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Adorkable by Sarra Manning

Adorkable by Sarra Manning

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was just the book I needed to get me out of a reading slump. It’s cute, funny and quirky, and the romance is wonderfully unconventional. To be honest, I’m really struggling to describe this book as anything but “adorakable”, even though that seems like cheating. I embraced Jeane as a heroine; she’s brash and confident and argumentative. And I obviously loved that Molly and Jane (of Guitar Girl fame) popped up too!

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There’s so much hype surrounding this book and I’m not exaggerating when I say that it lives up to all of it! It packs quite a punch from the very first chapters and it doesn’t let up. It’s horrifying, anger-inducing, and completely devastating. Yet, it manages to also be warm and empowering and gutsy. Starr’s voice is superbly written. She leaps off the page and draws you into her world and, despite the heavy subject matter, I was surprised at how much humour there is. In particular, I loved Starr’s parents, who are hilarious! This book has such an important message – it should be compulsory reading for all – but it’s also an un-put-downable, character-driven story.

Thank you to Walker Books UK for the review copy.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautiful collection of very personal, often thought-provoking poems. Not always comfortable reading, particularly in the first part, ominously named “the hurting”. This is the sort of poetry I love. Written in free verse, they’re short and digestible, whilst still being clever, profound and moving. I always admire writers who can say so much with so few words.

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Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman

Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t think I’ve ever read an opening chapter quite like the one in this book. It pulled me into the drama right away and kept me reading. I don’t usually enjoy thrillers but the mystery and suspense was good, without being too creepy. I also enjoyed the fun of the holiday camp setting. The reveal wasn’t quite what I expected, but I guess that means it wasn’t predictable!

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Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a big fan of this book. In fact, I kind of wanted to crawl inside it and live there forever. Is that weird? I don’t know, but that’s how much I loved it! I raced through the pages and then didn’t want it to end (the one annoying problem with really good books). It was such a fun read, with genius chapter titles like “The High Priestess Of The Order Of The Clipboard”, YA authors making cameo appearances and a code word: pineapples! There’s a slow-burn romance and a “book within a book” and lots of chaotic and fun characters. It reminded me so much of YALC and made me really excited to go back there this year. It’s a book I can see myself returning to again and again, whenever I’m missing the convention life a little too much. Five stars and not a single pineapple!

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The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury

The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A brilliant finale to a brilliant series. I love the character development of Twylla throughout the trilogy and, in this final book, felt she really came into her own. I loved how assertive she became; particularly the contrast of this book – where she is leading an army to war – to when we first meet her as a young girl locked away in the castle tower. I also loved the chapters from Errin’s point-of-view, though they were sometimes upsetting and unsettling. Her alliance with Merek was nice but I was always holding out for news of Silas. I just wish he’d been in this book more! I’m also pleased that Lief was able to redeem himself just a little bit at the end. If you haven’t yet read this series, you really should!

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wayfarer is the conclusion to the Passenger duology; an epic story full of possibilities as the characters explore the world and history at the same time (yay for time travel!) There are so many twists and turns, that it kept me guessing right the way through, and there’s a healthy dose of romance to complement all the adventures. I rooted for these characters so much and teared up at the end. The only reason this book didn’t get 5 stars from me, like Passenger did, is because Etta and Nicholas are kept apart for almost the whole book, which was a little frustrating. I missed them together; not just for the romance but because of how they work together and bounce off each other. Thank goodness they had interesting travel companions. I particularly loved Sophia’s character development, she basically steals every scene she’s in. All in all, I really love this duology, even if it left me with the biggest book hangover!

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The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book had been recommended to me a lot and I can now see why. I love how it’s written; it’s beautiful but everything feels very fragile. Each chapter is preceded by one of Lennie’s scattered poems and I loved the concept as well as the poems themselves. There are eccentric and funny characters, but there’s still this sadness that surrounds them, that they start to work through over the course of the story. Bailey felt like a real, present character too, even though she only appears in memories and poems. Overall, I think The Sky Is Everywhere is a book that has romance at it’s heart, but the love story is very much complicated by grief. I liked the contrast between Lennie’s friendships/relationships with Joe (buoyant and exciting and brand new) and Toby (confused and grieving but with a shared history). I really liked that ending too.

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A Happy List :)

I’m jumping on the bandwagon a little bit with this one!

After reading this lovely post by Almost Amazing Grace, challenging bloggers to list all the things that have made them happy this week, and then Donna’s response on The Untitled Book Blog, I thought I’d make my own list.

For me, last week was a tough one, with an impossible decision and lots of tears and anxiety.  Making this list was actually rather therapeutic and I’m quite surprised how long it got once I started thinking about it.  I think what’s nice about this is that, although we all know it’s the little things that really matter, it’s good to just write it down sometimes and see it all there on the page. 🙂

Things that made me happy (19/06/2017-25/06/2017):

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