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Unspottable by Dan Freedman

Secrets and lies...secrets and lies...

Fourteen-year-old twins, Kaine and Roxy, used to be close, but now they can hardly bear to be in the same room.

Roxy hates the way her brother behaves - Kaine might be brilliant at football, but he's always in trouble and seems determined to tear the family apart.

And Kaine despises the way his supposedly perfect sister dominates their parents in her ambition to reach Wimbledon.

But the twins are both hiding dangerous secrets of their own, secrets that could destroy everything they are working towards - and both Roxy's and Kaine's survival hangs precariously in the balance.

Gripping, unstoppable and real; this book is UNSTOPPABLE.

I loved this book. It was a fantastic example of what a good UKYA novel should look like. It had an addictive storyline and a cracking step of characters. I found myself unable to put it down as the gritty story had me gripped. If you love Sophie McKenzie's novels you'll love this too.
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The Burning by Laura Bates

A rumour is like a fire. You might think you’ve extinguished it but one creeping, red tendril, one single wisp of smoke is enough to let it leap back into life again. Especially if someone is watching, waiting to fan the flames ...

New school.
Tick.
New town.
Tick.
New surname.
Tick.
Social media profiles?
Erased.

There’s nothing to trace Anna back to her old life. Nothing to link her to the ‘incident’.

At least that’s what she thinks … until the whispers start up again. As time begins to run out on her secrets, Anna finds herself irresistibly drawn to the tale of Maggie, a local girl accused of witchcraft centuries earlier. A girl whose story has terrifying parallels to Anna’s own…

I really enjoyed this novel for a variety of reasons. I loved the contemporary story within the novel following Anna after her transfer to a new life to escape a mistake from her past. Seeing her settle in and then deal with situations as her past starts to haunt her was fascinating. The look at the…

Happy Girl Lucky by Holly Smale

Introducing The Valentines. Fame – It Runs in the Family!

Sisters Hope, Faith and Mercy have everything: fame, success, money and beauty. But what Hope wants most of all is love, and it doesn’t matter how far she has to go to find it.

Except real-life isn't like the movies. Even if you're a Valentine

I'm not going to lie. I hated this book and a month after reading I'm still disappointed that I feel that way.

For me the thing that ruined this book was the main character. Hope is almost 16 by quite honestly she acted like a 10 year old for most of the story. She was ridiculously naive and had these silly ideas about her life and what is was going to be like once she was allowed to be famous. She didn't have any awareness of what was going on around her at all. The bits where she played out scenes like a script of what she was going to do later was so juvenile.

In short don't waste your time. It's overlong and so boring. I really regret the time I spent reading…

Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard

'This time around, I'm going to be so much better. I'm going to prove to them that it was worth waiting on me.'

Two years after a downward spiral took her as low as you can possibly go, Suzanne is starting again. Again. She's back in Brighton, the only place she felt she belonged, back with her best friends Caddy and Rosie. But they're about to leave for university. When your friends have been your light in the darkness, what happens when you're the one left behind?

Fierce Fragile Hearts is the stunning sequel to international bestseller Beautiful Broken Things.

I adored Beautiful Broken Things and was so excited to get my hands on this book. It is such a wonderful YA novel. It picks up two years after the previous book and returns to Suzanne as she begins again starting a new life in Brighton.

Suzanne's story was really heart wrenching as her story develops. I was particularly struck by her loneliness as she adapts to living by herself for the firs…

Cover reveal: Poppy's recipe for life by Heidi Swain

I am very excited to be able to be part of today's cover reveal for Heidi Swain's newet book. I love Heidi's books and get particularly geeky about the fact that they are all set in and around where I live. This cover is also very exciting because I was lucky enough to be involved in a blogger brunch at Simon and Schuster last September where we all sat around discussing ideas about how this cover might look and therefore I've been looking forward to seeing what was finally decided about the cover.

So with no further ado here it is


My five star reads of 2018

I've managed to read a fair few books this year. At the time of writing this I am part way through book 175. Looking back over the books I've read this year is really interesting for me as a reader. I've read more broadly in one sense in that I no longer read just YA books and have read a real mix of books from picture books to adult books. I've also found myself reading and loving a bit of non fiction which isn't something I've done in years and years. However in lots of ways I feel like my reading habits have become narrower. I tend to only read what I like with a focus on contemporary and historical fiction or non fiction focused on history books on parts of history I get really geeky over. I am also a serial DNFer. If I'm not enjoying a book even after the first page I tend to ditch it. This does mean that out of the 174 books I've finished so far only seven haven't been rated three star or above as I do tend to really enjoy what I read.

Out of …

A year at Castle Court by Holly Hepburn

Sadie is a single mum, nursing a broken heart. Her best friend from childhood, Cat, is burned out from working long hours as a chef in Paris. In need of a change, they decide to invest in their dream – running their own handmade biscuit shop in gorgeous Castle Court, a three-storey food court tucked away behind Chester's bustling streets.

They soon discover that Castle Court has its own community – a little haven of delight against the stresses of the outside world. But not everyone welcomes the new business; the patisserie owner is less than pleased by what she sees as direct competition and Greg, who runs the fancy bistro that dominates one end of the courtyard, doesn't think Sadie and Cat have the talent or business acumen to succeed. Luckily, there's support in the form of the delectable Jaren, who owns the Dutch waffle house opposite Smart Cookies, and Swiss chocolate-shop owner, Elin. And if all else fails, the friends can drown their sorrows in Seb's co…