1 Minute Reviews · books · YA

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray | 1 Minute Reviews

Defy the Stars grabbed me from the first moment. In three weeks, Noemi Vidal will die – here, in this very place. Today is just practice. I’ve been meaning to read more sci-fi YA as its an area I seem to unintentionally neglect, despite being raised on a diet of Star Trek. I love a… Continue reading Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Autism · YA

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde | 1 Minute Reviews

Interested in reading more books featuring autistic characters or queer characters, check out my lists Queer & Here and The Essential Autie List. I heard about Queens of Geek thanks to Jim of Ya Yeah Yeah – an autistic girl in a romance novel set at a convention?! I mean, it just screams I gotta read… Continue reading Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · YA

Lorali by Laura Dockrill | 1 Minute Reviews

A few days ago I came up with the bright idea of moving all my books out of the garage, where they sat in cardboard boxes within an incredibly loose sorting system, into the garden shed. The shed has stood empty for some years after the death of my father in law’s rabbit, and he’d… Continue reading Lorali by Laura Dockrill | 1 Minute Reviews

Fiction · Middle Grade · YA

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave & Memories of the Philippines

This last year has been a pretty wonderful one for writer Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Her first novel The Girl of Ink and Stars was published and instantly made a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, then shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and took the trophy for Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year. I absolutely loved… Continue reading The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave & Memories of the Philippines

1 Minute Reviews · YA

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman | 1 Minute Reviews

Dante’s life is all lined up. His A Level results are about to arrive in the post any moment and then he’ll be off to university. Except, when he opens the door it’s not the postman. It’s his ex girlfriend Melanie with a baby. His baby. When Melanie disappears leaving Dante with the baby, he… Continue reading Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · YA

Girl Mans Up by M. E. Girard | 1 Minute Reviews

When I heard about Girl Mans Up, I immediately asked the team at Harper Collins to send me a copy and I was not disappointed. Girl Mans Up follows Pen as she grapples her sexuality, her family, falling in love and the toxic masculinity that pervades her friendship group. Pen’s strict Portuguese parents just wish… Continue reading Girl Mans Up by M. E. Girard | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · YA

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy | 1 Minute Reviews

When I heard whispers of a new YA Novel about an amazing, unapologetic fat babe, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. I stayed up way past midnight to finish this book. It is fantastic. Willowdean is a witty lovable teen living in Texas with her Beauty Pageant ambassador mother. Grappling… Continue reading Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy | 1 Minute Reviews