Book Review: The Winter Garden

Welcome to the Winter Garden. Open only at 13 o’clock.
You are invited to enter an unusual competition.
I am looking for the most magical, spectacular, remarkable pleasure garden this world has to offer.

On the night her mother dies, 8-year-old Beatrice receives an invitation to the mysterious Winter Garden. A place of wonder and magic, filled with all manner of strange and spectacular flora and fauna, the garden is her solace every night for seven days. But when the garden disappears, and no one believes her story, Beatrice is left to wonder if it were truly real.

Book Review: The Time Thief

From the first moment I met Elle in the first book in The Leap Cycle, The Infinite, I loved her. She has such a strong narrative voice, simply walking off the page and drawing me effortlessly into her world. The world-building in the first book is also fantastic, done in an organic way that never feels like info-dumping. Leaplings, children born on 29th February as rare, but even rarer are those who have the gift of being able to travel through time.

Mini-Reviews: Strange Houses

Mini-Reviews: Strange Houses   When I have the choice between reading another book or reviewing the one I have just read, I usually choose to read another one. As much as I adore shouting about books on my blog, reading is, after all, my first love! Therefore, I have decided to do some mini-review posts…

Mini-Reviews: Girls having Adventures

Mini-reviews: Girls having Adventures When I have the choice between reading another book or reviewing the one I have just read, I usually choose to read another one. As much as I adore shouting about books on my blog, reading is, after all, my first love! Therefore, I have decided to do some mini-review posts…

Book Review: The Island Child

Book Review: The Island Child   The Island Child Written by Molly Aitken 320 pages Published by Canongate Publication date: 30th January 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): Twenty years ago, Oona left the island of Inis for the very first time. A wind-blasted rock of fishing boats and sheep’s wool, where the only book was the…

Six for Sunday: Snow and Ice

Six for Sunday: Snow and Ice   The theme for this week’s #SixforSunday is books with snow or ice in the title. The weather has been pretty grey and cold recently, but I don’t think that I’m quite ready for snow just yet…however, I am getting into the mood for some wintry reads! The Snow…

Six for Sunday: Witchy Books

Six for Sunday: Witchy Books   It is no secret that I love books about witches – here are a few that you could read on this Hallowe’en weekend! I have listed three for younger readers and three for older readers, but there are a lot more recommendations that I would love to give! The…

7 truly creepy reads for kids this Hallowe’en

7 truly creepy reads for kids and teens this Hallowe’en   I have a low tolerance for horror, so I won’t be recommending anything here that is going to give your child nightmares, rather those books which give you a little bit of a chill down your spine without being really frightening. At this time…

Book Review: Invisible in a Bright Light

Book Review: Invisible in a Bright Light   Invisible in a Bright Light Written by Sally Gardner 320 pages Published by Head of Zeus Publication date: 14th October 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): From I, Coriander to Invisible in a Bright Light, Sally Gardner’s first middle grade novel in 14 years soars with the imagination of…

Waiting on Wednesday: Shadows of Winterspell

Waiting on Wednesday: Shadows of Winterspell   Shadows of Winterspell Written by Amy Wilson 256 pages Published by Macmillan Children’s Books Publication date: 17th October Summary (from Goodreads): Stella has been living behind the magic of the forest for most of her life. Lonely, she enrolls at the local school, and as she begins to…

Book Review: The Switching Hour

Book Review: The Switching Hour The Switching Hour Written by Damaris Young 288 pages Published by Scholastic UK Publication date: 1st August 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): Never stay out after the Switching Hour… never let the outside in…. Amaya lives with her grandmother, her small brother Kaleb and her pet goat Tau in a land…

Book Review: Sanctuary

Book Review: Sanctuary Sanctuary Written by V. V. James 320 pages Published by Gollancz Publication date: 8th August 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): Four women with a secret. The death that will unravel their lives. The small town of Sanctuary is rocked by the death of its star quarterback. Daniel’s death looked like an accident, but…