Book Reviews

Matt Millz – Harry Hill (7+)

Arthur Smith: “Is that your real face or are you still celebrating Halloween?” If you like books and comedy then you will LOVE this book!! The lead character Matt Millz finds a passion for stand-up comedy after he competes in his school’s talent show. BUT his headmaster is not happy because when Matt had his […]

Ninja Kid – Anh Do (6+)

4 1/2 stars. “Your dad was the last ninja on earth, and since he is no longer with us I believe you are now the last ninja on earth.” Nelson Kane is an ordinary boy until his tenth birthday when he discovers he is a ninja. He is the main character but my favourite character […]

The Boy Who Hit Play – Choloe Daykin (10+)

12-year-old Elvis Crampton Lucas was abandoned at a park bench and adopted by a nice man called George Lucas (no, not THAT George Lucas). George, Elvis and their housemate Lloyd all go on a journey to Norway to find Elvis’ birth parents and to try to discover why he was abandoned in the first place. […]

Ice Wolves – Amie Kaufman (10+)

‘Where had it come from? What had happened to Rayna? It was Rayna.’ Ice Wolves is a new fantasy fiction series written by Amie Kaufman. It is probably aimed for children in late primary school and early high school. When Anders’ sister transforms into a scorch dragon and himself an ice wolf, Anders doesn’t know […]

Break Your Chains – Emily Conolan (9+)

“To find freedom, you must leave behind everything you’ve ever known.” That was a saying from the book written by Emily Conolan this book is a choose your own destiny. This book is part of a series called the Freedom Finders. The other books in the series are called, Touch the Sun, Swim the Seas […]

The Mice of the Round Table – Julie Leung (9+)

‘’Together in paw and tail, lest divided we fall and fail’’ – that there is Camelot’s quote. This genre in my opinion is a mixture of fantasy and adventure. I found this book to be a fun, relaxing and enjoyable read. This book will guarantee entertainment including emotions of sadness, happiness and nerves. I did […]

The Last Days of Us – Beck Nicholas (14+)

3.5 stars. This was an entertaining, emotional roller coaster of a book! Based on the blurb, I thought this was going to be another generic road-trip novel. In some ways, it was; however, I still enjoyed this book. For me, the central theme of this book is grief. The way that Nicholas portrayed this was […]

The Cruel Prince – Holly Black (14+)

Everyone seems to be giving this book shining reviews, but I just didn’t find it all that fantastic. Perhaps this is because this is the first ever Holly Black novel I’ve read (and I’m not yet used to her style)? Or maybe it just wasn’t mind kind of book? When I first heard about the […]

How To Hang A Witch – Adriana Mather (13+)

This was an okay read. It wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t terrible either. It’s not a particularly memorable book – it was just okay. In How to Hang a Witch, Samantha Mather moves to Salem, home of the infamous Witch Trials. However, things go from bad to worse for Sam, who’s ancestor was one of […]

Neverland – Margot McGovern (15+)

I received Margot McGovern’s manuscript in the post the day before Margot was due to visit the shop. Being the responsible passionate bookseller that I am, I thought I should at least familiarise myself with her story. Let’s just say that I didn’t get much done in the next 20 hours. When Margot walked in […]

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 […]