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Book Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall


A Little Something Different By Sandy Hall Recommended Ages: 13+ A Little Something Different is a romantic comedy for anyone who dabbles in drabbles, a college age meet cute split up into fourteen different points of view. When Lea and Gabe bump into each other at the beginning of the semester, their chemistry is obvious to everyone around them, from their best friends, their creative writing teacher, the local Starbucks baristas, to the park bench ... Read More »

Book Review: Darkness Hidden by Zoë Marriott


Darkness Hidden – buy it By Zoë Marriott – website Recommended Ages: 13+ A dazzling continuation of Marriott’s Urban fantasy series. Previously in the Name of the Blade, three teens in London battled a terrifying creature straight out of Japanese mythology. In Darkness Hidden, the second book of the series, a whole new level of terror is unleashed from the underworld on to the streets and Mio, Jack and Shinobu will have to sacrifice even ... Read More »

Book Review: The Land of Stories (TLOS3) A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer

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The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning - buy it By Chris Colfer – website Recommended Ages 9+ Published today, Chris Colfer is back with the third instalment of his magical The Land of Stories series and this time fairytale history comes with a Grimm Warning! Now aged 14 and stuck living in the Otherworld, Conner Bailey must navigate across the globe to decipher a clue left from the world’s most famous storytellers. With a ... Read More »

Book Review: Trouble by Non Pratt


Trouble by Non Pratt Recommended Ages: 14+ Trouble is the story of Hannah, a funny and easy going fifteen year old, game for a giggle and laissez-faire when it comes to school work. You’ll find her doing her homework on the bus, or hanging out with her best friend at the park. She is a daughter, sister, friend, and she is pregnant. Aaron is the new kid in town, with a past he wants to keep ... Read More »

Review: The Night Itself by Zoë Marriott

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The Night Itself – buy it by Zoë Marriott – her website Recommended Ages: 13+ The first book in Marriott’s The Name of the Blade series proves to be a fast paced action packed urban fantasy, with danger, friendship and romance. It will leave readers gasping for more. Fifteen year old Mio has had bad dreams for years – ever since her grandfather revealed that she was to inherit a priceless sword as a family ... Read More »

Review: Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

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Friday Brown – Buy it   (aka Friday Never Leaving) by Vikki Wakefield – her website Recommended Ages – 14+ This review was cross posted to Hot Key Books blog for UK Independent Booksellers Week 2013. FRIDAY BROWN is a heartrending new novel by Vikki Wakefield. From the very first page, Friday grabbed me by the hand and pulled me along on the whirlwind tsunami of her journey – a definite contender for favourite book of ... Read More »

Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – buy it by Matthew Quick – his website Recommended Ages – 15+ How would you spend your birthday if you knew it was your last? Matthew Quick, author of Silver Linings Playbook, introduces us to social outcast Leonard Peacock in this heart in your throat young adult novel. Self-confessed weirdo and terminally sad, Leonard is an eighteen year old high school senior, completely disillusioned with the promise of growing up. ... Read More »

Review: Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne


Follow Me Down – buy it  by Tanya Byrne – her tumblr Recommended Ages: 14+ Tanya Byrne’s second young adult novel, Follow Me Down, is a suspense-filled ride of a thriller. The core characters of Adamma and Scarlett are the Thelma & Louise of a new generation. When Adamma Okomma’s father, a Nigerian Ambassador, moves to England from New York for work, she must follow. Leaving behind her glossy life, her (almost too) perfect boyfriend ... Read More »

Review: Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger


Raven Girl – buy it by Audrey Niffenegger – her website Recommended Ages: 14+ Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller’s Wife, has written and illustrated a new fairy tale. There once was a postman who falls in love with a raven, and together they have a Raven Girl. The Raven Girl is born with arms and legs, but she longs to fly. Niffenegger weaves fairy tale truisms with modern medicine to bring to life ... Read More »

Review: Pantomime by Laura Lam

Pantomime – buy it by Laura Lam – her website Recommended Ages: 14+ Iphigenia ‘Gene’ Laurus is the heiress of a noble family, bound by corsets and her Mother’s rich ideals. Micah Grey is a runaway, taking refuge in R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic, the greatest circus in Ellada. With a head for heights, the beckoning call of the aerialists is too tempting to resist, and a new life is forged in the heart of ... Read More »