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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The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr – Book Review

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr – Book Review

The One Memory of Flora Banks is another one of the books on my YALC reading list. I’ve been hearing about this book a lot on social media, and I’ve never picked up a copy myself. With Emily Barr attending YALC next month, it gave me a reason to read it!

The One Memory of Flora Banks is another one of the books on my YALC reading list. I’ve been hearing about this book a lot, so I finally reviewed it!

How do you know who to trust when you can’t even trust yourself?

Flora has amnesia.

She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.

Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t – and the next day she remembers it.
It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.

But the boy is gone.

I look at my hands. One of them says ‘FLORA be brave’

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard – Book Review

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard – Book Review

A Quiet Kind of Thunder is the first book I’ve read by Sara Barnard and it’s left me wanting to read more of her books. I LOVED IT. I managed to nab a copy in a Goodreads trade with another blogger, and I’m so happy I did! Sara Barnard is going to YALC this year and I can’t wait to meet her!

So. Let’s get to my review…

A Quiet Kind of Thunder is the first book I’ve read by Sara Barnard and it’s left me wanting to read more of her books. I LOVED IT. Here's my review!

Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

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Blog Tour Review: Black Knight (The Inventory #3) by Andy Briggs

Blog Tour Review: Black Knight (The Inventory #3) by Andy Briggs

I’m excited about this blog tour, because I’ve really liked reading these books! There are three books in this series by Andy Briggs: Iron Fist, Gravity and Black Knight. I was sent all three books in the series, and this blog tour is for the newest one. The books follow Dev and his two accidental sidekicks Lot and Mason as they track down a criminal group who have stolen futuristic technology from Dev’s mysterious home, the Inventory.

It's my stop on the blog tour for Black Knight, the third book in Andy Briggs' 'The Inventory' series. I love this series, so let's get started!

I took part in the blog tour for Gravity last year, so I was excited to finally read them! In this post, I’ll give a quick recap and my thoughts of the first two books in the series, before reviewing Black Knight. Let’s go!

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Short Story Challenge #3: April 2017

Short Story Challenge #3: April 2017

If you’re not sure what the Short Story Challenge is, you can read all of the details here. I’m so happy with how this challenge is going so far. I almost expected nobody to join in, but it’s so amazing to see people having fun with it! Let’s find out about this month’s challenge!

Last Month’s Challenge

Last month’s Short Story Challenge was to write a story with the following prompt:

Your character is in high school. One of their classmates is always on their own and never seems to talk to anyone. Write from the perspective of your character and also from the perspective of the shy classmate.

There weren’t as many submissions than last month, but I loved them all (well, one of them was mine, and I must say – I’m pretty happy with mine too!) Again, like last time, it was so amazing to see how people interpreted the prompt – all three stories are totally different! Thank you to those who took part. Click on the button below to read last month’s stories – comment on this post and tell us which one is your favourite!

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