Friday, 31 July 2020

The Secret Kitten and other tales by Holly Webb

A collection of three gorgeous kitten stories to treasure in one book, from best-selling author Holly Webb. 

The Secret Kitten: Lucy can't help but feel lonely when she moves in with her gran. She wishes she could have a pet, but Gran isn't keen on animals. When Lucy falls in love with a stray kitten, where will it go if she can't find anyone to take her in? 
The Brave Kitten: Helena enjoys helping out at the vet's surgery. Then one day, a kitten is rushed in, having been injured by a car. Helena helps to care for Caramel, but what will happen if his owner can't be found? 
Sammy the Shy Kitten: Emma loves going to the stables for her riding lessons. One day she arrives to find that Tiggy, the stable cat, has had three kittens! But the riding school can't look after so many cats - so what will happen to them all?

FOXES by MA Bennett

Greer has just recovered from her terrifying experience during the STAGS play. Was she really put on trial by the sinister Dark Order of the Grand Stag? Or was it purely her overheated imagination? The imprint of an 'M' for murderer that has appeared on her thumb, though, is puzzling but incomplete evidence . . .

Meanwhile Ty is staying on at Longcross Manor and Greer, Nel and Shafeen are increasingly worried for her safety. When Ty sends a cryptic message directing them to Cumberland Place, the de Warlencourts' palatial home in London, they decide to risk a visit. There they meet Henry's grieving parents, Rollo and Caro. Rollo is arrogant, entitled and not overly grieving. Caro, however, while superficially charming, is clearly pushed to the brink of madness by Henry's death, insisting that Henry is still alive. Which is clearly impossible . . . but Greer has her own troubling doubts about Henry's death which make it hard to dismiss Caro completely . . .

Can Greer, Shafeen and Nel work out what Rollo de Warlencourt is planning for his deadly Boxing Day Hunt at Longcross in time to save Ty - who has now gone silent? Or will history horribly repeat itself?

A thrilling, richly complex instalment in the STAGS series.

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Teaser: Everwinter

Happy #BookBirthday!

Hi all! Three books from our review lists publish this week; unusually, there's one each today, tomorrow and Saturday. We decided to put them all on today's post because next week is going to be packed as it is, so we didn't want to add any more to it. So let's get down to the books!

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Buddy's Story by Blake Morgan

When Buddy is paired with Noah as a Detection Dog, he can't believe his luck! Here is a special, loving boy that he has the important task of looking after. Noah has anaemia and it's up to Buddy to protect him if he faints. It's a huge responsibility, but to Buddy it's the best job in the world!
Then Noah gets into trouble in the water on a trip to the seaside and everyone turns on Buddy. Noah is safe but the adults have lost their trust in his canine companion. Buddy knows what really happened, but how can he convince everyone he wasn't to blame?

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

All to Play For by Donn McClean

Thirteen year old Anna is struggling to cope with the other girls on her GAA team, as well as the recent loss of her father, when she discovers a forgotten gift from him - a pair of bright orange football socks. With the help of these brightly coloured good-luck charms, Anna slowly begins to gain confidence both on and off the pitch.

Book Post, week ending 28th July 2020

Happy Tuesday! One of us is on holidays this week - so the others of us seem to think she can get a lot of reading done! We'll find out, I suppose.

A relatively quiet week, two ebooks, two physical books. Click on the covers for the goodreads pages.

Monday, 27 July 2020

#BookChat: This is Not the Jess Show, by Anna Carey

A timely YA thriller about a teenage girl whose reality may not be what it seems, blending 90s nostalgia with a speculative hook that dissects our modern reality TV and influencer-obsessed culture.

Like many teens, sometimes it feels as though everything in Jess Flynn's life has been engineered for maximum drama--from her performance at the school talent show, to the reappearance of her childhood best friend and perennial crush Jeremy, to her friends trying to set her up with one of the hottest guys in school. It's almost as if everything might finally be going her way...until one day a tiny black phone with an apple logo on its screen falls out of her best friend's backpack and lands at Jess's feet.

The problem is, it's 1998, and the first iPhone isn't due out for another nine years.

Jess's friends refuse to acknowledge the strange device. Her sister Sara, on hospice care with a terminal blood disease, for once can't tell Jess what she should do. It's almost as if everyone is hiding something from her. Even her beloved dog Fuller seems, literally different, because he definitely didn't have that same pattern of spots on his stomach last week...

Nothing in Jess Flynn's world is as it seems, and as the cracks begin to show, Jess will discover her entire life is nothing more than someone else's entertainment. Except in this reality, the outside world is no place anyone would want to escape to.

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Weekly Roundup

Happy Sunday! It's been a fairly quiet week here on the blog, not too much going on. But let'shave a roundup anyway.

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Interview: Lisa Luciano, The Chosen Ones

A chilling message left on an answering machine warns that one of the world’s top male figure skaters will be dead before the end of the Olympics. A disgraced reporter has one chance to save a life and resurrect his career by going undercover as a trainer in order to infiltrate the backstage world of figure skating. What he discovers hidden behind the smiles and sequins, is a chilling and dangerously competitive world filled with corruption and scandal.

Written by former NY Times reporter Lisa Luciano, The Chosen Ones is set in the '90s (figure skating’s golden age). Though fictionalized, the story is inspired by real-life skaters and events.

In this non-stop thriller, only one person can win. Not everyone will survive.

Friday, 24 July 2020

The Living Dead by George A Romero and Daniel Kraus

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It begins with one body. A pair of medical examiners find themselves facing a dead man who won’t stay dead.

It spreads quickly. In a Midwestern trailer park, an African American teenage girl and a Muslim immigrant battle newly-risen friends and family.

On a US aircraft carrier, living sailors hide from dead ones while a fanatic preaches the gospel of a new religion of death.

At a cable news station, a surviving anchor keeps broadcasting, not knowing if anyone is watching, while his undead colleagues try to devour him.

In DC, an autistic federal employee charts the outbreak, preserving data for a future that may never come.

Everywhere, people are targeted by both the living and the dead.

We think we know how this story ends. We. Are. Wrong.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

It Came From the Sky by Chelsea Sedoti SPOILERS IN REVIEW

This is the absolutely true account of how Lansburg, Pennsylvania was invaded by aliens and the weeks of chaos that followed. There were sightings of UFOs, close encounters, and even abductions. There were believers, Truth Seekers, and, above all, people who looked to the sky and hoped for more.

Only...there were no aliens.

Gideon Hofstadt knows what really happened. When one of his science experiments went wrong, he and his older brother blamed the resulting explosion on extraterrestrial activity. And their lie was not only believed by their town―it was embraced. As the brothers go to increasingly greater lengths to keep up the ruse and avoid getting caught, the hoax flourishes. But Gideon's obsession with their tale threatened his whole world. Can he find a way to banish the aliens before Lansburg, and his life, are changed forever?

Told in a report format and comprised of interviews, blog posts, text conversations, found documents, and so much more, It Came from the Sky is a hysterical and resonant novel about what it means to be human in the face of the unknown.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Book Post, week ending 21st July 2020

Happy Tuesday, everyone! We had a good week again and received several new titles between us; all ebooks, this week. As always, click on the cover to be taken to goodreads (or in two cases to the publisher's website), and we've made notes on a couple of titles!

Monday, 20 July 2020

Release Special: Everwinter by RJ Lloyd

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

The Carls disappeared the same way they appeared, in an instant. While they were on Earth, they caused confusion and destruction without ever lifting a finger. Well, that’s not exactly true. Part of their maelstrom was the sudden viral fame and untimely death of April May: a young woman who stumbled into Carl’s path, giving them their name, becoming their advocate, and putting herself in the middle of an avalanche of conspiracy theories. 

Months later, the world is as confused as ever. Andy has picked up April’s mantle of fame, speaking at conferences and online about the world post-Carl; Maya, ravaged by grief, begins to follow a string of mysteries that she is convinced will lead her to April; and Miranda infiltrates a new scientific operation . . . one that might have repercussions beyond anyone’s comprehension.

As they each get further down their own paths, a series of clues arrive—mysterious books that seem to predict the future and control the actions of their readers; unexplained internet outages; and more—which seem to suggest April may be very much alive. In the midst of the gang's possible reunion is a growing force, something that wants to capture our consciousness and even control our reality.

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Weekly roundup

Happy Sunday! The first in a few quieter weeks on the blog, as there aren't many books releasing for the rest of the month. Mind you, we could probably stand to get ahead on some of the books coming later in the year!

Friday, 17 July 2020

With or Without You by Drew Davies

‘How long does a coma last?’ I ask.‘Days, weeks, months?’ the nurse replies with a shrug, although her eyes are very kind.
‘But on average?’
She just smiles, unable to give me an answer.

Wendy's life can be neatly divided into two: before and after.

Before her husband’s car accident, it was just the two of them. They never took the train at rush hour, and they avoided their noisy neighbour upstairs. Naveem devoted his spare time to vintage train models, and Wendy to re-reading the well-thumbed pages of her favourite books. It didn’t matter what others thought about their small, quiet life together – they were happy.

After the coma, Wendy barely recognises herself. When she’s not holding the love of her life’s hand, accompanied by the beep of the life-support machine, who is she? The nurse tells her to talk to Naveem – that he can still hear her – but she doesn’t have a single thing to say.

Suddenly Wendy can’t bear the silence. She needs something, anything, to talk to Naveem about. Suddenly she’s losing herself at fairgrounds packed with crowds and candyfloss, she’s at the airport, waiting for the whoosh of the planes as they take off, making friends with the neighbour she has spent over a decade avoiding.

Knowing that every breath her husband takes might be his last, Wendy has no choice but to try to carry on without him. Should she feel guilty about living while his life is on pause? And when – if – he wakes up, will he still love the woman she has become?

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Happy Book Birthday!

Happy Thursday, everyone! This was a quiet week with just two titles on our review lists publishing. (Still busier than the next two weeks, which currently have one book between them!)

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

The Magic of Terry Pratchett by Marc Burrows

The Magic Of Terry Pratchett is the first full biography of Sir Terry Pratchett ever written. Sir Terry was Britain's best-selling living author, and before his death in 2015 had sold more than 85 million copies of his books worldwide. Best known for the Discworld series, his work has been translated into 37 languages and performed as plays on every continent in the world, including Antarctica.

Journalist, comedian and Pratchett fan Marc Burrows delves into the back story of one of UK's most enduring and beloved authors, from his childhood in the Chiltern Hills to his time as a journalist, and the journey that would take him - via more than sixty best-selling books - to an OBE, a knighthood and national treasure status.

The Magic Of Terry Pratchett is the result of painstaking archival research alongside interviews with friends and contemporaries who knew the real man under the famous black hat, helping to piece together the full story of one of British literature's most remarkable and beloved figures for the very first time.

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Book Post! week ending 14 July 2020

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Welcome to this week's #BookPost. A good mix this week, ebooks and physicals and covering several different genres. Let's have a look!

As always, you can click on the cover to go to the Goodreads page, and we've added notes under some titles but are very excited for all of them!

Monday, 13 July 2020

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

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Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune's YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.

Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick's best friend (and maybe the love of his life).

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Weekly roundup

Hi guys! Welcome to the weekly roundup. We're coming into a quieter period for the blog, but let's see what we did this week.

Friday, 10 July 2020

The Do Over by Jennifer Honeybourn

A teenage girl gets the chance to redo her past in this smart and charming YA novel by the author of When Life Gives You Demons.

Emilia has always wanted to fit in with the A crowd. So, when Ben, the hottest guy in school, asks her out, she chooses him over Alistair, her best friend—even after he confesses his feelings to her.

Six months later, Emilia wonders how her life would have been different if she'd chosen Alistair instead. Haunted by her mistake, she finds a magical solution that promises to rectify the past. As a result, everything in her life is different. What happens if her second chance is her only chance to make things right?

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Happy Book Birthday!

This was a very busy week for us! A lot of books on our review list published on Tuesday or today. Let's have a look and see what you think.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

The Rules by Tracy Darnton

Amber’s an expert when it comes to staying hidden – she’s been trained her whole life for it. But what happens when the person you’re hiding from taught you everything you know?

When a letter from her dad arrives, Amber knows she’s got to move – and fast. He’s managed to find her and she knows he’ll stop at nothing to draw her back into the extreme survivalist way of life he believes in.

All of a sudden the Rules she’s spent so long trying to escape are the ones keeping her safe. But for how long?

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

The Shelf by Helly Acton

Everyone in Amy's life seems to be getting married (or so Instagram tells her), and she feels like she's falling behind.

So, when her boyfriend surprises her with a dream holiday to a mystery destination, she thinks this is it - he's going to finally pop the Big Question. But the dream turns into a nightmare when she finds herself on the set of a Big Brother-style reality television show, The Shelf.

Along with five other women, Amy is dumped live on TV and must compete in a series of humiliating and obnoxious tasks in the hope of being crowned 'The Keeper'. Will Amy's time on the show make her realise there are worse things in life than being left on the shelf?

A funny, feminist and all-too-relatable novel about our obsession with coupling up, settling down and the battle we all have with accepting ourselves, The Shelf introduces the freshest new voice in women's fiction.

Book post! week ending 7 July 2020

Welcome to another Tuesday, everyone! We had a good week for #BookPost on the blog, mostly ebooks as normal for now, so let's dive right in and see what new delights are waiting for us. As always, click on the cover to go to goodreads, and we've added notes under a couple of titles. Well, some of us have, BJ.

Monday, 6 July 2020

Plague by Graham Masterton

Oceans are infested, beaches turn black, cities reek with poisonous pollution. The entire eastern seaboard of the United States has been sealed off - all those attempting to flee the contaminated zones will be shot!

As men, women and children murder and loot in a world gone mad, one man and his daughters struggle to survive. The bond of love between them strengthens and grows as they fight desperately to keep their fragile hold on hope - and life.

Father and daughter - caught in a terrifying world ravaged by an unknown, virulent, super-plague. Will an antidote be found... in time?

Loveless by Alice Oseman

It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?

Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.

As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.

But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.

Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?

This wise, warm and witty story of identity and self-acceptance sees Alice Oseman on towering form as Georgia and her friends discover that true love isn’t limited to romance.

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Weekly roundup

Welcome to the end of the week! A busy week here on the blog, so here's our roundup of activities.

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.