Review: Jack Dash and the Summer Blizzard

Hello everyone!

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Today I’m reviewing Jack Dash and the Summer Blizzard by Sophie Plowden which was very kindly sent to me by Catnip Publishing via Bounce Marketing (which did not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review). Let’s get started!

As I haven’t read the first book in this series, I wasn’t really sure what to expect going in, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this book.

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I Dare You Book Tag

Hello everyone!

A few days ago, Donna at The Untitled Book Blog tagged me in the I Dare You Book Tag.

The rules are: you must be honest, you can’t not answer a question and you have to tag 4 people to join in

Which book has been on your shelves the longest?

The honest answer to this is I’m not sure, but one of the first book series I ever loved was the Pony Club Secrets books by Stacy Gregg so I’m going to say them. My copies are now incredibly tatty, but I still reread them at least a couple of times a year as I love the world so much and I know it so well.

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5 Children’s Classics I Think You Should Read

Hello everybody! Happy weekend!

Today, I’ve decided to write about my top five children’s classics that I think everybody should read. I really got into classics a year or so ago, but over the past few months I’ve barely read any, so with this post I want to spread awareness of some amazing books, and also remind myself why I love reading them.

Let’s get started!

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Favourite Fathers/Father Figures in Books

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Today I’m taking part in another Top Ten Tuesday (created by and hosted at The Broke and the Bookish ). Today’s theme is anything connected with Father’s Day, so I’ve decided to write about my favourite fathers and father figures ( the latter mainly because so many parents are killed off/disappear in children’s and YA fiction, and I couldn’t find 10 fathers I genuinely love).

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#sixforsunday: Favourite Book Covers

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Today I’m participating in the #sixforsunday meme hosted by Steph at A Little But A Lot. Today’s prompt is six types of book covers that I love, so let’s get started!

1. Bright colours- I really love a book which stands out on a shelf e.g the Murder Most Unladylike mysteries (designed by Nina Tara) or the covers of the Geek Girl series by Holly Smale.

2. Books which just look beautiful somehow, such as Unboxed by Non Pratt, the cover of which is designed by Kate Alizadeh, ( which I actually wasn’t going to read till I saw how amazing the cover was) and the cover of Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny Mclachlan.

3. Pretty sprayed edges- I’m not a big fan of these in most books, but there have been 3 this year that I think nailed sprayed edges as in these cases they really added to my love for their covers/the books in general ; Wing Jones by Katherine Webber (which goes from pink to purple), Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans  (which has orange with a lightning bolt) and Beetle Queen by M. G Leonard, which is yellow with black polka dots)

4. Julian de Narvaez covers- I only know of one author whose covers this illustrator works on, but they’re probably my favourite covers ever; Emma Carroll’s. I’m a huge Emma Carroll fan in general, and her covers fit her books perfectly. They’re pretty, and intricately detailed, and they always show some of the key points of the book. The cover reveal for an Emma Carroll book never fails to get me even more excited for it’s release date, and there’s never been one yet that isn’t totally gorgeous.

5. Unique covers – I really like covers which just look a little bit different to others at the moment and my best example of this are the Spinster Club trilogy by Holly Bourne. They’re black with brightly coloured lettering and spines instead of the opposite way around, and I just love them, as they stand out straight away in bookshops.

6. I’m struggling to come up with another type of cover for these books, other than they have the main character on the front, so I’m just going to mention a few that I love- I adore the covers of the Laura Marlin Mysteries by Lauren St John (designed by David Dean) and also the covers for the Uncommoners series by Jennifer Bell, which I probably wouldn’t have took a chance on had I not really liked the cover (designed by Karl J. Mountford)

Do you agree with my favourite types of cover? What are yours? Let me know what you think in the comments/on Twitter.

Hope you enjoyed the post, and have a great Sunday!

Amy x

My #LGBTQIARead TBR

Hello everybody!

Today I am writing about my TBR for the LGBTQIA readathon, which has been organised by Faye at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts and George Lester. I’m really excited to join in with this, and I’m super excited to read some of the books that I’ve chosen for my TBR. I’m not planning any specific order of reading these books, so the order they are in below may not be the order in which I read them for the readathon.

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This Is Not a Love Story is set in Amsterdam and features a love triangle with a bisexual character. I’ve had it on my radar for years, and the readathon is the perfect chance for me to finally read it.

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I’m also planning to reread one of my favourite LGBTQIA books, the incomparable Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (who is, as you’ll know if you read my May Reviews post last week, one of my favourite YA writers at the moment). It’s so sweet and funny and Simon is a lovely character, so I can’t wait to read it again.

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My next choice is Truth or Dare by Non Pratt, who is another YA writer that I love. Her books Remix and Unboxed are incredible reads, and both helped me through difficult situations last year. Her new book has been praised for excellent asexual representation and also has quite a unique writing style, so I can’t wait to read Truth or Dare. 

The next two books on my TBR are Girlhood by Cat Clarke and Margot and Me by Juno Dawson, which were both featured in my Holiday Book Haul post. Girlhood has a bisexual main character, and Margot and Me has a same sex relationship. I’m very excited for both of these!

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The last book that I plan to read in this week is Simon James Green’s Noah Can’t Even. I absolutely loved the blog tour for this and it sounds really interesting and hiladious  (and has been likened to Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda) so I have high hopes for this one.

Are you planning to join in? If so, what’s your TBR for the week? What do you think of my choices? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Mystery Books on my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish .This week’s prompt was to create a list of the top ten books from any genre which you’ve added to your TBR, so as it’s one of my favourite genres I decided to base mine around the mystery genre. These are a mix of books I already own/have copies of and books that aren’t released yet that I’m looking forward to.

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The first mystery I have on my TBR is The Ghost Light by Sarah Rubin. I read the 1st book in this series a few months ago and really liked it as it felt very different to other mysteries out just now as it’s set in America and was really well plotted, so I can’t wait to read Alice’s second adventure in this.

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Even though I’ve really enjoyed the previous novels about Scarlet and Ivy, I haven’t managed to read this one as none of my local bookshops seem to stock this series. I’m not sure when I’ll get to read this,  but I hope to before the fifth book is released in the autumn.

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After sidelining Poppy Pym and the Pharoah’s Curses for ages after I bought it and not getting round to it for ages after I bought it, I finally got to it in February and really liked it. I think this is going to be the last Poppy Pym book, and I’m really looking forward to finally learning more about Poppy’s family.

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As you’ll know if you read my first post about the books I read in May, you’ll know that I really enjoyed my proof of the first in the series.This one sounds just as good, if not better, so I can’t wait to dive back into Rose’s world and have another adventure with the secret society of butlers.

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This is the final book of one of my favourite mystery series of recent years (the Marsh Road Mysteries); they manage to be sweet, funny and tightly plotted mysteries all at the same time, and they’re so much fun to read. The characters are also tremendous, and if you haven’t read them I can’t recommend them highly enough.

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I picked this up on buy 1, get 1 half price in Waterstones almost a year ago and still haven’t got round to it. The synopsis sounds really intriguing, and I’m looking forward to it, especially as it seems like it will be a series.

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As a huge fan of both Robin Stevens and the London Eye Mystery, this is without doubt one of my most anticipated reads of the 2nd half of 2017. If I hadn’t been super excited about it already after the announcement, David Dean’s superb cover alone would have made it an instant must read. (Bonus book: I’m also super excited for another book illustrated by David Dean, the Secret of Supernatural Creek by Lauren St. John, the long-awaited fifth Laura Marlin Mysteries book)

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Another book which I’m excited about in the 2nd half of the year is the The Midnight Peacock by Katherine Woodfine, which is the final book in the Sinclair’s Mysteries series. I can’t wait to  (hopefully!) discover the identity of the series’ main villain the Baron and also just enjoy another adventure with these characters, in the all-consuming world of Sinclair’s Department Store in the era of Edwardian London. Also, how pretty is this cover?!-

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While I normally don’t enjoy YA mysteries as much as middle grade, I absolutely have to make an exception for this, which is described as Pretty Little Liars meets the Breakfast Club. I can’t wait to pick it up on my next trip to Waterstones!

 

As I couldn’t pick between these two for my final pick, which are fantasies/mysteries, I’ve decided on them both! The Smoking Hourglass is the 2nd in the Uncommoners trilogy, the first of which was probably my favourite debut of 2016, and it comes out a week on Thursday. I’m absolutely desperate to get hold of it and will probably end up reading it in a few sittings because I love the world of Lundinor so much.

The Empty Grave is the final book of one of my favourite series, Lockwood and Co, which are about ghosts now haunting Britain for an unknown reason. They’re hilarious and clever and have incredible characters, and I am beyond excited to read this when it comes out in September.

Are there any books in the mystery genre you’re looking forward to on your TBR? Do you like the sound of my choices? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl

Amy ❤