Category Archives: Book Reviews

Review: The Ship of Shadows

The Ship of Shadows – Maria Kuzniar There’s a lot of originality and fun in this book and I like that it’s girls and women on a magical ship, but I did find it quite slow. While there are exciting … Continue reading

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Review: If Looks Could Kill

If Looks Could Kill – Olivia Kiernan The last time I read a book in one day it was several years ago and I was on a six-hour flight (with Jennifer Egan’s brilliant ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad’). Just … Continue reading

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Review: Murder Most Unladylike

Murder Most Unladylike: A Wells & Wong Mystery – Robin Stevens Thoroughly enjoyed this witty, light-but-not-lightweight middle-grade murder mystery set in a 1930s girl’s boarding school in England. Right from the start the first-person telling through the eyes of Hazel … Continue reading

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Review: The Vanishing Trick

The Vanishing Trick – Jenni Spangler A great story with an appealing magic core and a strong premise that I can see easily becoming a film, and probably doing very well with its target of middle-grade (8 and up) readers. … Continue reading

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Kirkus Reviews: The Keeper of the Stones

“Both gripping and lyrical—a fine time-travel tale.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review) If you’re a writer, you know that 99 percent of the time you’re cursed by doubt, wondering whether you can actually write. So when, at about 10 pm UK … Continue reading

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Review: Don’t Think A Single Thought

Don’t Think A Single Thought – Diana Cambridge This is a beautifully constructed book. As I read it, I felt I was being slowly wrapped in a python’s coils, being pulled relentlessly into the centre of Emma Bowden’s life. Each … Continue reading

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Review: The Crow Trap

The Crow Trap – Ann Cleeves I love Ann Cleeves and that’s the only reason I kept going with The Crow Trap, the first in the Vera series (I’ve read all the Shetland novels and a later Vera mystery). However, … Continue reading

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Review: Dead Man’s Lane

Dead Man’s Lane – Kate Ellis Another in the excellent and enjoyable Wesley Peterson murder mystery series: number 23 to be exact. The complex plot twists and turns, and even though I picked up enough clues along the way to … Continue reading

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Review: The Second Sleep

The Second Sleep – Robert Harris Excellent – a clever, absorbing post-apocalyptic story set 800 years in the future – the second sleep of the title referring to how people used to have a first sleep, wake during the night, … Continue reading

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Review: Monstrous Devices

Review: Monstrous Devices – Damien Love When Alex’s grandfather sends him an old robot out of the blue, the mysterious writing of his English essay while he’s asleep is just the start. Whisked off to Paris and Prague by his … Continue reading

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