The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Advance Review Copy (ARC) via Netgalley included. Full disclaimer here.

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger’s debut novel, The DUFF*, was originally published in 2010 and is currently being re-promoted to coincide with the release of the film.

Bianca Piper is a particularly cynical seventeen year-old. Her mother is rarely home, her father has his own issues to deal with and a “relationship” that ended badly a few years ago has left her no longer believing in true love. This “relationship” isn’t explored nearly as much as it should be, it’s alluded to and we find out how it ended but we don’t learn a whole lot else and the parts that left me feeling uncomfortable aren’t elaborated on at all.

Bianca has her friends; Casey and Jessica and a crush on classmate Toby Tucker. Whatever is happening at home, she will be alright.

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Dare To Dream by Carys Jones

Advance Review Copy (ARC) included. Full disclaimer here.

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“The world was going to end. Of that, Maggie Trafford was certain.”

Dare To Dream* tells the story of Maggie Trafford, her nightmares and the end of the world.

Maggie is a typical fourteen year-old, dealing with family life, school and friends. That is until the nightmares begin. Maggie dreams of red lightning that destroys everything in its path.

Dreams, even nightmares, are just dreams right? But Maggie can’t shake the feeling that the red lightning means something more. Then Stonehenge starts to collapse and Maggie realises that her nightmares are premonitions of the end of the world.

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This week I’ve been reading #29

Review and a giveaway: Montagne Jeunesse face masks

Montagne Jeunesse face masks, €1.99. PR samples included. Full disclaimer here.

Face Masks - Montagne Jeunesse

I think most, if not all, of us have tried a Montagne Jeunesse face mask at some point. Priced at less than €2 they’re so easy to throw into your basket in the supermarket or pharmacy.

To mark the launch of the new 7th Heaven range of masks I was sent a few to try and there are some up for grabs at the end of this post.

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This week I’ve been reading #28

It’s time for a round up of articles, blog posts and stuff from the internet that caught my attention this week.

Daft Shite I believed as a Child in Ireland –

Teenage Bedrooms on Screen

I don’t have enough words for how brillaint this essay, by Louise O’Neill, about the power of female friendships is. Read it, let it sink in and then read it again. – Louise O’Neill: A word after a word after a word is a power

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