YA Book Prize 2019: My Thoughts

This year’s winner of the YA Book Prize will be announced at the Hay Festival (aka Coachella for book nerds) today, and I have been waiting (im)patiently to hear the winner since the shortlist was announced in February. There’s 10 books on the list, and I really feel there’s something here for everyone. Naturally, I have my own opinions on what books I loved, and ultimately which book I think should take home the crown.

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Review: Wickham Hall by Cathy Bramley

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Disclaimer: I won this book in a competition run by Becca’s Books. I was not asked to review the book as a term of this competition.

Blurb:

Holly Swift has just landed the job of her dreams: events co-ordinator at Wickham Hall, the beautiful manor home that sits proudly at the heart of the village where she grew up. Not only does she get to organise for a living and work in stunning surroundings, but it will also put a bit of distance between Holly and her problems at home.

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Dept Con 2 samples

I think I’m having a little Dept Con hangover. It was a fantastic weekend, I got to meet some incredible authors, and my TBR has had a huge boost. A month later, and I still wish I could go back.

Not only did I find some great books from my favourite authors during the talks, there were also plenty of samples lying around. I took a copy of most – the only one I left behind was The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín, which I’ve already read.

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Littlewoods Blog Awards Ireland: a round up

The national finals of the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards were held during the week, and yours truly was a finalist in the Books and Literature category. Before I go into how the night went, let’s take an X Factor style journey over how I got to the finalist stage.

The awards opened in June of this year, with the nomination stage running for two weeks until June 26th. As that’s the day before my birthday, I decided to wait and see if I would be nominated rather than popping myself in.

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Review: One by Sarah Crossan

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria. 

Disclaimer: I won this book in a competition run by Rick O Shea and Children’s Books Ireland. I was not asked to review this book as a term of this competition.

Blurb:

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine being apart. For them, that would be the real tragedy.

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