Winter, White and Wicked

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing date: October 13, 2020

Mad Max: Fury Road meets Frozen in this striking YA fantasy about a rig driver’s journey to save her friend

Twice-orphaned Sylvi has chipped out a niche for herself on Layce, an island cursed by eternal winter.

Alone in her truck, she takes comfort in two things: the solitude of the roads and the favor of Winter, an icy spirit who has protected her since she was a child.

Sylvi likes the road, where no one asks who her parents were or what she thinks of the rebels in the north.

But when her best friend, Lenore, runs off with the rebels, Sylvi must make a haul too late in the season for a smuggler she wouldn’t normally work with, the infamous Mars Dresden. Alongside his team—Hyla, a giant warrior woman and Kyn, a boy with skin like stone—Sylvi will do whatever it takes to save her friend.
But when the time comes, she’ll have to choose: safety, anonymity, and the favor of Winter—or the future of the island that she calls home.

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I hate this part of the story. Where everything becomes Winter’s fault.

Asking about the past is dangerous, a knife to your most vulnerable parts, and I knew better.

This year was full with stunning covers and Winter, white and wicked is on the list! How you can’t buy this book just to admire the cover every time you look at your bookshelves? It looks like Sylvi’s eyes are looking in yours while she is reading your soul!

But about the story… Mad Max: Fury Road and Frozen sound like the best idea for a book. And it really is. The world building is captivating, especially with all the stories about its creation. Stories that for some are history and for some are just myths and legends. But there is a grain of truth in every legend!

For me the beginning was slow, it took me sometime to get caught by the story. But when the action started, I wanted to find more about Winter and her true intentions.

Thank you TBR and Beyond and Shannon Dittemore for the opportunity to read Winter, white and wicked in exchange for an honest review.

There is no yesterday, they say, only a thousand tomorrows.

About the author

Shannon Dittemore is a young adult author, conference speaker, and mentor. Her books include the Angel Eyes novels (Thomas Nelson Fiction) and the forthcoming Winter, White and Wicked, to be published by Abrams Books in the fall of 2020. Since 2013, Shannon has taught mentoring tracks at a local school where she provides junior high and high school students with an introduction to writing and the publishing industry. She writes weekly for Go Teen Writers, a blog recognized by Writer’s Digest three years running as a “101 Best Websites for Writers” selection. Shannon’s stories often feature strong female leads grappling with fear and faith as they venture into the wilds of the unknown. In many ways, she’s writing her own life story.

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You should not love Winter the way you do. She has an evil heart.

I Hope You’re Listening

Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Publishing date: October 6th, 2020

EVERY MISSING PERSON HAS A STORY.

In her small town, seventeen-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again.

At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way.

When another little girl in town goes missing, and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much of her own story is she willing to reveal in order to uncover the truth?

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Have you ever had that feeling where everyone else in the world has a purpose except for you?

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You are not alone! The Seeker will find you. Don’t lose hope.

I hope you’re listening is an interesting YA thriller. I love the idea of a podcast that helps finding missing people. I wish it was real and that it could save lives. With a terrible past, Dee comes with the idea of Radio Silent, a podcast about missing people. She couldn’t save her best friend, but maybe she could save someone’s else life.

I’m not gonna lie, the book went slow at the beginning. But at the half, when the action started, I was mystified. I couldn’t read faster! I needed answers and I needed them fast! There were some twists and tensions that I didn’t think of. When you think you know the truth, you find out something new and every idea falls out. For a YA thriller, I hope you’re listening is pretty good.

Thank you TBR and Beyond and Tom Ryan for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

But take it from me, even a sad ending is better than no ending at all.

About the author

Tom Ryan is the award winning author of several acclaimed books for young readers. He has been nominated for multiple awards, and was the winner of the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best YA Crime Book. Two of his books were Junior Library Guild selections, and three of his young adult novels, Way to Go, Tag Along, and Keep This to Yourself, were chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, in 2013, 2014 and 2020. He was a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction.

Tom, his husband and their dog currently divide their time between Ottawa and Nova Scotia.

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Interview

1. What was the first idea that made you think that you want to write a book?


I grew up in a remote rural area, and there were no neighbour kids within miles. My brothers and I used to play outside all the time, and I would often invent big epic stories to act out, everything from space adventures to fantasy quests – we even acted out the occasional murder mystery! I was also a huge reader, and at some point in my childhood I connected the dots and realized that writers were making up stories in the same way that I did. From that point on it was my goal to someday write books.

2. Why did you choose to write a YA mystery book and not an adult thriller?

By the time I wrote my first mystery, KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF, I’d already written a few contemporary young adult novels, so it made sense for me to keep moving in that direction. With KTTY and now I HOPE YOU’RE LISTENING, I had the chance to take a genre I really love (mystery/thriller) and apply it to the young adult material I had grown comfortable with. I definitely think I will write more young adult thrillers, and I also plan to write an adult mystery/thriller, probably soon!

3. Do you believe that if Radio Silent would be real it could save lives?

It’s really hard to say! I think there is a huge audience for true crime podcasts, and there are also lots of forums online where people work together to try solving cold cases. With Radio Silent I tried to imagine what would happen if the two were combined. I think there could be some potential there, but I also think that the timelines might be too compressed for it to work out quite so efficiently in the real world. If someone wants to give it a shot, I’d be really interested to see what happens!

4. Who is your favourite thriller author?

I absolutely love the novels of Tana French, who writes amazing adult mystery/thrillers. As far as young adult novelists, there are lots of great thriller writers working today, including Caleb Roehrig, Karen McManus, Kristen Simmons, Kit Frick and so many others!

5. There will be a sequel?

At this point, I have no plans to write a sequel. But I never close the door entirely on a possibility!

6. Are you working at a new book?

Yes! I have another young adult novel coming out next spring. It’s called WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE, and it’s about two cousins on a road trip to Toronto Pride Festival. I co-wrote it with my great friend Robin Stevenson, and we were supposed to launch it in May, but our publisher decided to delay it by a year because of Covid. I’ve also finished writing a couple of other young adult novels (one of them is a thriller set in the 80s) and I’m hoping to begin submitting them over the next few months.

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A Golden Fury

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: October 13, 2020

Fear had taken root inside me, and guilt with it.

In her debut novel A Golden Fury, Samantha Cohoe weaves a story of magic and danger, where the streets of Oxford and London come to life, and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final chapter.

Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philospher’s Stone – whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold – but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness.

While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of the French Revolution looming, Thea is sent to Oxford for her safety, to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists.

But in Oxford, there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.

The Stone chooses the last alchemist, but woe to whom it does not accept.

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Some debts cannot be paid by anyone but the debtor.

About the author

Samantha Cohoe was raised in San Luis Obispo, California, where she enjoyed an idyllic childhood of beach trips, omnivorous reading, and writing stories brimming with adverbs. She attended Thomas Aquinas College, a Great Books college in California, and graduated with a BA in liberal arts. After studying Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School, she decided academia wasn’t for her.

In the midst of marriage, child-bearing, and the identity crisis that followed, she rediscovered her early love of writing and adverbs. In 2011, she moved with her family to Denver, where she currently divides her time between teaching Latin, mothering, writing, reading, and deleting adverbs.

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If alchemy was our religion, then we were its priests.

First of all, let me tell you how beautiful is this cover! I would buy the book even if I wouldn’t read the synopsis. Yes, I’m that kind of bookdragon. But the catch with these beautiful covers is that you have high expectations. Even if I’m trying to not judge a book by its cover, I can’t stop myself. Back to A golden fury, I can say that I wasn’t disappointed for having high expectations. It was an easy read, perfect for this month (especially when you are not a fan of spooky things), full with adventures and magical moments.

I’m in love with the idea of alchemy because it’s not just magic, it’s more magical science which is more plausible than a wand. So for me the plot caught me from beginning, mostly because the story was narrated by Thea. She is for sure one of my favourite main characters. I love her personality, her confidence, her superiority when she knows what she is talking about.

For a debut novel, A golden fury is an interesting read. I can’t wait to find out what would be the next adventure from Samantha Cohoe because she has potential to be a very good author. Thank you TBR and Beyond and Samantha Cohoe for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Men are selfish; women, too. But we don’t have to be. We aren’t meant to be. We could always repent.

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Dread The Harvest Moon – Book Blitz

Dread the Harvest Moon by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: October 13, 2020

Synopsis:

A companion novel to Fear the Drowning Deep, an NPR Great Read of 2016.

Three tasks. Two worlds. One deadly queen.

Always follow the rules.

That’s what seventeen-year-old barmaid Liss Corkill does. She’s never cursed or kissed a boy, and until two years ago, when a mythical serpent kidnapped her, she was never late to anything. She knows that if she were like her free-spirited older sister Bridey who sailed to America just before the Great War, her mother would be devastated. Liss is determined to be what everyone expects, even if that means giving up her dreams.

Unless the faeries make you break them.

When Liss accidentally interferes in a fairy queen’s quest for true love, she’s pulled into the vast and dangerous world of Un-Mann, a magical realm as mistake, Liss must completed three tasks for the queen by the night of the Great Harvest Moonlight, the fairies’s biggest yearly celebration.

Or you find something worth dying for.

Liss’s attempts to complete her tasks are met with constant misfortune, as if someone doesn’t want her to win. But she has powerful friends: the town witch, Morag, and her sister’s best friend Cat, who she’s secretly falling for as they hunt sea monsters by night to protect their home. Sensing a need for inspiration as the final gruesome task draws near, the queen marks Liss’s little sister for death unless Liss succeeds.

Her sister. Her town. Her dreams. If she can’t own who she is and make some new rules, Liss will lose it all.

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Author info

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah frequents the pottery studio, volunteers her time to sighthound rescue, and raises awareness about her autoimmune disease, Type 1 diabetes. She often enjoys pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued sighthounds, two birds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen series, and several books for younger readers.

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Esme’s gift

Terror was within. Terror was without. Like her mother, she was at the water’s mercy.

In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver is faced with her hardest task yet. She must master her unruly Gift – the power to observe the past – and uncover the secrets she needs to save her mother, Ariane.

In between attending school in the beguiling canal city of Esperance, Esme and her friends – old and new – travel far and wide across Aeolia, gathering the ingredients for a potent magical elixir.

Their journey takes them to volcanic isles, sunken ruins and snowy eyries, spectacular places fraught with danger, where they must confront their deepest fears and find hope in the darkest of places.

More adventures. More dragons. Esme’s gift is the second book of Esme series and in my opinion this one is better than the first book. You find more of Aeolia, how everything works. Some dark secrets are released, you don’t know who is friend or enemy, also some gifts are too powerful to control. Esme’s decisions are important, especially when people’s lives depend on her.

I loved reading this book, especially that there are more moments with the dragons. The idea of the gifts is pretty interesting and I like that every gift is unique. The characters are well-drawn, I like how all three grown up since the first book.

Thank you BookSirens for this lovely book in exchange for an honest review.

Under another sun

A crack in time saves 99

But what do those ominous words mean?
Ray is about to find out, whether he’s ready or not. His ‘deceased’ twin sister, Ravynn, is warning him of impending disaster, but Ray can’t seem to convince himself, or his wife, that he’s not crazy.
But Ray isn’t the only one communicating with his sister. Ravynn’s surviving daughter, Amelia, seems to know things that defy reason, in a time when reason is slowly slipping away.
When Ray’s brother-in-law offers evidence of something terrible coming in the form of prophetic journals Ravynn wrote before her death, Ray can’t doubt the truth any longer. The world is falling down.
The family struggles to hold themselves together as the world they once knew and understood begins to collapse all around them, leading up to a cataclysmic end.

Can Ray save his family in time?

This is a really scary book, especially that we are in 2020! After reading Under another sun, all I do is watching the sky and the birds for any sign that the end of the world is near. The same thing happened when I watched Left behind. I think apocalyptic books/movies are not for me! Because just the idea of the end of the world scares me.

About the book… It was amazing! Of course it was. D. M. Siciliano is a good horror author. Her first book, Inside is a ghost story and it captivated me from the start. So when I heard about Under another sun, my expectations were high. Fortunately, this book didn’t disappoint me! The plot is really interesting, it is a combination of reality and fantasy. The characters are different from each other, you can see who is the strongest one, who is a believer and who is skeptical.

I loved reading Under another sun and I would put the author between John Saul and Stephen King, especially with that ending (it killed me!). I received an eArc from the author for free in exchange for an honest review.

Esme’s Wish

When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.

After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.

For a middle-aged book, this one is pretty good! In this book you can find adventures, friendship, ups and downs moments and big dreams. And of course dragons! There is a magical world where people can have gifts, some of them interesting, some of them pretty weird. Esme’s wish is a book for children, also for everyone who never stops dreaming.

Esme is a lovely girl and all she wants is her mother back, but unfortunately she disappeared in waters. I love how she never gives up on her hope. Esme believes that her mother is not dead and she will find her. But she finds more than she expects.

It is an interesting story, every page releases a new mystery that keeps you to read it till the end. I received an advance review copy for free in exchange for an honest review.

The high moments

January 01, 2016 at 9:02AM
 
NY RESOLUTIONS – THE PLAN
Exercise 6 times a week
Have sex once a month min. (counts as exercise)
Move out of home TO LONDON (career??)
Make more friends
Be better
 
New Year’s Day is the ultimate cliché for Scarlett:
 
hangover, check
feeling weepy, check
broken sense of self, check check check
 
She is in her twenties, stuck living at home in small-town Topsham with an academic mother who has no time for pep-talks or consolation. The one saving grace is that her friend, Billie, still works at the pub down the road, but even the pub is losing its appeal.
 
Feeling desperate to do something with her life and with no real plan (but the mother of all hangovers), Scarlett picks up her stuff and moves to London. But moving isn’t a miracle cure and she ends up facing exactly the same problems she was desperate to escape.
 
In the search for ‘her path’, Scarlett is offered an internship at a fashion agency. This might not be her dream job but her mother is disgusted. So she takes it. This is her first step to becoming something but it is also her first step to becoming someone else. Each terrible decision she makes leads to another and her life begins to spiral.
 
But people are starting to know her; she is starting to become someone. And surely it’s better to be someone – even if it’s someone you hate?

OMG! What a crazy world to live. I’m so glad that I’m not into fashion or anything near it. I thought The devil wears Prada was madness. But The high moments is worst. Because in this book you can find drugs, alcohol, some xxx scenes and a lot of bad decisions.

I never thought I would like the plot. At first Scarlett’s big wish looked like an “American dream”, especially when, without thinking, she went to London, even she didn’t have money, a place or a job. All she had was a note in her phone with her New Year resolutions. But somehow she managed to survive in the lions’ cage. And at the end of the year (how Britney Spears said) everybody wanted a piece of her.

The high moments reminds me of Rules for saying goodbye by Katherine Taylor and Members only by Leonie Fox. What can I say… I’m a sucker for drama! So I really enjoyed Scarlett’s adventure in the fashion industry and how she managed to choose just the bad roads. Thank you KaleidoscopicTours and Sara-Ella Ozbek and Simon and Schuster UK for the opportunity to read this book!

Ironspark by C.M. McGuire – Book tour

Book Info: Ironspark by C.M. McGuire

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publishing Date: August 25, 2020

Synopsis

A teen outcast must work together with new friends to keep her family and town safe from murderous Fae while also dealing with panic attacks, family issues, and a lesbian love triangle in C.M. McGuires’s kick-butt paranormal YA debut, Ironspark.

For the past nine years, ever since a bunch of those evil Tinkerbells abducted her mother, cursed her father, and forced her family into hiding, Bryn has devoted herself to learning everything she can about killing the Fae. Now it’s time to put those lessons to use.

Then the Court Fae finally show up, and Bryn realizes she can’t handle this on her own. Thankfully, three friends offer to help: Gwen, a kindhearted water witch; Dom, a new foster kid pulled into her world; and Jasika, a schoolmate with her own grudge against the Fae.

But trust is hard-won, and what little Bryn has gained is put to the test when she uncovers a book of Fae magic that belonged to her mother. With the Fae threat mounting every day, Bryn must choose between faith in her friends and power from a magic that could threaten her very humanity.

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 “You’re pretty obsessed with keeping everyone else safe. Especially for someone who throws herself into danger all the time.”

Review

Thank you TBR and Beyond and C. M. McGuire for the opportunity to read this lovely fantasy book about faeries because I am a big fan of them. Well.. I am a fan of everything that is fantasy and not real world. So of course I had to read this book!

Ironspark was an interesting read but a bit confusing in some parts. I loved to find different kind of fairies and that they aren’t like in fairytales beautiful and sparkling. These fairies are the real deal. At the end of the book you can find a glossary about all of them. The idea of Bryn and Father Gooding fighting Fae gives Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibes.

The plot was pretty good, but it ended with a lot of unanswered questions, but maybe we will find more in the sequel. Unfortunately some parts felt flat, like the discussion between Bryn, Jasika and Dom in Bryn’s bedroom or the chemistry between Bryn and Jasika.

All in all, I enjoyed reading Ironspark and I can’t wait to see more of Bryn in the future.

“Patience and optimism are valuable tools.(..)So are caution, paranoia, and an iron fire poker.”

About the author

When C.M. McGuire, author of Ironspark, was a child, she drove her family crazy with her nonstop stories. Lucky for them, she eventually learned to write and gave their ears a rest. This love of stories led her to college where she pursued history (semi-nonfictional storytelling), anthropology (where stories come from) and theater (attention-seeking storytelling). When she isn’t writing, she’s painting, crocheting, gardening, baking, and teaching the next generation to love stories as much as she does.

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“At this point, it was just a physiological reaction my body seemed to have to her, one I doubted I’d ever really outgrow, no matter how long we stayed split up.”

Interview

1. I really enjoy your book and I’m curious about the title. How did you come up with Ironspark? 

Everyone asks this one, and I’m so tempted to give glib answers. The truth it was a combination of a few things. I’d read a Girl!Dean fanfiction and enjoyed the characterization enough that I wanted to write a protagonist like her. At the same time, I was going through a little of Bryn’s angst in my real life while working at a Renaissance Festival. All of those elements played together. 

2. What made you use Queen Mab from Romeo and Juliette in your book? 

Honestly, my first experience with Mab came from the Merlin mini series I watched as a kid. It was fascinating to me, and I loved her as a villain. As I grew older, I loved that she was one of those mythical figures with different interpretations over the years. The description of her as the fairy midwife in Romeo and Juliet was the one I cited, though, since it was the most well known and most likely that a group of high schoolers would recognize.

3. The girl on the cover is Bryn. Did you think she would look like this when you started writing the book? 

Pretty close to it. Bryn was one of the characters who never really changed physically throughout the course of the book.

4. Which fae is your favourite? And which one is your least? 

Honestly, I don’t dare say I have a least favorite Fae. But I will easily say that I was fascinated by the Gwragedd Anwwn. Getting to use them was a big part of why I wanted to lean into Welsh myth more. On the other hand, it was so much fun to create the shadelings as a group of delightful, grubby little Labyrinth goblin-types, and it was fun to explore questions of “Well…what if you get a darker version of brownies? What do brownies get out of a relationship with a house? What happens when you fail to uphold that?”

5. Which character was harder to create? 

Dom and Jasika gave me different challenges. For years, I kept stalling when it came to the part of the story where we get to know him. I had to realize that Dom was actually incredibly pacifistic before I really got him. Jasika was very different. For years, I kept trying to shove different characters into her place. She formed very quickly, but only after I plugged in the name of an actress I love (Jasika Nicole) as a placeholder…and Jasika Witters was born and wasn’t going anywhere.

6. What is your favourite story about fairies? 

It’s kind of a tie between a fiction and a truth. In the fiction, I love hating the story The Magic Knife. It’s a hard-to-find fairy tale because it’s wholly dissatisfying and unjust at the end, and after I first heard it, I came up with a novel’s worth of a fix-it continuation in my head. In reality, there was a moment when it really clicked for me the relationship some have with these stories. I tend to look at them as themes and lessons, but one year while I was a Renaissance performer, I was sitting on a hill by the jousting early on a Sunday morning. There were no crowds, so I was just enjoying watching the leaves fall. I saw a boothie (someone who works in a shop) standing with her head pressed to a tree, arms wrapped around a trunk. After about five minutes, she pulled back and popped the trunk with her hand and shouted “Wake up!” 

7. Have you started working on a new book?

Oh absolutely. At any given moment, I’ve got at least three projects going. Just today, I was trying to work on a project I’m using for my Creative Writing dissertation…but kept getting distracted and wound up outlining a different project.

“People looked at me differently, and unfortunately nobody had invented an armor for pity.”

Fruit forbidden

How do you decide who you are? Mia is caught between wanting to be like everyone else, and her own comfortable world of books and easy friendships. Being sixteen isn’t easy: complex cliques, pervy teachers, A levels looming, family dramas… she can’t shake the feeling she’ll never fit in. What price does she have to pay to find out who she is?

Abandoned by friends, Mia is lost and needs someone to guide her. Who can save her now? In the struggle to find herself, someone finds her first. A new friend, a dragon with a persistent voice, making decisions for her. He tells her who to be friends with, what to say, what to do, what to eat.

As Mia’s world shrinks, she shrinks with it and the Dragon fills the shell of her old life, louder and more pervasive. Can she slay him before she is lost? Or will being thin solve everything?

Drawing from Rosetti’s Goblin Market, Fruit Forbidden is a modern tale of growing up and self discovery. Aimed at older readers, this book deals with sensitive subjects.

*TRIGGER WARNING* Novel contains reference to substance abuse, disordered eating, homophobia, sexual assault, self-harm and suicide.

OMG! I finished this book one week ago and still I don’t know how to put my words in order for this review. Because after I finished it I was speechless. I am feeling so many emotions that everything I could say right now feels inappropriate to make you read this book. But I will try my best and I hope I don’t damage the beauty of the story.

I was always curious about these persons. What they think, why they hurt themselves, they feel satisfaction if they vomit after they eat? Because to be fair I love food. I am a gourmand. I love cooking and baking. So in my position I couldn’t understand anorexia. Right now I can say I can understand them. Maybe not entirely because like I said I love food and I don’t think I could be in this position. But who knows. Maybe they used to love food too and… people happens.

Why I said people happens? Because like Mia, I was body shaming in my last year of school. I was 13 years old and I gained some weight. Right now I don’t know what was in my mind because I didn’t look fat at all just curvy. But as I said people happened. One boy and that’s all I needed to feel horrible, to cry a lot and hated myself. Fortunately for me it was just one year because in high school everything was back to normal. What I wanted to say it’s that you need just one person to body shame you, to be broken enough that the Dragon could enter so easily in your mind.

Mia’s adventure is full with ups and downs, sometimes you feel like screaming, sometimes like crying. But at the end you will understand her. It was hard for me to be in her mind, to see the damage but to do nothing about it. I think everyone should read this book because it teaches you about life and how we shouldn’t be or act. And please never body shame anyone!

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