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Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

As much as we love London, it is a breath of fresh air to read a novel set in rural Ireland. Following on from her captivating debut novel, The Accident Season, Moira Fowley-Dowler’s atmospheric mystery, The Spell Book of the Lost and Found, is another enticing read. Olive and Rose our two main protagonists have been to a summer party and each has lost something. Someone had cast a spell to find their lost objects but all magic has a cost - for all the lost things called forward, people all over town are losing something in return. Small inconsequential losses are followed by friends drifting apart and when more important things go lost, tensions arise. Pages of a diary start to show up in u

Troublemakers by Catherine Barter

Similarly to The Hate U Give after years of politics being addressed mainly in YA dystopian fiction, it is exciting to see a book that reflects the interests of an increasingly politically engaged teenage population. Troublemakers by Catherine Barter follows Alena, brought up by her brother Danny and his partner Nick. As London is shaken by violent attacks, the past of her mother’s activism gains new interest for Alena. Creating a vibrant portrait of communities and the effects that political decisions can have on individuals and their families, Troublemakers is fresh, thoroughly human story and London centric in all the best ways. Ages 12+

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Following the much acclaimed debut Everything, Everything is Nicola Yoon’s second novel The Sun is also a Star. This is a story unfolding over a course of a single day in New York; told in alternating chapters from Natasha's and Daniel's viewpoints, interwoven with chapters on a variety of subjects in a socio-historic context. Natasha’s family will be deported to Jamaica in twelve hours. Natasha is practical, a realist, some might say; a cynic. Daniel Jae Ho Bae has an interview at the Yale admissions office to study medicine, but if it was up to him, he would be writing poetry and travelling the world. A chance encounter entwines their day as they travel around New York in a complicated ma

Release by Patrick Ness

We find ourselves spending a day in conservative small town America in the new novel from Patrick Ness Release. This is a coming of age story about 17 year old Adam who is coping with his first heartbreak whilst trying to build a new relationship. The story weaves together Adam's day and a fable about an avenging ghost. Adam changes through small every day moments as he confronts his family and their attitudes towards his sexuality and interacts with his friends in preparations for a party. The avenging ghost is visiting those still alive and reflecting on the small, life-changing moments before her untimely death. Together and separately they walk towards a captivating ending. Citing Virgi

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Every now and again, a book comes along that you want to stand on rooftops to shout about. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is one of these books. It is an important book, a vital book, a book that would help society along the evolutionary path, if only everyone would read it. The main character is Starr who leads two different lives – on an estate where drug dealing and related crimes are part of every day life and in her majority white private school. Having witnessed her unarmed friend Khalil killed by the police officer Starr has to cope with pressures of the investigation as well as the multiple challenges that her family face from the local community. This is a story about racism in 21

Let Them Eat Cake: ER Murray Guest Post

We’re really excited to read Caramel Hearts by ER Murray, having heard excellent things about it, so it’s fabulous to have her guest posting today as part of her blog tour. (Don’t miss the rest – check out the full list of sites at the bottom of this post!) Caramel Hearts by E.R. Murray – Let Them Eat Cake! Structuring Caramel Hearts around cake recipes wasn’t a conscious decision, though I did want food to feature. I love books and I love food and I view them both as essential components for a harmonious life; so it’s no wonder they fuse so well on the page! It was a random visit to the National Library of Ireland that really sparked this element of the story and I had no idea how integral

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