General bookish fun, Review


It’s that time of year again, guests, panels and workshops have been announced and the complete schedule is now live. Today I have YALC rec and TBR post. I will update this post as I read and review them, the links will take you to my reviews. I hope you enjoy.


First up for book recs we have:


The Electrical Venus by Julie Mathew – Historical fiction set on the backdrop of an Eighteenth century side show fayre. A story full of sparks, electrickery and finding your place in the world. It took a little while to get used to the writing style and It’s also a slow burner, but by the end I was in love. It’s a beautiful story, and a little tricky to describe, I tried my best in my review. It’s absolutely brilliant. There’s also the added bonus of a hilarious parrot. Definitely hoping I can catch Julie at YALC on Sunday.



The Fallen Children by David Owen – I don’t think I need to tell you all how much I love this book. I mean, I gave it six stars and currently own eight copies (don’t judge me). I still stand by it, it’s brilliant! Its a retelling of The Norwich Cuckoo. Four women fall pregnant after a ‘nightout’ when the inhabitants of a tower block mysteriously falla asleep. I won’t spoil it for you. It’s definitely worth adding to your TBR, it even comes in 360 different fancy colours. David will be at YALC on Friday, definitely go and say hi to him and get your copies signed.



State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury – Sorrow should be on everyone’s YALC TBR, the cover a gorgeous. It’s stunning, and has everything you love and expect from Mel’s books. First in a duology, We follow Sorrow Ventaxis. The daughter of Rhannish Chancellor who brought the country to a standstill, with Sorrow trying her best to rule a country stuck in a never ending loop of grief and mourning. Full of action, politics, intrigue and is one of my favourite 2018 reads so far. Mel will be at YALC on Saturday.



Show Stopper by Hayley Barker – A fabulous read set in a circus, it’s gripping, brutal and incredibly thought provoking. the dregs are banished to the slums, forced to perform in the circus where the ‘pures’ watch for entertainment. I couldn’t get enough of it. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel which is out in August. Hayley will be at YALC on Sunday.  I’m looking forward to finally meeting her and getting my books signed.



The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – I couldn’t get enough of this book, both fairy tales and reality collide. Alice, granddaughter of Althea Proserpine, author of ‘Tales From The Hinterland’ has never been in one place for long before her mother moved them to a new town. When her mum goes missing, Alice must  find a way into The Hinterland and find her mother before it’s toola.elissa will be at YALC on Friday.


IMG_20180609_143959_314.jpgA Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge – Another historical fiction book for you, it’s a good one too. Set during the civil war, It’s dark, beautiful and brilliantly written story about a girl with the ability to become a vessel for spirits. I’m likely to ramble if I continue, so please check out my review to see what the fuss is. I can’t wait to meet Frances and get my copy signed. Frances will be at YALC on Saturday.


Goodbye, Perfect by Sarah Bernard – Sara Barnard wrote it, that’s a good enough reason, right? Honestly, I think this could be my favourite out of all her books so far. I hugged it after finishing it because it was just so perfect, it still is. Trust me, it’s a must read. If you get the chance to read her others, so it. You won’t regret it. Sara will be at YALC on Friday and Saturday.


Floored: A Collaborative Novel – I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this and it. Is. Glorious. Told from six perspectives and an unknown narrator when their lives collide after meeting in an elevator. I’m still trying to string words together to write a semi-eloquent review.

CLEAN by Juno Dawson – This one stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page. A a dark and brutal take on the impact addiction and mental health has on people without glamourizing it. It’s a tough read so please take care. I have posted a content trigger warning at the top of my review. It’s incredibly well written and well worth reading.  Juno will be at YALC on th Sunday.


Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls – I honestly don’t why I didn’t review this back when I read it, I absolutely adored it. Set during the suffragettes protests for votes for women, it’s utterly brilliant, just read it! I think a re-read is in order.


On my TBR:

Again, I’ve set myself up to fail with my TBR. Every year I always start late and put together a huge pile I have no hope of getting through in time. There are so many amazing books to read before. I’m going to start with A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood, I was lucky enough to get a copy from Scholastic and been looking forward to reading it for ages. After that, I’ll probably going to hang out with Noah and go from there.

Are you going to YALC, what’s on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

10 thoughts on “YALC 2018: YALC TBR”

  1. I haven’t read any of these! Oh my gosh. Your photographs are so gorgeous.


  2. Yay I will also be at YALC. I’m going to try vlogging the whole thing, eek! Got Sweet Black Waves and A Sky Painted Gold to read but hoping to maybe snag Zenith, Holly Bourne’s How Do You Like Me Now? All These Beautiful Strangers (I read the ARC and highly recommend it) and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe if I can put some money aside 😊 thanks for this post!


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