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Alyce, where have you been?

Alyce, where have you been?

Hey guys! I’ve been MIA for the past couple of weeks, so I thought it was time to write an update and let you all know what’s been going on. You’ll probably remember that I had a baby towards the end of March. She is […]

Review: Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton

Review: Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Nowhere Else But Here blog tour! First things first, I’d like to say a huge thanks to Ink Road for allowing me to get involved in the tour for this exciting contemporary debut from a very promising young author. […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d slay a lion to get early

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d slay a lion to get early

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

One of the best parts of being a book blogger is having my finger on the pulse when it comes to book announcements. I get upcoming releases on my radar pretty early, and I eagerly await them, counting down the years, months, weeks and days until I can finally get hold of them.

These ten books are the ones I’m most excited about, and I’d slay a lion to be able to get hold of an early copy of any of them.

10) Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne

I’ve only put Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? this far down on the list because I haven’t heard much about it yet, but I do love the simplicity of the cover. I loved Am I Normal Yet? and I’m sure I’m going to love this one just as much.

9) Trust Her by Jessica Vallance

Trust Her by Jessica Vallance

Jess Vallance’s The Yellow Room was a pretty harrowing read, so I can imagine she’ll let her imagination run wild in her adult debut. Again, I don’t know much about this one, but the cover is utterly gorgeous and that tagline is very intriguing.

8) Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood

Floored

Floored is one of my most anticipated novels of all time EVER, but I’m also a little apprehensive about it. I enjoyed stories with multiple viewpoints, but the only other book I’ve read with seven was Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate. It worked really well for that release, but it’s a fine line between genius and disaster.

7) The Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe

The Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe

I loved Jurassic World and I love Tess Sharpe’s writing, so this should be the perfect combination of the two!

6) Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

I still haven’t read If Birds Fly Back (oops!) but I’m hoping to read that before Wild Blue Wonder is released.

5) My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas

My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas

The State of Grace was one of the best YA releases I read last year, and with the title of this one referencing a Nirvana song? Bound to be a success.

4) What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

What If It's Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my favourite books of all time, and although I haven’t read any of Adam Silvera’s novels yet, I’m really excited to read both More Happy Than Not and They Both Die at the End. A collaboration of the two authors should be superb.

3) The Wicked King by Holly Black

The Wicked King by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince is probably the best book I’ve read in 2018 so far, so I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel. The first book ends on a pretty huge cliffhanger, so this is obviously going to be fast-paced and very absorbing.

2) Dark Age by Pierce Brown

Dark Age by Pierce Brown

I haven’t finished Iron Gold yet, because I’m absolutely terrified of my favourite characters dying. I hardly made it through Morning Star, so I’ll be impressed if my heart can cope with another 500 pages of Pierce Brown’s writing! I’m obviously going to read it eventually, though, so I’m already looking forward to reading the fifth book in Brown’s series.

1) King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Nikolai Lantsov is the best thing about Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. King of Scars is the first book in a duology focused upon him, and although I disliked the end of the Grisha trilogy, I’m going to give Bardugo another chance to impress me.

 

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these books, please consider using my Amazon Affiliate link (found in the book’s title). If you’d like to read more about each book, please click their cover: you’ll be redirected to their Goodreads page.

 

If you could choose one book to get your hands on early, what would you pick and why?

 

Alyce

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Blog tour: Daughter of War by S.J.A. Turney

Blog tour: Daughter of War by S.J.A. Turney

Today I’m working with Canelo to welcome S.J.A. Turney to The Bumbling Blogger to share some advice on reviving ancient locations in your writing. I’m so excited to be participating in the Daughter of War blog blitz and I’m so grateful to Turney for writing such […]

Review: The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Review: The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Hello there, and welcome to my stop on The Leavers blog tour. First off I’d like to say a huge thank you to Little, Brown for inviting me to read and review a copy of Lisa Ko’s debut novel. It’s a little out of my comfort zone […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently used words in YA

Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently used words in YA

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

There are a lot of words which are used ALL THE TIME in YA book titles. So frequently, in fact, that it’s EXHAUSTINGLY HARD to keep track of which books are which. This can be difficult with books like The Bone Witch and The Black Witch – one celebrated for its diversity and the other torn apart for being utterly problematic – that are so easy to get confused.

Here are ten of the most used words in YA book titles, and ten books which they’re each used in (with some books appearing multiple times because their titles are practically randomly generated using generic words).

10) Heart

Often associated with love, but just as often not.

Found in: My Heart and Other Black Holes, The Heart of Betrayal, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, Things We Know By Heart, The Secret of a Heart Note, Mortal Heart, Heartless, The Poison Heart, Rebel Heart, Black Heart

9) Ashes

It’s interesting to see what rises from the ashes, which is why this is so popular in YA titles.

Found in: An Ember in the Ashes, Snow Like Ashes, City of Ashes, Shards and Ashes, An Inheritance of Ashes, Kingdom of Ashes, Ashes on the Waves, Ashes and Ice, Ashes To Ashes, Kingdom of Ashes 

8) Blood

Any book with blood in the title seems likely to contain action and fighting, which makes them pretty exciting reads.

Found in: Blood and Sand, Children of Blood and Bone, Blood Promise, The Blood of Olympus, Anna Dressed in Blood, Days of Blood and Starlight, Blood Magic, Blood Red Road, Blood Rose Rebellion, Blood For Blood

7) Witch

Magic seems to universally appeal to young people.

Found in: The Bone Witch, The Black Witch, The Witch’s Kiss, Be Careful What You Witch For, The Witching Hour, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Iron Witch, How To Hang a Witch, The Witch Hunter

6) Shadow

Dark and gloomy and spooky and still super popular.

Found in: The Shadow Hour, Shadow and Bone, The Shadow Queen, Shadow Kiss, Lord of Shadows, A Gathering of Shadows, Silver Shadows, Reign of Shadows, Mask of Shadows, A Shadow Bright and Burning

5) King

Because who isn’t interested in royalty and the power that it brings?

Found in: King’s Cage, The Serpent King, The Scarecrow King, The Iron King, The Raven King, King of Scars, Daughter of the Pirate King, The Mirror King, The Return of the King, The King Slayer

4) Queen

For the same reason as ‘King’.

Found in: The Star-Touched Queen, The Iron Queen, The Shadow Queen, Queen Rising, Queen of the Tearling, Queen of Shadows, Red Queen, Queen of Zombie Hearts, The Queens of Innis Lear, The Orphan Queen

3) Girl

Basically half of the popular are girls, so it makes sense that there are a lot of them being written about.

Found in: If I Was Your Girl, Girl of Ink and Stars, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, Fangirl, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Girl Online, I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Girl Out of Water

2) Bone

We all have bones, and they’re closely related to both life AND death so deep meanings and stuff, I guess?

Found in: Bone Jack, Bone Sparrow, Children of Blood and Bone, The Bone Witch, Shadow and Bone, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Bone Season, Bone Gap, Ivory and Bone, Ink and Bone

1) Daughter

Half of the population are girls but ALL girls are daughters, so as soon as there’s a strong female protagonist this is the automatic choice for the title.

Found in: The Sin Eater’s Daughter, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Madman’s Daughter, Daughter of the Pirate King, The Iron Daughter, Daughter of Deep Silence, Daughters Unto Devils, Daughter of the Burning City, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Daughter of the Flames

 

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! If you had to create a new YA book title using one of these commonly used words, which would you pick and why?

Alyce

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Review: The Silver Mask by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Review: The Silver Mask by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

“Everyone hates death, Call.” “But not everyone has to be its enemy.” If you haven’t read the first three books in the Magisterium series yet, look away now: things are about to get spoilery. At the end of The Bronze Key, Call’s best friend Aaron bit […]

Review: Clean by Juno Dawson

Review: Clean by Juno Dawson

‘I sigh. it’s all so improbable. How can I be ‘an addict’? I’m seventeen years old. I always sort of aspired to a coke problem as I turned thirty, but never this.’ Lexi Volkov is in rehab, and she’s not fucking happy about it. Just […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Recommendations for my daughter

Top Ten Tuesday: Recommendations for my daughter

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

This week is a freebie week, so to celebrate it being exactly four weeks since I gave birth – phew, time has flown! – I decided I’d talk about the ten books that I’m going to recommend to my daughter when she’s old enough. I’m a huge reader (if you hadn’t guessed…) so I’m hoping that she’ll inherit my bookworm tendencies, but if she doesn’t I’ll be satisfied if she just reads these few novels.

 

10) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Last year, I decided to challenge myself to read all of Jane Austen’s novels. While Pride and Prejudice isn’t my favourite, it’s one of those books that everyone talks about. I wish I’d read it earlier, and I’d definitely recommend it to my daughter as a way to get her into reading classics.

9) Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

Asking For It by Louise O'Neill

I wouldn’t be recommending this one until she was quite a bit older, because the content is harrowing, but it’s an important book which – sadly – is likely to remain relevant in the future.

8) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

If I’d read Fangirl when I was considering going to university, I probably would have taken the leap and gone far earlier. There aren’t enough YA novels in university settings, but Cath and Wren manage to represent the opposite ends of the university experience and make it far less scary.

7) Countless by Karen Gregory

Countless by Karen Gregory

Partially because Karen Gregory is from Swindon and it’s cool to celebrate local authors, partially because it’s one of the strongest debut novels I’ve ever read.

6) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is the book I wish I’d had in my early teens. It helped me accept my sexuality and own who I truly am, and I hope that it’ll do the same for my daughter. It’ll also show her that I’ll accept her, no matter who she likes or wants to be with.

5) The Collector by John Fowles

The Collector by John Fowles

I didn’t think classics could be fun and exciting until I read The Collector, and it’s a great gateway drug into older books.

4) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a remarkably short book, so even if my daughter doesn’t like reading she should be able to force herself to get through this one! I loved it because it’s an easy read with a serious topic at heart, and it made me want to grab life by the balls.

3) Looking For Alaska by John Green

Looking For Alaska by John Green

I have a love/hate relationship with John Green, but I loved Looking For Alaska. She’s bound to try a John Green novel sometime, so I hope she’ll pick up Green’s debut novel and enjoy it as much as I did.

2) The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

Again, I wish I’d had this book in my teenage years. I’m going to teach my daughter not to take shit from anyone, but this book will really support that teaching and show her that guys who call themselves nice normally aren’t.

1) Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

I’ve been reading the Murder Most Unladylike series over the past couple of months, and I haven’t been able to stop wondering how great it would have been to grow up with these books. As soon as I start reading to my daughter before bed, I’m going to be buying copies of the Murder Most Unladylike books and introducing her to the wonderful world of Wells and Wong.

 

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these books, please consider using my Amazon Affiliate link (found in the book’s title). If you’d like to read more about each book, please click their cover: you’ll be redirected to their Goodreads page.

 

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! What one book do you find yourself constantly recommending to people?

Alyce

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Review: Intricate Deceptions by Jennifer Rayes

Review: Intricate Deceptions by Jennifer Rayes

When Jennifer Rayes contacted me asking if I’d like to read and review a copy of Intricate Deceptions, I jumped at the chance. Focused on the victim of a human trafficking operation, it sounded unlike any book I’d ever read before. With the amount of five […]