• Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#49)

    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. Some brilliant books received this week and some were very unexpected so thank you so, so much to the publishers for these. I try my hardest to get my reviews of books up as quickly as possible and even if I haven’t…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Penelope Crumb Follows Her Nose – Shawn K Stout

    “Miss Stunkel’s art class is my All-Time Favourite. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the school is all right, I guess. But for me, drawing is like wiggling my toes in the ocean. It just feels good.  I take out my No. 2 Hard drawing pencil from my red metal toolbox and carefully study my best friend Patsy’s face.”  Penelope Crumb is just a normal girl. However before you read her story you should know that her brother is an alien, her mum draws creepy inside body parts and she has her grandfathers huge nose. This isn’t apparent to Penelope until her best friend Patsy Cline draws the huge…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Mini Reviews: Help My Brothers a Zombie! by Annie Graves and Guinea Pigs Online: Viking Victory by Jennifer Gray & Amanda Swift

    I received the following books as unsolicited review copies or from a goodie bag received at an event. Whilst they are not my normal age range or genre I thought I would give them a go due to their size and humour aspect. I also thought they deserved the honest review I usually give my review copies therefore have dedicated a mini-review to them.  Help! My Brother’s a Zombie – Annie Graves In the deepest, darkest night, Annie is hosting a sleepover, at her house, the one she owns and there are no parents. The children are playing a game, a game that involves telling a story so scary that…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Last Wild – Piers Torday

    “My story begins with me sitting on a bed, looking out of the window.  I know that doesn’t sound like much. But let me tell you where the bed is, and what I can see from it. This bed is right in the corner of a room only just big enough for it, and the bed is only just big enough for a kid my age. (Twelve – just about to be thirteen – and skinny.)  The window is the size of the whole wall, made of special tinted glass that means the room stays the same temperature all the time. The room is locked shut and you need an…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Don’t Look Back – SB Hayes

    “‘One, two, three, four… come on, Sinead, I’m not far away.’  ‘But I cant see you, Patrick.’  ‘Five, six, seven, eight… follow my footsteps, it isn’t difficult.’ The wind is whispering through the treetops like hundreds of voices telling me their secrets. I arch my neck and see night clouds creeping in. The trees are tall and tightly spaced, which makes me confused and dizzy.” Sinead has followed her brothers footsteps since she can remember. Patrick has always been an unstable, manipulative person and now he is missing. When it becomes obvious that Patrick has left clues to his whereabouts just like he did when they were children, Sinead rushes…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Feral Child – Che Golden

    “Maddy scowled and scuffed her trainers along the ground. Each time she saw a loose stone she aimed a vicious kick at it, pretending it was Danny’s head that bounced along the street. She was sick of living in Ireland, sick of Blarney and sick of her idiot cousins.” Since her parents death, Maddy has been stuck in Blarney. She wants to go back to London, back to her old life and her old friends. But no, she has to stay here, with her grandparents, her annoying cousins and the ridiculous stories her Granda keeps trying to tell her about the faerie people who live in Tir na nOg. However…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Drowning Instinct – Ilsa J. Bick

    “‘Look,’ says the detective. He stares down at the girl huddled on the gurney. Despite a half dozen blankets, the poor kid is still shaking as badly as when they pulled her from the water an hour ago. Another ten, fifteen minutes in that lake, Bob Pendleton thinks, and she might not have made it either. ‘Just tell me the truth. The truth can’t hurt.'” Jenna has recently been released from a mental health unit. Psycho-Dad thinks she’s ‘cured’ but Jenna knows that’s just wishful thinking, there’s still plenty wrong with her. Like for example her parents constant arguing, her mums drinking, her dads way of ignoring her and what…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Shattered Dreams – Ellie James

    “‘I heard this place is like… haunted.’ Stepping around a huge old oak, I lifted my flashlight… and saw the house. Everyone else kept tromping through knee-high weeds, but something held me there, totally still, while Spanish moss slipped against my face.” Trinity Rose has a gift, a disturbing gift which means she can see things before they happen, terrible things. When she was seven she saw her dog die two days before it happened, but her Gran told her to keep it quiet, not to say anything or tell anyone about her gift. When her Gran dies and Trinity is moved back to New Orleans to live with an…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Undone – Cat Clarke

    “The boy next door. Its a terrible cliche, isnt it? The one you eventually realise is The One after having your heart pulverised by an assortment of bad boys. We’ve all been there. Things were a little different for her though. She realised he was The One before she’d even met any bad boy, let alone had her heart pulverised bt one. And in her case The One happened to be very much gay. That pretty much blows the cliche out of the water, don’t you think? When Jem first caught sight of Kai he was lying on his back watching the sky. They were eight years old and from…

  • Bookish News

    Bookish and Bloggish News (#21)

    Hello, Happy Saturday! I have some awesome stuff for you this week and I hope you haven’t heard all about it already! *** Undone – Cat Clarke trailer This trailer was released by Quercus for Cat Clarke’s upcoming Undone, out on December 20th in ebook and January 31st in paperback. I loved this book and my review will be up next Wednesday. The trailer is good and well made but does have a couple of factual inaccuracies which I’m a little picky about but I guess I can live with that. I really would recommend adding this one to your pre-orders though, its amazing. Goodreads Summary: Jem Halliday is in…