Book Tour Stop: ‘Josephine Against the Sea’ by Shakirah Bourne

I find myself on top of Coconut Hill, in front of the view of the shimmering blue sea - inviting, magical, but dangerous.[All quotes are from the ARC, subject to change in the final edition.] Rating: 4.9/5 paper planes Genre: Middle-grade contemporary fantasyPublication: 6 July 2021 (Scholastic)Pages: 304 (hardcover) Synopsis: Meet Josephine, the most loveable … Continue reading Book Tour Stop: ‘Josephine Against the Sea’ by Shakirah Bourne

Book Tour Stop: Review + Top 5 Reasons to Read ‘Sugar and Spite’ by Gail D. Villanueva

"Magic can't heal everything, can it?""No, it cannot heal everything. Like I said, it's only a temporary fix. True healing must come from within the patient themselves." Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Middle-grade contemporary fantasyPublication: 20 April 2021Pages: 208 (hardback) Synopsis: Can a bully be defeated by a magical love potion? Jolina can’t take Claudine’s … Continue reading Book Tour Stop: Review + Top 5 Reasons to Read ‘Sugar and Spite’ by Gail D. Villanueva

Mini-Review: ‘Rumaysa: A Fairytale’ by Radiya Hafiza

[H]er favourite book, 'One Thousand and One Nights'...had beautiful drawings of palaces and animals, women in hijabs and men in magnificent robes. It was a relief to step into someone else's life and escape her tower room, if even just for a moment. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Children's fantasy; fairytale retellingsPublication: 1 April 2021Pages: … Continue reading Mini-Review: ‘Rumaysa: A Fairytale’ by Radiya Hafiza

Review: ‘Girl. Boy. Sea.’ by Chris Vick

The sea and sky were our universe, and the boat was our world. A planet that had broken gravity and left its star. Drifting in the inky blue. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Adventure contemporary (survival story)Publication: 8 Aug 2019 (Head of Zeus)Pages: 320 (hardcover) Synopsis: A young British boy, Bill, narrowly survives a shipwreck … Continue reading Review: ‘Girl. Boy. Sea.’ by Chris Vick

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved But Never Reviewed (aka most of my childhood faves)

Today I'm sharing some great books that somehow slipped through the reviewing cracks! I started 'reviewing' books (sort of) on Shelfari - does anyone else remember this? - when I was about 12. My Year 8 English teacher introduced us to it and I was obsessed. I loved that we could choose the type of … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved But Never Reviewed (aka most of my childhood faves)

Thursday Tunes: A Crystal of Time

Getting close to the end now! 'A Crystal of Time' is part 5 out of 6 for 'The School for Good and Evil' bookish playlists, inspired by Soman Chainani's series of the same name! This actually may be my favourite of all the SGE playlists I've made. This post will be spoiler-free! I've tried to … Continue reading Thursday Tunes: A Crystal of Time

Review: ‘The Girl with the Whispering Shadow’ (‘The Crowns of Croswald’, #2) by D.E. Night

"You can be trapped in a castle, trapped in a scaldonry. Trapped by people. But the worst is being trapped by fear." Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA/MG fantasy (magical boarding school) Synopsis: Even a secret town cannot protect Ivy from a mysterious darkness... Only hours after Ivy Lovely discovers that she is the fulfillment … Continue reading Review: ‘The Girl with the Whispering Shadow’ (‘The Crowns of Croswald’, #2) by D.E. Night

Review: ‘The Super Secret Book’ by Tian En

Diamond City is famous for three things. The sale of chewing gum is banned, each citizen's first and last name starts with the same letter, and most importantly, we have the Super Secret. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Middle-grade superhero novel Synopsis: Violet Vivien is your not-so-typical seventeen-year-old girl. Better known as the sharpshooting superhero … Continue reading Review: ‘The Super Secret Book’ by Tian En

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child

Today's topic: 10 middle-grade/YA books I wish I'd read when I was younger! These are almost all series on my TBR that are generally considered 'middle-grade' and that I wish I'd gotten round to when I was the target audience! 1. 'Artemis Fowl' by Eoin Colfer Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl: millionaire, genius and criminal mastermind. But … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child