30 Question Book Challenge (Part 2)

11 – A book you hated 12 – The longest book you’ve read 13 –A book that genuinely scared you 14 – A book that made you laugh out loud 15 – Favourite male character Perry from Veronica Rossi’s ‘Under The Never Sky’ series 16 – Favourite female character Georgina Kincaid from Richelle Mead’s ‘Succubus’ […]

The future looks bleak…

Looking for a new series to sink your teeth into? Quite enjoyed The Hunger Games but would prefer to get on the next bandwagon earlier and not be just one of a hundred reading the exact same book on your commute (I hate that…)? Here’s a list of dystopian/post-apocalyptic/utopian series that I recommend. There’s a […]

TEN… of the best fairytale retellings

THE GOOSE GIRL || Shannon Hale Anidora-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kilindree, spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt’s incredible stories, and learning the language of the birds. Little knowing how valuable her aunt’s strange knowledge would prove to be when she grew older. From the Grimm’s fairy tale of […]

Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Now this is going to be a difficult review. It would be absolutely unforgiveable if I gave away or hinted at even one of the enigmas and surprises of this beautifully layered and crafted story.   “Verity” is a British agent, captured in Nazi-occupied France, and has been systematically tortured into giving up the wireless […]

Best reads of 2012

  JANUARY   The Scorpio Races by fandom favourite Maggie Stiefvater is a good, chunky read by YA genre standards (almost 500 pages in paperback). Set on a windswept, Gaelic island where bloodthirsty horse-creatures come out from the sea and must be tamed and raced, it was also a great read for the dark, windy […]

Budget Christmas Reads

    “The Christmas Bake-off” by Abby Clements – currently £FREE!   “Winter Warmers” by Carole Matthews – currently £FREE!   “A Merry Little Christmas” by Julia Williams – currently £0.99   “Bah! Humbug!” by Heather Horrocks – currently £FREE!   “Six Geese A-Laying” by Sophie Kinsella – currently £FREE!   “Twelve Days of Christmas” […]

Review: You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

  What happens when the one who got away comes back?   Rachel and Ben were best friends at university but with Rachel’s steady long distance boyfriend and gorgeous Ben’s endless conveyer belt of stunning girlfriends, they never quite made it past the platonic stage…   Ten years later, Rachel is still living in Manchester, […]

TEN… creepy books to read this Hallowe’en

  It’s definitely feeling autumnal here in London, even if the beautiful orange and gold of the turned leaves is being faded out by a lingering fog of almost Dickensian proportions. This weekend the clocks go back and it will be getting dark  and colder at around three o’clock in the afternoon! Definitely the right […]

TEN… books about Anne Boleyn

  Do not believe for one second that the pinnacle of ‘Anne Boleyn’ focused historical fiction is ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’. Philippa Gregory is great for an interesting – and easy – historical read, but her Anne was a two-dimensional bitch and, as a result, so many people now automatically share that view. Unforgivable! Give […]