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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Three miles up the river Thames from the centre of Oxford, some distance from where the great colleges of Jordan, Gabriel, Balliol, and two dozen others contended for mastery in the boat races, out where the city was only a collection of towers and spires in the distance over the misty levels of Port Meadow, there stood the priory of Godstow, where the gentle nuns went about their only business; and on the opposite bank from the priory there was an inn called the Trout. – Opening sentence When Philip Pullman announced that he was releasing The Book of Dust, I was beyond excited. I first read the original His Dark Materials trilogy during my teenage years and, like many others, immediately fell in love. It is one of the few series that I regularly go back to, and each time I discover something new that I either missed or mistook. Such is my love for His…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Dear friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at the party even though you could have. – Opening sentence The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been on my wishlist for a very long time. I knew it was a book of note, along the same lines of The Catcher of the Rye, but for some reason I’d never quite gotten around to reading it. But then, my younger sister (and fellow book blogger) gave me a copy for Christmas and I finally got my opportunity to read it. For some reason, I had always assumed that it was written from a girl’s perspective. I don’t know why I assumed this, I think when the film came out there was a lot of focus on Emma Watson and her role, which made me think she was the…

Ink by Alice Broadway

I was older than all my friends when I got my first tattoo. – Opening sentence I was extremely excited to win this special copy of Ink from @ScholasticUK, as I have wanted to read it ever since I got my hands on the teaser back in August 2016. In Ink, tattoos (or ‘marks’ as they are referred to in this book), are obligatory. You get your first mark, you name, two days after you are born and from then on every important milestone in your life in inked; the good and the bad. Upon your death, your marks are preserved and compiled into a Skin Book, and your book is judged in the “weighing of the soul ceremony”. If your life is deemed to be good – and your soul is worthy – your book remains with your family and your name will be forever remembered. But if your soul…

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The monster showed up just after midnight. – Opening sentence WARNING: This book will make you cry, and it will never fully leave you. Reminiscent of a fai rytale, yet as dark and enthralling as a horror,  A Monster Calls is something special. A tale a about love, sorrow, guilt and grief, A Monster Calls evoked an emotional response in me that most books fail to even slightly stir, and it will be a book that I hold dear for a long time to come. From an original idea by Siobhan Dowd. Siobhan Dowd was a British writer and activist, who died in 2007 from breast cancer. Dowd wrote a number of children’s novels, and undertook another one before her death. Unfortunately, she didn’t get the chance to finish it. She had the characters, a premise, and a beginning. What she didn’t have, unfortunately, was time. Patrick Ness, in the…

Reality Boy by A.S. King

Reality Boy was a gift from my brother last Christmas, but I only just got round to reading it. Published in 2013, it’s a modern book set in today’s era portraying how a former reality show child ‘star’ grows into an angry teenage boy. Gerald, lives with his Mother, Father and older sister Tasha. His other sister is currently attending collage across the pond in Glasgow. She escaped, and Gerald can’t work out if he’s pleased for her, or angry that she left him in this mess. The Faust family starred in a reality TV show back when Gerard was a toddler. Like all toddlers, he had behavioural issues. When he was feeling particularly angry, defiant or hard-done-by, Gerald would crap. Everywhere. And I mean everywhere; on the dinner table, in the wardrobe and even in his Mother’s shoes. And all of that was aired for the whole of the…

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