Thursday, 2 July 2020

Happy Book Birthday!

Welcome to this week's #BookBirthday post! Three books this week from our review lists. Next week is the big one!

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew

A timely feminist YA novel in verse about periods, sex, shame and going viral for all the wrong reasons.

BLOOD MOON is a YA novel about the viral shaming of a teenage girl. During her seminal sexual experience with the quiet and lovely Benjamin, physics-lover and astronomy fan Frankie gets her period – but the next day a gruesome meme goes viral, turning an innocent, intimate afternoon into something sordid, mortifying and damaging.

Blog Tour: Midnight Temptation by Shari Nichols

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At the End of the World by Charles E Gannon


Six kids ranging from suburban geeks to street-smart pariahs. A British captain who rarely talks and never smiles. All on the 70-foot pilot house ketch Crosscurrent Voyager, bound on a senior summer cruise to adventure and serious fun.

Except most of the kids don’t get along. And they’ll be gone all summer. And none of them have sailed before. And worst of all—because they booked at the last minute—they got the destination nobody else wanted: the frigid and remote South Georgia Islands.

But there’s one other hitch: They’ll never see their families or friends again. Because just days after they leave, a plague starts spreading like wildfire, turning most of its survivors into shrieking, cannibalistic rage-monsters. So with their past dying as fast as the world that shaped it, the kids’ hated destination becomes their one hope for survival.

But it’s an uncertain hope. Not only are other hostile survivors headed there, but South Georgia Island is unable to support permanent habitation. So if the strange crew of the Voyager doesn’t come up with a further plan, they are—in every sense—heading straight toward the end of the world.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Dark Blue Rising by Teri Terry

Tabby lives a transient life with her mum Cate, never sticking in one place long enough to make friends.

Until one day, an accident changes everything. Cate is arrested and Tabby realises her life has been a lie: Cate is not her mother.

As she adjusts to her new life, Tabby finds herself drawn to the ocean - the only place she feels happy - and enrolls at a swimming summer school to help her heal.

But all is not as it seems. She and her new friends are cut off from the outside world and she's plagued by a repeating symbol of interlocking circles that follows her everywhere.

As Tabby begins to learn the truth about what the circles mean, and uncovers the terrible lies she's been told about her past, a final twist awaits her - a secret hidden in her DNA...

Book post, week ending 30 June 2020

Good morning, all! Welcome to another wonderful week of #bookpost. Let's dive right in and see what we received this week; still mostly ebooks, but physical books are starting to creep back in too.

As always, click on the covers to be taken to Goodreads. Like last week, there's a bit of a theme coming through on these titles. Not Zombies, though!

This week we've added notes under a couple of the books, but we're looking forward to all of these!

Monday, 29 June 2020

Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone

Molly Frost is FED UP...

Because Olivia was yelled at for wearing a tank top when she had to keep her sweatshirt wrapped around her waist.

Because Liza got dress coded and Molly didn't, even though they were wearing the exact same outfit.

Because when Jessica was pulled over by the principal and missed a math quiz, her teacher gave her an F.

Because it's impossible to find shorts that are longer than her fingertips.

Because girls' bodies are not a distraction.

Because middle school is hard enough.

And so Molly starts a podcast where girls can tell their stories, and soon her small rebellion swells into a revolution. Because now the girls are standing up for what's right, and they're not backing down.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way

Luc O'Donnell is tangentially--and reluctantly--famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he's never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad's making a comeback, Luc's back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.

To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship...and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He's a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he's never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.

But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that's when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don't ever want to let them go.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

The Princess will Save You by Sarah Henning


When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown—and possibly her life. And to force her hand, her beloved, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped.

But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice.

And nothing will stop her from saving her true love and rescuing her kingdom.

The acclaimed author of Sea Witch turns the classic damsel-in-distress tale on its head with this story of adventure, identity, and love.

Happy Book Birthday!

Happy Book Birthday day, guys! We had several books on our list publish this week with a mix of ratings.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

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It's 200 years since Cinderella found her prince, but the fairytale is over.

Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she's tiny until the night she's sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball . are forfeit.

But Sophia doesn't want to be chosen - she's in love with her best friend, Erin, and hates the idea of being traded like cattle. And when Sophia's night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella's tomb. And there she meets someone who will show her that she has the power to remake her world.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

Marva Sheridan was born ready for this day. She's always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election?
Duke Crenshaw is do done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band's first paying gig tonight.
Only problem? Duke can't vote.
When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. She hasn't spent months doorbelling and registering voters just to see someone denied their right. And that's how their whirlwind day begins, rushing from precinct to precinct, cutting school, waiting in endless lines, turned away time and again, trying to do one simple thing: vote. They may have started out as strangers, but as Duke and Marva team up to beat a rigged system (and find Marva's missing cat), it's clear that there's more to their connection than a shared mission for democracy.
Romantic and triumphant, The Voting Booth is proof that you can't sit around waiting for the world to change-but some things are just meant to be.

Book Post, week ending 23rd June 2020

Welcome to another fabulous #Bookpost, everyone! The book fairies were very kind to us this week, with TEN whole new ebooks for us to enjoy! Some of them release very soon, so look out for the reviews over the next couple of weeks. I've alos noticed a theme on a couple of our books this week...

(It's zombies. The theme is zombies and one of the covers is a little bit graphic. Be careful if that upsets you.)

As always, click on the cover to see the book's description!

Monday, 22 June 2020

Accidental by Alex Richards

This timely, emotionally-resonant story about a teen girl dealing with the aftermath of a tragic shooting is a must-read from an exciting new YA talent.

Johanna has had more than enough trauma in her life. She lost her mom in a car accident, and her father went AWOL when Johanna was just a baby. At sixteen, life is steady, boring . . . maybe even stifling, since she's being raised by her grandparents who never talk about their daughter, her mother Mandy.

Then he comes back: Robert Newsome, Johanna's father, bringing memories and pictures of Mandy. But that's not all he shares. A tragic car accident didn't kill Mandy--it was Johanna, who at two years old, accidentally shot her own mother with an unsecured gun.

Now Johanna has to sort through it all--the return of her absentee father, her grandparents' lies, her part in her mother's death. But no one, neither her loyal best friends nor her sweet new boyfriend, can help her forgive them. Most of all, can she ever find a way to forgive herself?

In a searing, ultimately uplifting story, debut author Alex Richards tackles a different side of the important issue that has galvanized teens across our country.

Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson

When Andra wakes up, she’s drowning.

Not only that, but she’s in a hot, dirty cave, it’s the year 3102, and everyone keeps calling her Goddess. When Andra went into a cryonic sleep for a trip across the galaxy, she expected to wake up in a hundred years, not a thousand. Worst of all, the rest of the colonists–including her family and friends–are dead. They died centuries ago, and for some reason, their descendants think Andra’s a deity. She knows she’s nothing special, but she’ll play along if it means she can figure out why she was left in stasis and how to get back to Earth.

Zhade, the exiled bastard prince of Eerensed, has other plans. Four years ago, the sleeping Goddess’s glass coffin disappeared from the palace, and Zhade devoted himself to finding it. Now he’s hoping the Goddess will be the key to taking his rightful place on the throne–if he can get her to play her part, that is. Because if his people realize she doesn’t actually have the power to save their dying planet, they’ll kill her.

With a vicious monarch on the throne and a city tearing apart at the seams, Zhade and Andra might never be able to unlock the mystery of her fate, let alone find a way to unseat the king, especially since Zhade hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with Andra. And a thousand years from home, is there any way of knowing that Earth is better than the planet she’s woken to?

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Weekly roundup

Ack! I'm so late today! Sorry, guys. All my fault.

Welcome to the weekly round up! We had a pretty busy week here on the blog.

Saturday, 20 June 2020

The Book of Snow and Silence by Zoe Marriott

Girls of Paper & Fire meets A Game of Thrones in THE BOOK OF SNOW & SILENCE, a darkly romantic queer fantasy inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.
Fierce Princess Theoai is devastated when betrayal by her own sister destroys her chance to inherit their mother’s crown. Exiled across the sea to wed a prince she has never met, she soon finds that taking possession of her new crown will be more perilous than she could ever have imagined. The snowy realm of Silinga is rotten to the core, and Theoai’s handsome Prince is spoiled and reckless, with eyes only for the beautiful mute who washed up on the shore the day after Theoai’s arrival: Shell. But though she enchants the entire palace with her unearthly dancing, Shell is more than just a romantic rival, and against her will Theoai is drawn to her. As they both navigate the glittering, treacherous court, their relationship changes from hostility to friendship – and then to a love that will shake the very foundations of the cold kingdom that seeks to tear them apart.

THE BOOK OF SNOW & SILENCE is a sweeping, Feminist novel of enchantment, ambition and, above all, love.

Friday, 19 June 2020

Beauty and the Bin by Joanne O'Connell

Publication for this book has been pushed to early next year.

Parents are humiliating – especially when they're eco-warriors.

Laurie loves her family and she wants to join them in making the world a better place. But right now, she doesn't want to fish food out of bins, she wants to wear a pair of ordinary tights and have the money to order a hot chocolate at the café after school.

When a competition comes to Silverdale High looking for the next generation of entrepreneurs, Laurie finds herself unexpectedly in the spotlight. The homemade beauty remedies and potions that she has been posting online are stealing the show, and the most popular girl in the school wants to team up for the win. It seems like Laurie can achieve normality – and even popularity – at last. But will her eco-warrior family accept that she no longer wants to be part of their close-knit gang, and can she find success and glory without losing sight of her true self?

Joanne O'Connell's Beauty and the Bin is a fresh and funny debut about friends, family, school and being a young eco-warrior.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Such Big Teeth by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

If you go down to the woods today, be sure of a big surprise.
The Battle of Nearby Village is over, and deep in the Darkwood, Gretel and her friends journey into the hostile mountains of the north, seeking new allies in their fight against the huntsmen. There they find Gilde the Bear Witch, along with a Werewolf named Scarlett and a winged man named Hex. Meanwhile, Hansel and Daisy set off on a dangerous trip of their own to the Citadel, where they end up in the middle of a political battle for the future of the whole country.

Can Gretel and her friends persuade Gilde to join forces, or at least stop fighting them at every step? Can Hansel find a way to heal the land's divisions and make the huntsmen change their ways before disaster strikes them all? And how did Trevor the spider get hold of a wig? Discover the answers to all these questions and more in Such Big Teeth. Venture into the Darkwood in this modern fairy tale that will bewitch adults and younger readers alike.

Happy Book Birthday!

Hi guys! Only one book from our review lists has published this week. Luckily it was a really good one!

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Harrow Lake by Kate Ellis

Warning, this book contains some (relatively explicit) violence and references to child abuse.

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Welcome to Harrow Lake. Someone's expecting you . . .

Lola Nox is the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker - she thinks nothing can scare her.

But when her father is brutally attacked in their New York apartment, she's swiftly packed off to live with a grandmother she's never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her father's most iconic horror movie was shot.

The locals are weirdly obsessed with the film that put their town on the map - and there are strange disappearances, which the police seem determined to explain away.

And there's someone - or something - stalking her every move.

The more Lola discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. Because Lola's got secrets of her own. And if she can't find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughlin

Be aware, this book contains, at various levels of explicitness, child prostitution, murder and suicide, rape and drug abuse, and cursing.

Lex was taken – trafficked - and now she’s Poppy. Kept in a hotel with other girls, her old life is a distant memory. But when the girls are rescued, she doesn’t quite know how to be Lex again.

After she moves in with her aunt and uncle, for the first time in a long time, she knows what it is to feel truly safe. Except, she doesn’t trust it. Doesn't trust her new home. Doesn’t trust her new friend. Doesn’t trust her new life. Instead she trusts what she shouldn’t because that's what feels right. She doesn’t deserve good things.

But when she is sexually assaulted by her so-called boyfriend and his friends, Lex is forced to reckon with what happened to her and that just because she is used to it, doesn’t mean it is okay. She’s thrust into the limelight and realizes she has the power to help others. But first she’ll have to confront the monsters of her past with the help of her family, friends, and a new love.

Kate McLaughlin’s What Unbreakable Looks Like is a gritty, ultimately hopeful novel about human trafficking through the lens of a girl who has escaped the life and learned to trust, not only others, but in herself.

Book post, week ending 16 June 2020

Happy Tuesday, everyone! This week we received a few more ebooks to add to our list. We're more or less staying on track, though!

Click on any of these covers to be taken to the goodreads page for each book. See which one you're most excited by!

Monday, 15 June 2020

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

In the third book in Ashley Poston's Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe.

Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.

On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he's forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.

When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.

But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Weekly roundup

Hi guy! Welcome to the weekly roundup. A quieter week as we headed back to work, but hopefully things will even out as we get used to it again. There's a busy period coming up with lots of new releases!

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Desa Kincaid Bounty Hunter by RS Penney

Desa Kincaid has spent the last ten years in pursuit of a man whose experiments have killed over a dozen people.

Blessed with the power to transform ordinary objects into devastating weapons, she journeys through trading ports, backwater towns, forests, deserts and the haunted remains of a dead city.

But can she stop her enemy before he unleashes something terrible on the world?

Friday, 12 June 2020

Childhood Favourites: When the Luvenders Came to Merrick Town, by June Considine

First in a new, extremely irregular feature! Every so often we will reread books we loved as children and see how they hold up now that we're adults. For the first one, we have an Irish childhood classic.

The Luvenders are spirits in the service of Solquest, the evil Zentyre, who has lost the secret of eternal youth and can only regain it by capturing 100 children. His plan is to mount an exhibition of beautiful old dolls in the pre-Christmas rush in Merrick town, steal real children, turn them into dolls, and replace them in their homes with living dolls.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Anyone by Charles Soule

If you could be ANYONE, who would you be?

When a brilliant female scientist searching for an Alzheimer's cure throws a switch - and finds herself mysteriously transported into her husband's body, she will change her life - and the world - forever.

Two decades later, 'flash' technology allows individuals the ability to transfer their consciousness into other bodies for specified periods, paid, registered and legal. Society has been utterly transformed by the process, from travel to warfare to entertainment. But beyond the reach of the law is a sordid black market called the darkshare, where desperate vessels anonymously rent out their bodies, no questions asked . . . for any purpose.

Anami has her own reasons for using it, and they start with revenge.

Like BLADE RUNNER crossed with GET OUT, Charles Soule's thought-provoking work of speculative fiction takes us to a world where identity, morality, and technology collide.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Happy Book Birthday!

Good morning everyone! A busy week for us, with seven books on our review lists publishing. Unfortunately, although we enjoyed all of them a few of them were 'may not read again' - but several were 'will read again' and we're already working on next week's titles!

Midnight's Twins by Holly Race

Fifteen-year-old Londoner Fern is about to uncover a place that she could not have imagined in all her wildest dreams. Annwn is the dream mirror of our world, a place where Dreamers walk in their slumber, their dreams playing out all around them. An enchanted, mysterious place that feeds our own world - as without dreams, without a place where our imaginations and minds can be nourished, what kind of humans would we be?

But Annwn is a place as full of dangers as it is wonders: it is a place where dreams can kill you. Annwn and its Dreamers are protected by an ancient order known as the Knights - and when Fern's hated twin Ollie is chosen to join their ranks, Fern will have to do whatever she can to prove she is one of them too.

But the world Fern discovers in Annwn, in this dream mirror of her London, is a fragile one, threatened by vicious nightmares. Nightmares that are harder and harder for the Knights to defeat. Something dark is jeopardising the peace and stability of Annwn, something that must be rooted out at all costs. And gradually, Fern realises that the danger lurking inside our sleep is more insidious and terrifying than any nightmare. Because if you can influence someone's dreams, you can control their thoughts ...

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

The Boundless by Anna Bright

When Selah found true love with Prince Torden of Norway, she never imagined she’d have to leave him behind. All because the Beholder’s true mission was a secret Selah’s crew didn’t trust her to keep: transporting weapons to the rebels fighting against the brutal tsarytsya, whose shadow looms over their next port of Shvartsval’d. A place Selah hoped she’d never go.

But gone is the girl who departed Potomac filled with fear. With a stockpile of weapons belowdecks and her heart hanging in the balance, Selah is determined to see the Beholder’s quest to its end.

Book Post, week ending 9 June 2020

Hi guys! Welcome to our first week back at work. It's been a slowish week, just four titles, but there are some more pending, so never say never!

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Weekly roundup

Hi everyone,

what a crazy, turbulent week it's been. We hope you're all staying safe and well and finding ways to be happy, whatever that looks like for you. For us it's books, so let's have a look at what we read and celebrated this week.

Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Agnes loves her home of Red Creek--its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town's strict laws. What she doesn't know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet.

Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn't a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek?

As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn't safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Yadriel's family don't understand him. Tradition is important in the brujx community, and Yadriel - born a girl, knows he's a boy - challenges everything they believe in.  He's determined to prove himself as a brujo - and at first things seem to go well. At first...

Friday, 5 June 2020

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

Samiah Brooks never thought she would be "that" girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she's been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah-along with his two other "girlfriends," London and Taylor-have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status . . .

For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she's always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there's no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Blog Tour: Queen to Ashes by Mallory McCartney

Are you ready for the next installment in the Black Dawn series? Check out Queen to Ashes by Mallory McCartney -- Read the excerpt and enter the giveaway to win a signed hard copy of the book!

Happy Book Birthday!

Hi guys! This week was busier, with several books on our review list publishing on different days. It was a good week, with most titles earning a 'will read again' from us!

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Blog Tour: Forgotten Magic Anthology


Welcome to the blog tour for the final installment from the Magic Underground trilogy, Forgotten Magic! Read on for an exclusive excerpt and a chance to win a paperback copy of the book!

Book Post! Week ending 2 June 2020

Howdy all! It's been a very quiet week, with just one new title, but it looks fantastic! It's maybe just as well we're bringing our numbers down, as we're all heading back to work over the next few weeks.

Monday, 1 June 2020

New competition!

Hi guys! There's a fantastic new competition for you to enter today! Find the link at the end of the entry.

Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

Peyton is running. She's not sure what from, or where to. She just knows she can't stay where she is. Told in two timelines, this is the story of how far you sometimes have to go to find home.

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Weekly Round Up!

Hi all! We had a busy week here at Read and Reviews, enjoying the last few days before we head back to work!

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Chelsea High by Jenny Oliver

Norah knows she doesn't belong at Chelsea High. This is a school for the uber rich; she grew up on a houseboat in perpetual dock. But once her father clears up this whole misunderstanding of a law suit, they can go back home, where she fits in.

Friday, 29 May 2020

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

The Court of Miracles
In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina's life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father's fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger--the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh--Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city's dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice--protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.Paris in the wake of the failed July Rebellion of 1830 is a hard, cold place. No one knows it better than Nina. When her sister is sold to a brothel, she is determined to win her back, no matter what it takes.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Happy Book Birthday!

Happy Book Birthday! It's been a fairly light week, with only two titles from our review list releasing.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

The Challenger by Taran Matharu

Trapped on an alien world, Cade and his friends have been waiting for the next round of the life or death Contest to begin. When they leave their safe haven to train for it, their paths diverge wildly...

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Book Post! Week ending 26 May 2020

Hi everyone! Hope your week has gone well. We've had a good week, with eight new books between us!

As always, you can click on the cover to visit the goodreads page for each title.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Blog Tour: After Darkness by JF Johns

I'm thrilled to share the first of an exciting new dystopian duology by J.F. Johns, called After Darkness! Read on for an exclusive excerpt, book details, and a chance to win a print copy of Eternal Darkness, the first book in her exciting dystiopian series of the same name!

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Johnny Ball, Accidental Football Genius by Matt Oldfield

Johnny is desperate to show his family that he's just as good at football as they are. Sadly - he just isn't. He can't kick, pass, or head the ball as well as they can. But he is great at one part of the game...

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Friday, 22 May 2020

The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

Saoirse is reeling from a breakup a few months ago. So when she meets a cute new girl who's only in town for a couple of months, she suggests a free and breezy, no strings attached relationship. That'll work, won't it?

Thursday, 21 May 2020

New Publisher Announcement!

PM Press, a new publishing imprint, are on the hunt for new books to publish! Have a look to see if they might be a home for your novel. I'm looking forward to reading it!

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Book Post!

Hi all! With things starting to get back to something that vaguely approaches normal, we want to get the blog back on track. Starting with a thank you to all the publishers, agents and authors who sent us books while we were isolating! There are far too many to put up pictures like normal, so instead we've listed them with links to Goodreads (or the publisher's site, a couple of times.) These are NOT in any particular order.

Monday, 18 May 2020

The World Without Flags by Ben Lyle Bedard

Ten years after the disease that brought the human race to its knees, the survivors are just about on an even keel. But the world outside their little haven is teetering on the edge of war and they can't ignore it forever.

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Wonderscape by Jennifer Bell

The best game ever! not so much fun for Arthur, Ren and Cecily, accidentally swept into the largest RPG ever conceived. The kids must work together to solve puzzles and rescue historical heroes before time runs out!

Saturday, 16 May 2020

The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kirsty Dallas Alley

It's an honor to live in the Compound, the only safe place left after the barren plague swept the world. Ami knows that, just as she's always known her destiny is to procreate as soon as she's able. But when the time comes, she finds it hard to allow it.

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

The Names We Take by Trace Kerr

Left all but alone after a plague takes 95% of humanity, Pip has promised to never leave someone who needs help again. But in this strange new world, that promise might be a death sentence.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

A young woman has escaped her captor's shack in the woods. The child with her insists that her name is Lena, and a young woman by that name did go missing - fourteen years before. Is this really her? Where has she been and who is the child?

Monday, 11 May 2020

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Saturday, 9 May 2020

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Good Desi girls are not gay. Good Desi girls don't get into trouble at school. Good Desi girls don't let other girls steal their culture.
Nishat isn't feeling like a Good Desi girl these days.

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Burn by Patrick Ness

Sarah's father has sunk to the low of hiring a dragon for his farm. It's not exactly illegal, but only a few ever risk it. But the dragon that turns up is Russian. And this is 1957, the middle of the Cold War.

#famous by Jilly Gagnon

Rachel has approximately twelve followers on Flit, the best social media platform around. So she doesn't feel guilty about snapping a quick photo of the hottie at the burger counter. No one's ever going to see it, after all. It's just harmless fun!

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Family is complicated, but some things never change. Bea keeps track of them in her notebook. It's something to hold on to when she starts worrying. But Dad's wedding isn't something to worry about - right?

Monday, 4 May 2020

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Friday, 1 May 2020

Adventure Duck Series by Steve Cole and Alexei Bitskoff

Gifted with great powers by a stray meteor, Adventure Duck is sworn to take down Power Pug, his arch nemesis, and his revolving army of hench beasts. 

Thursday, 30 April 2020

The Mother Code by Carole Stivers

Bio warfare goes wrong and dooms the world. Scrambling for an answer, a military group create immune fetuses and entrust them to robotic Mothers, programmed with the personality of the children's mothers. As these children mature, they have to deal with the remnants of our world as well as the beginning of theirs.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Running by Natalia Sylvester

Mari has never really thought about her father's policies. He's always been in politics in one way or another. But now he's running for President of the United States, the whole family is under intense scrutiny. Forced to learn more about the issues, Mari is dismayed to realise she doesn't always like what he stands for.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Roxy & Jones by Angela Woolfe

Roxy isn't really enjoying living with her stepsister, but it's her only choice. She doesn't want to make things difficult for her, but she's somehow got caught up in Jones' mission to maybe save the world, possibly. Well, the country. Definitely at least the city.

Monday, 27 April 2020

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton

Kit knows she can be a knight at the cheesy medieval style restaurant she works at. She knows all the moves, having practised with her brother, the Red Knight. But the manager, her uncle, is clear. Only males can be knights. Kit is determined to turn things around, with the help of her fellow wenches. But life isn't kind to people who want to change their stars.

Sunday, 26 April 2020

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

Hollis has spent most of her life trying to catch the eye of Jameson, the young king. Her hard work is finally paying off as he begins to seek her out, showering her with gifts and compliments and raising her above the rest of the court. But is it really what she wants? Being raised so high, there's a long way to fall...

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour by Ally Carter

April has spent all her life in foster houses. But this time she might finally have a home. If she can deal with the sword wielding presumed dead billionaire living in the cellars, stay on the right side of Ms Nelson and avoid the SadieMatic8, that is...

Friday, 24 April 2020

Hope Island by Tim Major

Nina has - reluctantly - brought her daughter to her inlaws' home for a stay. Her mother in law has never approved of her, but things are even stranger than usual on the little island. Why are all the adults so loud and children so quiet and solemn? Why does it feel like her daughter is slipping through her fingers?
(Possible spoilers in my review, depending on whether you understand my reference.)
I Understood That Reference | Know Your Meme

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky

Trained to survive whatever comes, Honey is aware when her compound starts sliding out of control. Threats are rising everywhere she turns and the most important mission of her life, protect her sisters, looks to be impossible...

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

The Strangeworlds Travel Agency by L. D. Lapinski

Flick's new town is turning out to be much, much worse than her new one. Until she stumbles upon the Strangeworlds Travel Agency. A meeting place for the multiverse, where every case brings you to a new and fascinating world. And every world is in danger...

Monday, 20 April 2020

Gargantis by Thomas Taylor

Herbie and Violet are back to solve another Lost & Found mystery. This one threatens everyone in Eerie-on-Sea; if they can't figure out what's happening, the whole town will quite literally slide into the sea...

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Five Sisters by Stephanie Campisi

A husband and wife live happily in the forest, tending to it faithfully. When the forest decides to repay that debt they begin a new, exciting life.

Saturday, 18 April 2020

To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters

In the English upper classes, talking about one's feelings is Not Done. So when Violet and James have a screaming row, they settle in for years of silence and polite ill feeling. Eventually Violet decides she's Had Enough Of This and begins a campaign to  make James understand his mistakes...

Friday, 17 April 2020

The Switch by Beth O'Leary

Leena's working herself into a breakdown in the city. Eileen is looking for love , but her tiny village doesn't offer much hope. Swapping for two months only makes sense!

Doesn't it?

Thursday, 16 April 2020

We Just Clicked by Anna Bell

Izzy's developing her Instagram following. Maybe she lies a little every now and then. But everyone does it, don't they? Filters, hashtags - it's no big deal. Until it is...

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Venom by Bex Hogan

Marianne, the Viper, continues to battle threats magical and mundane as she tries to protect the Isles and all their people.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Married to a demon to pay for her father's bargain, Nyx has dedicated her life to training to kill him. But not everything is what it seems in his strange, magical castle. Drawn to the demon lord as well as his strange shadow servant, Nyx must use her long buried heart to understand and break his curse.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Q (Master Class) by Christina Dalcher

This title is sold as Master Class in the US and Q in the UK, but it is the same novel.

The Q has become the most important number in anyone's life. Every tests, every leson, every interaction adds or subtracts from your Q in various forms. Drop too low, and the yellow bus will come for you...

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Logging Off by Nick Spalding

Andy is addicted to tech, and it's causing physical problems. His doctor recommends a complete digital detox, and Andy is forced to agree. Kept on the straight and narrow by his journalist best friend in the name of well-written soft news, he's amazed when his crusade actually seems to connect with people. Can he make real connections in an analog world?

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Tarisai longs for a family, after being raised by indifferent tutors in a hidden compound. But when she finally has the chance to find that family, the reason for her upbringing becomes clear; her mother expects her to kill her new found family and has used powerful magic to ensure she complies. Tari must find her own power in time to save her emperor and her entire world...

Saturday, 28 March 2020

The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum

Maggie is determined to prove that middle children can be useful as well. But her determination may lead to betraying the only friend she has and challenging her town's oldest law.

Girls Save The World In This One by Ash Parsons

Three zombie obsessed best friends find themselves in the middle of a real life outbreak at their long awaited zombie-com.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Last Lesson by James Goodhand

Ollie's had a rough year. His schoolmates are determined to make it worse. But he has a plan to teach them a lesson. They won't mess with him again.

Slight Change

Hi all. Things are crazy at the moment; we're variously working from home, self isolating or work has closed down. Although we plan to keep posting reviews, we're going to skip #Bookpost - as we're not receiving physical books now anyway - and possibly #BookBirthday, unsure as yet.

We still want to talk about brilliant books and fantastic reads, so keep tuning in! We'll have a massive #Bookpost session when this is all over.

Stay strong, everyone.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Teen Writer's Guide by Jennifer Jenkins

A well written, easy to follow how to for budding authors.

The Burning by Laura Bates

Anna and her mother have fled the rumours circulating her school, gone to the other end of the country. She dares to think she can start a new life here. But nothing is ever forgotten, and the people she left behind are determined to remind her she is never free of them.

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Thorn by Intisar Khanani

In this retelling of the Goose Girl, Thorn must learn to find her power while trapped under a vicious magic spell.

Weekly round up!

We had no #Bookpost or #Bookbirthday this week, as it happened, but we did manage to post several new reviews!

Saturday, 14 March 2020

The Vikings by John Farrelly

You know all about the Vikings, right? Horns, fighting, Valhalla? Think again. You're about to learn some amazing new facts...

Midnight Wings by Ariele Sieling

In a futuristic city-ship, El is trapped in her stepmother's home, forced to work for her keep. A city wide contest is her only chance of escape...if her stepmother doesn't stop her from going.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Monstrous Devices by Damien Love

Alex collects toy robots, an interest started and encouraged by his grandfather. The latest one in his collection is a little bit different, though. A little bit strange...

Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan

Kateri promised her mother that she would protect their people. It's a promise made harder by the ongoing drought and the rebel group known as the Desert Boys. When she finds her father has arranged a marriage for her, she runs into the desert to try to keep that promise.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Mouse in Training by Emer Stamp

Stix, a tiny mouse who lives behind the washing machine, has always followed his grandmother's rules to avoid contact with the mans who live in the flat. But, separated temporarily from his grnadmother, he makes friends with some of the other creatures in the house and sets out to make a real PEST of himself...

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

Amber desperately needs a win right now. Her college plans are in danger, her boyfriend is focused on his own plans, her oldest friend has abandoned her and her newest friend may not be a real friend at all. When she's called to a scholarship dinner she's thrilled. Until she realises that the whole thing was staged. And now it's kill or be killed, very literally...

Damsel by Elana K Arnold

Everyone knows the story. A brave prince defeats a dragon, rescues a beautiful maiden and marries her. That must be what's happened here. Even though the maiden has no memories, craves heat, and her bethrothed is oddly off putting...

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young

The second in this series sees Mena and her sisters adjust to life on the outside while pursuing their target; the investors of Innovations who created them in the first place.

Monday, 9 March 2020

BookChat: The Fortress by SA Jones

Welcome to our first ever three person BookChat! It happened that all three of us got this book, so we coordinated our reading and now we're bringing you our review.

BE AWARE: This book contains mentions and depictions of rape, including rape of children, and mentions of suicide and self harm.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Weekly round up!

A much quieter week this week, as some of us are very busy and some are affected by the spread of the corona virus. None of us have caught it, luckily. How are you all doing?

Let's see how we did this week.

Friday, 6 March 2020

The June Boys by Court Stevens

The Gemini Thief takes three boys in June. They're held until the next July and then released unharmed. Always three. Always unharmed.

This year, Thea is convinced her cousin is the fourth...

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Happy Book Birthday!

I'm so late with this post! I don't have an excuse, I'm afraid, only that it's been manic in work. But I'll try to do better for you, my beauties!

It's been a quieter publishing week, but a few titles came out, so let's have a look.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Bookpost! Week end 3rd Mar

Ebooks coming out our ears this week! Some highly anticipated reads and favourite authors in this selection.

As always, you can click on the cover to be taken to the book's Goodreads page.

Monday, 2 March 2020

The Loop by Ben Oliver

An AI controlled prison is inescapable for the teenagers inside it. There's no contact with the outside world, but rumours still filter through - and those rumours are very dark.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Weekly Round up!

Welcome to March! Things are a little quieter around Read and Reviews at the moment. Looking at the diary, they'll start getting busy again pretty soon! For now, here's everything we did this week.

Friday, 28 February 2020

Waiting for Wolf by Sandra Dieckman

Fox and Wolf are best friends, swimming and playing together by the beautiful lake. Their days are perfect. Until, suddenly, Wolf is gone, and Fox has to go on alone...

The Last Dog in the World by Adrian J Walker

Lineker's world has been tightly confined for the last few years, living with his master Reg and sticking tightly to a routine. He doesn't realise that the world has ended outside. Reg is happy in isolation and has never gone looking for other people. But eventually they come looking for him...

I've read Adrian's other books, the End of the World series, and very much enjoyed them. This is a slightly different beast. Because half the narration is coming from Lineker, who while very smart is still a dog and doesn't quite get what's happening, we never get the full backstory. I'm very confused, for example, about how Reg and Lineker managed to live in the city for three years after the exodus without realising that there was a literal war going on between two badly described side. I think one side was the actual Army and the other some kind of home grown Fascist group, but I'm really not sure. I'm also not sure why no other country sent help. There's a mention of bombs early on, with no explanation of who dropped them or why, but maybe there was some kind of world war going on?

As a story it's very good; engaging, good characters, and I may have cried at a certain point near the end even though I'm really a cat person. I just wish things had been better explained. But then, maybe I missed something...I have been known to do that!

A great read, all in all, and I highly recommend it.

I think I slightly prefer the UK cover, but they're both very good!

UK Cover                                             US Cover

Every dog has its day…

And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can be.

Reg, an agoraphobic writer with an obsession for nineties football, plans to wait out the impending doom in his second floor flat, hiding himself away from the riots outside.

But when an abandoned orphan shows up in the stairwell of their building, Reg and Lineker must brave the outside in order to save not only the child, but themselves…

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Fire Boy by JM Joseph

Aidan is a perfectly normal boy with perfectly normal friends and a perfectly horrible granny, until he receives a strange parcel from Peru. Inside are perfectly normal sweets...aren't they?

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Ollie's summer fling turns suddenly serious when he joins the same school as his erstwhile boyfriend. Unfortunately, Will is not out and feels he can't be in his conservative school. Now Ollie has to chose between the moments Will can give him, and his own sense of self worth.

Bookpost! Week end 25 Feb 2020

To make up for the quiet week last week, we received a bumper crop this week...and most of them are physical copies! They've all been filed carefully in order on the TBR shelves.

With the exception of Johnny Ball, you can click on any of these titles to be taken to the Goodreads page.

Monday, 24 February 2020

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

As the younger daughter of a duke, Alessandra has been overlooked and ignored her whole life. Luckily, it's given her a skill in reading people that few others can match. Now she plans to use that skill to gain the ultimate power; the throne of her kingdom. All she has to do is not fall in love, and that will be easy.

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Weekly Round Up!

We've had a busy week here at Read and Reviews. Here's the round up in case you missed any of our posts.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Carmen's life has never been simple, and now things seem to be getting more complicated everywhere she turns. With Dani still trapped in Mateo's household and a rebellion full of people who seem to think she's turned, Carmen needs to measure her next steps very carefully or risk losing everything and everyone she loves.


Hi guys! Author and blogger DW Richards is hosting a great giveaway on his site and I wanted to highlight it for everyone!

The link is below. DW is giving away three sci fi novels, covering a range of subgenres, AND you get a free graphic novel just for entering!

Good luck everyone, I'm off to enter right now...

Friday, 21 February 2020

Scribble Witch by Inky Willis

Molly's having a not so good Monday. Her teacher hates her, her best friend is moving away, and her yogurt has leaked all over her lunch. (Ok, one of those things is worse than the others.) Nothing is going to cheer her up. Absolutely nothing...

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes

In a vaguely MesoAmerican world, two teenagers – a newly made Emperor and a girl destined to be either Empress or a blood sacrifice – struggle to interpret the will of the gods and keep a crumbling empire together.

Bookpost! Week end 18 Feb 20

#Bookpost! A quiet week again this week, giving us a chance to dig into the TBR a bit. It was almost under 70 for about five seconds there!

As always, click on the book covers to be brought to the Goodreads page.

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Weekly Round Up!

Hi all! Another busy week here at Read and Reviews, but the February rush is starting to calm down, so hopefully things will ease off a little.

Sadly, poor J wasn't well this week, so we missed a couple of posts, including the #BookBirthday post. She tells us she's feeling better so hopefully things will be back on track next week.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Bookpost! Week end 11 Feb 20

It's a much quieter week this week, but we did gain some new titles! They're all ebooks this week, although one of us is due a physical copy of Anna K, so that will be a double review when it gets here.

96 Miles by J. L. Esplin

John and Stew are home alone while their father is out of town on business. So far, so normal. But it means he's missing when the biggest blackout is history hits, taking out power for the whole state and maybe beyond. Now John finds himself in charge of his recalcitrant brother and two tagalongs as they try to reach help in time.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Double Review: The Unspoken Name by AK Larkwood

Hi guys! Two of us read this new fantasy novel, one in ebook and one physically, so we're due a double review. Instead of the double format we've been using, we thought we'd try something a bit more fun, hopefully a bit more interesting. So welcome to the first of hopefully many BookChats.

The Threads of Magic by Alison Croggon

A fantastic magical chase story set in a vaguely Victorian-London-ish city, featuring the best street thief since Terry Pratchett's Dodger.

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Weekly round up

Because so many books published this week, there were a lot of posts. We won't always have this many, as you know if you've been watching at all, but we figured we'd put together a quick round up of the week in case you missed anything you'd like to see.

Blog Tour: Sofa Surfer by Malcolm Duffy

Tyler finds himself struggling to find the right thing to do when he meets Spider, a young girl with nowhere to go.

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

Young gymnast Audrey is on the verge of achieving everything she's ever wanted. She's just made the Olympic team. An accusation against the team coach rocks them all just as training really ramps up, forcing them to pull together or risk losing everything they've worked for.

Demelza and the Spectre Detectors by Holly Rivers

Science minded Demelza is shocked to learn that she's the latest in a line of Spectre Detectors...mediums who can (briefly) raise the dead. And someone wants her powers...

There's been a push lately to feature science minded protagonists, especially girls, in an effort to get girls interested in science. Sometimes it comes across as very clumsy; bolted on to the plot afterwards. However, in this case, it's very natural. Demelza's science and inventing skills are just as vital to the plot as her Spectre Detecting skills. Children will love the humour of it...Demelza baits a trap with baked beans, because who could possibly resist a big bowl of baked beans? And her prize invention is a hand that will mindlessly copy out lines. I was expecting a Sorcerer's Apprentice situation there, but it goes quite another way, and I laughed when I figured it out.

The characters are great, too. Although I liked Demelza, I loved Grandma Maeve and Percy. They were exactly the type of sidekick she needed. I think this series is going to do well, and I'm looking forward to reading more of it. Bring on the Spectres!

Demelza loves science – she loves it so much that she stays up late to work on her inventions.

But she soon discovers she’s also inherited a distinctly unscientific skill: Spectre Detecting. Like her grandmother, she can summon the ghosts of the dead. When Grandma Maeve is kidnapped, Demelza and her pasty-faced best friend, Percy, must leap into action to solve the deadly mystery ...

The big-hearted, colourful debut from former The Worst Witch actress, Holly Rivers, with stunning cover art by Alex T. Smith.

Friday, 7 February 2020

Bookpost! Week ending 9 Feb '20

Quieter again this week. Click on the covers to be taken to a webpage; it's mostly Goodreads, but two are their own publisher's pages instead as they're not on Goodreads yet.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

The Sky is Mine Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for The Sky is Mine! This heartbreaking story explores Izzy's journey to find the strength to stand up against her various problems.