• Book Review,  Reviews

    The Spook’s Apprentice (The Wardstone Chronicles #1) – Joseph Delaney

    “When the Spook arrived, the light was already beginning to fail. It had been a long, hard day and I was ready for my supper.  ‘You’re sure he’s a seventh son?’ He asked. He was looking down at me and shaking his head doubtfully.  Dad nodded.  ‘And you were a seventh son too?’  Dad nodded again” Tom is the seventh son of a seventh soon and this makes him perfect as a Spook’s Apprentice. But how does he know that this is really for him, how can he scare off the things that go bump in the night when they scare him just as much as everyone else? For years…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Goblin Secrets – William Alexander

    “Rownie woke when Graba knocked on the ceiling from the other side. Plaster dust drifted down from the knocking. Graba knocked again. Baskets hung on chains from the rafters, and they shook when she knocked.  Rownie sat up and tried to blink sleep-sand and plaster dust from one eye. The whole floor was covered by a bed made up of straw, stolen clothes sewn into blankets, and sleeping siblings.” Rownie barely remembers a time when he wasn’t one of Graba’s many grandchildren. Before that he lived with his mother and his older brother, but when his mother drowned in the vast Zombay river, Rownie and his brother were taken under…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Born Wicked – Jessica Spotswood

    “Our mother was a witch, too. But she hid it better.  I miss her.  Not a single day goes by that I don’t wish for her guidance. Especially about my sisters.  Tess runs ahead of me, heading for the rose garden – our sanctuary, our one safe place.” To Cate the magic that runs through her veins feels like a curse. Witchcraft is harshly punished in New England now and if the brothers find out about her and her two younger sisters they will be thrown into a mental asylum or shipped out to work at sea. The girls must hid who they really are and Cate has been getting…

  • Uncategorized

    Carnival of Souls – Melissa Marr

    “The man – witch – who’d summoned Selah was nothing like what shed expected. In truth, he looked no different than many daimons she’d met: implacable expression and a musculature that would serve him well in one of the Marchosia’s fighting competitions. It was only his eerie blue-and0gold witch eyes that revealed his true nature – and those eyes were fixed on her.” Mallory is unaware of the true nature of The City and its Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. All she knows about The City is that her father, and every other witch living there, was cast out and forced to…

  • Uncategorized

    Burn Mark – Laura Powell

    “The walls of the Burning Court were high and white-tiled, its ceiling one great chimney. It the young witch at the stake had been able to look up at the funnel, she might have glimpsed a distant pane of sky.” Burning witches at the stake is a thing of the past, now they are drugged to become immobile, put into a glass box, doused in flammable liquid and a switch is tripped to light the fuse. This is only when a witch is accused of the most heinous crimes though, most witches are safe, so long as they give themselves up and are watched by the inquisition. Glory is a…

  • Uncategorized

    A Witch in Winter – Ruth Warburton

    “The first thing that hit me was the smell – damp and bitter. It was the smell of a place long shut up, of mice, bird-droppings, and rot. ‘Welcome to Wicker House,’ Dad said, and flicked a switch. Nothing happened, and groaned. ‘Probably been disconnected. I’ll go and investigate. Here, have this.’ He pushed the torch at me. ‘ I’ll get another one from the car.’ Anna is used to living a privileged life. Her last school in London had 40 girls in lower sixth. Now she’s been forced to move to Winter following her dad’s redundancy. The school there is huge and mixed sex. Its a change all right,…