• Book Review

    Flesh and Blood – Simon Cheshire

    “I didn’t want things to turn out this way. I really didn’t.  There have been deaths, and worse. Even if there’s no blood on my hands, not directly. I have to face the consequences of my actions, of what I did do. If events had happened differently, if I hadn’t been so intent on following my theories, then perhaps I wouldn’t be here now, sitting at this desk, writing out what some might see as a confession.”  Sam is new in town, moving onto one of the best streets Hadlington has to offer is more than his parents could have dreamed of months ago. But its turning into Sam’s nightmares.…

  • Book Review

    Frozen Charlotte – Alex Bell

    “The girls were playing with the Frozen Charlotte dolls again.  The schoolmistress had given them some scraps of fabric and ribbon from the sewing room to take out to the garden. They were to practice their embroidery skills by making little dresses and bonnets for the naked porcelain dolls. “They’ll catch their death of cold otherwise,” the teacher had said.” When Sophie and her friend try out an ouija board she expects nothing to come of it, but calling out the spirit of her dead cousin brings along questions she never thought she’d have. Now her best friend is dead and she’s off to spend two weeks in her uncles’…

  • Book Review

    Secrets, Scheme and Sewing Machines blog tour: extract and review

    The textiles classroom was close to the drama room, but it wasn’t somewhere I’d spent a lot of time before – not since my last textiles class in Year Nine. I had a horrible feeling that Miss Cotterill was probably still going to remember the hideous stuffed whale thing I made in that class. I just hoped she wouldn’t mention it in front of Connor.  “You want to join Sewing Club?” Miss Cotterill peered over her tiny glasses at me. “Are you sure?” Connor was silently laughing behind me. I couldn’t see him, but I just knew. “Very.” I tried out my best “I know what I’m doing” smile. It…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Winter Wolf – Holly Webb

    “Tangled Branches tapped at the windows as the car nosed down the track towards the house. Amelia shivered happily. It was a bit like a fairy tale, this huge, old, abandoned house, deep in the countryside. There had been a sign at the end of the track, half grown over with ivy. Amelia had just about been able to see that it said ‘Allen House’.” Amelia is excited for her Scottish Christmas break in the old house that now belonged to her mum and her mum’s aunt. The house was in the middle of nowhere and it would be a proper family Christmas. However she didn’t expect that her cousin…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Love, Lies & Lemon Pies – Katy Cannon

    “Home is a funny word.  It means different things to different people. Everyone believes that the way they live, the way their family do things, that’s normal. Whatever anyone else does? Just plain weird.  Maybe that means we’re all normal, in our own way. And maybe we’re all a little bit freakish as well.  Still, say ‘home’ to a group and ask them to define it, and you’ll get as many different responses as there are people.” When the head of year suggests a meeting at her house to discuss life since her dad died, Lottie knows she must do anything to stop that from happening. She manages to convince…

  • Guest Post

    Blog Tour: The Right Sort Of People by Katy Cannon – Love, Lies and Lemon Pies author

    Don’t worry. This isn’t a blog post about who you should hang with at lunchtime, or which gangs or cliques to avoid like the plague. Instead, I wanted to write a bit about one of my absolute favourite things in books, films and tv shows – and my favourite thing about writing my YA debut novel, Love, Lies and Lemon Pies.  Community.  For every hero or heroine, there’s always the sidekick, or the best friend, cracking wise alongside. Add in the love interest, the geek who helps out with the techy stuff, the father figure, the tag along, the teacher, the mysterious stranger… a careful selection from millions of possible…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Legend of Frog – Guy Bass

    “Once upon a tyme there was the KING AND QUEEN OF EVERYTHING. They rooled over all of Kingdomland and lived in a palase and had thrones and crowns and all the polished sandwitches they could eat.  Their palase looked really speshul and was chock-filled with loyal subjects. Their favourite loyal subject was called Buttercup who was good and clever and wize.” Prince Frog is convinced he’s destined to rule the world …the trouble is, the world has ended. Undeterred, Frog sets out to claim his crown, armed with nothing more than a pair of Catastrophe Pants and his trusty stick, Basil Rathbone. But Frog soon realizes that the world isn’t…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Geekhood: Mission Improbable – Andy Robb (Geekhood #2)

    ***Please note that whilst I have tried not to include any spoilers of this book, there may be some within my review for its predecessor, Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind***“I hate being late. Especially when I don’t have a choice in the matter. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a Wednesday trip to the dentist. In geek terms, its the closest you’ll ever get to the thrill of bunking off school. There’s even something vaguely satisfying about lying back in a chair, with a mouth full of fingers and looking up a man’s hairy nostrils, knowing that your mates are up to their oreilles in French.” Archie’s…

  • 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…

  • Uncategorized

    Stitch Head – Guy Bass

    “It was the night that everything changed. The circus had come to Grubbers Nubbin. Or rather –  Fulbert Freakfinder’s  Traveling Carnival of Unnatural Wonders A most terrifying voyage for the mind and spirit to a world of such unfathomable oddities as has ever been seen -had come to Grubbers Nubbin.” Castle Grotteskew stand on the hill above Grubbers Nubbin. The townsfolk keep away. Word is a mad professor creates terrifying creatures up the castle and their cries can be heard every few days. But when the carnival comes to town everything changes for Grubbers Nubbin and Castle Grotteskew, but most especially Stitch Head, one of the castles quieter inhabitants. *** I first…