Category: Contemporary

Review: Bridge of Clay

Review: Bridge of Clay

It’s been a long wait for a new book from Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief. The time has come though with Bridge of Clay, and it’s been worth the wait. Bridge of Clay tells the story of the Dunbar family – 5 boys who have lost their mother and father and are raising […]

Posted October 11, 2018


Review: Shatila Stories

Review: Shatila Stories

How The Book Came About I was a bit late in finding Shatila Stories, discovering it on its publication day rather than during the Kickstarter campaign to support the publication of this book. Commissioned by Peirene Press, Shatila Stories is a work of collaborative fiction created by nine Syrian and Palestinian refugees who reside in […]

Posted August 8, 2018


Review: The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder

Review: The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder

Thirteen-year-old Jasper lives with his ex-Royal Marine father. His mother died several years ago and he misses her. Jasper has synaesthesia. Rather than hearing sounds, Jasper sees them as colour. Every sound has its own colour, every voice its own colour palette. His mother understood this – she had synaesthesia too. Jasper also experiences prosopagnosia, […]

Posted May 3, 2018


Review: Whistle In The Dark

Review: Whistle In The Dark

Jen Maddox has just been reunited with her 15-year-old daughter, Lana, following Lana’s four-day-long disappearance. Jen and Lana had gone on a mother-daughter painting holiday when Lana went missing – sparking a huge search and nationwide missing persons campaign. Now that Lana’s back, she won’t tell anyone what happened to her. Seeing her daughter cut, battered […]

Posted May 1, 2018


Review: Dear Martin

Review: Dear Martin

After reading fantastic reviews upon its publication in the US, I was delighted to find Dear Martin due for publication in the UK. Wow, those reviews were right, this is a tremendously powerful book. Justyce is a 17-year-old high school senior. He’s fourth in his graduating class, captain of the debate team and is on course […]

Posted April 25, 2018


Blog Tour: The Lido

Blog Tour: The Lido

Every now and then I want to read something that is going to fill my heart, and The Lido most certainly did that. So I’m delighted to be today’s stop on The Lido blog tour – and it’s PUBLICATION DAY! So you can now get your hands on this heartwarming novel. My Summary When the local […]

Posted April 19, 2018


Review: The Hate U Give

Review: The Hate U Give

There are times when I am just at a complete loss for words upon finishing a book (handy for a book blogger, I’m sure you’ll agree). This is one of those times. The Hate U Give has been out in the US for a month or so now and everything I’d been hearing from readers […]

Posted April 6, 2017


Review: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Review: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Told through alternating chapters, past and present, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley slowly uncovers the tale of Samuel Hawley’s life. Hawley has a daughter, Loo, whom he is raising alone following the death of his wife. Hawley and Loo have constantly been on the move, never living in one place for very long. When […]

Posted April 4, 2017