Title: Ink

Author: Alice Broadway

Pages: 390 Pages

Publisher: Scholastic UK

The Blurb

Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin forever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

As far as unique stories go, Ink by Alice Broadway has won the most unique book of the year for me. I absolutely loved it. I couldn’t put it down and straight away bought five copies for the school book club I run. I knew, within the first few chapters that the story of Leora and her father’s death would be one to capture their imagination.

What I genuinely loved about Ink was how you could tell your story and people could know thing about you by looking at your skin. I loved how this seemed both wonderful and terrifying at the same time. Ink’s weird dystopia seemed so normal and I think that is where Alice Broadway’s clever writing comes in to play.

Ink has a glorious ending that makes you (well, made me) instantly buy the sequel – Spark.

Honestly, if you like your fiction to be fresh, engaging and altogether fantastic then Ink is the novel for you.

Ink by Alice Broadway is available now.

For more information regarding Alice Broadway (@alicecrumbs) please visit www.alice-broadway.com.

For more information regarding Scholastic (@scholasticuk) please visit www.scholastic.co.uk.

Title: 84 Ribbons

Author: Paddy Eger

Pages: 346 Pages

Publisher: IBPA

The Blurb

Eger takes us into the world of dancer, Marta Selbryth, a small town girl from Bremerton, Washington with a life long desire to perform as a professional ballerina. Eger’s passion for the subject, captures this deep desire found in many young dancers but does not overstate the character’s sacrifices and successes.

The Review

I wish I could be more positive about 84 Ribbons. I really wanted to like it. To begin with I thought it was going to be a mixture of some of my favourite dance movies – Centre Stage and Save the Last Dance – and to some extent it was but I could not warm to our protagonist Marta Selbryth. Rather than feeling sorry for her when things went wrong in her life I found myself getting more and more frustrated with how she responded. She came across as petulant and whiny. I felt sorry for her boyfriend and best friend who had to put up with her outbursts.

84 Ribbons had promise but needed a more likeable protagonist to really have made an impact.

84 Ribbons by Paddy Eger is available now.

For more information regarding Paddy Eger (@PaddyEgerWriter) please visit www.paddyeger.com.

For more information regarding IBPA (@ibpa) please visit www.ibpa-online.org.

Title: Gloria Steinem – Women of Wisdom

Author: Lynn Gilbert

Pages: 11 Pages

Publisher: Lynn Gilbert Inc.

The Blurb

The oral biography of Gloria Steinem, whose dedication to feminism and other movements for social justice continues to improve life for millions of people worldwide.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

This short essay celebrating the achievements of Gloria Steinem was nice to read but that was about it. I didn’t feel any emotional connection afterwards. Just that it was nice. It could have been a lot better, it could have given a lot more.

Gloria Steinem – Women of Wisdom by Lynn Gilbert is available now.

Title: In Praise of Women’s Bodies

Author: Gloria Steinem

Pages: 9 Pages

Publisher: Amazon Media

The Blurb

It’s a truism, for instance, that a few clothes are more shocking than none. But for women especially, bras, panties, bathing suits, and other stereotypical gear are visual reminders of a commercial, idealized feminine image that our real and diverse female bodies can’t possibly fit. Without those visual references, however, each individual woman’s body can be accepted on its own terms. We stop being comparatives. We begin to be unique.

After spending a few days at a spa in the company of 90 or so women, Gloria Steinem wrote In Praise of Women’s Bodies, a short but powerful essay that’s part ode and part treatise and fully in awe of the female form, in all its unique variety.

In Praise of Women’s Bodies was originally published in Ms., April 1982.

(Amazon Blurb)

The Review

I love Gloria Steinem’s writing. I came to her quite late on but I have enjoyed my sojourn into her world of feminism. This particular article – In Praise of Women’s Bodies really struck a chord with me. As a 34 year old woman I have never sat in the company of women in the nude. I didn’t grow up in a naked house and I can honestly say that the thought of doing so makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable. Not because of being naked in front of women just because being naked in front of anybody doesn’t exactly fill me with comfort. Heck, I’ve never even worn a crop top.

What I got from this article is that I want to want to be able to. I may never get to that completely comfortable place of feeling comfortable with my body around other women but I can at least hold on to the impression that I will one day.

In Praise of Women’s Bodies by Gloria Steinem is available now.

For more information regarding Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) please visit www.gloriasteinem.com.

Title: The Square Root of Summer

Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Pages: 304 Pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Blurb

My heart is a kaleidoscope, and when we kiss it makes my world unravel . . .

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past and starts to experience strange blips in time…

Back to the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Back to last summer, when Gottie’s life fell apart. When her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason, the boy to whom she lost her heart wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral.

This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absent, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything.

As life turns upside down all over again, during one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last. Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide – and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

This is what it means to love someone.

This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole.

It’s a little bit like infinity.

With time travel, quantum physics and sweeping romance, The Square Root of Summer is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss and trying to figure it all out, from stunning debut UKYA voice Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

The Review

Ok, I won’t lie to you. I was a bit confused by The Square Root of Summer. It was a very good story of a girl dealing with grief but it has a mathematical time travelling twist that I struggled to get my head round. I am just that dumb.

The story focuses on Gottie who is dealing with the death of her beloved granddad, the break-up of her first real relationship and the abandonment of her best friend. Due to this she has become introverted and seems to have also managed to open up some wormholes. She believes that if she can figure out the math of the worm holes maybe she will feel a little less broken.

Reuter Hapgood has written a good story that deals with grief on a different level. At times you get frustrated with the time travel element – or at least I did but then I have issues with time travel in general – especially doing the same thing over and over again. However, it really is a good read.

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood is available now.

For more information regarding Harriet Reuter Hapgood (@hapgoodness) please visit www.iamnotashamed.bigcartel.com.

For more information regarding Pan Macmillan (@panmacmillan) please visit www.panmacmillan.com.