A review: Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

Ah, yet another book that had been on my radar for so long. Everything, Everything had been widely raved about, on blogs, on twitter, on Instagram, everywhere. I picked up a couple of months ago as part of a 2 for £7 deal at my local supermarket, and it kept being my next-to-read, yet more and more books kept getting released and bumping it again.
Finally, I got round to it. And boy, am I so glad I finally read it. I devoured this book in one night, it was such a wonderful read.

Goodreads Synopsis

EEMy disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

This review contain no spoilers, as ever!

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T5W #13: Favourite LGBTQ+ reads

Back at it again, with the Top 5 Wednesday, this week focusing on our top 5 favourite LGBTQ+ reads, whether the author identifies, whether the main character identifies, whether the side characters identifies.

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group now run by Samantha at Thoughts On Tomes. Where you are given a topic to post about every Wednesday; simple. You can find the link to the Goodreads group here.

So, shall we begin?

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A review: Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

Hey ho, I’m jumping on the bandwagon a bit here, I realise. It was the recent release of the Netflix series that got me interested in reading this book. It is a very polarizing subject at its core. Suicide is never a light subject, nor should it be taken as one.

Goodreads Synopsis

13RWYou can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

Trigger warning: suicide. This review contains spoilers.

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T5W #12: books that would make good video games.

This a topic right up my street! I adore books and I adore video games. So, putting the two and two together is a dream idea. There are so many ideas just floating around my head right now, so narrowing it down was so so difficult, but here we go!

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is in collaboration with the BookTubeSFF Awards. And, as always, Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group now run by Samantha at Thoughts On Tomes. Where you are given a topic to post about every Wednesday; simple. You can find the link to the Goodreads group here.

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A review: The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

I honestly can’t think of a better book for people of the here and now to read. Although specifically targeted at the YA audience, as the main character, Starr, is sixteen years old, this book breaches the typical lines drawn for book genres and covers a spectrum of them.

If you haven’t heard about The Hate U Give, where have you been? Occupying the number one spot on the best-seller list for weeks now, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon. An honest, heart-wrenching portrayal, The Hate U Give was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, a response to the on-going racial police brutality going on in the United States.

Goodreads Synopsis

THUGSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

This review does not contain spoilers.

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Most wanted; the next three months

There’s always a book being released somewhere. And for the next three months, there are some excellent books coming our way. Some of them I’ve been anticipated since last year, some of them having come onto my radar only recently.
Sadly, here in England, we tend to get some books later than other, in case you’re wondering why the release date is different to the one you may know!

So, here are five of my most wanted releases coming our way in the next three months.

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T5W #11: Top SFF on your TBR.

My genre, my life. I’m so excited for this topic and I live in Sci-Fi and Fantasy for most of my reading. So narrowing this list down to five was quite the challenge, but it was super to fun to do! Today, we’re talking about the top 5 Sci-Fi/Fantasy books on your to-be-read list, as part of the Booktube SFF Awards.

This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is in collaboration with the BookTubeSFF Awards. And, as always, Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group now run by Samantha at Thoughts On Tomes. Where you are given a topic to post about every Wednesday; simple. You can find the link to the Goodreads group here.

Hey ho, let’s go!

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An ARC review; The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

I have had the best time of my life reading contemporaries recently! I usually avoid them, much preferring to live in a fantasy world (sadly, not literally), but I must say, I’ve been reading some phenomenal books. I continued that streak with The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. However, I must make a confession, I have not read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, forgive me. It is now, on the top of my to-buy list come payday because of both how wonderful this book is, and because of all the interlinking characters, I suspect are in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Goodreads Synopsis

TUSOUSeventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

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The Black Cat, Blue Sea award.

Coming at you with an award tag today, and I just love these kinds of posts. It’s very hard for bloggers to receive any sort of recognition really, so any kind is always welcome. I adore award posts as they show us all how dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate bloggers are about their work!

I was tagged by the wonderful Charlotte Annelise, who runs a beautiful blog that you should all checkout, here! Thank you so much for tagging me, it’s so so appreciated.

About The Award

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‘This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.’

 

 

The Rules

  1. Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers.
  2. The nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator.
  3. The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

Charlotte Annelise’s Questions 

O N E – Would you rather live in a nice apartment in the city, or a big house in the country?

A nice apartment in the city. I do love the idea of a big country house but I adore the city. I adore the cultures and the experiences and adventures and the variety.

T W O – What is your favourite genre to read and why?

Fantasy. Fantasy will always be my first and forever love. Harry Potter is the reason I love reading and the reason I read so much fantasy. I love the escapism and the worlds that are created. The imaginations of some authors are mind-blowing.

T H R E E – Where is your favourite place you’ve visited whilst on vacation?

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – I legitimately nearly cried when I walked into Hogsmeade. It was just all of my dreams, except in those two days they were real. They were real and it was the best experience of my life (so far).

Questions

  1. What is your most favourite world that an author has created? One that you can envision yourself living it, getting lost in?
  2. Where’s your ideal place to snuggle up and read a book?
  3. What book/book series have you always wanted to read, yet for some reason or another, haven’t gotten around to yet?

Tags

I am going to cheat and not tag eight bloggers because that is a struggle, so I’ll only tag a few.

  1. Rakel @ MiRakelBooks
  2. Tiana @ The Book Raven
  3. Brittany @ Ginger Night Owl 

An ARC review: Geekerella – Ashley Poston

Another entry into my fandom book collection, and one that I plan on growing as they keep getting released. This is one of my new favourite trends in YA, along with all of the wonderful #ownvoices we are getting this year!

Goodreads Synopsis

GRGeek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

This review is spoiler free of course!

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