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Every time I pick up a new book by Estelle Maskame I think "she'll never top this" but she does! It's no secret I'm not a big lover of contemporary romance but I will devour (or, when I know there's a sequel to wait for, I'll savour) a Maskame book any day.
Set in Los Angeles and Nashville over a long, hot summer, Becoming Mila is the first book in an irresistibly addictive and exhilarating new trilogy from Estelle Maskame, shimmering with love, friendship, family frictions – and lots of romance.
Sixteen-year-old Mila lives in LA with her mom and A-list actor dad, whose fame constantly thrusts their lives into the media spotlight. But when Mila's antics around town make waves ahead of her dad's next big movie, something needs to be done. So Mila is dispatched 2,000 miles away to Nashville, Tennessee, where she can cool off for the summer with her aunt and grandfather. The perfect solution – right?
Mila's not so sure. She's dreading the idea of a summer away from her friends, not to mention being shipped to the other side of the country. Apprehensive and out-of-sorts when she arrives, it doesn't take long for her to get off on the wrong foot with the mayor’s son, Blake. In spectacular style.
But Blake's no stranger to Mila's issues. He knows exactly what life's like with a parent in the public eye – the pressures and politics, dramas and dynamics ... Perhaps Mila and Blake have far more in common than either of them care to admit.
Ever felt anxious or alone? Like you don't belong anywhere? Like you're almost... invisible? Find your kindred spirits at The Sad Ghost Club.
This is the story of one of those days - a day so bad you can barely get out of bed, when it's a struggle to leave the house, and when you do, you wish you hadn't. But even the worst of days can surprise you. When one sad ghost, lost and alone at a crowded party, spies another sad ghost across the room, they decide to leave together. What happens next changes everything. Because that night they start the The Sad Ghost Club - a secret society for the anxious and alone, a club for people who think they don't belong.
For fans of Heartstopper and Jennifer Niven, and for anyone who's ever felt invisible. You are not alone. Shhh. Pass it on.
The Sad Ghost Club by Lize Meddings was my first 5 star read of 2021!
This is a beautiful, monochromatic graphic novel that spans just one day. Our main character is anxious, depressed and just generally struggling. They don't feel "normal". They overthink and can't understand how everyone else just goes and lives life. They get invited to a party - which causes even more overthinking and anxiety - but decide to go and there they stumble upon someone just like them. They leave the party to go for a walk and talk. They open up about their struggles and this is truly just a hug in book form.
The tagline is "find your kindred spirits" and I felt like I'd found mine. I completely understood the way they felt and I just wanted to wrap them up and tell them it's okay. The only complaint I could find is there's not enough of this book. I want multiple volumes. I want to see The Sad Ghost Club in action. The synopsis lead my to believe we'd see this secret society happen but the book is purely just about that club forming and that's fine, I just really want to see more. Maybe it's because I just connected so much and felt seen. I don't want it to be over.
This isn't something I usually do but if I were to pick a song to go with this book it would be "You Are Not Alone" from Dear Evan Hansen, because that's what it taught me. We're not alone. We just have to find our people.
This was my stop on The Sad Ghost Club Blog Tour! Make sure to check out the previous stops and the final post tomorrow and grab a copy of the book for yourself and a friend if you can!
The Portobello Bookshop (This is my local independent bookstore but you can find many more, near you here!)
I decided to try something new for my blog tour stop for the lovely Akemi Dawn Bowman's book Starfish. I thought I'd attempt a reading vlog so you could get my thoughts as they happened rather than a review that consists of "OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK UGHHHH" because you deserve better content than just that!
However, I spend 90% of this vlog hating on Kiko's mum and I also spend a good chunk of time trying to figure out why someone like Kiko's mum was even with a Japanese guy in the first place since she can't stand her kids heritage... I also swear far too much but I'm Scottish and angry because Kiko is so precious and I love her and her damn mother is a hot mess who needs therapy and a good slap.
I'm still mad... can you tell? I'll stop rambling now and leave you guys with my vlog below! Don't forget to check out all the other wonderful bloggers who are taking part in the blog tour and be sure to pick up a copy of this stunning book!
Ink Road Books have done it again. What is it with every single book of theirs being incredible? (Well, at least 3 out of 4 as I'm still yet to read The Jungle!) When they contacted me about being a part of the blog tour for 'T is for Tree' by Greg Fowler, I immediately said yes.
This is the story of Eddy, a boy who is different. He has spent his whole life in his bedroom and knows nothing of the world outside of it until Reagan moves in next door and introduces him to things - including jam sandwiches.
I gave T is for Tree 4.5 stars because it broke my heart, filled me with hope and enlightened me into the minds of other people by reminding me that people are never what they look like on the outside.
*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Ink-Road Books. This has no influence on my review.* Also, make sure to stick to the end for a creative twist to my blog post and a
SUPER EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
Can you believe it’s been a year since the DIMILY trilogy ended? It feels like no time has passed since I saw Estelle tweet about her book and decided to read it chapter by chapter as she posted it and now, 6 years later, it’s a best-selling series published in multiple countries. I’m so proud of how far this girl from Peterhead has come and at just 20 years old she has now published her fourth novel (anyone else feel a little inadequate? Just me?).