• Book Review,  Reviews

    Never Ending – Martyn Bedford

    “Waking in the dark chill before dawn, she imagined her first glimpse of the swimming pool, shimming at their journey’s end.  The sun soaking honey-coated heat into her skin as she stands at the water’s edge.  Liquid light unfurling before her. Blue and white and silver and gold.  She imagined diving in.” Kyritos was meant to be Shiv’s best family holiday. But when tragedy hits in the glorious sun of the Greek island, it hits Shiv harder than anyone else. She knows she’s to blame and knows that the best place for her now is the Korsakoff Clinic where she can face the truth about her brother’s death. The unconventional…

  • Interview

    Countdown to 5th June: Interview with Katy Moran author of The Hidden Princess

    So today I have to lovely Katy Moran on the blog answering my questions about her new book The Hidden Princess and her writing. This post is part of the fantastic June 5th Countdown, organised by Jim Dean of YA Yeah Yeah, in order to celebrate all the fantastic YA books being published on the day! Katy’s book The Hidden Princess will be published on June 5th by Walker Books.  *** Thanks for taking part in my interview and the June 5th Countdown today, Katy!  It’s such a pleasure – thanks for having me! Your new book, The Hidden Princess (and its sequel Hidden Among Us) is set both in the faerie…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton

    “To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth – deep down, I always did.  I was just a girl.” When Ava Lavender was born with the brown speckled wings of a bird people questioned what she was. There was so much focus on her that her strange and wonderful twin brother Henry hardly got a…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Trouble – Non Pratt

    “So I had sex with Fletch again last night. It was all right, better than last time anyway, and Fletch is a laugh. And he’s not so bad-looking… although not so good without clothes on. We didn’t cuddle afterwards – that’s not really how it is with us. We were dressed and downstairs with our History books open by the time his mum came in, although you could tell she didn’t buy it by the way she gave me evils when Fletch’s little brother ran over to show me the crown he’d made at school. Whatever.” Hannah is smart and funny, she has it all sussed out and could do…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#65): The Walker Books edition!

    Letterbox Love is a weekly feature that is hosted by Lynsey at Narratively Speaking and basically, the idea came out of a discussion with other UK book bloggers about the need to do a weekly meme with more of a British feel to it. Therefore, Letterbox Love was born and the logo was lovingly designed by Dark Readers. Letterbox Love 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. Yeah for the Walker Bear!  For Review From Walker:  This week I went down to London for the Walker…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

    “‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’ The bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest. He stared down at the boy in the red zip-up jacket and shook his shaved head. ‘You can’t bring that thing in here.’  The fifty or so teenagers in line outside the Pandemonium Club leaned forward to eavesdrop. It was a long wait to get into the all-ages club, especially on a Sunday, and not much generally happened in line.” Clary Fray is seeing things that can’t be real. Demons and Vampires are popping up all over the Manhattan she knew and loved. When she notices a group following a boy through a club…

  • 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 Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo

    “This story begins within the walls of a castle, with the birth of a mouse. A small mouse. The last mouse born to his parents and the only one of his litter to be born alive.  ‘Where are my babies?’ said the exhausted mother when the ordeal was over. ‘Show me my babies.’  The father mouse held the one small mouse up high.”  Here, reader, is the tale of a tiny sickly mouse with unusually large ears; a mouse who takes his fate into his own hands.  It is the tale of a beautiful flaxen-haired princess, who laughs often and makes everything around her seem brighter. It is the tale…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs – Gary Northfield

    Every wondered if you could fly to the moon in a wedge of snot? How triceratops grow back their horns or if the Bogey Monster really exists? The Teenytinysaurs are here to help you answer those questions and more in epic graphic novel form. Join Dave, Natasha, Reggie, Ronnie and Thomas as they explore stinky innards, steaming volcanoes and the star-spangled outer space.  *** Oh wow, I had soooo much fun reading this graphic novel. I didn’t want to stop reading as it meant I had to leave the dinosaur gang behind and that nearly broke my heart. The book is a collection of a set of comics which follow the…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

    “The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. Conor was awake when it came. He’d had a nightmare. Well, not a nightmare. The nightmare. The one he’d been having a lot lately. The one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. The one with the hands slipping from grasp, no matter how hard he tried to hold on. The one that always ended with-” When the monster turns up Conor is expecting it. What he isn’t expecting however, is for it to be the monster it is. He was expecting the monster from his nightmare, the one that has been terrorising him for months. This monster…