Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant - Resurrection by Derek Landy

Thanks to the Reading Zone and HarperCollins for the review copy. A secret order of dissident sorcerers is attempting to resurrect an ancient being to launch a war against the mortals. Skulduggery Pleasant, skeleton detective and sorcerer, is going to need all the help he can get to stop them. Luckily for him, his protégé Valkyrie Cain […]

Book Review: The Small Change Trilogy - Jo Walton

There has been a resurgence of interest in alternative history fiction recently - particularly of "the Nazi's won the war" variety (for example, YA books The Big Lie and Wolf by Wolf, and the recent TV versions of the books The Man In The High Castle and SS-GB). Jo Walton’s Small Change trilogy - made up of Farthing […]

Book Review: AniMalcolm - David Baddiel

Malcolm’s family are quite fond of animals - you could say they are obsessed. They have two cats, a dog, a hamster and an iguana. They go to the zoo every week. It’s the primary topic of conversation. Malcolm, however, is not a big fan (especially since the infamous “Monkey Incident”). So when Malcolm is […]

Book cover for The Jamie Drake Equation, by Christopher Edge

Book Review: The Jamie Drake Equation

Jamie Drake’s dad is famous. He’s an astronaut, and he’s currently orbiting the earth on the International Space Station, about 400kms above the planet’s surface. Soon he will launch a series of tiny interstellar probes, which will search the galaxy for signs of alien life. What could possibly go wrong? Back on earth, Jamie misses […]

Book Review: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson

Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy. There seems to have been a bit of a glut recently of retellings of/books inspired by the 1001 Arabian Nights: Salman Rushdie's Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, The Wrath and The Dawn series by Renee Ahdieh, Hanan Al-Shaykh's One Thousand and One Nights and this one - […]

Book Review: They're Not Like Us, Vol. 1 - Eric Stephenson

They're Not Like Us, Vol. 1: Black Holes for the Young by Eric Stephenson My rating: 3 of 5 stars Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy. They're Not Like Us is a kind of super-anti-hero comic, focusing on a group of young adults (teens to 30s?) with various psychic abilities (such as reading thoughts, […]

Book Review: The Haunting - Alex Bell

The Haunting by Alex Bell My rating: 3 of 5 stars 17 year old Emma (accompanied by her disability assistant dog Bailey) sneaks off from her overprotective parents to visit her sick and elderly grandmother in the Cornish village where, 7 years earlier, she had lost the use of her legs in an accident in […]

Book Review: Illustrated Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer My rating: 4 of 5 stars Thanks to The Reading Zone and the publisher for the review copy. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales has a revered place in British culture - it is often said to have heralded the birth of modern English Literature. First written in the 14th century, it is […]

Book Review: The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge

I'm introducing a new feature to this blog - Book Review Tuesday! Every Tuesday, I will try to upload a book review here. And the first one is this corker: Costa Children's Book Of The Year The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge.   The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge My rating: 5 of 5 stars […]