NevermoorTitle: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Author: Jessica Townsend

Pages: 374 Pages

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group/Orion Children’s Books

The Blurb

Enter the Wundrous world of Morrigan Crow and Nevermoor – the most fantastical children’s release of the year.

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks – and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart – an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests – or she’ll have to leave the city and confront her deadly fate once and for all.

Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and His Dark Materials, this series takes readers into an extraordinary world, setting hope and imagination alive.

The Review

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow has blown me away.

Wow. Just wow.

For the past 374 pages I have been completely lost in the world of Nevermoor. I had such a clear image in my head of this world. It became a perfect movie in my mind. There is no bigger compliment that I can give an author than expressing how their writing became almost tangible in my head and Jessica Townsend achieved this with spades.

Morrigan Crow is a heroine not to be messed with. She is vulnerable but fierce, feisty but likeable. She is a girl on a mission. She will join the Wundrous Society. Morrigan has been plucked from her old life where she has essentially died and has been brought to Nevermoor to compete in trials. However, because she is a cursed child she becomes embroiled in a mystery which could see her exiled from her new home.

I have not done Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow justice in this description. You need to just read it.

I usually donate my read books to the library in the school I work but I know I won’t be able to part with this book…so I bought the school a copy. That is how much I think this is a book that deserves to be read.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend is available now.

For more information regarding Jessica Townsend (@digressica) please visit www.instagram.com/digressica/

For more information regarding Hachette Children’s Group (@HachetteKids) and Orion Children’s Books (@the_orionstar) please visit www.hachettechildren’s.co.uk.

5 Stars

Girls Guide to SummerTitle: The Girl’s Guide to Summer

Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group

The Blurb

Boys, best friends and a summer spent backpacking around Europe… What could possibly go wrong? The perfect holiday read from bestselling YA author, Sarah Mlynowski.

Sydney Aarons is leaving her Manhattan townhouse for a summer backpacking around Europe with her best friend, Leela. They’re visiting London, France, Italy, Switzerland and everywhere in between – it’s going to be the trip of a lifetime.

BUT… The trip gets off to a bad start when Leela’s ex-boyfriend shows up on their flight out of JFK. When they touch down in London, Leela Instagrams their every move in the hope Matt will come and find them… Which he does, along with the most gorgeous guy Sydney has ever seen.

Will Sydney’s summer fling last the distance? And what will happen when they all head home?

The Review

Every so often a book comes along that will literally consume your everyday life and suck you into the story that you become a helpless victim and are unable to do a single thing about it.

Sarah Mlynowski’s The Girl’s Guide to Summer is one such book. It got me that riled up that immediately after I read the final page I sent the author an effusive tweet begging for more.

The Girl’s Guide to Summer focuses on the relationships, mainly protagonist Sydney Aaron’s to everyone else in her life: her best friend with whom her relationship has become strained since going to different colleges, her irresponsible younger sister, her agoraphobic mother and her new love interest. Sydney is feeling the pressure so time away seems like the perfect antidote.

Part travel novel part coming of age drama, The Girl’s Guide to Summer is THE read for the summer. I don’t care where you read it or how you obtain your copy but you must add this book to your summer reading list. Never before has a novel made me want to don a backpack and bugger off into the horizon but dagnammit The Girl’s Guide to Summer did just that.

The Girl’s Guide to Summer by Sarah Mlynowski is available now.

For more information regarding Sarah Mlynowski (@SarahMlynowski) please visit www.sarahm.com.

For more information regarding Hachette Children’s Group (@HachetteKids) please visit www.hachettechildrens.co.uk.

5 Stars

Doing ItTitle: Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex

Author: Hannah Witton

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group

The Blurb

Sexting. Virginity. Consent. The Big O … Let’s face it, doing it can be tricksy. I don’t know anyone (including myself) who has sex all figured out. So I’ve written a book full of honest, hilarious (and sometimes awkward) anecdotes, confessions and revelations. And because none of us have all the answers, I’ve invited some friends and fellow YouTubers to talk about their sexuality, too.

We talk about doing it safely. Doing it joyfully. Doing it when you’re ready. Not doing it. Basically, doing it the way you want, when you want. So. Let’s do this …

The Review

I have a very prudish mother and when I was younger (so much younger than today) she would turn the television over if kissing scenes got a little bit steamy. She would do this with a squeal saying “I’m not watching bonking!” I would love to say that she was just trying to protect my innocence because I was young but she still does it today. I’m 33 years old.

So a lot of the things about the facts of life I learned from reading. One book in particular springs to mind. I think it was called The Teenage Worriers Guide to Love or something of that ilk. To be fair I didn’t fully understand it then and sex education classes in school were (and to some extent, still are) atrocious. With a mother who had an almost Victorian view of sex and the school giving me a clinical and embarrassing account of it I was bound to be confused.

What I really needed was a book like Hannah Witton’s. Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex is an honest, frank and mature look at the perils of teenagedom when facing the pressing question of having sex. Witton doesn’t assume her audience knows the ins and outs (and ins and outs…you get the picture) but equally she doesn’t talk down to her readers. She treats them like equals and you get the sense that she has taken the old adage of write the book that you want to read and she has done it with aplomb. It is almost as if she has looked at her younger self and realised that if she didn’t know what was going on then there are probably thousands – nay, millions – who feel the same.

I work in a high school library and I would love to have this on our shelves so that the students that I work with can better equip themselves with the information before going into sex naively. Sadly, I think a lot of high schools will veto its purchase. It is a shame because Witton’s writing is brilliant. Hannah Witton, my 15 year old self salutes you.

Doing It! Let’s Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton is available now.

For more information regarding Hannah Witton (@hannahwitton) please visit www.youtube.com/hannahwitton.

For more information regarding Hachette Children’s Group (@HachetteKids) please visit www.hachettechildrens.co.uk.

4 Stars