Blog Tour Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

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Timekeeper by Tara Sim
Narrator: Gary Furlong
Length: 8h 50m
Publisher: Forever Young Audiobooks
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release date: Feb. 14, 2017

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

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Blog Tour Review: Queen of Geeks by Jen Wilde

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: March 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Three friends. Two love stories. One convention.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek, an empowering young adult novel by Jen Wilde, is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

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Blog Tour Review: Kiss Cam by Kiara London (+ A GIVEAWAY)

Kiss Cam
Kiara London
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what’s a little harmless kissing between friends?

Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge “shippers” who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.

Juniper and Jasper’s relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different “Kiss Cam” segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn’t mean anything. After all, it’s just kissing… right?

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Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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22716447Title: Radio Silence
Author: Alice Oseman
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Publication date: February 25, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+

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Rating: ★★★★★

What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…
She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.

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Review: Good + Simple by Jasmine Hemsley & Melissa Hemsley

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22716447Title: Good + Simple
Author: Jasmine Hemsley & Melissa Hemsley
Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication date: February 26, 2016
Genres: Cookbook, Non-fiction

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Rating: ★★★★★

Good + Simple celebrates the pleasure of delicious food that is simple to make, a joy to share and just so happens to be good for you. Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley’s principles of healthy home cooking built around gut health, whole foods and affordable ingredients show how tasty and achievable eating well can be.

The sisters have created 140 nutritious and exciting recipes – reworked classics, prepare ahead dishes, fast suppers with leftovers for packed lunches, energising breakfasts and snacks, satisfying breads, desserts and bakes. Infused with Jasmine and Melissa’s love of cooking and eating, Good + Simple includes plenty of practical tips and down-to-earth advice to help you gain confidence in the kitchen, plan for the coming week and cook for
you and your family with ease. Enjoy real food. Look and feel amazing every day.

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DNF Rant: Another Place At the Table

 

Title: Another Place At the Table
Author: Kathy Harrison
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
Publication date: May 24 2004
Genres: Non-fiction, Memoir

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The startling and ultimately uplifting narrative of one woman’s thirteen-year experience as a foster parent.

For more than a decade, Kathy Harrison has sheltered a shifting cast of troubled youngsters-the offspring of prostitutes and addicts; the sons and daughters of abusers; and teenage parents who aren’t equipped for parenthood. All this, in addition to raising her three biological sons and two adopted daughters. What would motivate someone to give herself over to constant, largely uncompensated chaos? For Harrison, the answer is easy.

Another Place at the Table is the story of life at our social services’ front lines, centered on three children who, when they come together in Harrison’s home, nearly destroy it. It is the frank first-person story of a woman whose compassionate best intentions for a child are sometimes all that stand between violence and redemption.

Really disappointed that I couldn’t finish this one. It came highly recommended from several lists of suggested books for people interested in becoming foster parents. I attempted to read Another Place At the Table for #AYEARATHON’s non-fiction readathon this month, but I gave up about halfway through.

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