• Any Way The Wind Blows - Rainbow Rowell
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    Any Way The Wind Blows (Simon Snow #3) – Rainbow Rowell

    In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong. In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward. For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages – and if he doesn’t, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope…

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    A 2021 reading update and a look ahead to 2022

    Every year since I started blogging in 2010, I have been tracking my read books on Goodreads. Since 2011 I have aimed for a certain number of books for my Goodreads Challenge, that first year I read over 150 books. In 2012 I hit 185, 2013 was 174. I know in those years there were books that didn’t get added because they weren’t on Goodreads too. Needless to say, the book reading levels have gone down since then. Especially since I had Spike. I have learnt not to set my challenge high over recent years but when I managed 54 in 2020 (fuelled mainly by the pandemic and lockdowns) I…

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    Afterlove – Tanya Byrne

    Ash Persaud is about to become a reaper in the afterlife, but she is determined to see her first love Poppy Morgan again, the only thing that separates them is death. Car headlights. The last thing Ash hears is the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars. But she made it, she’s still here. Or is she? This New Year’s Eve, Ash is gets an RSVP from the afterlife she can’t decline: to join a clan of fierce girl reapers who take the souls of the city’s dead to await their fate. But Ash can’t forget her first love, Poppy,…

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    Charlotte Says – Alex Bell

    Following the death of her mother in a terrible fire, Jemima flees to the remote Isle of Skye, to take up a job at a school for girls. There she finds herself tormented by the mystery of what really happened that night. Then Jemima receives a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls from a mystery sender and she begins to remember – a séance with the dolls, a violent argument with her step-father and the inferno that destroyed their home. And when it seems that the dolls are triggering a series of accidents at the school, Jemima realises she must stop the demonic spirits possessing the dolls – whatever it takes.…

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    Here Lies Bridget – Paige Harbison

    They say that before you die your life flashes before you eyes.You think it’s going to be the good stuff – every kiss, every party.Don’t count on it.I was Bridget Duke – the uncontested ruler of the school. If keeping the wannabes in their place meant being a mean girl, then so be it! I never thought there’d be a price to pay.Until the accident.Now, trapped between life and death, I’m seeing my world in a new light: through the eyes of five people whose existence I’ve made hell.And I’ve got one chance to make things right. If I don’t, I may never wake up again…  *** This book, man….…

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    Horror Heights: The Slime – Bec Hill

    Connie hasn’t found her talent yet, but at least she has her slime collection – if it’s gooey, she’s got it! She hopes that by adding a few extra ingredients to a simple recipe she will uncover a talent for slime-making, but alas, all she uncovers is a hot, stinky mess which ends up in the bin. It’s shaping up to be another uneventful weekend … until her failed slime experiment wakes her up the next morning. It’s alive! And can talk! And is named… Big.Big adores Connie and wants to protect her from everything at all times, which is very sweet. At first. But when it gets bigger, grows…

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    Nobody’s Girl – Sarra Manning

    Bea is plain, frumpy and dull. She has friends but since her best friend ditched her for Ruby, the popular girl, they are more like acquaintances. But that’s all about to change. Ruby has her eyes on Bea, wanting her to become one of the popular girls. When an invitation to Malaga with them arrives and seems like the real deal, Bea can’t wait to make her life fun. But as soon as they land, it appears that Bea was some kind of pawn in a game she doesn’t understand. She needs to get away and decides to jump on a train to Paris to find the father she never…

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    Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild

    When Pauline, Petrova and Posy are still young, they decide to make their own name. Sisters through adoption and circumstance rather than birth, they chose Fossil. For Grant Unclue Matthew collected them as he did his fossils. A few years on and they decide to make their name known, especially as it can’t be declared that they had it from a grandfather who made it known ahead of them. For it was unique. As unique as they were. They make a vow on each of their birthdays that they will become known for something amazing. Little do they know that their talents really will allow them to make the fossil…

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    Imaginary Girls – Nova Ren Suma

    Ruby is the girl everyone longs for. Chloe is her little sister everyone is made to love. After Chloe discovers a dead body at one of Ruby‘s parties at the reservoir, Chloe is sent away – away from home and away from Ruby. Two years later Chloe is back and so is London, the girl Chloe had believed to be dead. As chloe tries to understand what’s going on, she finds herself facing a precarious and deadline balance. She flirts with Ruby’s secrets and discover’s the fragile line between life and death through the complex bonds of sisterhood. ​*** Imaginary Girls has been on my TBR pile for a long…

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    The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis Blog Tour

    Cordelia, Rosalind and Giles have lived safely in the castle at the centre of the forest all their lives. Triplets protected by the spells their mother has woven. The only time Cordelia feels truly free is through her magic. Her magic allows her to turn into a dragonfly or a blackbird, so she can fly beyond the great stone walls. But then one day the outside world comes to them. Two rival dukes and their soldiers have come for the triplets – because whoever is the eldest is the heir to the throne.But their mother knows that no-one can rule the Raven Throne of Corvenne for long without dying. And…