• Book Review

    The Lost and The Found – Cat Clarke

    “She knows. She definitely knows.  I’m not sure how she knows. I’m not stupid enough to keep a diary, and I’m not one of those weirdos who’s all Mum’s-my-best-friend-and-we-tell-each-other-everything. Perhaps its some kind of sixth sense, unique to mothers?  It’s there in her eyes every time she looks at me. The problem is, I can’t tell how she feels about it. Why can’t that show up in her eyes too? Is she angry? Disappointed? Disapproving? Resigned? A little bit proud?” The day after Faith loses her virginity is the day her life changes forever, but not in the way she might have thought. Her older sister, the sister her parents…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    True Fire – Gary Meehan

    “Megan had no trouble slipping away from the mil. Her grandfather was at the kitchen table, doing his accounts by the light of the single candle he permitted himself, while Gwyneth was in the living room, needing no light for what she was doing with Holt.”  While Megan is out of the house sneaking a meeting with Wade, her village is invaded and her life is turned upside down. Wade is killed in front of her and she sees her grandfather slaughtered; the witches have returned. Taking to the road she wants revenge, she wants to raise an army to fight against the witches, but in a world of deception…

  • Book Review,  Reviews,  Uncategorized

    The Unicorn Hunter – Che Golden

    “As soon as the dart hit the mare’s shoulder, the world solidified around the stallion. The air enveloped the gleaming white beast in a damp cloak and sounds shattered against his ears. He watched as his mate sank to the ground, her nose settling upon her knee. Dark clouds rushed in overhead as birds flew up from the trees. For a fraction of a second the earth shuddered on its axis, throwing wound patterns into chaos and aiming a stream of cold air at one small country in the western hemisphere.” There’s something amiss in Blarney and once again its to do with the faeries that live in the realm…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    A Kiss in the Dark – Cat Clarke

    “I saw here before she saw me. It was better that way. I watched her looking for me, craning her neck to see over the crowds. Trying to match the faces in front of her against my profile picture. That was all she had to go on. No bigger than a passport photo and you couldn’t even see my face properly. Half turned away from the camera, fringe flopping down over my eyes. It was one of the only photos of me I didn’t hate. She must have liked it too, I guess.” When Alex and Kate start chatting on their favourite bands online forum there’s an instant attraction. Their…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Penelope Crumb Finds her Lucky Stars – Shawn K Stout

    “Sometimes I worry about getting the BAD LUCK. I don’t know how you catch it exactly, but I guess its a lot like catching the stomach bug. Or getting warts. (Truth be told, if you’ve got the stomach bug AND warts, then your luck probably isn’t so good.)” Penelope Crumb wants to win back her best friend Pasty Cline, who seems to have ditched her for the awful Vera Bogg. When the chance to spend quality time with Patsy arrives Penelope jumps at it, especially as it involves drawing and painting too, but then Vera joins in and Penelope’s ideas cause problems in the group, and everything seems to go…

  • Bookish News

    Bookish News (#58)

    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! New Cat Clarke books!  Quercus Books have signed Cat Clarke for two more books. The first will be called Safe and Sound and will be a psychological thriller which tells the story of a girl who’s sister returns home following an abduction earlier in life. The name of the second book is currently unknown. Cat has a book out in April this year called A Kiss In The…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Penelope Crumb Never Forgets – Shawn K Stout

    “Besides Miss Stunkel’s art class, there’s only one other thing I like about school. Field trips. Miss Stunkel calls them Outings for Educational Purposes, but I don’t care what they are called as long as we get out of school and don’t have to learn about fractions.” Things start going downhill for Penelope Crumb as soon as the buss pulls up outside Portwaller History Museum. She gets into trouble with the teacher whilst helping her best friend Patsy Cline. Then she is left behind in one room and upon voicing her opinions about this is sent back to the bus, with yet another note for her mum. But Penelope just…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Mini Review: Guinea Pigs Online: Christmas Quest by Jennifer Gray & Amanda Swift

    The guinea pigs are on another adventure and this time they won’t be home for Christmas! When Coco finds her way into Mummy’s bag and on the way to the airport, for a flight to Peruare , she is worried what that will mean for Christmas, but thankfully Henrietta and Ben, along with Mummy’s Husky and Fuzzy, are on their way to the import too! Eduardo, Fuzzy and Coco’s friend is tagging along with them too, in the hope that he can finally be reunited with his family. When they get there though the guinea pigs find that the traditional Coca Bean belonging to Eduardo’s family has been stolen and…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    How To Love – Katie Cotugno

    “I’ve been looking for Sawyer for half a lifetime when I find him standing in front of the Slurpee machine at the 7-eleven on Federal Highway, gazing through the window at the frozen, neon-bright churning like he’s expecting the mysteries of the universe to be revealed to him from inside.  Come to think of it, maybe he is.  I stop. I stare. I need gum and a soda and a box of animal crackers for Hannah, but already I known I’m going to be walking out of this place empty-handed.” Reena was a good girl, on track to get out of her small town a year early and go to…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird: Hell Hound Curse – Eleanor Hawken

    “Pay up or pack up! That was the message Dad gave Donny and Red today. Yes, they’ve been living at Feral Zoo rent-free for months. Yes, their pet collection of a gut worm, a phoenix and a wish frog isn’t exactly cute and cuddly. Yes, they look like weirdos of the highest degree and most normal people would rather swim with crocodiles than talk to them. Yes, they register a firm 7 on the Feral Scale of Weirdness. And they’re my friends. In the last few months we’ve been through some tricky times together.”  When Sammy’s Dad points out that if things don’t start getting better for the Zoo it…