• Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#81)

    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. Two weeks worth of fantastic books, even Tony the T-rex is excited!  For Review:  The Apple Tart of Hope – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald  I’m not going to lie, I have no idea what this one is about but with a title like that, comparisons to Annabel Pitcher and Siobhan Dowd and fantastic things said about this authors first book, I want to read it…

  • 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

    Witch Finder – Ruth Warburton

    “Luke lifted his head and sniffed the dusk. The risk smell of roast chestnut pierced the cold foggy air, above the more familiar Spitalfields stink: horse manure, coal smoke, rubbish. Another day he might have searched his pockets for a farthing, bought a paper cone of hot, burst chestnuts and burnt his fingers as he ate. Not today. Not with his stomach churning like a wash tub and a fluttering sickness in his gut.”  When Witches killed his parents, Luke swore he would do anything to avenge their deaths. He has a gift and he plans to use it. His gift is that he can see magic, and the witches…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    A Witch Alone – Ruth Warburton

    ***Please note that this is the third in the Winter Trilogy and therefore may contain spoilers for the previous two books.***“It was dark, but I could tell someone was there as soon as I opened the barn door.  ‘Hello?’ My voice echoed in the rafters. ‘Hello?’ I waited for a moment, listening. Nothing. But I wasn’t alone. I didn’t need witchcraft to tell me that; someone was there – a living, breathing someone – and the knowledge made the hair on the back of my neck prickle.” Anna is alone now, Seth has gone, left her behind and nothing can bring him back. She still has her father but he…

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    A Witch in Love – Ruth Warburton

    “‘Merry Christmas,’ I said, and leant forward to kiss him. As our lips met I felt a small flurry of snowflakes swirl around our heads. ‘Damn.’ I pulled back, feeling my cheeks flush scarlet with a mixture of anger and embarrassment. The snow fell on Seth’s dark curls and melted on the restaurant table-top. None of the other diners had noticed and Seth only smiled his wide, devastating smile.” Anna is having trouble controlling her powers. Powers that she only recently accumulated, powers that can get her in serious trouble with the Ealdwitan, the head of the magical society. But they aren’t the only problems Anna has to face, she’s…

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    A Witch in Winter – Ruth Warburton

    “The first thing that hit me was the smell – damp and bitter. It was the smell of a place long shut up, of mice, bird-droppings, and rot. ‘Welcome to Wicker House,’ Dad said, and flicked a switch. Nothing happened, and groaned. ‘Probably been disconnected. I’ll go and investigate. Here, have this.’ He pushed the torch at me. ‘ I’ll get another one from the car.’ Anna is used to living a privileged life. Her last school in London had 40 girls in lower sixth. Now she’s been forced to move to Winter following her dad’s redundancy. The school there is huge and mixed sex. Its a change all right,…