I’m usually not someone who likes memoirs. I often find they they’re incredibly indulgent and not particularly fun to read – see my rant about H is for Hawk. That being said, I’m not sure what drew me to The Outrun. It might have been its gorgeous cover or its setting, but I picked it up for some reason and I’m so glad I did.
Blackbird by N. D. Gomes Publisher: HQ Teen Publication date: 16 November 2017 Pages: 287 pages Format: physical proof Rating: 3.75 out of 5 blackbirds I received a proof copy of this book at YALC. This does not influence my opinion. This review is spoiler-free. Blackbird is a proof I picked up at … Continue reading ARC Review: Blackbird by N. D. Gomes
I’m going to start off by saying that I’ve never read or watched Gossip Girl. Shocking, I know. Why do I mention this? The Thousandth Floor has been heavily promoted as 'Gossip Girl in the 22nd century'. I can go in for some fun drama if it’s well done, so I decided to pick this up. I have a lot of mixed feelings about The Thousandth Floor, as you can probably see from my rating, but I do think that this all comes down to taste.
Ever since reading her wonderful book The Gospel of Loki, I’ve been meaning to read more by Joanne M. Harris. She’s a wonderful storyteller and seems to favor mythology lately, a big plus in my book, so I was thrilled to receive an early copy of Pocketful of Crows.
There are times when a book comes into your life that you think you won't like, but you somehow end up loving. That book for me was The Diabolic. It has so many elements that I usually dislike: an overpowered heroine, a cocky-on-the-outside-but-soft-and-squishy-on-the-inside hero, the ‘this could all be resolved if we actually sat down and talked about our feelings’ romantic subplot. However, everything came together really well and just works.
Daughter of the Burning City is the much-hyped debut novel from Amanda Foody. I was approved to read this book a few months back but was holding off for some reason. Good reviews kept pouring in and when I saw early copies on sale at YALC, I had to have a physical copy. I'm so pleased to say that I was surprised by Daughter of the Burning City in the best way possible!
Join me in my shame, everyone. So yesterday was payday, and I needed to pop over to Waterstones to pick up my book club's next book. I headed over with my friend and after much perusing and book chat, I grabbed my book (plus one more).
I had heard some buzz surrounding The Loneliest Girl in the Universe in the lead up to YALC, which had early copies for sale. I absolutely loved the cover and liked the synopsis well enough. Science fiction is one of my favourite genres, and I was looking forward to a young adult take. I made sure to pick up a copy, and it was the first book from my YALC haul that I read.
I recently read and loved Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive, a moving memoir about living with depression, but had never read any of his fiction. How to Stop Time immediately caught my eye because it combined two of my favourite things: historical fiction and science fiction. I was hoping it was just as poignient and funny and moving as his memoir, and he once again blew me away with his skills as a writer.
Happy Friday, you guys! I’m currently living it up at YALC, but I didn’t want to miss my favorite post of the week. I've been trying to get a ton of reading in before attending this convention, however life gets in the way (as usual). I dind't read as much as I would have liked, but here is a round-up of all the reading I did this week. Apologies if this post is weirdly formatted or if I don't reply as fast as usual! I imagine I'm probably going to be absolutely exhausted after every day!