• 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 (#83)

    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: Darkness Hidden – Zoe Marriott  It doesn’t feel like a year ago when the first Name of the Blade book, The Night Itself, came out but at the same time it feels like longer. I have been eagerly awaiting this book and I am so glad I can now find out what happens next in Mio’s story. Thank you so much Walker…

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    Just In Case – Meg Rosoff

    “The view is fine up here. I can look out across the world and see everything.  For instance I can see a fifteen-year-old boy and his brother.” The day David Case saves his baby brother from falling out of the window to what would result in the severely premature death of said child changes Davids life forever. At first his outlook changes, then his name and his clothes and soon everything is very much different from what it was to start with. Armed with his new name, Justin, every moment is taken up by what ifs and he strives to outwit fate. He leaves home and soon finds himself in…

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    Listening for Lucca – Suzanne LaFleur

    “I’m obsessed with abandoned things.  Left-behind things, unwanted things. Forgotten things.  When Lucca and I got to the park, a small lamb waited on a bench.  The lambie was stuffed and half-full of plastic beans and fluff. He was gray and worn; chew marks creased his nose. He was small enough to hold in one hand.” Siena is a collector of forgotten things and of memories. She has had a recurring dream about an old seaside house for years but has never been there, at least not until now. Her little brother Lucca is nearly four, and hasn’t spoken for over a year. The doctors can’t find anything wrong with…

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    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.…

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    Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marissa Meyer

    ***Please note that this review is for the second book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Therefore it may contain spoilers for the first, Cinder*** “Scarlet was descending toward the alley behind the  Rieux Tavern when her portscreen chimed from the passenger seat, followed by an automated voice: ‘Comm received for mademoiselle Scarlet Benoit from the Toulouse Law Enforcement Department of Missing Persons.’ Heart jumping, she swerved just in time to keep the ship’s starboard side form skidding against the stone wall, and threw down the brakes before reaching a complete stop. Scarlet killed the engine, already grabbing the discarded portscreen. Its pale blue light glinted off the cockpit’s controls.”  Scarlet’s…

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    Just Listen – Sarah Dessen

    “I taped the commercial back in April, before anything had happened, and promptly forgot about it. A few weeks ago, it had started running and, suddenly, I was everywhere.  On the rows of screens hanging over the ellipticals at the gym. On the monitor they have at the post office that’s supposed to distract you from how long you’ve been waiting in line. And now here, on the TV in my room, as I sat at the edge of my bed, fingers clenched into my palms, trying to make myself get up and leave.” Annabel is the girl who has everything, at least that’s what the local department store was…

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    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…

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    Cinder – Marissa Meyer

    “The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle. Her knuckles ached from forcing the screwdriver into the joint as she struggled to loosen the screw one gritting twist after another.” Humans and cyborgs live together in the crowded city streets of new Beijing. A deadly plague is making its way around the population and while all this is going on the Lunar people are looking down on Earth, plotting. Cinder is the lowest of the low, she is a cyborg and that means she is way down in the pecking order and whats worse is her legal guardian hates her. Since her…