"How To Survive The End Of The World (When It's In Your Own Head) By Aaron Gillies : Book Review By Nishat Ahmed

OVERVIEW: A self- help book on how to deal with anxiety

REVIEW: I first met Aaron in a literary festival two years ago, where he was talking about his book. This was the first time I came across him or his book and I was intrigued. I have problems with my own anxiety and I literally picked up his book, gave it a quick skim through and decided to buy it there and then. 

Aaron spoke about all the situations he faced in public and in school due to his anxiety, and the ways he dealt with it. His book has similar anecdotes where you can find humour in some situations. 

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"The Smudger" By Angeline Trevena : Book Review By April Grace

I was lucky enough to pick this up when the author, Angeline Trevena, attended our FIRE Book Tour Birmingham event, which was based at Martinaeu Gardens on Friday the 4th of October 2019. It’s the first book in a long time that I’ve read in one or two sittings, (I’m an avid reader but not the quickest), but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a dystopian novel which branches on young adult to new adult fiction due to the young age of the characters, and the world-building is fascinating from start to finish. It’s set in a futuristic world where those who extract memories from people are known as traders, who are generally treated as outsiders because there are many who have been known to go rogue, ‘ripping’ memories from people without their permission. This premise immediately plays with themes of race and poverty, with this young character Kioto who learns she was abandoned as a child after her home city was destroyed in a massacre.

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"Lord Of The Flies" By William Golding : Book Review by Nishat Ahmed

OVERVIEW: A group of British boys are stranded on an uninhabited island; they struggle for survival and attempt to form a society. As the days go on and they wait for rescue, the boys’ behaviour transforms into something primitive and barbaric.

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"One Of Us Is Lying" By Karen M. McManus : Book Review By Nishat Ahmed

OVERVIEW: 5 students walk into detention, but only 4 of them walk out. A jock, a princess, a bad boy, a nerd - who’s to blame for the death of Simon? 

REVIEW: This is actually the best book I’ve read in a very long time. It’s The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. High school drama with suspense, murder and suspicion. From the very first page, you’re drawn into the plays of high school. The social hierarchy.

 Simon dies due to an allergic reaction to peanuts - peanut oil was found on his cup of water. But who knew about his allergic reaction? And who had motive? It seems at first everyone has a motive as everyone has a secret, they’d do anything to stay hidden. There’s always secrets that should stay hidden and someone didn’t want theirs to be discovered. And the shocker is, it’s someone who yes had motive, but someone you’d not even expect. Someone that wasn’t even in the detention room with Simon.


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"Noughts & Crosses" Series By Malorie Blackman : Book Review By April Grace

One of my all-time favourite series is Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses series, starting with Noughts & Crosses, then its sequel is titled Knife Edge. The next books in the series are Checkmate, Double Cross and Crossfire which has only very recently been published and which I purchased at YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) this year. I’m so glad I did, and I can’t wait to get into the worlds of the new characters Malorie has introduced.

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