World Book Day: Spread the Word & Win!

World Book Day: Spread the Word & Win!


Hello book lovers! 
It's almost World Book Day, aka THE BEST DAY EVER. I am so excited that I get to share something incredible with you all today! I'll be telling you all about the fantastic ins and outs of World Book Day and how you can win a Book Bundle of the five chosen books this year, thanks to The Corner Shop and World Book Day!


This year something very different is happening. One week before World Book Day, (today!) is the launch of a brand new film trailer featuring some very familiar people! It's presented by the lovley Grace Victory, featuring some well known book lovers and authors including Muhammad Khan, Gemma Cairney, Camilla Thurlow, Penny Joelson, Afrikan Boy, Connie Glynn (Noodlerella), Slay in Your Lane (Yomi and Elizabeth), Laura Dockrill, Greg James and Chris Smith, E. Lockhart, Sara Barnard, Yas Necati, Maya Jama and Nikesh Shukla. It's the start of a new movement called "BookClubbing" - no, not that kind of clubbing. A book clubbing movement. And you (yes, you reading this!) can get involved! Ways teens and young adults can get involved is by:



  • Sharing your favourite stories with friends and family and online under #ShareAStory
  • Picking up one of five special edition full-length YA titles by bestselling authors at an exclusive price with a World Book Day book token
  • GET BOOKCLUBBING, setting up your own book club to talk about your latest and favourite reads with classmates and friends.




It's the start of a new initative that means young people can get one of five full-length books for £1.50 with a book token (or £2.50 without). The special edition books included in this years event are:

  1. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Penguin)
  2. Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)
  3. I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson (Egmont)
  4. Summoner: The Novice by Taran Matharu (Hachette)
  5. Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah (Bloomsbury)



*Available in participating retailers only


Don't forget what World Book Day is all about. It's the biggest celebration of reading in the UK and Ireland. Last year 1.2 million £1 book tokens were redeemed, meaning 1 in 4 children (1 in 3 for those having free school meals) could "purchase" their first ever book. So from late this month, children in the UK and Ireland will be given their book tokens in schools which they can then claim/put towards reading one of these awesome special editions in participating bookshops and supermarkets from 26th February to 25th March 2018.
You can find out everything you need to know about World Book Day on their website!
GIVEAWAY TIME!
sponsored by the event

To celebrate World Book Day, we are offering one lucky winner the chance to win 5 of the books on offer this year from the World Book Day Teen & Young Adult book collection!

How To Enter:

For your chance to win just answer the question below, with your name and address to: prettylittlememoirs@gmail.com 



How many years has World Book Day been running?

12 years

19 years

21 years

Closing date: Midnight Thursday 1 March. See my Review Policy for competition rules.






Good luck, book lovers! Don't forget to get involved any way you can, by following the event:
Twitter | Facebook | Website | #WorldBookDay #ShareAStory



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Why YA is for Everyone

Why YA is for Everyone




Whenever there's a big dilemma/discussion on Twitter, I tend to stray from it. Not because I don't believe in standing up for my opinion, but because confrontation and me just aren't a good mix. As a lot of you may know, I have anxiety, so the thought of getting into heated arguments just isn't my thing. 
But a few days ago, there was this Author. Let's call her Lady. Lady was in a rather unpleasant discussion with a good friend of mine, saying that YA books are not to be read/enjoyed by Adult readers. That they are for eleven year old's. I was outraged. The clue is in the name of the YA genre - it means young adult. When you are eleven, you're not a young adult. You're barely just out of being a child, on the verge of being a teen. I did a tweet about it here, but didn't direct it at the person in question. When Lady left twitter, a lot of people were still in discussion about it. A few other twitter goers said that YA should be a "Teen Space". While I agree that Teens are the main demographic YA is written about / for, in no way should we be singling out and pushing out different age groups from genres of reading. I would never tell a child/teen they couldn't read an Adult book and I would never tell and Adult they couldn't read YA. A lot of people shared my same opinions. I have always been a YA blogger/reader and grew up reading a variety of the genres within YA. I'll always love and read YA and don't think that's a bad thing at all. There's something in YA for everyone and we can all learn from the genre. No one should tell you what you can and can't read. 
Some people might not share the same opinion. You, reading this, might think that YA is for Teens. You are completely okay to have that opinion. But logically, and physically, it's not right. If you asked an author - one published and read by thousands of readers - that she should tell Adults they can't read YA, do you know how many readers/fans they would lose? As a YA Blogger since a teenager myself, I helped build some of the foundations in the YA community with my Blog and putting it in the best way I can, I will not be pushed out because I'm not a Teen. 
I am allowed to have this space. We all share this space. It's called a Book Community. There isn't a need for cliques, dividing people by age, ranting, threatening. . .because at the end of the day, it's books. They are meant to be loved and enjoyed. Can't we all stick together? To not divide ourselves up? Still, you might not agree. And that's okay. But I'm not going anywhere, and like so many of my friends, we are barely in Adulthood. I am twenty one years old, and will be reading YA for as long as I please. I have far more in common with it than Adult fiction. And that's okay. Whatever you want to read, that is okay. Don't let anyone tell you what you can't find joy in. 
I held a poll on twitter with an overwhelming amount of you saying YA is for Everyone. And I am so glad you think so.



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Book Review: "The Unpredictability of Being Human" by Linni Ingemundsen

Book Review: "The Unpredictability of Being Human" by Linni Ingemundsen



Title: The Unpredictability of Being Human
Author:  Linni Ingemundsen
Published: December 28th, 2017
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Find the Author: Goodreads 

Disclosure: I was sent this ARC from the Publisher in exchange for a review. As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.

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Meet Malin, a fifteen-year-old who sees the world differently. Malin knows she couldn’t change much about her life, even if she got to play God. Her dad would still yell all the time – especially as Malin is still friends with Hanna, the girl she met shoplifting. Her mum would still say a glass of wine is good for her heart – and Mum needs it, with Malin’s brother, Sigve, getting into trouble all the time. And Malin would still be Malin. Because she can’t be anybody else. 

In a voice bursting with immediacy and truth, Malin shares the absurdities of growing up and fitting in as her family struggles with the buried pain of mistakes made and secrets kept.

Profound, compassionate and as funny as it is dark, Malin’s story is an offbeat examination and celebration of the brutal, bizarre and beautiful unpredictability of being human.

If you love the freshness and honesty of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the emotional depth of John Green, and the irreverent wit of Little Miss Sunshine, push this to the top of your TBR pile. 


First Thoughts...


The first thing that crossed my mind when The Unpredictability of Being Human appeared in my lap was that it had that certain je ne sais quoi. It reminded me of something John Green might write, but with a spirited twist. I was so eager to get into this but I was swarmed with TBR books around the holidays that I didn't get a chance to read this until early February! 


My Review...


Malin, straight away, is quite an unusual main character. Her point of view and inner monologue on the world is striking, bordering on painfully honest. She sounds much older than her age, fifteen, throughout her POV. Malin's family are a huge part of her troubles and bigger picture on life. There's the situation surrounding her Mom's drinking, her Father's temper and brother's troublesome behaviour. These things make Malin overwhelmed by these trusting, innocent ways to cope with not being able to change what her life is. 
What's different about The Unpredictability of Being Human is that there is no solid plot. But in that way, it's even more interesting, if that makes sense. It's a crack into the universe inside Malin's mind and a teenage life. And just a glimpse into her world is bittersweet, relateable and addictive. She's to-the-point and there's no messing about with her thoughts on everyday life, so there's that same, definite maturity to her point of view that definitely made me feel like I was reading about someone a few years older (but not in a bad way). 
Overall, I flew through the pages SO FAST. I think it was over three nights that I read this before bed and it was such a refreshing, slice-of-heaven that I think it's one of those books I could pick up again in months time and re-read. The writing does take some time to get used to in Malin's ways of talking to us as readers, but it's honestly such a great read that I can't think of anything that was negative about The Unpredictability of Being Human. If you love feel-good YA or similar to the John Green demographic, you'll adore this book. Amazing read - four stars!

Have you read The Unpredictability of Being Human?

Let me know what you thought in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook!

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Blog Tour & Review | "Force Of Nature" by Jane Harper

Blog Tour & Review | "Force Of Nature" by Jane Harper



I am thrilled and very honored to be a part of Jane's second book, following the major success of The Dry! I absolutely loved the first book and I couldn't wait for the second! Thank you to Little Brown for letting me be a part of this bookish journey! You can read my review for THE DRY here.


Title: Force Of Nature
Author:  Jane Harper
Published: February 1st, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown
Find the Author: Goodreads 

Disclosure: I was sent this ARC from the Publisher in exchange for a review. As always, my reviews are fair and unbiased.

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Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.
The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.
Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case - in just a matter of days she was to provide the documents that will bring down the company she works for.
Falk discovers that far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. But does it include murder?


First Thoughts...


The Dry definitely left me wanting more from the Aaron Falk books. Jane has this certain way of writing that just leaves me wanting more, despite being a huge YA fan. I'd definitely class her as an Author to-watch and one of my new favourites!

My Review...



I have always had a certain thing for thrillers. Whether it was the underlying tone of a book, the hook of a movie or the darker things in life (anyone else obsessed with night time and the moon/stars?!). So when books like Force Of Nature come along, I can't say no. We're thrust back into the mystery of The Dry, in a small town, the thickly unnerving atmosphere so real it could reach out of the book and pull you in. Aaron Falk is back, only this time he's looking into a different mystery - surrounding five women who got lost in the Forest, and only four make it back - but what's shocking is that the secrets of The Dry are not over and done with. Aaron is bewildered to find that Alice, his informant on a case, is the missing woman. Suddenly he's thrown back into the ever-weaving mystery that surrounds the dark case, delving into unknown territory to uncover the truth. 
Since The Dry left off, Aaron's character development has soared into Force Of Nature. Piece by piece, as a reader I can put together this image of him and the person that he was and has become. Jane's thrilling and poignant story-telling is magnificent once again, the descriptive passage of the heat in The Dry, into the deep dark forest in Force Of Nature, are forces to be reckoned with. Told in these two distinctive points of views; one in the moment, and another that sends chills up my spine (yes, it's that good), it was a match made in heaven. I was intrigued by Carmen, Aaron's new work partner, and how their relationship seemed to build and change with the plot effortlessly. 
Overall, Force Of Nature is definitely a very fitting name - it swept into my hands and didn't leave until the last page was turned. I was turning and turning and turning, so captivated by the characters, the description, the everything. Jane is quickly becoming one of the best Authors I've had the pleasure of reading books from and it's insane how fast you will become addicted to these stories. I can't recommend them enough! Five stars completely.


You can buy Force Of Nature here:

Amazon UK | Book Depository

Have you read The Dry / Force Of Nature?

Let me know in the comments, on Twitter using the tag #ForceOfNature or on Facebook!

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YA February Releases | 2018

YA February Releases | 2018



Well, hello there. It's lovely to have you here again. So it's February - the month of love, failed resolutions (or if you're going strong still, I applaud you) and again, amazing YA books. If you missed my January Releases, you can view that here. Today I'll be sharing with you the books that I'm dying to read this month or highly anticipating. As always, they're in no particular order! There are easy add-to links by clicking on the titles of the books so you can add them to your Goodreads. 

THE BELLES by DHONIELLE CLAYTON

Okay, so how gorgeous is this cover? But the best part - beyond the beauty - is what the story holds. Camellia Beauregard (the main character) is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. Sounds incredible, right?! 

The Belles is out now by Disney-Hyperion. 





A GIRL LIKE THAT by TANAZ BHATHENA

A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved. That's the first line of the blurb for A Girl Like That and I was hooked in. Not only is this book stunning and striking, it looks like it packs a punch of realism and tackles racism and awareness. This is probably the book I'm looking forward to the most! I mean, just one scroll at it on Goodreads and I was captivated. 

A Girl Like That is out February 27th by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers



HONOR AMONG THIEVES by RACHEL CAINE & ANN AGUIRRE 

I have literally all of Rachel Caine's books. She is one of my all time favourite authors and there's nothing of hers that doesn't reel me in. When I saw she had Honor Among Thieves coming out with Ann, I was intrigued. I did a little digging into the plot and it definitely has some The 100 vibes (and you know how much I loved that series) so I'm 100% looking forward to this book! 

Honor Among Thieves is out February 13th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books





THIS HEART OF MINE by C. C. HUNTER

When I was browsing for books last month, I stumbled upon This Heart of Mine and something about it stood out for me. A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor? I read that one line in the blurb and just wanted to dig into the book right now (wishful thinking). I seriously can't wait for this one.

This Heart of Mine is out February 27th 2018 by Wednesday Books




BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS by KAMI GARCIA

So you've probably heard me raving about wanting to read Kami's new book in previous posts, but I just couldn't do my February releases without it! I love Kami's writing and this looks like no exception. Take a listen for yourself: Before, Peyton was a star soccer player with the perfect boyfriend, Reed. Now, she has a torn knee ligament, a scholarship on the line, and a shattered sense of self...

Broken Beautiful Hearts is out now by Imprint Make Your Mark




What are you looking forward to reading this month?

Are you anticipating any of the same reads?

Let me know in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook! 

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