The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace

I was drawn to the three lines on the cover of The Painted Bridge:A devious husbandA Victorian asylumA wronged wifeThere's the ingredients for a story that I am going to love very much. Anna's husband Vincent tricks Anna into entering Lake House, a private asylum. Thinking she is accompanying him to visit friends she quickly… Continue reading The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace

Carnegie Award 2013 Shortlist: A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

This book looks beautiful. The illustrations are gorgeous and the whole thing is very appealing in hardback and paperback. It is a whimsical tale about a boy, and a bear, in a boat - like the title says!I loved the beginning; the boy's tentative boarding of the boat made me smile. His caution and apprehension… Continue reading Carnegie Award 2013 Shortlist: A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton

Brothers’ Fury by Giles Kristian

Hooray, the second book in Kristian's civil wars saga is here!Brothers' Fury is the sequel to The Bleeding Land, published last summer. The story revolves around the Rivers family and their part in the civil wars that wracked Britain during the 1640s. Although I think it is possible to read Brothers' Fury without having read… Continue reading Brothers’ Fury by Giles Kristian

A Wolf in Hindelheim by Jenny Mayhew

Something was happening in this place where nothing happened.So, it might be a cliché to say that a novel from the very first line entranced me, but I promise it is true in this case. A Wolf in Hindelheim is a perfect mix of great storytelling, beautiful writing, intriguing characters, and a touch of quirkiness.… Continue reading A Wolf in Hindelheim by Jenny Mayhew

Carnegie Award 2013 Shortlist: A Greyhound of a Girl

I'm sad to say I didn't much enjoy A Greyhound of a Girl. I liked the idea but was not so keen on the book as a whole. The story is about four generations of the same family and how they connect and find peace with their circumstances. On the back of the edition I… Continue reading Carnegie Award 2013 Shortlist: A Greyhound of a Girl

Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

I was very excited about reading the latest novel by Lionel Shriver for a couple of reasons. Firstly because I thought We Need to Talk About Kevin was an excellent book. The structure is brilliant, it has a shocking twist, deals with controversial topics, and employs one of my favourite literary devices – the unreliable… Continue reading Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2013: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I read Wonder last year when it first came out. I was absolutely blown away by the story; I adored Auggie and the book’s message about kindness. This is what I wrote about it then:“This is an outstanding novel, truly beautiful and moving. August's facial deformity means that his life is characterized by the double-take… Continue reading Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2013: Wonder by R.J. Palacio