Blog Tour: Fire Lines by Cara Thurlbourn

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I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Fire Lines by Cara Thurlbourn today. You can read my more detailed thoughts a bit further down the page, but for now let me tell you that I really enjoyed this book and would rather like the sequel right now thank you very much!

First though, Cara was kind enough to write a guest post for me about her top five inspirational authors.

Five Inspirational Authors

I’ve always wanted to be an author, for as long as I can remember, and I think what I find ‘inspirational’ has probably changed a fair bit over the years. It used to be that I was simply inspired by fantastic story telling, but now I think that the way authors interact with their readers and handle the business side of their lives plays a part too. At the moment, my top five would be:

  1. Margaret Atwood. Not just because of her incredible writing, but because of the way she conducts herself as an author. She interacts with readers, does lots of speaking engagements and is fiercely intelligent without being even a little bit patronising. Her work is also completely timeless, as we’ve seen with the reaction to The Handmaid’s Tale adaptation.
  1. William Nicholson. Nicholson wrote The Wind On Fire trilogy, as well as some adult novels. I saw him do a talk at Heffers book store in Cambridge when I was perhaps thirteen or fourteen and I’ll always remember him talking about the reality of being an author – that sometimes you have to take a script-writing job you don’t really want, in order to pay the bills so that you can keep writing what you love. The Wind Singer books were also a huge inspiration for me.
  1. Joanna Penn. Also known as J. F. Penn, Joanna runs The Creative Penn website which offers advice and guidance to authors hoping to self-publish. She is an absolute inspiration to me because she achieved exactly what I hope to achieve – she quit her day job and is now a full-time author/entrepreneur. She divides her time between writing fiction and non-fiction and if I could emulate even half of her success I’d consider myself very lucky indeed.
  1. J.K. Rowling. How could I possibly miss out J.K? It seems ludicrous to even list the reasons why she’s an inspiration because I think so many people feel the same. But, for me, the biggest thing is that she bridged the gap between children’s and adult’s fiction. Harry Potter was originally for kids but adults fell in love with it too and I think it was instrumental in YA and children’s literature being taken more seriously. I also love that she has crossed genres to write her adult crime books under Robert Galbraith. I love writing fantasy and, while I can’t see myself writing anything other than YA, I do want to explore other genres, in particular a crime/mystery series that’s been floating around in my head for a while.
  1. Alwyn Hamilton. Rebel of The Sands is one of those books that made me go ooh I wish I’d written this! Alwyn’s fab at interacting with her readers, has an awesome website and always champions fans’ artwork and blogs. Her world building is fantastic too and her heroine kicks butt.

About the author

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Cara Thurlbourn writes children’s and young adult fiction. ‘Fire Lines’ is her first novel and it’s a story she’s been planning since she was fifteen years old.

Cara has a degree in English from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University.

She lives in a tiny village in Suffolk and has worked in academic and educational publishing for nearly ten years. Cara blogs about her author journey and in November 2016 she crowdfunded her first children’s book. 10% of its profits are donated to animal rehoming charities.

Cara plans to write at least two more books in the Fire Lines series, as well as a young adult mystery series, and has lots more children’s stories waiting in the wings.

You can sign up for Cara’s newsletter, for giveaways, updates and latest releases, here: http://www.firelines.co.uk

Thanks Cara!

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When your blood line awakens, how do you choose between family and freedom?

Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of life beyond the wall, but she never knew if they were true. Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council’s ruthless Cadets.

But when Émi turns seventeen, sparks fly – literally. Her blood line surges into life and she realises she has a talent for magick… a talent that could get her killed.

Émi makes her escape, beyond the wall and away from everything she’s ever known. In a world of watchers, elephant riders and sorcery, she must discover the truth about who she really is. But can the new Émi live up to her destiny?

Fire Lines is a great YA dystopian fantasy novel. I loved the structure of this world, and the way the Quarter you lived in demonstrably affected your chance in life – and how the other parts of the city didn’t understand the deprivations suffered in the Red Quarter. Sometimes it felt like the fantasy world of Fire Lines wasn’t too far away from our own.

That wouldn’t be a totally bad thing mind you. While I wouldn’t want to live in Nhatu, the rest of the world created by Thurlbourn is much more pleasant, and includes the angel-like Watchers, who take Emi under their (literal) wings to help her fulfil her mission. The gang quickly establish themselves, and I was genuinely fearful for them at some of the more dramatic parts.

Fire Lines does suffer a little bit from that age old problem of no-one talking to anyone else, when problems could be so easily solved by a bit of communication, and it is true that Emi and her friends don’t always take the wisest course of action. However, despite this, I did really enjoy the book. I want to know what happens next. I desperately want to know what happened to the people Emi left behind in Nhatu, and I hope we get to find that out in the next book – which I will be reading. If you’re a fan of dystopian fantasy, Fire Lines should definitely be at the top of your TBR pile!

4/5

Fire Lines will be published by Bewick Press on the 26th September 2017.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35581157-fire-lines

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fire-Lines-Cara-Thurlbourn-ebook/dp/B075FTR12K

ARC received from the publisher via Faye Rogers, in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Midnight Peacock

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a huge fan of Katherine Woodfine’s The Sinclair’s Mysteries (and I’m so pleased that I got a chance to tell her that in person at YALC), so when I realised the latest (and final) book was available on Netgalley, I absolutely had to request it immediately.

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You are cordially invited to Sinclair’s Midnight Peacock Ball! The festive season has come to Sinclair’s and Sophie and Lil are spending the holidays at snowy Winter Hall. But it turns out that this is no ordinary house party …As sinister secrets come to light, our intrepid heroines find themselves faced with a more baffling mystery than ever before! With the help of their friends, can they uncover the truth in time to foil a truly diabolical plot? Or will Mr Sinclair’s New Year’s Eve Midnight Peacock Ball spell disaster for the dauntless young detectives? Prepare for shocks and surprises in the thrilling conclusion to the Sinclair’s Mysteries!

The Midnight Peacock is a fitting finale to the series. It ties up a lot of loose ends and brings back the secondary characters we’ve met over the course of the previous three books. I was particularly glad to see the Lims return and I hope that at some point in the future Woodfine fully explores the links between Grandfather Lim and Sophie’s father. (There are hints that while this might be the last Sinclair’s Mystery, it’s not going to be the last we see of this universe.) Also, I absolutely adore the idea of Sewing Club, and I love Song and Mei as characters. Song especially is very sweet and I hope that at some point, Sophie realises the same.

This book is perhaps more reliant on a knowledge of the previous books than the rest of the series, and therefore I’d recommend you don’t start with this one. However, it’s still a self-contained plot which rollicks along at a great pace, while still giving us ample time to reacquaint ourselves with Sophie and Lil, now established as a detective agency. I must admit that I worked out who the secondary bad guy was fairly early on, but there were enough red herrings strewn about to make me second guess myself, and the joy of a good mystery book is trying to play along! I also found myself thinking about the characters and wondering how they were getting on, long after I’d finished the book

As is usual with mystery books, it’s hard to talk about The Midnight Peacock without spoiling it or the previous books in the series. Rest assured that if you’ve enjoyed the other Sinclair’s Mysteries, you’ll enjoy The Midnight Peacock just as much. If you haven’t read the rest of the series then you need to go and read The Clockwork Sparrow right now. This is a great middle grade mystery series, and I’m sad that it’s finished – but looking forward to whatever comes next!

The Midnight Peacock is out on 5th October, and I highly recommend it!

4.5/5

ARC received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Book Review: Things A Bright Girl Can Do

As is often the way, I’d seen a few people talking about Things A Bright Girl Can Do, by Sally Nicholls, for a while, and then my friend Sarah told me I had to read it because I would love it, so of course I had to give it a go. She was right of course; I did love it, because it is right up my street. History! Feminism! Wonderful characters! Everything I love to see in a book, in fact.

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Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote.

Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women’s freedom.

May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who’s grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place.

But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice? 

Things A Bright Girl Can Do starts in 1914 and moves through to the beginning of 1918, following the three young women throughout. It’s a really interesting way to look at the time period – we tend to concentrate on men’s stories in the war period, and although we all learn about the Suffragettes, we don’t tend to drill down past the leaders, and certainly not to teenagers, so I very much enjoyed reading about it from the point of view of three very different young women. All three stories are fascinating and cover the breadth of Edwardian society, and I particularly liked the way they all had different reasons pulling them towards the suffrage movement. It was also good to see the historically accurate potrayal of May and Nell’s relationship, and how it was clear that it was Nell who was taking all the risk, because of the different attitudes of their communities.

I loved Evelyn and Nell as characters, although if I had to pick a favourite, it would probably be Evelyn. She’s intelligent and stubborn right from the start, but once she discovers the Suffragettes she gives herself to the cause wholeheartedly, despite her previously cosseted lifestyle. I found myself desperately worried for her at various points in the book, which shows how much I engaged with her. I also engaged with Nell, but to a lesser extent. The hardships she and her family suffered were heartbreaking, and there was a point where I really regretted reading the book in public, because I knew I was about to cry. May I was much less interested in. Although she shows spectacular growth by the end, for much of the book she came across as a bit self-obssessed. She had no idea about the things Nell was going through, and treated her abominably, and it kind of put me off her, even though the other aspects of her story were interesting. An honourable mention here for Teddy, who was my favourite of the supporting characters. His relatonship with Evelyn was just so lovely, in the way he supported her even though he was worried about what the consequences were, and I was terrified for him when he went off to war.

The period detail in Things A Bright Girl Can Do is also fantastic. The social history of Britain in this period happens to be the area I studied most at university, so while my knowledge isn’t quite up to date, I fancy I’ve got quite a good idea of what it was like, and Sally Nicholls has done a great job of portraying it right across the social classes. From the lack of opportunities for women to get an education (they can study and sit all the exams at Oxford, for example, (if they’re rich enough) but they can’t actually get a degree), to the conditions Nell and her family live in in the East End, Nicholls has got it right. Not only that, she writes in such a way that the setting is vivid and real, even to people who don’t have the historical background.

Things A Bright Girl Can Do is a fantastic book, full of historical detail and great characters. I really enjoyed it, and as this is the first book I’ve read by Sally Nicholls, I will immediately be searching out her other books. I recommend you do the same.

Things A Bright Girl Can Do is out today, 7th September. You should go and buy it.

4.5/5

Arc received from Andersen Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Moonrise

Ah, it’s so nice to get back to some blogging after a couple of months with no time to think! I’m planning on writing and scheduling a few reviews tonight, so hopefully you’ll see a bit more activity on this blog than there has been in the last few months! First up, we have Moonrise, by Sarah Crossan. I’m a big fan of Sarah’s verse novels, so I was very much looking forward to reading this. It’s not my favourite of her books, but it’s still some of the best writing out there.

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‘They think I hurt someone. 
But I didn’t. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.’

From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

Moonrise is the story of Joe, who moves to Texas to be near his big brother Ed, on Death Row for a crime he says he didn’t commit, in the weeks leading up to his execution date. Joe is the only member of his family who makes the trip from New York – his mum disappeared not long after Ed went to prison, his sister Angela is still trying to scrape the money together to get there, and his aunt believes Ed is guilty and wants nothing to do with him. Joe is 17, alone, and in a strange place with no money and we follow him as he tries to get by, and tries to get to know his brother again, in the worst circumstances possible.

First of all, I want to point out that when I say Moonrise isn’t my favourite Sarah Crossan book, it’s not really the book that’s the problem. My copy from Netgalley wasn’t formatted correctly, and told me it was only 50% through the book when it was actually at the end, so the ending seemed really sudden, and I know that’s coloured my perception of it. I was expecting another couple of hundred pages (although I don’t know what I thought was going to happen in them!), and then it just seemed to stop, which was disappointing. So that is absolutely nothing to do with the book, which is as beautifully written as any of Sarah’s works.

There’s a real sense of longing throughout the book. (Longing’s not quite the right word, but it gives you the gist.) Joe desperately wants Ed off Death Row and out of prison. He desperately wants the rest of his family to join him, so he’s not alone in Texas. He desperately wants to get to know Nell, a girl who lives in the small town he’s found himself in, better. He’s a 17 year old boy on his own with no money, and he hates it, and I thought this came across really well in the book. The present is interspersed with flashbacks to Joe’s childhood with Ed, and through these we also get to know him, and Angela and their Aunt Karen. The characterisation of all these people is wonderful and I really did feel like I knew them all by the end of the book.

Moonrise is not just about this family though. It’s also a condemnation of the death penalty and the circus that surrounds an execution. Sarah Crossan doesn’t pull any punches in examining the process and the effect it has on everyone involved, including the prison staff and the people who live in a town that essentially only exists because of the prison. I found it an interesting point of view to take, and I certainly feel like I have a better understanding of the system in the US.

I definitely recommend Moonrise to everyone. It’s a beautifully written, coming of age verse novel that packs a powerful punch and it’s out tomorrow, 7th September, in the UK.

4/5

ARC received from Bloomsbury via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Giveaway Winner Announcement

Last month, you may remember, I ran a giveaway for signed copies of All About Mia and Caraval. I then failed to do anything to promote it, so you’d be forgiven for not remembering! The giveaway ended at midnight, and I’m delighted to announce the winner is

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Congratulations Rachel! I’ll be in touch via twitter DM to get your details!

Thank you to everyone who entered. Hopefully it won’t be too long until the next one!

Author Q&A with Greg Fowler

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I am thrilled to be today’s stop on the blog tour for T is for Tree by Greg Fowler, and very excited to present my very first author Q&A! Greg was kind enough to answer some questions for me – check them out below the blurb!

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Eddy knows he’s not like other teenagers. He doesn’t look like them. He doesn’t think like them. He doesn’t go to school or have friends like they do. Eddy’s not even allowed to leave his bedroom – except on shower day of course. He doesn’t know why; all Eddy knows is that he’s different.

Abandoned by his mother and kept locked away by his grandmother, Eddy must spend his life watching the world go by from his bedroom window. Until Reagan Crowe moves in next door and everything starts to change. She’s kind, funny, beautiful, and most importantly, she’s Eddy’s first friend. Over time, Reagan introduces Eddy to the strange and wonderful world outside his bedroom: maths, jam, love.

But growing up isn’t that simple for either of them. And Eddy has a secret. The tree that’s slowly creeping in through his window from the garden is no ordinary tree. But then again, Eddy’s no ordinary boy. He’s special…

Set over the course of five years, T is for Tree is moving, life-affirming, and shows that we can all find greatness in the small things.

Hi Greg! Thanks for doing this Q&A with me – I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day!

My pleasure. It is always fun answering questions.

Firstly, T is for Tree is quite an unusual book – where did the story come from?

It is an unusual story but that’s a good thing…I’d like to think. The story arrived from no single place. Initially it was going to be a story about Eddy getting revenge on all the people who tormented him, but as Eddy developed in my head, and on the page, he was too innocent for such a thing to happen. In the end, I wanted to tell a story about overcoming the odds. You only overcome odds when they are first stacked against you and that takes something special, something strong. That’s a great breeding ground for compelling characters, both good and bad. I also wanted to tell a story about how life will be how you choose to see it. Hopefully all of this comes across through Eddy’s journey.

You tackle some difficult issues in the book, from Eddy’s situation to Reagan’s illness – how did you go about researching this?

I’ll tackle the Reagan bit first. It’s a very unfortunately reality, but I think we all have a connection with someone who has fought cancer. It’s a tough journey to watch, let alone be the centre of. So I took my lead from watching others fight a very personal battle and filling in what gaps I could with internet based research.

As for the Eddy situation, that’s a harder one to explain. Like many authors, I suppose, I have this capacity to walk a mile in my character’s shoes. I grew up lucky, in that I was not bullied, or (thank goodness) locked away in my room. But I can imagine what it would be like, to the extent it can make me physically upset. To cut a long story, I found Eddy riding along in my head and I believed everything he did and said; hopefully that carries on to the pages.

Did anything in the story end up differently to the way you expected when you started writing?

Yes. Writing takes time and practice. One of the lessons I have learned is to plan, but not to over plan. Leave a little space between the pillars of your planning so that you can create and innovate along the way. That happened with T is for Tree. As mentioned earlier, this story initially had a darker edge to it, but it changed because Eddy simply wasn’t made that way.

I also committed a bit of a writer’s sin, in that I didn’t have the end before I started. That arrived of it’s own accord. When you believe in your characters enough, sometimes you just have to have faith in letting them do what they will do. There were occasions when I went along for the ride as much as any reader has.

Without spoiling anything (sorry, I know it’s difficult!), do you think you would have been able to make the same decisions Eddy does?

That’s a great question, and one I haven’t been asked before.

Eddy is undoubtedly selfless. That’s an amazing trait considering what he goes through. Could I do the same thing? I’d like to think I would and I could. If I placed my wife (or my children) in Reagan’s shoes, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

We know that Eddy’s different from the very beginning of T is for Tree, but we never find out exactly why. Was it important to you that this was never defined?

Another good question. I think it is important. Everybody faces challenges, some more than others. Some much, much more. I’d like to leave it to the reader to step into Eddy’s world, and the challenges he faces, with an open mind.

Finally, how would you pitch the book to anyone thinking of picking it up?

As you mentioned in your first question, this is an unusual story. It merges modern day realism with a touch of magic; enough to make you look for the magic in your every day life. It sings of love, forgiveness and all the lessons that come along for the ride. At the end of the day, it about how people really need each other and how we can run from that fact, but we can never hide from it.

Thanks so much for your answers Greg!

You can see Greg reading from T is for Tree in the video below, and don’t forget to check out the other stops in the blog tour!

T is for Tree is out now from Ink Road Books.

The End of an Era

I decided I wanted to be a teacher when I was 7. By 9, I knew I wanted to teach History. My entire academic career was geared towards becoming an educator. And hey, secondary school teaching didn’t work out for me, but I made the leap to adult education and thought I’d found my place. That was 11 years ago, and in those 11 years, I’ve made a difference to people’s lives. I know I have. There are people who started new careers because of the qualifications I helped them gain. People who had always been afraid of English or Maths discovered that they could do it after all. And I loved it. I loved seeing people reach their potential in ways they hadn’t dreamed possible for years. But  tomorrow is my last day working in education. And it’s weird.

I’m pretty certain it’s the right decision for me. I hate the pressure of Ofsted, the constant erosion of funding, the ever-present need to do more for less, and the ridiculous amount of paperwork that stops me being able to prepare effectively, and anyone who follows me on twitter knows that hate is too mild a word for me feelings towards my curent workplace. But I’ve been convinced for most of the last 30 years that education was the career for me, so it’s very strange to be leaving it for something completely different. It’s scary too. Education works very differently to other sectors and I haven’t worked in the ‘real world’ for anything more than a few weeks since university. My commute has gone from a 10 minute drive to an hour on the bus, again something I haven’t had to do since university.

I don’t start my new job until the first week of September, so I have two lovely weeks to prepare myself, which I think I’m going to need. But if I go a bit quiet (again), at least this time you’ll know why.

(I know I don’t usually post personal stuff on the blog, but I wanted to make an exception for this. Thanks for reading!)

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Diverse Books Recommendations

Hello! Yes, it’s been a while. Between YALC, Nine Worlds and work, my blogging time recently has been cut down to practically nothing. However, I am about to have two weeks off work and hopefully this will give me the push to get the posts I need written! I thought Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme run by The Broke and The Bookish (which has been on hiatus for a few weeks and I’m so glad it’s back!) would be a good way to slide back into regular blogging. This week’s theme is ten books to recommend for…and I’ve chosen to rec ten diverse books.

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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3. A Change Is Gonna Come by Various

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4. Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence

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5. The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor

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6. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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7. Release by Patrick Ness

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8. This Book Is Gay by Juno Dawson

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9. The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas

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10. Another Place by Matthew Crow

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Which diverse books would you recommend? Have you read any of the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review: Another Place

A few weeks ago, Atom Books put out an open call for bloggers to review Another Place by Matthew Crow, and I was lucky enough to be sent a copy. I didn’t really know what it was about, but I’d seen some buzz about it on social media, and there was a cover quote from Matt Haig about Crow’s last book, so I hoped it would be good. I was not disappointed!

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A small town. A missing schoolgirl. A terrible secret. And one girl’s fight to survive.

Sixteen-year-old Claudette Flint is coming home from hospital after an escalating depression left her unable to cope. Released into the care of her dad, she faces the daunting task of piecing herself back together.

She may look unchanged; but everything’s different. The same could be said about her seaside hometown: this close-knit community seems to be unspooling in the wake of the sudden disappearance of one of her schoolmates, Sarah.

As the police investigate and the press dig around for dirt, small town secrets start to surface – and Claudette must do everything in her power to keep her head above water. 

Another Place is a novel about lost girls – and the meaning of home.

Another Place is so good, I really recommend it you get hold of it as soon as it comes out. It has great mental health rep (Claudette, the main character, has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, after years of suffering with depression) and it’s also really interesting in the way it explores class  – there’s a definite divide between the middle and working classes in the community, which can be seen in the attitudes towards Sarah.

We only get to meet Sarah through flashbacks, as Claudette remembers her friend, but I found myself really liking her. She’s not a nice character by any means, but she comes across as a survivor, who does what it takes to get by…until of course, she goes missing. Claudette is convinced that the key to her own recovery is finding out what happened to Sarah, and sets about doing so. Claudette herself is difficult. She’s clearly still struggling, but instead of turning to the people who love her, she becomes obsessed with her quest, and hurts a lot of people. The book is marketed as something of a mystery, but it’s much more about Claudette’s journey to accepting who she is.

Fortunately, Claudette is surrounded by great supporting characters. Her dad, her almost-stepmother and her best friend are fantastic and I loved seeing them interact with Claudette and try to show her that they’re there for her. Donna, the best friend, is particularly good at home truths, which Claudette was sorely in need of at times. I also very much liked Mr Fitzpatrick, a curmudgeonly soul who is unexpectedly nice to Claudette one day, leading to an unlikely friendship.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot because I think it’s much better if you go into this book knowing as little about it as possible, but I really did think it was great and exceptionally well-written. It’s out today, 3rd August, and I hope that if you do check it out you enjoy it as much as I did.

4/5

I received an ARC from Atom Books in exchange for an honest review.

Blogiversary/100 Followers Giveaway!

Back in June I realised this blog had reached its first birthday, and I promised a giveaway. Alas, life has interfered since then, and in the meantime, the blog also hit 100 followers, and so it seemed the time was right to finally follow through on that promise I made almost two months ago. First of all though, I would like to say a big

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to all of you who have made the last year so much fun. Everyone has been so welcoming and willing to engage that I am incredibly glad I started this blog in June last year.

But to the point of the post! To celebrate my one year blogiversary, and reaching 100 followers, I am giving away two SIGNED UK hardback books that I personally love.

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All About Mia by Lisa Williamson is a fantastic story about family, growing up and learning to find value in yourself. When her sister comes home unexpectedly with a big announcement, Mia thinks that now’s her time to shine, but things don’t quite work out that way and instead, her life starts to spiral out of control. Is it really a good thing to be the centre of attention?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber is a bewitching tale of danger, love and heartbreak, in the magical setting of a legendary game. Scarlett has dreamed of being invited to participate in Caraval for years, but just as she thinks the dream is over, her invitation arrives. Escaping her abusive father and forthcoming marriage, Scarlett travels to fulfil her dream, but finds much more than she bargained for.

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What you win:

  • A UK hardback of All About Mia, signed by Lisa Williamson
  • A UK hardback (Tesco exclusive) of Caraval, signed by Stephanie Garber

(The Tesco exclusive Caraval is gold embossed with a top hat under the dustwrapper)

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How to enter:

  • Follow the blog
  • Follow me on twitter (@donnamk79)
  • Leave a comment on the blog
  • Tweet about the giveaway
  • Remember to click the rafflecopter link below to claim your entries!

This giveaway is open internationally, and will close at midday BST on 20th August 2017.

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