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    Stitch Head – Guy Bass

    “It was the night that everything changed. The circus had come to Grubbers Nubbin. Or rather –  Fulbert Freakfinder’s  Traveling Carnival of Unnatural Wonders A most terrifying voyage for the mind and spirit to a world of such unfathomable oddities as has ever been seen -had come to Grubbers Nubbin.” Castle Grotteskew stand on the hill above Grubbers Nubbin. The townsfolk keep away. Word is a mad professor creates terrifying creatures up the castle and their cries can be heard every few days. But when the carnival comes to town everything changes for Grubbers Nubbin and Castle Grotteskew, but most especially Stitch Head, one of the castles quieter inhabitants. *** I first…

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    A Witch in Love – Ruth Warburton

    “‘Merry Christmas,’ I said, and leant forward to kiss him. As our lips met I felt a small flurry of snowflakes swirl around our heads. ‘Damn.’ I pulled back, feeling my cheeks flush scarlet with a mixture of anger and embarrassment. The snow fell on Seth’s dark curls and melted on the restaurant table-top. None of the other diners had noticed and Seth only smiled his wide, devastating smile.” Anna is having trouble controlling her powers. Powers that she only recently accumulated, powers that can get her in serious trouble with the Ealdwitan, the head of the magical society. But they aren’t the only problems Anna has to face, she’s…

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    Long Lankin – Lindsay Barraclough

    “Said my lord to my lady, as he mounted his horse; ‘Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the moss.’ Said my lord to my lady, as he rode away: ‘Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the hay.’ ‘let the doors be all bolted and the windows all pinned, And leave not a hole for a mouse to creep in.’” For years the children of Bryers Guerdon have been warned against Long Lankin, the beast who attacks small children who find themselves in the local churchyard. The whole story is thought to be a legend, a myth, but the adults know there must be some element of truth to…

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    Letterbox Love (#10)

    Hey! Welcome to Letterbox Love, this is a UK meme, hosted by the lovely Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and inspired by The Story Sirens In My Mailbox, where we highlight the books we got in the post and beyond!! Not many this week thankfully, my TBR pile is slowly going down, yay!!  For Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherynne M Valente Party Disaster – Sue Limb I have been wanting The Girl Who Circumnavigated… for so, so long. I was hoping to buy it next month if I get any book vouchers for my birthday but I don’t need to as the wonderful,…

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    Awards, Glorious Awards!

    OK So you may have noticed there has been a seriously huge amount of award winning going on in the YA scene recently. With the CILIP Carnegie, the Brandford Boase, Queen of Teen and the Lancashire Book Awards all having been announced in the past couple of weeks. This week I thought I’d share the winners and my thoughts on them with you all!!  *** CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenway MedalsThe Carnegie award celebrates young adult fiction and is awarded to an author for “Outstanding” fiction, the Kate Greenway medal is awarded for brilliant illustration within works of fiction and both medals are given out on the same night. This…

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    Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy – Ally Carter

    ***Whilst I have taken great care not to spoil any of the story in this review please take note that this is book 2 of the Gallagher Girls series so therefore may contain a few spoilers for book 1.*** “’Just be yourself,’ my mother said, as if that were easy. Which it isn’t. Ever. Especially not when you’re fifteen and don’t know what language you’re going to have to speak at lunch, or what name you’ll have to use next time you do a ‘project’ for extra credit marks. Not when your nickname is ‘the Chameleon.’ Not when you go to a school for spies.” Cammie has just gone through…

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    Scarlet – AC Gaughen

    “No one really knows ‘bout me. I’m Rob’s secret, I’m his informant, I’m his shadow in dark places. No one ever takes me for more that a knockabout lad, a whip of a boy. They never really see.” Will Scarlet is Robin Hoods right hand man. But he has a secret, one that only Robin and his men knows. Will Scarlet, one of the best thieves around, is actually Robin Hood’s right hand woman. But Scarlet has more secrets, about her past before she joined Robin’s band. And when Gisbourne arrives in town she’s terrified of it all coming out. She needs to keep away from him but its hard…

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    Graffiti Moon – Cath Crowley

    “I pedal fast. Down Rose Drive, where houses swim in pools of orange streetlight. Where people sit on verandas, hoping to catch a breeze. Let me make it in time. Please let me make it in time. Just arrived at the studio. Your graffiti guys Shadow and Poet are here, Al texted, and I took off across the night.” Lucy is art-obsessed, for most of her life art is all she can think about, except for the last two years art has had a rival in her thoughts. Shadow paints across the city, he’s a grafiti artist and no-one knows who he really is. And Lucy loves him. Her best…

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    Emma Hearts LA book launch

    A very blurry table with Keris’ awesome books, biscuits, cakes and Reese’s Pieces. On Thursday 7th June I was so happy to attend the book launch party for Emma Hearts LA by Keris Stainton. Any reader to the blog will know how much I love this book, I was lucky enough to get hold of a copy before it was even printed and now I have a shiny finished copy to add to my collection! It was a really great night with lots of mingling and bookish discussion between myself, Laura AKA Sister Spooky, Bungle from Midnight Reads, Tanya Byrne, Tom and Laura Clempson, Steffi, Nikki, Kelly and others! Keris was busy…

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    All My Friends are Still Dead – Avery Monsen and Jory John

    Do you ever feel alone? Like nobody understands you? Like you’re the last of your kind?  Well cheer up, Weepie Sobstory! All my friends are still dead is here to help!  Here, for your amusement and consolation, are the illustrated existential problems of robots, goldfish, lottery tickets, dental flood, batteries and others as they come to grips with the inevitable.  *** Here’s something different for today!!  So this will be a quick review but that doesnt mean that I didn’t like this book, it’s just a small book.  Designed as a humourous gift book, All my Friends are Still Dead is an update to All my Friends are Dead. The…