Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Review policy:

I will read pretty much anything and everything but my favourite genres are children’s picture books, MG and YA fiction, fantasy and science-fiction.

I also read historical and literary fiction as well as a variety of non-fiction on science, languages and linguistics, history and archaeology, etc. The only genres I tend not to read much of are crime and horror, although I have enjoyed the odd crime or horror novel.

I do not write a full review for everything I read because reviews are time-consuming and I would (usually!) rather spend that time reading more. However, I usually do a quick review on Goodreads for everythng.

I do review all ARCs I receive on my blog, Goodreads and Netgalley (if applicable), generally from the perspective of an educator.

As a teacher, there are certain times during the year when I am simply overwhelmed with my day job so I cannot guarantee a quick turnaround on reviews – I will get there in the end! During the holidays, I read, review and blog much more frequently.

* Update January 2019: At the moment I am not accepting review requests due to health reasons. I cannot currently promise a timely review, apologies. I hope to be back to normal posting as soon as possible*

My ratings :

1 star – not for me

2 stars – okay, feel quite indifferent about it

3 stars – good, liked it

4 stars – excellent, loved it

5 stars – exceptionally good, loved it and will be racing out to purchase my own copy if I haven’t already.

 If you would like to request a review please e-mail me at christinareid (at) live (dot) co (dot) uk. with further details. Please note that, while I will do my best to answer all requests, I am a busy teacher so will answer most quickly at weekends!

I am also happy to take part in blog tours – I enjoy doing Q+As and am happy to host cover reveals or guest posts too. Please get in touch at

Picture books

pond1 A_Fish_In_Foreign_Waters_bilingual_book argyle fox brave cover
cinderella furry erik cover feather cover41diUT5UJvL._SY287_BO1,204,203,200_ franklin cover
home cover loveforevercover johnnyskip leapcover
londonhatcover max cover northernnightcover lila
rabbitcover sheltercover sportyloucover Stardust_HB_Cov.indd
stuck tencentscover dreamdragon cover empty stocking cover
 last tree  snowbear cover  snowlioncover  littlepeacover
 violet cover 6871250

 MG books

ameliafangcover ban cover116269-medium Dino Wars Rise of the Raptors Cover RGB HR JPEG  doyouspeakchocolate
flowermooncover hercules cover 9781781128107 How to Catch a Witch (1)
prisoner cover1 runnngfromsky Run-Wild-cover-236x360  skylark cover
 shadowweaver cover  bookshopgirl  Company of Eightcover  explorer
 listcover  when-the-mountains-roared-195518969

YA books

skinful cover  ascension iamthunder 27 days
justdont1 juniper 61X-h2O8UWL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_ lovehate nyxia cover uk
on the spectrum 1 starfish sunflowerscover Tangleweed
bearnightingale  the circus cover 51ZSFiFmpiL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_  cruelprince  Last-Namsara
 redribbon  thewayyoumakemefeel  wolfchildren cover

Fantasy and Science Fiction

ascension folk cover  gilded cage holdbackthestars
Lancelot Cover (1) nyxia cover uk  Tangleweed  bearnightingale
 cruelprince  hazelwoodcover  Last-Namsara  TOYMAKERS_Front_with bleed_Merged_newblack

Fiction: Historical, Literary, etc

accidental recluse gildedshroud  TOYMAKERS_Front_with bleed_Merged_newblack

Graphic Novels

annecover littleredwolf cover scarecrowcover


I wore my blackest hair cover northernnightcover


home cover rebelvoices  teacherscover turtleislandcover

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