ARC Review: The Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly

The Secret Runners of New YorkThe Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly
Genre: Sci-fi
Published by: Hot Key Books
Pages: 328
Format: Paperback
Release date: 26/03/19
Rating: ★★★★☆
When Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red move to Manhattan, rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building.
But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying without a care.
And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York.

But this is no ordinary clique – they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future.

And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying.

As society crumbles, Skye and Red race to figure out how to use their knowledge to survive the impending annihilation, they soon discover that the chaotic end of the world is perfect time for revenge…

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ARC Review – Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard

Fierce Fragile HeartsFierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard
Series: Beautiful Broken Things book 2
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 354
Format: Paperback
Release date: 07/02/19
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Summary: ‘This time around, I’m going to be so much better. I’m going to prove to them that it was worth waiting on me.’

Two years after a downward spiral took her as low as you can possibly go, Suzanne is starting again. Again. She’s back in Brighton, the only place she felt she belonged, back with her best friends Caddy and Rosie. But they’re about to leave for university. When your friends have been your light in the darkness, what happens when you’re the one left behind?

Fierce Fragile Hearts is the stunning sequel to international bestseller Beautiful Broken Things.

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Review: Soulmates by Holly Bourne

SoulmatesSoulmates by Holly Bourne
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Usborne
Pages: 544
Format: Paperback
Release date: 01/09/13
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Summary: Every so often, two people are born who are the perfect matches for each other. Soulmates. But while the odds of this happening are about as likely as being struck by lightning, when these people do meet and fall in love…thunderstorms, lightning strikes and lashings of rain are only the beginning of their problems.

Enter Poppy, the 17-year-old cynic with a serious addiction to banana milk, and Noah, the heart-throb guitarist; residents of mediocre Middletown, sometime students, and…soulmates.

After a chance meeting at a local band night, Poppy and Noah find themselves swept up in a whirlwind romance unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. But with a secret international agency preparing to separate them, a trail of destruction rumbling in their wake, (and a looming psychology coursework deadline), they are left with an impossible choice between the end of the world, or a life without love…

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Review: Life’s a Beach by Chloe Coles

Life's a Beach (Bookshop Girl # 2)Life’s a Beach by Chloe Coles
Series: Bookshop Girl Book 2
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Hot Key Books
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
Release date: 20/09/18
Rating: ★★★★☆
Summary: Holly and Paige are at a literary festival in Skegton-On-Sea. They’ve been looking forward to it for ages. It’s one of the biggest book festivals around – and there’s a pop up bookshop tent and a lot of Big Shot Writers. It’s basically like they’re being PAID to go on a BFF HOLIDAY and SELL A FEW BOOKS! They had to beg their grumpy boss Tony to put their names forward. He ummed and ahhed and said he wasn’t sure it was a good idea. But they’re here at last and it’s brilliant.

Well, kind of. It’s true that there’s a diva of an author called Minnie, who dresses head to toe in pink, and insists that Paige picks fresh flowers for her signing table every day, even though it’s raining. But along the way, Paige begins to find that there’s quite a lot to learn from Minnie – not least, how to reach out for the things she wants . . . and the boy she likes.

Written by debut author and bookseller Chloe Coles, this is the second in a new teen series that will make you want to rush out and take shelter in your nearest bookshop!

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Review: Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

Dear Evan HansenDear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Penguin
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback ARC
Release date: 09/10/18
Rating: ★★★★★
Summary: Dear Evan Hansen,

Today’s going to be an amazing day and here’s why…

When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.

Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore–even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy’s parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he’s doing can’t be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be?

No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.

A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.

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Review: Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Usborne
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback ARC
Release date: 09/08/18
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for her new friends, who are all dealing with their own battles. But as Olive settles in, she starts to wonder – maybe it’s this messed up world that needs fixing, and not them. And so she comes up with a plan. Because together, snowflakes can form avalanches… A trailblazing and painfully honest novel about mental health, friendship and making this crazy world a kinder place.

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Review: You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance

You Only Live Once (Gracie Dart #1)You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Hot Key Books
Pages: 375
Format: Paperback ARC
Release date: 23/08/18
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Gracie Dart has always worked hard and she’s got a wall covered with revision timetables and French verbs to prove it. But now GCSEs are behind her and she suddenly starts to think: what was the POINT of it all?

When Gracie thinks she’s dying of a disgusting tropical illness, she starts to worry she’s been wasting her best years being sensible. It’s like people say: you only live once – so isn’t it about time she started LIVING?
(OK, so the tropical illness turned out to be a fake-tan miscalculation. Anyone could make the same mistake.)

When Gracie decides to do something, she does it properly. Gracie Dart is about to live out her dreams. However embarrassing.

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