Scythe

Scythe is set not far into our(?) future where death has been conquered. Want to look and feel 21? Get your body clock set so you are physically younger than your grandchildren. Science and society has progressed to such a stage that there are no famines or diseases, massive injuries can be healed, small injuries Read More …

Isle Of Blood And Stone

A land devastated by betrayal, full of intrigue and beset by sea serpents. Isle of Blood and Stone has been one of my favourite recent reads. It is set in a low-fantasy setting with ghosts and sea serpents with as flavour of the Spanish main. A mystery has to be solved and it falls to Read More …

Ghost Boys

Another book I read a while back and am just getting around to reviewing. Jerome is 12, Jerome is black, Jerome is shot dead by police whilst playing with a toy gun. The story then continues of what happened up to and including where Jerome is murdered, but it also goes past as Jerome is Read More …

March Books To Review

Welcome to April, so it must be time to make my list of shame. The books I’ve read in the past month that I still have to review. Scythe by Neal Shusterman In The Mouth of the Wolf by Michael Morpurgo and Barroux Sleepless by Ali Sparkes Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes Wed Wabbit Read More …

To Kill A Kingdom

Follow Lira and Elian in a adventure through Alexandra Christo’s fully-developed fantasy world which is based on a lot of different fairy tales and myths but does seem to loan heavily from Greek mythology. There is also the romance where the participants are from either side of the battle, so has a little feeling of Read More …

Children Of Blood And Bone

There has been so much hype about this book that I was a bit leery about starting it just in case it disappointed. I needn’t have worried as from the start of the book Tomi develops a set of characters and world that is both fantastically exciting and believable. The world draws from east-African traditions Read More …

The Sacrifice Box

I have had this moving up my TBR pile over the last month or so, but it was immediately catapulted to the top on the advice of a fellow twitter user and I really didn’t regret pushing it up the list. I usually hate comparisons, but this book read like UK Stephen King (when he’s Read More …

The Bone Sparrow

The story of Subhi, a Rohingya boy born in an Australian immigration detention centre, Subhi knows no other life apart from the stories that his mother has told him. Fraillon’s writing is tight and travels between the mystical land inhabited by Subhi’s imagination and the brutality of the life in an immigration centre. The friendships Read More …

The Power

Naomi Alderman’s novel ‘The Power’ is a well-deserved winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017. Naomi takes the idea of a change to which gender holds the reins of power and moves it along logical lines to a logical outcome, the end of the book gives this logical progression a wonderful twist. One Read More …

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017

After a lengthy process which started in very late September when we got the list of readers and the longlist of books was sent out to the shops, the winner of the 2017 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize has been announced. If you couldn’t guess from the post’s featured image it was ‘The Girl of Ink Read More …