ARC Review | The Outrage by William Hussey

The Outrage

by William Hussey

YA Dystopian, LGBTQ

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“You know, when you live in a time of progress, it seems that progress is the only possible way. The idea that everything we’d gained, all of those hard-won rights, could be taken away from us, and that open minds could be closed again? But then the Outrage happened.”

Welcome to England, where the Protectorate enforces the Public Good. Here, there are rules for everything – what to eat, what to wear, what to do, what to say, what to read, what to think, who to obey, who to hate, who to love. Your safety is assured, so long as you follow the rules.

Gabriel is a natural born rule-breaker. And his biggest crime of all? Being gay.

Gabriel knows his sexuality must be kept secret from all but his closest friends, not only to protect himself, but to protect his boyfriend. Because Eric isn’t just the boy who has stolen Gabriel’s heart. He’s the son of the chief inspector at Degenerate Investigations ­­­- the man who poses the single biggest threat to Gabriel’s life.

And the Protectorate are experts at exposing secrets. 


Thanks to Usborne for the early advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!

I absolutely adored Hideous Beauty when I read it last year, so naturally I was very excited to read William Hussey’s next book and just like I expected, it did not disappoint!

The Outrage is set in a near-future dystopian world where suddenly all the freedom and acceptance we have worked so hard for to achieve as a society has been stripped from us, and being gay is illegal. And this is quite the problem for our main character Gabe and his boyfriend Eric, who are forced to keep their love secret from everyone around them – that is, until the Protectorate start digging their noses into their business. And secrets always have a way of coming to the surface.

I loved Gabe as a main character so much! He was probably my favourite part about this book. Hussey always manages to write such three-dimensional, authentic characters and I felt myself invested in each of them, especially Gabe. I thought he was the perfect kind of main character – likeable, determined, kind-hearted and sometimes temperamental. It was great seeing his story unfold through his eyes and to be introduced to this horrible world that he now lives in.

I really loved the premise of this. It sort of reminded me a bit of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses, where it’s set in this sort of dystopian world that isn’t actually that hard to imagine being a reality. I thought it had so much potential going in and Hussey really utilised all of it!

What was also really special about The Outrage is the emotion and vulnerability that seemed to seep out of every page. It’s something I particularly enjoy about Hussey’s writing style. He can have these really gripping stories that keep you on the edge of your seat, but he also weaves in such heartfelt and moving emotions and relationships with his characters that really pull on your heart-strings at the same time.

The Outrage is a beautiful story of love and resilience in the face of hatred, and one I don’t think could have come at a more crucial time. Out next week, this is one you won’t want to miss!


#LGBTQMonth 2021: Announcement!

Hello everyone!

So as you can see from the title of this post, it is almost that time of year again… #LGBTQMonth! I cannot believe this is the third year already, but I’m so excited to bring you all another month of bookish LGBTQ fun!

As usual there will be some amazing author interviews (the line up is BEYOND exciting, I cannot wait to share it with you all!) I will be hosting a readathon (more below) for the entire month, as well as bringing you reviews and recommendations of some of my favourite queer reads and the return of Queer Quiz too! And of course there will be some special giveaways too, so keep an eye out for them!

I will be posting a full schedule towards the end of the month, but for now I wanted to share with you all the prompts for the readathon, which will be taking place from June 1st – 30th! As always, you are welcome to double or even triple up on prompts if you hope to read less books, but here are the prompts!


Here are the prompts for the readathon! Later in the month I’ll be sharing a post with my TBR this, and I hope you will all share yours with me if you’re taking part!


Debut Book

Simple, choose a debut LGBTQ book!

Been on your TBR for too long

Choose a book that has been sitting on your TBR for far too long

QPOC Author

Choose a book that has been written by a queer author of colour!

Set in the 20th Century

Choose a book that takes place between the years 1900 and 2000!

Free Choice

You can choose whatever book you like, as long as it’s LGBTQ!

Set Outside the UK/US

Choose a book that takes place in a country that isn’t the UK or the US!

Bisexual Rep

Choose a book that has bisexual representation!

Pink Cover

Choose a book that has pink on its cover, however much!

A Book You Think You Will Love

Choose a book that you have a feeling you will love!


That’s all for now, guys, and I’d love to know if you plan on taking part in #LGBTQMonth! Comment below or tweet using the hashtag if you’ve already decided on a TBR!

I’ll have more information closer to the time, but for now, June is looking to be an exciting month ahead!

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May Anticipated Releases!

Hi everyone!

Wow, I literally can’t even contain my excitement when I look at all the books being published this month! There are so many novels coming out this month that I feel like I’ve been looking forwards to for so long – including the new Heartstopper and the new Holly Bourne! So without further ado, let’s get onto the books, shall we?


Heartstopper: Volume 4

by Alice Oseman

Out May 6th!

Charlie didn’t think Nick could ever like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Charlie’s beginning to feel ready to say those three little words: I love you.

Nick’s been feeling the same, but he’s got a lot on his mind – not least coming out to his dad, and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder.

As summer turns to autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick are about to learn a lot about what love means.

Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

This is the fourth volume of Heartstopper, which has now been optioned for television by See-Saw Films.


Cool for the Summer

by Dahlia Adler

Out May 11th!

Lara’s had eyes for exactly one person throughout her three years of high school: Chase Harding. He’s tall, strong, sweet, a football star, and frankly, stupid hot. Oh, and he’s talking to her now. On purpose and everything. Maybe…flirting, even? No, wait, he’s definitely flirting, which is pretty much the sum of everything Lara’s wanted out of life.

Except she’s haunted by a memory. A memory of a confusing, romantic, strangely perfect summer spent with a girl named Jasmine. A memory that becomes a confusing, disorienting present when Jasmine herself walks through the front doors of the school to see Lara and Chase chatting it up in front of the lockers.

Lara has everything she ever wanted: a tight-knit group of friends, a job that borders on cool, and Chase, the boy of her literal dreams. But if she’s finally got the guy, why can’t she stop thinking about the girl?

Cool for the Summer is a story of self-discovery and new love. It’s about the things we want and the things we need. And it’s about the people who will let us be who we are.


The Outrage

by William Hussey

Out May 13th!

Welcome to England, where the Protectorate enforces the Public Good. Here, there are rules for everything – what to eat, what to wear, what to do, what to say, what to read, what to think, who to obey, who to hate, who to love. Your safety is assured, so long as you follow the rules.

Gabriel is a natural born rule-breaker. And his biggest crime of all? Being gay.

Gabriel knows his sexuality must be kept secret from all but his closest friends, not only to protect himself, but to protect his boyfriend. Because Eric isn’t just the boy who has stolen Gabriel’s heart. He’s the son of the chief inspector at Degenerate Investigations ­­­- the man who poses the single biggest threat to Gabriel’s life.

And the Protectorate are experts at exposing secrets.


The Yearbook

by Holly Bourne

Out May 13th!

The dramas, the traumas, the rumours – it’s time to expose it all… The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Mean Girls in this scathingly funny and relatable high-school takedown from the queen of UKYA.

Most likely to…be forgotten
Working on the school newspaper, Paige is used to dealing with fake stories. How popular girl Grace is a such an amazing person (lie). How Laura steals people’s boyfriends (lie). How her own family are so perfect (lie).

Now Grace and friends have picked their “best” high-school moments for Paige to put in the all-important Yearbook. And they’re not just fake. They’re poison.

But Paige has had enough of all the lies in her life. And with the help of Elijah – the only boy who could ever understand her – she’s going to reveal the truth. 


Bookishly Ever After

by Lucy Powrie

Out May 13th!

The much anticipated third book in The Paper & Hearts Society series by Booktuber Lucy Powrie. Will you be the next recruit for The Paper & Hearts Society book club?

Ed is excited. He’s just landed his dream job at beautiful independent bookshop, Woolf and Wilde, but he soon discovers being a bookseller is a very different game to being a customer – the hours of shelving books, logging ISBNs and dealing with customers is overwhelming. So Ed does what Ed does best – smiles enthusiastically, fist pumps the air, and pretends that everything is totally under control. He just hadn’t bargained on his new colleague, Hannah, seeing through his façade.

Then Ed discovers that his mum is dating for the first time since splitting up with his dad. He decides to distract himself by being the best bookseller Woolf and Wilde has ever seen, but will it be at the cost of his Paper & Hearts Society friendships?

If Ed can find a way to be himself, he might find making new friends and keeping old ones comes more naturally, and even get to know himself a little better in the process … Can Ed let his guard down for the love of books?


Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating

by Adiba Jaigirdar

Out May 25th!

Everyone likes Humaira “Hani” Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita “Ishu” Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.

Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But relationships are complicated, and some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.


Not My Problem

by Ciara Smyth

Out May 25th!

Aideen has plenty of problems she can’t fix. Her best (and only) friend is pulling away. Her mother’s drinking problem is a constant concern. She’s even running out of outlandish diseases to fake so she can skip PE.

But when Aideen stumbles on her nemesis, overachiever Meabh Kowalski, in the midst of a full-blown meltdown, she sees a problem that—unlike her own disaster of a life—seems refreshingly easy to solve. Meabh is desperate to escape her crushing pile of extracurriculars. Aideen volunteers to help. By pushing Meabh down the stairs.

Problem? Solved. Meabh’s sprained ankle is the perfect excuse to ditch her overwhelming schedule. But when another student learns about their little scheme and brings Aideen another “client” who needs her “help,” it kicks off a semester of traded favors, ill-advised hijinks, and an unexpected chance at love. Fixing other people’s problems won’t fix her own, but it might be the push she needs to start.


Malibu Rising

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Out May 27th!

Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over–especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud–because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own–including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.


Off The Record

by Camryn Garrett

Out May 27th!

Ever since seventeen-year-old Josie Wright can remember, writing has been her identity, the thing that grounds her when everything else is a garbage fire. So when she wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus magazine, she’s equal parts excited and scared, but also ready. She’s got this.

Soon Josie is jetting off on a multi-city tour, rubbing elbows with sparkly celebrities, frenetic handlers, stone-faced producers, and eccentric stylists. She even finds herself catching feelings for the subject of her profile, dazzling young newcomer Marius Canet. Josie’s world is expanding so rapidly, she doesn’t know whether she’s flying or falling. But when a young actress lets her in on a terrible secret, the answer is clear: she’s in over her head.

One woman’s account leads to another and another. Josie wants to expose the man responsible, but she’s reluctant to speak up, unsure if this is her story to tell. What if she lets down the women who have entrusted her with their stories? What if this ends her writing career before it even begins? There are so many reasons not to go ahead, but if Josie doesn’t step up, who will?

From the author of Full Disclosure, this is a moving testament to the #MeToo movement, and all the ways women stand up for each other.


And that’s all my anticipated releases for this month, and as you can see there are so many great ones to look forwards to! What are some of yours, or ones that I’ve missed on this list? Let me know in the comments below!

My May TBR!

Hello everyone!

God, TBR posts are honestly my favourite posts to write. I think it’s always so exciting starting a new month and choosing the next few books that I want to read. This month is publishing some great books, so this month’s TBR is a mix of upcoming releases, recent purchases and a few books that have been on my TBR for far too long! This month is when all my assignments and exams are due, so I’ll be very busy with uni this month, but I am definitely hoping to get around to them all. So let’s get onto the books!


My May TBR!


I am very excited for this TBR, because all of the books just look amazing! What about you all? What are you planning to read in May? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to know!

Review | Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Concrete Rose

by Angie Thomas

YA Historical Fiction

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If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.


Oh God, where do I even start with this book? I loved it. I loved it so much. I have always been a big fan of Angie Thomas, particularly On The Come Up, so when I heard she was writing a prequel to The Hate U Give all about Maverick, I was ecstatic. I had a feeling it was going to be great, and I was not disappointed.

If you don’t already know, Concrete Rose is set seventeen years before The Hate U Give, and it follows Starr’s dad Maverick when he was a teenager, when he first found out that he was a father to her older brother Seven. Already involved in the drug scene in Garden Heights, he’s determined to go straight to be a proper parent to his kid, but it isn’t as easy as he thinks.

I really loved this. There was so much heart and emotion threaded throughout from start to end, and it felt like I was immediately connected to Maverick as a character from the very first page, which I think is so important for a novel. I really felt for him and his situation, and just the way Thomas wrote his character made him seem so three-dimensional and I was so invested in following his story and his determination.

I also thought the story itself was really gripping, and full of shocking twists and turns that kept me turning the page. When I first heard about this, as much as I was excited, I wondered where she could go with this book, but it felt almost completely natural, like this was a story that needed to be told.

I loved also seeing Maverick, a Black man so open and vulnerable with his feelings. This is something discussed in the book that isn’t seen enough, so I’m really happy that Thomas brought this to life in Concrete Rose and want to see more of this in YA too!


ARC Review | Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Kate In Waiting

by Becky Albertalli

YA Contemporary, Romance

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Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.

But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.

Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship.


Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

If you’re looking for a classic Becky Albertalli, swoon-worthy romance, then look no further, because her latest – Kate in Waiting – is exactly that! I kind of had a feeling what to expect going into this book since I’ve read all of her other books, and I definitely was not disappointed!

Her latest solo novel follows the charismatic Kate and her best friend Anderson, who share everything – even crushes! But when their latest crush becomes more serious, are they going to let a boy tear their friendship apart? I loved the concept of this novel so much, and what I really enjoyed about this was yes, there was a romance, but the heart of the story was all about a different relationship: the friendship between Kate and Anderson.

I thought, as usual, Albertalli’s cast of characters were diverse and fantastic. I love how in all of her books it’s not just the main character you feel you get to know, but every side character too just feels so real and so authentic that it’s so hard not to get invested in them all (I particularly liked Andy, of course!) I was also so here for all the musical references and especially loved the theatrical setting in this novel.

My favourite thing has definitely got to be the friendship, and it’s something I definitely would love to see explored in even more YA. Friends are such important people in your life and I loved reading about the little hurdles along the way between a set and whether or not they can overcome them.

If I had to be a bit nitpicky, nothing major actually happened in this book. I was kind of waiting for something big to happen, but this book was more of a slow-burner and focused more on building on the characters. However, I’m really sad now that I’ve finished Kate in Waiting because it will be Ross in Waiting for Albertalli’s next book.

This is published on Thursday, April 22nd and if you’re a fan of contemporary YA, then Becky Albertalli is absolutely a name you should be checking out!


ARC Review | Pumpkin by Julie Murphy

Pumpkin

by Julie Murphy

YA Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQ

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Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon, so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth.

So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right after Waylon gets dumped, he throws caution to the wind and creates an audition tape for his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. What he doesn’t count on is the tape accidentally getting shared with the entire school. . . . As a result, Waylon is nominated for prom queen as a joke. Clem’s girlfriend, Hannah Perez, also receives a joke nomination for prom king.

Waylon and Hannah decide there’s only one thing to do: run—and leave high school with a bang. A very glittery bang. Along the way, Waylon discovers that there is a lot more to running for prom court than campaign posters and plastic crowns, especially when he has to spend so much time with the very cute and infuriating prom king nominee Tucker Watson.

Waylon will need to learn that the best plan for tomorrow is living for today . . . especially with the help of some fellow queens. . . .


*Thanks to the publisher for sending me an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!*

Hello everyone! Today I am going to be sharing all my thoughts on the upcoming Julie Murphy novel, Pumpkin. I have to admit, I haven’t read any of her other books but I knew as soon as I read the blurb for this book I needed it in my life.

Pumpkin follows the story of Waylon Brewer, a fat, openly gay boy who has to go on a journey of discovery when he sends an audition tape to a show in the vein of Rupaul’s Drag Race and it’s unwittingly shared with his entire school. And when he gets nominated for Prom Queen, he decides to run instead of cowering behind the joke and Waylon is going to need all the courage he can grasp.

This was so wholesome! I really enjoyed it – I thought Waylon was a fantastic main character. He had such a strong voice throughout that I was constantly rooting for him the whole way. I think this is what makes a good main character – when you make them feel so real that the reader has no choice but to get totally invested. I liked how he had his high and low moments, it really made for a balanced storyline – it also helped that he was a funny and relatable narrator!

I also really enjoyed all the side characters, I think they added some great dimensions to this book. I’m pretty sure they are characters from both Dumplin’ and Puddin’, so I’ll definitely have to get around to check those out. I thought the plot was fabulous and loved all the drag references. It felt like a mash-up of Glee and Rupaul’s Drag Race, which just so happen to be two of my very favourite shows.

Pumpkin is out in May, and I encourage you all to go check this out when it’s published – if you’re looking for a heartwarming but also tearjerking story of resilience in the face of confronting who you are and who you were born to be, then Pumpkin is the joyous novel for you!

Review | A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

by Holly Jackson

YA Murder Mystery

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The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?


I had seen this book doing the rounds for what seemed like years, even though it was only published in 2019, and after the sequel was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize this year I knew I needed to get my hands on it – and let me just say, I’m so glad I did because it definitely lives up to the hype.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder gave me serious Pretty Little Liars vibes, and I’m such a big fan of that show so it was really smooth-sailing from the first page. It gives us the absolute excellent main character who is Pippa Fitz-Amobi, a student who decides to take on a closed murder case in her local town for her research project, with the intention of proving the suspected murderer’s innocence.

Through text messages, interviews, log entries and diaries, Jackson weaves this murder mystery so wonderfully and I was constantly hooked into the story. She used tension so well that I felt like I had to hold my breath when we were about to get a revelation. She had such strong characters and such strong suspects too – for a while I didn’t even know who to suspect. I did manage to predict one of the twists, but I definitely did not see that last twist coming – I was completely shocked!

I did really love this book and will be hurrying to its sequel hopefully soon – although if I did have to pick at straws, it did quite irritate me just how small some of the text on the pages was! Also something did happen that really upset me – but I’m afraid I can’t really go into it because it’s a spoiler. Although I feel like if you’ve already read the book, then you know exactly what I’m talking about!

But yeah, other than those little minor details, I thoroughly enjoyed this and will definitely be checking out the sequel as soon as I can!


April Anticipated Releases!

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. This post is a little bit late I guess, but I’ve honestly just had the busiest Easter weekend and haven’t had much time to myself really. But today I’m going to be sharing with you some of the books that I’m anticipating being published this month!


What White People Can Do Next

by Emma Dabiri

Out April 1st

Vital and empowering What White People Can Do Next teaches each of us how to be agents of change in the fight against racism and the establishment of a more just and equitable world. In this affecting and inspiring collection of essays, Emma Dabiri draws on both academic discipline and lived experience to probe the ways many of us are complacent and complicit—and can therefore combat—white supremacy. She outlines the actions we must take, including:

Stop the Denial
Interrogate Whiteness
Abandon Guilt
Redistribute Resources
Realize this shit is killing you too . . . 

To move forward, we must begin to evaluate our prejudices, our social systems, and the ways in which white supremacy harms us all. Illuminating and practical, What White People Can Do Next is essential for everyone who wants to go beyond their current understanding and affect real—and lasting—change.


Destination Anywhere

by Sara Barnard

Out April 15th

Sometimes you have to leave your life behind to find your place in the world.

After five years at secondary school spent without any friends, Peyton King starts sixth form college determined that things will be different. Whatever happens, she will make friends at any cost.

When she finds the friends she’s always dreamed of, including an actual boyfriend, she’s happier than she’s ever been.

But when they let her down in the worst way, Peyton is left no better off than when she started.

Now Peyton knows the only chance she has of finding happiness is to look for it somewhere else. Her life may feel small, but it doesn’t have to be. With nothing but her sketchpad and a backpack, she buys a one-way ticket and gets on a plane. . .


Witches Steeped in Gold

by Ciannon Smart

Out April 20th

Trust no witch . . .

Iraya Adair has spent her life in a cell. Heir of an overthrown and magically-gifted dynasty, she was exiled from her home on the island nation of Aiyca when she was just a child. But every day brings her closer to freedom – and vengeance. Jazmyne Cariot grew up dressed in gold, with stolen magic at her fingertips. Daughter of the self-crowned doyenne, her existence is a threat to her mother’s rule. But unlike her sister, Jazmyne has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power. Sworn enemies, the two witches enter a deadly alliance to take down the woman who threatens both their worlds. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain – except the lengths Iraya and Jazmyne will go to win this game.

Two witches. One motive. And a very untrustworthy alliance.


Kate in Waiting

by Becky Albertalli

Out April 22nd


Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theatre rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision?

Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.


But when Kate and Andy’s latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.


Turns out, communal crushes aren’t so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson’s friendship.


The Outrage

by William Hussey

Out April 29th

Welcome to England, where the Protectorate enforces the Public Good. Here, there are rules for everything – what to eat, what to wear, what to do, what to say, what to read, what to think, who to obey, who to hate, who to love. Your safety is assured, so long as you follow the rules.

Gabriel is a natural born rule-breaker. And his biggest crime of all? Being gay.

Gabriel knows his sexuality must be kept secret from all but his closest friends, not only to protect himself, but to protect his boyfriend. Because Eric isn’t just the boy who has stolen Gabriel’s heart. He’s the son of the chief inspector at Degenerate Investigations ­­­- the man who poses the single biggest threat to Gabriel’s life.

And the Protectorate are experts at exposing secrets.


What books are you looking forward to being published this month? Let me know in the comments below!

My March Wrap-Up!

Hello everyone!

March was a really good reading month for me in terms of how many books I got through, but I must admit there were only a few that really stood out to me. Most of these were for uni though to be fair, and I feel like books you must read are always either hit or mostly miss. But alas, onto my wrap-up! I managed to read 13 books!


Books on my March TBR: 9
Books Read in March: 13
Books Read from the TBR: 9
Books Read Not From the TBR: 4
Left on the TBR: 0


My March Wrap-Up


These are the books I’ve read this month, with reviews linked!

  • The Adoption Papers by Jackie Kay
  • The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
  • I Want To Know That I Will Be Okay by Deirdre Sullivan
  • Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
  • Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
  • Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Most Beautiful by Mayte Garcia
  • Luster by Raven Leilani
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
  • This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
  • Meridian by Alice Walker

Some of my stand-outs of this month were Meridian, Not My Problem, I Want To Know That I Will Be Okay, Chain of Iron and Luster!


And what about you? What were some of your favourite reads in March? Let me know in the comments below!