Ink by Alice Broadway

In a world where every action you make, good or bad, is recorded on your skin and preserved forever in a skin book when you die, we meet Leora. A young girl just starting her assigned career after education. Leora is to be an inker, a tattoo artist that inks the designs onto people to…

The crow trap by Ann Cleeves

What makes a great detective novel? and more to the point where to start? One collection of detective crime novels I came across was those of Ann Cleeves that feature Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. If you are a fan of the TV series Vera (which is an adaptation of the Ann Cleeves novels featuring…

Witch born by Nicholas Bowling

A story set in Elizabethan England immersed in magic and witches. Alyce resides in Bedlam asylum, declared mad by the fact that her home has been destroyed and her mother tried and executed for witchcraft. What is Alyce to do when she is visited by masked strangers? An escape is inevitable and as Alyce takes…

A semi definitive list of worst nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

This was a book that I managed to read last year that brought a smile as it crossed my path again. One I should have shared earlier as it really is something delightful. The story revolves around teen Esther Solar and her family. Esther is unusual in the sense that she wears a different costume most days and has…

Finally got round to reading, The Defence by Steve Cavanagh  

After spending the last two months reading all my library books, (I so desperately wanted to finish them all in time before incurring any fines) I managed to finish one of the anticipated reads from that pile of books. Steve Cavanagh’s, The Defence was not disappointing. A page turner that went straight into the action from the start….

A hidden gem of a book – Dream snatcher by Abi Elphinstone 

I wrote this review over a year ago and it seems to have been filed in the depths of my book room. I can only think I’ve been so absorbed in reading that it slipped through. However, reading this review a year on brought a smile as I remembered this delightful tale.  ‘This story is surrounded in magic, old, new,…

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

In a far distant future people have evolved to the point of immortality. So much so that dying of natural causes or disease has been eradicated. However, the cost of living forever (where you can even set your biological clock back) means the population keeps growing. So, the solution? To have people employed as Scythes, who…

What I’ve been reading as 2018 drew to a close

As a person who loves post- apocalyptic fiction, I never pass up on an opportunity to read novels that has the world in which we know end, and a new one has been created, which is exactly what I’ve been reading in Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines quartet. In the first novel Mortal Engines, we meet…

A late Happy New Year

When life throws you a few curve balls you either deal with it or you crumble. Over the last few months I did a bit of both. Hence the length of time between posting a few things. But as life continues to challenge me, I now try to react in a better more positive light….

What are you reading this Halloween?

As autumn is here and Halloween approaches I tend to lean towards reading something a little scary, all the while snuggled under a blanket and cuddling the cat (for protection of course). Horror is not my favourite genre and the level of ‘scary’ I can now manage is usually from young adult novels. Particular thrilling…