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Zoella Book Club is back!

Hold on to your hats #ZBC fans... Zoella has launched a new round of #ZoellaBookClub picks!
(cue the squeeees as we run to the bookstore!)

Launched on October 20th, books by Patrick Ness, Sophie Kinsella and David Levithan are amongst the 8 books chosen for this second round (of awesomeness!)

Zoe has talked about the books and why she chose them over on her youtube channel, adding "The response for the first book club was so overwhelming and positive and I'm so excited to share my next 8 book choices. I hope everyone enjoys these as much as the first."

The eight books are:

zbc-round-2A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman

The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon

I was Here by Gayle Forman

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Zoella Book Club: All The Bright Places

 

Today we start reading book 2 in our Zoella Book Club journey: Jennifer Niven's All The Bright Places 

 

A bit about the book:

9780141357034Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the 'natural wonders' of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself - a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink.

Parental advisory: Please be advised that this novel explores themes and issues that may be disturbing or upsetting to some individuals. These include self-harm, mental illness and grief.

Want to join in? Here’s how:

1. Join in on social media – we are @qbdthebookshop on Twitter and Instagram and can be found here on Facebook

2. Pick up a copy of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES. (Available in most stores/ online)

3. Start reading from chapter one today, Friday July 22 and aim to complete the book by Thursday, July 28
Can't get to a copy for a few days? We have you covered! our friends at Penguin have an extract online here.

4. Share your progress with us! Post your thoughts, favourite quotes etc. with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (you can tag us on Twitter and Insta at @qbdthebookshop)! Make sure to use the hashtag #ReadWithMe so we can see your progress!

We hope to see you round the interwebz!

Zoella Book Club Review: The Potion Diaries

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In the magical world of Nova, the population is split into the Talented (those with magical abilities), and normal people. The Royal family, of course, is Talented. When Princess Evelyn accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, the Kingdom is thrown into disarray. A 'Wilde Hunt' is called and great riches and power will befall the alchemist clever enough to devise a cure.

Samantha Kemi, an apprentice alchemist, is ready to take up the Hunt. Hailing from one of the oldest alchemical dynasties in Nova, she is desperate to modernise the failing family business and give her Talented sister a good education. To do so, all she needs to do is divine what rare ingredients the Princess used for her potion, travel to the far reaches of the world to get them, and beat out her family's arch-nemesis ZoroAster Corp, while avoiding the weirdly-adoring gaze of the dashing Zain Aster. What could be easier?

Zain Aster has been dragged into the Hunt by his father. As leaders of ZoroAster Corp, the largest synthetic potions company in Nova, and personal physicians to the royal family, they have a responsibility to win the Hunt, or lose face. Constantly confronting danger & the alchemist-with-attitude Sam Kemi, Zain desperately wants to save his close friend, Princess Evelyn, but are other feelings getting in his way?

Just to add to the pressure the Hunt is being followed by everyone and is plastered all over social media. In the race to cure the Princess, can Sam find the cure and win the boy's heart?

The Potion Diaries (also known as Madly in the USA) is a quick, fun, light-hearted read that just makes you smile. Aimed at the younger end of Young Adult readers it has all the thrills of The Amazing Race, with a magical twist. Samantha Kemi is strong, smart, talented and resourceful. I haven't enjoyed a female character so much since Harry Potter's Hermione.

Perfect for ages 10+

Zoella Book Club: Our Fave Potion

It's halfway through our Potion Diaries read-along! So far we've met all the characters and they've just started their quest! We can't wait to read what happens next.

One thing we do know is that Sam Kemi is a girl after our own heart. Not only does she pop out gems like "I've secretly packed a book in my bag, just in case" but she is a fan of our favourite potion!

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Zoella Book Club: The Potion Diaries

 

Our Zoella Book Club kicks off today, with Amy Alward's fabulous tween fantasy
The Potion Diaries.

 

A bit about the book:

9781471143564_1When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.

Enter Samantha Kemi - an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam's family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they've fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime?

And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news. No big deal, then.

Want to join in? Here’s how:

1. Join in on social media – we are @qbdthebookshop on Twitter and Instagram and can be found here on Facebook

2. Pick up a copy of THE POTION DIARIES. (Available in most stores/ online)

3. Start reading from chapter one today, Friday July 15 and aim to complete the book by Thursday, July 21

4. Share your progress with us! Post your thoughts, favourite quotes etc. with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (you can tag us on Twitter and Insta at @qbdthebookshop)! Make sure to use the hashtag #ReadWithMe so we can see your progress!

We hope to see you round the interwebz!