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

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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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BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY BY RUTA SEPETYS REVIEW

Title: Between Shades Of Gray

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Genre: YA, Historial, War

Publisher: Puffin

Publication Date: 7th of April 2011

Pages: 338

Summary: One night fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother and young brother are hauled from their home by Soviet guards, thrown into cattle cars and sent away. They are being deported to Siberia.

An unimaginable and harrowing journey has begun. Lina doesn’t know if she’ll ever see her father or her friends again. But she refuses to give up hope.

Lina hopes for her family.
For her country.
For her future.
For love – first love, with the boy she barely knows but knows she does not want to lose . . .

Will hope keep Lina alive?

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ALWAYS WITH LOVE BY GIOVANNA FLETCHER REVIEW

Title: Always With Love

Author: Giovanna Fletcher

Genre: Chick-Lit, Contemporary, Romance

Publisher: Penguin

Publication Date: 2nd June 2016

Pages: 400

Summary: Sophie’s got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of.

But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother.

And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more than just miles between them.

Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance . . .

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