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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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. […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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. […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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. […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

Tin Heart – Shivaun Plozza (13+)

Starting “Tin Heart” I was excited and nervous in equal measures. I adored Shivaun Plozza‘s book Frankie and I wanted so much for this novel to reach those heights too. Shivaun’s strong writing shines out of every page whilst we watch the protagonist Marlowe grow and blossom. As always her characters are all very strongly […] Read More

Mindwalker – A J Steiger (14+)

4 1/2 stars. I’ve had a book hangover for nearly a month (argh!) and I needed something very powerful to break that spell. “Mindwalker” was the book to do that. Powerful, original, a scary premise, and a big hearty nod at humanity’s past and present. A J Steiger captured me from page one and I […] Read More

Close Your Eyes – Nicci Cloke (13+)

“Close Your Eyes” (three!!! references to the title in the book! Yay!) is a very addictive read. I started it on my day off, and finished it the same day. There are been a few YA books about school shootings this year, but “Close Your Eyes” takes a different approach. Firstly it’s set in England […] Read More