Monday, 1 May 2017

Finding Nevo - Author Q&A



Finding Nevo, by Nevo Zisin is currently sitting on my TBR pile and I'm really looking forward to reading it. This is Nevo's story of discovering where they fit in, in their own words.

I've seen some great reviews already, and I'm really excited that Nevo, who is already an activist for transgender and non-binary youth, has this opportunity to become a role model to others who are questioning their own gender identities.

Here Nevo shares their answers to some questions about the book and the writing process.

Finding Nevo is out today from Black Dog Books.



What do you hope readers will take away from Finding Nevo?


I hope they will not only take away my story but also their own. I hope people will find similarities or moments they can relate to and connect it to their own narrative and what the implications of that may be. I hope fellow trans people will feel less alone, heard and seen. I hope they realize that there is a future for them and that they are strong and resilient. I hope cis people read this book and feel a responsibility to create safer spaces and a safer world at large for trans people. While also questioning ways they may uphold oppressive standards of gender binaries onto those around them. Though in general I hope this book will inspire people to create change, both within themselves and in society.

What made you write your autobiography at such a young age? 


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

It Happened on Love Street by Lia Riley


Title: It Happened on Love Street
Author: Lia Riley
Publisher: Forever
Date of Publication: April 25th 2017
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher

Summary:


The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . . 

Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal's plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn't an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man's best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland's hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.

The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he's been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper's determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . . 

Review:

This fish out of water tale sees Pepper, big city lawyer (sort of) moving to the sleepy town of Everland to further her law career. A summer as a clerk for the local judge is just what she needs before returning to the big city and joining a prestigious firm. When things go wrong, she's offered a job as a dog walker by her next door neighbour, and town vet, Rhett Valentine. She needs the money, but she's terrified of dogs. Left with little choice, she starts walking the local dogs and gets to know the people who frequent the dog park, the hub of local gossip.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil

Title: The Secret Science of Magic
Author: Melissa Keil
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Date of Publication: April 1st 2017
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher


Summary:



The unsolvable problem: If Sophia is a genius, why can’t she crack the puzzle of what to do with her life?

Fact: Sophia is smart. As in, certified-child-prodigy, breezing-through-uni-subjects-even-though-she’s-only-in-year-twelve smart. This terrifies her, because geniuses have a tendency to end up as recluses and weirdos – and with her current social ineptness, she’s halfway there already. 

Truth: Joshua is good at magic tricks, ignoring most things about year twelve, and not thinking at all about life after high school. 

Fact: Sophia can’t even talk to her best friend Elsie about her anxieties, because Elsie is firmly focused on her own future – and on plans that will mean leaving Sophia behind. 

Truth: Joshua has had a secret crush on Sophia since forever, but he doesn’t have forever to act on it. 

Fact: There are some things no amount of genius can prepare you for … and the messiness of the real world is one of them.

Truth: Timing is everything. 



Review:


This is a really beautiful book and you should go read it.

Oh, you want more than that? Okay.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Mini Reviews: Lifeblood, The Impossible Story of Olive in Love, Frostblood, A Shadow's Breath, Hunted

These books range from the sublime to the ridiculous, and as I'm feeling a little bit poorly at the moment, I'm going to do a bunch of mini reviews. Some of these deserve more, but alas, this will have to do.



Frostblood by Elly Blake is the story of Ruby, a girl who has been forced to hide her status as a Fireblood from the authorities. Her country, ruled by Frostbloods, has hunted and killed Firebloods for years. When she's captured, and then rescued by rebels, she's enlisted to help bring down the Frostblood king.

Ruby is trained by the mysterious Arcus, who she finds herself falling for, despite his harshness towards her.

Frostblood is completely predictable, but is great fun. Yes, it's a chosen one story, but I actually really like that trope. There's enough depth in the story to keep you interested, and I'm looking forward to the next instalment.

Frostblood is published by Hachette who kindly provided a copy for review.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

10 Books I Should Have Read (But Haven't).

There are a lot of books out there, and people have opinions on all of them. Some are "must read" and some pass the masses by. This is a list of books that have, so far, passed me by, despite their popularity. Some of them I'll read eventually, some of them I'm never going to bother with.




Confession time - I've never read anything by Margaret Atwood. No good reason, I just never came across them. The Handmaid's Tale is widely taught in UK schools, but I was too old to have read it at school, and it came out at a time when I wasn't reading much.