REVIEW - A PLACE CALLED PERFECT by Helena Duggan

A book that will haunt you in the best way possible weeks after you've read it. 

A Place Called Perfect (Perfect #1)
by Helena Duggan
Publisher - Usborne Children's Publishing
Release Date - August 1st 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository


Violet never wanted to move to Perfect.

Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time?

But Violet quickly discovers there's something weird going on – she keeps hearing noises in the night, her mum is acting strange and her dad has disappeared.

When she meets Boy she realizes that her dad is not the only person to have been stolen away...and that the mysterious Watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret!

This book is one of those that I wished I read when I first heard about it, when it received its glorious nominations and when my students kept on reading and recommending this book, I knew I was missing out. But never fear I got there in the end when the lovely publisher were sending around book 2 The Trouble With Perfect and it jumped on that band-waggon immediately. I'm so thankful to them as I absolutely loved it, it's a book that stays with you weeks after you've read it. 

When Violet moves to a new village after her father's big promotion, she hates it. She left friends, her school, her home to now wash up in this place. There's a problem with this town, and her father being an eye-surgeon is the only one who can help, the town is going blind. The next morning, her whole family can't see, so they're fitted with Archer's Rose-Tinted glasses that glosses the town in utter perfection. When Violet meets the Archer brothers with their perfect tea that honestly tastes like nothing she's ever drank, she knows not to trust them and she's right too. This town is far from perfect, quite the opposite and she along with her new friend Boy, even with all eyes of the town on her, is going to prove it. 

This book kept me going through the beginning of term. It took my a while but whenever I dived into the book, I was completely immersed. When I left it behind I wanted to know what happened next, I just wished I had more time to read it. Helena creates such a vivid and darkly imaginative of the world of Perfect, so much so it's quite creepy. One particular thing is the eyeballs, growing eyeballs that wrap around you and attack you. I see them in a totally different way when I look on the cover. *shivers* I really loved the characters in this book, Violet is not afraid of being who she is, she's confident and she's got balls to take on two horrible brothers, to fight against her whole family and be cast out because she knows in her heart that this isn't right, and that's bold for a 11 year old. Oh and Boy, he's so reserved I wish we saw more of him, I hope in the sequel he'll come out of his shell, there's a story that I want hear but I can tell that's it could be broken one. Aow.

One of the goals as a reader and a librarian is to expand my reading, I'm not saying classics or anything like that, more Middle Grade, younger books not just the Teen and YA because as proven there is some glorious MG, that keep you in the edge of your seat. It was only a few days ago when I received Violet and Boy in the post by Usborne (thank you) that when students kept asking have you go this book? or "Miss, there's a second book?!" or for some "Miss, what's it about?"
Confession: I read so much that, I'm absolutely terrible at describing a book, but I did pretty well with this one as instantly I remembered what it was about, the adventure, cheeky characters and the eyeballs and the student reserved it instantly. Proud moment. That's how amazing this book is and I would recommend to anyone. This is a hauntingly, captivating and beautiful story. Please read it. 

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Usborne for sending this book in exchange for an honest review. 

REVIEW - SPELLSLINGER by Sebastien de Castell

When one author reads from his latest book to spark me into reading the whole series because of it. 

Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1)
by Sebastien de Castell
Publisher - Hot Key Books
Release Date - May 4th 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Magic is a con game.

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage's duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There's just one problem: his magic is gone. As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi - a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She's difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen's only hope...


When Sebestein de Castell started reading an excerpt from his latest book in the series at the Hot Key Books blogger brunch it brought all of us to laughter, even me. It was like the room suddenly lifted, and I loved that and I needed that feeling especially with work, you need that complete escapism and this book totally is that. 

Kellen wants to be a Jan'Tep, a full fledged mage when he reaches his sixteenth birthday. He wants to smash the trails and be the son that the mighty Ke'heop's wants him to be. The thing is, he hasn't sparked any of his bands. He hasn't a shred of magic at all, which can only mean one path to become a Sha'Tep, who serves the family as basically a servant, just like his uncle Abydos. Living in a world where citizens pride themselves on magic and living with it, Kellen certainly feels the pressure. But after a failed duel, his sister, Shalla tries to force his magic, only to result in nearly killing him, when a lady, a Argosi stranger with bright red hair saves his life. Ferius Parfax only she leads him down another path, one of trickery, cards and a squirrel cat names Reichis. 

Spellslinger is in a league of its own. I don't think I've laughed quite so much in a book like this in a long time.  It a series of books I wish was around after the hype of Harry Potter. With a fast paced storyline its unputadownable and seriously addictive. There's also such a family of characters. Kellen is such a likeable, cheeky character, his perseverance is admirable when all he wants is still be part of the family that he's protected and protected him. I think Kellen needed a little pushing, a bit of guidance, ask the right questions and he'll find out where her belongs. But whilst he's trying to find that he figures out more than he bargained for, including being part of citizens that is based on a lie. I really loved Ferius Parfax, she is really intriguing and that's what pulls you in, she had something about her that just caught your attention throughout the whole book, that you sub consciously following, wondering what she's up to. But I guess you the star of the series, has to be the Reichis, the squirrel cat. Sebestein just nailed his character, a squirrel cat that is Kellen familiar, and he steals the entire book. All you need to know is that he will try and eat everyone eyeballs, he's stubborn, in it for himself but he does will have your back.

Spellslinger reminds me of a magical Robin Hood, although he doesn't have a cool familiar like Reichis. Kellen hasn't quite learnt how to protect himself physically, his friends do. It's a family of outlaws. This book is all about fitting in with what you got and that you play with the cards you're dealt with.

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Hot Key Books for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

SEPTEMBER WRAP-UP & OCTOBER TBR

Hi Everyone, How has your September been? Mine has been manic and the fact that it's already October has passed me by completely. Where does the time go? I mean we are counting down to Christmas already in shops.... Oh god that means I need to start thinking about presents. Who leaves it to the last minute?

With the start of September came the start of term at work, it's never been busier, additional roles to my job has been interesting but also exciting. That also comes with hardly no reading. I read a grand total of 1 book and I guess a half even though I've DNFd it for the time being. September also brought along Back to Skool theme on my blog and towards the end of the month I was very excited to attend the Hot Key Book Blogger Brunch which has sparked my magical reading this month.

I'm hoping October will be more productive, with spooky reads as well as half term approaching which means more reading. Yay.


Books I Read and Book of the Month
A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan - 5/5
As a librarian I'm really trying to broaden my reading to younger books, older middle grade and when the publisher approached about this I couldn't not say no. Look at the covers and these are honestly the perfect books for autumn and halloween. 

Book Reviewed


This Month I received - thank you lovely publishers (and authors)
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A small haul this month but one that I'm thankful of. The Spellslinger series book were from the Blogger Event and Charmcaster is Sebastien's actual author's copy which is awesome. Last year I read Otherworld, that I was book I couldn't put down and a total surprise that it was a book I loved. So I can't wait to immerse myself in the same gaming world once again in it's sequel Otherearth. Whilst I didn't receive much I did buy the new V.E. Schwab, Vengeful which I hope to read very soon as well as a few others.

Book Most Anticipated
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October TBR 
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After the Hot Key Books Blogger Event I'm on a Spellslinger series kick, these are just brilliant. I'm also so so excited to finally get a copy of Otherearth. I hoping my reading will pick up a lot this month. So I can't wait to read each and every one. 

How was your month? What are you Spooky October TBR plans?

GUEST POST - Chloe Seager talks about making and maintaining friends...

Hi Everyone, I continue my #Bk2Skool September (I finally came up with a cool hashtag name for it.) If this is your first post that you have seen of my blog then here's a brief catch you up. 

#Bk2Skool September was created by me as I work in a school, a librarian. I see first hand what it's like going to school for the first time with a new cohort of Year 7s, but also to those who are going back to school, starting their GCSEs etc. So I've asked some of favourite authors that explore school life in their books. 

Last week I had Tamsin Winter, author of Being Miss Nobody discussing her top tips to starting secondary school. Today I have the lovely Chloe Seager author of Editing Emma and her latest book Friendship Fails of Emma Nash talking about the heart of her book, friendships and how scary it can be fitting in, finding friends, or keeping the ones you've had for years. Here is a bit more about her book. 

Emma Nash is back….and determined to work out the world of friendships and relationships once and for all (…ish).

Now she’s in the sixth form, Emma’s expecting life to be a breeze but when her best friend Steph suddenly has a boyfriend who she’s spending more time with Emma’s not sure what to do with herself.

So Emma’s got a mission in mind: making new friends. Signing up for the school fashion show seems like the perfect opportunity. Although soon, through a series of mishaps that are absolutely not Emma’s fault (well, sort of), her world is teetering on the edge of disaster again.

Would going back to creating a life for herself online reaaaaaallllyyy be so bad?


School Friendships

In Friendship Fails of Emma Nash, Emma is navigating not only trying to find new friends at school, but also keeping on top of her existing ones. I definitely went through many friendship highs and lows during my teen years, so here are some of my top tips for making and maintaining friends at school.

1. Take your time choosing

When you start a new school/college, there’s a lot of pressure to ‘make friends’ straightaway. I’ve heard that statistically, you’re 90% likely to make friends with the first person you sit next to in a new school. This doesn't make me think, ‘oh wow, how lucky that 90% of us instantly sit next to a BFF,’ it makes me think that some people must surely settle with the first person they meet. With all the pressure and fear that surrounds entering a new place it’s totally understandable, but try to talk to as many people as possible; you want to make sure you’re making the right lifelong friends.

2. Be brave about switching groups

If you do end up feeling you’ve chosen the wrong friends somewhere down the line, it can feel an awful and impossible task to change them. After starting school in Year 7, I didn’t find the right friendship group for me until I was in Year 9. That is two whole years of shifting groups. It involved a lot of guilt (about leaving people behind who were perfectly nice, I just didn’t feel the ‘chemistry’ with), a lot of nastiness (when I’d accidentally fallen in with some very mean girls) and a lot of loneliness (during shifts, and from hanging out with people I didn’t really click with). I began to think the problem was me; that friends who were right for me didn’t exist. Then I tried moving on one last time, and bam! I found girls who were lovely, clever, fun and just the right amount of dorky for me.

3. Remember school friendships are intense

In a way, friendships when you’re at school are unlike any other, because school is such a big part of your life. You might walk into school with your friends, sit next to them all day, walk back together and hang out together in the evening to watch TV or do homework together. You might even hang out on weekends and in the summer holidays, too. As a teenager you don’t realise it, but THAT IS A LOT. It’s natural that sometimes you’re going to get on each other’s nerves and fall out. It’s unavoidable that things will get blown out of proportion. Arguments will happen, so try not to blow the thing that got blown out of proportion, out of proportion…if you see what I mean. The storm will pass and if your friends are good friends, you’ll resolve problems between you.

4. Communicate

You won’t resolve problems without talking to each other (calmly) about what’s gone wrong and how to change it in future. It took me a long time to discover this and this actually isn’t just a tip for school friendships; once I learnt it, I carried it into my friendships for the rest of my life.

5. If BFFs don't happen at school, don’t beat yourself up

For some people finding amazing friendships happens as soon as they join a new school, for some (like me) it takes time, and for others it happens at university or during their adult life. If it’s not happening don’t place blame on yourself; it’s not you, it’s just that you haven’t found ‘your people’ yet. If your people aren’t at school that’s ok - they might be outside it; on your street, at an after-school club, or on Twitter! Keep looking and trying, because they are out there.

Thank you so much Chloe for guest posting on my blog. One thing I couldn't agree more is 'don't beat yourself up'. I promise it gets better when you out of school. 

Chloe Seager grew up in East London with her Mum and much-loved cat, Katie. She studied English Literature and Drama at the University of East Anglia, where she sadly realised she couldn't act, but did rediscover her love of children's books. Children's Literature was one of her favourite modules, and it made her wonder why grown-ups ever stopped reading them. She now works with them full-time as a YA/Children's literary agent at Diane Banks Associates, and lives back in East London with her boyfriend and pet fish. Editing Emma is her first novel.
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ARC REVIEW - THE CRUEL DESIGN by Emily Suvada

This series is like any other... If you think book 1 is brilliant then the sequel is even better.  Read my review for The Mortal Coil, the first book in the series here


The Cruel Design (The Mortal Coil #2)
by Emily Suvada
Publisher - Penguin Random Children's
Release Date - November 4th 2018
Pre-Order - Amazon | Book Depository


Where can you hide when you're running from yourself?

Catarina thought they'd stopped the Hydra virus. She was wrong.

After laying everything on the line to decrypt the vaccine, Cat realises that Lachlan's daemon code is in the panel of every person on the planet's surface. With it, he can reprogram humanity.

She, Cole and Leoben set out to stop him, but they're on a timer. Cartaxus - the shadowy corporation that's both helped and hindered them - has a deadly end game in play. The virus is evolving, the vaccine is dying, and if Cat can't find Lachlan in three days, they'll use lethal code to wipe out every person on the planet.

Their path takes them to Entropia, an underground city deep in the desert and home to the most extreme gene hackers, run by the queen of coding, Regina.

Struggling with the revelations about her past, and plagued by strange visions, what Cat finds in Entropia is more than just a trail to Lachlan. Because in the vaulted chambers of Regina's kingdom, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts, and discovers that the biggest threat of all may be buried in her own mind.

The best of Science Fiction is right here... Emily Suvada is undoubtedly one of my new favourite writers. I couldn't wait but to head straight into the sequel, I mean if it's in front of you its hard not too, right? The Mortal Coil certainly didn't end in a cliffhanger if that's what your wondering but it left you wanting for more, so if you can read them together then do. Although now I'm wishing the final book was here already, I have to wait painstakenly another year. 

Without giving too much away for those who haven't read it, I'll keep it simple. After a life-changing moment at the end of TMC, her life and those of millions of other rest once again in her hands. Like everything in the world, it changes it state, it moves on but nothing as fast as this virus. It's existence of the virus is evolving far worst than Catarina could ever imagine. It's a race against time, with three days before the shadow organisation wipes out the entirety of the human race. Catarina faces some hard truths as well as some very hard decisions ahead, she's at a point where she is a constant struggle  with herself but also those around her. When she needs her friends more than ever, its times like these that find herself asking, can she really trust them?

Emily Suvada is undoubtedly one of my new favourite writers. New characters are introduced, a team that was broken apart is now rebuilt. You'll find yourself in this book having a lot of trust issues, including and I hate to say this with a certain super soldier. I hated that. Cat really does go through it in this book though, both physically and mentally. This girl is one of the best heroines I've come across in a long time. Her strength, bravery, is to be truly admired, the fight in her, it really makes your heart swell.

I loved how Emily really racked up the tension and excitement in the story. The thrill of the chase, the constant twists in the plotline sent you on the edge of you seat on in my case my bed. Your heart was beating so fast, you literally couldn't contain yourself. Emily really pushed the boundaries with the impossible, the stunning breakthroughs with genetics and technological advancements, it felt like you were in a whole new world, especially when Catarina went to Entropia, they were thriving on the virus, with the use of DNA and coding, panels are a thing of the past in TCD. The writing style is stunning, utterly seamless with the science behind making the realms of the impossible even more surreal, pushing ever closer to our reality which is scary to say the least.

It was said to me that The Cruel Design is even better than The Mortal Coil. In a way I didn't want to get my hopes up, you know how some sequels can be and I really didn't want to be disappointed. But boy was a wrong, this is a series that really exceeds everything in the first, it intensive, thrilling and quite simply stunning. I can't wait for book 3 but the wait will be excruciating. Take a breath, grab the book and sink into on the best sci-fi series ever.

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you so so much to the lovely Penguin publishers for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

GUEST POST - Tamsin Winter discusses her tips to surviving secondary school...


Hi Everyone, it's a new term, a lot of us are returning to work like me as librarian or a teacher and some of you are heading back to school. Some of you are heading back for GCSE year, starting college of Sixth Form, going to University or could you be starting that journey from scratch with your first year in secondary school.

There are a lot of books in Teen and YA that really captures a teenagers life, through school, family, friendships, and social media. So this month I've got some of my favourite authors that really talk about all aspects of school, life as a teenager, pressures and today begins that journey with the lovely Tamsin Winter who has written her top tips for surviving school. These are rules to live by I think.

Her debut novel came out last year, Being Miss Nobody and here is a little bit more about it.


Eleven-year-old Rosalind is mortifyingly shy and cannot speak at all, well, not in front of anyone at school.

Her classmates CALL HER weird and she becomes the perfect target for bullying - someone who cannot fight back.

So, Rosalind starts Miss Nobody - an anonymous blog to expose the bullies at her school.

But, as her blog starts trending, things begin to spiral out of control. There is only one thing Rosalind has to do - speak up.

But how do you do that when you can't actually speak?



Starting a new secondary school: my best tips to help you boss it 

1. Get Organised. Starting a new school is THE best excuse to buy a load of new stationery. Don’t worry about what pencil case or bag or everyone else might have – choose the stuff that makes you happy. Being prepared for a new term by having all the right equipment is majorly dorky, and that is a GOOD thing. 
 
2. Good Friendships Take Time. Some people seem to befriend everybody within about three seconds of meeting them. Most people’s friendships take a bit longer than this. Don’t worry if you haven’t made a new best friend in the first week. You will likely be with these people for FIVE YEARS. It’s okay to take time getting to know them. 
 
3. Take A Photo Of Your Timetable. Because you will lose it. 

4. Join A Club. Clubs can be a brilliant way of meeting people with the same interests as you, and people who you might not come across in your usual school day. Most schools have an extensive programme of lunchtime and after-school clubs, ranging from Book Club (I strongly recommend) to Boxercise (I did this once and afterwards could not move my arms). Clubs are great for socialising, learning new skills or even just avoiding the crowds. 

5. DO NOT GET A PERM. I literally did this the week before I started secondary school in 1990 and I have regretted it ever since. 

6. Find The Library. Then Visit It A lot. One of the best things you can do with your school days is to spend it reading books. It’s one of the few times in your life when you have a library on your doorstep, so make the most of it. Also, it will make your new English teacher very happy. And that can only be a good thing. 
 
7. Be Yourself. The pressure to be like everybody else when you start secondary school is IMMENSE. I spent almost so many years pretending I liked stuff just because everyone else did. I wish somebody had told me at the time that it is okay to not be into the same stuff as your classmates. The right friends won’t expect you to be a carbon copy of them. 
 
8. Tell Someone If Something’s Wrong. It can be really hard to ask for help when you’re at a new school. Sometimes, you might not know who to ask. But if something is wrong, tell someone. Your form tutor is a good place to start. If they seem busy photocopying or something, don’t worry. That’s just start-of-term normalness, believe me. I’ve never met a teacher who was too busy to help a young person in need. It’s literally their job. 

9. Report Bullying. Unfortunately, some people will tell you bullying is just a normal part of school life, and not to worry about it. This is the biggest lie ever. Bullying is not acceptable. It should not be a normal part of someone’s life. And it should not go unreported. If you experience it yourself, or if you see it happening to someone else, report it. IRL and online. You could be saving a life. 

10. Be Kind. If there was only one piece of advice I could give you about starting secondary school, this is it: be kind to people. It’s just about the greatest thing you can be.


Thank you so much to the lovely Tamsin for guest blogging on here. These are certainly tips to live by. 


AUGUST WRAP-UP & SEPTEMBER TBR

Hi Everyone, it's that time of the month for the wrap-up post but that also mean it's the end of my summer holidays. At the beginning of the holidays I was thinking 'what am I going to do with myself?' as I love my job and I missed the library. But now that the time has gone, I've had a gorgeous holiday in Cornwall, I've been reading quite a lot, (although the TBR hasn't really gone down) lots of blog tours, celebration of kindness both on the blog and off . I feel that having this time off does lead to sending lots of money and obviously purchasing loads of books which doesn't help the TBR. Haha.

September starts a new term, full time hours, two school libraries and much more. So I'm very excited. Blog wise, there might be some fewer posts but I do have some cracking ones in September all part of a secret themed project next month. Reading will continue but I will be slower and more tired, so hitting that GR target at the end of the year seems so far away. Anywho, lets see what I've read and what I plan to read in September.

Books I Read

Are We All Lemmings and Snowlfakes? by Holly Bourne - 5/5
Songs About a Boy by Chris Russell - 5/5
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas - 5/5 
The Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada - 5/5
The Cruel Design by Emily Suvada - 5/5

Books Reviewed

Books of the Month
I couldn't honestly choose between the both of these. This is Holly's best book without a doubt. And after discovering a new author and series, The Mortal Coil is nothing that I've ever read before. 

This Month I Received - thank you lovely publishers
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Its been a great month for books! Although I have bought a few as well so I've gained books rather than trying to get the TBR down. The first 3 I have already devoured and read, I'm coming to the end of The Cruel Design which is out till November but oh my is this series addictive. The lovely people at Usborne sent me both books in the Perfect series including the new book releasing in September. I really want to get into some younger teen novels and these sound so spooky and autumny that I can't wait to devour these. 

Most Anticipated this Month
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September TBR
Reading will be downsized this month with going back to month but these are the books I'm hoping to read. 

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How was your month? What are your September TBR plans?

REVIEW - THE MORTAL COIL by Emily Suvada

So the question I need to ask you first is - Have you read this book? To be honest it shouldn't be a question, because you need to read this book - end of story. I can convince you, promise just continue reading this...

The Mortal Coil (The Mortal Coil #1)
by Emily Suvada
Publisher - Penguin Random Children's UK
Release Date - November 2nd 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta's death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world's leading geneticist, and humanity's best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole's genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine.

Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world's genetic tech. But it's too late to turn back.

There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can save them, and one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything.

Catarina is living on the surface of the world that is facing an apocalypse. Two years ago a virus spread across the world, infecting people with a plague. The Lurkers (zombies to you and I) roam the world, the only way to protect yourself is by eating infected flesh to become immune. Eventually they denote called The Hydra, spreading the disease further. Her father is a scientist, working on vaccine to finally end this virus. Until when he was taken by a shadow organisation known as Cartaxus (kind of like Umbrella Co-operation) to find a cure Cat has been living and surviving on her own. So when a lone soldier called Cole arrives at the cabin, she finds that her father has died and being his daughter of his intelligence she is the only one who can save the world by continuing his work lying within her own body.

So my initial thoughts when I first saw this book was apocalypse, zombies, virus and girl who saves the world. I loved the fact that I read nothing like this, so as someone who likes a movie or two on zombies this was right up my street. What I didn't know was that it was going to turn out to be the best book/start of a series that I've read in all of my reading history. It's book likes these that really do surprise me but also ones that are close to my heart as well. This book has blown my mind wide open.

Cat is such a strong herione of the novel, I love her bravery which you will note more throughout the book. Being the daughter of a genius, her intelligence speaks volumes. What I really enjoyed was the way Emily knew her stuff to really appeal to the readers and also a way for you understand the world around you. Cat is a survivor, she was born one, her only companion after losing her father to Cartaxus was Agnes who would protect and look out for her. Agnes was never far from her thoughts and would always look after as if she was her own. When it came to Cole, badass super soldier, I loved that Cat took no crap from him and still had her independence despite Cole's protectiveness. I thought there might have been a love triangle but I'm glad for the sake of the book that it was more of thought when the spark between them that ignited something powerful, a deeper connection.

Catarina lives in a world of scientific and technical advancements so much so that everyone on the planet has a panel in their arm, they are connected to various apps, and jacked into coding and tech within their bodies. With a bit of VR, each person can access a digital and surreal world, where everything is accessible, coder like Cat can change the look of yourself just simply by creating a code and uploading it, broken limbs can heal within a week with healing tech, and you can knock someone out by creating a virus. Emily Suvada's writing is out of this world! The world building makes the world seem very real, which was very intense. Her writing style wasn't over-whelming, you could understand and feel the world that she was creating, her knowledge shines through each page. While I was reading TMC, it felt so surreal that the book was VR, everything became so real, I was jacked in and I felt I couldn't escape until the end, that's how addictive and adventurous it is. The narrative is fast-paced and I could feel my heart-pounding with every twist and turn. The book needs a movie ASAP. If you get all this visual effects through Emily's writing, imagine how it would be on the big screen.

As a way to end this review, all you need to know that I've found my new favourite book/series of 2018 and my new favourite author. Don't let The Mortal Coil pass you by in the bookshop, pick it up, you won't regret it. It's a book you can't put down and it's a story that you will never forget.

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the amazing Penguin Random Children's for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

DISCUSSION - WHAT ARE YOUR READING HABITS?

After sending out a tweet a few days ago, it stroked up quite the likes and conversation. It made me rather happy and I guess I enjoyed talking all things books with everyone, seeing that I'm not the only one and laughing about it.

Reading habits are what makes you who you are, your unique to your own character. When your a reader, book blogger, librarian or teacher, your more than that, books, characters become your life. The care you take to your own books, your bookshelves it's singular to you. You can't help that maybe or series, author or book is more precious than maybe some other. Your favourites become something more to you than just a book. So like me when I enter a bookshop or any kind, Waterstones, WHSmith or Independent, you can't help but take the pride from your shelf to the outside world. That's why when I see the YA and Teen Shelves is disarray I can't help but sort it out. It natural to me. So the Holly Bourne books, you know she's my favourite author so I make sure that the book are in publishing order, The Spinster Club series starts with Am I Normal Yet? 

I'd like to point that this is no way a criticism to staff who work there. I guess I kind of feel the customer is part of it and we are doing a kind service.

Other reading habits I'm care to admit...

  • I tend to do which drives people bonkers is that I will bring a book wherever I will go, even if I know I'm not going to read it. Basically my books are my comfy blanket I can't leave the house without one.
  • When I buy a new bag, I have to make sure that it fits a book, unless it's an evening bag - but still even I find it difficult not to bring a book with me. Dates and bringing a book really doesn't work. Just thought I'd mention that. Even if it's the most beautiful bag, I still can't buy it, it doesn't suit my booklover's side to me. 
  • I buy books but I won't read them straight away, so basically I collect them. So when someone says to me "Do you really need that?" I will always go "Yes, I've waited for this book for so long." and the book hits the shelf, not to be read for a month or more. I could probably count on a couple of hands when I have read the book straight away. 

These are the ones that really stand out to me, that others have noticed. I'm sure I have others that I just do naturally. Reading habits are what makes you who you are, your unique to your own character. 

What are your reading habits?