'Bullet Catcher' was a brilliant read, based around a unique plot which was totally different to most of the other Young Adult books around at the mom'Bullet Catcher' was a brilliant read, based around a unique plot which was totally different to most of the other Young Adult books around at the moment. Very refreshing. It was gritty and exciting, placing the characters in life and death situations where there was no easy way out. As I was reading it, I couldn't help but think that it would make a fantastic book-to-film adaptation. A western for teens with a strong female heroine.
The story unfolds with the main character Imma, longing to escape her pitiful existence in the small town of Sand. When she sees a chance for a different future for herself, she grabs it and follows a mysterious bullet catcher out of town and across the desert. Her fate inexplicably linked to his, she has no idea that difficult choices await her as she starts out on a journey that she can't turn back from.
I loved the idea of bullet catchers - people who can catch bullets and turn them back on those who fired them. How cool is that?! The concept is so original and different. Imma has to choose between this life and that as a gunslinger. It's great that these roles are not barred from females, who can equally do everything that a man can do.
Joaquin Lowe has ensured that the reader stays gripped from start to finish. Family ties are forged and broken, alliances are made and forgotten as everything is put on the line in the fight for survival. This was a fantastic read which I would definitely recommend to male and female readers alike. I haven't heard anything about a sequel but the story was left open-ended, so I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that there will be another book in the series very soon. ...more
'13 Minutes’ by Sarah Pinborough is a dark and captivating tale, inspired by a true life event. I picked it up with the intention of reading a few cha'13 Minutes’ by Sarah Pinborough is a dark and captivating tale, inspired by a true life event. I picked it up with the intention of reading a few chapters and ended up finishing the whole book in one sitting. The plot is gripping and the various twists and turns throughout the story ensured that I was constantly kept on my toes. The killer twist near the end was absolutely brilliant and made me want to turn back to the first page and read everything again but in a new light.
The story highlights the fraught teenage friendships that are formed in high school, the power of the Queen Bee and the changing dynamics of female friends. Who’s in and who’s out is all important. With echoes of ‘Pretty Little Liars’, the book centres around a pivotal event which unfolds right at the start of the story. The near drowning of Natasha who is found just in time to prevent disaster, but who was technically dead for 13 minutes, is the mystery that gradually unravels. With no memory of what happened leading up to the event, did she slip or was she pushed? And who would have wanted to cause her harm?
Much of the story that follows is told by her former best friend Becca. Pushed aside by Tasha when she formed a friendship with two other girls, Becca is gradually drawn back into Tasha’s circle by a series of circumstances. The dynamic between the two girls is interesting and well written. I liked the chess analogy and the way that you are never quite sure if they really are friends or adversaries.
I enjoyed the structure of the book itself, and the way that the characters have to work backwards to make sense of what really happened. The addition of notes from Tasha’s journal and the case notes of the Detective on her case, also added an extra layer to the narrative.
There are some jaw dropping moments in the book and a dark edge to the plot. It reminded me a little of ‘Suicide Notes of Beautiful Girls’ by Lynn Weingarten, but although it had similarities, it was still a unique and original read....more
First things first…the cover art for this book is mesmerising!
I initially thought that this was going to be a straight sequel to the superb3.5 stars.
First things first…the cover art for this book is mesmerising!
I initially thought that this was going to be a straight sequel to the superb ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’. I was expecting the action to pick up with the main character Twylla, so I was puzzled at the beginning why the characters didn’t seem familiar. I soon realised that this was more of a companion novel. It takes place in the same world originally created by Salisbury but features a new protagonist and approaches the story from a different direction. It’s not until near the end of the book that everything starts to make more sense and the threads of the plot weave together.
I enjoyed ‘The Sleeping Prince’ but I did find it quite slow. Most of the action in the first-half takes place in the home of Errin, a young apothecary-in-training who has been left alone to look after her mother. Her brother turns out to be Lief, who readers will be familiar with from the previous book. The only help Errin receives is from the mysterious Silas who she knows little about, except for the fact that she is unwittingly drawn to him.
When the neighbouring kingdom of Lormere is invaded by the Sleeping Prince, a fairy book nightmare come to life, Errin has to make the difficult decision to undertake a dangerous journey to save her mother.
At the start, I kept wishing for things to speed up a bit more. I liked Errin and I was intrigued by Silas but it was slow. Be warned. Don't give up too quickly. The second half of the book was much faster paced and featured a whole host of new and old faces. I was drawn more into the story and into Errin’s struggle and I started to really enjoy it.
The ending was such a cliffhanger and left me frantically checking that there weren’t just a few more pages to enjoy! It's going to be utter agony waiting for the next instalment.
Overall, not as gripping as ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’ and suffers a little from middle book syndrome but sets things up deliciously at the end for the big finale....more
‘The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl’ is written by Aussie author Melissa Keil. It’s the first of her books I’ve read but it won’t be the last!‘The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl’ is written by Aussie author Melissa Keil. It’s the first of her books I’ve read but it won’t be the last! The title alone was enough to pique my interest, although I wasn’t initially sold on the blurb. I did have my doubts that it was going to be my kind of read but I was very pleasantly surprised. There was a real warmth to the characters that I wasn’t expecting which drew me in and made me care about what happened to them.
The story is set at the start of the summer and is based around the central character of Alba, a budding graphic artist and comic book fan. She is genuinely happy with her life, which was actually refreshing to see. She loves her home town of Eden Valley, she loves living behind her mother’s bakery, she has a great group of friends and adores her best friend Grady who she has known since childhood. What could she possibly have to deal with? The story focuses on what happens when you have everything you think you want and are afraid to take the next step because it might never be as perfect as it is in that moment. Alba has to face making big decisions about her future without knowing if they are the right ones to make. Should she stay in Eden Valley or leave and go to university? Will Grady always be her best friend or is there more between them? These are questions that will be familiar to most teens. I thought that Keil did well to make these issues in the book so realistic and easy to identify with.
There is a humorous steak throughout which made me laugh and smile as I was reading. The idea that Eden Valley is the only safe place when the end of the world comes, was somewhat strange but actually worked well with the overall themes of the story. You don’t always know what is around the corner so you should live life to the full and enjoy every moment you have.
My absolute favourite thing about this book was the friendship between Alba and Grady. It’s easy, it’s comfortable and it’s the kind of best-friend bond that I would have loved to have had with someone growing up. These two practically live in each other’s pockets and have supported each other through thick and thin. Their friendship has taken a different direction by the end of the book but this works so well and was a joy to see develop.
This is a contemporary YA novel that you won’t want to miss. Grab it now and bump it straight to the top of your TBR pile.
This is the perfect edition for any Peter Pan fans' collection. A truly lovely edition which would also make the perfect Christmas stocking filler.
InThis is the perfect edition for any Peter Pan fans' collection. A truly lovely edition which would also make the perfect Christmas stocking filler.
In addition to the novel Peter and Wendy, this edition also includes Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and the play Peter Pan. Plus, it features lovely illustrations by Joel Stewart. I hadn't actually read the Kensington Gardens story before so it was nice to read something new about such a classic tale.
I have read Peter Pan so many times before, but it was super to hold such a fine edition in my hands and revisit the wonderful world of Neverland. I never tire of reading about Peter's adventures with the faithful Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys by his side and I'm sure this book will introduce many more children to such a classic tale of adventure. ...more
This is the second book in the Titan series, centered around Seth, the Apollyon and demigod Josie. 'The Power' continues their story and charts the grThis is the second book in the Titan series, centered around Seth, the Apollyon and demigod Josie. 'The Power' continues their story and charts the growing romance between them. Let me tell you, the romantic scenes in this instalment are off the charts! If you like kisses that sizzle and chemistry that absolutely crackles, then you will love this book. It's definitely aimed at a New Adult readership, as Josie and Seth become closer than ever before and toy with taking their relationship to the next level. There are some very steamy scenes indeed. Swoon! Seth however, wants to do the right thing by Josie, which doesn't include giving into his urge to feed from her aether.
I loved Seth so much in this book! He is really sweet, even when he's not trying to be. I love the fact that he's totally astounded by the fact that anyone could actually have fallen in love with him - and that innocence is so appealing. The plot swirls around the two of them, as Josie tries to control her new found abilities and Seth attempts to train her in their quest to rescue the other demigods.
I wasn't sure that any couple could compare to Kat and Daemon from Armentrout's Lux series, but Josie and Seth come pretty close. Steam was practically coming off the pages of my book at times!
This was a fantastic read which I devoured in one sitting. I don't think I'll be able to stand the wait for the next in the series. It's just so good, that you need to get your hands on a copy pronto. ...more
This book is 'Obsidian' retold from the point of view of Daemon Black. You would think that the story itself would be a bit repetitive for anyone thatThis book is 'Obsidian' retold from the point of view of Daemon Black. You would think that the story itself would be a bit repetitive for anyone that has already read the Lux series, but I can guarantee you that it is not in the slightest. In fact, seeing everything again but through Daemon's eyes this time, added an extra layer to the romance between himself and Katy. Where she sees him behaving like a jerk, being hot one minute and cold towards her the next, the reader sees him doing it to protect not only his sister Dee, but Katy too. He is determined to fight his feelings for her to keep her safe, but they are continually drawn to each other.
If you haven't read 'Obsidian' and this is your first introduction to the Lux series, then it would work perfectly well to read this one and then carry on with the rest of the books in the series. I don't think anyone would be able to resist getting caught up in the undeniable attraction and chemistry between Daemon and Katy. Sparks most definitely fly between them whenever they are anywhere near each other. It was also interesting to see how his perception of her changes as he gets to know her. His initial reaction that she is entirely average evolves very quickly.
What really came across was how much responsibility Daemon shoulders but also how there was never any doubt about his feelings for Katy. It seems almost inevitable that he was never going to be able to stay away from her for long, although he does his best to fight it.
I loved 'Oblivion' so much! I'm a massive Jennifer L.Armentrout fan and this series is one of my favourites. It was lovely getting to revisit all the characters and I fell for the romance all over again. This is yet another stunning five star book in the series. ...more
Nicola Yoon's debut novel is an extraordinary book. The story was so captivating that I read it in one sitting, unable to tear myself away from it's pNicola Yoon's debut novel is an extraordinary book. The story was so captivating that I read it in one sitting, unable to tear myself away from it's pages. It's emotional, beautiful, sad and hopeful all at the same time. It is a book that I will be recommending to everyone I know. I actually haven't read many books this year which have totally blown me away but this one definitely did. I absolutely loved it!
The main character Maddy, is an eighteen year old girl unable to leave her house. Protected by the four walls around her and by her mother and nurse, she has never known any other kind of life. When new neighbours move in, Maddy forms a life-changing friendship with Olly, the boy next door. When friendship turns to love, Maddy's world changes and she suddenly has some tough choices to make about her future. This story definitely posed some interesting questions about love and life which resonated with me a lot and which I found incredibly moving at times.
The relationship between Maddy and Olly is something special and was beautifully conveyed. They have an incredible bond which opens both their eyes and makes them consider what really matters to them both. I felt the intensity which they share and the depth of feeling which lies between them.
I did not see the HUGE twist coming at the end of the story but it was absolute genius. It turned everything upside down and posed an interesting dilemma for the characters.
I loved all the artwork and illustrations that accompany Maddy's story too. These really enriched the book and were created by Nicola Yoon's husband David.
A stellar five star read which rescued me from a long reading slump! ...more
I was beyond excited to start reading ‘Jolly Foul Play’ by Robin Stevens. I’ve been on a bit of a crime kick lately and this series is one of the bestI was beyond excited to start reading ‘Jolly Foul Play’ by Robin Stevens. I’ve been on a bit of a crime kick lately and this series is one of the best. Wells and Wong return to investigate another crime, but this time they have their friends on hand for assistance. The setting of the book is glorious. Deepdean Boarding School is their home away from home. It’s the place where they can enjoy midnight feasts and tuck boxes filled to the brim with an assortment of sweet treats. It’s also, unfortunately, the scene of the crime. I love, no make that adore, stories which are set in boarding schools, so I was really pleased to see Robin Stevens revisiting the place where Hazel and Daisy’s detective society adventures first started.
A lot has happened since those early days. The two girls have solved crime in Daisy’s own home, as well as on board the Orient Express. They have formed a close bond, which this time is tested by another of Hazel’s friendships. Can they still manage to stick together through thick and thin to bring justice to Deepdean? It was interesting to see friction developing between the girls. They are very different characters but their personality traits have always worked well to complement each other. Hazel often has to take a bit of a backseat to Daisy who is more impulsive and headstrong but she has her own unique gifts which often have helped them to crack a case open. Although they are my two favourites, I really enjoyed getting to see their other friends become involved in helping them with the mystery too. Beanie is so sweet and good and Kitty and Lavinia are great side-kicks to have. They all have an important role to play in catching the guilty party.
As the story unravels, all the clues are laid out for the reader to follow. One of the things I enjoy the most is seeing if I can piece everything together and come up with my own theory about what happened and who was involved. Sometimes, I’m right but usually I’m way off the mark. It doesn’t matter though, it’s all part of the fun! There are lots of twists and turns and red herrings as the gang try to eliminate suspects one by one. As Society secretary, Hazel keeps comprehensive notes of the case and these always make great reading, as well as being extremely helpful.
Robin Stevens has done it again with another truly fantastic instalment of the Murder Most Unladylike series. I cannot get enough of these books and seeing the way the story ended, I have a feeling that the next one is going to be another rollicking ride. I can’t wait to join Hazel and Daisy again! ...more
'Nobody But You' is the third book in the Cedar Ridge series, about the elusive Kincaid brother Jacob. I've heard a lot about him but this is the firs'Nobody But You' is the third book in the Cedar Ridge series, about the elusive Kincaid brother Jacob. I've heard a lot about him but this is the first time that he's actually appeared in the flesh. Returning from active service, Jacob is determined to heal the rifts with his family and especially with his twin brother Hud. What he doesn't expect is to fall for sexy redhead Sophie, who has just left her cheating ex-husband and is now living on his boat.
I really liked Jacob but I definitely found him more of a closed book than either Hud or Aidan. It took me a lot longer to understand what made him tick and he was certainly very enigmatic. Saying that, although he kept his feelings close to his chest, it was obvious how much he cared about his family. However, having left them behind once before, they are wary of him hurting them again.
As well as dealing with family matters, Jacob also unexpectedly finds romance with Sophie. Hot, hot, hot! If you like your romance smokin', then this is the book for you.
I love the way that Jill Shalvis intertwines all the characters of Cedar Ridge, showing all the happy couples together. It makes you want to be a part of their family and community.
Jill Shalvis's books are the best. I'm so glad that I discovered her and thrilled that she has such a big back catalogue for me to savour. Her stories are always a real treat and this was no exception. ...more