Long time no see everyone! How have you been doing? I’ve been keeping myself busy – and even more so now that everything in the UK is starting to open up!
So, I thought it was time for a little life update:
Where have I been?
Studying. I started my first year of university in September of 2020 (yes, right in the middle of the pandemic) and it has been… different.
The version of ‘the uni experience’ that was sold to me was far from the one I got. I was isolated in my flat, away from campus and away from my course mates. To say it was hard is an understatement. But things are a lot better now; I’m doing a lot better now.
I’m writing a book?!?
YES! I am! And I’m super excited to eventually share it with the world. (though I do have to write the thing first 🙄)
The book I am writing is provisionally titled Hemlock. It’s a new adult enemies-to-lovers (of course 😉) high fantasy that’s set in a royal court within another realm. Oh! And I’m planning on it becoming a trilogy!
Even before lockdown was announced, I was behind on my reading goal of reading fifty books. I’ve been playing catch up ever since.
Because COVID-19 is a thing, I all of a sudden had loads of free time. Here’s everything I managed to read during lockdown.
Originally, I was going to put this in the UK’s nationwide lockdown, but now that Boris has put us into another one, I figured it was a good chance to add some more books onto it. So here’s what I’ve read during England’s two lockdowns!
The Bro Code is another release by Wattpad Books that fills that YA contemporary sized hole that we all know too well.
The Bro Code
Elizabeth A. Seibert
Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
As a certified stand-up bro, Nick Maguire knows that some things in life are sacred: Do not skip ab workouts. Never back down from spicy foods. And always accept the outcome of Rock, Paper, Scissors. For these are the revered doctrines of The Bro Code, rules of conduct that have been passed down through the ages from bro to bro.
Heading into his senior year, Cassidy High’s star soccer player has his priorities straight and intends to spend his time playing sports, hanging out, and living by the code. But when his best bro Carter’s sister Eliza returns from studying overseas, the awkward, academic girl Nick remembers is different.
Carter might be Nick’s bro, but Eliza becomes his whole world—and he has to make a choice between them. Is being with the girl of your dreams worth breaking the most important rule: never date your best friend’s sister? Somehow, Nick never expected that following The Bro Code may have even bigger consequences than breaking it.
Complete with accompanying illustrations by Isabelle Follath, ‘The Beast and the Bethany’ is an upcoming middle grade with fantastical elements.
The Beast and the Bethany
Rating: 3 out of 5.
The most exciting new children’s book of 2020 and a modern classic in the making. The Beast and the Bethany has all the classic macabre humour of Roald Dahl with the warmth and charm of Despicable Me, finished off with a gleeful bite of Little Shop of Horrors! This book should be on every little monster’s birthday and Christmas list.
Ebenezer Tweezer is a youthful 511-year-old. He keeps a beast in the attic of his mansion, who he feeds all manner of things (including performing monkeys, his pet cat and the occasional cactus) and in return the beast vomits out presents for Ebenezer, as well as potions which keep him young and beautiful. But the beast grows ever greedier, and soon only a nice, juicy child will do. So when Ebenezer encounters orphan Bethany, it seems like (everlasting) life will go on as normal. But Bethany is not your average orphan . . .
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas is a journey of not only self discovery but proving to the world (and family traditions) that gender will hold us back! This own-voices story is one you definitely need to read as soon as possible!
Rating: 4 out of 5.
A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his conservative Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas’s paranormal YA debut.
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.
A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.
Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.
Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.
All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.
As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.