The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney

The Wardstone Chronicles Challenge The Spook’s Apprenticeis the first book in The Wardstone Chronicles. I am taking part in a challenge set by the publisher to read and review the first eleven books in the series before the film Seventh Son comes out. So, here is my first review.First up, I have to say how… Continue reading The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney

Empire State by Adam Christopher

Fancy a bit of scifi noir, superhero time travel, alternative history thriller? Then you are in luck. Empire State is a very satisfying genre-mixing novel that kept me thoroughly entertained and frequently baffled. I love novels that play with genre, and this one does it with much skill and great aplomb.I'm not going to try… Continue reading Empire State by Adam Christopher

Supernatural: Carved in Flesh by Tim Waggoner

I absolutely loved this Supernatural story. It had monsters created from a combination of science and magic, human tragedy, a mad scientist, and some seriously gross bits. We also find out more about Sam and Dean’s childhood through a story that echoes their current case. It’s set during Season Seven of the TV series, so… Continue reading Supernatural: Carved in Flesh by Tim Waggoner

The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

The Paris Winter is a wonderfully atmospheric tale, conjuring up Parisian city life in the early 20th century. The story takes in the poorest, meanest bars and the most fashionable and glittering soirees. Opium dens and fancy restaurants rub along cheek by jowl, with Maud Heighton doing her best to maintain her genteel if impoverished… Continue reading The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross

The Rapture of the Nerds is a tale of the singularity, posthumanity, and awkward social situations. So obviously there was going to be a lot going on between the covers of this book. I'm not convinced I got every joke or all the science, but I really enjoyed hurtling along with Huw as he fell into… Continue reading The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross

Zenn Scarlett Blog Tour

Welcome to the Zenn-a-Palooza!You may know that Strange Chemistry are one of my favourite publishers; their YA list is very hard to beat. Next month they are publishing Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon, much to my excitement. I am very honoured to be part of the Blog Tour for this gorgeous book, and Christian has… Continue reading Zenn Scarlett Blog Tour

The View on the Way Down by Rebecca Wait

The View on the Way Down feels a very real story. Both emotional intensity and everyday ordinariness are so well written that reading the book sometimes felt like eavesdropping on your neighbours. In this case, neighbours with a very sad story to tell.The Stewart family were happy once. Mum, dad, two sons and a daughter.… Continue reading The View on the Way Down by Rebecca Wait

Honour by Elif Shafak

Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist 2013The dedication at the beginning of this book gave me pause for thought; it is for those that see and those that hear - the witnesses to acts of domestic violence. Knowing what to do in such situations, arguments overheard, suspicions, whispers, is incredibly difficult. Honour doesn't have any neat… Continue reading Honour by Elif Shafak