Halloween event at Waterstones 

As someone who quietly kinda loves Halloween, but isn’t so keen on having to dress up, I was excited to hear Waterstones Birmingham had arranged a witch-themed author talk and singing for the night itself – authors Laure Eve, and Katharine & Elizabeth Corr. The topic was firmly on witches, feminism and friendship, with the …

#FeminisminYA with Alwyn Hamilton & Samantha Shannon

Waterstones Birmingham are really spoiling us young adult novel readers this year.  After a fantastic talk earlier in the year about the nature of feminism and female positive friendly authors, the bookshop put on a talk hosted by #FeminisminYA creator Mariam Khan, plus authors Alwyn Hamilton and Samantha Shannon. True to nearly all the talks …

UKYA Extravaganza

What do you get if you put 35 authors in the top floor of a book shop on a Saturday afternoon and a while pile of people who really like books? Chaos. I went along to the inaugural UKYA Extravaganza at Waterstones Birmingham New St, which was organised by authors Kerry Drewery and Emma Pass. The idea …

Review: Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray

From GoodReads: It’s not really kidnapping, is it? He’d have to be alive for it to be proper kidnapping.’ Kenny, Sim and Blake are about to embark on a remarkable journey of friendship. Stealing the urn containing the ashes of their best friend Ross, they set out from Cleethorpes on the east coast to travel …

Review: Velvet by Mary Hooper

Velvet is a laundress in a Victorian steam laundry. With both her mother and father dead, she is an orphan and has to rely upon her own wits to make a living. The laundry’s work is back-breaking and Velvet is desperate to create a better life for herself. Then Velvet is noticed by Madame Savoya, …

In My Mailbox

It’s not often that I enjoy being woken up before my alarm but when it’s the postman baring a parcel for me I make an exception.  Turns out it was a set of Mary Hooper’s historical fiction novels that I’d won as part of a giveaway Jenny over at WondrousReads.com ran last month.  Behold! And what good timing – I …

Review: Delirum by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver Published in the UK in February 2011 (Hardback) and August 2011 (paperback) Set in a world where love is considered a disease and the population are cured of it when they reach adulthood, Lena is counting down the days until she is cured and will forget the pain of her mother’s …

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (review)

I’ve been reading Sarah Dessen books for a while, but for some reason Along for the Ride passed me by.  It’s pretty standard Dessen, in so far as a slightly awkward teenage girl who is a bit of an outsider spends a summer learning about herself and falls in love along the way.  But why …