Moonflight Blog Tour: Author Interview with Gill Lewis

Hello everybody! Today, I’m absolutely ELATED to be part of the blog tour for Moonflight, the new book from Gill Lewis, with an author interview. Onto the post!

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Spelling Heart in Books

Hello everybody! I almost forgot to write this, because I’ve had a very busy and tiring few days, but here we are at the eleventh hour, with a new spelling out a word in books post. Onto the post!

H is for… Hazel Hill is Gonna Win This One– this is such a powerful and important, yet also engaging and funny, middle grade contemporary about sexual assault and using your voice to stand up for what’s right. SUCH a fab book!!

E is for… Ellie Pillai is Brown– this was a great YA contemporary, with music references that made my heart happy and a lovely romance.

A is for… a Kind of Spark – Elle McNicoll is one of my favourite authors, and her debut was the wonderful start of our love affair. I can’t wait for the TV adaptation this spring!

R is for… Rainbow Grey- I thought I’d have used this in a similar post before, but apparently not. I loved the first in this series about a world where people can control weather, and badly need to read the others in the trilogy.

T is for… the Three Dahlias- I love a murder mystery, as you likely know! This one about three actresses who have played the same iconic detective is incredibly fun, with excellent twists and a brilliant dénoument.

This word was suggested by… my boyfriend! Is this his first official blog mention? I think it might be. I thought this was a very cute choice. I’d link you to his social media, but he barely has any.

Thank you so much for reading! Do you have any words to suggest for this project? What are your thoughts on the books I’ve chosen? Do you know what your picks would be? I’d love to chat in the comments!

Amy xx

Blog Tour Review: Alex Neptune, Pirate Hunter by David Owen

Hello everybody! Today, I’m delighted to be sharing my review for the new book in the Alex Neptune series. Onto the post!

This book picks up a short while after the first, and things in Haven Bay have vastly improved since Alex and the Water Dragon worked together to clear the pollution that was killing off sea life, with many marine animals now swimming there and a return of tourists means the seaside town is no longer struggling so much.

Then, because of course we can’t have a sequel without a new inciting incident, the Bay is attacked by pirates searching for a Water Dragon egg. Alex, his friends Zoey and Anil and a menagerie of sea creatures set out on a treasure hunt in order to stop them from fulfilling their mission. This book is just as fun and full of laughter as the first, if not more, and I continued to love the friendship between Alex, Zoey and Anil. I’m a massive sucker for animal characters, so they’re also a huge plus for me here, particularly the clumsy seal referred to in the blurb, and I also loved the introduction of Meri.

This is such a fast paced, thrilling adventure with lots of twists and turns, and as with the last one, it was just a really good time to be honest. I was delighted to hear two more books had been commissioned last week, as I’d have been very sad to say goodbye to Alex and co after just one more adventure I’m the summer.

Thank you so much for reading! Have you read any Alex Neptune books, or do you plan to? What are some of your favourite books connected with the sea? I’d love to chat in the comments!!

Amy xx

Are You With Me?

Yesterday, as you may have seen, I recieved an email from a publisher referring to a disabled character as “crippled”, an email that was trying to convince me to read this book. I obviously do not plan to. I’m still deeply unsure of how to respond directly or if I even will, but I am so sick of sitting down and staying quiet about this sort of thing. So here goes.

If people want to reclaim slurs within the community, I completely understand that. If they pop up in historical books, fair enough. That’s where they belong, you see, in the past.

But to unexpectedly see the word cripple on page 4 of a fantasy book I’d predicted to be one of my favourites of 2021 genuinely nearly broke me. Last year, I read a book which featured a villain who became a worse person because of his disability. It is EVERYWHERE, and knowing that some people seemingly think people who use walking sticks are more likely to hit children makes me deeply upset every time I think of it. It is insidious poison that is so rooted within society that most people barely even notice it, or bend over backwards to defend it.

Anyway, i want to do something. I’m not big or important or cool, not at all, because I’ve no doubt someone will say I have an inflated ego for this, but i have a platform to some extent and what’s the point of me if I don’t use it to do as much as I can for my community? What’s the point of me if I don’t be the change I want to see ? As my beloved mummy Joe Lycett once said, if something doesn’t exist and you want it to, sometimes you have to make it yourself.

So. I want to run a month long event, celebrating books and authors that get it right, and I’m thinking maybe April or May. I have no idea what we’ll do beyond reviews and guest posts and interviews and a giveaway cause that’s my comfort zone and what I’ve seen done in similar events but I’m determined to make it something epic. I wanna make a difference in some small way. Are you with me? 💜

Blog Tour Review: the Swifts by Beth Lincoln

Hello everybody! Today, I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for Beth Lincoln’s debut novel the Swifts, with my review. Onto the post!

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A Bookish Gift Guide from Clare Povey

Hello lovelies! Due to a series of unfortunate events (all of which I am to blame for), this post has been delayed a couple times but finally, here we are. I’m thrilled to share this guest post from the wonderful Clare Povey with you all, and since it’s about gift giving it does feel sort of appropriate for Valentine’s. Onto the post!

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Blog Tour Review: the Shield Maiden by Sharon Emmerichs

Hello everybody! For today’s post, I have a blog tour review to share with you, for the book the Shield Maiden, which I became involved in because we all know how much I love supporting books with disability representation and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Onto the post!

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January/February 2023 Releases I’m Excited About!

Hello everybody! Today, I’m sharing the January and February releases that I am hoping to read, at some point. My tbr is ridiculous and I don’t get to everything within release year, but I try hard, and a great book is a great book even if you are late to the party. So without further ado, here’s a stupidly long list!

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Spelling Purple in Books

Hello everybody! So, last year I did a post every single month where I spelled out months with book titles, and I wanted to keep the tradition going but change things up a bit.

I’ve asked friends and followers for some suggestions and have a couple but need more, so if you see this please do send one in! Anyway, onto our first word of the year, purple!

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Blog Tour Review: Mort the Meek and the Perilous Prophecy

Hello everybody! Today, I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for the last book in the Mort the Meek series, even though I’m incredibly sad the series is now over. Onto the post!

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