Books Read in December 2016

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 | Leave a comment

Books Read in December 2016

  How Not to Disappear by Clare Furniss — YA contemporary. I loved Clare’s debut, The Year of the Rat, so had high hopes for her follow-up. How Not to Disappear didn’t disappoint; Clare Furniss knows how to pack an emotional punch! HNtD is about a teenage girl taking a road trip with her long-lost great aunt Gloria, who’s suffering from dementia. Along the route, Gloria relives memories and reveals long-buried secrets before they can be lost to her illness. I kept reading to find out Gloria’s big secret, and fell in love with the characters along the way. Thin Air by Michelle...

Favourite Reads of 2016

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 | 2 comments

Favourite Reads of 2016

This year I read 123 books. Last year I read 113, which surprised me, because I thought I’d read less this year! Here are my favourite reads of the year. (Books read, not necessarily published, in each month.) As you’d expect, they’re mostly YA, but a couple of adult books have sneaked in. Click the book covers to go to my reviews for that month. Let me know your favourite 2016 reads in the comments!   January   February   March   April   May   June   July   August   September   October   November   December (review to come) Share...

Favourite YA Writing Blogs

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 | Leave a comment

Favourite YA Writing Blogs

    Today, I’m on the Author Allsorts site sharing my favourite YA writing blogs. I’ve narrowed down the five authors whose blogs I’ve been following the longest and/or which I think contain really helpful and insightful posts about writing. If you’re a writer, I hope you’ll find it useful! You can find my post here — and do let me know your own recommendations!               Business photograph designed by Creativeart – Freepik.com Share...

Books Read in November 2016

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 | 2 comments

Books Read in November 2016

  Inferno by Catherine Doyle (Blood for Blood #2) — YA romantic thriller. I loved Vendetta, the first book in the trilogy, and Inferno was equally good. Lots of action and high stakes as main character Sophie copes with her involuntary entanglement with local mafia families, plus her increasing attraction to one of the Falcone brothers. It’s all such good fun, and I can’t wait for the last book. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern — Adult fantasy. I wanted to love this circus-based romance, since so many other readers seem to, but it really wasn’t for me. The leisurely plot and the...

#2016ClassicsChallenge: WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 | Leave a comment

#2016ClassicsChallenge: WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë

  Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland...

Books Read in October 2016

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Books Read in October 2016

  The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co. #4) by Jonathan Stroud — YA paranormal. I seriously love this series. About a group of teen ghost hunters in a UK overrun with ghosts, the Lockwood & Co. books have everything — twisty plots, creepy scenes, and great world-building and characters. I’ve listened to all the books on audio so far, but have started buying physical copies too so I can give them heart-eyes on my bookshelves. The Witch of Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper — YA historical fantasy. There was lots of hype for this book when it came out a couple of years ago. The story follows a...

Creepy YA Halloween Reads 2016

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 | Leave a comment

Creepy YA Halloween Reads 2016

  I seriously love Halloween. The one time of year when it’s normal to walk around in bat-print clothing (as I’ve been doing for the last week), and fill your house with skeletons and candles. It also means I get to write about my favourite creepy books, hooray! Or, rather, mwah-ha-ha. Looking back at the books I’ve read since last Halloween, here are my top YA recommendations. (Find my 2015 and 2014 recommendations here and here…if you dare.)         Breaker by Kat Ellis Breaker is the only book on my list that doesn’t contain anything supernatural, but it’s plenty scary enough to give you those Halloween...