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Vee_Bookish

Vee_Bookish

Joined January 2020

(They/them) Reading the Young Adult books you've heard of... and some you haven't. Book Blogger based in Somerset, UK. https://linktr.ee/Vee_Bookish
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All the Tides of Fate | Adalyn Grace
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Two very anticipated sequels!

Johanna414 I love the cover for All the Tides of Fate! 2y
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Into the Heartless Wood | Joanna Ruth Meyer
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A fantasy love story about a boy and a monstrous tree siren, this was a seriously good standalone, that was just a little weak in the middle. 4/5

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Today Tonight Tomorrow | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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A little slow but I loved this romance so freaking much, and I was sad to leave. I love the scavenger hunt and enemies to lovers tropes!

MarriedtoMrT It took me a bit to get into, as well, but I‘m glad I stuck with it! 2y
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When You Look Like Us | Pamela N. Harris
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Mehso-so

This murder-mystery was okay, but I felt like Jay did little to help his sister until the girl he was interested in started looking for her too.

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Rebel of the Sands | Alwyn Hamilton
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Loved this race across the desert, the romance was so good and there was no cheesy villain reveal. I can't wait to continue the series!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I really enjoyed this series. 2y
Cheshirecat913 I loved this book. ❤ 2y
Redfae Can I brag that I met the author and got a signed copy. She visited my small little town 😍 2y
Vee_Bookish @Redfae that's amazing omg 2y
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Girls in Love | Jacqueline Wilson
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Awful. Fat shaming, disordered eating, transphobic and lesbophobic slurs.

Redfae Oh wow! I‘ve not read this but as a kid (a long time ago), I loved her books. I‘ve not read them as an adult as I don‘t think they‘d feel the same. 2y
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Five Total Strangers | Natalie D. Richards
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Loves this thriller, it kept the tension high and kept me guessing too! The ending did let me down a little.

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The Time Machine | H. G. Wells
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Mehso-so

It was racist, classist and a little pedophilic, on top of being written by an anti-semitic author, so yeah. Guess it was okay, I liked the ending.

Redfae My dad & sister told me to check H G Wells out but not sure I will lol. Sometimes I wonder if they know me. 2y
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This was a ghostly hot mess express that was far, far, far too long at 425 pages and could never quite work out it's target age.

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The Paper Girl of Paris | Jordyn Taylor
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When Alice inherits an apartment in France, she has no idea that it's been locked for decades. The story of a modern girl and a past French Resistance fighter, this story was wonderful and heartbreaking.

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Gender Swapped Fairy Tales | Karrie Fransman, Jonathan Plackett
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This was such a fascinating book! The Fairy Tales felt new simply by swapping the genders, however the choice to use the Fairy Books meant that tgere was an unnecessary Christian influence.

Redfae Would it be suitable for children? 2y
Vee_Bookish It's exactly the same stories just gender swapped so I would say yes 🤔 2y
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New Year's Kiss | Lee Matthews
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I'm baaaack! I took a well deserved break at the end of 2020 to stress write a whole bunch of blog posts 😂

New Year's Kiss is the 🌟perfect🌟 start to 2021, a cute, fluffy, romantic read set in snowy Vermont.

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson

Taking a break until 2021, see you then!

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Wild Boy | Rob Lloyd Jones
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Quick Blurb: London, 1841. A circus. A hidden society. And a hated boy covered in fur, that can make Sherlockian deductions. When Wild Boy is accused of murder, his skills are put to the test.

Loved this one. It really had that gritty, Deckensian London vibe and the mystery kept me guessing thoughout!

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The Silent Stars Go By | Sally Nicholls
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Mehso-so

Quick Blurb: Set just after the First World War, 19 year old Margot finds that her fiancee, who was missing in action, has come home. How does she tell him that her parents new baby is actually hers - and his?

I liked the attempt to show the attitudes people had to unmarried mothers in this book, but the 'should I tell him I shouldn't tell him' trope quickly became monotonous.

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Rules for Being a Girl | Katie Cotugno, Candace Bushnell
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Quick Blurb: Girl discovers the power of feminism when her teacher assaults her.

I rated this one 3/5 but maybe I should have rated it a 2. The cookie cutter romance overshadowed the story, which lacked diversity.

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The Last Zoo | Sam Gayton
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Quick Blurb: A futuristic, apocalyptic, slightly surreal story of a zoo filled with fantastical creatures like genies, angels and giant spiders, orphan Pia's world is turned upside down when she wakes up one day to find her angels missing.

Loved this one, took me a little while to get to grips with the world but I'm so glad I stuck with it.

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November Wrap Up: eBooks! A lot of disappointing reads in this pile, especially The Key To Fear and Aveline Jones. I loved A Very Large Expanse Of Sea and The Midnight Swan though.

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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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November Wrap Up: The physical books! I didn't read as much in November, so I'll be playing catch up in December to hit my Goodreads goal.

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Quick blurb: Set in 2002, a year after 9/11, this is a powerful, heartrending contemporary novel about fear, first love, and the devastating impact of prejudice.

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A Treason of Thorns | Laura Weymouth
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Quick Blurb: A headstrong girl and an ancient, sentient house, Violet comes back to Burleigh House many years after her father was imprisoned there, to find the House is dying. Can she find the deed and fix it before the King orders her beloved house burnt down?

This was just okay, despite the amazing idea. Once Violet arrivees at the house not much happened for hundreds of pages, and I had to force myself to read it.

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A Treason of Thorns | Laura Weymouth

"Home. The word tastes like honey and ashes, like hope and regret, and this I know: I would face the devil himself for a chance at getting back to the House I grew up in, and finding out what fate has befallen the one friend I had as a child."

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A Golden Fury | Samantha Cohoe
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Quick Blurb: A female alchemist in a world of men, Thea travels to England after her mother's failed attempt to create the Philiosopher's Stone. Can she achieve what her mother failed to do, and keep her sanity?

This was really, really good, with Lord Of The Rings / Jeckyll & Hyde vibes but after finishing the story I couldn't shake the feeling that something was missing. Hopefully there will be a sequel.

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The cover is incredible but seventy percent of the story was the set up and then nothing much happened.

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The Silver Arrow | Lev Grossman
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I really wanted this to be a fun, magical advebtire story but instead I got a Natural History lesson, deforestation and global warming. Disappointed.

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"And suddenly I am aware of being watched. And I know exactly where I am being watched from.
I am being watched from inside the house.
The completely empty house."

I got the most amazing proof and tote bag from HarperTeen! This book was so, so good, wonderfully creepy and kept me guessing all the way through. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#yabooks #youngadultbooks #bookblogger

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Non Pratt? More like non ending. I really wanted to like this 13 Reasons Why style story, but it felt like it ended with 3 chapters missing.

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This was so slow going, but immersive. I loved eveery moment of Lady Helen's world and can't wait for the sequels!

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Looks like Litsy ate my review. This book was good, but I wasn't invested in the romance and Saoirse's abusive, neglectful father really overshadowed the story.

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The Fandom | Anna Day
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Good, but lacking in many places. I found myself really wanting to like this one, the concept of a group of friends finding themselves in the world of a book they're a fan of is facinating, but I felt it needed a multi-pov to make an impact.

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The Lost Soul Atlas | Zana Fraillon
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A surreal and thought provoking book, The Lost Soul Atlas explores loss and friendship as Twiggy explores his memories while on a quest to save them ashe slowly starts to forget.

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Loveless | Alice Oseman
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I was initially worried that I wouldn't like this book, it's the first I've read with aro-ace rep. I had nothing to worry about though, it was perfect and I found myself relating to so much.

ShyBookOwl I actually also just finished the first book I've ever read with ace rep. Every Heart a Doorway (fantasy horror). I loved it though. #DiversityMatters 🎉 2y
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The Binding | Bridget Collins
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This was such a hard book to pick a rating for - eventually I gave it 4/5. Its one story, but feels like 3. It's a historical fantasy, a mystery, a coming of age, a love story, and the writing completely captivated me.

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Tweet Cute | Emma Lord
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This was so cute, a complete fluff book filled with family drama, cake making disasters, dive team dares and a couple I really rooted for. I think this just did the opposite of a reading slump!

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DRAGONS? DRAGONS.

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Haunted - literally - by the death of her beat friend Holly, Mia finds herself signing up to help a team of paranormal researchers one summer in New York. Is the ghost of Holly real or a symptom of Mia's guilt?

I loved this book, and tye main character is from Yorkshire like me!

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Such a cute, gay, fluff book. I absolutely adored it.

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Crystal Mask | Katherine Roberts
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Pretty terrible. The last book felt too adult for it's intended audience, this book felt too juvenile.

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Ten | Gretchen McNeil
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I am so behind on updating Litsy, bare with me!

And Then There Were None for teens, the characters were poorly developed and a lot of the deaths were off-page. I didn't like the giril with mental health problems being seen as a huge burden on everyone.

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The Great Godden | Meg Rosoff
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This was an interesting book. Told from the perspective of a character with no name, this story of summer infatuation had an old, Atonement, 1930s picnic at the beach vibe that's hard to fully pin down.

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This book is a fast paced, action packed romp through the streets of Paris. A retelling of Les Miserables and The Jungle Book, I loved every second. And this edition is gorgeous!

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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The best of May! Ready Player One was easily the highlight of May, closely followed by Aurora Burning.

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Run | Kody Keplinger
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I wasn't a fan of the ending, but I can't resist a road trip book and I loved both Agnes and Bo.

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Camp | L. C. Rosen
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I quite liked this book about a camp for LGBT teens. It was like the opposite of Cameron Post. This book is truly written for LGBT teens, with no explaining of our slang for the cis/het/straight folk.

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Boy in the Tower | Polly Ho-Yen
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England just does dystopia better, and this story of a London boy trapped in a tower block while all the buildings around him are getting eaten by strange blue plants is no exception.

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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Gods this book was so, so good. When people ask me what my favourite book is, I finally have an answer. This combines my love of treasure hunts, video games and 80s nostalgia into a masterpiece of a book.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This was a great read. 2y
cleoh I love this one! 2y
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Unfortunately I was very disappointed by this long, boring book. It offered no new insight on the world of the Hunger Games and it just wasn't very exciting to read.

rachelsbrittain Yeah, I've been waiting for the reviews to come in on this one before I decide whether to read it because I was very dubious about the premise 2y
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Of course this is my current read! It's really, really slow though, a lot of connecting this book with the main series that isn't always needed.

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Not as good as the first but still very good, not having Valek for most of this book just made me appreciate him more when he did appear.

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Date Me, Bryson Keller | Kevin van Whye
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Books should be released because the publishing team fell in love with them. They should not be released because they tick the boxes of 'gay', 'own voices', 'author of colour'.