Books Read in November 2016

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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

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#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...

Review: THE LAST BEGINNING by Lauren James

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 | Leave a comment

Review: THE LAST BEGINNING by Lauren James

The epic conclusion to Lauren James’ debut The Next Together about love, destiny and time travel.   Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?   For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.   The Last...

Books Read in September 2016

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Books Read in September 2016

  American Monsters (Demon Road #3) by Derek Landy — YA fantasy horror. I’m a huge Derek Landy fan, and though Skulduggery Pleasant will always be my number one love, I’ve really enjoyed the Demon Road trilogy. American Monsters wrapped everything up nicely. Can’t wait for Landy’s next book — which I believe is another Skulduggery, yay! Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar — YA contemporary / paranormal. This was on my TBR for centuries, though I’ve no idea where I first heard of it. It’s the story of a not-very-likeable teenage boy and his family, all of...

Book Launch: Kerry Drewery’s CELL 7

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 | Leave a comment

Book Launch: Kerry Drewery’s CELL 7

Cell 7 has to be one of my most anticipated books of the year. The first in a trilogy about a teen girl on death row whose execution will be decided by public phone and internet vote, the premise just completely grabs me. I was excited last weekend to be invited to Kerry’s launch so I could finally buy a copy and have it signed! Kerry held her launch in a beautiful building in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral, and it was packed with people. I took along my book blogger sister, who’d already started Cell 7 and was loving it. Looking back at my photos, I mostly took snaps of the food — but then it was very good food. (That...