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The Sun is Also a Star | Nicola Yoon

imagesI wanted to like Nicola Yoon’s books. I really wanted to.

They’re everywhere. Since bursting into the YA scene with Everything, Everything in September 2015, her books have amassed an impressive 151,000 GoodReads ratings between them and her debut novel has just entered cinemas *stares suspiciously at the 18th August UK release date*

It’s easy to understand where all the hype is coming from. The books are wonderfully written, weaving factual knowledge with emotional understanding. Continue reading “The Sun is Also a Star | Nicola Yoon”

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Empire of Storms: sex scenes and their place in YA lit

I’ve finally come to the end of Sarah J Maas’ Empire of Storms (blame uni) and it has turned out to be my favourite since the prequels, The Assasin’s Blade. Unfortunately, I find Maas’ books to be a little too predictable or I have to struggle through her slow pacing, keeping my ratings down at three stars. This time, however, I didn’t find this to be a problem and the generous sprinkling of plot twists and actions scenes had me giving Empire of Storms four stars. And so I was surprised to see the main criticism of many reviewers was the increased frequency and intensity of sex scenes.

Some say it didn’t fit the tone established in previous books. Some said they were badly written. Some said they were far too explicit. Some said they were inappropriate for a book aimed at teens. Continue reading “Empire of Storms: sex scenes and their place in YA lit”

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The Boy in the Dress | David Walliams

A wonderful mixture of silliness and seriousness

A book by its concept

The Boy in the Dress is David Walliams’ first book for children. Like most, I know Walliams mostly as an actor, comedian and the judge from Britain’s Got Talent who loves all the daft acts. I wasn’t sure how much his book deal came from genuine talent and how much came from the publishers’ desire to put a famous name on a book cover. My younger brother, however, really enjoyed Walliams’ books; he has a little space on the shelf dedicated to all of his publications. Continue reading “The Boy in the Dress | David Walliams”

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Asking For It | Louise O’Neill

Chilling and upsetting – but a 100% must-read

A book by its concept

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Imagine waking up the morning after a party with no memory of what happened. Imagine that everyone else knows but you. Imagine that social media serves as the only means to piece everything back together in horrifying detail. For Emma O’Donovan, eighteen years old, this is not something she can only imagine.

The worst part of reading this book is the knowledge that this not a concept conjured by the author – this is, in one form or another, a reality stretching across the world. The book was partially inspired by real-life cases and the following media reaction. It’s a result of speaking to victims, reading news stories and analysing wider attitudes towards rape. Continue reading “Asking For It | Louise O’Neill”

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Only Ever Yours | Louise O’Neill

Young Adult dystopia at its best

A book by its concept

Set in a dystopian world where girls are no longer born naturally but created artificially, this book explores the impact of gender roles on young women’s lives. It has been described as the Young Adult vision of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, so expectations are high. Continue reading “Only Ever Yours | Louise O’Neill”

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A New Type of Reader

After years of watching BookTube and browsing Goodreads, I decided it was time to have my own stab in the dark at joining the book review world! I always lap up anything with the mildest description of YA, from cringey guilty-pleasures to hidden gems that leave me bawling.

The coming year is looking to be another excellent year on the YA front: amongst others, we’re (finally) receiving the third instalment of Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season series, Sarah J Maas’ Court of Mist and Fury series is coming to a close and Patrick Ness’ seventh YA book, Release, will be in our hands in May. Continue reading “A New Type of Reader”