Angharad’s July 2019 Wrap Up

Untitled_Panorama1.jpgSo, I swear I’ve been possessed this entire month because nothing else explains the fact that after reading hardly any books this year, I read 18 books this month?! I’d like to think it’s a combination of the Reading RushPride Book Club and pure boredom. I’m super proud of myself and am hoping this continues for the rest of the year. I’ve found some new favourites, did some crying and have almost wanted to throw some books through the window. But anyway, here is what I read this month –  Continue reading “Angharad’s July 2019 Wrap Up”

SLAY by Brittney Morris // Review

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By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”
But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”
Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

Thank you to Hachette Childrens for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I want to start off by saying, as a white person, this book wasn’t written for me so in writing this review, I hope to bring attention to an amazing novel for black readers. I can only imagine how amazing this book would be for young, black gamers – especially girl gamers. Continue reading “SLAY by Brittney Morris // Review”

The Fickle Mermaid by Sophie Bowns / Mini Review & Author Interview

The Fickle Mermaid is a modern, poetic retelling of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson.

When a young mermaid called Cordelia rescues Nikolai, a stunning but troubled model from a watery grave she becomes besotted with him. Cordelia would do anything to be at his side, including sell her soul to a sinister sea witch.

IMG_3868.jpg*Thank you to Sophie for providing me with a review copy of her book. All opinions are my own*  Continue reading “The Fickle Mermaid by Sophie Bowns / Mini Review & Author Interview”

#UKYABA2019 // Boosting UKYA Bloggers: Posts About Blogging

#UKYABA2019 // Boosting UKYA Bloggers: Posts About Blogging

Hi guys!
Today as part of UKYABA’s series of challenges in the run up to this years awards, I’m sharing some of my favourite posts from bloggers on the topic of one big thing we have in common – blogging!

I’ve decided to share quite a mix of posts on the theme – some of these are tips for setting up and running your blog, some for questions that book bloggers come across (such as how to request an ARC) and some more chat style posts and tags.

Continue reading “#UKYABA2019 // Boosting UKYA Bloggers: Posts About Blogging”

The Reading Rush 2019 // TBR

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I’ve decided to attempt my first ever readathon. Am I really doing this? Yes. Do I hate myself? Probably. The Reading Rush originally known as the Booktubeathon is a week long readathon created by Ariel and Raeleen. They have issued seven reading challenges but books can fall into multiple categories and of course, you don’t have to read the full seven. But back to my original point of hating myself, I’ve decided to attempt the full seven. The readathon will start Monday 22nd July to the 28th. So here are the books I will be attempting to read –  Continue reading “The Reading Rush 2019 // TBR”

Browsing Blogger’s Bookshelves Part II

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Since seeing this tag created by Lauren and Sarah a few months back and since joining in with our own bookshelves, I’ve decided to make this a more regular thing. And who best to do it with but Lauren herself. The rules are as follows –
We’ll share photographs of our (main) bookshelves with each other so the other person can “browse” them and pick out books they’d recommend, books they suggest to avoid, or books they’d love to read.
If you would like to take part and collab with us, feel free to comment below or message us on Twitter. Continue reading “Browsing Blogger’s Bookshelves Part II”

Browsing Blogger’s Bookshelves | Part I

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This book tag was created by Lauren over at Northern Plunder and Sarah at Book Hooked Nook and will hopefully become a more regular thing on our blog. This time we will be swapping bookshelves with Ash over at ashleighbekkah. The rules are as follows –
We’ll share photographs of our (main) bookshelves with each other so the other person can “browse” them and pick out books they’d recommend, books they suggest to avoid, or books they’d love to read.
If you would like to take part and collab with us, feel free to comment below or message us on Twitter. Continue reading “Browsing Blogger’s Bookshelves | Part I”