Other Bloggers and Blogmas

To be honest, I’m not 100% certain when Blogmas finishes – if it’s the 24th, the big day itself, the end of December. However, personally I think I am going to be finishing off Blogmas here (although I have so many ideas for posts I want to write before 2017 that I might still end up uploading nearly every day before the end of the month). In order to celebrate what I view as quite an achievement, as posting every day for nearly a month is definitely a difficult commitment, I thought I would write about some other bloggers who have done Blogmas and my favourites from their posts. Celebration and trying to build other people up is definitely something I view as being in the Christmas spirit!

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Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

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Title: If I Was Your Girl
Author: 
Meredith Russo
Publisher: 
Usborne Publishing
UK Release Date: 
1st June 2016
Genres: 
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT+
Pages: 
304
Format: 
Ebook
Source: 
Bought

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Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school.

Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she’s falling in love with.

Amanda has a secret.

At her old school, she used to be called Andrew. And secrets always have a way of getting out.

A book about loving yourself and being loved for who you really are.

Note: I have written this review using the tips laid out in this blog post by Vee at I Found Myself Reading, because, as a cis person, I wanted to make sure I didn’t accidentally write something transphobic. As per their advice, I have linked to another review at the bottom of this post which was written collaboratively by a cis person and a trans person. However, if you read something you think is not right, please let me know – in the comments, via Twitter, by email – and I will be more than happy to change it right away to something more suitable.

If I Was Your Girl is a book that I think pretty much everyone has heard of at this point – whether that’s because you’ve read the book, written or read a review, seen something about it due to recent publicity, as it was chosen for the second round of the Zoella Book Club – and honestly I think all the attention is well-deserved.

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Review: I’ll Be Home for Christmas Anthology

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Title: I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Authors: 
Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon, Cat Clarke, Tracy Darnton, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgewick, Lisa Williamson, Benjamin Zephaniah
Publisher: 
Stripes Publishing
UK Release Date: 
22nd September 2016
Genres: 
Short Stories, Young Adult, Christmas
Pages: 
384
Format: 
Paperback
Source: 
Library

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The UK’s top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home.

Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon, Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah.

£1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity. To find out more about Crisis, see www.crisis.org.uk

I have been so excited to read this book – I’ve been talking about it on my blog a lot, with my anticipated September releases and Christmas recommendations – and so I was very happy when the holidays came around, as it was the right time of year (and I had enough free time!) to finally read it.

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GUEST POST: A Monster Calls Movie Talk & Trailer Reaction

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Hey there! It’s Eve @ Twist in the Taile here, presenting to you today many flailings about A Monster Calls. And of course thanks so much to Jess for asking me to write a guest post. I feel very honoured and ~bloggery~. *nods*

Okay, I know this movie is technically released on New Year’s Day, but it still counts as Christmas-related, right?! I mean, yes, obviously, because a) I am always right, ahem, and b) WHAT COULD BE A BETTER PRESENT THAN A NEW COOL MOVIE BASED ON A COOL BOOK.

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Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: 
Alwyn Hamilton
Publisher: 
Faber & Faber
UK Release Date: 
4th February 2016
Genres: 
Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 
358
Format: 
Paperback
Source: 
Bought

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“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.”

Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It’s not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al’Hiza must call it ‘home’.

Amani wants to escape and see the world she’s heard about in campfire stories.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.

But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan’s army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion…

An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.

One of the things I vividly remember about YALC 2015 was meeting an agent, Molly Ker Hawn, in the queue for a promotional thing (I think it was fortune telling to promote The Accident Season!), and her telling my sister and I that this book was going to be one of the biggest books of 2016. Judging from the response I’ve seen to it across the blogging world – and from the book itself – she was definitely right.

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Brussel Sprouts, Christmas Jumpers and Her Next Book: An Interview with Louise Gornall

In my very first Blogmas post, I said that I had an exciting author interview coming up, and I am so happy to be posting it now! As soon as I decided to try and get an author involved in Blogmas, I knew that the person I wanted to ask was Louise Gornall, as she is such a lovely person, and because I adored her incredible debut novel, Under Rose-Tainted Skies, which was released in early July this year.

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview her, so here are her answers to a mixture of questions, some Christmassy and some on other writing matters, such as the exciting topic of her second book!

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