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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 28th February 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

After reading this, I can see why The Hate U Give has been on the NYT Bestsellers List for about a decade (only a slight exaggeration). The Hate U Give is important, topical, and so powerful, and it deserves all the hype it has been getting. I read it in less than a day, partly because I was challenged to, and partly because it’s an incredibly gripping read.

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Top Ten Books On My Autumn TBR

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

top ten fall tbr

1. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

This book has been promoted like crazy by all major booksellers and I totally bought into the hype. One of my friends from work in currently reading this and she says it’s really good.

2. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

I didn’t know this book was set in Carcassone, France before I went there, otherwise I’d have read the entire trilogy before I left. Maybe this way is better, though, because I’ll be able to visualise the city so much better.

3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I was going to read and recap this book anyway, but then I saw Jaz‘s post-Godsgrave reactions and decided I had to go ahead and buy it.

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There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie PerkinsThere's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 26th September 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

I’ve been waiting for this book for the longest time. Probably along with the rest of Perkins’ fans, right? There’s Someone Inside Your House had a completely different feel to it than any of Perkins’ contemporary novels. I think if I hadn’t known they were by the same author then I wouldn’t have connected the dots.

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Author Spotlight: Jenny Han

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while but since I’m now blogging properly again, I figured I would bring back some of my old features back. Slowly but surely. I started this feature in an attempt to highlight some of my favourite authors, and to also motivate myself to read allllll the books. Some of the authors that I’ll be featuring are already popular in the book community, while others are less so but are still coming out with excellent stuff.

This time I’m chatting about Jenny Han! I discovered her books years ago when I first started blogging. I read the first two books in the Summer trilogy just before the third book was released in the UK, and I’ve been reading her books ever since. Han’s books are always really easy to read, and they often have ships. Which is obviously very important to me.

summer trilogy

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

harry potter and the cursed child

Back in August, a few friends and I went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We’d been waiting over a year, as we had to book tickets well in advance, and it was difficult to get tickets for both parts on a day we could all do.

I had no idea what to expect as I had managed to avoid all spoilers. The Harry Potter fandom is the best! This review doesn’t have any spoilers, although this does mean that I’ve had to be really vague. If you’ve seen the show and want to talk about it with me, you should definitely DM me!

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