My (Not So) Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella

30821598My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Publisher: The Dial Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Adult, Contemporary, Work Place, Family, Romance


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Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business. Continue reading

Spellbook of the Lost and Found – Moïra Fowley-Doyle

30079439Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 8th, 2017
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Magica Realism, LGBT


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One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.

Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets.

When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . . Continue reading

Warcross – Marie Lu

29385546Warcross by Marie Lu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Putnam BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Action, Competition


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For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
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Kit Meets Covington – Bobbi J.G. Weiss

34069211Kit Meets Covington by Bobbi J.G. Weiss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Candlewick Entertainment
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Boarding School, Horses, Friendship


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Trying to move on from her mother’s death and afraid of riding after a bad fall, plucky fourteen-year-old Kit Bridges doesn’t quite know what to expect when her father takes a position at The Covington Academy, a prestigious boarding school in England. Things are looking up when Kit meets her cool, possibly secretly royal new roommate, Anya, and the boys of Covington, like Will, with their charming accents. But she hadn’t anticipated such a strict headmistress as Lady Covington. Or the expectation that every student be a rider. Or the wild horse that she seems to have a strange and special bond with. While navigating new friendships, romances, and an alarmingly austere new environment, Kit needs to figure out whether she’s ready to get back in the saddle. And at the end of the day, it’s hard to tell who will be more changed by her arrival — The Covington Academy or Kit herself. Continue reading

All’s Faire in Middle School – Victoria Jamieson

33517044All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Dial Books
Point of View: 1st Person
Recommended Age: 9+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, School, Friendship, Faire


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Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she’s eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she’ll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind–she’ll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it’s not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don’t) and starts to be embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family’s unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all. Continue reading

Girls Made of Snow and Glass – Melissa Bashardoust

32768509Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Point of View: Alternative
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Snow White, LGBT, Magic, Family


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Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story. Continue reading

Young Jane Young – Gabrielle Zevin

34915867Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 29th, 2017
Publisher: Viking
Point of View: Alternative
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Adult, Contemporary, Politics, Feminism, Scandals, Coming-of-Age


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Young Jane Young is a smart, funny, and extremely timely novel which exposes the myriad ways we shame, forgive, and love one another. Just as she did in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, the superbly talented Gabrielle Zevin has created a cast of unforgettable characters: an ambitious yet naive twenty-something, a mother attempting to steer her daughter through a judgmental world, a veteran political wife facing the hard truth that fidelity isn’t always rewarded, and a young girl who feels bold about her choices before she realizes the restrictions all around her. Not only does Zevin skewer the inherent double standards in women’s everyday lives, she also explores the true meaning of resilience–and, ultimately, forgiveness. Continue reading