The Switch Up: L.A Exchange Blog Tour- Introducing by Katy Cannon

Hello everybody! Today, I’m so excited to get to kick off the blog tour for Katy Cannon’s new release L.A Exchange, with a guest post from Katy talking about her inspiration for the Switch Up series! I really enjoyed the first one last year, and I’m so excited to read this sequel. Onto the post!


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Ten Books on My Summer 2020 TBR

Hello everybody! So, I never do that well with TBRs, but I thought I might as well set myself some to work through during the summer, even though I’ll inevitably stray off this list and hopefully read a lot more than just ten books. This is part of Top Ten Tuesday. Onto the list!



Review Copies

The House on Hoarder Hill– I’ve had this for absolutely ages, and it genuinely sounds brilliant so I should definitely have read it by now. It’s about children who go and stay in their grandfather’s creepy house, and them trying to work out why he went missing when they start receiving strange messages. I suspect I might love it…

Fig Swims the World– this sounds SO good- it’s a teen/young YA about a girl who decides she wants to swim across the world in a bid to impress her perfectionist mother. The fact that it’s being compared to Geek Girl is the main thing that makes me feel very bad for not having read it already!!

Fin and Rye and Fireflies– technically I won this in a giveaway but it’s a proof so I’d really like to read it before it comes out! It’s about a boy called Fin, who gets outed, which causes major problems with his conservative parents (in that they move him to a new town and threaten him with conversion therapy) as he falls in love with a boy called Rye and they hatch a plan to try and save him from this fate. I’m so looking forward to it!

Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue– the first book in this duology was so lovely, so I’m sure this will be just as good. It’s set towards the end of the second world war and focuses on a mouse called Pip, who loses her parents in a bombing and joins the animal resistance group Noah’s Ark, who carry out vital work for the war effort at the feet of human soldiers and spies. I think this one sees her trying to get to the umbrella museum in Italy, where she still has some family members.

The Key to Finding Jack– Ewa Jozefkowicz wrote Girl 38, which was one of my favourite books last year, so this was on my TBR by default before I even heard the brilliant premise- it’s about a girl whose brother goes missing while he’s on his gap year, and the mysterious key she finds in his room with the initials SF on it afterwards, and her quest to find out what it is.

Some Upcoming Releases (there are SO many I’m looking forward to but these are some very exciting ones!)

You Should See Me in a Crown– just about everyone is raving about this right now, and it sounds AMAZING so I’m not surprised! I chose this as my prize for winning #QueerQuiz the other night, which is apt given that it’s a female/female romance, which sees the main character Liz trying to become prom queen in a bid to win a scholarship, even though she REALLY doesn’t want to do the competition.

The Unadoptables– this is another debut I’m really excited for in 2020, and I feel like I’ve been waiting on it forever since it got postponed from the the original May 14th release date. It sounds like one of those future classic kind of middle grades- it’s about five children who were all left at an orphanage in very unusual ways, and what happens when a mysterious stranger tries to separate them years later.

Death Set Sail– this is my most anticipated release of the entire year, and if I possibly can I’ll be reading it the minute I get hold of it in August! It’s the finale to my beloved Murder Most Unladylike series, and I’m already a wreck at the thought of saying goodbye to the Detective Society.

Backlist

Front Desk– I’ve owned this for ages, I’ve wanted to read it since Robin Stevens included it in one to her (fabulous) recommendations videos! It’s about a girl called Mia, who lives in a motel, and whose parents hide immigrants. It sounds so good, and the sequel is out soon as well!

The Pearl Thief– so, I have a bit of a funny relationship with Elizabeth Wein- I DNF her most famous book Code Name Verity (it was my birthday, and it’s not the cheeriest in my defense…) but I’ve loved her recent Barrington Stoke novellas Firebird and White Eagles, so I’ve been meaning to give her longer books another try for ages. I know this is the prequel to CNV so I may miss some foreshadowing, but I want to start here because this is a mystery (love a good mystery!) And also Lou loved it.



What books are you planning to read over the summer? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

Blog Tour Review: A Kind of Spark

Hello everybody! Today, I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for a Kind of Spark, which is the latest release from the fabulous inclusive indie publisher Knights Of, and one of my favourite books I’ve read all year. Onto the post!


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The Not Good Enough Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Not Good Enough Tag, which Charlotte did the other day. The idea is to write down 30 characters, pick random pairs and then decide which one of them would be best for each of the prompts- it was SO much fun to do. Onto the post!


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1. You have only one spot left on your spelling bee team – who do you pick?

Peeta Mellark and Aline Penhallow- I feel like both of those of these would be pretty decent at this, so I’ll go with Aline on the basis that I like her more.

2. Both characters want to kill you, which one would you kill first so you have a better chance of surviving?

Zara Dearborn and Morrigan Crow- definitely Zara. She’s deceptively dangerous for someone who is so utterly stupid, and it’d honestly be a pleasure to eradicate her from the planet. I HATED her when I read the Dark Artifices last month.

3. You’re on the bachelor / bachelorette and you’re down to these two characters, which one are you going to give your rose to?

Inspector Priestly (of Murder Most Unladylike fame) and Robin Cooper (who is from the brilliant upcoming book BOY QUEEN)- I love you Robin, but Inspector Priestly gets my rose hands down, every time.

4. You’ve been chosen for The Hunger Games, who would most likely volunteer in your place?

David (Truly Devious) and Daisy Wells- definitely Daisy! She’d probably win, as well.

5. You’re stranded on an island. Which character would you sacrifice to engage in cannibalism?

Tanya Fairchild and Darrell Rivers- I like both very much and also, like Charlotte, wouldn’t eat someone, so neither.

6. You’re the next DC/ Marvel superhero (with your own TV show of course). Who is your sidekick?

Echo Quickthorn (main character of ECHO QUICKTHORN AND THE GREAT BEYOND, which is out July 23rd and I’m really enjoying at the time of writing!) And Angelique Squerr- this is so hard but I think Angelique would be a superhero in her own right, so I’ll go for Echo.

7. You’re the manager of an avocado admiring company. Who would you fire for lack of communication skills?

Cruella de Vil and Harriet Manners- now, I’ll admit Harriet doesn’t have very good communication skills, but Cruella de Vil. I could NEVER fire Harriet, and I’d want rid of Cruella for being so cruel to dogs anyway.

8. You’ve just finished a book in which your favourite character dies, which character is most likely to comfort you?

Annabel Manners and Jupiter North- I ADORE Annabel, but she’s not really the comforting people type so I think it has to be Jupiter (who I also love a lot!)

9. Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?

Felix Mountfitchet and Gemma (from Gemma’s Not Sure)- definitely Felix, he’s so charming and he’d just fit right in.

10. The day has arrived: you’re finally a year older. Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?

Hermione Granger and Nick Hidaka- I hate to say it because I love him, but Nick. He doesn’t forget Harriet’s birthday, but he does ruin coming to see her so he’s got prior.

11. You’ve just found an upcoming booktube star? Who would it most likely be?

Raphael Santiago and Evelyn (The Light Between World)- Raphael wouldn’t put himself on the Internet if you paid him, so I guess Evie? But I don’t feel like it’s really her vibe either.

12. Sleepover time! Unfortunately you can only invite one person, who would you invite?

Harry Potter and Hagrid- god, both sound a bit grim tbh. I guess Harry? He IS very funny to be fair. I’m not a Hagrid fan at all.

13. Bam, you’re pregnant. Who’s the father / mother?

Simon Spier and Jem Carstairs- ahhh this is so hard because I love both of them in their canon couples SO much. Jem though, I think.

14. You’ve just written a super-important text. Who would ‘see’ it but not reply?

Ezra Squall and Jamie (If I Never Met You)- I think Ezra would definitely do this! Although in all honesty so would Jamie, probably.

15. You’ve just woken up and it’s time for breakfast. Your mum’s been replaced by … who?

Emma Carstairs and Belle (Beauty and the Beast, yes I know it’s a film and not a book but I was tired when I wrote these out so I’m keeping it!)- honestly neither, but Emma. She’s very good at being a maternal figure to the Blackthorn kids throughout the Dark Artifices even though she’s so young.



Would you have made the same choices as me for these? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Thoughts On Everything Changes in the End

Hello everybody! So, it’s been kind of forever since I wrote anything about music, but then in April I discovered Vistas and I need somewhere to record my thoughts on an album I’m pretty sure will be one of my favourites for a really long time, so I’m sorry if I’m a bit rusty but hopefully my love for it shines through anyway, because I need somewhere to ramble about it so I don’t drive my friends/family COMPLETELY insane shrieking about it! Fair warning that this is essentially an essay about how much I love them, I don’t have a word count but I’m guessing it’s into the thousands maybe? And I have no criticism so that’s very lacking in this post, I’m fully biased! Onto the post!


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The #BookternetGivesBack All Stars Challenge

Hello everybody! Today, I’m doing the #BookternetGivesBack challenge, which was created by Rachael-Marie to raise money for COVID-19 relief funds and which I saw on my lovely friend Ross’s blog. The idea is to go through the list of popular books in the bookish community, and talk about whether you’ve read and why/why not. Onto the post!


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My Most Anticipated June 2020 Releases

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be chatting about my most anticipated June releases- none of these have been postponed yet at the time of writing this, so I’m hoping these will actually still be coming out on time. Onto the post!


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The Cake Book Tag

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Cake Book Tag, which I found on Charlotte’s blog ages ago and have been meaning to do ever since. Onto the post!


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Review Catch Up: Magical Middle Grade

Hello everybody! So, despite my good intentions back in March, I haven’t done very well with posting reviews since then, but I’ve finally got my act together and written some up for some of the magical middle grades I’ve read in the last few months, because I feel like magical worlds are excellent escapism at the moment and I really enjoyed all of these. And hopefully this time I’ll actually get better at this and start posting reviews again, because I’ve read so many AMAZING books recently and I really want to talk about them more. Onto the post!


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