Review: BREAKER by Kat Ellis

Posted by on May 23, 2016 | Leave a comment

Review: BREAKER by Kat Ellis

  Kyle Henry has a new name, a new school, and a new life. A year has passed since his serial killer father’s execution, and it finally looks like he has a chance to escape the stigma and fear that haunts him.   Until he recognizes the girl sitting in the back row in homeroom.   Naomi Steadman is immediately intrigued by Kyle, but she doesn’t know he is the son of the man who murdered her mother. What she does know is she and Kyle have a connection—and a spark that Kyle continues to back away from.   Pretty soon, the death count on campus starts to rise. Someone is set on finishing what the Bonebreaker started, and reliving the horrors of their...

Writing Update: Dreaming

Posted by on May 17, 2016 | Leave a comment

Writing Update: Dreaming

  It feels like a long time since I blogged about writing. Somewhere along the line, this blog has become rather more like a reader blog than an author one, mostly because I really do love talking about other people’s books. If writing wasn’t my first priority, I’d love to be a full-on book blogger! However, I’ve been thinking for a while that, when I start a new novel, I’d like to blog every now and then about the process. Not tutorials — there are already plenty of authors who blog brilliantly about their writing processes — but updates about how my own writing’s going. I won’t give specifics about what...

Review: SWAN BOY by Nikki Sheehan

Posted by on May 2, 2016 | Leave a comment

Review: SWAN BOY by Nikki Sheehan

  When Johnny moves house and starts a new school he has to deal with a bully who can’t leave him alone. But help comes from an unexpected and surprising source and Johnny’s growing power soon puts him in a very special place.   A chance encounter with a swan sparks a series of events that result in Johnny playing the lead in a school ballet. His teacher wants him to live the role, and when feathers start sprouting on his chest, Johnny begins to understand his true potential. But will he be strong or brave enough to beat his bullies, take care of his brother, support his mother and find a place for himself among all the chaos that is prevailing in...

Books Read in April 2016

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 | Leave a comment

Books Read in April 2016

  The Red Tree by Caitlín R. Kieran — Psychological horror. The Red Tree is about a woman called Sarah who moves to an isolated house after the suicide of her lover. We know from the opening of the book that the main character kills herself at the house, but don’t know why. The story — mostly composed of Sarah’s journal — is a slow unravelling of increasingly weird happenings. Is the evil tree of the title out to get her, or is she going mad? It’s not a story to read if you like concrete explanations, but I thought it was cleverly done, and it succeeded in creeping me out. Uncle...

#2016ClassicsChallenge: UNCLE SILAS by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 | Leave a comment

#2016ClassicsChallenge: UNCLE SILAS by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

  In Uncle Silas, Maud Ruthyn, the young, naïve heroine, is plagued by Madame de la Rougierre from the moment the enigmatic older woman is hired as her governess. A liar, bully, and spy, when Madame leaves the house, she takes her dark secret with her. But when Maud is orphaned, she is sent to live with her Uncle Silas, her father’s mysterious brother and a man with a scandalous – even murderous – past. And, once again, she encounters Madame, whose sinister role in Maud’s destiny becomes all too clear. With its subversion of reality and illusion, and its exploration of fear through the use of mystery and the supernatural, Uncle Silas shuns...

Books Read in March 2016

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 | 2 comments

Books Read in March 2016

  The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova — Adult historical fantasy. The Historian chronicles the search of a number of academics for the tomb of the undead Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula. It’s the opposite of an action novel: the majority of the story is a chronicle of travels around Europe, and extracts from old books and letters. The Historian engrossed me for a good while, but it ultimately went on a bit long for me, and didn’t have the dramatic payoff I was hoping for. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole — Gothic classic, widely considered to be the first Gothic novel. I read it years...

Top 5 Spring Reads

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 | Leave a comment

Top 5 Spring Reads

  Today, I’m on the Author Allsorts blog sharing my top five MG and YA Spring reads. Click here for my book recommendations about nature, being outdoors, chocolate, romance, and…er…animals getting frisky. Share this:FacebookTwitterGooglePinterestEmailPrint