Book Review: “The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning” (TLoS3) by Chris Colfer
Book Reviews / July 8, 2014

Published today, Chris Colfer’s third installment of his magical “The Land of Stories” series comes with a Grimm Warning! Now age 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 little help from some friends along the way, he must race through time and across dimensions to warn his twin sister Alex that the Fairy Kingdom is in grave danger. Full of surprises, secrets, and sorcery, the series is perfect for fans of fairy tales with a twist.

Book review: “Trouble” by Non Pratt
Book Reviews / December 26, 2013

“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 in the past. The last thing he wants to do is rock the boat or gain attention, but he is soon taken under the wing of the basketball guys. Aaron is intrigued by the girl the whole school is talking about.

Book review: “Friday Brown” by Vikki Wakefield
Book Reviews / July 6, 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 2013. The story combines contemporary realism with myth and memory to create an incredible psychological thriller.

Book review: “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock” by Matthew Quick
Book Reviews / June 27, 2013

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.

Book review: “Raven Girl” by Audrey Niffenegger
Book Reviews / May 28, 2013

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 a story of identity, and the importance of an open mind and an open heart.

Book review: “Pantomime” by Laura Lam
Book Reviews / May 20, 2013

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 the tumbling circus life where anything seems possible. But not all is as it first appears, and identity is given the sleight of hand.

Book review: “The Madness Underneath” by Maureen Johnson
Book Reviews / May 5, 2013

Part two of Maureen Johnson’s “Shades of London” series. The series follows the troubles of Aurora ‘Rory’ Devereaux as she finds herself transplanted from Louisiana into the middle of London boarding school life. There the dangerous exploits of a ghostly killer rattles the neighbourhood and Rory finds herself caught up with a secret crime fighting squad. After the jaw dropping conclusion of “The Name of the Star”, the story opens with Rory supposedly in recovery, reluctantly attending therapy sessions to help her deal with the chilling events at the end of part one. But how do you recover from something when you can’t tell anyone what really happened?

Book review: “Tethers” by Jack Croxall
Book Reviews / May 4, 2013

This Victorian fantasy adventure from author Jack Croxall brings excitement into a quiet Northern town with murder and mystery. Despite the promise of a steady career apprenticing to be a teacher, 13 year old Karl Scheffer has wanderlust, itching to explore beyond the quiet limits of his home town, rural Shraye. Together with his good friend Esther Emerson, Karl has his keen eyes on sighting out adventures to be had. With his one blue eye and his one brown, he’s prone to appreciating things that stand out from the ordinary.