• Book Review,  Reviews

    This Book is Gay – James Dawson

    “Lesson one  Sometimes men fancy men  Sometimes women fancy women  Sometimes women fancy men and women  Sometimes men fancy women and men  Sometimes people don’t fancy anyone  Sometimes a man might want to be a woman Sometimes a woman might want to be a man Got that? It really is that simple.” This Book is Gay takes all the myths and prejudice surrounding the notion of gender identity and sexual orientation and tells it how it is. The Queen of Teen James Dawson shows how all human beings are confusing creatures and how not everyone wants, or needs, labels to be who they really are. This book will have you…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Say Her Name – James Dawson

    “Drip, drip, drip.  Drip, drip, drip.  Drip, drip, drip.  This was really starting to get on her nerves. Taylor Keane tightened the kitchen tap with all her might, even using a tea towel to gain a better grip, but the relentless dripping continued. Where it was coming from? Leaning over the sink, she twisted the handle and threw the window open, snaking her arm through the opening and into the balmy night air. She held out her open palm. It wasn’t even spitting.”  Bobbie doesn’t believe in ghosts. She certainly doesn’t believe that her boarding school is the place where the Bloody Mary legend began, like Sadie is saying. To…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#81)

    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. Two weeks worth of fantastic books, even Tony the T-rex is excited!  For Review:  The Apple Tart of Hope – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald  I’m not going to lie, I have no idea what this one is about but with a title like that, comparisons to Annabel Pitcher and Siobhan Dowd and fantastic things said about this authors first book, I want to read it…

  • Book Review,  Reviews,  Uncategorized

    Cruel Summer – James Dawson

    “Fade in: One Year Ago Against the white cliffs, the girl in the red dress was as vivid as a drop of blood. Even by moonlight, the rugged shoreline was visible for miles at sea: two vast cave mouths yawned, black stains scarring the chalk. The tide was coming in, advancing on a dark, rocky beach; the surf sighed over the shingle as the waves crept closer.” The holiday seemed like a good idea to Ryan, he would finally have his friends all together again, all except Janey of course. A year since her death and still the niggle was there for Ryan that it wasn’t just suicide, there was…

  • Guest Post

    Top 5 goodbyes – books (and films?) – #MurderOnTheBeach blog tour from Kate Harrison and James Dawson

    Thank you for stumbling across my blog #, today I have author Kate Harrison and James Dawson doing a joint blog tour for their books Soul Storm and Cruel Summer and they are talking about their top five goodbyes in books and films. Please bear in mind when reading that there may be a couple of small spoilers in the posts due to content of books and films containing goodbyes! Kate Harrison is the author of the fantastic Soul Beach series which started with Soul Beach in August 2011, Soul Fire which followed in 2012 and the newly released Soul Storm which concluded the trilogy to tremendous effect. This year, I’ve had…

  • Bookish News

    Bookish and Blogish News (#32)

    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! *** Cover Reveal: Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs This is the third book in the Medusa Girls series. I loved the first and really must get round to the second. The covers, of which the first and second can bee seen below the third, haven’t really had much of an effect on me to be honest, I could take them or leave them but I really do…

  • Uncategorized

    Hollow Pike – James Dawson

    “Lis knew she was dreaming, although this brought little comfort as the blood ran over her face. It rushed up her nostrils and caught in the back of her throat. The metallic taste chocked her, panic creeping in.” Lis London has packed up her life and moved to Hollow Pike, believing she’s safer there than in her hometown where she was being viciously bullied. Living with her sister at the edge of Pike Copse she settles in nicely, until the nightmares start again. Nightmares she has been having for a month get stronger, more vivid and scarier. She dreams of someone trying to kill her, someone chasing her through the…