[Swift Reviews] ‘The Meaning of Birds’ by Jaye Robin Brown (ARC)

"Oh god. Stork rhymes with dork. Which I am. Because there’s no way you wanted all that trivia. Sorry, I’m ridiculously into birds. It’s a sickness.” Before, Jessica has always struggled with anger issues, but come sophomore year that all changes when Vivi crashes into her life. As their relationship blossoms, Vivi not only helps …

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[UKYA Features] “The Truth About Keeping Secrets” by Savannah Brown

A new installation on my blog that I hope to do with semi-regular frequency is this new idea I've had called "UKYA Features" which is exactly what it sounds like - it's a feature to highlight UKYA (or sometimes UK adult) literature. UKYA is such an incredible, diverse area - but it's also one that …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt

"We don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are." Aged thirteen, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘ The Darkest Part of the Forest’ by Holly Black

“Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself.” Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows …

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[Reviews] ‘City of Ghosts’ by Victoria Schwab

"Believe it or not, I don't want to spend my time searching for ghosts. It's just that if they're there, I can't ignore them. It's like knowing there's someone standing right behind you and being told not to turn around. You can feel their breath on your neck, and every second you don't look, your …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘White Rabbit, Red Wolf’ by Tom Pollock (ARC)

"This story is a lie." Peter Blankman is afraid of everything and must confront unimaginable terror when his mother is attacked. Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. Afraid of everything, he finds solace in the orderly and logical world of mathematics and in the love of his …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘The Island’ by M.A. Bennett

"The geek has inherited the Earth." Link is a fish out of water. Newly arrived from America, he is finding it hard to settle into the venerable and prestigious Osney School. Who knew there could be so many strange traditions to understand? And what kind of school ranks its students by how fast they can …

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