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Emily Knight I Am...Becoming by A. Bello

The eagerly anticipated third book follows the incredible success of Emily Knight I am... Awakened, which released in September 2017 and has since received a prestigious Carnegie nomination and enjoyed first place in the London’s BIG Read 2019.


SYNOPSIS:

Homecoming.

Sacrifice.

Family.

Fire.


The Knights are finally reunited and ready to defeat Neci once and for all. But Neci is one step ahead and is targeting them one by one.


When one of Emily's best friends is kidnapped, Emily leads the elite team on a rescue mission, but nothing can prepare them for what Neci has

planned.








My Thoughts:

What a stunning and intriguing front cover. This is book three in the Emily Knight series and although I haven't read the previous books this did not affect my overall enjoyment of the book. From the very beginning you are given lots of information about events that have taken place in the previous books so I always felt completely up-to-date on what was happening and the impact these events had had on the characters.


This book is full of adventure and action which will appeal to its readers. The pace is fast which helps capture ones imagination especially during the battle scenes. There is a real magical and fantasy element to the book which was not only intriguing but kept you guessing about what might happen next. Emily Knight is such a strong female protagonist and it was lovely to read a book rich in diversity and championing a female led.


Emily's family dramas and her unconventional family were definitely at the forefront of this novel and I loved how the book touched on the complexities of this family unit and on the themes of love and friendship. I loved the classroom questions that were added to the back pages which will promote lots of discussions about the book after reading.


Thank you to Helen Lewis, Literally PR, Hashtag Press and author A. Bello for sending me a copy of Emily Knight I Am...Becoming and inviting me to join the blog tour. Please check out all the other fabulous bloggers and their reviews on this fantasy, middle grade fiction.

About The Author:


A. Bello is an award-winning author and publishing entrepreneur, born and raised in London, where she still lives and works. In 2018, Abiola was named‘Trailblazer of the Year’ by London Book Fair. Abiola wrote her first novel at the age of eight–when she fought monsters and dragonson a daily basis–and experienced her first taste of ‘being published’after winning a school poetry competition at the age of 12. Seeing her words in print fuelled a passion for writing that remains to this day.The first incarnation of the Emily Knight story can be traced back almost 20 years; Abiola wanted to fill the gaping hole in children’s fiction for an inspirational, strong, black, female, young protagonist. This ‘gap’ in publishing remains in today’s publishing world despite continued calls for more BAME authors and diversity within characters and plot lines. She is the founder of The Lil' Author School and co-founder of The Author School (shortlisted for The Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2016 and celebrating its fifth birthday in 2020). A. Bello is regularly asked to contribute to the media; she has been featured in About Time Magazine, Cosmopolitan,Female First, Daily Mirror, BBC1 XTRA, The Bookseller, The British Blacklist,Melan Magazine, London Post, and many more. Abiola is also a regular at literary festivals and gives talks to children in primary and secondary schools, as well as to young writers and people wishing to get into the publishing business.#WeNeedDiverseBooks

Representation in Middle Grade/YA Crossover Fiction

Powerful female protagonists

Diversity in fiction for children and teenagers



Website: www.abello.com

Twitter: twitter.com/emilyknightiam

Facebook: facebook.com/A.BelloAuthorfacebook.com/emilyknightiam

Online press folder: bit.ly/EmilyKnight

Online profile: literallypr.com/public_relations/file/A.-Bello.php




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