• Book Review

    Monster – CJ Skuse

    “That last week at school before the Christmas Holidays, death was in everything. Im Geography, the sea was saying away at the coasts. In English, Juliet was stabbing herself with Romeo’s dagger. Even the school gerbil, Rafferty, was found stiff in his water bowl on Tuesday lunchtime. The skies above us bore a foreboding grey gloom, telling us snow was on its way to suffocate the land.”  Nash believed that the hardest thing she would have to do this school year was convince the head that she was the right girl for the Head Girl job. That was, however, before Bathory Girls for School became the place she feared most…

  • Discussion Post

    In celebration of #UKYA – My favourite UK authors

    Forgive me for using a hashtag in the title of my blogpost, that is something I would never do unless the hashtag needs more coverage and I feel that UKYA does! It is a hashtag started by Project UKYA, a blog dedicated to the awesome fiction which comes from our home soil. This weekend sees the #readUKYA hit twitter in a readathon designed to focus purely on home grown fiction. The readathon started on Thursday and runs to 11pm on Sunday, and as my part in it all I decided to share with you some of my favourite UK authors. There are some authors who jump straight to mind when…

  • Guest Post

    CJ Skuse’s Dead Romantic Blog Tour: Deleted scene from the second draft

    Today I have a special present for you, my dear readers.  To celebrate the release of Dead Romantic by CJ Skuse, the wonderful CJ has allowed me to share with you guys a deleted scene from the book.  If you haven’t taken a chance to buy Dead Romantic yet, you really should. My review can be read here and more about CJ and Dead Romantic can be found on the Chicken House website.The next stop on the tour will be available tomorrow at Lynsey’s blog, Narratively Speaking!  This scene is taken from the second draft of the book. According to CJ, at this point in the writing process the girls are attending a private…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Dead Romantic – CJ Skuse

    “It had been the worst night in the history of the world ever ever ever. A giant mistake, a BFG meets Hagrid kind of big mistake. I shouldn’t have gone to the freshers’ party, full stop, let alone done what I did there. Ugh. The smell was making me feel sick.” Camille wants friends, and to be loved. At the minute she feels like she has neither. Her friends just let her do something really stupid and her perfect boy doesn’t seem to exist. Enter Zoe, AKA Digging Girl, AKA Death Watch. Camille is drawn to her, determined to make her a friend, especially when she realises Zoe takes Biology…