They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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They Both Die At The End was our book club pick for September 2019 – we really spread the joy with this one (and i’m incredibly late to uploading this review!). It was my second Adam Silvera novel and I can safely confirm they’re all going to be as sad as each other. However, I enjoyed this one a whole lot more.

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Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson

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*I received a free proof copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from David Fickling Books

I’ve absolutely adored Lisa Williamson for quite some time now. I first read The Art Of Being Normal a few years back, and after having the pleasure of meeting her a couple of times, it’s hard not to love her personality. You can see the passion for these books that she has, and her lovely personality shines through to the stories.

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Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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I’d been looking forward to starting Starfish for a while and I am so, so glad I’ve read it now! It is absolutely amazing and brought me out of a bit of a reading slump. I think I needed something with heavier themes as I’ve been reading a lot of light stories lately and I wanted something with a bit more to it. This is Akemi Dawn Bowman’s first novel and honestly, what a debut to have. I can’t wait to read her future books.  Continue reading

Flight Of A Starling by Lisa Heathfield – Review

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Title: Fight Of A Starling

Author: Lisa Heathfield

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publication date: 29th June 2017

Publisher: Electric Monkey

Pages: 301

Summary: Rita and Lo, sisters and best friends, have spent their lives on the wing – flying through the air in their trapeze act, never staying in one place for long. Behind the greasepaint and the glitter, they know that the true magic is the family they travel with.

Until Lo meets a boy. Suddenly, she wants nothing more than to stay still. And as secrets start to tear apart the close-knit circus community, how far will Lo go to keep her feet on the ground?

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Doing It by Hannah Witton – Review

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Title: Doing It 

Author: Hannah Witton

Genre: Non-Fiction, Sex, Relationships

Publication Date: 6th April 2017

Publisher: Wren and Rook 

Pages: 320

Summary: Sexting. Virginity. Consent. The Big O … Let’s face it, doing it can be tricksy. I don’t know anyone (including myself) who has sex all figured out. So I’ve written a book full of honest, hilarious (and sometimes awkward) anecdotes, confessions and revelations. And because none of us have all the answers, I’ve invited some friends and fellow YouTubers to talk about their sexuality, too.

We talk about doing it safely. Doing it joyfully. Doing it when you’re ready. Not doing it. Basically, doing it the way you want, when you want. So. Let’s do this …

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Review

Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Social Issues

Publication Date: 6th April 2017

Publisher: Walker Books

Pages: 437

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

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THE MELANCHOLY DEATH OF OYSTER BOY AND OTHER STORIES BY TIM BURTON

Title: The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories 

Author: Tim Burton

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Short Stories

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Publication Date: 18th November 2004

Pages: 128

Summary : Twenty-three illustrated gothic tales from the dark corridors of the imagination of Tim Burton. Burton – the creative genius behind Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and Nightmare Before Christmas, among others – now gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children: misunderstood outcasts who struggle to find love and belonging in their cruel, cruel worlds. His lovingly lurid illustrations evoke both the sweetness and tragedy of these hopeful, yet hapless beings.

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