Title: Queerleaders

Author: MB Guel

Pages: 148 Pages

Publisher: Bella Books

The Blurb

“Mack snuck a look over her shoulder at the cheerleaders just as Veronica took her place at the top of the pyramid. Time seemed to slow as Veronica  swung her long, blond ponytail over her shoulder, pompoms high in the air…”

Mackenzie is used to being different from other kids—and to being bullied for not fitting into the rigid social expectations of her Catholic high school. Luckily, Mack’s best friend Lila has her back so school isn’t the total hell it could be. But it’s pretty damn close.

Until something very mysterious happens—Mack becomes a cheerleader magnet. Even she has a hard time believing it. And Lila is not too happy about her friend’s sudden popularity with the cool kids.

Is Mack being set up for an epic fail? Or is she finally headed for acceptance–and maybe even romance…

The Review

Oh Queerleaders is a great story.

I love LGBT fiction. I love YA fiction. Put those hands together and you have Queerleaders. The story of Mack and how she is forced to come out by the arrogant and narrow-minded bullies in her school and how she manages to lose herself and find herself all at once.

It is a story of friendship and a story of self discovery. Mack is shown to be a warts and all brilliant protagonist whose downfall is due to her own indulgence and greed but gosh I loved her.

If you love stories of the LGBT variety and you want something completely heart-warming then Queerleaders is the book for you.

Queerleaders by MB Guel is available now.

For more information regarding MB Guel (@MB_Guel) please visit her Twitter page.

Title: Teen Writer’s Guide – Your Road Map to Writing

Author: Jennifer Jenkins

Pages: 150 Pages

Publisher: Owl Hollow Press

The Blurb

Imagine you had a road map for writing the book you’ve always dreamed of writing—a step-by-step guide from testing your story ideas, to visualizing your characters’ types and voices, to building a world that comes to life, to navigating the publishing industry, and going the distance to reach your writing goals.

As co-founder of Teen Author Boot Camp, one of the nation’s largest writing conferences specifically for teens, and Young Adult author, Jennifer Jenkins has helped thousands of teens travel the world of writing. Teen Writer’s Guide: Your Road Map to Writing is the culmination of years of research and teaching, providing a detailed road map to writing your own story and steering through the detours and pit stops.

Perfect for teen writers, their teachers, and anyone who has an interest in breaking down the craft of writing in fun and manageable ways, this book is sure to take you to your final destination—and help you enjoy the journey along the way!

The Review

As with a lot of book lovers, I have always wanted to write one myself. At the grand age of 36 there have been two failed attempts because I realised I wouldn’t want to read the books that I had attempted. Sad times. I know that I need guidance and signposts telling me what to do next. Having good ideas but no way of getting them on the page does not a book make…nor does confusing sentence construction.

However, I decided to give Teen Writer’s Guide a go and smething just clicked. This was the book that I had needed when I was trying to write. It is a well structured book which breaks down the process into easily manageable chunks. It makes you question everything you thought you knew and then helps you make it much better. I finished reading it feeling like Teen Writer’s Guide is the book that will make a difference.

Teen Writers Guide – Your Road Map to Writing by Jennifer Jenkins is available now.

For more information regarding Jennifer Jenkins (@authorjenkins) please visit www.authorjenniferjenkins.com.

Title: Bob Dylan – All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track

Author: Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon

Pages: 704 Pages

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal

The Blurb

All the Songs is the most comprehensive exploration of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize-winning music and lyrics yet, with the behind-the-scenes look at the studio recording session, album, and every single released during his remarkable 50+ year career.

This New York Times-bestselling, definitive book captures in words and photos Dylan’s creative process and his organic, unencumbered style of recording. Packed with stories, many unfamiliar even to his most fervent fans, Bob Dylan All the Songs profiles his 492 released songs. Organized chronologically by album, Margotin and Guesdon recount the inspiration behind Dylan’s recorded songs, what went on in the recording studio, what instruments he used, and behind-the-scenes account of the great artists who worked with Dylan. Lyrics and accounts of the recording sessions are accompanied by classic photos, both in and out of the studio, to create a true Dylan treasury.

Bob Dylan: All the Songs is the comprehensive record of the singer-songwriter’s career which defined an era and delighted fans for more than 50 years.

The Review

Admittedly, I am a fair-weather fan of Bob Dylan. I like some of his songs and I like the history of the time he was making music so I thought I would read up on him to find out a bit more. I probably chose the wrong book.

Don’t get me wrong, All the Songs is a fascinating read but it is definitely for the hardcore Dylan fan. It is for the fan who loves the nuances of his songs. One who can recognise if he is playing his harmonica in a different key or has questioned whether or not there was a someone coughing in the track (believe me, that information is in the book).

I can honestly say I feel more prepared for a question to come up in a quiz about Dylan and further to that, my ability to give a decent shot at answering it. However, if I had known just how detailed this book was going to be I may not have picked it up. If you are a die-hard fan then this needs to be in your collection. If you just like certain songs then maybe just pick it up now and again or just read the information you want to know.

Bob Dylan – All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track by Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon is available now.

Title: The Recovery of Rose Gold

Author: Stephanie Wrobel

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Penguin Books UK

The Blurb

Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for eighteen years.

She thought she needed the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair . . .

Turns out her mother is a really good liar.

After five years in prison, Patty Watts is finally free. All she wants is to put old grievances behind her, reconcile with the daughter who testified against her – and care for her new infant grandson.

When Rose Gold agrees to have Patty move in, it seems their relationship is truly on the mend. And she has waited such a long time for her mother to come home.

But is she still the pliable young girl she once was? And is Patty still as keen on settling an old score?

Because if mothers never forget then daughters never forgive.

A chilling tale of obsession, reconciliation and revenge from an incredible new talent.

The Review

Oh wow. I haven’t devoured a book as quickly as I did The Recovery of Rose Gold in a long, long time. I was both intrigued and totally creeped out by this shocking tale of obsession and familial love and hate.

Rose Gold and her mother Patty have a deeply dysfunctional relationship in which Patty has convinced Rose Gold that she is sick and has so many things wrong with her that she has actually caused lasting damage. Not only did Patty convince Rose Gold but she convinced their neighbours and medical professionals. Until one day the lie is revealed and Patty is sent to prison because of Rose Gold’s testament in court.

As you read this story which is told from both Patty and Rose Gold’s perspective you find yourself oscillating between horrified, sympathy and then disgust so frequently that your head begins to spin and you don’t know who or what to believe or to side with.

I can honestly say that The Recovery of Rose Gold really made me uncomfortable in the best possible way. Stephanie Wrobel is a fascinating new voice and I am eager to see what she does next.

The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel is available now.

For more information regarding Stephanie Wrobel (@stephwrobel) please visit www.stephaniewrobel.com.

For more information regarding Penguin Books UK (@PenguinUKBooks) please visit www.penguin.co.uk.

Title: Hot Mess

Author: Lucy Vine

Pages: 304 Pages

Publisher: Orion

The Blurb

Hot Mess [n.] – someone who is attractive, but often in a state of disarray, repeatedly finding themselves in uncomfortable predicaments.

Ellie Knight is just like you. Her life isn’t turning out the way she thought it would. Some people might say she’s a hot mess but then who really has their s**t together before they’re thirty?

It’s Valentine’s Day and Ellie Knight finds herself eating Nutella in the bar stockroom after a no-show date.
But single doesn’t have to be the loneliest number, does it?
She goes back home to her flatshare and weird flatmates.
It’s ok there’s black mould everywhere, right?
With a hangover from hell, she goes to the office job she thought she would have quit by now.
Doesn’t everyone hate their job?

Maybe Ellie isn’t following the *official life plan* but perfect is overrated. For fans of Fleabag and Girls, this is a fresh and funny coming-of-age story with a single-girl heroine that everyone will relate to – a modern Carrie Bradshaw meets Bridget Jones.

The Review

It has been a long time since I have read a new adult book that has had me clutching my sides giggling but that was exactly my response to Lucy Vine’s Hot Mess. It is the story of soon-to-be-thirty Ellie who is dealing with the rules and expectations put on women by society and perpetuated by the people around them. And it is bloody brilliant.

It would be remiss of me to not say that Hot Mess did make me think of Fleabag meets My Dad Wrote a Porno. It has the same tone and a weirdly similar set up but since I also loved Fleabag I don’t see this as a bad thing and I think this was released first but just so there are no surprises I felt I should include it.

Ellie is the perfect heroine. Yes, she acts on her own terms later rather than sooner but she is a modern day heroine and I seriously wish that she had her own series of books rather than just a stand-alone novel.

Hot Mess by Lucy Vine is available now.

For more information regarding Lucy Vine (@Lecv) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Orion (@orionbooks) please visit www.orion.co.uk.