Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Title: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

Author: Lauren James

Pages: 290

Published: 7th September 2017

⭐️ 5 / 5

This book was honestly the biggest surprise. It has been sat on my shelf since last July when I bought it at YA Prom (Katherine Webber’s launch party for Only Love Can Break Your Heart), but I haven’t got around to it and I’ve been putting it off for other things. I think it’s because of the sci-fi element. I have an interesting relationship with the genre. I generally enjoy it, but there is a very fine line for me between that enjoyment and content that gives me eye strain from rolling my eyes so hard at either the sheer ridiculousness or predictability of it. I am more likely to DNF a novel of this genre than any other so I think I was apprehensive to start this book. However, as I said, this book was the most pleasant surprise of this year for me. I am seriously impressed.

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Review: Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury (Sorrow #2)

Title: Song of Sorrow

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Pages: 370

Published: 7th March 2019

⭐️ 5 / 5

Anyone who has spoken to me over the last year will know just how much I loved State of Sorrow. It was easily my favourite book of 2018 so the sequel, and conclusion to the duopoly, Song of Sorrow is one of my most anticipated reads of this year. State of Sorrow ended on a cliffhanger that meant Sorrow’s struggles weren’t over, they were merely beginning and were sure to spiral out of control.

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Review: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Title: The Sin Eater’s Daughter

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Pages: 333

Published: 5th February 2016

⭐️ 4 / 5

Here we have yet another book I read after meeting the author first. Melinda Salisbury was on the panel at the Fantasy and Folklore event, chaired by Samantha Shannon, at Waterstones Piccadilly. Melinda’s personality screamed through everything she said. She was hilarious, intelligent, the anecdotes of her Grandmother reminded me of my own family…and this concoction meant I simply couldn’t leave without buying one of her books. Surely a person that was so very interesting upon first hearing from her could whip up a book that I would love? Well, bless my instincts because holy smokes what a novel!

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Review: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

It’s been five years but here we are. John Green has a new book on the shelves again. We have this little gem in our hands. It’s something we all want to be a part of. More than a want, a need. (I’m sorry. That was too good an opportunity to miss. Let me know when you get the reference)

Title: Turtles All The Way Down

Author: John Green

Pages: 286

Published: 10th October 2017

⭐️ 5 / 5

I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do with myself now I’ve finished this book…It’s been five years since we last enjoyed a release week for John Green. We’ve all been so impatient. But now I get it. I understand every single day of the five year wait. It was worth it. There are lots of us that really need a book like this.

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Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands #1)

So last week’s tube read was *drumroll*

Title: Rebel of the Sands

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Pages: 358

Published: 4th February 2016

⭐️ 4 / 5

Here’s another book I bought and read off the back of an event I attended at Waterstones Piccadilly. Alwyn was a really engaging panel chair and I loved the snippets I heard about her books so I thought I’d give this one a go.

First things first, DEBUT NOVEL ALERT. Yes, I’m new to the party as this was published in 2016 but let me have my moment. Rebel of the Sands doesn’t feel like a debut. It’s certainly a solid first novel. It took a little bit of warming up to but I’m now converted.

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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I have wanted to read this for a very long time and I’ve finally squeezed it in as this weekend’s commute book! It was a little different to what I expected and I have mixed feelings on it, but here’s what I thought.

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Pages: 418

Published: 5th July 2012

⭐️ 3 / 5

This one’s been on my TBR for longer than I care to admit. It’s been sat on my bedside table for the better part of eighteen months, even moving from the bedside table at ‘home home’ to uni halls and now to my flat…it’s always been next on my list but somehow another book has jumped in front and I don’t quite know how I let it happen.

Not long into starting Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I realised it’s not quite what I signed up for. I tend to steer clear of high fantasy but this certainly dips in and out of it which is not exactly what I expected. Obviously it’s clear from the blurb that there’s an element of fantasy but at some points we go completely off-kilter and it took me a while to work out what was going on. I found it hard to get through the large chunks that I would class as high fantasy but once it started to make a bit more sense, it was much easier to handle and tolerate. If you’re like me and not really a fan of this genre then I suggest giving this a try because by the end of the book I’ve found myself somewhat converted – or at least on my way there.

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