Review: The Last Beginning by Lauren James

24550848The Last Beginning by Lauren James
Series: The Next Together #2
Genre: Sci-Fi
Published by: Walker Books
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Release Date: 06/10/2016
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?

For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.

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Review: The Next Together by Lauren James

23266378The Next Together by Lauren James
Genre: Sci-Fi
Published by: Walker Books
Pages: 356
Format: Paperback
Release Date: 03/09/2015
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

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Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

32601841The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Genre: Sci-Fi
Published by: Walker Books
Pages: 290
Format: Paperback
Release Date: 07/09/2017
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

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Review: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (SPOILERS)

31931941Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 385
Format: Hardback
Release Date: 30/05/2017
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

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Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

35681274Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Genre: Sci-Fi
Published by: Penguin
Pages: 371
Format: ARC
Release Date: 21/09/2017
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden–a planet that Babel has kept hidden–where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

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Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

MoxieMoxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Hodder Paperbacks
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback
Release Date: 21/09/2017 (if you are in the UK, this book is already out in WH Smith as part of the Zoella Book Club)
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.
Viv’s mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

34806324When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Hodder Paperbacks
Pages: 384
Format: e-ARC
Release Date: 01/06/2017
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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