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Blog Tour Review - A Power Unbound by Freya Marske

 Blog Tour Review - A Power Unbound by Freya Marske Secrets! Magic! Enemies to. . .something more? Jack Alston, Lord Hawthorn, would love a nice, safe, comfortable life. After the death of his twin sister, he thought he was done with magic for good. But with the threat of a dangerous ritual hanging over every magician in Britain, he’s drawn reluctantly back into that world. Now Jack is living in a bizarre puzzle-box of a magical London townhouse, helping an unlikely group of friends track down the final piece of the Last Contract before their enemies can do the same. And to make matters worse, they need the help of writer and thief Alan Ross. Cagey and argumentative, Alan is only in this for the money. The aristocratic Lord Hawthorn, with all his unearned power, is everything that Alan hates. And unfortunately, Alan happens to be everything that Jack wants in one gorgeous, infuriating package. When a plot to seize unimaginable power comes to a head at Cheetham Hall―Jack’s ancestral fam

Review - Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager

Review - Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager

Emma Nash is back….and determined to work out the world of friendships and relationships once and for all (…ish).
Now she’s in the sixth form, Emma’s expecting life to be a breeze but when her best friend Steph suddenly has a boyfriend who she’s spending more time with Emma’s not sure what to do with herself.

So Emma’s got a mission in mind: making new friends. Signing up for the school fashion show seems like the perfect opportunity. Although soon, through a series of mishaps that are absolutely not Emma’s fault (well, sort of), her world is teetering on the edge of disaster again.

Would going back to creating a life for herself online reaaaaaallllyyy be so bad?

I love this book! I really enjoyed the first one, Editing Emma, and in many ways this is more of the same, but that is just what I wanted.

After Emma's unsuccessful attempts to find herself a new boyfriend in Editing Emma, she's decided to focus on friendships instead, both looking after her existing (and worryingly small) group of friends and building it up so that she's never left alone. That concern is really at the core of the novel. Steph has a boyfriend now, Faith has a girlfriend, she never made up with Gracie, and she's getting very worried about everyone growing up and moving on and leaving her behind.

Of course her plans don't go quite right. Of course they don't. Emma is still a wonderful, glorious mess. Every time she starts a blog post with the phrase "Something horrible has happened" or some variation of that, my heart leapt. One thing Chloe Seager does really, really well is make you emphasise with Emma. I really felt for her, and watching her walk into disaster after disaster was really tough. One of the other things Chloe does brilliantly is humour though, and I was laughing throughout. This is, at the end of the day, a very fun, very funny book.

It also goes where many books fear to tread, and that is really refreshing. Chloe's characters masturbate, have periods, go to the toilet, fart, queef, and all those things that normal people do but fictional characters are rarely depicted as doing. Sometimes it is embarrassing, sometimes it's perfectly normal, but it feels very real.

The issues Emma faces are also very real though. Underneath the humour there are some really important messages, about the importance of talking to people about your problems rather than letting them lie, trying to understand that other people have their own lives and their own problems and breakdowns in friendships aren't always about what you think it is about. The cyber bullying/slut shaming parts were really powerful. Books like The Exact Opposite of Okay focus on that so well, but Friendship Fails of Emma Nash shows that it doesn't have to be a huge, publicised thing to have an impact. A couple of small comments by an anonymous dick on a blog post can have a huge impact on someone's self-esteem and confidence.

A wonderful book that I enjoyed immensely. Five moons.



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