• Book Review,  Reviews

    The Bubble Wrap Boy – Phil Earle

    “There’s a saying that I hate.  I know it shouldn’t bother me like it does, because its only a saying.  A sentence.  Six words. Five of which are one syllable long.  I’m sure there are more irritating phrases; in fact I know there are.  For example, my skin itches every time Sinus hide his hideous lack of tact be hid his beloved:  You’d rather hear it than be deaf.” Charlie Han is the Chinese kid from the chippy. That’s pretty much how people know him, other than being the clumsy idiot who ruins things and who only has one friend, Sinus AKA the kid who stares at walls. Charlie is…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#80)

    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. I’ve been playing with photo editing apps on my phone following on from an awesome session at the Blog On Conference. I really hope my books covers are much clearer now – they’re so pretty they deserve to be clear, but I’m still learning!    For Review:  We Were Liars – E. Lockhart I have actually already read this as I took part in…

  • Discussion Post

    In celebration of #UKYA – My favourite UK authors

    Forgive me for using a hashtag in the title of my blogpost, that is something I would never do unless the hashtag needs more coverage and I feel that UKYA does! It is a hashtag started by Project UKYA, a blog dedicated to the awesome fiction which comes from our home soil. This weekend sees the #readUKYA hit twitter in a readathon designed to focus purely on home grown fiction. The readathon started on Thursday and runs to 11pm on Sunday, and as my part in it all I decided to share with you some of my favourite UK authors. There are some authors who jump straight to mind when…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Heroic – Phil Earle

    “Talk is cheap, which explains a lot. Explains why every day of my life has been a shouting match, why, even with the phone help away from my ear, all I could hear was banter. White noise.  We might not have the money for much else, but we can always afford an argument.” Sonny and Jamm are brothers, Jamm has spent his entire life on the look out for Sonny, who tends to live in the moment. But when Jamm is in Afghanistan and Sonny has to fend for himself a bit more. Jamm returns home on leave and instantly Sonny is aware that there is a change in him.…

  • Bookish News

    Bookish and Blogish News (#36)

    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! *** Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson & Antigoddess by Kendare Blake  The wonderful people at Hatchette Children’s books have acquired two awesome books from the states. I mentioned in a previous news post that they would be publishing Peter Pan inspired Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Hatchette however recently announced that the publication date for the book will be October 3rd. Also, Antigoddess, a new series…

  • Uncategorized

    Being Billy – Phil Earle

    “The light in the hallway gave the game away. Eleven pm and it was still on. If they were home, they would be in bed and all the lights would be off. No, I knew this meant they were away. Even if they had gone to the pub, they’d have been back. Work tomorrow and all that.” Having spent most of his life in care, Billy is alone, the only thing that keeps him going are his brother and sister, The Twins. When separated from them for only 6 months to spend time with a foster family nearby he went totally off the rails. Hes going through a bad phase…