Britain’s Favourite Creatures and the People Who Love Them:
Meet the water vole-woman from Shropshire, the owl ambassador from Somerset and Gordon, the dancing toad man. These and many other fabulously engaging characters carry a deep knowledge of their chosen species within a distinctly quirky shell. Continue reading “Review: The Beauty in the Beast by Hugh Warwick”
Gunpowder, treason and, plot!
Can one girl save the life of a king?
Both Johnson is a talented and beautiful young actress. She is also a spy.
The year is 1664, and somebody wants the King dead. One November morning, a mysterious ghost ship drifts up the Thames. Sent to investigate, fourteen-year-old Beth quickly finds herself embroiled in a dangerous adventure that takes her right into the Tower of London. Will Beth be able to unravel the plot to kill the King before it’s too late? Continue reading “Review: Secrets and Spies – Treason by Jo Macauley”
If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah thought, she would be more careful not to trudge through muddy fields.
It is wash-day for the housemaids at Longbourn House, and Sarah’s hands are chapped and bleeding. Domestic life below stairs, ruled tenderly and forcefully by Mrs Hill the housekeeper, is about to be disturbed by the arrival of a new footman, smelling of the sea and bearing secrets.
For in Georgian England, there is a world the young ladies in the drawing room will never know, a world of poverty, love and brutal war. Continue reading “Review: Longbourn by Jo Baker”
Things that perhaps would have drifted apart or never even touched have found themselves thrown together inseparably.
Yesterday was Alice’s wedding day. She is thousands of miles away from the home she is so desperate to leave, on the southernmost tip of INdia, when she wakes int he morning to see a wave on the horizon, taller than the height of her guest house on Kanyakumari beach. Her husband is nowhere to be seen.
On the other side of the world, unhappily estranged from her daughter, is Alice’s mother, Violet. Forced to leave the idyllic Wiltshire village, Imber, in which she grew up, after it was requisitioned by the army during the Second World War, Violet is haunted by the shadow of the man she loved and the wilderness of a home that lies in ruins.
As Alice searches for her husband in the debris of the wave, she is forced to face up to some truths about herself she has been hiding from. Meanwhile Violet is compelled to return to Imber to discover why she abandoned her great love… Continue reading “Review: The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter”
The sickness destroyed everyone over the age of fourteen. All across London, diseased adults are waiting, hungry predators with rotten flesh and ravaged minds.
Small Sam and his unlikely ally, The Kid, have survived. They’re safe with Ed and his friends at the Tower of London, but Sam is desperate to find his sister.
Their search for Ella means Sam and The Kid must cross the forbidden zone. And what awaits them there is more terrifying than any of the horror they’ve suffered so far… Continue reading “Review: The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson”
No one has set foot on Earth for centuries – until now. Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s surface. Now, on hundred juvenile delinquents – considered expendable by society – are being sent on a dangerous mission: to re-colonise the planet. It could be their second chance at life… or it could be a suicide mission.
Clarke was arrested for treason, although she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. Wells, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves – but will she ever forgive him? Reckless Bellamy fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister. And Glass managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth. Continue reading “Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan”