Mid-Year Update

Mid-Year Update

Can anyone else not believe that we’re already over a week into June? This year is flying by! Not that I’m complaining about it being June for a few reasons; it’s my birthday month, I’m going on holiday this month, I’m very much a summer person, YALC is next month, and my due date is now less than five months away!

I wanted to do a quick post today so I just thought I’d do a little update about what’s happened in the first half of the year.
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ARC Review // Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

ARC Review // Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

Everyone in Ballyfran has a secret, and that is what binds them together…

Fifteen-year-old twins Madeline and Catlin move to a new life in Ballyfran, a strange isolated town, a place where, for the last sixty years, teenage girls have gone missing in the surrounding mountains.

As distance grows between the twins – as Catlin falls in love, and Madeline begins to understand her own nascent witchcraft – Madeline discovers that Ballyfrann is a place full of predators. Not only foxes, owls and crows, but also supernatural beings who for many generations have congregated here to escape persecution. When Catlin falls into the gravest danger of all, Madeline must ask herself who she really is, and who she wants to be – or rather, who she might have to become to save her sister.

Dark and otherworldly, this is an enthralling story about the bond between sisters and the sacrifices we make for those we care about the most.

Huge thanks to Tina at Hot Key for sending me an ARC to read and review!

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The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers // Blog Tour + Extract

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‘Harvey Anderson is a twenty-six-year-old street performer from New Jersey. He likes his peaceful life, but everything he knows is turned upside down when he is abducted and beaten by a group of nondescript thugs. Working for a sinister man known as “The Spider,” these goons have spent the last nine years searching for Harvey’s girlfriend, Sally Starling. Now they think they know where she lives. And who she loves.
There’s only one problem: Sally is gone and Harvey has no memory of her. Which doesn’t make any sense, until The Spider explains that Sally has the unique ability to selectively erase a person’s memories. An ability she has used to delete herself from Harvey’s mind.
But as Harvey recovers from his beating, he discovers that Sally left him with one partial memory… a dancing girl in a blue dress.
Life isn’t peaceful for Harvey anymore, and he soon finds himself in a war he can never win.
Or can he?’

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YALC 2019 // Pre-Planning!

YALC 2019 // Pre-Planning!

So, YALC 2019 is coming up and now that we have the author list and program, I thought it was about time I started planning! This will be my third year at YALC so I feel like I’m pretty well versed in how things happen now, and one thing I know is that planning for the weekend is key (even when you know not all of your plans will play out how you expect!). Since I imagine we won’t get information on the stalls that will be there and giveaways etc until nearer the time, I thought I’d write a bit about the planning I’ve been able to do so far.

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ARC Review // The Furies by Katie Lowe

ARC Review // The Furies by Katie Lowe

After an accident involving her Dad and sister, Violet joins Elm Hollow Academy, a private girls school in a quiet coastal town, which has an unpleasant history as the site of famous 17th century witch trials. Violet quickly finds herself invited to become the fourth member of an advanced study group, alongside Robin, Grace, and Alex – led by their charismatic art teacher, Annabel.

While Annabel claims her classes aren’t related to ancient rites and rituals – warning the girls off the topic, describing it as little more than mythology – the girls start to believe that magic is real, and that they can harness it. But when the body of a former member of the society – Robin’s best friend, with whom Violet shares an uncanny resemblance – is found dead on campus nine months after she disappeared, Violet begins to wonder whether she can trust her friends, teachers, or even herself.

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