• Reviews

    Here Lies Bridget – Paige Harbison

    They say that before you die your life flashes before you eyes.You think it’s going to be the good stuff – every kiss, every party.Don’t count on it.I was Bridget Duke – the uncontested ruler of the school. If keeping the wannabes in their place meant being a mean girl, then so be it! I never thought there’d be a price to pay.Until the accident.Now, trapped between life and death, I’m seeing my world in a new light: through the eyes of five people whose existence I’ve made hell.And I’ve got one chance to make things right. If I don’t, I may never wake up again…  *** This book, man….…

  • Nobody’s Girl by Sarra Manning on a wooden table with blog graphic overlay saying “nobody’s Girl by Sarra manning book review”

    Nobody’s Girl – Sarra Manning

    Bea is plain, frumpy and dull. She has friends but since her best friend ditched her for Ruby, the popular girl, they are more like acquaintances. But that’s all about to change. Ruby has her eyes on Bea, wanting her to become one of the popular girls. When an invitation to Malaga with them arrives and seems like the real deal, Bea can’t wait to make her life fun. But as soon as they land, it appears that Bea was some kind of pawn in a game she doesn’t understand. She needs to get away and decides to jump on a train to Paris to find the father she never…

  • The Book of Dust Vol 2: The Secret commonwealth by Philip Pullman on a wooden background with blog title overlay

    The Book of Dust Vol 2: The Secret Commonwealth – Philip Pullman

    The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed.Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford,…

  • A review of The Rules by Tracey Darnton
    Book Review,  Reviews

    The Rules – Tracy Darnton

    Amber’s an expert when it comes to staying hidden – she’s been trained her whole life for it. But what happens when the person you’re hiding from taught you everything you know? When a letter from her dad arrives, Amber knows she’s got to move – and fast. He’s managed to find her and she knows he’ll stop at nothing to draw her back into the extreme survivalist way of life he believes in. All of a sudden the Rules she’s spent so long trying to escape are the ones keeping her safe. But for how long? I really need to stop picking up books that make me angry but…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Cold Spell – Jackson Pearce

    “There were plenty of reasons to love winter.  Warm fireplaces, stews, Christmastime. In her head she listed everything pleasant about the season, yet she still puled a handmade quilt closer around her body, like a shield that could protect her.  It rarely snowed here – Atlanta usually settled for a motionless, quiet winter, with the sort of cold that carpet into her bones and was hard to shake. Before Christmas the cold seemed a necessary price for the holiday, the presents, the celebration. Now in January, still months to go till spring, the weather was hateful.” Ginny and Kai have been in love for as long as Ginny can remember,…

  • Letterbox Love

    Letterbox Love (#88)

    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 split into two as I forgot to post last weeks even though I took the picture!  For Review: A Song for Ella Grey – David Almond If, like me, you were forced to read Skelig in school you will know who David Almond is. Now I loved Skelig especially when I reread it a few years ago since no longer…

  • Bookish News

    Bookish News (#58)

    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! New Cat Clarke books!  Quercus Books have signed Cat Clarke for two more books. The first will be called Safe and Sound and will be a psychological thriller which tells the story of a girl who’s sister returns home following an abduction earlier in life. The name of the second book is currently unknown. Cat has a book out in April this year called A Kiss In The…

  • Discussion Post

    Certificates for YA books? Seriously?

    So this article recently published on the Telegraph website got to me. Should kids books come with certificates? Of course they shouldn’t. I think the notion is ridiculous, it’s something that even when put into place is going to cause problems because how is it going to be regulated and what are the punishments that are going to be put into place? Before I even get there though, lets discuss the other factors. So a book has a 14 rating on it and a 12 year old wants to read it. They aren’t allowed. They have to read for their own age group which in my opinion could limit their…

  • Guest Post

    Guest Post: Diversity in Pantomime & Shadowplay by Laura Lam

    Today I have a special guest post from one of my favourite Authors Laura Lam. Laura was put on that list as soon as I finished her debut Pantomime as I loved how diverse and different its characters were to anything else I had read, this is why I asked Laura to write a post about diversity in her books and I hope you find this post as interesting as I did.  *** Diversity means that not everyone in the stories I write are straight, white, and able bodied. I tried to make Pantomime diverse, though I’m also conscious of the fact that I could have done more. Pantomime has an intersex and bisexual protagonist, another…