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Review: The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

I listened to this one on audio, and I was obsessed from the first chapter! 
It's got aliens, LGBTQ+ rep, and appreciation of art and music. All things that made this book one of the best YA books I have listened to date! I loved the dynamic between the human, Ellie, and the Ilori alien M0Rr1S, and how Ellie risked it all for him.
Not only that, but I just adored how they valued the secret library and just sobbed a little when M0Rr1S fell in love with it. I'm glad that even though M0Rris was supposed to be emotionless, but tbh isn't! It was also good to read about the social and sometimes super political commentary. 
This one is full of twists and stories about the characters- and I'm honestly struggling to put it all into words!
Rating: 4.5/5

Review: When the Dead Come Calling by Helen Sedgwick

If you’re looking for a modern mystery book, set in England- When the Dead Come Calling is sure to be right up your alley! This first of this new series is sure to delight mystery and crime lovers- both new and old.
Opening up in a cave scene that definitely sets the mood very quickly, I was definitely transported into the setting super quickly! I loved how this moodiness was there right from the get go, it helped me settle into the story quicker than I expected it to. I also enjoyed how this then led to me meeting DI Georgie Strachan, and the discovery of a string of murders with many questions to be answered.
Whilst the story itself is rich and atmospheric, I really wished that I enjoyed it more than I did. I’m sure if I gave it a second or third read, I’d be a lot more satisfied with this one, but after this first read (and a lot of internal debating on my end), I just felt like something was just missing in it for me, I’m not entirely sure what was though. I felt like this story had…

Review: Procrastination: The Thief of Time by Sophia Kaankuka

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I don't usually read non-fiction and rarely any self-help, but I made the exception for this one. I did enjoy some of the tips to avoid procrastinating within this short book, and I felt like these were really helpful. I also did like that the book was short, so I didn't have to procrastinate reading it. I also loved that this title was in many cases direct to the point.
What I didn't enjoy so much was some of the formatting within the book, in which there was often mismatched titles- switching between :- and :, or not coloured and bolded, and in some cases the page spacing between sections were different. I also wished that some of the points discussed had more in-depth examples, but I believe that is a matter of personal preference.
Rating: 2.5/5 I was given a copy of this title by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

So. I got caught in the hype, and I guess this one was actually okay!
I was initially hesitant, given that I really dislike Snow, but I gave this one a shot on audio. I found that the chapters were super long, but at least the story kept moving throughout each of the chapters. I loved how there was quite a bit of drama throughout, and interestingly enough- I found that the backstory gave me a bit of a better context for the original trilogy.
I really sympathised with Sejanus Plinth and Lucy Gray Baird in this one, but then again, I also have weird tastes. I also loved reading the bits about Tigris, as I felt she didn't have a lot of page time in the trilogy, and would've made for an excellent insight in those.
This one really didn't make me stop hatin' on Snow, but then again, I don't think anyone can actually blame me for that one haha.
Rating: 4/5

Review: Oracus: The Lavorian Rider by Paul Gaskill

A book filled with adventure- what else could I ask for?
I felt that this one was a little hard to get into at the start, but then once I got into it, it was such a fun read! 
I felt that the world was built very well, however I feel like I wanted more from the characters. Despite this, I really enjoyed the plot and I felt that it was written well in a retro-esque type of way. This was interesting, as I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked this one out!
Rating: 3/5

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.

Review: Night Owls and Summer Skies by Rebecca Sullivan

Imagine being dragged off to a summer camp by a parent you barely see. That’s what happened to Emma Lane in Night Owls and Summer Skies.

Emma Lane is a seventeen year old girl, who was pushed into visiting her mother. Emma thought that she’d be spending time with her, however, turns out her mum had other plans- dragging Emma to Camp Mapplewood, and going overseas with her new husband. Emma’s mum hoped that this camp would ‘straighten’ Emma out (which Emma points out is very homophobic) and help her socialise more. The main problem Emma faces is that she went to this very camp when she was younger, and got stuck high up in a tree. This led her to despise everything relating to camping, as well as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder alongside depression. Sullivan touched on these sensitive topics in a way that makes it relatable for the reader, without saying anything overly offensive, with characters pulling up other characters in their own way if they step over the line.

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Review: Dead Ringer by Nicola Martin

A rather interesting thriller, with an interesting premise. 
I loved how the story started out with an app advertisement, it's something I don't see in a lot of books, and I found it refreshing. The idea that the app could find some look-alike was also wild- I can't imagine finding a person that looks like me!
I found that whilst listening on audio, the two voices melded together a little, but that was probably due to me zoning out at times, and not to do with the actual writing itself.
I can understand Ella's way of life- being super quiet and reserved, as I am also that. To essentially switch places with someone that is loud is something that I'd be super uncomfortable with. Mixing that with lies and deceptions would make me super nervous, which I noticed Ella do as Jem often.
I felt like I really didn't like Jem as a character, given her noisy personality, but I really enjoyed how the characters were developed as the story progressed.
Overall, I couldn't look…