I’ll Be Home for Christmas Anthology – Book Review

I’ll Be Home for Christmas Anthology – Book Review

I’m a bit late with this review, but I got here in the end! Over Christmas, I took part in a read-along for I’ll Be Home for Christmas, a festive short story anthology with the theme of “home”, with my friends from The Little Contemporary Corner. We aimed to read one story a day (I got a bit behind – oops) from 11th to 24th December. I took part in a little blog tour for this which you can read here. I’ve already reviewed Juno Dawson’s short story, Homo for Christmas, and this time I’m back to review the whole book!

I'll Be Home for Christmas is a festive short story anthology by various YA authors. I'm sharing my thoughts on each story, as well as the book as a whole.

The UK’s top Young Adult authors join together in this collection of new stories and poems on the theme of home.

Contributors include: Tom Becker, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Katy Cannon, Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Julie Mayhew, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Lisa Williamson and Benjamin Zephaniah.

£1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Crisis, the national homelessness charity. To find out more about Crisis, see www.crisis.org.uk.

The anthology has a whole range of stories. Some I loved, some were OK, and some I couldn’t finish. It’s one of the reasons I like anthologies of short stories. I could dislike some stories and love others, whilst others might have the complete opposite opinion! I’ll briefly review every story in the book, as well as the book as a whole.

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Editing Emma by Chloe Seager – Book Review

Editing Emma by Chloe Seager – Book Review

Editing Emma by Chloe Seager was another book that I spotted at YALC in July. I was intrigued by the blurb – especially by the fact that it’s about a blogger. As a blogger, it’s pretty cool to see that there’s a book written all about a girl and her blog! Here’s what I thought…

Editing Emma by Chloe Seager was another book that I spotted at YALC in July. It was such a funny book to read - I was laughing out loud. Here's my review!

When Emma Nash is ghosted by love of her life Leon Naylor, she does what any girl would do – spends the summer avoiding all human contact, surrounded by the Chewit wrappers he left behind.

Seeing Leon suddenly ‘in a relationship’ on Facebook, however, spurs Emma into action. She vows to use the internet for good (instead of stalking Leon’s social media),chronicling her adventures on her new Editing Emma blog.

But life online doesn’t always run smoothly.

From finding her mum’s Tinder profile, to getting catfished and accidentally telling the entire world why Leon Naylor is worth no girl’s virginity… Surely nothing else could go wrong?!

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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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Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Book Review

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Book Review

If you don’t know by now, Neal Shusterman is high on my auto-buy authors list. I love his intriguing synopses, crazily imaginative but scarily realistic storylines, and complex characters. One of my favourite books (not just by Neal Shusterman, but of all time) is Challenger Deep. Gahhh that book is amazing and if you haven’t read it, it should definitely be on your TBR!

Today, I’m going to review another one of Shusterman’s books, Scythe. I listened to it as an audiobook and my god, I loved it. Here are my thoughts…

Scythe by Neal Shusterman - book cover

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award-winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.

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Author Q&A – Helen Scheuerer (Author of YA Fantasy Heart of Mist)

Author Q&A – Helen Scheuerer (Author of YA Fantasy Heart of Mist)

Recently, I reviewed YA fantasy novel Heart of Mist by debut author Helen Scheuerer. I really enjoyed it, so to promote this wonderful lady even more, I’m going to do a little Q&A with her in this post! Hope you enjoy it. If you have any more questions, leave them in the comments and I’ll see if I can get an answer for you.

Recently, I reviewed YA fantasy novel Heart of Mist by debut author Helen Scheuerer. Helen also did a Q&A with me, which I'm sharing here!

I’ve always loved creating new worlds and completely building them from the ground up. Do you have a specific process when it comes to world building? What’s your favourite thing to create?

I definitely have a process when it comes to world building, and actually – it’s the same sort of process I use for creating characters too. I always start with a very vague notion of a location or a person in my head, and then I layer more detail in, draft after draft. It’s a long and difficult process, but I really struggle to create something authentic from the get-go. I need to take my time getting to know the place or the character, and work authentic details in naturally.

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