• Book Review,  Reviews

    The Hidden Princess – Katy Moran

    “‘So are you coming tomorrow night, Amy? You could bring Mika in the pram.’ I knew it was a stupid thing to say the second I opened my mouth. Even wrapped in the enormous patchwork blanket I’d spent three months knitting, Mike was still smaller than the Creed family’s ancient and bad-tempered calico cat. There was no way Amy was going to bring her newborn baby to a party in the woods.” Lissy Harker has been trapped in the Hidden halls for six long years. Her father, the Swan King keeping her captive but alive as she is the only one who can open the gateway to the mortal world.…

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    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…

  • Cover Reveal

    Cover Reveal and Extract: Darkness Hidden by Zoe Marriott

    Today I have something very, very exciting to share. As part of a big cover reveal for Zoe Marriott’s upcoming book Darkness Hidden, there are some extracts from the book posted on blogs across the internet and Zoe has answered a question from each of the bloggers involved. I am third in the queue, after Viv at Serendipity Reviews and before Andrew’s blog, The Pewter Wolf Without further adieu though please see below for the new covers for Zoe’s books, The Night Itself and Darkness Hidden, books one and two in The Name of The Blade Trilogy. I honestly think they are beautiful and I teared up when I saw them, the…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate Dicamillo & Bagram Ibatoulline

    “Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a rabbit who was made almost entirely of china. He had china arms and china legs, china paws and a china head, a china torso and a china nose. His arms and legs were jointed and joined by wire so that his china elbows and china knees could be bent, giving him much freedom of movement.” Edward Tulane’s life was pretty good. He was loved and looked after by a little girl who lived in a nice house on Egypt Street. He was adored, but he felt very highly of himself and didn’t show as much love back to the little…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    The Golden Day – Ursula Dubosarsky

    “The year began with the hanging of one man and ended with the drowning of another. But every year people die and their ghosts roam in public gardens, hiding behind the gray, dark statues like wild cats, their tiny footsteps and secret breathing muffled by the sound of falling water in the fountains and the quiet ponds.” Eleven little school girls are quietened by their teachers wish to go to the park and think about death. They do not like the thought of death but Miss Renshaw is in charge and they must do as they are told, just as she asks them not to talk about their meetings with…

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    Sawbones – Catherine Johnson

    “Mr Charles Finch closed his eyes and winced as the knife dug into his skin. He bit down hard on the handkerchief and tried to think of good things: his daughter, Loveday, entering the vanishing cabinet with a flourish; the crowd at the Alhambra, Paris, cheering, on their feet. The heat of from the floodlights, the smell of the tallow and rouge. A crescendo of applause.”  Amongst the open surgeries and dissections in London is the heavy stench of crime. Illegal trading in corpses is rife due to the flourish of people interested in medical science and at the dissection table of his master Ezra McAdam learns that every body…

  • Event

    Walker Books Blogger Event 28th November 2013

    So on the 28th November I headed on down to London for an evening of books, bloggers and buffets from Walker Children’s Books. The event was on a Thursday evening so I choo-chooed down in the afternoon and by chance met the wonderful Sarah of Feeling Fictional at the tube station near Walker. When we got there I had chance to say hey a to some other awesome bloggers and the super cool Non Pratt, who’s debut is coming out from Walker next year, but more of that in a little while. Once we were all sitting quietly The guys at Walker introduced themselves and one of the editors spent…

  • 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

    Blood Donors – Steve Tasane

    “Monday mornin’ first lesson a bedbug crawls right outta my ear and down my neck.  I’m already sore at my boy Mustaph cos he don’t ever do nothin’ but sleep, see? I think he’s suffering from bein’ sad, cos he spend half his life in bed, and it all wrong cos we be fifteen which is the primetime, yeah? We be hittin’ on girls and playin’ our beats and footie and crazy stuff on computer, but only if ol’ Mustaph can drag his dozy head out from under his duvet – that boy win Olympic Gold for sleepin’.” It all starts when a bug crawls out of Marshals ear, the…

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    Fangs – Vampire Spy Operation: Golden Bum – Tommy Donbavand

    “Special Agent Fangs Enigma – the world’s greatest vampire spy – adjusted his sunglasses and calmly spun the wheel of the jet-black speedboat, sending plumes of spray over the children playing on the riverbank. They watched in awe as the boat roared off in pursuit of a larger, green-coloured vessel.” Special Agents Fangs and Puppy are on a mission, there have been a spate of robberies connected to the mysterious wizard, The Great Disgusto, and they must find him and catch him before any more happen. Unfortunately though, the Great Disgusto is good at hiding and has a secret weapon that none of them expect. Can they manage to acquire…