[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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[Reviews] ‘The Priory of the Orange Tree’ by Samantha Shannon (ARC)

"You know the story of the Damsel and the Saint. You know how a knight rescued a princess from a dragon and took her away to a kingdom across the sea.  You know that they founded a great city and lived happily ever after." He smiled. "Everything you know is false." A world divided.  A …

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[Yearly Wrap-Up] My Top Ten Favourite Reads of 2018

Yo yo bookworms (and hiss hiss booksnakes, if you're a cool Slytherin), the end is nigh. You may be cramming these last few hours in an attempt to meet your reading goal (good luck, if that's the case); or, like me, you might have already completed your reading goal, and possibly gone far beyond (ahem, …

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[Swift Reviews] ‘Alienated: Grounded at Groom Lake’ by Jeff Norton

Fourteen-year-old Sherman Capote is an Air Force brat used to moving schools. But he's never been to a place like Groom Lake High, the high school for aliens at Area 51. It's a totally alien environment filled with cliques and bullies, but he makes friends with a gang of galactic misfits: Octo, a quick-witted Ventitent …

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[Top 10] Ten Reasons to Read The Rebel of the Sands Trilogy

I'm back with another instalment in the Top 10 series! This time it's Alwyn Hamilton's Rebel of the Sands trilogy, with a few pointers that may help you decide whether to read (or not read) this recently-complete trilogy. 1. It's about a girl who wants to escape her dead-end town, and I think that aspect …

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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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