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Book Review | Ida by Alison Evans

"How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths. One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered. How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back? "

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As some of you may know, I lost my friend on 1st May 2016. Kerry was nothing short of incredible. She was a fun, caring, selfless and magnanimous girl who was a beacon of light to so many. Kerry was also an avid reader and is the reason I have my own blog and booktube… Continue reading A Novel Experience Readathon | Announcement

Book Review | The Last City by Logan Keys

"Sixteen-year-old Liza was prepared to die from cancer, but instead she's been gifted super-strength. Since the undead plague, the world's gone crazy: Evil dictators, mad scientists, sick kids imprisoned on an island, and experiments that have created the stuff of myths and legends. When Liza meets Jeremy Writer, an anarchist rousting the people to revolt, she has a choice to make. Risk imprisonment, or join the rebellion. And she finds she has a talent for enlisting allies to their cause. Tommy's a normal seventeen-year-old boy, that is, until he's angry. The Underground's created super-soldiers to fight the regime holding the last city. But he struggles to contain his monster more and more, and Tommy wonders how much of himself will be left when they arrive. He's got too many who rely on him, to give up now. If Liza can't help spark an uprising, and Tommy loses control before victory, then the last of the population will be purged, and freedom will be nothing but a memory."

Book Review | Little White Lies by Elizabeth McGregor

"Any other year, summer arrived with the swallows. But this year, the broken body of a bird, left on the porch, serves as an omen of deception, a shadow cast over the days to come… Beth March’s life seems unexceptional: she and her husband, David, have a conventional, quiet marriage. The opening morning of the nightmare seems like just another day, aside from the unexpected body of the bird…but while Beth showers and prepares for the day, David drives his car at full speed into the path of a lorry. He is killed instantly. From the moment that Beth learns of his fate, her world begins to shatter around her. Nothing in her life can ever be the same again. No one can be trusted. No one is telling her the truth. Was David having an affair? Why did he go behind her back to sell his shares and take out another mortgage — and where is that money now? What dark secrets lie beneath the picture-perfect image of the family down the lane? As she unravels the chain of tragic events that preceded her husband’s death, Beth finds herself tossed from side to side on a sea of continually shifting information, never sure what is true and what is not. What seem like little white lies gradually begin to build and build until Beth truly begins to realise the horror of devastating betrayal experienced by everyone involved…"

Book Review | Beartown by Fredrik Backman

"People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world."

Book Review | The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

"Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate - the Hazel Wood - Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away - by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began . . . "