• Book review: Camp by L. C. Rosen

    Camp – L. C. Rosen

    Release date: 2 July 2020 Goodreads link Book Depository link Aussie purchase links Rating Camp blurb: Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It’s where he met his best friends. It’s where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it’s where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim – who’s only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists. This year, though, is going to be different. Randy has reinvented himself as ‘Del’ – buff, masculine and on the…

  • Book review: Only Mostly Devastated

    Only Mostly Devastated – Sophie Gonzales

    Release date: 3 March 2020 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Only Mostly Devastated blurb: When Ollie meets Will over the summer break, he thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After. But once summer’s ended, Will stops texting him back, and Ollie finds himself short of his fairytale ending. A family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country – Will’s school – and Ollie finds that the sweet, affectionate and comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High.…

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    10 amazing fantasy classics you should read (one day)

    Good morning bookworms! Just in case you haven’t heard me scream about this previously, YA wasn’t really a thing when I was growing up. You had board books for toddlers, picture books for children, then like this weird sort of tween stage (now lovingly referred to as middle grade) where you read 846 books from series such as The Babysitters’ Club (including the mysteries, the super specials, Logan’s stories, the super mysteries, AND Little Sister if you got in on that), Sweet Valley High, Sweet Valley Uni, The Saddle Club,…

  • Book review: A Darker Shade of Magic

    A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab

    Release date: 27 February 2015 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) blurb: Kell is one of the last travellers – magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, without magic and ruled by the mad King George III. Red London – where magic is revered, and where Kell was raised alongside the heir to the empire. White London – where people fight to control the remaining magic and magic fights back.…

  • Book Review: A Heart So Fierce and Broken

    A Heart So Fierce and Broken – Brigid Kemmerer

    Release date: 7 January 2020 Goodreads link Book Depository link Bloomsbury link for Aussie’s Rating A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers, #2) blurb: HARPER has freed Prince Rhen from the curse that almost destroyed his kingdom. But all is not well in Emberfall: rumours are rife that there is a rival heir with a stronger claim to the throne and that ‘Princess’ Harper of Disi is nothing but a fraud. GREY has fled the castle carrying a terrible secret. When he is discovered by soldiers and returned to Ironrose…

  • Book review: The Sky Weaver

    The Sky Weaver – Kristen Ciccarelli

    Release date: 12 November 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating The Sky Weaver (Iskari, #3) blurb: At the end of one world, there always lies another. Safire, a soldier, knows her role in this world is to serve the King of Firgaard—helping to maintain the peace in her oft-troubled nation. Eris, a deadly pirate, has no such conviction. Known as the Death Dancer for her ability to evade even the most determined of pursuers, she possesses a superhuman power to move between worlds. When one can roam from dimension…

  • Book Review: The Queen of Nothing

    The Queen of Nothing – Holly Black

    Release date: 19 November 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3) blurb: His voice is soft, and I make the mistake of looking into his black eyes, at his wicked, curving mouth. ‘But your beauty will fade,’ he continues, just as softly, speaking like a lover. ‘And all you have and all you are will rot away to nothing. You are nothing.’ As the exiled Queen of Faerie, Jude is reeling from Cardan’s betrayal and is determined to reclaim everything…

  • Book review: Serpent and Dove

    Serpent and Dove – Shelby Mahurin

    Release date: 3 September 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Serpent and Dove (Serpent and Dove #1) blurb: Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned. Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s,…

  • Book review: Going Off Script

    Going Off Script – Jen Wilde

    Release date: 21 May 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Going Off Script blurb: Sometimes you’ve got to live outside the lines. Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn’t quite what she expected… instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee. Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer―who promptly reworks…

  • Book Review: American Royals

    American Royals – Katharine McGee

    Release date: 5 September 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating American Royals (American Royals, #1) blurb: The Washingtons have ruled America for almost 250 years. They’re gorgeous, fiercely famous and the beating heart of the most glorious court in the world. But behind the glittering ballrooms, elegant gowns and perfect public personas lie forbidden romances and scandalous secrets that could cost them the throne. THE HEIR is Princess Beatrice who knows duty to the crown comes before all else. Right? THE SPARE is Princess Samantha, whose only duty is…

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    Mini reviews: The #Reviewathon edition #1

    Good morning bookworms! We are OFFICIALLY just past a third of the way into ARC August, so I am keen to post some of my ARC reviews. Although I’ve been pushing through them so quickly (HUZZAH!) that I actually don’t have enough days to do full reviews for each book… so what’s a gal to do? Well, mini reviews seem like the best idea – and in fact, I might do a couple of these throughout the month! SHE’S GOT GAME – LAURA HEFFERNAN Release date: 13 August 2019Goodreads linkRating…

  • Book review: Shadow and Bone

    Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: 5 June 2012 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Shadow and Bone (Grisha, #1) blurb: “I’ve been waiting for you a long time, Alina,” he said. “You and I are going to change the world.” The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. Could she be the key to setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a man of…

  • Book review: No Fences in Alaska, Save Me, and Hush Hush series

    Mini reviews: No Fences in Alaska, Save Me & Hush, Hush series

    Good morning bookworms! So, as you may know, I’m not really a DNF’er. I like the concept, but I usually feel like I owe it to the book to finish what I have started. However, there are some exceptions to the rule! So, this is my mini reviews: the DNF edition! NO FENCES IN ALASKA – GLEN SOBEY Release date: 4 July 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating No Fences in Alaska blurb: Their worlds are about to come crashing down… At sixteen years old, Harper Lyon’s life is…

  • Book review: Call It What You Want

    Call It What You Want – Brigid Kemmerer

    Release date: 1 July 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Call It What You Want blurb: Rob had it all, but when his dad was caught embezzling funds from half the town, everything changed. Now Rob’s the social pariah who lost everything – his friends, his status, even his family. Maegan was a typical overachiever until the pressure got to her last year. And now that her sister is pregnant, pretending to be a “perfect” family might be too much to handle. When Rob and Maegan are paired together…

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    Off Tangent Thoughts… while at a bookstore

    Good morning bookworms! Today we are doing another Off Tangent Thoughts (OTT) which was created by Charvi @ Not Just Fiction. This fortnight’s topic is thoughts I have while I’m at a bookstore. I mean… honestly? My thoughts are basically just me screaming internally while I’m at a bookstore, but I’ll try and put some actual words to the process!! *breathes sigh of happiness as walks through door* My home… it’s calling me 😍 *wanders aimlessly for 10 mins just breathing in the books* Right brain, let’s focus. I am…

  • Book review: The Eyes of Tamburah

    The Eyes of Tamburah – Maria V Snyder

    Release date: 17 June 2019 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating The Eyes of Tamburah (Archives of the Invisible Sword #1) blurb: ‘He thinks you are the thief…’ Shyla is a researcher who resides in the underground desert city of Zirdai, which is ruled by the wealthy Water Prince and brutal Heliacal Priestess. Even though Shyla is sun-kissed – an outcast, considered cursed by the Sun Goddess – she is still renowned for uncovering innumerable archaic facts, lost artefacts, ancient maps, and obscure historical documents. Her quiet life is about…

  • Book review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

    Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins

    Release date: 14 August 2014 Goodreads link Book Depository link Rating Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) blurb: The café is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee. Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!” His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me. And then… he blinks. “Isla?” Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of…

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    Recommendations: So, I'm thinking about trying adult fiction…

    Good evening bookworms! So, most of you are probably thinking ‘What the hell, Meegs? WE READ YA!’ Don’t get me wrong – I’m totally with you. But sometimes I like to change things up. (Not very often though… I am a creature of comfort.) I was, weirdly, reading adult books before there was a defined YA age group. Uh-huh, that’s how old I am kids, Old enough to remember pre-internet, pre-mobile phones, and pre-YA. It truly was the dark ages. However, in those years BYA (before YA), I read some…