Review: The Fallen Children by David Owen

32594919Title: The Fallen Children
Author: David Owen
Publisher: Atom Books
UK Release Date: 4th May 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Supernatural
Pages: 240
Format: Proof
Source: Non Pratt (!)

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One cover. 360 different colours. Which one will you get?

Young people on the Midwich Estate don’t have much hope for their futures. Keisha has lived there her whole life, and has been working hard to escape it; others have just accepted their lot.

But change is coming…

One night everyone inside Midwich Tower falls mysteriously unconscious in one inexplicable ‘Nightout’. No one can explain what happened during those lost hours, but soon afterwards Keisha and three other girls find they’re pregnant – and the babies are growing at an alarming rate.

As the news spreads around the tower its residents turn against them and the situation spirals toward violence. Keisha’s life unravels as she realises that the pregnancy may not have just ruined her hopes for the future: she might be mother to the end of the world.

The Fallen Children is a story of violation, of judgment and of young people who must fight to defy what is expected of them.

Over Christmas last year, I read David Owen’s debut novel, Panther, and absolutely adored it – it was raw and heart-breaking, and one of the most gripping books I’d read for a long time. So you can imagine my excitement when the next month I was at a book event, and Non Pratt (author of many books, such as Truth or Dare which is out next month) offered to pass on her copy to me, as she had almost finished it. I was absolutely over the moon, and incredibly keen to get reading considering I’d loved Panther so much, and I was not disappointed.

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Review: The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

tmohTitle: The Museum of Heartbreak
Author: Meg Leder
Publisher: Scholastic
UK Release Date: 7th June 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 282
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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-> I received a copy of this book for free via the publisher; all thoughts are honest and my own.

In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up.

Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak.

Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.

Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.

But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken.

I had seen The Museum of Heartbreak floating around in loads of shops before I eventually got my hands on a copy – it seemed as if every time I went into a bookshop last summer, I would see it on the table in the middle – and so I was very happy to be able to grab it at the Scholastic Bloggers’ Book Feast. It didn’t quite up to expectations, especially when I featured it in a post-Valentine’s day blog post which I now don’t think it was suitable for, but was still a rather sweet book.

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Tips for Balancing Reading and Revision

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Every year, a problem that is faced by bookworm students and some bookworm adults all over the world is exams. Instead of being able to devote all free time to reading, time has to instead be divided between reading and revision, and finding a balance can be tricky. After all, the revision needs to be done, but it’s nice to be able to fit in some time for hobbies too – you can’t be an exam machine, and it isn’t good for you to spend all your time revising. However, it wouldn’t be a good idea to do no revision in favour of reading. Today I’ve decided to put together some tips for finding a balance between reading and revision during exam season, whether you’ve got end of year internal exams, or big public exams.

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April Book Haul

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I’ve decided to start doing monthly book hauls on my blog, as I’m always keen to share what I’ve received in any given month, but I never know when or if I should do a proof haul or a bought haul or what. So, in order to make it a little more straightforward for myself, I’ve decided that I want to do a monthly haul with all the books I’ve bought or received in any month. I do get a lot of my books from the library, but I’m not going to share those books as they have often been returned, and I feel like people tend to do separate library hauls for those instead!

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Review: With Malice by Eileen Cook

with maliceTitle: With Malice
Author: Eileen Cook
Publisher: Hot Key Books
UK Release Date: 9th June 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 304
Format: Proof
Source: Charity shop

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Wish you weren’t here…

When Jill wakes up in a hospital bed with her leg in a cast, the last six weeks of her life are a complete blank. All she has been told is that she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy and had to be jetted home to receive intensive care. Care that involves a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident . . . wasn’t just an accident.

With no memory of what happened or what she did, can Jill prove her innocence? And can she really be sure that she isn’t the one to blame?

I was interested to read this book for a long while, as it had me absolutely intrigued just from the title and the ominous tagline. I really enjoy reading YA thrillers, such as Sue Wallman’s books, and so I was hoping to love this one too. When I first finished it, I was very impressed, and then when I thought about it some more I did admittedly detract a star from my writing, but it was still refreshing to read a thriller for a bit of a change from my normal choices.

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