• Book Review,  Reviews

    Don’t Even Think About It – Sarah Mlynowski

    “”We were not always freaks.  Sure, most of us occasionally exhibited freakish behaviour. But that’s not the same thing.  Olivia Byrne, when she worried about something, picked the skin around her thumbnails until her fingers bled.  Cooper Miller sang badly. When he walked down the hall, when he studied, when he ate. He wasn’t singing the Top 40 either – he made up the tunes and lyrics about his everyday like. Walking to school. Being late to math.” Something isn’t right with homeroom 10B. They can hear everyones thoughts; their best friends’, their parents’, their boyfriends’ and girlfriends’ – no one’s thoughts are off limits. Worst of all, they each…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Between the Lives – Jessica Shirvington

    “I am a liar.  Not compulsive.  Simply required.  I am two people. Neither better than the other, no superpowers, no mystical destinies, no two-places-in-one-time mechanism – but two people. Different in ways fundamental, even though at the most basic level I look the same. My physical attributes, my memory and my name follow me. For the past eighteen years, everything else, everything, about me is different.”  Every 24 hours Sabine shifts into a different life. In one she has a perfect boyfriend, perfect grades a what would seem like the perfect, all-american life. In the other she is viewed as a reckless delinquent by most, with only her little sister…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Dead Jealous – Sharon Jones

    “It had to be here.  The soles of his shoes squeaked from marble to wood as he ran between the choir stalls, swinging the torch beam like a whip that could beat back the night.  How could he have been so stupid as to lose the book? If he didn’t find it he was dead.  A faint scuffling noise brought him to a halt. Shit! His fingers fumbled to shut off the torch. The light died and he stood frozen, holding his breath.” When Poppy Sinclair and her boyfriend, Michael, visit Cambridge for Michael’s interview they expect a relaxing weekend visiting her father and seeing the sights. However the sights…

  • Guest Post

    Blog Tour: United We Spy by Ally Carter

    Today marks the publication of the sixth and final book in the Gallagher Girls Series, United We Spy, and I am proud to be a part of the fantastic blog tour that the UK publishers Orchard have set up. So you are used to having a blog tour involving the author of said book, I know, however for the UK United We Spy blog tour it was decided to do something a little different. On this tour us bloggers are sharing our love of the Gallagher Girls series with you and especially talking about our favourite characters! So my post may be a little different to the others on the…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Boy Nobody – Allen Zadoff

    “I pick up a baseball bat. It’s a thirty-two-ounce Rawlings composite. I feel the weight in my hands. The balance is slightly off from a dent on the tip.  I grasp the bat on either end and stretch out in the parking lot after the game. Natick vs. Wellesley. My Natick teammates are all around me, high school jocks doing what they do after a win. Celebrating. Big-time.” Boy Nobody is exactly that: nobody. He is an assassin and he is there to do a job. But when he is assigned to kill the mayor of New York by way of the Mayor’s Daughter, things change. He becomes somebody, he…

  • Letterbox Love,  Uncategorized

    Letterbox Love (#55)

    Welcome to Letterbox Love, this is a UK meme, hosted by the lovely Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and inspired by The Story Siren’s In My Mailbox. This post is a means by which to highlight the books we get in the post and beyond, and especially to bring attention to those books which may be sat on our shelves for a little while yet that we love all the same. A great collection of books this week, sat on my awesome new rocking chair! yay!  For Review:  United We Spy – Ally Carter  This is the sixth and final book in the Gallagher Girls series, its sad to see the series come…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Memory – Christoph Marzi

    “The nameless girl lost her history in the hour before midnight. But that dark, glassy night seemed to be the start of everything. Silence lay like a mist over a landscape that appeared to consist of nothing but shadows and silhouettes. One feeble street light illuminated that forsaken corner which was no place for a girl at that time of night.” When Jude seems the girl sat on the bench he knows something isn’t right, first of all she doesn’t respond when he calls out to her, then screams as if she’s been woken up when he touches her and finally, she cannot remember anything. Jude is used to seeing…

  • Guest Post

    Dead Jealous Blog Tour: Will the real Lake District please step forward! By Sharon Jones

    Today I have the wonderful Sharon Jones, author of the contemporary murder mystery Dead Jealous, on the blog talking about settings and in particular, The Lake District. The setting of Dead Jealous was one of the things that really made the book stand apart from others when I read it and I love hearing more about how Sharon came up with that and what kind of prompting that took. So enough of me wittering on, over to Sharon…  *** For me, writing a place is just like writing a character. I need to know its moods, its strengths and weaknesses. I need to be able to see it in my…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Dead Jealous – Sharon Jones

    “It was a good place, a peaceful place. The kind of place where the past could lie, forever.  At the foot of the hill the lake was frozen in a dead calm, a dark mirror reflecting the clouds that rolled in above. Not that those weirdos down at the festival would be turning in any time soon.” A year ago Poppy Sinclair nearly died. She fell unconscious into Lake Windermere and was pulled to safety by her best friend. Now she tries to face her fear of the water every chance she gets, but at Scariswater, a trip into the water to paddle ends with her pulling a girl out…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Don’t Judge a Girl by her Cover – Ally Carter

    *** Please Note that this book is the third in the Gallagher Girls series and whilst I have taken every care not to include spoilers, there may be some present for the first two books. ***“‘We’re moving.’ The man beside me spoke into the microphone in his sleeve, and I knew the words weren’t for me.  The August air was hot and thick with the smell of sea salt and bus exhaust. The roads were packed for miles, and everywhere I looked I saw shades of red, white and blue. Everywhere I turned, I felt the eyes of trained professionals staring, seeing, recording every word, analysing every glance within a…