• Book Review,  Reviews

    Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat! – Pip Jones (Illustrated by Ella Okstad)

    “Can you see him? My kitten? Close your eyes tight.  His fur is so soft and silvery white. imagine him quick!  Have you imagined enough? Oh, good! You can see him!  It’s Squishy McFluff!” When Ava meets an invisible cat in her garden one day she knows its the start of a beautiful friendship. Her and Squishy McFluff are off for some great adventures, with games and giggles along the way, join them as Ava’s family come to terms with their new invisible pet and Squishy McFluff and Ava get up to some mischief.  *** This has to be one of the cutest books I’ve ever read. Aimed at the…

  • Discussion Post

    Faber & Faber, books and cake session!

    So last week I told you about my trip down to London and the Random House book event…. this week I want to share with you the Faber & Faber book event, complete with cake!  I went from the Random House event to Foyles for book shopping and the pub next door for food with wonderful bloggers Viv from Serendipity Reviews, Sarah from Feeling Fictional, Kirsty from The Overflowing Library, Jesse from Books4Teen and Michelle at Much Loved Books. Then we struggled to find the Faber Offices but eventually got there last and had to sit at the back, oops! But nevermind, we made it!  The event started with Leah…

  • Guest Post

    Dead Ends Blog Tour: Introducing Billy D by Erin Lange

    Thanks so much for letting me stop by today to introduce Billy D., from my new book, DEAD ENDS. It’s difficult for an author to pick a favorite character from her own books, but if pressed, I would have to say I love Billy D. above them all. He is a younger teen with Down’s syndrome, but his condition defines him no more than any of his other traits, which include endless optimism and quite a bit of cunning. Billy D. struggles with school, especially reading and writing, but he chooses to focus on his strengths. In fact, he is confident almost to a fault. “I don’t need a geography…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#71)

    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:  Mutant City – Steve Feasey (Unsolicited) This is a bt of an odd one for me, it doesn’t sound like something I would usually pick up but as its come through I’ll try and get round to reading it soon. As far as I can tell its a dystopian about some sort of chemical war that made people into mutants, or some…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth – Mackenzie Crook

    “Monday 18th April 1768 My name is Benjamin Tooth. This is my journal.  One day I will be remembered as the greatest scientist that the world has ever known and so it is my duty to mankind to record my thoughts the future generations are able to study the progress of a genius.  I am eleven years old.” At eleven years old Benjamin Tooth knows he is destined for greater things than his humble home can offer. He will go to university and become a master of the sciences, he will marry the most beautiful girl and be happy. Or at least this is what he believes, and when he…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Windvale Sprites – Mackenzie Crook

    “When I was a boy there was a man by the name of Fish whose job it was to tell us his weather predictions.  Mr Fish was good at his job and though he never claimed to be 100 per cent accurate, we trusted his forecasts and adjusted our clothing accordingly.  That was until one day when a woman phone Mr Fish in his place of work and told him that she suspected a hurricane to be on its way.” When the storm hit, and thats what it was, just a storm, people didn’t expect it. Lines were down, windows were broken, and Asa Brown found something very odd in…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#62)

    Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and basically, the idea came out of a discussion with other UK book bloggers about the need to do a weekly meme with more of a British feel to it. Therefore, Letterbox Love was born and the logo was lovingly designed by Dark Readers. Letterbox Love 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. Awesome two weeks for me, thanks to everyone who sent books!  For Review:  Tempestuous – Kim Askew & Amy…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Frost Hollow Hall – Emma Carroll

    “’The Combe Vale Chronicle Tuesday 7th February 1871 A Terrible Tragedy A most terrible incident has occurred at Frost Hollow Hall, the country estate of Viscount Barrington near the village of Frostcombe.  Lord Barrington’s only child, Christopher, died tragically yesterday afternoon whilst skating alone on a frozen lake in the grounds. It appears that he fell through ice too weak to bear his weight, an came to grief in the cold water.’” It is the cold winter of 1881 and Till is dared by the butcher’s boy to go ice skating, little does she know his desired destination for this is a frozen lake in the grounds of the villages…