Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart – Book Review [Blog Tour]

Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart – Book Review [Blog Tour]

Confession: sometimes I’m a really bad blogger. I’ve reviewed books in the past where I’ve read them the day before my review was supposed to go up, and I’ve struggled through them. This was especially the case if I didn’t get into a book as much as I’d hoped and it can feel like a real slog.

Today, I’m on the blog tour for Days of Wonder by Keith Stuart and I must admit, I did the same thing: I left it until a couple of days ago to start reading. I’ve been in such a huge reading slump recently and I really had to motivate myself to start reading. I literally finished the book about 30 minutes before I wrote this review.

The good thing, though? I LOVED IT.

Tom, single father to Hannah, is the manager of a tiny local theatre. On the same day each year, he and its colourful cast of part-time actors have staged a fantastical production just for his little girl, a moment of magic to make her childhood unforgettable.

But there is another reason behind these annual shows: the very first production followed Hannah’s diagnosis with a heart condition that will end her life early. And now, with Hannah a funny, tough girl of fifteen, that time is coming.

With the theatre under threat of closure, Hannah and Tom have more than one fight on their hands to stop the stories ending. But maybe, just maybe, one final day of wonder might just save them both.

Last year, I read A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart and it instantly became one of the best books I’d read that year. It was heartfelt, funny, raw, and made me feel every emotion I could possibly feel. So when I was asked to join the blog tour for Stuart’s second book, Days of Wonder, I couldn’t wait to get my copy!

OK, as I said above, I didn’t start reading it until the last minute. But when I did start reading it, I finished it within 48 hours. I stayed up until almost 1am because I couldn’t put it down. It’s one of those books where you get to a point where you want to go to bed and stop reading, but then something else happens, and then something else, and you find yourself still reading 50 pages later.

I loved how the book is split into two perspectives – Hannah, and her dad Tom. It gave a great insight into the minds of these two characters and how differently they react to Hannah’s situation.

When I read the synopsis, I hoped the whole book wouldn’t be filled with doom and gloom – but I knew that in A Boy Made of Blocks, Stuart did a great job of making the optimism shine through in any situation, no matter how rough. Days of Wonder, luckily, was the same.

The book really teaches you to be thankful for everything you have, no matter what is thrown your way. Hannah knows that one day she might die, whether it’s next week, next year, or in 5 years’ time. And meanwhile, Tom knows that he’ll lose his daughter long before her time should be up – which I can imagine would be any parent’s nightmare.

Even though this seems pretty bleak, especially being combined with the possible closure of the theatre that Tom has managed for 10 years, there were so many moments that made me laugh out loud. A book really has to be special to make me do that. (I’m usually an emotionless robot.)

Oh, and to top it all off, this book also has great mental health and LGBT representation. How could it be more perfect?!

I have absolutely nothing negative to say about Days of Wonder. If you want a book that makes you laugh, cry, tugs on your heartstrings, and makes you learn to see the positives even when everything seems bleak, read this book. I know you’ll love it.

Thank you to Little, Brown Book Group and Clara Diaz for sending me a review copy of Days of Wonder. The book comes out on June 7th in hardback, so don’t miss it! Click here to read about the book on Goodreads, or click here* to buy it on Amazon.

See some of the other bloggers taking part in the tour today, and for more of the action, follow the #DaysofWonder hashtag on Twitter!

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I’m Charlotte: media graduate, virtual assistant and avid reader. I’m a Hufflepuff, a space fanatic, and I love to write about books. More about me…

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Legendary Ladies by Ann Shen – Blog Tour Review

Legendary Ladies by Ann Shen – Blog Tour Review

Have you ever had a book that you can’t stop staring at because it’s so beautiful? Last week, I received Legendary Ladies: 50 Goddesses to Empower You, written and illustrated by Ann Shen. The book is so god damn beautiful that I wish I could tear every page and frame them. (but I’m not a heathen who tears books apart. Not often, anyway.)

Have you ever had a book that you can't stop staring at because it's so beautiful? Here's my review of Legendary Ladies: 50 Goddesses to Empower You, written and illustrated by Ann Shen. I focus specifically on Nyai Loro Kidul, mermaid goddess of the sea.

From the beloved author and artist behind Bad Girls Throughout History comes this lushly illustrated book of goddesses from around the world. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess whose love overcame mortality. Mazu, the Chinese deity who safely guides travelers home. Lakshmi, the Hindu provider of fortune and prosperity. These powerful deities and many more are celebrated in gorgeous artwork and enlightening essays that explore the feminine divine and encourage readers to empower themselves. Ann Shen’s signature watercolors make Legendary Ladies a unique, gift-worthy homage to the mighty women within.

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Homo for Christmas by Juno Dawson // I’ll Be Home for Christmas #TLCCReadAlong

Homo for Christmas by Juno Dawson // I’ll Be Home for Christmas #TLCCReadAlong

IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!! How exciting! Christmas is always my favourite time of year, without fail. I just love everything about it. For the past couple of years, since I’ve had my blog, I’ve read festive books on the lead up to Christmas and it’s made me get even more excited! This year, my friends Sarah and Sophie at The Little Contemporary Corner have been hosting a read-along of the festive anthology, I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

I've been taking part in a read-along for short story anthology I'll Be Home for Christmas. Here's my thoughts on Juno Dawson's story, Homo for Christmas.

The anthology features short stories by a whole range of YA authors (see all the names in the image above). As part of TLCC’s read-along, they’re also hosting a mini blog tour where a few of us will review a short story each. Since falling in love with Juno Dawson at YALC this year, I’ve wanted to read all of her books, so naturally I chose her story to write about.

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A Change is Gonna Come – Book Review (TLCC Blog Tour)

A Change is Gonna Come – Book Review (TLCC Blog Tour)

I’m finally out of my reading slump!!! Wooooop! Being in a reading slump is one of the worst things when you’re book blogger. I had so many ideas for posts but no motivation to read. And as I watched the days tick by without a new blog post going up, I desperately wanted my reading slump to disappear. Now it has!

My blogging friends (and real life friends – shock horror! Bloggers have real life friends too!), Sarah and Sophie at The Little Contemporary Corner, regularly host read-alongs on their blog. They’re fun to take part in and cool to read what other people think of the same book you’ve just been reading. What I especially like about their read-alongs is that they’re often anthologies of short stories. I think that’s what pulled my out of my reading slump – reading short stories rather than a whole novel!

Sarah and Sophie’s current read-along is A Change is Gonna Come, an anthology of short stories and poems by multiple authors. All of the authors are BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) and all of the short stories or poems are written along the theme of change. For my stop on Sarah and Sophie’s read-along blog tour, I’m specifically going to talk about the story Fortune Favours the Bold by Yasmin Rahman.

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Blog Tour Review: The Collective by R. S. Williams

Blog Tour Review: The Collective by R. S. Williams

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Collective, a YA fantasy novel by R. S. Williams. I’ve followed the author on Twitter for ages and I’m subscribed to her email newsletter, so I was excited to read her book. It sounded amazing, so I couldn’t turn it down!

Who wants another blog tour?! Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for The Collective, a YA / NA Fantasy novel by R. S. Williams.

Matilda Gregson never knew a world outside hers existed, that is until Harvey comes along and shows her something beyond her imagination. All that is on Tilly’s mind is finishing her dissertation, getting her degree, and spending time with her friends before the end of the school year.

But everything changes when she meets Jenny, an agent of a secret society, and nothing prepared either of them for the adventure they are about to endure. Under the pressures of surviving, their friendship grows and they find friends in the most unlikely of places, and betrayal just around the corner.

Will they both be able to stop him before he tears Jenny’s society to the ground?

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Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival – Children’s Book Review [Blog Tour]

Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival – Children’s Book Review [Blog Tour]

My sister Emily is back today with another children’s book review! To find more reviews written by Emily, have a look through my Index. (I think every single children’s book on the list is reviewed by Emily!) Today review is part of a blog tour for this adorable book called Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival.

My sister Emily is back again with another review of an adorable children's book: Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival. Any child would love this one!

Norman had always been normal, perfectly normal…
until the day he grew a pair of wings!

A bold and uplifting book about daring to be different and having the courage to dance to your own tune.

Perfect for soothing even the biggest worries.

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