Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – Book Review

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – Book Review

Aaaah it’s been almost a month since I published a blog post. I’m such a bad blogger! I’ve barely read anything recently – not because I’ve been in a reading slump, but because I’ve been so insanely busy. My sister and I went to London to visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in Leavesden and the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library. I’ll be writing a blog post all about that!

For now, I’m going to share my review of a book I got at YALC this year: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. It took me a while to get around to reading it, but I finally got there in the end!

Who doesn't like a book with dark, circus-themed stories, illusionists, magic, and murder?! You'll love Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody.

Reality is in the eye of the beholder…

Even among the many unusual members of the travelling circus that has always been her home sixteen-year-old Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years.

This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all of their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that―illusions, and not truly real.

Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered. Now she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.

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Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan – Book Review

Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan – Book Review

Yet again, it’s been too long since I posted last. With work, settling into our new house, learning to code and extra distractions like family coming and buying a Nintendo 3DS (yep, that was probably the biggest distraction of all), I’ve pushed this poor blog to the back of my mind. But I’m here now! It’s time for another book review!

I spotted this book, Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan, at YALC last month and I was intrigued by the cover and the title. I managed to grab one when they gave out FIVE proof copies to book bloggers (I didn’t even rush over – I literally sauntered over and managed to grab one!). When I flicked through, I realised it wasn’t written in traditional prose – it looked like it was written in verse. Double intrigued. It was when I saw the quotes on the back of the book from Sarah Crossan (queen of verse) and Brian Conaghan that I knew I had to read this book!

Here's my review of Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan, a devastating but hopeful story of an everlasting friendship between a boy and his dog.

A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the loss of loved ones. Tragic, comic and full of hope, thanks to a dog called Boy.

The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC sits and tells his dog Boy how he came to this country: his family; the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away.

When his adoptive mother Melanie rescues him, life starts to feel normal again. Until JC does something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy are banished to the kennel. But as his new father gets sicker, JC realizes they have to find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog and their journey to freedom.

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Book Review: Cocktails & Dreams by A. L. Michael (Blog Tour)

Book Review: Cocktails & Dreams by A. L. Michael (Blog Tour)

This is probably the weirdest place to be writing a blog post. Because I’m the most disorganised blogger in the world, I’m currently writing this while on the bus to YALC. Hey, a blogger’s gotta do what a blogger’s gotta do!

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Cocktails and Dreams, the first in the brand new Martini Club series by A. L. Michaels. Here’s my review!

Synopsis

I was seven years old when I realized my mother was not a great person…

Since Savvy was abandoned by her rockstar mother, she has craved a normal life. But after years of financing her boyfriend’s lacklustre career, he leaves her when he hits the bigtime.

Savvy’s friends at the burlesque club where she serves elaborate cocktails encourage her to make bold changes in her life. She soon meets handsome bartender Milo, and begins to plan a future she can be excited about.

But when Savvy’s estranged mother crashes back into her life, her newfound happiness is under threat… will Savvy have the courage to pursue her dreams?

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Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin – Book Review (Blog Tour)

Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin – Book Review (Blog Tour)

Yet again, being the disorganised person I am, I’m writing this on the day it should be published. Oops! I’m just going to use the fact I’m moving house as my excuse for everything at the moment. It’s taking longer than I thought – there’s just so much to do! I did manage to read this book in time, though!

Today I’m going to review Before You Were Mine by Em Muslim as part of the blog tour organised by the lovely Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours. She’s doing such an amazing job (she has tours scheduled for months! What?! I don’t plan a day in advance at the moment!) so go and give her some love!

It's blog tour time! Here's my review of Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin, a book that will tug on your heartstrings and shock you with crazy twists.

Synopsis

Sometimes hope has a way of changing everything…

Just hours after giving birth, Eli Bell is forced to give up her newborn baby daughter for adoption. Devastated, she tries desperately to rebuild her shattered life.

Then, over thirty years later, Eli catches sight of her daughter. And she knows that she must do everything to find a way back into her life. Even if it means lying…

While her husband Tommy must grow to accept his own part in the events of her early life, he can only try to save her before her obsession with the young woman ruins them both.

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We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan – Book Review

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan – Book Review

I’ve read one book by Sarah Crossan before (One, a fascinating story about conjoined twins written in free verse), but never anything by Brian Conaghan. I really loved One and it had such an impact on me, so I had high expectations for We Come Apart. Both authors will be attending YALC this year, so I’m really happy I managed to get a copy of We Come Apart from NetGalley to read before I go!

Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan are attending YALC this year, and I was so happy that I managed to get a copy of their book We Come Apart from NetGalley!

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

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