I don’t read much middle-grade, so it’s not an age group that you see many reviews for on my blog. But I do like to pick it up from time to time, and this year I am aiming to read more of it. The instant I heard about Like A Charm, I knew that it was a book that I needed to read. It’s one that I both would have adored as a kid and now as an adult too.
Like a Charm follows Ramya, a 12-year-old girl who can see through magical creatures glamour. After her Grandad dies, she’s pulled into her family’s secrets and the world of the Hidden Folk. Ramya has always been different because of her disability, and now her differences can be used for good.
I mentioned in that brief summary that Ramya is disabled, and her disability is dyspraxia. It might not be one you’ve heard much about – unless you’ve seen a particular character’s intro episode in Doctor Who – but it’s essentially a learning disability that can affect motor skills. It’s something I’ve had all my life, and I was diagnosed when I was 3. So I’ve never known any different. When I was Ramya’s age, I was still just calling my dyspraxia motor skill problems. I didn’t know much about it. I’d certainly never seen my disability in books or any other form of media. I really wish I had. Maybe then I’d have seen that yes, I was actually disabled, but that was okay. That you could still be the hero, even if you might trip over a lot of things trying to defeat the monsters.
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I know a lot of people would rather avoid books that feature the pandemic. The world is still scary, and who knows when it’ll finally be over. But, it’s something that has affected us all and will affect the way we see things for many years to come. So it’s safe to see that when I stumbled across a chick-lit book set during the early days of lockdown? I was very curious.
I do have to say that some things happen in this book that probably shouldn’t actually happen during a real lockdown for safety reasons. But umm, the romance can be excused at least with support bubbles and stuff. Though, I’m not sure when exactly those came into place… They do consider themselves part of the same household though, as technically they do live on the same property. So, it gets a pass.
Anyway, this book follows Gemma, a freelance writer who has just discovered her boyfriend cheating on her. Her solution? Stay in a cottage owned by a friend in the countryside. It would only be a few days, and it would give her a much-needed break before she went back to London to find a new flat. And then the lockdown happens. Gemma is stuck in an unfamiliar house in a village with her dog. Her only other company? The man who lives in the shed at the end of the garden.
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I’m so happy that this novel series is a thing. Admittedly, this book is the only one I’ve read in it… But I love Rogue and have done since I was a kid. So this was obviously the way it was going to be. I was lucky enough to receive my e-book copy of this through Netgalley for an honest review. So thanks very kindly to the folks at Aconyte Books for that.
Rogue: Untouched is an origin story. It follows a young Anna Marie as she works to try to earn money to get out of the town she nearly killed her boyfriend in as a teenager. One day two mysterious people walk into her cafe, and she doesn’t realise that, together, they’ll change her life forever.
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This was a book that I’d never heard of, but when I saw it in an email, I was intrigued. I love books about sibling relationships, so a book about a woman discovering one should have been fun.
Instead, I feel pretty meh about it.
I was granted a free e-book copy of this through One More Chapter and Netgalley, and it was in return for an honest review.
Continue reading “Book Review: The Sister Surprise by Abigail Mann”
Winter’s Orbit is a book that I’ve been so hyped for since I first heard about it. An adult queer sci-fi that just looks pretty character-driven and a lot of fun? I seriously needed it then and there. The moment I had an opportunity to sign up for a blog tour, I was right on it. I just had to get my hands on this book, and I’m so damn glad I did. This a fantasy novel by a British author and, honestly, I’m here to be promoting fellow Brits. As I don’t think I read enough genre books by British authors.
Thanks again to Compulsive Readers and Orbit for letting me take part in this tour!
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Have you ever seen a book cover and title that’s more me?
Have you ever seen a book cover and title that’s more me?
I’m someone who has been into anime and manga for years, including magical girls. I’m totally in love with Harajuku fashion; especially lolita and if you couldn’t tell from my review of Cute Mutants volume 1, I’m clearly after more queer YA where the characters have powers.
This book was clearly made for me, and I’m so damn excited that I managed to get an e-arc from the author to review. I read this book in a single night as I couldn’t put it down.
Continue reading “Book Review: Magic Mutant Nightmare Girl by Erin Grammar”
Let’s face it, I’m not got stop buying books any time soon. I wish I could say I’m going on a total ban until I’ve gotten through most of my massive stack of books. But, whenever I say that, I don’t keep to it. To be honest, I probably won’t keep to this either. But I’m doing my best.
After last year, I’ve got more books to read than I’ve had for a long time. My spending habits got a little hand and I need to slow down. I don’t have the money to be doing that right now. So what am I planning on doing if not a complete ban?
I’m limiting the number of books I’m allowed to buy each month.
Continue reading “Curbing The Book Buying Habit – Or Not”
Yes, I know we’re a few days into the month now. Okay, more than a few, but it’s still plenty of time to join in our reading club! We’ve now moved onto Discord where we have separate channels for each of the books so that means you can catch up and discuss each book even if you join us late. If you’re interested then let me know down below and I’ll find somewhere to privately send you to the join link!
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I’m really starting to enjoy YA thrillers and knowing C.L. Taylor also writes adult thrillers, I was eager to check this one out. I was granted the audio book through NetGalley and I started listening to it pretty much straight away.
The Island follows six teenagers on a group holiday together. During the trip, they wind up on a survival trip on an island with a guide. But when that guide has a stroke, they find out they are stranded on the island and soon all their phobias are being thrown at them. The book is narrated by Jessie and Danny. Jessie lost her brother a while ago and this the first group holiday since and Danny is worried that his girlfriend, Honour wants to move on from him.
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As a non-binary person I love reading genre books with an enby main character. There’s something so fulfilling about seeing something about seeing some part of yourself represented in a fantasy or sci-fi setting. I recieved this book in return for a review through the Harper360 YA newsletter and was super happy to get it.
Quinn is genderqueer. Sometimes they’re a girl, sometimes a boy, sometimes neither and sometimes both. But in the world they live in that doesn’t matter. The city of Brume is filled with monsters, gangs and is surrounded by fog. But this isn’t the only Brume and two other versions of Quinn exist too.
Continue reading “Book Review: Into the Real by Z Brewer”