Meeting Alice Oseman!
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by KatieBookQueen
1w ago
If you know even the slightest thing about me, you’ll know that I absolutely adore Alice Oseman. I’ve been a fan of their stories for so long now, they’re practically part of me. There hasn’t been a single other author who has made me feel as seen as Alice has. There’s just so many aspects of their books and characters that I relate to on a personal level.  So when I found out they were going to be doing a book signing at my favourite bookshop, Queer Lit, I got a ticket immediately.  my copy of heartstopper volume 5 with adorable freebies from the shop As I’ve already es ..read more
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Books i've loved and loathed│SMALL THOUGHTS #1
The Queen Of Teen Fiction
by KatieBookQueen
5M ago
Hello, my fellow book enjoyers! It’s been a while since I’ve updated the ol’ blog – life has been a bit hectic. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading! In fact, I’m having one of my strongest reading years in a loooong time. It’s just that I haven’t been able to sit down and properly type up my thoughts. Whilst I will, of course, get back to full reviews very soon, I thought I’d do my own take on the classic Mini Review, just so I can share some of my opinions on books that might get lost in my ‘to-review pile’. Especially because I tend to focus on YA/NA books here, this is perfect opport ..read more
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REVIEW: Boy Like Me by Simon James Green
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by KatieBookQueen
1y ago
Pages: 368 Format: Paperback Publisher: Scholastic Genre: Contemporary, LGBTQ+ Release Date: March 2nd 2023 TW: Homophobia It's 1994 and thanks to Section 28, there can be no mention of gay relationships in schools. When a school librarian leads Jamie to a disguised novel in the library that reflects his own confused feelings towards boys, he notices that he's not the only one who has checked the book out. In the margins of the pages, he and another student start to leave messages for each other, and Jamie starts to believe that he's not alone ... and maybe also has a shot at finding l ..read more
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EVENT RECAP: An Evening with Leigh Bardugo
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by KatieBookQueen
1y ago
As a huge fan of Leigh Bardugo, I was able to meet her back in 2016 during her Worlds Collide tour with Rainbow Rowell, just after the release of Crooked Kingdom. Obviously, much has changed since then! With her first adult novel and a show adaptation for the Grishaverse, I was eager to see Leigh talk about all of the exciting things that have happened over the past few years. So when I found out she was coming to Liverpool on her tour for Hell Bent, I just had to go.  I decided to wear the Shadow and Bone jacket I painted just before the release of the show last year!  ..read more
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REVIEW: The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas
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by KatieBookQueen
1y ago
Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Publisher: Macmillan Genre: Fantasy, Mythology Release Date: September 6th 2022 As each new decade begins, the Sun’s power must be replenished so that Sol can keep traveling along the sky and keep the evil Obsidian gods at bay. Ten semidioses between the ages of thirteen and eighteen are selected by Sol himself as the most worthy to compete in The Sunbearer Trials. The winner carries light and life to all the temples of Reino del Sol, but the loser has the greatest honor of all―they will be sacrificed to Sol, their body used to fuel the Sun Stones that will prot ..read more
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REVIEW: The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya MacGregor
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by KatieBookQueen
1y ago
Pages: 352  Format: Hardback Publisher: Boyd Mills Press  Genre: Mystery Release Date: May 3rd 2022 TW: Homophobic Abuse Buy the Book: Book Depository In this queer contemporary YA mystery, a nonbinary teen with autism realizes they must not only solve a 30-year-old mystery but also face the demons lurking in their past in order to live a satisfying life. Sam Sylvester's not overly optimistic about their recent move to the small town of Astoria, Oregon after a traumatic experience in their last home in the rural Midwest.  Yet Sam's life seems to be on the upswi ..read more
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EVENT RECAP: An Evening With Cassandra Clare
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by KatieBookQueen
1y ago
You don’t have to look too far around my bookish platforms to know that the Shadowhunter Chronicles are a huge part of my life as a reader. The Mortal Instruments was one of the first series that really pulled me into YA fantasy and encouraged my descent into the online book community. For over a decade, Cassandra Clare’s novels have been a constant for me.  I’m lucky enough to have met Cassie twice before. The first time was back in 2012 and it was my first ever book signing so I was absolutely petrified. The second time was during the promotion for the City of Bones movie, which was a ..read more
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EVENT RECAP: Wirral Kids Book Fest
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by KatieBookQueen
1y ago
On June 5th, us bookworms in the North got to enjoy the first ever Wirral Kids Book Fest, hosted by Bear Hunt Books with the help of Wirral Unplugged. As soon as I found out the festival was happening, I knew I had to sign up as a volunteer! I've never been able to travel to a book festival before, so with one happening right on my doorstep I was determined to help out as much as I could.  i helped arrange the tables of books we had for sale on the day and of course i created a little Heartstopper section The festival took place in the fabulous Bloom Building in Birkenhead, wi ..read more
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EVENT RECAP: An Evening With Simon James Green
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by KatieBookQueen
1y ago
From the moment I first picked up Noah Can't Even back in 2017, I've been an avid fan of Simon James Green's novels. I can't recommended them enough to literally every reader I come across. I've said it time and time again, but his books are ones I desperately wish I'd had back when I was in high school, but I'm so happy that teenagers today get that opportunity.  With how little I manage to travel, I've never been able to make it to any of Simon's events or signings before, so I was over the moon when I found out he'd be stopping by my favourite local bookshop, Bear Hunt Books! I even ..read more
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REVIEW: Gay Club! by Simon James Green
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by KatieBookQueen
1y ago
Pages: 432 Format: Paperback Publisher: Scholastic Genre:  Contemporary Release Date: May 5th 2022 Buy the Book: Bear Hunt Books Barney's a shoo-in for his school's LGBTQ+ Society President at the club's next election. But when the vote is opened up to the entire student body, the whole school starts paying attention. How low will the candidates go to win? Buckle up for some serious shade, scandals and sleazy shenanigans. It isn't long before it's National Coming Out Day - for everyone's secrets! But when the group faces an expected threat - and a big opportunity - can the club m ..read more
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