2017 Wrapped: My top eight reads

Hello, readers! As ever, the year has flown by, and 2017 has brought with it a whole host of new books to read and enjoy- as well as getting used to the idea of becoming a book blogger. I set up this blog in May, so this year has been a bit of a rollercoaster:…

Review: The Perfect Neighbours, by Rachel Sargeant

I really liked this book: it served up an intriguing mix of murder, multiple perspectives and the kind of over-the-fence nosiness that Aunt Petunia would be proud of. Married couple Helen and Gary move to the German suburbs in the hopes of rekindling their marriage and advancing Gary’s career as a teacher at the local…

Review: Everless, by Sara Holland

I’ve been getting YA fatigue recently: it’s hard to make fantasy appear new, and put your own take on tropes that have been used and reused so often they’re starting to wear. That said, Sara Holland manages it. I really enjoyed Everless, and though it starts off like any other YA novel, it manages to…

An Interview with Kristen Ciccarelli

The debut author of this years’ summer fantasy must-read (and first of the Iskari Trilogy), The Last Namsara, Kristen Ciccarelli has definitely made her mark on the YA fiction scene. Growing up in Pennsylvannia, she channelled her love of making up and telling stories into writing growing up on her grandfather’s grape farm, before making…

Review: Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell

From the pen of established author Lisa Jewell comes another banger. I really enjoyed Then She Was Gone: unlike perhaps the rote thrillers that I’m sucking up like a hoover at the moment, this book’s quirky approach to sometimes-familiar subject matter and willingness to focus on the family rather more than the crime lent it…