Goodbye Perfect – Sara Barnard (15+)

This was the last book I got to enjoy on my holiday, and I couldn’t have chosen better if I had tried. I loved Sara Barnard’s previous efforts and was therefore very excited by the prospect of her latest offering. She didn’t disappoint. “Goodbye Perfect” is beautifully written and very compelling with a very believable […]

White Night – Ellie Marney (15+)

I read the blurb for this book and was super excited to start it. However, within the first few pages I honestly started to struggle with some of the language and terminology that Ellie Marney has chosen to use. Nevertheless, I persisted to see how it would progress and I’m so glad that I did. […]

The Tale of Angelino Brown – David Almond (9+)

Another fantastic offering from one of the present day greats: David Almond, with brilliant illustrations by the epically talented Alex T Smith. Honestly, I can’t get enough of David Almond. He takes huge topics and manages to create beautiful and accessible stories around these difficult subjects. Whilst “Angelino Brown” works well for independent readers, it […]

srsly Hamlet – Courtney Carbone

We were sent this at the shop by our lovely Penguin Random House rep. It was a quiet day at work. I was bored. It was sitting there in front of me. Under no other circumstances would I have even considered picking it up! This book goes against everything I believe in. It’s a crime […]

The Vampire Knife – Jack Henseleit (9+)

I was excited about the The Vampire Knife from the first moment I heard Jack Henseleit speak about this new spooky series. I confess that by the start of my teens I’d already read several Stephen King novels so I guess that’s not surprising. Jack made this series not only scary but exciting as well. […]

Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas

4.5 stars. In the sixth installment of the Throne of Glass series, Chaol and Nesryn travel to the southern continent, hoping to secure allies for the war that looms on the northern continent, and to heal the wounds that Chaol sustained in Rifthold. The most amazing thing about this book for me was the world […]

Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables – Tim Harris (8+)

4 1/2 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is one of those gems that has wonderful dynamic characters, subtle lessons, total absurdity and a terrific plot. Not since Roald Dahl penned Matilda‘s Miss Honey have we seen such a REMARKABLE teacher. I want to meet Mr Bambuckle so he can get the best out […]

The Nowhere Girls – Amy Reed (15+)

Blown away. Absolutely amazing. I’ve literally carried this book around with me since I started it 24 hours ago. A page here, a paragraph there, there was literally no stopping me (and please keep in mind I’m a single mum with my own business and it’s four days to Christmas!). I had to read it […]

Dragon’s Green – Scarlett Thomas (9+)

Superb. An absolutely fabulous magical adventure with a strong female protagonist and four excellent secondary characters. A great start to a new series. This is a quiet book that doesn’t shout and stomp its arrival, but sneaks into your heart. It has a tight plot; is beautifully written; moments of wit; and is fully of […]

Nerve – Jeanne Ryan (14+)

I liked the movie “Nerve” and when I found out it was a book I wanted to read it. When I read Divergent I thought it was better than the movie, so I thought “Nerve” might be too. In Nerve, the characters get money for doing dares. The dares become increasingly dangerous with severe consequences. […]

Firstlife (Series Book 1) – Gena Showalter (14+)

3 1/2 stars. I really loved the concept of this series. We live a firstlife, and during your firstlife, between the ages of 16-18 you have to choose where you will live your secondlife: Troika (the light and morally superior) or Mryiad (the darkness full of delicious excess) or remain unsigned and go to a […]

No Shame – Anne Cassidy (15+)

Whilst there is no need to read No Virgin, “No Shame” is its sequel. We continue Stacey’s journey after the rape in the first book to the trial and all that this includes. As with “No Virgin”, Anne Cassidy wrenched at my heart in “No Shame”, and whilst I wanted an ending tied up with […]

Phantom Limbs – Paula Garner (14+)

Can you learn to forgive someone who totally disappears from your life? This is one of the main themes in “Phantom Limbs”. It also explores themes of love, friendship, grief, and how these things affect each of us all differently. Otis and Meg have been neighbours and friends for years, but following a tragedy, Meg […]