How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black & Illustrated by Rovina Cai – Review

Synopsis from Waterstones

Brimming with Black’s customary faerie magic, this atmospheric prequel to the events of The Folk of the Air trilogy digs deep into Cardan’s past to unearth some incredible revelations.

Exclusive edition – includes a black cover and sixteen extra pages of Rovina Cai’s art, from original sketches through the draft stages to final artwork that isn’t in the book, with discussion by Holly Black.

Once upon a time there was a boy with a wicked tongue…

Before Cardan was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone. In this sumptuously illustrated tale, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king.

This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar but pivotal moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective.

This new instalment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humour and drama that enchanted readers everywhere.

REVIEW

Not sure I can actually name this a review because is just gonna be me saying how much I love this series, how much I love Cardan and how glad I am that in such a sh*tty year I was able to get some joy!

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black it’s a really good add-on to the series, as it tells short stories from Cardan’s perspective from before The Folk of the Air trilogy timeline and also little snippets that we didn’t get to read in the trilogy and some that go beyond the last book.

It’s a fairly quick read with beautiful illustrations from Rovina Cai to accompany the stories. Just look at them! They are absolutely stunning and really envision the Jude and Cardan I had in my mind.

Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a bit trash for Cardan. Thankfully, I only seem to crush on questionable fictional men and seem to have a better sense in real life! But I do love this handsome bad boy character development and redemption. He isn’t that bad after all.

I think the only complaint I have about How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories, it’s that I kinda wanted more! That’s the thing with novellas, they are always too short. I don’t think I will ever get enough of Elfhame, Cardan and Jude. I will always be excited to come back to this world and I kinda hope we get to do it again in the future.

If you haven’t read The Folk of the Air trilogy, I would definitely recommend reading it before the novella as not only you would get spoilers but also miss out on a lot of the connections to the trilogy.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black is a perfect gift for the fans of The Folk of the Air trilogy. If you do have the extra money I would suggest getting the Waterstones exclusive edition (as seen in my photos above) as I love the black cover and also comes with a bonus chapter with art concepts from Rovina Cai.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍🍍

Blog Tour: The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley

Synopsis

It’s easy not to fall in love, right?

Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off love until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over.

Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet, and funny and care as much about the play’s success as Mel. Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.

A hilarious, heartwarming and empowering read, perfect for fans of Pitch Perfect, Love Simon and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Review

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley was exactly what I needed after a bit of a reading slump.

I’ve only read one other book by the author – Pulp – which I really loved, so when I saw the opportunity to join the Blog Tour for The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre I just had to. Especially, being someone who absolutely adores Theatre, I really couldn’t resist a LGBTQ+ YA RomCom set in the theatre department of a High School.

I’m not going to lie, I really left this one until the last possible minute to read, because due to this pandemic my ADHD and Anxiety have been all over the place. I’ve started so many books in the past couple of months, but I just couldn’t block it down. However, I gave my word that I will be part of the Blog Tour so many weeks ago and one thing that gets me going it’s the fear of disappointing people.

With this in mind, on Sunday night I decided to pick up this book and I’m glad I did because I couldn’t stop reading until I was done!

Not sure if it was the fact that I’ve been missing theatre so much since this cursed pandemic started or that it has the cutest f/f love story, but The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre was the book that I really needed right now. (So, thank you past Ana for saying yes to this blog tour!)

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley, plays on theatre superstitions. Any theatre geek knows how you should not wish Good Luck but instead say Break a Leg, and how you should not mention Macbeth in a theatre (unless it’s during the performance of said play). If you disrespect the superstitions, really bad things can happen to those working in the theatre. So everyone, even the non-believers, usually respect the superstitions. Unless your name is Nick the Dick…

What I also loved about the book, was how it was divided like a play, by Acts and then with scene heads as a way to represent a new chapter. The writing was a bit more simple from the one from Pulp, but I think with how theatre techie it is, the simplicity actually made the the story flow so much better.

Melody, our main character, isn’t the instant likeable character, at least not for me. (I wonder if it was due to our difference of opinions when it comes to liking actors and her Musical Theatre preferences! ahah) But, she really grows on you and I love how she knows what she loves and just works hard for it. Maybe a bit too hard, but what teenager doesn’t just go overboard with something they’re passionate about? I sure did!

I think some of the lessons that you can get from Melody’s story is that the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return, and that one can’t just throw away their shot.

This book actually made me shed a few tiers. It could be because I’m emotionally misérable since this pandemic started, but I like to think it was because I actually started to relate to Melody and her love story. It was spot on what I need to read right now, and I’m so happy I had the pleasure to be part of the Blog Tour.

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley, is perfect for fans of Leah On the Offbeat and Musical Theatre geeks who also like Pitch Perfect and Glee. Out this Thursday!

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍

Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a e-ARC of The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre in exchange for my honest review.

Check out the rest of the Blog Tour!

Blog Tour: King of Fools by Amanda Foody

Synopsis by Goodreads

Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all…

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…

Or die as legends.

Mini-Review

You have no idea how much I wanted to be back to the City of Sin since reading Ace of Shades last year! The fact that I’m once again part of the blog tour, it’s kind of exciting!

King of Fools by Amanda Foody is the sequel to Ace of Shades and the second instalment of The Shadow Game Series. The story is starts pretty much almost after the events that unfolded at the end of Ace of Shades.

It’s not common for many readers to prefer the second book to the first, but in this case I pretty much was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t stop reading until I got to the end! Oh My Dumbledore! That ending! What a way to leave us hanging! I need that 3rd book like right about now.

In this second instalment of The Shadow Game Series things get much darker, magical and legendary! I felt that in King of Fools, Amanda has finally found the right pace for the story. The action and suspense go hand in hand, and at no point I felt that things were slow/boring, which was something of a problem at the beginning of Ace of Shades for me.

The world building once again is fantastic, and it really gives you a sense of where you are. Foody really has a talent for making us feel immersed in the world of the City of Sin. I feel by the time the 3rd book comes around, I will know my way around New Reynes.

Once again, if you love a Las Vegas inspired fantasy world, with mystery, gangs and magic – that gets darker as it goes along – then The Shadow Game series should definitely be your next read.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍.5

King of Fools by Amanda Foody is available in paperback and you can get it now on Amazon(affiliated link).

Thanks HQ and Nina Douglas for sending me a paperback copy of King of Fools in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blog Tour: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox – Review

Synopsis by Goodreads

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia, and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall. The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

Review

Hester Fox debut novel The Witch of Willow Hall wasn’t quite what I was expecting. To be honest, at first I wasn’t even sure if I was going to keep reading, but the possibility of a romance kept me going and now I’m so glad I stuck to it.

It’s the second time this year that I start reading a book and almost halfway through I’m not sure about it, but I decide to stick to it and then ends up being a brilliant read.

This is a book that fits perfectly with this spooky time of the year. I won’t say that is a very witchy heavy book, which was what I initial thought would be. Nonetheless, you get much more than you thought you would. There is really a lot more going on.

Lydia is a wonderful, well read and likeable main character. You just can’t help but wish for all her wishes to come true. I could really resonate with her as she is just one of those characters that has to always be so strong for her family that forgets about being strong for herself and get what she wants in life. Seeing her discovering her own strength makes it for a great character development alongside everything else that is happening in Willow Hall.

The Witch of Willow Hall reminds me at times, of the old Gothic fiction classics. There is mystery, a disgusting secret, romance, a wicked sister, ghosts, witchcraft, while being set in the eerie backdrop of New Oldbury from 1821.

With all that is going on, the romance is really what I love the most. I’m a sucker for romance and historical novels are always my favourite because they play on the ‘will they, or will they not’ for longer. The anticipation really excites me, is one of my favourite tropes and Hester has wrote it exactly how I love it.

Overall, even though the first half of the book made me unsure if I was enjoying it, the second half really turned things around for me and turned it into a great read. A haunting romantic historical read perfect for all Gothic romance lovers on Halloween.

Rating: 🍍🍍🍍🍍

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox is available as a paperback and you can get it now on Amazon (affiliated link).

Thanks HQ Stories for sending me a ARC of The Witch of Willow Hall in exchange for my honest review.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

#Blogtober: VIP Bloggers Brunch at Hot Key Books

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A week ago, I was invited by Hot Key Books to a VIP Bloggers Brunch with Alexandra Christo (To Kill A Kingdom) and Sebastien De Castell (Spellslinger series) in attendance.

The event was held at the Bonnier Zaffre offices near Bond Street. I love going to publishers offices, gives me hope to one day work in one! *Fingers Crossed*

I met up with my girlies Nicola and Ash outside the offices. Love that Ash came all the way from Wales for the event, I just love when we get lucky enough to see her too.

Once inside the office we got into a room which had a spread of doughnuts, pastries, fruit, juices, tea and coffee on a table. Me and the girls got a seat and chatted between ourselves and other bloggers while eating some of the delicious brunch.

People kept arriving, which after a while made the room quite full and there was more people than seats.  However, they made sure that people with disabilities had a chair instead of sitting on the floor which was very nice.

After a while they let Alexandra and Sebastien loose. We were able to hang out with them for a bit before they had a casual talk with us about their new books.

I loved the whole informal setting, it made things so much more fun. Alexandra and Sebastien are hilarious and super talented because their books are amazing. Well, I haven’t read the Spellslinger series yet, but I know I’m going to love it as is just my type of series.

In the end we got given a copy of To Kill A Kindom and Soulbinder (Spellslinger #4) to get it signed by the authors. I’ve met Alexandra before at YALC this year and she recognised me which made be super happy.

Overall, the event was really lovely and the Hot Key team, Clare and Roisin took such great care of us. It was really nice to have an event during the day, as I’m much more of a brunch person than a cocktail one.

I’m very thankful for the invite and can’t wait for more events with Hot Key Books.

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo is available now on Amazon(affiliated link)

The Spellslinger series by Sebastien De Castell is available no on Amazon. (affiliated link)

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Blind Date With A Book: Bookish Charity Event at BFI IMAX

Today I have some exciting details to share with you. My friend Leona is a supervisor at BFI IMAX and she had the brilliant idea to organise a Blind Date With a Book Charity Event to raise funds for the Costa Foundation.

Lately, there has been a lot of films coming out that are based on books. A Wrinkle in Time, Everyday, Red Sparrow, Love, Simon, and Ready Player One. These types of films draw a lot of people to the cinema, either fans of the books or cinema goers in general. It’s basically a nice day out for bookworms like us.

So Leona thought, what could be a better way to raise money for the Costa Foundation than to organise a book related fundraiser for when one of those films is showing at the BFI IMAX?

Leona very kindly asked me to assist her on acquiring books to be sold at the event and I had a blast using my publisher contacts for it. It really feels good to use your contacts for something as important as a Charity. The publishers were all so kind and we have acquired such a good amount of books for the event.

We have now wrapped all the books and they are ready to be bought by you from the today until the 13th of April, at the Costa Coffee inside the BFI IMAX, at Waterloo.

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Me and Leona, after an afternoon wrapping most of the books. (Thanks Katie for all the beautiful handwriting and the photo)

So make sure to come on down and treat yourself to some new books. You don’t need to have a ticket to the cinema to come inside and buy the books, but why not REALLY treat yourself and come watch Ready Player One and get some books, while helping out such a good cause?

If for any reason my charming skills have failed to convince you to come, then I’m going to leave you with a little Q&A with Leona, the brains behind this awesome idea.

How did you started as a Costa Foundation Ambassador?

I first started raising money for the Costa Foundation when I was working at Bournemouth. Me and my team were like a family and we were trying to come up with ideas for things to do together.

My first idea was to organise a raffle and we were able to raise quite a considerable amount of money. That’s also when I started to learn more about the Costa Foundation and what they do, and I realised that it was a really good thing, to raise all this money to build schools in countries where our coffee is grown.

I then transferred to the Costa at BFI IMAX and because both my stores have been able to raise £1000 each in that year, I was able to get my Costa Foundation Ambassador Status.

One of the reasons, I got invested in raising money for the Costa Foundation was because all of the money raised actually goes into the foundations’ projects. As a team we are told every year how much the store has raised and where the money has been spent on, and its wonderful to see that the money we raise is going to these communities who need it the most.

The Costa Foundation motto is “Changing Lives, One School At A Time” and I really love to be part of that as their Ambassador.

What is your goal for this year?

There was this store in Wales, which was the first Odeon store to raise over £2000 in one year. I’m hopping to go over that amount this year, so I’m constantly planning the next fundraiser idea.

So do you have any ideas for your next fundraiser?

I do have a few ones that I’m already getting things organised for. The first one that I would be running for Easter is to guess how many sweets are in the jar. People donate to have a chance of guessing and whomever guesses it right, wins the whole jar of sweets.

The second one is to be run during Avengers: Infinity War that is coming out on the 27th of April. Previously, I have sold my hand embroidered patches for Black Panther and I was quite happy that we raised quite a good amount of money towards the Costa Foundation. I’m currently working on some hand embroidered patches related to the Avengers to sell when the film comes out, so make sure to pop in there if you want to be in the chance to get some.

This is all I have for you today! If you see yourselves around the Waterloo area why not pop in for a Blind Date With A Book and help a wonderful Foundation? I’m sure I will.

If you want to know more about the Costa Foundation you can check their website here.

If you like Leona’s awesome hand embroidered patches you can check her Etsy store out or her Instagram. She actually takes commissions, and she is also working (as per my suggestion) on some bookish ones! So keep an eye out.

Me and Leona would like to finish this blog post with a massive thanks to all the awesome publishers that have sent their amazing books out for this fundraiser. Make sure you send them some love too!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

This Or That Tag

THIS OR THAT TAG

Today I have a tag for you all. The lovely Ash has tagged me ages ago and I kept forgetting to do it, but today is the day! So here it goes.

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!

THE QUESTIONS:


Reading on the couch or on the bed?
Usually, I prefer it in the couch. I tend to get tired reading in bed. However, at the minute I’m in a house share with no living room, so the only option is to read in bed.

Male main character or female main character?
Female, because I grew up reading too many books written by Men with Male protagonists! Growing up in Portugal, the variety wasn’t great. So now I read what I wanted to read growing up.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?
I’m a sweet tooth!

Trilogies or quartets?
Trilogies, because quartets need to be very good for me to not lose interest.

First person point of view or third person point of view?
I don’t think I have a preference.

Reading at night or in the morning?
The “joys” of being unemployed I guess, is that I can read anytime of the day.

Libraries or bookstores?
Bookstores, because my record with libraries in England isn’t great. Let just say they kept charging me for books that I have already returned! However, in Portugal I was very dependent of libraries growing up, as books are so bloody expensive to buy.

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?
To be honest, any book makes me cry. I’m an emotional whore and literally cry at everything! Even books that are suppose to be a laugh.

Black book covers or white book covers?
Even though white books are very pretty, I do get worried about taking them out to read as they can get damaged quicker than black ones. So for that reason I choose black covers.

Character driven or plot driven stories?
You really need both to be honest. But I think I find it easier to power through if I connect with the characters even if the plot is meh, than the other way around.


Alright, hope you enjoyed the tag. I’m not tagging any specific people because most have done the tag already. If you haven’t and you are reading this, then you are now tagged!

Happy Readings,

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Top 5 Wednesday – Hidden Gems in Your Favourite Genre

Once again apologies for not posting this on a Wednesday. Has been really hard to catch up on my blog posts with no laptop.

This week’s topic is about Hidden Gems in your favourite Genre. However, I don’t really have a favourite genre. Its YA considered a genre? Because those are my favourite types of books.

So I guess I’m gonna let you know about my Top 5 YA hidden gems.

Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman

Goodreads Synopsis: Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Goodreads Synopsis: The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that’s calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive — and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.

A Cidade dos Deuses Selvagens (City of the Beasts) Series by Isabel Allende

Goodreads Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.

But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery. . .

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls) Series by C.C. Hunter

Goodreads Synopsis: One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Goodreads Synopsis: Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder notes and a trusted friend to get through the day, but things get complicated when a new boy at school enters the picture. Luke Henry is not someone you’d easily forget, yet try as she might, London can’t find him in her memories of things to come.

When London starts experiencing disturbing flashbacks, or flash-forwards, as the case may be, she realizes it’s time to learn about the past she keeps forgetting-before it destroys her future.

I realise now that all of them have a touch of fantasy. So maybe YA Fantasy is my favourite genre.

Of this top 5 my absolute favourite book is actually The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I adore that book and forever annoyed at Peter Jackson for ruining it with his film.

Have you read any of the books in this list? What’s your favourite genre?

Happy Readings!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick – Book Review

Anna Kendrick

First Book and Starbucks of 2017

I gave this book 5 stars. First, because giving a low score in someone’s autobiography is kinda like saying ‘your life sucks’ (and I’m not that mean!). Second, I loved this book so much. I tend to not like many autobiographies, but if they are all like this, I’m buying more.

I wanted this book as soon as it was announced by Anna because I’m a big fan of hers (that is not in any way affecting my review at all. I’m all honesty here). I had no idea of her musical background though, I only knew she could sing from Pitch Perfect.

To me she was Jessica from Twilight, even though she goes on about how people weren’t all that interested in her when she was working on the films. It was the Rob’s and the Kristen’s that they wanted. Well Anna, I was paying attention. To me you stood out even though you were a secondary character, or number 44 as you explained to us. Since then I’ve watched everything she’s been on. But less about my not-so-secret crush for Anna and more about the book.

Most of all, this book is inspiring, fun, and honest. She doesn’t sugarcoat her struggles, fame doesn’t really change your life over night. You can be nominated for an Oscar and still come back to your shitty apartment that you share with two mates with a black tar stained carpet, but heck you now have a pair of 1000 dollar shoes.

The book is light hearted, with the occasional swearing, sex references and Harry Potter mentions. It goes from stories of her childhood, being a musical theatre teenager, to independent films and getting a private jet from the Oscars to her 3am call.

I finished the book thinking that I just have been cozied up in the sofa on a sleep over getting to know a new friend (are we friends now, Anna? Are we?). I now really want to go to her ultimate fantasy New Year’s Party, not so sure about the Valentine’s one (not really into a big orgy!).

Ultimately, this book is empowering. Because even if you think you are a Scrappy Little Nobody, you are the one in control of your life. She always felt that people patronised her for being little and looking younger, so she made herself be heard. So be yourself and be the somebody you want to be, because you too can one day have your dress sewed into a diamond necklace (isn’t that what we all strive for in life? JK).

Rating: ★★★★★

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Editing Emma by Chloe Seager – Book Review

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Editing Emma in Marbella

You know when you read a book that connects with you on such a personal level that you want everyone to read it? Chloe Seager’s debut novel Editing Emma is exactly the one I want you all to read (NOW!).

Written as a series of blog posts, Editing Emma tells us the story, or better Emma Nash tell us her story, via her “Secret blog of a nearly proper person”.

Emma uses her blog more as a diary for herself where she records her school life, love problems, her masturbation records and pretty much her overall teenage life. “Online you can choose who you want to be, if only real life were so easy”.

This is the book I needed as a teenager so I would have felt I was actually normal, not that there is anything normal about Emma, but knowing that I’m not the only one who secretly stalked their first love after being ghosted (before ghosted was even a thing!) that’s a relief. Oh! And let me tell you that I had to do that during the dial-up internet time. Which basically meant I may or may not have bumped into him ‘by accident’ a few times outside his favourite places.

Teenage girls with a crush can be relentless. Thank Dumbledore that we grow up right? This is one of the first books where I truly felt that this teenage portrayal was spot on, or maybe I’m just happy I found another weirdo like me.

Growing up there wasn’t many witty and honest books about being a teenage girl. Heck, there wasn’t even that many books where the main character was a teenage girl. I feel that just like me Chloe grow up during such terrible times where too many books made us feel guilty about sexual urges and for bleeding out of our vaginas every month.

It’s such a relief that Chloe created a book for teenage girls and I want more books like this, that addresses masturbation, periods and other intrusive thoughts that any 16 year old girl has. This not only a book for teens but also for adults, as we can definitely reminisce on our teenage years, minus the advance in technology (Myspace and MSN messenger was my jam growing up! Do people still use jam? Gosh, I am getting to old in YA years!)

Please, trust me when I tell you this is the book to read! And no, I’m not being paid by Chloe to say all these lovely things (however, she is a big Gilmore Girls fan so she gets extra brownie points for it!).

So head over to your nearest bookshop, favourite book buying website, anywhere that sells books and buy Editing Emma, because I promise you this book will bring laugher into your life.

Hopefully, this wont be the last we read of Chloe!

Rating:★★★★★

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

P.S.: Bonus pictures to when I met Chloe in YALC back in July and got my book signed.