• Bookish News,  Cover Reveal,  Uncategorized

    Bookish News (#55): Cover reveals

    Bookish and Blogish news is my weekly wrap up of the news around the YA industry and my blog this week. This includes cover reveals, new book announcements, new author sign ups, book trailers, blog tours and more. I hope you enjoy! *** New Covers!  If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (Indigo) I absolutely loved this book when it came out in hardback earlier this year and I think a lot of thriller and darker contemporary book lovers out there will really enjoy it. I love this paperback cover that Indigo gave us a sneak peak of this week and if you fancy giving it a read you should…

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    Are We There Yet? – David Levithan

    “The phone rings at an ungodly hour. Elijah looks at the blur of his clock as he reaches for the sound. Eleven in the morning on a Saturday. Who can be calling him at eleven in the morning on a Saturday? Cal, his best friend, stirs from somewhere on the floor. Elijah picks up the phone an murmurs a greeting.  ‘Oh goodness, did I wake you?’ Elijah’s mother asks, her voice so much louder than the dream he’d been having.  ‘No, no,’ he says, disguising his own voice to sound awake. ‘Not at all.’ ‘Good, because I have some great news for you… ‘“ It’s safe to say that the…

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    Letterbox Love (#55)

    Welcome to Letterbox Love, this is a UK meme, hosted by the lovely Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and inspired by The Story Siren’s In My Mailbox. This post is a means by which to highlight the books we get in the post and beyond, and especially to bring attention to those books which may be sat on our shelves for a little while yet that we love all the same. A great collection of books this week, sat on my awesome new rocking chair! yay!  For Review:  United We Spy – Ally Carter  This is the sixth and final book in the Gallagher Girls series, its sad to see the series come…

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    Bookish News (#49)

    Bookish and Blogish news is my weekly wrap up of the news around the YA industry and my blog this week. This includes cover reveals, new book announcements, new author sign ups, book trailers, blog tours and more. I hope you enjoy! *** More Than This Patrick Ness Website The wonderful folks over at Walker have launched an awesome website for Patrick Ness’ new novel More Than This. You can read a small extract from More Than This but the brilliant news is that if you share the site through social media, you can read up to 64 pages of the book! Once you have shared the site too you…

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    Phoenix – SF Said (Illustrated by Dave McKean)

    “Lucky dreamed of the stars again that night. He loved the stars, and dreamed about them most nights. A million points of silver light, shining in the black.  But this dream was different. This time, the stars were calling him. They were trying to tell him something. They were making a small soft, silvery sound, like the chime of a faraway bell.” There was never anything unusual about Lucky. He lived with his mum on Phoenix and his dad was off fighting in the War Zone. When he wakes up after a powerful dream to find his bed sheet has been reduced to ashes though, things start getting scary. His…

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    No Books Allowed (#8)

    Welcome to No Books Allowed. This is a new monthly feature hosted here, which is used to discuss things things in life which aren’t connected to books. This post can be used to talk about days out, music, TV, video games, films etc for all those book bloggers out there who do occasionally do stuff other than read and go to book events!   ***   August The beginning of this month was a busy with weddings, birthdays, bbqs and fun. I had a great birthday and managed to get what I wanted, which was a digital SLR camera (I just need to actually work out how to use it!)…

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    The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co #1) – Jonathan Stroud

    “Of the first few hauntings I investigated with Lockwood & Co. I intend to say little, in part to protect the identity of the victims, in part because of the gruesome nature of the incidents, but mainly because, in a variety of ingenious ways, we succeeded in cocking them all up. There, I’ve admitted it! Not a single one of those early cases ended as neatly as we’d have wished.” When Lucy Carlyle goes for her interview at Lockwood & Co. the agency seemed unusual and shabby, there wasn’t the formality that there had been at the other agencies and one of the workers seemed sure she would run screaming…

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    The Seeing – Diana Hendry

    “The pills don’t help. It’s been three weeks now and every night it’s the same. I’m trying to stop it all happening and I can’t. The fire’s eating up the whole beach. Even the sea can’t put it out, can’t even reach it. It’s as if the sea sees the flames streaking the sky in a hellish mix of red, orange, yellow – and draws back, afraid.” Lizzie is a child of war. Whilst the war is over, things in the 50’s are still on edge and there are still many people reflecting on what war meant for her small town, Norton. Things rarely change in Norton but when Natalie…

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    The Spook’s Battle – Joseph Delaney

    “The witch was chasing me through the dark wood, getting nearer and nearer by the second.  I ran fast, frantic to escape, weaving desperately, with branches whipping into my face and brambles clutching at my weary legs. The breath rasped harshly in my throat as I drove myself harder and harder towards the edge of the wood. Beyond that lay the slope leading up to the Spook’s western garden. If only I could reach that refuge, I’d be safe!” It is close to a year since Tom became the Spook’s Apprentice. Now that he has mastered the art of defence against boggarts, its on to witches, and there has been…

  • Letterbox Love,  Uncategorized

    Letterbox Love (#54)

    Welcome to Letterbox Love, this is a UK meme, hosted by the lovely Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and inspired by The Story Siren’s In My Mailbox. This post is a means by which to highlight the books we get in the post and beyond, and especially to bring attention to those books which may be sat on our shelves for a little while yet that we love all the same. For Review: Sick – Tom Leveen Just the one book this week and its from the wonderful guys at Amulet. This has been described as The Breakfast Club meets The Walking Dead and I can’t wait to see if it lives us…