• Book Review,  Reviews

    The Girl Who Walked on Air – Emma Carroll

    “The bigger the danger, the bigger the crowd. One look at tonights punters said it all. With just minutes till show time, the big top was almost full and I was quite ready to burn with excitement. Every last ticket was sold. And still the queue snaked out of the field and down the lane until all you could see were people’s hats bobbing above the hedgerows.” Ladies and Gentlemen, Roll up, Roll up, for the biggest circus event of the year! Watch Monsieur Mercury defy gravity on his faithful trapeze! Louie watches as Jasper, not Monsieur Mercury to her, tries to perform his triple somersault but it all goes…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Squishy McFluff and the Supermarket Sweep – Pip Jones & Ella Okstad

    “One sunny morning, in a house of a hill, When the sky was quite blue, the air warm and still,  A young girl called Ava very happily sat  With Squishy McFluff, her invisible cat.”  Ava and Squishy have a wonderful day of mischief and mayhem planned in the glorious outdoors when mum gives them a nasty surprise. They are to go to the supermarket with mum and doe other chores. It sounds so boring but never fear, for the world is always fun when Squishy McFluff is near!  *** Yet another adorable, beautiful and fun book from Pip Jones and Ella Okstad! I don’t care that I got laughed at…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret – DD Everest

    “Sardines. That was the mystery ingredient in Loretta Foxe’s chocolate cake, and both her children knew it. This particular cake was covered in blueberry icing and had twelve candles on it. It was sitting on the kitchen table in the Foxe family’s house in Oxford.  As well as the cake, there were heaped piles of sandwiches, smothered with pickled spreads. bowls of colourful crisps and a number of small, unmarked glass pots”  The Foxe family children have no idea its Archie’s birthday, they don’t even know who Archie is, and he doesn’t know them. But when a mysterious package arrives for him on his birthday with strict instructions to take…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie – Jeff Norton

    “My name is Adam Meltzer. The last thing I remember was being stung by a bee while swinging at a robot-shaped piñata on my twelfth birthday. I was dead before the candy hit the ground.  That’s right, I’m dead. But I’m alive… ish. The ‘ish’ is important. I’m the walking dead. Talking too. Its awkward and gross, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.”  Adam is dead. He has crawled out of his coffin, dug his way out of his grave and is dropping soil all over his mums new carpet. He hates himself for this – and hang on, new carpet?! He is disgusted at his new zombie…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Bone Dragon – Alexia Casale

    “I rise up, towards the surface.  Through velvet blue into grey dimness. Up towards the light.  And sound starts to penetrate now. Low echoes vibrating through the water.  But I’m not ready to leave yet. I’m safe here, floating in the shadows. The pain is distant, belonging to the light and the warmth and the air.” Evie is broken. Her ribs have caused her so much pain over the last few years and she now has the chance to breathe freely again, yet she will always be broken. Wrapped up in a cover up told to school mates she cannot turn to her friends to talk about the fact part…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#82)

    Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and is a way for us to share the books that come through our letterbox, galleys and e-books (through our electronic letterbox) and any other bookish goodies that we want to tell you about. Awesome books the past couple of weeks! Can’t wait to dig in!  For Review:  The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes – Soman Chainani published: April 15th 2014 The Giver – Lois Lowry  published: March 27th 2014 Maybe One Day – Melissa Kantor  published: 27th March 2014  These three books came from HarperCollins, thanks guys, and look great. The second in…

  • Cover Reveal

    Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton cover reveal and extract

    Hello!   Today I have something fun and exciting for my awesome readers and that is a cover reveal and extract of Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton. Now I was at a Faber event in January where Jeff did a reading from this book and I adored it, everyone in the room was laughing and it was fantastic and now I can’t help but read the below how he read it which really helps with the voice of the character, but hopefully its just as funny to everyone else! Now without further ado, I give you the MEMOIRS OF A NEUROTIC ZOMBIE COVER… Yeah, isn’t it awesome?…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Butter – Erin Lange

    “You think I eat a lot now? That’s nothing. Tune in December 31st, when I will stream a live webcast of my last meal, Death row inmates get one. Why shouldn’t i? I can’t take another year in this fat suit, but I can end this year with a bang. If you can stomach it, you’re invited to watch… as I eat myself to death.  – Butter.”  Butter is so fat he considers himself past the point of bullying, his classmates just ignore the lump of lard sat on the specially made table at the back of the classroom. That is most of them do, some of them stick stick…

  • Guest Post

    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea blog tour: Top 5 UK Inspirations by April G. Tucholke

    Today I have author April G Tucholke on the blog to share with us her top five UK inspirations for her novel Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Today is also release day for the novel so if you like what you see here, and my review, you should definitely go buy the book…. in fact even if you didn’t you like why you see you should buy it anyway because it is awesome! Top Five UK Inspirations: 1. Jane Eyre 2. The abandoned railroad tunnel behind Violet’s home, the one that supposedly hides Blue Hoffman and the monstrous children, is based on a real place. When I lived in Scotland I…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea – April Genevieve Tucholke

    “‘You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand.’  Freddie said this to me, when I was little.  Everyone called my grandmother by her nickname, even my parents, because, as she put it, Freddie, short for Fredrikke was her name. Not Mother, or Grandmother. Just Freddie.  Then she asked me if I loved my brother.  ‘Luke is a damn bully.’ I said.” Violet Whites parents are away and have been for nearly a year. The money they left her and her brother has almost run out and she is desperate for cash. This is why she doesn’t ask questions when 17 year old River West arrives wanting to rent…