Review: Clean by Juno Dawson

Published in April 2018 by Quercus Children’s Books / 400 pages Opening sentence: “Face-down on leather.”  This was a book I’d heard good things about, but didn’t actually know much about. For some reason I thought it was a biography, then picked it up and discovered it’s fiction and actually published as YA, despite its […]

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Review: Release by Patrick Ness

Published in 2017 by Walker Books / 288 pages Opening sentence, “Adam would have to get the flowers himself.” At the Greenwich Book Festival I had the pleasure of hearing Patrick Ness in conversation with authors Angie Thomas and Katherine Woodfine. He spoke about how his new book, Release was inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (the […]

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Review: The Girl of Ink and Stars

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave Opening sentence: “They say the day the Governor arrived, the ravens did too.” Set on the fictional island of Joya, this enticing Young Adult book is told from the point of view of 13-year-old Isabella. It has had quite a lot of hype since its release […]

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February Wrap Up / March TBR

I find that if I give myself a set number of books to read per month, then I never hit the target and have a sense of disappointment for not achieving that goal. Over the years, I’ve learnt that I enjoy a far more organic reading process, some months I read 2 books, some months […]

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Review: Frozen Charlotte

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell Opening sentence: “The girls were playing with the Frozen Charlotte dolls again.” Although dubious about this book at the beginning – mainly due to the plot device of using a Ouija-board app (yes, app) to invoke the ghost that the whole plot hinges on – I ended up actually rather […]

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Review: A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Opening sentence: “The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.” This blog got its name from the place I do most of my reading – the 7:47am train on the way to work. One morning this week the trains gave me (what in the past would have […]

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Review: The Wolf Wilder

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell Opening sentence: ‘Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, there lived a dark and stormy girl.’ Technically, this is classed as a children’s book, but a great story is a great story, and if Harry Potter has taught us anything, it is that being a children’s book will […]

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