• Book Review,  Reviews

    Murder Most Unladylike – Robin Stevens

    “This is the first murder that the Wells & Wong Detective Society has ever investigated, so it is a good thing Daisy bought me a new casebook. The last one was finished after we solved The Case of Lavinia’s Missing Tie. The solution to that, of course, was that Clementine stole it in revenge for Lavinia punching her in the stomach during lacrosse, which was Lavinia’s revenge for Clementine telling everyone Lavinia came from a broken home. I suspect that the solution to this new case may be more complicated.” Welcome to the Wells & Wong Detective Society. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up the society they had…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Queen of Dreams – Peter Hamilton (illustrated by Adam Stower)

    “‘Just go away,’ Taggie Paganuzzi whispered fiercely at the grey rainclouds that we’re drawing together across the bright summer sky. She and her sister were returning from a holiday with their mum to spend a fortnight with their dad. The drive had taken hours and Taggie was seriously bored.” Taggie and her sister Jemima are on their way to their dads for summer when Taggie makes the rainclouds disappear. She doesn’t realise then that she is the cause of their sudden disappearance but its just the first of the very weird things that happen to them over the next couple of days. By far the weirdest thing though is seeing…

  • Discussion Post

    Random House invited me to the movies – and I loved it!

    On Saturday 25th January I got up super early – seriously, like 5am – and made my way down to London town for a day filled with books, bloggers and bites to eat! First of a lll I got off the train and treated myself to a hobbit-like second breakfast in Burger King. But you don’t want to hear about that.  What you want to hear about is the fun filled events I went to at Random House and Faber and Faber… Alas you shall only be hearing about one of these today though. The Random House Movies Brunch was the first call of the day. First was a run…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#71)

    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:  Mutant City – Steve Feasey (Unsolicited) This is a bt of an odd one for me, it doesn’t sound like something I would usually pick up but as its come through I’ll try and get round to reading it soon. As far as I can tell its a dystopian about some sort of chemical war that made people into mutants, or some…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Blackberry Blue and Other Fairy Tales – Jamila Gavin & Illustrated by Richard Collingridge

    “Stolen Sister, brambly babe, A night Princess grieves for her love. Oddboy’s fiddle, golden carp A lost king waits, the pathfinder comes.” Prepare to enter a world of magicians, enchanted forests, talking animals and wicked witches . . . Here are six magical stories to thrill and enchant you. Watch Blackberry Blue rise from the bramble patch; follow Emeka the pathfinder on his mission to save a lost king; join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse. These beautifully written and original stories will delight readers of all ages, and the stunning illustrations by Richard Collingridge will take your breath away. (taken from Goodreads)…

  • Book Review,  Reviews,  Uncategorized

    The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co #1) – Jonathan Stroud

    “Of the first few hauntings I investigated with Lockwood & Co. I intend to say little, in part to protect the identity of the victims, in part because of the gruesome nature of the incidents, but mainly because, in a variety of ingenious ways, we succeeded in cocking them all up. There, I’ve admitted it! Not a single one of those early cases ended as neatly as we’d have wished.” When Lucy Carlyle goes for her interview at Lockwood & Co. the agency seemed unusual and shabby, there wasn’t the formality that there had been at the other agencies and one of the workers seemed sure she would run screaming…

  • 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

    The Spook’s Curse – Joseph Delaney

    “When I heard the first scream, I turned away and covered my ears with my hands, pressing hard until my head hurt. At that moment I could do nothing to help. But I could still hear it, the sound of a priest in torment, and it went on for a long time before finally fading away. So I shivered in the dark barn, listening to the rain drumming on the roof, trying to gather my courage. It was a bad night and it was about to get worse.  Tom Ward has been the Spook’s apprentice for just over six months now. He has learnt a lot at the hands of…

  • TBR Pile

    From The Review Pile (#4)

    From the Review Pile is a meme created by Stephanie over at Stepping Out of the Page. Designed to highlight the books that we have have sitting on our review piles and tbr shelves for far too long, it gives books the little bit of extra publicity they deserve. You can find out more about the meme here and you can follow the link above to Stephanie’s blog. This weeks book will hopefully be getting read soon, however I recently read another book from the same author and I was a little disappointed by it, not majorly but it wasn’t what I excepted and I’m now worried to read this one in case its the…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Toymaker – Jeremy De Quidt

    “Do you know Frausisstrasse? You must. The street named after that fine Duke who, seeing his army beaten before him, rode his great high-stepping white horse down onto the battlefield, and taking off his hat in one majestic sweep, dismounted before the enemy prince, drew his sword as though to surrender it, and drove it instead straight through the man’s heart, so the lost battle was won and the city saved.” Mathias only ever knew his grandfather, Gustav, and the circus they rode with. Gustav kept himself to himself but, the conjuror would frequently tell Mathias that he knew a secret, one that should never be told. When Gustav sees…