• Book Review,  Reviews

    My True Love Gave to Me – Edited by Stephanie Perkins

    In this collection of twelve tales we meet an orphan who falls for a god, a jewish boy who is willing to do anything for his boyfriend – even be santa, and a couple who took far too long to realise they were meant to be. Each story written by a major name in YA romance, My True Love Gave To Me will melt your heart on the cold winter nights and make you believe again.  *** This book was brilliant, it was just what I needed in the run up to the Christmas period and it gave me tingles thinking about some of the fresh romances that were present…

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    The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo’s Child – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

    “A Gruffalo? Whats a Gruffalo?  A Gruffalo! Why, didn’t you know?” In The Gruffalo a mischievous mouse manages to convince his various prey that he has a big, bad friend called the Gruffalo. Little do they know that the Gruffalo isn’t real… or is he? When the Little Mouse’s tricks backfire she’s in major trouble and needs to think of someway out quick! Convincing the Gruffalo that she is actually the most terrifying thing in the woods, she sets himself up for a quiet life. However in The Gruffalo’s Child nothing prepares her for the visit she gets from The Gruffalo’s daughter, and she has to act quick to convince…

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    Ironheart – Allan Boroughs

    “India Bentley stopped wading through the thick tidal mud and checked the horizon for any sign of southsiders. The first thing you learned when you lived on the North London shores was to keep your eyes peeled for southsiders. They’d come tearing across the water in skim boats and if they caught you unawares then you’d most likely get taken.” The worlds has crumbled. The Great Rains washed away most of it and the things we know and love have been lost. India’s world is most unlike the one we know, and her life is about to be turned upside down. Her father is missing, presumed dead, in Siberia and…

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    Amy & Matthew – Cammie McGovern

    “Amy’s email started in late July and kept coming all summer. Each one made Matthew a little more nervous: To: astheword@gmail.com From: aimhigh@comcast.net Subject: I’m Happy!  I just slipped into my mother’s office to look at the names of my new peer helpers, and I’m so happy! Your name is on the list! I thought maybe I’d scared you by coming right out and asking you to apply. I realize it’s an unusual set-up, but try not to think of it as my parents offering to pay people to be my friend. I know there’s something unsettling and prideless in that.” Amy has difficulties in school. Her adult aides and…

  • Guest Post

    Smart blog tour: Kim Slater’s Writing Tips

    Today I am kicking off Kim Slater’s Blog tour for her new book Smart! Kim is sharing her writing tips for aspiring authors out there. Kim’s book Smart is a fantastic story following Kieran on his mission to find out what happened the the homeless guy he finds dead in the river. To read my review of Smart please click here. Smart publishes on Thursday from Mcmillan Children’s Books.  *** After three years of a full-time English & Creative Writing degree and two years studying on an MA in Creative Writing, I felt well-equipped to embark on my quest to become a published writer. My degrees gave me a solid…

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    Smart – Kim Slater

    “It just look like a pile of rags, floating on the water.  Jean sat on the bench with the brass plaque on. It said: In Memory of Norman Reeves, who spent many happy hours here.  The plaque means Norman Reeves is dead, but it doesn’t actually say that.  Jean held her head in her hands and her body was all jerky, like when you are laughing or crying, I guessed she was crying and I was right.  ‘He was my friend,’ she sobbed.” Jeans friend has been murdered. But the police don’t agree. To them he was just another homeless person who’s fallen into the river after one too many…

  • 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…

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    Debutantes: In Love – Cora Harrison

    “Poppy and Baz had been playing New Orleans rhythms for an hour, but now there was silence in the little cottage. They sat gazing into the fire, sitting side by side together on the large, old sofa – threadbare, but beautifully soft and deep. Baz propped his bass against the table, there Poppy had lid her clarinet. Music was Poppy’s security. Music had rescued her when the world had swirled into chaos on the death of her mother; it had brought order into that turmoil. Music had given her courage, but it was jazz that had set her free.” Its 1924 and the Derrington twins are hoping for their season.…

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    This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

    “You think it’s so easy to change yourself.  You think it’s so easy, but it’s not.  What do you think it takes to reinvent yourself as an all-new person, a person who makes sense, who belongs? Do you change your clothes, your hair, your face? Go on, then. Do it. Pierce your ears, trim your fringe, buy a new bag. they will still see past that, see you, the girl who is still too scared, still too smart for her own good, still a beat behind, still, always, wrong. Change all you want; you can’t change that.  I know because I tried.”   Elise has always been unpopular. It was…

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    Are We There Yet? – David Levithan

    “The phone rings at an ungodly hour. Elijah looks at the blur of his clock as he reaches for the sound. Eleven in the morning on a Saturday. Who can be calling him at eleven in the morning on a Saturday? Cal, his best friend, stirs from somewhere on the floor. Elijah picks up the phone an murmurs a greeting.  ‘Oh goodness, did I wake you?’ Elijah’s mother asks, her voice so much louder than the dream he’d been having.  ‘No, no,’ he says, disguising his own voice to sound awake. ‘Not at all.’ ‘Good, because I have some great news for you… ‘“ It’s safe to say that the…