fantasy · Magic · Young adult

*BLOG TOUR* Tree Magic – Harriet Springbett ★★★★

Blurb;

A life fractured into parallel worlds. A quiet magic to accept or ignore. A decision to make.
Escape from difficult family dynamics is teenager Rainbow’s desire. When she discovers a strange gift for communicating with trees, she thinks she’s found her salvation. Even better, a mysterious but gentle man living in her Dorset village helps develop her powers.

But when tragedy strikes, Rainbow’s life is torn apart, creating parallel worlds in the process. In one life, the vulnerable Rainbow strives to salvage her family. In the other, her alter-ego, Mary, flees her past. Over the next few years the two versions of Rainbow follow very different lives. The source of their grief, however, is the same – a confession buried deep within their memories.

Could France offer more than a mere escape? As the two worlds draw closer and memories resurface, Rainbow and Mary’s futures must be determined. Can they receive the healing they need? Or will the renewed pain be too much to bear? Only by risking their lives will they know.

Escape from difficult family dynamics is teenager Rainbow’s desire. When she discovers a strange gift for communicating with trees, she thinks she’s found her salvation. Even better, a mysterious but gentle man living in her Dorset village helps develop her powers.

But when tragedy strikes, Rainbow’s life is torn apart, creating parallel worlds in the process. In one life, the vulnerable Rainbow strives to salvage her family. In the other, her alter-ego, Mary, flees her past. Over the next few years the two versions of Rainbow follow very different lives. The source of their grief, however, is the same – a confession buried deep within their memories.

Could France offer more than a mere escape? As the two worlds draw closer and memories resurface, Rainbow and Mary’s futures must be determined. Can they receive the healing they need? Or will the renewed pain be too much to bear? Only by risking their lives will they know.
My Review; As soon as this popped through my door I knew I was in for a treat and just had to read it straight away. The cover is gorgeous and before I knew it I was immersed into Rainbows world and I didn’t want to leave. Again another different read for me but one I very much enjoyed and loved. This is book one in the Tree Magic trilogy and I already cannot wait to see what lies ahead.

Very YA fantasy/magic. I was a bit confused between the two characters at first i.e Rainbow and Mary but it explains it all towards the end and I got it before that. Clever very clever. Different. Again I haven’t read anything similar to this. A perfect read for me a different world to escape into. A real page turner for me. I loved it all.

After an accident caused by Rainbow she changes into Mary. Both girls are different but they’re the same person. Rainbow has discovered with trees she has magic. Again like I’ve said different but it works. I was intrigued. Plenty of YA in relation to her life, friends and school etc. A great read! A nice ending. I look forward to book two.

Above is the new cover. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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chick-lit · Young adult

Clap When You Land – Elizabeth Acevedo ★★★★

Blurb; Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

In a dual narrative novel in verse that brims with both grief and love, award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

My Review; What a beautiful coming together story after a loss of a loved one. Two different girls. Two different stories. Two narrators. Written in verse it makes it an easy read for me and I love books written in verse. The whole layout of it. A lovely ending and outcome for them both aswell which was a little unexpected.

I enjoyed this one and it will stay with me for how unique it is. The characters. The settings. The relationships within the story. All make it a brilliant read. One I finished quick. One I would recommend. I passed this straight onto a friend and got the authors other two books as well which I look forward to reading.

Supports BLM and the gay community in one. The cover is beautiful and eye catching I don’t see what’s to dislike. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Emotional · Young adult

Extraordinary Means – Robyn Schneider ★★★★

Blurb; When he’s sent to Latham House, a boarding school for sick teens, Lane thinks his life may as well be over.
But when he meets Sadie and her friends – a group of eccentric troublemakers – he realises that maybe getting sick is just the beginning. That illness doesn’t have to define you, and that falling in love is its own cure.

My Review; This cover stood out to me and a friend was dying to read it so I had to sneak this one into my June reads. It’s supposed to be a sadish story but I didn’t cry!

The story focuses on teens in quarantine at Latham house all with tuberculosis. There’s some losses along the way which hit hard. But a goodish ending. For me the story was about the teens enjoying the best of a bad situation. There is a bit of a romance within the story too. A story that makes you realise life is too short. Enjoy it. An eye opening read. I gave it four stars and would highly recommend. Perfect emotional, young adult story. Takes a lot for me too cry over a book.

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