Friday, 18 May 2018

REVIEW - THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF OKAY by Laura Steven

The Exact Opposite of Okay
by Laura Steven
Publisher - Electric Monkey
Release Date - March 8th 2018
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository 

Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has..


Fans of Holly Bourne will love Laura Steven!

Join the Bitches Bite Back club you'll want to after this story. Izzy O'Neill is unafraid of her reputation, she's a girl who likes to have fun, she's a girl who like to write blog posts and also playscripts, she's a girl unashamed of who she is and what people think of her. So one night at a party, two boys like her, kiss her and have sex with her. She's happy, it's consensual, there's nothing bad about it. is publicly shamed, vandalised and striped naked when a photo is shared online of her at a night at a party. She writes about it on her blog,

Izzy is hilariously honest, brutally and unashamedly funny and a total ace of a character. She is like all my favourite parts of characters out together. She is just so realistic, and she is proud to be so. That comes across loud and clear and you can’t not love her. Although in a way it’s kind of glamour to the person she learns to be painfully so. After her parents died, she uses comedy as a copying mechanism, she got that from her grandma, Betty. She is also undeterred about being an idiot sometimes too, she doesn’t care what people think, but she also learns too. Also she wants to care about is the people she loves around her, those are her...

Izzy has the best of relationships with her family and more importantly to some of her dearest friends. Ajita is absolutely the best person for Izzy, she is the funniest and totally unashamed to be Izzy best friend. She's their for the long haul, through the rough and that why I love her. Betty, her grandma, is best grandma in world. Why you might say, because she will do anything Izzy, she work her feet off trying to provide for her, and she doesn't get any rest-bite. She is truly extraordinary and a grandma and gran-daughter relationship to be proud of. But it's also the likes of her Drama teacher that really takes a shine to Izzy, with her script-writing as well as her favourite Reese snacks. Mrs C is one of the first teachers to really see the potential Izzy and her career. She has always felt that her script-writing was that, just writing for her own amusements, what she realises is that she has a talent, for putting her own character into something unique. I'd also say that Mrs C is the best fictional teacher I've read in a long time.

The Exact Opposite of Okay really focuses on how we as girls are treated or even viewed. It has a very feminist, realistic view that is touched by some many people now. What we wear, how we act, what we do is frowned upon and Izzy's story is the embodiment of this. She put the comedy to it as a way of shielding what she is really feeling. We shouldn't have to do that, should we? We shouldn't have to be the same, we are our own people. Our sexuality is nothing to be ashamed of, and that the awful thing, we are made to feel like that constantly especially if it's in the spotlight.  I commend Laura for really creating something that ultimately shouldn't go unnoticed, it's the people like Mrs C and Betty and Ajita that are also the bomb to Izzy when they were indifferent to her depsite her own assumptions to what they might be thinking. We are in control and nobody else should have a say unless it's consensual.

Laura is a power symbol among YA writers. She's bold, strong, realistic, she's doesn't shy away from the hardcore something either scary or cringe aspects of teenage life. This book is placed with the great Teen drama and queen of feminism, Louise Rennison and Holly Bourne. Laura Steven is YA author to look out for and I can’t wait for her return in 2019 with a sequel to this brilliant book.
“What do I want to be now? Bold. Fierce. Honest. A fighter. A revolutionary. A bitch. Because the way the world treats teenage girls – as sluts, as objects, as bitches – is not okay. It’s the exact opposite of okay.”

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thank you to Electric Monkey for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Friday, 11 May 2018

GUEST POST - WILDEST DREAMS BOX with Zoe

Hi Everyone, It's nearly the weekend and do I have a treat for you. Today I have the lovely Zoe, award-winning blogger, Youtuber and owner of Wildest Dreams Box, a book subscription box. I've started buying a good few months back with the Truth and Lies box and I loved what I saw, smelled with bubble baths & candles, and tasted some very heavenly bookish teas. So Zoe, was very kind enough to answer some questions for my blog as well as a DISCOUNT CODE for you to try out this subscription box yourself. 

Use code NEVERJUDGEABOOK to get your first box for just £15 with free UK shipping!

Hi Zoe, thanks for joining me on my blog. Tell me a bit about yourself and Wildest Dreams Box.

      Hi Emma, thank you so much for having me. So I'm a 24 year old blogger and YouTuber, and far more recently - a book box subscription owner. Wildest Dreams Book Box is a UK YA based subscription box. It's slightly smaller than others but far more affordable, and there was definitely a gap in the market for a box like that.

How did Wildest Dreams Box come together? What do you think makes WDB different from others on the market?
       It actually came together very quickly. I originally had the idea around September time and presales for the first box went on sale at the end of October and we sold out in 4 hours - it was very surreal and reassured me that my idea wasn't just a crazy one I'd cooked up at home! I think it's different for a few reasons. Firstly, the price. It's almost half the price of most other book boxes out there, and £30+ a month is unaffordable to a lot of people - myself included. I also think the genres we offer are a lot more diverse than other book boxes. I see a lot of fantasy in YA book boxes, but I felt there was a gap for people that had other genre loves; contemporary, horror, thrillers etc.

Tell us a bit about how you found your suppliers for you box?

       I have about 5 or 6 now that I trust and love - but it's taken me 6 months to do that! I spend hours finding suppliers that have excellent quality products, good reviews, hard-working and trusting. I've had a few mishaps along the way, but for the most part - every supplier has been wonderful. My one piece of advice would be to scour Etsy for hours!

How do you choose the theme/book every month? I mean there are so many brilliant books out every month it’s must be so hard to decide.

        It's probably the most difficult part for me. But I always just choose the book I'm most looking forward to or have already read and loved. Being a blogger and YouTuber comes in really handy when I receive books quite far in advance and can make decisions early on. Although saying that - I'm stuck from August at the moment, so any ideas would be welcome!

What has been your favourite box to create?

        My favourite was the Sunday YA box I did. It was a one off and I had a bit more money to spend for the products and it really was so much fun. I think my first box: The Best of YA will always have a special place in my heart too.

Finally, can you give us (me) a sneaky peek as it is to come in the next few months? I’m personally looking forward to Female Voices.

       Next month's theme is Love, YA and will focus on the fabulous Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. Lots of people have been asking for another Taken Moons collab and they just might get it in this box...
Thank you so much for having me! Use code NEVERJUDGEABOOK to get your first box for just £15 with free UK shipping!

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

πŸ“š DOUBLE REVIEW - FLAWED & PERFECT by Cecelia Ahern

Flawed (Flawed #1)
by Cecelia Ahern
Publisher - HarperCollins Children's Books
Release Date - March 24th 2016
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

The stunning YA debut from internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern.

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

Cecelia Ahern writing a YA novel is my dream has come true. My most anticipated becomes one of my favourites and this is an incredible thought provoking and shocking novel that really makes you think about the type of society we live in and what we this world can easily change into.

Living in a world that is controlled by people and the government, it doesn't always work out. Especially when an act or even an opinion can render you Flawed. Celestine North spoke up against a Flawed person because she wanted to offers him seat, he was old, ill and it wasn't fair that nobody bothered to do anything. But it didn't stop there, once she realised what she done, maybe she felt guilty at the prospect of what will happen next, but then she stood up, she got stronger, because deep down she knew that this system wasn't right, it was against what she believed in. That's how she became the most branded person because of her cause to stand up for herself and others heather their flawed or not. Sh dint think she just acted. But what hurts the most is when she and her family have a perfect life, well regarded in her neighbourhood and she turns out to be the....

This book played on the world that we are so afraid for it to become, novels like 1984 and many others have explored this and for me it’s scary to think that maybe our world isn't so far away from this view. Controlling, Forbidden opinions and no freedom of speech unless it conforms to their rules. You must live up to the standards of the leaders who they themselves think themselves as gods and deep down their always be corruption at the hearts that starts from the people who created it this system.

Cecelia Ahern is a phenomenal, multi-lingual and multi-everything of a writer. For someone who hasn't read a single book of hers before aside from my mum, I know that she is an incredible of adult fiction. But when she turns to young adult it's like a whole new world and I mean it quite literally.

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Perfect (Flawed #2)
by Cecelia Ahern
Release Date - January 25th 2018
Publisher - HarperCollins Children 
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Celestine North is Flawed.

Ever since Judge Crevan declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick, the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret—one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or risk her life to save all Flawed people.

I was worried that I had to read Flawed all over again as it’s been so long since I read that book. But I knew that it was one of my highlights when Flawed first came out, it was a book by an author so well recognised in a genre I very rarely read that it was one to remember. 

Perfect continues off from Flawed... Celestine is on the run. Judge Crevan wants her more than anything because she has more evidence against than anything. Celestine is branded on the spine because of Crevan's selfishness to be this pure person. He was punished for his sins therefore everyone else should follow suit. But being a leader he is more corrupt than anyone knows, who wants to follow a system like that. Celestine is the one who can change that with the help of Carrick and some Flawed activists.

She Flawed and she is proud to be. It’s the flaws that make you human, it’s the flaws that make you who you are, your character what you learn from, who you learn from. Your not Perfect to the conformity of the society. That’s not perfect that’s controlling, no freedom, ruled, governed. What Celestine wants to say is that flaws and all, your perfect in your own way and you’ll always be perfect to someone. Plus Perfect is boring, what’s life without a bit of danger, adventure or simply being a bit out of the ordinary.
“And there are the very special people in our lives who have the endless capacity to love us for all of our flaws.”
Cecelia Ahern is a remarkable writer. You can tell that instantly when you start reading her book, it’s like a whole new world. Perfect continues in its addictive, fast paced nature, it’s literally unputtadownable. Flawed series is recommended to anyone who loves Veronica Roth, George Orwell, Suzanne Collins and Margaret Atwood.

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟