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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: The Wizards of Once

The Wizards of Once – Cressida Cowell Wonderful galloping tale of Magic, good and evil. Many influences feed into this, from Roald Dahl to Arthurian legend to fairy tales to Shakespeare, and the result, fired by Cressida Cowell’s imagination, is … Continue reading

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Inspirational art

What a pleasure it was to run into a neighbour whose nine-year-old daughter read my children’s novel, The Keeper of the Stones. I already knew she liked it and had used it for her school work. It turns out she … 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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About this blog

Hello and welcome! You’ll find quite a few things on this blog, all to do with books and writing as I’m a writer. BOOK REVIEWS are here. (I’m also on Goodreads, where I review books as well, so please follow … 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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