“The Orphanage of Gods” by Helena Coggan

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Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

I’ve read a lot of commentary about this book in the blogging community, so I was looking forward to reading it. It seems like this book is really dividing opinions with some readers loving it and others hating it. I have a strange tendency in life to like things that other people don’t, so I was curious to see how what side of the debate I would fall on with this book.   

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“The Burning” by Laura Bates

Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

When I heard that Laura Bates of Everyday Sexism was writing a novel, I was really excited to read it. Her work is often discussed in the school in which I teach and the website and Twitter feed are used by pupils when looking at issues around sexism, social media, gender bias and peer pressure. I was keen to see whether a fictional approach would be able to tie in with the topics we’ve explored already.

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“In the Night Wood” by Dale Bailey

Thanks to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

First of all just look at that cover. LOOK AT IT. It is totally my aesthetic. If I saw it in a bookshop I’d buy it no matter what so, kudos to the designer.

This book follows the story of Charles and Erin Hayden. They move from North Caroline to rural Yorkshire upon receiving an old mansion as part of Erin’s inheritance. Cool right? Well…

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“Fierce Fragile Hearts” by Sara Barnard

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Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve read some very disappointing contemporary YA novels lately, but I knew from the start that this book was going to be different. I haven’t read the author’s previous novel which concerns some of the same characters, but I don’t feel like I had to in order to appreciate this one. Continue reading ““Fierce Fragile Hearts” by Sara Barnard”

“Five Feet Apart” by Rachael Lippincott

Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This short YA novel follows the story of Stella and Will, two characters suffering from Cystic Fibrosis (or CF) who meet whilst undergoing treatment in hospital. The novel follows their burgeoning relationship and the struggles they both experience with their individual forms of CF. Continue reading ““Five Feet Apart” by Rachael Lippincott”

“Monsters” by Sharon Dogar

 

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Thanks to Penguin Random House UK and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

This novel follows the early life of Mary Godwin (Mary Shelley to be) and Percy Bysshe Shelley as well as some of their more well-known family members and friends such as Claire Clairmont and Lord Byron. This book is based on the lives of real historical figures who have been dead for nearly 200 years and many of the events of their fascinating lives are relatively well known, particularly as there has recently been a Mary Shelley movie starring Elle Fanning. With that in mind there may be some light spoilers in this review.  

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“Winter Loon” by Susan Bernhard

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Thanks to Little A and NetGalley for the review copy.

I admit it…I requested this book because it has a bird on the cover. Not just any bird, but a Great Northern Diver as they are known in Scotland or, a Common Loon as they are called in North America. This bird is anything but common in my neck of the woods however. In Northern Scotland where I grew up, they are a relatively rare visitor. I am, and always have been, a massive bird nerd and seeing one of these was always a dream of mine. One day when I was still in Primary School, (aged about ten or eleven) I was walking home from school in the small village we lived in at the time. There was a shortcut down behind a row of small council houses and there, in front of me was an injured Great Northern Diver. It really was a magical moment and one of the most vivid memories of my childhood. The bird was so beautiful with its glossy black feathers, dagger like beak and striking red eye. Although it was decidedly unhappy to be corralled by a young girl, I managed to keep it safe until the SSPCA officer arrived.

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