Reviewing ‘Clap When You (don’t) Land’

I wanted to love this. Name: Clap When You Land Author: Elizabeth Acevedo Published: 2020 Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people… InContinue reading “Reviewing ‘Clap When You (don’t) Land’”

The End Of An Era: Death Sets Sail

Robin Stevens is MEAN. Name: Death Sets Sail Author: Robin Stevens Published: 2020 Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are in Egypt, where they are taking a cruise along the Nile. They are hoping to see some ancient temples and a mummy or two; what they get, instead, is murder.  Also travelling on the SS Hatshepsut is aContinue reading “The End Of An Era: Death Sets Sail”

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Name: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz Published: 2012 A book hasn’t left me this… shook up in a long time. Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry andContinue reading “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”

1920s Quaranteens: ‘In The Shadow Of Blackbirds’ Review

This is one of those books you find in the back of a Charity Shop… that’s surprisingly good. Name: In The Shadow Of Blackbirds Author: Cat Winters Published: 2013 In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and theContinue reading “1920s Quaranteens: ‘In The Shadow Of Blackbirds’ Review”

The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

Name: The Tattooist Of Auschwitz Author: Heather Morris Published: 2018  I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart. In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink toContinue reading “The Tattooist Of Auschwitz”

MINI REVIEW: Down Under

This is my 50th post! Thankyou to everyone who has supported me over the last few years, all your comments and love means the world to me 🙂 Travel literature is not normally my scene. But lockdown has us all doing things out of our comfort zone – be it having our hair cut byContinue reading “MINI REVIEW: Down Under”

😍 Top 5 Most Aesthetic Books 😍

Do you ever turn to the cover of a book and start internally screaming (occaisonally externally)? Sometimes this may be to mourn the death of my favourite character, or as a kind of shield between me and any cringeness occuring inside, but often it’s beacause the cover is so beautiful. So today I’m counting downContinue reading “😍 Top 5 Most Aesthetic Books 😍”

2 Star Review: I Am Not a Number

Name: I Am Not A Number Author: Lisa Heathfield Published: 2019 They promised to make the country better for everyone. They didn’t promise this. The Traditionals have been voted to lead the country, winning people over with talks of healing a broken society, of stronger families and safer streets. They promised a happier future forContinue reading “2 Star Review: I Am Not a Number”

MINI REVIEW: There is a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom

I thought this book was about a trans boy. Yeah, it’s not, (although we so need more trans characters in kids books.) However, take a look at these covers: can you see how I made my mistake? ‘There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom’ is actually about this boy called Bradley who nobody wants toContinue reading “MINI REVIEW: There is a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom”

A Space Oddity: Encounters by Jason Wallace

Name: Encounters Author: Jason Wallace Published: 2017 Song: Starlight by Muse Zimbabwe. 1994. A group of schoolchildren see strange lights in the sky… and this day changes 6 young people’s lives forever. Encounters follows their tangled, tortured lives as they struggle to understand what they witnessed. And out of this darkness comes a group ofContinue reading “A Space Oddity: Encounters by Jason Wallace”