Romance & Relationships

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Word Nerd – Susin Nielsen (12+)

After four very heavy YA novels I needed something lighter and picked up “Word Nerd” – which starts with bullies trying to kill the protagonist Ambrose :p Susin Nielsen tells Ambrose’s story with a beautifully light touch. There’s humour and so much heart in these 240 pages. A lonely and slightly strange boy forms an […]