• Book Review,  Reviews

    Drummer Girl – Bridget Tyler

    “Lucy Gosling had imagined a lot of different ways that her friendship with Harper McKenzie might end. One of them had involved Harper being locked up in the Tower of London for the crime of being the most heinous bitch that Britain had ever seen. Another had involved Lucy using her drumstick in a way that would have impressed a ninja. None of them had involved finding Harper’s dead body in a swimming pool in LA.” When five schoolgirls get together to start a bit at Harper McKenzie’s suggestion, they have no idea just how far they are going to make it. Tryouts for popular reality TV show Project Next…

  • Guest Post

    The Shadow Lantern Guest Post: The Mysteries of Inspiration by Teresa Flavin

    The number one question children ask me when I visit their school is: where do your ideas come from? I have one or two colleagues who have amusing answers – ‘from the idea store’, for example – but I’ve never been able to think of more clever answers than ‘from things I like’ or ‘things I’ve read about’. But perhaps I should add ‘from things that intrigued me when I was your age’. This last category applies to one aspect of my new book, The Shadow Lantern, the final adventure in my fantasy-mystery trilogy for age nine and older. In addition to the magical paintings, labyrinths, mazes and strange worlds…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Shadow Lantern – Teresa Flavin

    “The Wee Cuppa Cafe was packed with chattering teenagers who had just escaped from nearby Braeside High School. Every seat was taken and the tables were covered with cups, crumbs and scrunched-up napkins. So many backpacks and wet jackets were piled on the floor that Ellie the waitress had to kick them aside with her foot as she bustled over to Sunni Forrest and Blaise Doran’s table.” Its been a year since Sunni and Blaise found themselves inside the famous work of art, The Mariner’s Return, by Fausto Corvo, talking to the man himself and most people still don’t know what went on inside the painting. Since then they have…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Ferryman – Claire McFall

    “The first heavy drops of rain announced themselves, tapping out a disjointed rhythm on the tin roof over the train platform. Dylan sighed and plunged her face down deeper into her thick winter jacket, trying to warm her freezing nose.” Dylan is on the way to meet her father for the first time since she can remember. However, on the way, Dylan’s train crashes. Emerging from the wreckage of the train Dylan is greeted by a boy, a strange and beautiful boy, who seems to be waiting for her. Tristan is waiting to guide Dylan, across the wraith infested wasteland on a journey she is expected to take. But when…

  • Bookish News

    Bookish and Blogish News (#32)

    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! *** Cover Reveal: Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs This is the third book in the Medusa Girls series. I loved the first and really must get round to the second. The covers, of which the first and second can bee seen below the third, haven’t really had much of an effect on me to be honest, I could take them or leave them but I really do…

  • Guest Post

    Me, Suzy P blog tour with Karen Saunders

    Today I have author Karen Saunders talking about her new book Me, Suzy P (review here) and the characters you will meet when reading it!  *** Hi, I’m Karen Saunders, and I’m here to talk about my debut novel, Me, Suzy P. Here’s a taster from the blurb on the back of the book:   I’m Suzy Puttock, (yes, that’s Puttock with a P), fourteen years old and a complete disaster magnet. My life’s full of ups and downs. My loved-up big sister Amber’s getting married and wants lime-green bridesmaids’ dresses. I’m not happy about that. But there’s this hot new guy, Zach, just started at my school. I am…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Me, Suzy P – Karen Saunders

    “Oh no, oh no, oh no… I can’t believe I’m so late. How can I be out of breath this flipping quickly? I am seriously, seriously unfit. And these new shoes aren’t helping. They may looking great, but they sure aren’t easy to move in at speed. In my jacket pocket, my mobile vibrates for the bazillionth time. I don’t need to check it, because I know exactly who it is. It’ll be my best friend, Millie, asking yet again: Where r u??!!!” Fourteen year old Suzy is a clutz, she’s always running late and always causing havoc. She is a disaster magnet. However when she has to put up with a…

  • 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…

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    Sweet Venom – Tera Lynn Childs

    “Hydras have a distinctive odor. It’s somewhere between the acid tang of burning hair and a boat full of rotting fish. You can smell them from miles away.  Well, you can’t. But I can.  Some beasties smell mildly unpleasant; others could peel paint. Hydras definitely fall into the latter category.” Gretchen has been hunting beasts for four years, since her mentor Ursula found her in a disused warehouse after she ran away from her abusive home. Grace has just moved to San Francisco, following a scholarship to study at a high valued school. She’s already terrified enough when her first days at school go badly, but then she meets a…

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    Arcadia Awakens – Kai Meyer

    “’One day,’ She said, ‘I’ll catch dreams like butterflies.’ ‘And then what?’ he asked. ‘Then I’ll put them between the pages of big fat books and press them until they’re words.’ ‘Suppose there’s someone who never dreams of anything but you?’ ‘Maybe then we’re both words in a book. Two names among all the others.’ Rose is trying to escape her past life. Being raised in Brooklyn wasn’t too bad but then her sister returned to the island of Sicily where they were both born from then on things started going wrong. Something happened that Rosa seriously wants to forget so she takes up Zoe’s offer of going to visit.…