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

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 | Leave a comment

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...

Highwaymen, Mariners and Vampires: My Favourite Poems

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 | Leave a comment

Highwaymen, Mariners and Vampires: My Favourite Poems

  Today, I’m on the Author Allsorts blog sharing my top three poems. One of them won’t take much guessing (clue: it’s the poem that inspired Glimpse), but you can read my post here to find out the other two! They’re all classic narrative poems, a little romantic, and spookily Gothic, just like the books I love to read and the stories I love to write.       Share this:FacebookTwitterGooglePinterestEmailPrint

Books Read in August 2016

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 | Leave a comment

Books Read in August 2016

  Tales of Terror from the Black Ship by Chris Priestley — YA historical horror. Tales of Terror from the Black Ship follows the same format as Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror, in that it’s a collection of themed short stories framed by an overall tale. I’m a big Chris Priestley fan anyway, but this book has shot right up amongst my favourites. Delicious scares and twists galore. Strange Star by Emma Carroll — MG historical. Strange Star was inspired by Frankenstein and Mary Shelley’s writing of her masterpiece. It came out last month, but I’ve wanted to read it ever since...

Books Read in July 2016

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 | Leave a comment

Books Read in July 2016

  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (HP#3) — Loved it. Each book gets better and better! 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...