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: ★★★★☆
Summary: THE COMING END
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.
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?
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.

RUN! AS FAST AS YOU CAN!
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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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: 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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Review: Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles

Bookshop GirlBookshop Girl by Chloe Coles
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Hot Key Books
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Release date: 14/06/18
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Bennett’s Bookshop has always been a haven for sixteen-year-old Paige Turner. It’s a place where she can escape from her sleepy hometown, hang out with her best friend, Holly, and also earn some money.

But, like so many bookshops, Bennett’s has become a ‘casualty of the high street’ – it’s strapped for cash and going to be torn down. Paige is determined to save it but mobilising a small town like Greysworth is no mean feat.

Time is ticking – but that’s not the only problem Paige has. How is she going to fend off the attractions of beautiful fellow artist, Blaine? And, more importantly, will his anarchist ways make or break her bookshop campaign?

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Review: The Exact Opposite Of Okay by Laura Steven

35817737The Exact Opposite Of Okay by Laura Steven
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Egmont
Pages: 337
Format: Paperback
Release date: 08/03/18
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Izzy O’Neill here! Impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian and Slut Extraordinaire, if the gossip sites are anything to go by . . .

Izzy never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled. But when explicit photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench are published online, the trolls set out to take her apart. Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she tries to laugh it off – but as the daily slut-shaming intensifies, she soon learns the way the world treats teenage girls is not okay. It’s the Exact Opposite of Okay.

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