Review: Spellbook of the Lost and Found

If authors were elements, Moïra Fowley-Doyle would be the earth. Her words are dark, soft and soothing, yet they feed and grow a tangle of frightening, unknown things. After many months of wistfully looking at Spellbook of the Lost and Found on my TBR pile, I finally sat and devoured it hungrily within a matter of hours.…… Continue reading Review: Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Review: Tangleweed and Brine

What if there were no happy endings? What if Rapunzel’s mother carried her to fill a cavernous void left by her need for fulfillment? What if the owner of the gingerbread house longed for something more in life, and built a house so she could help fill the hearts of those who felt as she did? What if the kiss that would bring the frog prince back to his human form meant a death sentence to the kisser? What if sister Fair tried to keep Trembling hidden to protect her, and not out of jealousy?

What if? What if?

Review Series: Silence Interrupted

Silence Interrupted focuses on the senior year of four high school students – Troye, Arabella, Zaidan and Adelaide. Troye is haunted by his father’s drinking problem. Zaidan is struggling to keep Arabella happy as she buckles under the weight of her spiteful mother’s words. Adelaide just wants to keep everyone happy. The four friends discover what a year can bring when faced with all the pitfalls life can possibly throw at teens just trying to find their way out into the world.

Review Series: My Friends are all Strange

I recently discovered the absolute wonder of Netgalley and was over the moon that something like this site existed. For those unfamiliar with it, Netgalley is a place where bloggers and book reviewers can request galleys of soon-to-be-published books directly from publishers. I, of course, made the ultimate rookie mistake and requested all of the books I could get my hands on, and still have about 10 on my dashboard waiting for me as I didn’t expect to actually be approved for any of them….

Book Review: Mistletoe and Murder

I grew up on a diet of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Famous Five and the Secret Seven, moving then to the Alex Rider series, where a love for books about children who solve mysteries and crimes and kick ass fizzled out temporarily around the age I got to James Patterson and Robert Muchamore, moving on to Grisham and Patterson’s adult books about adults who solve mysteries and crimes and kick ass – more stories I’d devour day after day on holiday or curled up in bed after school. I don’t think there will ever come a time where I’m not utterly enchanted by mysteries, which is why I am very glad I began Robin Stevens’s A Murder Most Unladylike mysteries at the start of this year.

Dear Holly: What’s a Girl Gotta Do?

It takes a good deal of courage to step outside the echo chamber. It takes courage to put pen to paper and painstakingly detail every single instance of what it’s like to be a woman in the Western world – something Angry White Men can’t understand, and will ridicule, because we’re women and don’t we know that other people have it so much worse? It takes immense strength to write something that is to go to print and be there, in the world, ready to be seen by those Angry White Men…

Roll Call, Please!: Top 5 Teen/YA Dramas

I’ll be the first to admit that I love scandalous books. I love teen/YA drama in fantastical, completely outlandish settings – a la Gossip Girl; Young, Loaded and Fabulous and, most recently, Beautiful Idols. I may have absolutely zero interest in following the lives of actual, ostentatious celebrities read: I respect the fact that they are fantastic business people but I literally do not give a flying bus stop about the Kardashians but hand me any book about rich kids with rich kid problems, or working/middle class kids thrown into a world filled with rich kid problems and I am sold.