• 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 Serpent House – Bea Davenport

    “My name is Annie Cotterill and I’m twelve years old. It is the first month of the Year 1899 and I’m on my way to the train station with my brother Tom and his sweetheart, Lucy. Tom has his bag of money, Lucy has a bundle of clothes and I have something in my pocket that just might make my fortune. We’re about to start a new life. Again.” When Annie Cotterill moves to Hexer Hall to be closer to her brother, little does she know that the mysterious Lady Hexer has plans for her. Annie is Lady Hexer’s key to the past, where she needs to go to find…

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    Bird – Crystal Chan

    “Grandpa stopped speaking the day he killed my brother, john. His name was John until Grandpa said he looked more like a Bird with the way he kept jumping off things, and the name stuck. Bird’s thick, black hair poked out in every direction, just like the head feathers of the blackbirds, Grandpa said, and he bet that one day Bird would fly like one too. Grandpa kept talking like that, and no one paid him much notice until Bird jumped off a cliff.” Jewel has lived in her brothers shadow all her life. On the day he died the only people not out looking for Bird were Jewel’s mother…

  • Discussion Post

    Children’s (& Illustrated) Books: Being an adult reader

    I get a lot of grief sometimes because I prefer young adult and kids books to adult books. I am not going to lie, I probably ‘should’ read more adult fiction, at 25 its about time I did, but I find I don’t like a lot of what I try and to be honest, there are adult authors that I will read, just not many. The thing I want to discus today is the benefit of reading kids books and what they can do for you, without you even realising. Last week I was ill, I think it was food poisoning. I was in bed for over 24 hours and…

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    Pictures are not just for picture books: YA books with pictures

    OK so I had this idea for a blog post… and the next day this article turned up on the Guardian’s website. Me and Cathy Brett are soooo on the same wavelength and you should definitely read her article! Anyway, Raimy, get back on track!  Image from Everything is Fine (and Other Lies I tell Myself) ©CathyBrett I love pictures in books of all kind, picture books, MG books, graphic novels and comic books, I cannot get enough of them, but so few YA books feature pictures and I think it’s because of the implications put onto the books. YA is meant to bridge the gap between children’s book and…

  • Book Review,  Reviews

    Invisible Girl – Kate Maryon

    “Most days drift by like clouds. Others burn deep into your life and make a blister, like a bright white moon in a black night sky. And you’re left wondering, forever.  Then, I might as well have been invisible for all Dad and Amy cared. They’d been busy making massive decisions about my life without even thinking about me, or bothering about how I might feel. They’d obviously been plotting and planning for weeks, whispering under the covers at night, painting the walls of our flat with lies.” In 24 hours Gabriella Midwinter’s life has drastically changed. She has lost her home, her dad, her best friend and her school.…

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    Sweetly – Jackson Pearce

    “The book said there was a witch in the woods. That’s why they were among the thick trees to begin with – to find her. The three of them trudged along, weaving through the hemlocks and maples. Long out of sight of their house, their father’s happy smiles, their mother’s soft hands” 12 years since their sister went missing in the woods Ansel and Gretchen Kassel have been kicked out by their stepmom. Embarking on a road trip to get the hell away from her they’re making their way to the ocean when they break down near to Live Oak. The town doesn’t like strangers but luck is on their…