• Book Review

    Read Me Like A Book – Liz Kessler

    “Where’s your best friend when you need her?  I mean, seriously.  It’s Saturday night and here I am in Luke’s front room with his sister, Zoe, and a bunch of his mates, listening to a rock band blaring about how we’re all going to die, and watching a couple of lads do something that I think is intended to be dancing but looks more like they’re being slowly electrocuted.  Oh, and did I mention? It’s my birthday.”  Ash’s 17th year is meant to be full of fun and laughter before she has to think about what the future holds and what to do with her life. But nothing is ever…

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    The Map to Everywhere – Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

    “Hard to remember, difficult to notice. And not just like ‘doesn’t stand out in a crowd,’ like serios ‘its magic’-type stuff. The boy just slips out of the mind when not in front of you. Forgot why I was writing this report three times already- have to have the boy here right now just so I can finish this blixin’ thing without wandering away again. Origin of affliction: unknown.” Fin has always blended in and never been remembered. Having ran out on the orphanage when he was seven. He’s spent the years learning the tricks of the thief trade, and has become a Master Thief, an easy enough job for…

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    Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

    “He’d stopped trying to bring her back.  She only came back when she felt like it, in dreams and lies and broken-down deja vu. Like, he’d be driving to work, and he’d see a girl with red hair standing on the corner – and he’d swear, for half a choking moment, that it was her.  Then he’d see that the girl’s hair was more blond than red.  And that she was holding a cigarette… And wearing a Sex Pistols T-Shirt. Eleanor hated the Sex Pistols.” Eleanor knew she was done for the moment she stepped on the bus. She knew she’d be target practice for the vultures. New in town…

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    Ruin & Rising – Leigh Bardugo

    “The monster’s name was Izumrud, the great worm, and there were those who claimed he had made the tunnels that ran beneath Ravka. Sick with appetite, he ate up silt and gravel, burrowing deeper and deeper into the earth, searching for something to satisfy his hunger, until he’d gone too far and lost himself in the dark.” Alina and Mal must find the firebird, kill the Darkling and save Ravka. That is what pushes Alina to build her strength after a confrontation that nearly killed her. Hiding underground she must get stronger and survive the clutches of the Apparat who has built her into a saint for the people of…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#83)

    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. For Review: Darkness Hidden – Zoe Marriott  It doesn’t feel like a year ago when the first Name of the Blade book, The Night Itself, came out but at the same time it feels like longer. I have been eagerly awaiting this book and I am so glad I can now find out what happens next in Mio’s story. Thank you so much Walker…

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    Hate – Alan Gibbons

    “Saturday, 10 August, 2013 The last time I saw Rosie, she was getting on the bus with Paul. It was August and the air was thick with dust and petrol fumes on the Manchester road. Off to our left, on the far side of the housing estate, sun and shadow were playing tag on the hills. Some of the people at the stop noticed the young couple next to them. Rosie and Paul didn’t seem to notice. They were used to the attention.” When Eve gets the news that her sister is in hospital after a vicious attack and may not ever fully recover she thinks things can’t get any…

  • Discussion Post

    Official Grisha Trilogy Re-read Announcement

    “In a lavish world where darkness reigns and science collides with superstition, Alina Starkov has the power to save her country…but it comes with a price. Join us as we cross the Shadow Fold, fangirl over the Darkling, discover untapped power, join forces with a pirate named Sturmhond, and come to the realization that Darkness. Never. Dies.  Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Orion Books are teaming up for a re-read worthy of RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo, on sale June 17. Soldier. Summoner. Saint. In the final battle, who will rise?” *** So I don’t usually post twice in one day but I just had to share with you…

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    Countdown to Far From You – Tess Sharpe Review and Giveaway

    “It doesn’t start here. You’d think it would: two terrified girls in the middle of nowhere, cowering together, eyes bulging at the gun in his hand.  But it doesn’t start here.  It starts the first time I almost die.”  Sophie has almost died twice. The first time she was fourteen, driving in Mina’s brothers truck without a seatbelt on. It left her scarred and in constant pain. The second time she is with Mina again, but this time Mina doesn’t make it. Sophie was addicted to her pain meds but she kicked the habit. Now with Mina dead and her murderer having planted those same drugs on Sophie everyone thinks…

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    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black

    “Tana woke lying in a bathtub. Her legs were drawn up, her cheek pressed against the cold metal of the faucet. A slow drip had soaked the fabric on her shoulder and wetted locks of her hair. The rest of her, including her clothes, was still completely dry, which was kind of a relief. Her neck felt stiff; her shoulders ached. She looked up dazedly at the ceiling, at the blots of mild grown into Rorschach patterns. For a moment she felt completely disorientated. The she scrambled up onto her knees, skin sliding on the enamel, and pushed aside the shower curtain.” Nothing could prepare Tana for what she would…

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    She Is Not Invisible – Marcus Sedgwick

    “One final time I told myself I wasn’t abducting my little brother.  I swear I hadn’t even thought of it that way until we were on the underground, and by the time we got to the airport, it was too late for second thoughts, and it was too late to put Mum’s credit card back in her purse.  It was also too late not to have used that credit card to buy us, Benjamin and me, two tickets to New York, and it was without a shadow of a sought far too late not to have taken five hundred dollars from the fancy-pants cash machine at the airport.” TWO DRIED…