Review: Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield

foasTitle: Flight of a Starling
Author: Lisa Heathfield
Publisher: Electric Monkey
UK Release Date: 29th June 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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Thank you so much to Electric Monkey for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Rita and Lo, sisters and best friends, have spent their lives on the wing – flying through the air in their trapeze act, never staying in one place for long. Behind the greasepaint and the glitter, they know that the true magic is the family they travel with.

Until Lo meets a boy. Suddenly, she wants nothing more than to stay still. And as secrets start to tear apart the close-knit circus community, how far will Lo go to keep her feet on the ground?

Trigger warning (highlight as I have put it in white because it’s also a spoiler): suicide.

Lisa Heathfield is an author who I’m always on the lookout for new books from. Whenever I hear about a new book coming from her, I add it to my TBR – I was so impressed with her fantastic debut, Seed, and with her second book, Paper Butterflies, that I knew I had to read Flight of a Starling too. It definitely had a different tone to her other books, with less of the shock of a horrific world, and she explored similar themes to her other books, but in a completely different way. Overall, I really enjoyed it!

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July TBR

So I haven’t really been posting much recently (does guilty face) as I have had an incredible amount of stuff on, which unfortunately has meant that my usual blogging patterns have gone out the window. Normally, I’d have done a few posts on July releases, my June wrap up, and my June book haul by now, and I don’t think I’m really going to be able to catch up! However, I thought it would still be fun to make a post on my TBR for this month, as I think it’s got some pretty good books on it.

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A Celebration of Pride! Review: Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green

9781407179940Title: Noah Can’t Even
Author: Simon James Green
Publisher: Scholastic
UK Release Date: 4th May 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Humour
Pages: 365
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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Thank you to Scholastic for sending me a copy of this book! All thoughts are honest and my own.

Poor Noah Grimes! His father disappeared years ago, his mother’s Beyonce tribute act is an unacceptable embarrassment, and his beloved gran is no longer herself. He only has one friend, Harry, and school is…Well, it’s pure HELL. Why can’t Noah be normal, like everyone else at school? Maybe if he struck up a romantic relationship with someone – maybe Sophie, who is perfect and lovely – he’d be seen in a different light? But Noah’s plans are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party. That’s when things go from bad to utter chaos.

Today is a very special review because this blog post is a part of the Celebration of Pride that Scholastic are running, which does what it says on the tin: celebrates pride. I think LGBT+ books are so important, as people should be able to see themselves in books – books are a place where you can find solace and solidarity, and therefore they should cater for everyone. I also think that LGBT+ books are a great way for others to learn more about different sexualities; I know I’ve really learnt a lot!

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Review: If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

ibfbTitle: If Birds Fly Back
Author: Carlie Sorosiak
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
UK Release Date: 29th June 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Proof
Source: Publisher

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Linny has been living life in black and white since her sister Grace ran away, and she’s scared that Grace might never come back. When Linny witnesses the return to Miami of a cult movie star long presumed dead, she is certain it’s a sign. Surely Álvaro Herrera, of all people, can tell her why people come back – and how to bring her sister home?

Sebastian has come to Miami seeking his father, a man whose name he’s only just learned. An aspiring astrophysicist, he can tell Linny how many galaxies there are, how much plutonium weighs and how likely she is to be struck by a meteorite. But none of the theories he knows are enough to answer his own questions about why his father abandoned him, and why it left him in pieces.

As Sebastian and Linny converge around the mystery of Álvaro’s disappearance – and return – their planets start to collide. Linny’s life is about to become technicolour, but finding the answers to her questions might mean losing everything that matters.

  • Thank you to Macmillan for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

So yesterday was actually my blogoversary, and I thought posting this glowing review would be a nice way to celebrate (although I may do another post on it with more celebration)! A little while back, I contacted My Kinda Book to ask for a proof of If Birds Fly Back because it sounded like such an amazing book, and I was delighted to be able to read it ahead of publication. I’m always nervous to start a review copy of a book in case I don’t like it and then want to write a review but don’t have much to say by way of positive opinions – but any nerves were completely unnecessary in the case of If Birds Fly Back as it was honestly so excellent.

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