• Book Review,  Reviews

    The Voices of Silence – Bel Mooney

    “When I was a little girl I actually used to dream of it. I would be in a boat, gliding through sparkling water, and there in the distance I’d see an island. But it wasn’t green like real islands are. It was all dark and brown, as if someone had lit a fire and burnt up the whole place. But of course, I knew differently. And as my boat came nearer I grew more and more excited, until at last, with only a few yards to go, I couldn’t wait any longer. So I’d leap out, feel the water cool on my skin, wade forward, then throw myself on the…

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    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.…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#91)

    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. This weeks letterbox is actually two weeks’ worth and has a fair few books on it, most of which arrived yesterday! So I have split them all into groups. The first is bought and for review with gifted as the second, more on that further down the post! Thanks for stopping by!  For Review: Opal Plumstead – Jacqueline Wilson!!!!!!  (link) – (unsolicited)  Ok, so…

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    Darkness Hidden (The Name of the Blade #2) – Zoe Marriott

    “The Kitsune were celebrating.  Their court – a massive natural amphitheatre, hidden deep underground – echoed with wild music and giddy laughter. Immortal fox spirits in both human and animal form wandered upend down the grassy terraces and danced around the huge golden trees that ringed the steep earthen bowl. Some of them were making so merry that it was kind of hard to know where to look.” Mio and her friends defeated the terrifying Nekomata, against every odds and now there was cause for celebration. But Mio is still connected to the Katana, still compelled to protect it, and the celebrations are cut short when it is discovered that…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#83)

    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. For Review: Darkness Hidden – Zoe Marriott  It doesn’t feel like a year ago when the first Name of the Blade book, The Night Itself, came out but at the same time it feels like longer. I have been eagerly awaiting this book and I am so glad I can now find out what happens next in Mio’s story. Thank you so much Walker…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Dark Satanic Mills – Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick, John Higgins & Marc Olivent

    Set in a near-future Britain, Dark Satanic Mills tracks a young girl’s journey from the flooded landmarks of London to the vast, scorched and abandoned hills of the north. Framed for a murder she did not commit, the innocent and beautiful Christie has no other choice but to run for her life.  Both a cautionary tale and a rip-roaring road trip, Dark Satanic Mills is altogether an intelligent, captivating and thrilling ride – The Wizard of Oz for a new generation, told in exhilarating shades of light and dark. *** Wow, this graphic novel was intense, but I shouldn’t have expected anything less with Marcus Sedgwick and John Higgins involved.…

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    Flora & Ulysses – Kate DiCamillo & KG Campbell

    “Flora Belle Buckman was in her room at her desk. She was very busy. She was doing two things at once. She was ignoring her mother, and she was also reading a comic book entitled The Illuminated Adventures of the Amazing Incandesto!” Flora’s mother doesn’t like her reading comics, she is a romance novelist and feels comics are not appropriate literature for Flora. Then an unfortunate incident leads to Flora witnessing the birth of a superhero. It begins with a vacuum cleaner, and a squirrel who never saw it coming. The squirrel wouldn’t have stood a chance really, if Flora wasn’t around. Having read every issue of Terrible Things Can…

  • 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…

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    Wild Boy – Rob Lloyd Jones

    “That night, the night the showman came, the moon was the colour of mud.  Above the houses the sky turned from black to dingy brown as a thick fog crept over the city. The monstrous mud-brown cloud rose from the river. It slithered over rooftops, curled around gas lamps and smothered their lights to ghostly orange globes.” In a Victorian London fairground you can see a boy, a boy so terrifying, so ghastly, so covered in hair that you will not be able to take your eyes off him. For Wild Boy is a freak and he is condemned to a life in a traveling freak show. Yet whilst everyone…

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    Hidden Among Us – Katy Moran

    “Mum has gone out to the barn to get wood. She’s cross because the roof is leaking and our firewood keeps getting wet. Most days since we came to live here I sit in the wheelbarrow and go with Mum, but today I was making my tower and I said no. So now I’m on my own. It’s Uncle Miles’s house, but we never see him. Dad says he’s like a ghost. Lissy doesn’t count because she’s a baby. A few weeks ago, she wasn’t even here at all. She was just nobody.  The scream comes blasting out of nowhere.”  Fourteen years ago Lissy was taken from her cot whilst…