• Guest Post

    Guest Post: Top ten influences from Tabitha Sazuma

    Today I have Tabitha Sazuma, author of the very well known and loved Forbidden and new book Hurt, on the blog sharing her top ten influences when it comes to writing. These are fantastic and I can really tell why they would have such an impact on her. For those of you who are not familar with Tabitha please check out my reviews of Forbidden and Hurt, and check out her website. 1. Personal experience: For example; my lifelong battle with depression, an abusive childhood, leaving school at 14, bringing up my little brother… 2. Music.  I have quite an eclectic taste. Classical, especially Mozart and Rachmaninov. Film soundtracks to…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Hurt – Tabitha Sazuma

    “He opens his eyes and knows instantly that something is terribly wrong. He senses it through his skin, his nerves, his synapses, even though, spread-eagled on his back, all he can see is the frosted light-fitting on his bedroom ceiling. The room is white, violently bright and he knows that it is a sunny day and he forgot to close the curtains, just as he knows, from the belt cutting into his side, the denim against his legs, the clammy cotton sticking to his chest, that he slept in his clothes.” Mathéo wakes to find his room in tatters. It is like something from a nightmare and he can’t remember…

  • TBR Pile

    From The Review Pile (#11): Forbidden by Jana Oliver

    From the Review Pile is a meme created by Stephanie over at Stepping Out of the Page Designed to highlight the books that we have have sitting on our review piles and tbr shelves for far too long, it gives books the little bit of extra publicity they deserve. You can find out more about the meme here and you can follow the link above to Stephanie’s blog.  Todays Pick comes to you from my very large review pile. When the final book in the Demon Trappers series came out I was offered them all. I asked for the first two books hoping I would like them then I would buy the…

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    Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma

    “I gaze at the small, crisp, burned-out black husks scattered across the chipped white paint of the windowsills. It is hard to believe that they were ever alive. I wonder what it would be like to be shut up in this airless glass box, slowly baked for two long months by the relentless sun, able to see the outdoors – the wind shaking the green trees right there in front on you – hurling yourself again and again at the invisible wall that seals you off from everything that is real and alive and necessary until eventually you succumb: scorched, exhausted, overwhelmed by the impossibility of the task. “ 16 and 17…