Review: After the Fire by Will Hill

aft.jpgTitle: After the Fire
Author: Will Hill
Publisher: Usborne
UK Release Date: 1st June 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Format: Proof
Source: Local independent bookshop

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The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.

Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out.

What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?

  • Trigger warnings (highlight as are spoilers): suicide, sexual assault, rape.

When I received this book from my local independent bookshop to review for them, I must admit I was a little scared to begin reading. Seeing as I usually read contemporary YA, I’m not used to the weighty tomes of fantasy – and even though this is a contemporary novel, it does bear some resemblance to the bricks of fantasy in its size and length (nearly 500 pages!). However, as soon as I began, I couldn’t put it down. I raced through, and wished for more as I approached the end, as this book is just so amazing.

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Mental Health YA Recommendations

This post has been a long time in the making; just before World Mental Health Day in October last year, I decided that I wanted to write a blog post on mental health YA recommendations. However, I was too busy to get it done in time, and the idea floated to the back of my mind – although I had the photos and list of books I wanted to include. Now, one year later (as I believe MH awareness day this year was on this Tuesday past), I’m back with the same photos and a whole bunch of recommendations.

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Trying Samplers – Part Two

I thoroughly enjoyed my first post on trying out samplers of books, so here I am with part two. I have another five chapter samplers that I plan on reading to get a sense of the book and the plot, and then I’ll talk about my thoughts on them all.

This time, the five samplers are ones that I got at YALC for books that hadn’t come out yet. Because I had a lot of them, I’ve picked five which come out in either September or October (at the time of writing, none of them were released, but I think some of them are now!).

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Blog Tour: Stories for Homes 2

Today I’m participating in the blog tour for Stories for Homes 2 with a spotlight post to tell you a little bit more about this book. All profits from the book go to the homeless charity, Shelter, and this volume is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. Ever since I heard about the book, I knew I wanted to share some more information about it, so I’m excited to be a part of the blog tour!

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Book Haul #6

Whenever I buy YA books, one of the first things I always want to do is share my purchases on my blog. I borrow a lot of books from the library, and when I buy books I buy them one at a time (there’s not usually space on my shelf for many more!). However, I recently went book shopping and bought three books, which all look beautiful together, because they all looked so excellent that I wanted to read them all. I also won a book from Atom Books over YALC, so I added that in to my haul as well.

I used to number my book hauls and do them at random, and then I switched to doing them monthly. However, I think that now I’m going to switch back, as I’ve missed quite a few monthly hauls, and I want to do some more random ones – there’s less of a time limit with this as well.

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Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

windfall.jpgTitle: Windfall
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
UK Release Date: 4th May 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

A Great Read* – you can buy here for less than RRP!

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Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes. 

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall. 

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

  • Thank you to My Kinda Book for sending me a copy of Windfall in exchange for an honest review!

Jennifer E. Smith wrote some of the first YA I ever read, so naturally when I heard she had another book coming out, I knew I was going to want to read it. Although I think I enjoyed it slightly less than some of her others, as I’m more alive to clichés now than I was, it was still pretty good, and was quite a relaxing read (especially I was reading it at a more stressful time of year!).

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Trying Samplers – Part One

Today I’m doing something I’ve seen loads of other blogs and channels try, which is reading and reacting to chapter samplers. My favourite ones have been done by Kelly, Maddie, and Bee, and I thought it looked like so much fun that I wanted to give it a try too.

I stacked up my samplers, mainly acquired from YALC, and have since divided them into five little piles, so there’ll be about five of these posts. I had so many samplers to get through that I wanted to have it a bit more spread out – that way, hopefully you’ll get to see four or five at a time in depth, rather than rushing through all of them.

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