2017

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Renegades – Marissa Meyer (14+)

3.5 stars. In a world where a number of people have developed extraordinary abilities, you’re either a hero or a villain. Nova wants revenge for past wrongs. Adrian wants justice to be upheld. An entertaining, if not slightly clichéd superhero story. Although I found it a little slow to start, I really enjoyed the witty […]

The Fifth Room – Allison Rushby (12+)

Having read Allison Rushby’s “The Turnkey” (a historical middle grade mystery with fantasy elements), I was particularly interested to see how The Fifth Room compared. I could definitely recognise Allison’s ability to weave an interesting and intricate story arc. The plot wasn’t what I expect and that’s an aspect I really enjoyed. Allison also managed to […]

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone – Adele Griffin (14+)

I love the way Adele Griffin approached writing this unique and intense thriller. “The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone” is told through a series of memories from people in Addison Stone’s life, alongside notes and pictures taken from Addison’s own journals, and some of Addison’s best artwork, compiled by Adele. The question the novel asks […]

Nevermoor – Jessica Townsend (9+)

Wow. Just Wow. This has to take the world by storm. It’s totally entranced me. If you love Harry Potter you HAVE to read this book. Like now. (Well October 31st when it’s released). I don’t normally publish my reviews early, but I simply couldn’t wait to share this with you. I love the characters […]

Gone – Michael Grant (13+)

The “Gone” series has been out since 2008 but this is the first chance I’ve had in my crazy reading schedule to pick it up. I thought it’d be a good choice for my YA book club “The Outsiders”, and goodness knows I love a good dystopian thriller. It’s a long book at 500+ pages […]

George – Alex Gino (9+)

“George”. Wow. I’ve wanted to read this since I first saw it in 2015, and I finally managed to get my mitts on a copy. It didn’t take me long to read – it’s very simple middle fiction but with a huge message. “George” is the story of a girl (Melissa), who the world sees […]

First – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (14+)

Warming: This book made me cry and gave me a book hangover! I’m guessing there will be plenty of people that won’t like (or empathise) with the protagonist Mercy, but I did. I think you either get her or you don’t. But by the end of “Firsts”, if you don’t understand her story, your heart […]

Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner (14+)

I LOVED this book. I couldn’t put it down. It is so well written and heartfelt that it wouldn’t suprise me if this exact situation hadn’t happened to Jeff in his teens. Carver is about to start senior year when his three best friends die in a car accident. The cause of the accident? A […]

The Original Ginny Moon – Benjamin Ludwig ( 14+)

The authenticity of Benjamin Ludwig’s writing stuck me immediately. Told in Ginny’s voice, I watched the story unfold through the eyes of this autistic teen and fell in love with her within pages. Ginny’s life is in turns heartbreaking and inspirational, and her story is unlocked as we progress through this beautifully written novel. Ginny’s […]

Vigilante – Kady Cross ( 16+)

I accidentally started reading this yesterday. I have my YA book club book to read for day 2 days time; I’m dead tired; I have Mom-stuff to do; work-stuff hanging over my head; plus a million other things. But after I took a sneak peak, I knew I’d be in for a late night (3am […]

Horizon – Scott Westerfeld ( 9+)

Action packed, suspenseful and inventive are words that i would use to describe Scott Westerfeld’s newest book, “Horizon”. After a plane crashes in an alien jungle, eight kids are left to fend for themselves, battling alien creatures, finding mysterious technology and discovering the limits of reality. Scott has written a fantastic book where the characters […]