Books Read in July 2016

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 | Leave a comment


  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman — MG fantasy. I really liked the Coraline stop-motion film, and loved the book too. Deliciously dark for MG.
  • My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick — YA fantasy. I’m continuing my mission to read Sedgwick’s backcatalogue. My Swordhand is Singing explores original vampire folklore. Not my favourite of his books, but a quick read with some creepy moments.



  • Book of Lies by Teri Terry — YA paranormal fantasy. I’ve bought and enjoyed all of Teri Terry’s novels, and Book of Lies was no exception. The premise — twins who meet for the first time at their mother’s funeral — had me hooked from the start. I couldn’t put Book of Lies down until all the mysteries had unravelled. Highly recommended.
  • Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics — YA historical horror. I’d heard mixed reviews about Daughters Unto Devils, so wasn’t sure what to expect, but ended up really enjoying this tale of demons and insanity on the prairie.
  • Stonebird by Mike Revell — MG magical realism. A really warm, moving tale about a boy coping with his grandma’s dementia, and the gargoyle he calls on for help. I’ve said many times that MG isn’t always my thing, but I really liked this one.



  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (HP#4) — So far, the Harry Potter books have been a joy to read, but I’ve known the plots well from multiple viewings of the films. I couldn’t remember much about the film version of The Goblet of Fire, though, so this book felt like it had lots of new content for me. I loved it, unsurprisingly!
  • The Dark Horse by Marcus Sedgwick — MG historical fantasy. Another book to tick off my Sedgwick list. Like My Swordhand is Singing, The Dark Horse was a quick read but not a favourite. I’m keen to get my hands on some of Sedgwick’s more recent books next.
  • True Fire by Gary Meehan — YA fantasy. True Fire is the first in a trilogy set in a medieval-ish fantasy world, but with modern-style banter and a current of humour that reminded me of Terry Pratchett’s City Watch books. I’ve met Gary Meehan at a few author events, so am happy to have finally read the first book! Action-packed, with lots of fun characters.



  • The Dead of Winter by Chris Priestley — YA historical horror. I adore Chris Priestley’s books. The Dead of Winter is a Victorian-era ghost story with echoes of The Woman in Black. Lots of Gothic mystery and genuinely scary moments.


What did you read in July?

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