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Mini Book Reviews #2: Songs About A Girl by Chris Russell, Forever by Judy Blume and Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

*I have received these books from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own *
Title: Songs About A Girl 
Author: Chris Russell  
Publisher: Bkmrk
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 4/5 stars


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Book Review:

Songs About A Girl was one of the books that I read and love from last year and was one that I would recommend to anyone who listens.

Songs About A Girl follows Charlie who is a photographer but accidentally gets to photograph the popular band, Fire and Lights, a massive boyband with one of the members, Olly going to her school. This was something that I loved reading about as it was interesting especially seeing the relationship between Charlie and her friend as she was a massive fan of the band in question.

The novel itself is quite topical and relevant dealing with a popular boy band as well as online bullying and trolling which occur online today. It is often rare that you see this done in a book so seeing this in books, in general, is great but seeing it…

The Harry Potter Tag

So I am a massive fan of Harry Potter as some of you should know and I discovered that I have been tagged by the wonderful Sunkissed Scribbles to do this. So shall we get started... What house are you in? Hufflepuff of course!!! I don't really care what everyone says about Hufflepuffs but I am proud because we have Newt Scamander so...

What is your Patronus? My Patronus is a Wildcat which is pretty cute and cool!


What is your wand? Pottermore states that my wand is Spruce wood with a Phoenix feather core 11" and Slightly Springy flexibility. I am not really sure what this means but it sounds cool especially my Phoenix feather core so... What would your boggart be? I fear to fail so probably something in the manifestation of failing.  What position would you play in Quidditch? I don't think I am equipped to play Quidditch but I would love to be Lee Jordan in terms of commentating the game.


Would you be a pure blood, half blood or muggle born? The internet has a theory that you are a p…

Book Review: Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *
Title: Nemesis Author: Brendan Reichs Source: Publisher Publisher: MyKindaBook/ PanMacmillian  Rating: 3/5 stars










Plot Summary from Goodreads
Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in the riveting new sci fi thriller from the cowriter of the Virals series.
It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.
Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.
For the planet has a bigger problem.…

A-Z of YA Mental Health Books #2

OK so over a year ago now I created a post about YA books that centre around mental health. In that year many more books have come out that centre around the topic so I thought I would make an updated as these books are still important to me. Let's get started...

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu- Deals with a character struggling with OCD
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert- Follows characters as they struggle with mental health 
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- Follows Charlie who goes through mental health issues within the book
Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke- Follows a character who is dealing with mental illness
When We Collided by Emery Lord- Deals with a character dealing with Anxiety?
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta- Deals with a character who is trying to understand her Mum's Depression
Marionette Girl by Aisha Bushy in A Change Is Gonna Come- This short story follows a girl who deals with OCD 
The Unlikely Hero of 13B by Teresa Toten- Follows a support…

Thoughts while rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

So through my re-reading of Harry Potter, I thought it would be a good idea to write blog posts of my thoughts while re-reading them. Last month, I posted about re-reading Philosopher's Stone so this month is Chamber of Secrets so let's get started...

1. The Dursleys are back meaner than ever...
2. Poor Hedwig
3. I like sassy Harry.
4. So mischievous Dobby...
5. How do the Dursleys ever accept Harry after he ran away?
6. Seriously Harry is so naive when it comes to Ginny.
7. I would be Harry if I ever went to the Burrow.
8. Harry can't use floo powder. (Why did I even write this, of course, he can't)
9. Lockhart, what are we going to do with you?
10. Why do all the defence of the Dark Arts teachers get destroyed?
11. Why do you feel the need to take a flying car? Like seriously.
12. I still don't know how no one expected it.
13. Snape- sarcastic really?
14. OK, I take that back.
15. So everyone is congratulating them but they did something incredibly stupid.
16. "With the Huf…

Book Review: The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas

* I have received this book for review from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *

Title: The State of Grace
Author: Rachael Lucas
Source: Publisher
Publisher: MyKindaBook/ PanMacmillian 
Rating: 4/5 stars








Book Summary from Goodreads

Sometimes I feel like everyone else was handed a copy of the rules for life and mine got lost.Grace has Asperger's and her own way of looking at the world. She's got a horse and a best friend who understand her, and that's pretty much all she needs. But when Grace kisses Gabe and things start to change at home, the world doesn't make much sense to her any more. Suddenly everything threatens to fall apart, and it's up to Grace to fix it on her own.Whip-smart, hilarious and unapologetically honest, The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas is a heart-warming story of one girl trying to work out where she fits in, and whether she even wants to.
Book Review: 


The State of Grace was one of my most anticipated books of the year and was some…

A Summary of YALC 2017: In bullet points

So this year, 2017 marks the fourth year that I have been to YALC and as always I had a great time. This, of course, means buying and gaining too many books, I got like 20 and of course compacting everything bookish as possible into the three days that I was there, which I did. Instead of doing a blog post mentioning all the things I did at the event, I am going to do a bullet pointed lists of things that I did. I would like to first say that I spent most of the weekend by myself which I was fine with considering that I have social anxiety and could not speak to many people even if I knew them from twitter and this was OK for me. So let's get started...

What did do there?

All the panels- literally all of the panelsTwo signings A panel of careers in publishing A street team stunt Brought and gained all the books Gained an alpacaFriday: Woke up stupidly early to get to OlympiaGot the bus with a Deadpool who then let me off the busGot all the proof copies- not all of them but a lot- Als…

Mini Book Reviews: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

*I have received these books from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own *

Title: Radio Silence
Author: Alice Oseman 
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 5/5 stars


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Book Review:

Radio Silence had been one of those books that the blogging community was loving it at the time and before it's release so following all the glowing reviews, I read it myself and of course it did not disappoint and it remains one of my favourite books as well as being one of my favourite books of 2016. 

Alice is one of those authors who also just gets the teenage way of life, especially how they interact on the internet with this being based on a popular podcast. The university experience in this book is also done correctly well as it really does show that university for some people can be a hard time. This book is also diverse which added to the story especially the asexual character which is something that still is not shown in books. One of the best a…