Exciting Spring 2018 YA Releases

1. Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Release Date: 20th March 2018

Genres: Contemporary, YA 

Blurb: 'When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.'

Why I want to read it: After reading 'The Hate U Give' by Angie Thomas last year I realised how little I knew about the relationship between the police and the black community within America, furthermore it opened up my eyes to the fact I need to start making a conscience effort to start picking up more diverse book because it's i…

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee Review

To be honest, I was so disappointed by this book. I was hoping for so much more from this premise - it could have been amazing, but it just fell flat on so many levels. It's a little bit like making a cup of tea, and you're so excited for it and you've left the teabag in just for the right amount of time AND THEN you pour the milk in and you pour in too much and now it's just a pale, bland, cold mess. This is this book. It could have been such a good cup of tea... As you can tell I lost a cup of tea today, I'm still mourning.

I couldn't quite get into Katherine McGee's writing and I'm not sure why, maybe it's because I didn't enjoy all the perspectives offered to us. Whatever the reason was something felt a little off to me. Unfortunately, an issue I had with this book was the amount of perspective offered to us, this often left my confused when we returned to a character after a while, and there was so many characters in this book that I just …

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed Review

Trigger Warning: Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harrasment

Happy International Women's Day everybody! In honour of today I thought I would post my review for The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed. Now, I'm going to be honest and say the only reason why I bought this book was because it was really cheap on Amazon, and I thought that it couldn't be that bad, but this book was amazing and I have no idea why I've never heard of it before even though it has an average rating of 4.44 on Goodreads. This book dealt with some pretty heavy topics really well and it had great characters, and a brilliant story to top it all off.

This book is a bit weird to start as you kinda get info dumps within the first few chapters that slow down the pacing of this book, and to begin with I was really disheartened to see it as I thought all the writing would be like that. It wasn't, it was almost as if the writing got better the more the book went on and I think once the book found it's pace it …

February 2018 Wrap Up!

I had such good month of reading - I finished 6 books! 6 books in 28 days! Can you believe that? I can't. It's probably because I was without wifi and signal for over 48 hours and my family were all ill so had nothing else to do but still, it's not bad. Not every book I read this month I loved - and there is one book here that hate with a passion but other than that, it was good.

1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Alright, so I've written a review on this that feels to me kinda messy and conflicted, but to be honest that's how I feel about this book - I still haven't quite decided how I feel about this. I enjoyed reading The Host, and it's definitely the best Stephanie Meyer's book I've ever read and could easily be a great trilogy. I really enjoyed some of the characters and the world building in this is phenomenal. However, if I could just erase Jared from this book I'd be happy, I just don't like this guy. He's cruel and malicious, he'…

A Way Out: A Memoir of Conquering Depression and Social Anxiety by Michelle Balge

*I received an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review*

Warning: this book is completely honest and deals with very heavy topics within mental health, therefore it may be triggering to some. If you are having a rough time currently or you feel you can't deal with these kind of ideas do not read this review, and please don't pick up this memoir.

This memoir focuses on Michelle's struggles with depression and social anxiety throughout her life. The book moves from the first signs of these, to coming to struggle with them seriously, to discovering what they are and how this impacts her life, and finally to how one can recover. It's a difficult story to read at times, but ultimately it's a story of fighting, determination, and hope.

I would like to start off with saying I am floored by the complete honesty and transparency Michelle has shown in sharing her own story and experiences with mental illness, this memoir is incredible raw and it really holds nothing back.…

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I'm going to start this off with saying I haven't read 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda' which maybe I should have before I read this, because it seems to contain spoilers for that book as it's set in the same universe. So, if you're like me and haven't read 'Simon vs Homo Sapiens Agenda' yet read that first, you don't have to it'll just avoid spoilers for you.

This book was really sweet and cute and so easy to read, I read the ebook form of this in one day on my phone when my family and I were stuck in a holiday cottage with no wifi and signal for a weekend - which was a nightmare by the way, a living nightmare. Anyway, I'm glad I had this book to keep me company, because it's just the sort of book I was in the mood for and I would highly recommend it as a cutesy romantic read; however, this also incorporated elements of conversations we need to have sometimes - especially seen with Molly and Cassie's grandmother and the dick…

The Host by Stephanie Meyer Review

To be honest I was continually a little bit conflicted with this book, there were parts which I thought were fantastic, and other parts that felt a bit off the mark to me. However, I do think this is probably the best Stephanie Meyer book I've read and it far exceeds the Twilight Saga in terms of quality and I enjoyed it a far bit.

To start off with I've got to say, even after all these years I still enjoy Stephanie's style of writing, it's very easy to read and it usually flows well; and whilst it may not critically be the best I don't have a bone to pick with it. Although, I do have a bone to pick with the structure/time sequencing of this book. I felt we just had massive time gaps in places and I was kinda left floundering and trying to make sense of it, the most obvious one of these was at the beginning of the book between chapter 3 to 4 and I don't know if I missed something, but there was no indication that months had literally passed by this point. It j…