“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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“Slayer” by Kiersten White

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

When I was a young whippersnapper of around 16 years old there was a tv show I loved and adored. It was witty, sexy, dramatic, action-packed and for me was quite simply streets apart from everything else. This show was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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“Enchantée” by Gita Trelease

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

So first of all, a confession. I am obsessed with the French Revolution. I collect books about this period of history including some really rare out of print French books. I even have a book written by Marie Antoinette’s hairdresser printed in the 1800s. I say this not to boast, but to highlight how much of a big deal this period is to me.

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“Fierce Fragile Hearts” by Sara Barnard

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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”

“The Twisted Tree” by Rachel Burge

Thanks to Hot Key Books and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This short novel has an interesting premise, Martha, a seventeen year old girl can sense emotions and memories just by touching people’s clothing. Different clothing evokes different feelings and Martha developed this unusual ability after losing her eye falling from the eponymous Twisted Tree at her grandmother’s house. Already we can see some allusions to one-eyed Odin and Norse mythology is strongly interwoven throughout this story. Continue reading ““The Twisted Tree” by Rachel Burge”

“Five Feet Apart” by Rachael Lippincott

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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”