Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

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It’s taken me a very long time to finally pick up Orbiting Jupiter. I bought my copy last year at YALC and was determined to read it straight away as it’s short and heard incredible things about it. That clearly didn’t happen as i’m only just reviewing it now.

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The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James – Review

Title: The Loneliest Girl In The Universe

Author: Lauren James

Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Action

Publication Date: September 7th 2017

Publisher: Walker Books

Pages: 290

Summary: Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean? Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone…

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Blackbird by ND Gomes – Review

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Title: Blackbird

Author: ND Gomes

Genre: Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, YA

Publication Date: November 16th 2017

Publisher: HQ Young Adult 

Pages: 285

Summary: It was New Years Eve the night that dead blackbirds descended, hours before fourteen year old Alex McCarthy’s sister Olivia went missing from a party.

Committed to finding out what happened to her sister, within the previously safe walls of their subarctic Orkney village, Alex knows that dishevelled, sometimes intoxicated Detective Inspector Birkens is her best shot.

Yet as they uncover the secrets behind Olivia’s last night, Alex starts to find things she may be better off never knowing…

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The Girl In Between by Sarah Carroll – Review

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Title: The Girl In Between

Author: Sarah Carroll

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Family, Social Issues

Publication Date: 4th May 2017

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s

Pages: 256

Summary: In an old, abandoned mill, a girl and her ma take shelter from their memories of life on the streets. To the girl it’s home, her safe place, the Castle. But as her ma spins out of control and the Authorities move ever closer, the girl finds herself trapped – stuck in the crumbling mill with only the ghosts of the past for company.
 
Can she move on before it’s too late?

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My Rating System

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I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog over the last two years sharing my book reviews with you. I’ve pretty much reviewed every single book i’ve read in the last couple of years and posted it up for others to see, and these include a star rating out of five handily placed at the bottom of the page. But i’ve never really discussed what my rating system is and what a book entails to have a one star or five star review. Here’s the explanation for you!

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – Review

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Title: Milk and Honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Genre: Adult, Poetry, Feminism

Publication Date: November 5th 2015

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Pages: 205

Summary: The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose; deals with a different pain; heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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THIS RAGING LIGHT BY ESTELLE LAURE REVIEW

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Title: This Raging Light

Author: Estelle Laure

Genre: Contemporary, YA, Mental Health

Pages: 311

Publication Date: June 30th 2016

Publisher: Orchard Books 

Summary: How is it that you suddenly notice a person? How is it that one day Digby was my best friend’s admittedly cute twin brother, and then the next he stole air, gave jitters, twisted my insides up?

Lucille has bigger problems than falling for her best friend’s unavailable brother. Her mom has gone, leaving her to look after her sister, Wren. With bills mounting up and appearances to keep, Lucille is raging against her life but holding it together – just.

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