Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

“People will not forget. Or forgive. An ugly girl is too great an offense…the world is made for men. An ugly girl can never be forgiven.” “Stepsister” by Jennifer Donnelly tells the gripping story of Cinderella’s ‘ugly’ stepsister, Isabelle. We’ve been told this fairy-tale over and over again throughout our lives and know the characters well. But have you ever wondered what happened to the sisters … Continue reading Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

YALC: My First Year

With YALC 2020 steadily approaching (if it goes ahead) I thought I would make a little post about my experience and offer some advice to any first-timers planning on going this year. As mentioned in my previous blog post, I stumbled across the bookish community when a_girl_with_a_bookshelf_ followed me on my personal Instagram. Since then my life has changed for the better and I’ve become … Continue reading YALC: My First Year

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

”We might give it our all and crash and burn. But we might win. We might actually change things. And that maybe makes it still worth going for, don’t you think?” Jaime has been spending his summer helping his cousin with campaigning in time for a special election. When his mother encourages him to go canvassing, he can’t think of anything worse. However, Jaime has always wanted to … Continue reading Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel

‘’ Doing something when you’re scared is braver than doing something when you’re not’’ When Mike Parker’s girlfriend comes into school with a black eye, claiming he gave it to her, her whole world is tipped upside down. Her relationship has just ended and now she’s the talk of the school. Mike was the most popular boy in school who was always so in love with … Continue reading What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel

How I Started Blogging

Just over a year ago girl_with_a_bookshelf _ * followed me on Instagram and completely opened me up to a new world I never knew existed. As an avid reader, with bookshelves overflowing, I was overjoyed to learn that ‘bookstagram’ was a thing. How had I gone so long without knowing it existed? After years of boring my non-bookish friends with pictures of books and libraries … Continue reading How I Started Blogging

American Royals by Katherine McGee

Two and a half centuries ago, America won the Revolutionary War and General George Washington was offered the crown. Today, the House of Washington still sit on the thrown with Princess Beatrice next in line. Beatrice’s whole life has been building up to her ruling the United States and the time for her reign is imminent.  Like most royal families, there is an heir and … Continue reading American Royals by Katherine McGee

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

 “This is the problem with words and even stories: there is never one truth” Summer, Mia and Brynn are obsessed with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn. They begin to believe it is real, that the world of Lovelorn is really materialising around them, and start writing their own fan-fiction sequel.  One day, Summer is violently murdered in the woods where they all played … Continue reading Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

“No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.” The year is 2017, the place is America, but this is not a place we recognise. A company called Death-Cast know the exact date of everyone’s death and make it their mission to inform Deckers that they will be dead within the next twenty-four hours. Many have tried to cheat death, all … Continue reading They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera