Monday, July 24, 2017

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER: A Summer of Reading



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Oh my gosh what a year! It's gone by so quick and yet so long at the same time. Now I know why teachers and school staff need those six weeks off. Ha. So I survived my first year as a secondary school librarian, it was challenging, amazing, inspiring and I can't believe I've done it. I feel like I've done so much, I've got the library how I want it to be and it took the whole year to do it and I've never been more prouder. Managing a library is one hell of a job, and we, librarians don't have it easy, plus how the government can think we can supply literature for all children and students on the budget we have is plain bonkers. 

But enough of me ranting, I just wanted to say hello to everyone and that I know the blog has been a bit sporadic with my reviews and reading of late, but I hope to really catch up on everything as I have the time too. I have two blog tours taking place, getting some author content, and picking my reading from these glorious books. So many gorgeous titles it's hard to choose half the time. If you have any suggestions which ones first, then let me know in the comments. 


My little book corner in my room - the books I bought but mostly received from the lovely publishers. I've also got a reading list to read too for a challenge we host to our students in the new term. So lots to be done and read. If you have similar books, then I'd love to buddy read. I know I'm reading the latest Paula Stokes book with Jasprit. So it will be nice to get back into the blogging community. 

So that's it for now - do come say hi to me. It will be nice to chat all things books and catch up with you all. 

xx

Monday, July 10, 2017

REVIEW - LOBSTERS by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison



Lobsters 
by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
Publisher - Chicken House Books
Release Date - June 5th 2014
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find 'The One'. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.







My Review
Lobsters is the first book that Tom and Lucy wrote together and the second that I've read of theirs. After reading their latest, Freshers, I wanted another book that had that same effect, the infectious smiling and laughing-out-loud moments, a book that totally brightens your day! 

Hannah and Sam have both finished their exams, the exams that will decide their fate and whether they will go to their desired uni they want. Whilst their worries are on their exams or how much they thye might have messed up History or French, one more pressing matter at hand, the summer of love, the summer where they hope to lose their virginity. Hannah and Sam meet at the end of exams party at her best friend's, Stella house. Meeting in a bathroom couldn't be more romantic, they proclaiming their love for hot ribena, later becoming their own love for each other. Hot Ribena Girl (Hannah) and Toilet Boy (Sam) get pulled into different directions, each thinking about each other whilst also thinking about their summer to come.

I adored Hannah and Sam as a couple they are so cute, and I love a couple that enjoy a good cup of hot ribena! Hot Ribena is awesome, I'm in that club and it's what started their relationship, it couldn't get more cuter than that. What I love also is that I can imagine that Lucy wrote Hannah's side and Tom, Sam's narrative of the novel, giving it that totally honest and realistic approach to the book. Characters like Hannah's Nan with her crazy and bright outlook on life, almost refreshing to see and Sam's friend Robin who follows Harry Potter as his philosophy of life. Lobsters has so much to offer and characters that you can totally resonate with. 

I loved this book! I love its realistic and an honest portrayal of teenage life and nothing is sugarcoated at all. Lobsters is teenage life at it's more awkward and most important too, our turning point from teenage to a young adult. What I also loved was that this book is sex positive, nowadays, sex is such a 'thing' in teenage life, all about who have you pulled, oh have you had sex etc. It's like teenagers have to grow up so quickly now, with the worrying of when or who to lose your virginity too. Sex doesn't just happen, it's certainly isn't like the movies or some books they we compare it too, there is so much more to it, to think about, to know about. I urge teenagers to read this book, working in a school of girls, this is an important as it is funny and romantic book to read. Tom and Lucy have nailed it on their first book. 

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Friday, June 30, 2017

REVIEW - AFTER THE FIRE by Will Hill

After the Fire
by Will Hill
Publisher - Usborne Publishing Ltd
Release Date - June 1st 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.

Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out.

What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?


My Review
Finishing After the Fire, it's a powerful, chilling yet such a paramount novel of one girl's story of survival and freedom. I can't recommend this book enough, it's utterly mind-blowing, unlike anything I have read before, a page-turner from the start.

Before, Moonbeam was part of this religious cult, the Lord's Legion with it's leader Father John, a direct messenger from the Lord himself. Everyone believed that he was this almighty man of healing, faith, righteous and reason. But Moonbeam began to lose her belief, she didn't know what's real and what was hokum. After, a great fire raged through the camp she is taken into the care of the FBI and the psychologists to try and understand inside the cult, and finally reveal what really happened. This was such a fascinating and compelling story. Mr Hill's has an intense way of writing that it just sucks you in.

Moonbeam is...there are just no words for her character! She's an inspiration which is a total understatement. The fire didn't just leave scars on her hand, on the outside, the fire is within her. It burns so bright inside of her, it's almost blinding, that what I feel about her she can't be touched. Moonbeam is a beautiful and powerful voice to be reckoned with. She is the most bravest, soulful and courageous character I have ever come across YA. As you go through the book, Before, her life living in that hell, you see how her character has transformed from this girl of belief and faith to a shell of a girl not knowing where her path lies. After, she became hardened with fear, fear of trusting, fear of guilt, fear of what will happen to her next. Moonbeam has this fighting spirit, unparalleled to what I've read before, she magnificent and if I could meet her I would be in awe of her.

Alongside Moonbeam, Agent Carlyle was my favourite character, there was some bond between them that made it feel like it was only she was talking to him, the spotlight was on them, in Interview Room 1. Their relationship was just so touching, almost like a father-daughter relationship. What he brought out in her, compelled her to continue her story, it was his persona, he's calm, friendly and emotional connection that made this story. 

What I found incredible was also the Author's note of this book, I don't really read them I admit, but I was curious on the the inspiration and take on the plot of this book. What I found was that it was based on something true, although his character and his plot entirely his own. He felt compelled to write something based on the Waco siege. That event resonated with him, and this book resonated with me so much on such a deeper level, I felt quite chocked up I admit.  This book brings out so much in you, so many emotions and feelings. As you read through the book you get this build up of everything that happens and what Moonbeam feels until that final page where it sort of just releases, a relief, a moment of clarity. But still after so many days of reading it, it's stays with you, I don't really know how to explain it. Will Hill is an incredible writer, flawless even, this is one my first books by him and this certainly won't be the last either.

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

After the Fire has been picked for the Zoella and Friends Book Club and quite rightly so! 

After the Fire