Life in Bearmouth is one of hard labour, the sunlit world above the mine a distant memory. Reward will come in the next life with the benevolence of the Mayker. New accepts everything - that is, until the mysterious Devlin arrives. Suddenly, Newt starts to look at Bearmouth with a fresh perspective, questioning the system, and setting in motion a chain of events that could destroy their entire world.
In this powerful and brilliantly original debut novel, friendship creates strength, courage is hard-won and hope is the path to freedom.
~I was gifted a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - I adored this book. It was a fantastic debut YA from Liz.
It is compelling, engrossing and just one of those books that when you pick up you won't be able to put it down. It was gripping from the first page and I just really enjoyed every second of it.
I really enjoyed her writing style and it flowed really nicely with the story. The unique world she has created. In this world, Bearmouth is a mine and boys and men are forced to work, sleep and basically live for a small wage. I've hardly read much about mining so it was interesting to read about in this book. This book is Newt's POV who is just learning the letters as the story goes along.
A wonderful debut that needs to be read by everyone. It is a book I will keep recommending to everyone. It is unique and full of characters you will adore. It is gripping, daunting and creepy and just so much more that made this book one of my favourites of the year. A world that is scary yet hopeful. In a world where religion is used as a force of control.
It is brilliant.
Vanessa Murphy doesn't do relationships.
With a father who doesn't notice her, it's easy for her to sneak around with her latest fling, Harrison Boyd. But when an explicit video of Vanessa hooking up with Harrison is leaked the morning after she ends things with him, her life is thrown into chaos.
And Vanessa wants payback. Enter Kai. With his own vendetta against Harrison, Kai proposes revenge, and the two pair up to ruin Harrison Boyd's life. At first, they are nothing more than an illicit partnership. Teammates working towards the same mission.
But – between late-night stakeouts and crime committing – Vanessa is drawn into Kai's life. And, as the two grow closer, she finds herself letting Kai into hers.
~ I was gifted a copy from the publishers - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 4/5
My review - What a fantastic new book from Estelle! I am a huge fan of the DIMILY series and was really excited when I heard about The Wrong Side of Kai and it did not disappoint.
Filled with drama, relationships, romance and filled with all the things I love about her books. The characters where complex and I just adored them. I loved the story line and just didn't want this book to end. It is the perfect book to curl up with.
Vanessa has been through something terrible and now wants revenge on the person she thought she could trust. She meets Kai who also has his own vendetta and they decide to work together to get payback. But, as you know things don't run as smoothly and as the time passes and with them spending more time together some feelings are thrown into the mix.
Estelle has a done a wonderful job with this book. It is more than getting revenge. It's about sexism, men who think they have control over a woman's body and about grief and double standards. It had some really important themes and it was all done well. I love her writing and think she did an amazing job with this book.
You will feel for the characters, get angry at the characters and just want to hug them when you find out what they've been through.
This has to be my favourite book by Estelle so far and I cannot wait to see what she writes next!
Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic - this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.
They say the thirst of blood is like a madness - they must sate it. Even with their own kin.
On the eve of her divining, the day she'll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.
Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn't understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.
They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate...
WATERSTONES SIGNED EDITION
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is out 19th September, published by Hachette Children’s Group, priced £12.99 in hardback.
~I was gifted a copy from the publisher - all opinions are my own~
I give it - 5/5
My review - One of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint. Kiran is a fantastic author and I've really adored all of her previous books and was very excited to see she was writing her first YA novel and it was fantastic.
Her writing is beautiful and just flows so nicely with this book. It was gothic, dark and just oh so wonderful and the STORY! WOW! The characters, the relationships just, everything was brilliant and I could not put it down until I finished it. This has to be one of my favourite books of the year and Kiran has written something wonderful here and I cannot wait for more.
This is the story of the women behind Dracula and what a story it was. We follow twins Lil and Kizzy. Taken in the night to work as slaves in a kitchen. There we meet Mira and the girls form a bond but, as the days past they learn about a rumour about a Dragon who, accepts young girls as gifts. When one of the girls is taken to be presented to the Dragon the other must do what she can to survive and find her. She is brave and determined to do what she can to find her in this place.
So much happens in this book that you need to just jump in and get ready. The vampires take a bit of a back seat in this book and that is a good thing as it shows us the story of these women and their lives. What they go through and the hope and strength they have.
Kiran is a fantastic author and her writing is just so beautiful. Each page I was enthralled by the characters, language, setting and the story. Empowering each other in this gothic feminist read. It was brilliant and wonderful and a book I cannot recommend enough. For those who have read Dracula and those who haven't you aren't left questioning about these 3 mysterious 'sisters' we know so little about for long.
A brilliant YA debut from Kiran and I cannot wait to see what she writes next.