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Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of my most anticipated books for 2017. At its heart it’s a story about identity, about family and finding your place in the world. There’s an element of magical realism, a swoonworthy love interest and two brilliant, hilarious grandmothers! I warmed to Wing almost instantly and rooted for her throughout. I might have read it early in 2017 but it will definitely be one of my favourite books of the year. It’s the sort of book that makes me feel sorry for the books I read next, as it’s a tough act to follow!

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Peggy and Me by Miranda Hart

Peggy and Me by Miranda Hart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There are two things you should probably know about me: firstly I am a huge fan of Miranda Hart; secondly I am not a fan of dogs. At all. It is therefore to Miranda’s credit that I read this book (all about her relationship with her dog, Peggy) and that I really enjoyed it! It made me laugh out loud often and “aww” quite a lot too. By the end, I was convinced that having a dog was a brilliant idea (until I reminded myself about the pooping and licking and barking etc.). A recommendation for dog lovers and Miranda fans alike!

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I’ll Be Home For Christmas by UKYA Authors

I’ll Be Home for Christmas by UKYA Authors

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This collection of YA short stories was written by an fantastic ensemble of UKYA writers and published in aid of Crisis, with each story exploring the theme of home (and Christmas). As always with compilations, there were some stories I really liked and others that I could take or leave. I think my favourites are probably Holly Bourne’s heartbreaking tale with its cliffhanger ending; Juno Dawson’s contrastingly heartwarming story, which is so cleverly written I read most of it with a Geordie accent in my head; and Lisa Williamson’s story about homelessness and unexpected friendships.

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The King Of Rats by Melinda Salisbury

The King of Rats by Melinda Salisbury

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A bit of back story about the man who would become the notorious sleeping prince. It almost made me sympathise with Aurek. Almost!

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The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At first I was surprised that this story wasn’t told in Twylla’s voice, but instead by Errin Vastel. Errin is Lief’s sister, living in their native Tregellian, which was a really interesting point of view. Errin’s voice is very compelling and she’s more world-weary and much less naïve than Twylla. Errin trained as an alchemist but now has to use her skills in secret, with a little help from the enigmatic Silas Kolby. While I continue to have conflicting feelings about Lief, I have no such feelings about Silas! This book is full of twists and surprises and moments that will break your heart. You have been warned!

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I Dare You Book Tag

I’ve never done a book tag before but I thought this one sounded fun and decided to “tag” myself! (Though I discovered it through Probability Reading).

The rules are:

  • You must be honest
  • You can’t not answer a question
  • You have to tag at least four people [this might be difficult!]

Here goes! Continue reading “I Dare You Book Tag”

The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d been recommended this series many times but, as it usually takes me a while to get into fantasy books, I’d been a little reluctant to start. After hearing Melinda Salisbury talk about the book at an event, my curiosity got the better of me and I dived right in, finding I got wrapped up in Twylla’s world very quickly. I’d describe it as something like a dark fairy tale with a scheming, selfish queen and a creepy castle with a naive girl (Twylla) locked away in the tower. It’s a very atmospheric book, with lots of mystery and it’s own folklore. And while there’s lots of romance, there is inevitably betrayal too.

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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Mortal Instruments is one of my favourite book series so I was very happy to be able to read more about Simon’s adventures (he probably had the most uncertain ending in TMI). I really enjoyed this collection of short stories; I started reading them as e-books but its not a format I like so I’m glad they published it as a printed collection too. The stories mixed old and new characters and I see now that there some of these stories were actually back story for Lady Midnight (but unfortunately I read LM first). I loved all the Sizzy moments, but my favourite story was actually the one that focused on Magnus and Alec (the Lightwood family are hilarious!) I also really loved George! There were so many times reading this book that I laughed out loud, so many other times when I was cringing along with Simon (the Academy sounds disgusting!), and that very last story made me cry.

Thank you to Walker Books UK for the review copy.

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…And a Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne

…And a Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was equally excited and sad to read the last book in the Spinster Club series. I wasn’t at all ready to say goodbye to Evie, Amber and Lottie, they are such fantastic characters. This book was the perfect end to the series: emotional and bittersweet but, as always, brilliant and fun. I read it in less than a day, a sign of a good book!

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