It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne – Review (Blogmas)

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Title: It Only Happens In The Movies

Author: Holly Bourne

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publication Date: October 5th 2017

Publisher: Osborne

Pages: 411

Summary: Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – Review (Blogmas)

Title: If I Was Your Girl

Author: Meredith Russo

Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary, YA

Publication Date: May 3rd 2016

Publisher: Osborne Publishing

Pages: 293

Summary: Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she’s falling in love with. Amanda has a secret. At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out.

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Is Young Adult a ‘Genre’? (Blogmas)

Young adult novels are very new to the world of fiction. Teen books have been around for quite some time now, with the first book aimed at teenagers released in the 1950’s. However, the term ‘young adult’ is a very new concept that has been introduced since more and more teenagers are reading and becoming invested in the stories told by other teenagers.

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Christmas Read-Along 2017

The time is upon us, and that time is Christmas time. Each year so far on the blog we’ve organised a Christmas Read-Along. Mainly so myself and Sophie have an excuse to read something together. But last year so many of you got involved in our read-along of My True Love Gave To Me it became a whole lot more community based and exciting! It fueled us to do a very similar event this year!

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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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An Evening With Lauren James – Event

The hype for this event seemed to be massive on Twitter, and surely a lot of that came off the back of the success of The Loneliest Girl In The Universe, Lauren’s third YA novel. It was the most talked about book at YALC this year and had a huge release back in September during the height of the space themed novels that hit our shelves.

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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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