• Book Review

    Hook’s Daughter – Heidi Schultz

    “There have always been pirates. Why, even as far back as Eve, on the day she was considering whether or not to eat that apple, a pirate was almost certainly planning to sail in and take it from her.” Jocelyn Hook dreams of following the footsteps of her father, the great Captain James Hook, but her grandfather – and sole guardian – has other ideas. When she is shipped off to finishing school she knows its not the place for her, but she can’t let her dreams die. When she receives word that the fierce era of Captain Hook has ended she sets sail to Neverland to avenge him. But…

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    A Little in Love – Susan E Fletcher

    “I’m dying. There’s no use hoping I’ll live or telling myself, keep going, it’s only a small wound. There’s too much blood on the ground.  I’m going to die in this street.  I can hardly breathe. My hand, my arm and my body are so full of pain. I’m whimpering, trembling. And I’m cold too – lying on my back with the cobblestones pressing into me. In the distance horses’ hooves, and someone is shouting, ‘is anyone alive out there?’ I want to call, ‘yes, over here!’ but I can’t. It hurts too much to speak or move.” Paris 1832. There is unrest everywhere. A street girl lies in the…

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    Killing Sound – Paul Southern

    “The black cab tore through London’s rain-washed streets, slicing through the late-night traffic. It was 1.33am and Malcolm Lawrence was feverish with anticipation. The clamp of fear that had gripped him all day was gone, the blackened tunnels all lit up. He stared at the readings in his red notebook and a triumphant smile appeared across his face. William would be furious about this.” Twelve years ago Jodie saw something terrifying. She saw something no little girl should and she had to live with the devastating aftermath. Both her parents were dead and she only had her Aunt Gene to rely on. For a while Jodie’s mind had blocked the…

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    Where the Rock Splits the Sky – Philip Webb

    “Leaning against the doorpost of the smithy, I pretend it is a normal day. For the thousandth time in the last hour I wonder whether I should say goodbye to Luis or just slip away. The boardwalk outside is as bright as the forge – it always is – under the light of a sun that sits on the horizon and refuses to set. Where farewells ever easier at night all those years ago, when there was proper darkness? Before the Zone. Before the Visitors came to this world and stopped it dead on its axis.” Ever since the Visitors came twenty years ago the world has stood still, never…

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    Water Born – Rachel Ward

    “You need eyes in the back of your head with kids, don’t you? They’re there one minute, gone the next.  Someone nearby shouts and it brings me back to my sense. I look around and she’s not next to me. Nicola. I can’t work out where she is, but she can’t be far away. I only took my eyes off her for a second, didn’t I?” Nic has always been drawn to the water. At two and a half she nearly drowns, her parents and grandmother think its best to move away. Then as a teen she shows a natural talent for swimming, her parents aren’t happy but it makes…

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    The Glass Bird Girl – Esme Kerr

    “Edie crouched on her bedroom windowsill, training her field glasses on the three boys by the stone pond. Their names were Lyle, Jason and Tom, and she hated them. They were like foxes, thin and cunning, with eyes that flashed through mops of filthy hair.  It was nearly a month since Edie had come to live with her cousins at Folly Farm, and she had learned to keep out of their way. If she wanted to know what they were doing, she spied.” Edie’s grandmother has been put in a home and she’s been forced to move from her home in London to a farm with her three horrible cousins…

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    Lobsters – Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

    “Grace burst through my bedroom door with such force that she nearly fell over.  ‘Freddie isn’t in France!’ She announced triumphantly as Tilly came crashing in breathlessly behind her.  I sat up in bed, where I have been watching videos of baby sloths and tutorials on how to do eyeliner slicks all morning. ‘Are you sure?’ I asked.  ‘Yes!’ Tilly yelled, and started doing a little victory dance on the spot.  ‘But I stalked him this morning.’ I said, ‘and there’s a picture of him actually standing in front of the Eiffel Tower, holding up a baguette and pretending it’s a moustache. He literally couldn’t be more in France if…

  • Discussion Post

    Chicken House tease – Books from January to June 2014

    Hello! Today I thought I would tease you like Chicken House have done to me and share with you some of their upcoming titles for 2014. So a few weeks ago I got a bright blue envelope through to post and in it was a stack of posters… like this:  Just look at the pretty! Anyway… I was at first mesmerised by some of the beautiful, and sometimes intriguing covers; like Fire and Flood and Valentine Joe and Lobsters then I read the blurbs and I got emotional… the emotion I felt the most was pure joy but also tinged with sadness that the books can’t be read yet! So…