Best reads of 2016

JANUARY I always hope that I’m going to start the year with a couple of strong books, particularly as I never seem to get as much reading done as I’d like to over the preceding Christmas period. Well, January 2016 was certainly no disappointment; looking back I loved pretty much every book I read that […]

Best reads of 2015

JANUARY I went into 2015 knowing (hoping!) it was going to be the year I finally got on the property ladder and therefore needed to save money for paint/furniture/fees/MORTGAGE. No more out-of-control book buying for me! Fie on you, one-click purchase/deliver straight to Kindle! I was going to behave. And I started well, as the […]

Best reads of 2014

JANUARY I started 2014 braced for a slow reading year, knowing that I should be devoting the majority of my time to wedding planning or finishing off the writing of my second Harper Impulse book. So it’s lovely that the first book to really wow me this year was a fellow Harper Impulse author, Carmel […]

Best reads of 2013

JANUARY Around this time last year I was bemoaning the fact that I hadn’t read my first read of 2013 – Every Day by David Levithan – just one book earlier so that I could have waxed lyrical about it as my favourite read of December 2012. How time flies! Every Day follows the character ‘A’ who […]

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 […]

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, […]

Review: On The Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

  A love story with a twist, Tracey Garvis Graves’ On The Island is a US word-of-mouth success story to rival Fifty Shades of Grey, with 1500 5* reader reviews online (and counting!) and sales taking it top 10 in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Amazon.com bestseller lists. Film rights have been […]

New review from Baggybookworm

  New review up today for The Last Train Home & Other Stories; check it out here!   Baggybookworm is a well-ranged, general review site just coming back from a hiatus – check out past reviews and Follow for notification of future ones.   Thanks Branka!