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Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel: Review

In this, the age of American Horror Story, Dexter and Game of Thrones entertainment channels are able to (and often do) talk about increasingly shocking ideas. For some reason many of us are a little dark too and are compelled to explore this kind of narrative – The Roanoke Girls is one of these new age taboo shakers and I was hooked on this heartbreaking tale from cover to cover. Title: The Roanoke Girls Author: Amy Engel Publication date: August 1st 2017 Pages: 288 Blurb: Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die. After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball…

All Things New by Lauren Miller: Review

All Things New is a story all readers of YA fiction will be ready and raring to read this August and it does not disappoint. It’s a charming page turner with a poignant message and a cute little love story to boot – pick it up August 1st.  Title: All Things New Author: Lauren Miller Publication date: August 1st 2017 Pages: Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and visible…

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley: Review

4 Days after its release I finally swiped the last page of Natasha Pulley’s The Bedlam Stacks on my kindle. Often books I read during reading slumps quickly become D.N.F’s but thankfully the intrigue of Pulley’s premise kept me going and I was able to enjoy a story wholly different from those I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying in recent months.  Title: The Bedlam Stacks Author: Natasha Pulley Publication date: 13th July 2017 Pages: 352 Blurb: In 1859, ex-East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne is trapped at home in Cornwall after sustaining an injury that almost cost him his leg and something is wrong; a statue moves, his grandfather…

5 great books, each for £1 or less (Kindle reads)

In case you haven’t already noticed, I’m not a big fan of spending money. (Quelle surprise) But in tangent to that I’m also a bit of an online shopaholic. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to balance the two. I’m also fairly certain that I’m not the only person who feels this way; at the moment I’ve not quite broken the bank. I’m still able to pay my rent and enjoy the things I like (books mostly) by using a few basic tricks to help avoid the purchase of expensive hardback books the second they come out. Aside from secondhand purchases, advanced reading copies and…

Books with Maps

As a kid I didn’t really acknowledge the usefulness of maps provided in the front of books; these maps were designed to help navigate innovative new worlds but I was sure I’d never need them. I was confident in my own skills of imagination and wanted the world to be as much my own as it was the author’s. However, over the last 6 months or so of reading I’ve come to really appreciate them – structuring a character’s literal journey has become a much bigger deal for me. I don’t know if that’s because I’m writing now and am giving the smaller details…