school and gets an odd feeling about it right from the start.  The ghost stories start from his very first night and he is, at first, sceptical to say the least. But as…

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    Good Omens – Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman

    “It was a nice day.  All the days had been nice. There had been rather more than seven of them so far, and rain hadn’t been invented yet. But clouds massing east of Eden suggested that the first thunderstorm was on its way, and it was going to be a big one.”  According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Anges Nutter – the world’s only totally reliable guide to the future – the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea….  *** With the TV show of Good Omens airing recently, I knew the time had come to read this book. I’ve been meaning…

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    A Face Like Glass – Frances Hardinge

    “One dark season, Grandible became certain there was something living in his domain within the cheese tunnels. To judge by the scuffles, it was larger than a rat, and smaller than a horse. On nights when hard rain beat the mountainside high above, and filled Caverna’s vast labyrinth of tunnels with the music of ticks and trickles and drips, the intruding creature sang to itself, perhaps thinking nobody could hear.”  As skilled craftsmen create delicacies for the Grand Steward across Caverna, Grandible is hiding a secret. Neverfell must never be seen. Not truly. For she is a girl with no memory and a face so incredible that she must wear…

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    The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven

    “Hello. Look, you probably bought this book because you read the blurb about how I’m an impoverished orphan and also at the heart of a national slut-shaming scandal, and you thought, Oh great, this is just the kind of heart-wrenching tale I need to feel better about my own life, but seriously, you have to relax. I am not some pitiful Oliver-Twist-meets-Kim-Kardashian type figure.” Izzy O’Neil is an impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian, and if you read the tabloids everything that is wrong with the youth of today. Finding herself in the middle of a sex scandal involving a politicians son and a garden bench her life starts to fall apart.…

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    Teaching Spike about amazing women this International Women’s Day

    Today is International Women’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with books!  This year we were lucky enough to be gifted some incredible books from Egmont to highlight incredible women. Two for me and two for Spike… And I wanted to share them with you today.  Captain Sparklebeard – Spike’s picture book I knew as soon as I saw Captain Sparklebeard by Tim Knapman and Sam Lloyd that I wanted it for our collection. spoilers ahead! A book about a little girl who wants to eats ape the horrible life she has, who is shunned by pirates for being a girl… yet goes on to become the best…

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    What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

    “Arthur – Monday, July 9th I am not a New Yorker, and I want to go home.  There are so many unspoken rules when you live here, like the way you’re never supported to stop in the middle of the sidewalk or stare dreamily up at tall buildings or pause to read graffiti. No giant folding maps, no fanny packs, no eye contact. No humming songs from Dear Evan Hansen in public.” Arthur and Ben. Non-native New Yorker thrown into the city, and New Yorker through and through. After a chance meeting at the post office the boys leave wondering. What if they can’t find each other again, what if…

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    5 Ways to Celebrate World Book Day at Home

    On Thursday 7th March, we will be celebrating the 22nd World Book Day: a registered charity which supplies gift vouchers to schools in the UK to ensure children are able to own their favourite books.  World Book Day is usually celebrated within schools. Some schools celebrate book characters by encouraging children to dress up as their favourite book characters and often, book-related activities take place in the classroom.  However, there are ways that we can bring World Book Day from the classroom and celebrate it in the house. Here are just 5 ways in how it can be celebrated at home: Bedtime Reading Bedtime reading has always proven great for…

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    I’ll be Home For Christmas – a YA Anthology

    Supporting homeless charity Crisis, this collection of short stories explores the lives of a number of young adults as they venture into very different Christmases. I have enjoyed reading short stories more and more since having Spike. I don’t have the time to commit to a book in full anymore and short stories give me the ideal reason to pick up a book for 10 minutes. This is why I thought I’ll be Home for Christmas was the ideal thing to read over the Christmas period last year. It features a number my favourite authors; Cat Clarke, Non Pratt and Juno Dawson. As well as a couple I’ve been meaning…

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    What happened in 2018 & goals for 2019

    I thought 2017 was pathetic for reading but 2018 was worse. I finished the year having read about 10 YA or non-picture books. I was almost finished I’ll Be Home For Christmas by New Years Eve but I didn’t quite manage it (Finished it on New Years Day instead). But even so… 11 books that aren’t picture books and a Goodreads total of 42 is awful! Not only that, I haven’t been reviewing the booked I have read! I’ve managed 11 blog posts on Readaraptor in 2018, which is ridiculous! I want to start reviewing more and reading more but finding the time is difficult with working full time and…