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

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

Where the Light Gets in by Lucy Dillon

‘You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn’t work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That’s where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.’ Betty taught Lorna that courage is something you wear, like red lipstick, even if you don’t feel too courageous. So when Betty passes away, leaving her nervous dachshund called Rudy in Lorna’s … Continue reading Where the Light Gets in by Lucy Dillon

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

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

It is not every day that you find a fantasy novel with so much scope for a mass audience. “The Tethered Mage” is a sophisticated tale that has the gripping plot to hook it’s readers whilst stimulating their thoughts with its dense political theme. Caruso has created a page-turner for a wide-range of audiences. The Raverran Empire is run by a doge and the council … Continue reading The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“The thing I realize is that it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”  Theodore Finch is tired of the dark void his life has become. He is stood at the top of his school’s bell-tower, ready to jump and end his incurable pain. One little step and it will all be over and he will be free from the shadows weighing him down. … Continue reading All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven