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Blog Tour: Lost Boy – Christina Henry

Synopsis:

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

Welcome to my stop on the Lost Boy blog tour! Check out an excerpt from the book below!

Excerpt:

I was smaller then, and Peter was big and brave and wonderful. He said, “Come away and we’ll have adventures and be friends always” and I put my hand in his and he smiled and that smile went into my heart and stayed there.

We ran through the streets of the city where I lived, and Peter was so swift and silent I could hardly believe it. He ran like the wind was part of him and his feet barely touched the ground and I thought, watching him run in the dark, that he might take off and fly and take me with him. It would be lovely to fly away from the city and into the stars, for the city was dark and dirty and full of big people who would grab at you if you were small and say, “Here now, what’s all this?” and cuff you around the head just because they could and they would take your bread and your apples and leave you with your insides all twisted up and then throw you back in the mud and laugh and laugh.

But Peter said he would take me away from all that, he was taking me to a place where there was all the food you could eat and no one would hit you and no one to tell you what to do and when to do it and to get out of the way and go sleep in the trash where you belong. He said that on his island you could sleep in the trees and taste the salt from the sea on the air and there was treasure and fun all day long.

I wanted to go there. I couldn’t wait to go there. But I was scared about getting on a ship to go to the island. I’d never been on a ship before, but I’d seen them in the port. Peter might not like me if I told him I was scared so I didn’t say anything, but I was certain that once we got out to sea that a monster would come and break the ship into a thousand pieces and we would fall, fall, fall to the far bottom of the water and never be seen again.

Peter tugged me along and I was getting tired and he said, “Come on, Jamie, just a little more and we’ll be there” and I wanted to make him happy so he would smile at me again so I ran and tried to be as fast and quiet as he.

I thought we would go to the docks, but Peter was taking us away from there and I tugged on his hand and said, “Aren’t we going to a ship?”

And Peter laughed and said, “Why would we go to a ship, silly?” But he said it in a way that didn’t hurt and didn’t make me feel stupid – more like he had a secret and was laughing because he was going to share it with me soon.

We went away from the city, far away from the place where I slept, and I didn’t know where we were or if I would ever find my way home again, and then I remembered I didn’t want to go home anymore because home is where

they hit you and you sleep in the dirty straw and she screams and screams and screams…


Feature: Top Ten Books of 2017 So Far

We’re just over half way through the year, so it’s about time to round up what the best books of the year have been so far! So far I’ve managed to read 48 books in 2017, it was a tough choice to whittle it down to 10, but here goes:

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1. Godblind – Anna Stephens

This is definitely my favourite book of 2017. Dark and brutal, it’s a stunning example of grimdark fantasy. Featuring vengeful gods, ruthless war chiefs and a kick ass slave turned warrior, it has everything you could possibly want.  Check out my review here!

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2. Showstopper – Hayley Barker

In a dystopian society where anyone not classed as ‘purely English’ is forced to live in poverty or work as servants for the Pures. Some are forced to perform as part of the deadly circus, performing and dying for the entertainment of others. This book is a gripping and compelling YA story. Check out my review here!

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3. The Wages of Sin – Kaite Welsh

Dark and dingy Victorian Edinburgh. Sarah Gilchrist is a fallen woman, attempting to overcome prejudice and become a female doctor, but when one of her patients is murdered, she must risk her reputation even further to uncover the truth. This book is really fantastic, it’s gory and intense, and history fans will absolutely love it. Review here!

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4. Spellslinger – Sebastien de Castell

When everyone in your family is a powerful spellcaster, what do you do when you have no magic? This story of young Kellen as he attempts to find his magic and discover his place in the world is full of adventure, mystery and of course magic. Check it out!

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5. See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt

Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. A fictionalised account of the Lizzie Borden murders, this book is dark and spellbinding. Review here!

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6. Red Sister – Mark Lawrence

This book was probably my most anticipated of 2017. I love Mark Lawrence’s books so much, and this absolutely did not let me down. Kick ass nuns, mystery and adventure, this book was everything I could possibly have hoped for. Review coming soon!

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7. Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

Lazlo Strange is the most perfect character. My first outing with a Laini Taylor book, this story hooked me from the very beginning and refused to let me go. If you haven’t read it yet, you absolutely have to pick it up. Read more here!

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8. The Scarecrow Queen – Melinda Salisbury

The stunning conclusion to the fabulous Sin Eater’s Daughter series. You always wonder if the conclusion to a series you love will live up to expectations, but this one absolutely did. Filled with Melinda Salisbury’s trademark shock and heartbreak, this book has stayed with me long after I finished reading it. See more of what I thought here!

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9. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

I was sent an ARC of this book without knowing too much about it, however after a few pages I was absolutely hooked and this story completely blew me away. Full of magic and folklore, I am absolutely champing at the bit for book two. Read my review here! 

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10. Dawn Study – Maria V. Snyder

Maria V. Snyder’s Study series is a series that is very close to my heart. I first read the books a long time ago (the original three – Poison Study, Magic Study and Fire Study) and they are partly the reason that I love fantasy books so much. When Maria announced that she would once again be returning to the story of Yelena and Valek I did a literal happy dance. Dawn Study is the final book in the series, neatly tying up the loose ends, and providing a wonderful conclusion to the most amazing series. Take a look!

That’s my round up of favourite books of 2017 so far. Have you read any of these yet, what did you think? And of course what are your favourite reads of 2017 so far?


Blog Tour: Done Dirt Cheap – Sarah Nicole Lemon

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Synopsis:

Tourmaline Harris’s life hit pause at fifteen, when her mom went to prison because of Tourmaline’s unintentionally damning testimony. But at eighteen, her home life is stable, and she has a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker club known as the Wardens.

Virginia Campbell’s life hit fast-forward at fifteen, when her mom “sold” her into the services of a local lawyer: a man for whom the law is merely a suggestion. When Hazard sets his sights on dismantling the Wardens, he sends in Virginia, who has every intention of selling out the club—and Tourmaline. But the two girls are stronger than the circumstances that brought them together, and their resilience defines the friendship at the heart of this powerful debut novel.

I absolutely loved this book, the two main characters, Tourmaline and Virginia are fantastic, and you can check out my review of Done Dirt Cheap tomorrow. In the mean time check out these fab character profiles!

 

Done Dirt Cheap was published March 7th by Amulet Books.


Interview: Meg Howrey, Author of The Wanderers

For those that haven’t read The Wanderers, can you tell us a little about it?

A three-member crew of astronauts is being trained and tested for the first human mission to Mars by spending seventeen months inside a series of simulators. The story is told from the point of view of each crew member, and also from the people they will be leaving behind, and an observer tasked with evaluating the astronauts. It’s a story about inner space, ambition, the problem of deciding what is “real” and what “real” even means. It’s a space book about humans. To quote one of the characters: “It’s Chekhov in Space!”

What inspired you to write The Wanderers?

I read a newspaper article about a project called Mars500. This was a study done by the European and Russian space agencies. Six volunteers spent 520 days in a specially constructed module, with the idea of trying to understand some of the psychological stresses a crew might experience in a real Mars mission. I couldn’t get the story out of my head, and even though I’d never written anything remotely to do with space science, I had to try.

What was the research process like, given the novel deals with space exploration?

People did not see me for long periods of time, because I was buried under books and papers. I went to lectures, I did a space science course (Space Camp!) and booked sessions in a sensory deprivation tank. (Very relaxing, actually.) It was wonderful, but it took time, about four years to write the book.

The cover for the book is absolutely stunning! Did you have any input on the cover, and what was your reaction when you saw it?

Oh, thank you, isn’t it beautiful? My publishers actually tried a couple of different versions before we got to this one. I was so impressed with how hard people worked, how much they cared about getting it right. When they sent me the final version, I was stunned. It’s absolutely perfect.

What’s on your to read pile at the moment, are there any new releases you’re particularly excited about?

“The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben, Rachel Cusk’s “Transit”, and a Shirley Jackson short story collection: “Let Me Tell You” are up next. I’m also really looking forward to Elif Batuman’s novel “The Idiot.” I loved her book of non-fiction essays.

What are you working on next?

I’m working on a new novel now, but can’t say much about it yet. Books are beasts and can run away or bite, so you have to approach carefully and with patience.

Finally, what’s your favourite book you’ve read recently?

Sometimes I like listening to audio books, as a way of re-reading a novel I haven’t picked up in a while. I just finished listening to Claire Danes perform Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” It’s a book I read many years ago, and before I started writing myself. This time, I was in awe of the enormous craft of the book’s precision and pacing, and deeply enjoying that, and also chilled and horrified by the vision, by how close it feels, how plausible. It’s a terrible book to read right now, and the perfect book to read right now.

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey is published in hardback by Scribner at £14.99.


Cover Reveal: Skin Deep – Laura Wilkinson

Synopsis:

It’s what’s inside that counts…

Art student and former model Diana has always been admired for her beauty, but what use are good looks when you want to shine for your talent? Insecure and desperate for inspiration, Diana needs a muse.

Facially disfigured four-year-old Cal lives a life largely hidden from the world. But he was born to be looked at and he needs love too. A chance encounter changes everything and Cal becomes Diana’s muse. But as Diana’s reputation develops and Cal grows up, their relationship implodes.

Both struggle to be accepted for what lies within.

Is it possible to find acceptance in a society where what’s on the outside counts for so much?

Doesn’t it sound fantastic? The book is published on the 15th of June 2017 by Accent Press! Finally, here is the cover!

What a fantastic cover! What do you think? Tweet the Accent Press team and let them know what you think, or comment below!


ARC Review: The Roanoke Girls – Amy Engel

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Release Date: 7th March 2017
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Pages:  288
Find it on: Amazon. Goodreads.

This is one dark and twisty thriller.

Synopsis:

Beautiful.
Rich.
Mysterious.
Everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl.

But you won’t when you know the truth.

Lane Roanoke is fifteen when she comes to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin at the Roanoke family’s rural estate following the suicide of her mother. Over one long, hot summer, Lane experiences the benefits of being one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls.

But what she doesn’t know is being a Roanoke girl carries a terrible legacy: either the girls run, or they die. For there is darkness at the heart of Roanoke, and when Lane discovers its insidious pull, she must make her choice…

Review:

I first heard about this book on Twitter, and it was getting a lot of buzz around it quite early on. It sounded so mysterious and the synopsis gives so little away that I was completely desperate to read it. The tag line of ‘most taboo thriller of 2017’ also definitely piqued my interest. However will all the hype I was a bit concerned it wouldn’t live up to expectation. I can safely say after about two chapters I was completely hooked and all productivity went out the window as I always dying to know what was coming next.

The story is told mostly from the point of view of Lane, and alternates between the summer she spent in Roanoke, and the current day. I sometimes found this a little jarring, not quite being sure whether we were in present day, that fatal summer or sometimes a flash back to Lane’s life before she moved to Roanoke. There are also chapters from the other Roanoke girls, telling the story of what happened to them. These were really fascinating, even if I had to flip back to the family tree in order to work out which girl was which. Despite the plot really kept me hooked, giving you little hints and ideas about what is going, and really drops some bombshells early on, grabbing you hook line and sinker.

Lane returns to Roanoke because of her cousin Allegra – all the Roanoke girls disappear, and Lane comes home to find out why her cousin has disappeared. I developed loads of ideas about what had happened to her. I did guess correctly, but it took me a while to figure that out, and my knowing that didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the ending at all. It’s fantastically written, and the dark, foreboding atmosphere continues to build and build,  making for a really tense story.

One of the most stand out things about The Roanoke Girls are the complex characters. From Lane and Allegra to Tommy and Cooper, everyone has their own dark motivations, and each character is very well thought out and introduced. They’re complex three dimensional characters and really bring the story to life.

The Roanoke Girl is dark, with some seriously messed up characters. I know the taboo aspect will put some people off, but this is a powerfully written and haunting story that makes for one hell of a read.


Blog Tour: Where the Wild Cherries Grow – Laura Madeleine

26210511Welcome to the Where the Wild Cherries Grow blog tour! Check out an exclusive extract below!

Synopsis:

I closed my eyes as I tried to pick apart every flavour, because nothing had ever tasted so good before. It was like tasting for the first time. Like discovering colour . . .

It is 1919 and the war is over, but for Emeline Vane the cold Norfolk fens only are haunted by memories of those she has lost. In a moment of grief, she recklessly boards a train and runs from it all.

Her journey leads her far away, to a tiny seaside village in the South of France. Taken in by cafe owner Maman and her twenty-year-old son, Emeline discovers a world completely new to her: of oranges, olives and wild herbs, the raw, rich tastes of the land.

But when a love affair develops, as passionate as the flavours of the village, secrets from home begin blowing in on the sea wides. Fifty years later, a young solictor on his first case finds Emeline’s diary, and begins to trace a story of betrayal, love and bittersweet secrets that will send him on a journey to discover the truth…

 

 

 

March 1919

 

For the second time that day, a scent pulled me out of sleep. At first I was confused in the darkness, but it found me again, impossible to ignore: onions, frying fish, spices that hovered at the edge of recognition. I pushed myself up on to my elbows and sniffed. I had no notion of how much time had passed, or even what day it was. All I knew was that I was ravenous.

I crawled from the blankets. Tiredness clung to me as I found the wooden shutters and pulled them open. Outside, it was dark. Carefully, I shunted open the frame, too. The noise of the sea rushed up to greet me. I had no idea it was so close. I could smell it, mingling with the scent of cooking from below.

And there were voices, many voices, talking, laughing. Light spilled from the ground floor of the Fourniers’ house, stretching across a dirt road and down on to what looked like a beach. Occasionally, a wave would catch the edge of the light.

I crept down the creaking staircase, like a child at a party. The smell grew stronger, the heat of cooking wafted up to greet me and my stomach growled. My body had definite ideas about what it wanted and that was food, and drink – and soon. I stepped into the kitchen.

Clémence stood at the stove. It dominated the space, a huge black range fuelled by wood, which added its irresistible scent to the cooking. Dozens of pots and pans and skillets hung from the walls, blackened from use. Shelves on either side held jars and tins, bunches of dried herbs, bottles of liquid. A shallow bowl sat near Clémence’s elbow, filled to the brim with glistening sea salt.

She was tending to three pans at once. In two, chunks of white fish were frying, a coating of flour turning them crisp and golden. In the third, I could see onions and herbs bubbling in oil. A heavy thud from the table made me jump and I turned to see Aaró, a mallet in his hand, crushing something on a wooden board.

‘It smells wonderful,’ I called over the sizzling. ‘What are you cooking?’
Clémence flipped the fish deftly with one hand, reaching for a tin with the other.
‘Dinner.’
I watched, fascinated, as she shook a bright red powder into the onions. Immediately a scent rose, sweet and smoky, turning everything in the pan a deep crimson. Swiftly, she added the fish, a slosh of wine from an unmarked bottle, a ladleful of broth from a pan at the back of the stove.

I’d never seen anything like it. No weights or measures or hesitancy. She cooked by instinct, moved like lightning, as if her hands knew what to do on their own. At my cooking classes, we had been taught to work slowly and prudently, in pinches and thimbles and tiny slivers.

She slurped a bit of the bubbling sauce from a wooden spoon, nodded once and pushed it to a cooler part of the stove.

‘If you want to help,’ she said over her shoulder as she glugged oil into a new pan, ‘ask Aaró.’

The young man was still using the mallet to crush something up, making noises to himself that I knew he couldn’t hear. It was garlic, I saw, two entire heads of it. The smell was intense; it made my eyes and my mouth water at the same time. We had never used garlic at my classes. The teacher had deemed it ‘too coarse’ a flavour for the palate of young ladies. She would’ve swooned at the sight of this. I smiled and Aaró looked up, with his bright grey eyes.
‘Can I help?’ I pointed to the garlic and to me, hoping that Clémence would step in and translate, but she was busy slapping another half-dozen pieces of fish into a pan. Aaró frowned, looking down at the garlic, not understanding. I tried again, pointing to me, then him, then a bowl, to no avail.

Perhaps it was my useless expression, but abruptly he glanced at his mother, clanging away at the stove, and his face lit up with realization. He beckoned me forward.

He dumped the pulverized garlic cloves into a huge pestle and mortar that stood beside him, threw in a handful of rough salt, and began to mash it all into a paste. He had strong hands, I saw, as tanned as his face and callused across the fingers. I had never known a man who could cook, but Aaró moved like his mother, swift and comfortable. It was wonderful to watch.

He waved his hand before my face to get my attention. I nodded to show I was watching. He took up a tin can with a long, thin spout and dropped a tiny amount of golden-green oil into the garlic. He worked it in, slowly and methodically, then added another few drops, before handing over the tin to me.

We worked that way, heads close, until the mortar was magically filled with a smooth, cre
amy, yellow substance. Smiling to himself, Aaró stuck his little
finger into it and tasted before indicating that I should do the same.

The flavour exploded on my tongue. It was like nothing I had ever eaten, strong and rich and sweet all at once. Forgetting myself, I reached out again, only to find my hand slapped away by Aaró. We smiled at each other, and once again I felt that strange urge to step closer, to study his face.

But Clémence called me over. She was pouring the steaming stew into two enormous serving bowls.

‘Take these if you want to help.’ She shoved several loaves of crusty bread into my arms and pointed to a tray. I was so preoccupied with hunger and cooking with Aaró that I had forgotten the sound of voices from the front of the house, didn’t even consider it until I stepped through a curtained doorway and was confronted by the sight of two-dozen strangers.

 

Where the Wild Cherries Grow is absolutely fantastic, publishing June 15th from Black Swan. Make sure to check out the other stops on the tour, and stop by later today for a review of this gorgeous book!


Blog Tour: Boundary – Andrée A. Michaud

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Synopsis:

Where deep woods cover the Maine border, blending together two countries and two languages, the summer of 1967 is a time of fear. Teenage beauties Sissy Morgan and Zaza Mulligan wander among the vacation cottages in the community of Boundary, attracting the attention of boys and men, before they’re found gruesomely murdered — felled by long-dead woodsman’s bear traps. Andrée, the little girl whose name nobody can pronounce, watches the police investigate, unaware of how profoundly these events will impact her passage into womanhood.

Reminiscent of Scandinavian thrillers by Asa Larsson, Henning Mankell, and others, Boundary was a crossover hit when first published in the French, winning both the Governor General’s Award for literature and the Arthur Ellis Prize for mystery novels. By weaving a tale of unbearable suspense and meticulously evoked atmosphere, Michaud transforms endless forests, haunted people, and primal terror into an irresistibly gripping summer read.

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Now read on for a guest post from Andrée about the locations within the novel!

Most of my novels take place in the country, in small communities surrounded by woods, because nature is part of my universe and always becomes a character among other characters.

It’s therefore not a surprise that I chose Boundary Pond, a place where my father used to take me when I was a little girl, to be one of the characters, if not the main character, in Boundary. The last time I went to Bondrée (as we say in my village and the nearby towns) I must have only been eight or nine, but my memories of the lake, of the mountain, and of the fog cascading down it, always remained very clear in my mind.

I admit it’s perfectly possible that I remodeled these memories, as the years went by, to embellish the landscape of Boundary in the same way we embellish a lot of memories from childhood, but what’s important, for me, is that I never forgot the place nor its atmosphere. It’s this atmosphere I tried to create in the novel, accentuated by the presence of the mountain, the lake and the deep forest. On that subject, I have to say there is always water in my books; if not a lake then a brook, a river, a shore, a canal in Venice, to reflect both the dark and the light sides of the story, the feelings of the characters, the fear you sometimes experience when standing in front of what is hiding from you, in front of depths you cannot reach.

The Bondrée I knew was, however, very different from the Boundary of the book. There were only two or three cabins around the lake, and only a few hunters during the Fall. In Summer, the place was given back to nature and looked like, I presume, the Boundary that Pete Landry knew, the trapper who is at the origin of the whole story, even if he’s dead when it starts. I somewhat reimagined the place for the purposes of the book. I stretched the lake a little, added some cottages and a camping site, a shining sun at the summit of Moose trap, the mountain, and I was ready to let Pete Landry’s traps raise from the soil, to let foxes cross Otter and Weasel Trail, and to introduce to this landscape a number of characters who are blissfully unaware that the Summer of ’67, the so-called ‘Summer of Love’, would for them be a season of fear and incomprehensible violence; a season at the end of which they would never be the same again.

It’s what you should expect when you lose a paradise.

 


Blog Tour: Puzzle Girl – Rachael Featherstone

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Publisher:
Accent Press
Pages: 320
Find it: Amazon. Goodreads. 

This is chick-lit at its very finest.

Synopsis:

Love is a riddle waiting to be solved…

Clued-up career girl Cassy Brookes has life under control until one disastrous morning changes everything.

When she finds herself stuck in a doctor’s surgery, a cryptic message left in a crossword magazine sends her on a search to find the mysterious ‘puzzle-man’ behind it.

Cassy is soon torn between tracking down her elusive dream guy, and outwitting her nightmare workmate, the devious Martin.

Facing a puzzling love-life, will she ever be able to fit the pieces together and discover the truth behind this enigmatic man?

Review:

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the fabulous Puzzle Girl! This is a terrific book, and one that I absolutely raced through, because I was enjoying it so much. Puzzle Girl is entertaining, fun and most of all a really great read.

The book of course centres on puzzles, and using a puzzle to find her mystery man. I don’t read an awful lot of chick-lit, but this struck me as really interesting and unique, so I jumped at the opportunity to read it. I’m so glad I decided to read it, the plot line is clever, and definitely keeps the reader guessing. It’s also clever in a hilarious way, and the antics that Cassy gets up to in order to work out who her puzzle man is, will make you giggle more than once.

As for Cassy herself she’s the perfect protagonist. Fond of making lists (much like myself) and prepared for almost every occasion, it’s really fascinating to watch as her obsession with solving the puzzle begins to take over her life. She spends less time with her friends and family, and begins to lose sight of what is really important, in order to solve the puzzle.Her workplace rivalry is also a really intriguing part of the plot, and it makes Cassy seem very realistic – we’ve all been there with that co-worker who starts to take over everything.

Puzzle Girl is also set in London, and the mentions of the DLR and other little London landmarks make for a really nice touch, and add to the overall feel of the book.

The story develops at a good pace, and gives the reader time to come up with different theories, without being too obvious at who the mystery man is. For me that is often the down-fall of chick-lit reads, I can guess the ending before the first few chapters are over and that somewhat spoils my enjoyment. That didn’t happen with Puzzle Girl, you pick up little pieces of information along the way, and that makes for a really fantastic story.

If you’re looking for  a fun and clever book to read – especially now the that the sun is shining a bit more  – this is definitely one to pick up!

Thanks for checking out my stop on the blog tour, be sure to check out all the other stops too, check them out below!


Blog Tour: The Jungle – Pooja Puri

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Release Date: 16th March 2017
Publisher: Ink Road
Pages: 224
Find It: Amazon. Goodreads. 

Synopsis:

There was a story Jahir used to tell me. About how the first humans were born with wings. Can you imagine what that would be like? To fly anywhere in the world without worrying about having the right papers?

Mico has left his family, his home, his future. Setting out in search of a better life, he instead finds himself navigating one of the world’s most inhospitable environments the Jungle. For Mico, just one of many ‘unaccompanied children’, the Calais refugee camp has a wildness, a brutality all of its own.

A melting pot of characters, cultures, and stories, the Jungle often seems like its own strange world. But despite his ambitions to escape, Mico is unable to buy his way out from the ‘Ghost Men’ the dangerous men with magic who can cross borders unnoticed. Alone, desperate, and running out of options, the idea of jumping onto a speeding train to the UK begins to feel worryingly appealing.

But when Leila arrives at the camp one day, everything starts to change. Outspoken, gutsy, and fearless, she shows Mico that hope and friendship can grow in the most unusual places, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll show you the way out as well.

Review:

Happy publication day to The Jungle, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour! I think this book is such a beautiful one. It’s a subject that isn’t often talked about in young adult books, and is definitely one that needs to be explored. The book is really wonderfully written with some really striking imagery, and that’s one of the main reasons I enjoyed it so much.

The Jungle develops quite slowly, allowing you the chance to get to know Mico and Leila. They are fascinating characters, and I really enjoyed seeing the story from their perspective, as well as watching their relationship develop throughout the book. One of things I thought was particularly striking about The Jungle is the way it highlights not just the harrowing nature of living in the refugee camp, but also the effects that it has on a person – both physically and mentally.

I have to also say how much I loved the cover, it’s really striking and a couple of people asked me about it when I had my face buried in it when travelling. I enjoyed reading every second of this book, and it has a very unexpected ending. The Jungle really makes you think about life in the refugee camp and given the current state of affairs in the world, I think it’s definitely a topic that needs to be explored in literature more. This book did a brave and stunning job of it, and I’m very much looking forward to see what Pooja writes next!

Thanks for checking out my stop on the blog tour, be sure to check out the other stops listed below!