YA

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Whisper – Lynette Noni (14+)

4 1/2 stars. A dear friend had (unknowing to me) dropped “Whisper” off for me at work. She’d read it within 24 hours and knew I’d love it. I found it at work and was drawn to the cover and the blurb, and once I started the first page I was a goner. My friend […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]