• Book Review

    Monster – CJ Skuse

    “That last week at school before the Christmas Holidays, death was in everything. Im Geography, the sea was saying away at the coasts. In English, Juliet was stabbing herself with Romeo’s dagger. Even the school gerbil, Rafferty, was found stiff in his water bowl on Tuesday lunchtime. The skies above us bore a foreboding grey gloom, telling us snow was on its way to suffocate the land.”  Nash believed that the hardest thing she would have to do this school year was convince the head that she was the right girl for the Head Girl job. That was, however, before Bathory Girls for School became the place she feared most…

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    Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley

    “The white people are waiting for us.  Chuck sees them first. He’s gone out ahead of our group to peer around the corner by the hardware store. From there you can see all of Jefferson High.  The gleaming redbrick walls run forty feet high. The building is a block wide, and the windowpanes are spotless. A heavy concrete arch hangs over the two-storey wood-and-glass doors at the front entrance.  And the only thing between us and the school is the parking lot. And the white people.  It’s February 1959 and the doors of Jefferson High School have been unlocked, months later than they should have been. Despite the governors best…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#90)

    Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and is a way for us to share the books that come through our letterbox, galleys and e-books (through our electronic letterbox) and any other bookish goodies that we want to tell you about. For Review:  Isla & the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins  Well, after a long, long wait, the third book in Stephanie Perkins’ romance collection is finally here! I loved the first two books, Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door so I am excited for this. Thankfully as I team up with Lovereading4kids.co.uk I managed to bag a…

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    Lets Get Lost – Adi Alsaid

    “Hudson could hear the car’s engine from blocks away. He stepped outside the garage and closed his eyes, listening, picking apart the sounds so that he would know exactly what he’s have to fix before he even popped the hood. Standing there against the garage, listening to the still-far-off car, Hudson could forget about everything else. About school and girls and his future and whether his friends were actually jackasses or just acting like them.”  Leila is on a mission. She is travelling across the country at her own pace, doing her own thing. On the way she will meet and change the lives of four others. Hudson is a small-town mechanise with…

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    Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend – Louise Rozett

    “‘JUMP, FAGGOT! JUMP!’ And just like that, summer is over.  Symbolically, anyway.  I’ve been at this party for sixty seconds and already the tyranny of the swim thugs is so suffocating, it’s like I never even had any summer break to detox from freshman year.  Not that summer can be really considered a break when you spend the whole thing either folding clothes at the Gap on in therapy. With your mother.” Last year Rose was bullied,the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons and was still coming to terms with her fathers death. Its safe to say her first year at Union High was a disaster. Determined to…

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    Anything to Have You – Paige Harbison

    “I heard her before I saw her. Music blasted from inside her car despite the fact that she was in a quiet neighbourhood. I climbed in, and she turned down the volume.  ‘So fucking cold outside,’ Brooke said as I buckled my seat belt.  ‘It’s winter, it’s supposed to be cold outside.’  She rolled her eyes and turned around in my driveway. ‘Im moving to, like, California or something. I can’t stand this. Okay, so,’ she said. ‘Justin continues to to notice me, despite my employment of slutty tank tops.'”  Natalie and Brooke are and have always been best friends. Senior year is meant to be the best time of…

  • Interview

    Blog Tour: Ink by Amanda Sun Q&A

    Today I have a Q&A with Author Amanda Sun as part of her blog tour for the release of Ink, the first in her Japanese contemporary fantasy trilogy, The Paper Gods. If you want to read my review of the book please click here.  *** Drawings sometimes come to life in Ink when Katie and Tomohiro are in close proximity to one another. What one piece of artwork would you most like to see come to life it it were possible? Great question! One of my favourite painters is Michael Whelan. I’ve always loved the vast fantasy landscapes he paints, and how creative they are, so I think I’d choose…

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    Ink (The Paper Gods #1) – Amanda Sun

    “I made it halfway across the courtyard before I realised I was still wearing my school slippers. No lie. I had to turn around and slink all the back to the genkan, the stifled laughs from my classmates trailing me as I mustered what slippered dignity I could. God, way to scream foreigner. You’d think after a couple of weeks I’d have the routine down, but no.” Katie has been thrust into japanese culture head first, until a few weeks ago she didn’t know anything about the culture, didn’t know any of the language, hadn’t set foot on Japanese soil. But since her mothers death she has been in the…

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    Dare To you – Katie McGarry

    “I’m not interested in second place. Never have been. Never will be. It’s not the style of anyone who wants to play in the Majors. And because of my personal philosophy, this moment sucks. My best friend is seconds from scoring a phone number from the chick working the Taco Bell counter, placing him in the lead.” When Ryan asks Beth for her number in the line at Taco Bell, she blows him off…making him look like a fool in front of his friends and making him lose the dare he and his mate had. The two leave Taco Bell believing they will not see one another again. However when…

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    Speechless – Hannah Harrington

    “Keeping Secrets isn’t my specialty  It never has been, ever since kindergarten when I found out Becky Swanson had a crush on Tommy Barnes, I managed to circulate that fact to the entire class, including Tommy himself, within our fifteen minute recess – a pretty impressive feat, in retrospect. That was ten years ago, and it still may hold the record for my personal best.” When Chelsea Knot see something juicy, she can’t help but spread the news, and fast. Unfortunately something she spreads gets the wrong response and a boy is beaten unconscious. Chelsea knows it was wrong for what happened to happen, and she knows she was at fault,…