My thoughts on YALC 2018

Last Saturday, we went to YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention in London) and I want to tell you all about it – not because it was awesome, but because it wasn’t. Don’t take me wrong: we still had a good time but we wish it had been just like last year. How did YALC 18…

Lifel1k3 (Lifelike #1) by Jay Kristoff

Title: Lifel1k3 (Lifelike #1) Author: Jay Kristoff Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia Target Audience: Young adults Pages: 416 Publication date: 26/07/18 (UK) My rating: ★★★★★ (5/5) Synopsis On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator…

The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard

Title: The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr Author: Frances Maynard Genres: Contemporary Fiction Target Audience: Adults Pages: 385 Publication date: 12/07/18 (UK) My rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5) Trigger warnings: Sexual harassment   Synopsis A socially challenged young woman is finally forced to find her place in the world in this breathtaking and moving debut. Elvira Carr believes in crisp…

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland

Title: The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart Author: Holly Ringland Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance Target Audience: Adults Pages: 336 Publication date: 28/06/18 (UK) My rating: ★★★★★ (5/5) Trigger warnings: Domestic violence, verbal abuse, animal cruelty     “Time does something to pain that nothing else can.” Synopsis After her family suffers a tragedy when she is…

A helpful guide to YALC

Now that the crazy YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention in London) time of the year is less than one week away, I thought I could help out anyone who hasn’t attended this amazing event in the previous years by giving you some tips that will help you survive and make the best of it. Trust me…

The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington

Title: The Red Ribbon Author: Lucy Adlington Genres: Historical Fiction, War Target Audience: Young adults Pages: 304 Publication date: 12/07/18 (UK) My rating: ★★★★★ (5/5) Synopsis As fourteen-year-old Ella begins her first day at work she steps into a world of silks, seams, scissors, pins, hems and trimmings. She is a dressmaker, but this is no…

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

Title: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) Author: Cassandra Clare Genres: Fantasy, Romance Target Audience: Young adults Pages: 698 Publication date: 08/03/16 (UK) My rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)   Synopsis Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the…

Pretend I’m Dead by Jen Beagin

Title: Pretend I’m Dead Author: Jen Beagin Genres: Contemporary Fiction Target Audience: Adults Pages: 231 Publication date: 05/07/18 (UK) My rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5) Synopsis Jen Beagin’s funny, moving, fearless debut novel introduces an unforgettable character, Mona—almost 24, cleaning houses to get by, emotionally adrift. Handing out clean needles to drug addicts, she falls for a recipient who proceeds…