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Book Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind by Neal Shusterman: 3 out of 5 stars Unwind is a YA dystopian drama that takes on the weighty topic of unwanted children. The twist here is that while terminations of pregnancy are illegal, parents may choose to end

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Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner My rating: 2 of 5 stars Perhaps I shouldn’t have read this so soon after the Divergent series, as for me this book ended up being quite a disappointment. Let’s start with the premise:

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How to Survive the Apocalypse… According to YA Fiction

The USA is in the grip of ice and snow storms. The UK has been lashed by hurricane force winds and is gradually sinking under floodwater. Surely the apocalypse is nigh? Well, maybe not, but in case you’re secretly worrying

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Book Review: Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Runemarks by Joanne Harris My rating: 4 of 5 stars I always enjoy reading Joanne Harris books. There’s something about them, about the language she uses that draws you in, even if you’re squirming uncomfortably at the increasingly dark subject

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Book Review: A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge My rating: 5 of 5 stars It was a very happy accident that I bought this book. I’d read ‘A Handful of Ashes’ from the brilliant Under My Hat story collection and mistakenly

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Patrick J Russell: How Crowdfunding Through Twitter Can Fight Injustice

Who’s Patrick J. Russell? Patrick J. Russell is an author, an avid reader and a staunch supporter of indie artists and writers. Promoting indie artists and all kinds of crowdfunding projects from his Twitter page @patrussellbooks, he has helped publicise

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The Tale Goes On And Ever On: Tolkien’s Anniversary

Into the wild: Tolkien's tales of Middle Earth heralded a golden age for the keen fantasy reader

Yesterday (3rd January) was the 122nd anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birth. All over the world, Tolkien scholars, societies and fans alike raised a glass to toast “The Professor” at 9pm wherever they were. At 9pm GMT, I joined my coursemates

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