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Book Review: Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

If you are a fan of mysteries and thriller tales, then you are in for a treat with Sarah Epstein’s debut novel, Small Spaces. As an excellent young adult debut, its themes touch upon some serious topics that affect many of today’s teens. Childhood trauma, mental stress, isolation and family is More ›

Book Review: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

When you read the summary of Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky, the first thing that comes to mind is that it’s genre-bending. It is rare to find a book that successfully mixes two popular genres into one—but that’s what Anders manages to accomplish in her engag More ›

Book Review: How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

What do you get when you mix a witch, a ghost and a love triangle? An engaging page-turner called How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather. The running theme for this book is something we’ve all read before – a strange girl who has just moved to a new school and is preyed upon by a group of bullies. She is h More ›

Book Review: A Time of Love and Tartan by Alexander McCall Smith

There are big changes happening at 44 Scotland Street – changes that might have readers breathing a collective sigh of relief. The 44 Scotland Street series can be compared to the long-running Aussie TV show, Neighbours, in a sense that the characters have More ›

Book Review: Devil's Day by Andrew Michael Hurley

How far would you go to become part of a community? What secrets would you be willing to keep? And what things would you be willing to do? Andrew Michael Hurley’s second book, Devil’s Day, is a dark tale of life in Briardale Valley – a small, insular village where everyone sticks to tradition, no More ›

Book Review: Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simone Howell, Fiona Wood

Take Three Girls is the book you want your teenagers – regardless of their gender – to read. In today’s world of easy vitriol sprayed online, teenagers need the strength to overcome hatred and not become one of the horrible trolls. This book discusses that and more. It deals with the unlikeliest of friendships, org More ›

Book Review: Shtum by Jem Lester

‘Shtum’ means silent, non communicative. It is also Jonah’s most obvious trait. Jonah, the book’s little protagonist is autistic, but not in the Rainman kind of way. He loves Marmite and lashes out when he can’t have it. He loves bubble baths and running around in the backyard naked. He is unpredictable and unable to properly communicate with those around him. Shtum by Jem Lester follows the life of Jonah and his family – his father Ben, grandfather Georg and mother Emma. In this honest, heartbreaking, and sometimes funny tale, readers see More ›

Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

How did 16-year-old Romy Silvers end up all alone in outer space, on the way to Earth II? Even the premise of the book alone is intriguing. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James starts off with a news story of the biggest space project the world has ever seen: NASA has sent off The Infinity – with a team of the smartest people on Earth – to Earth II in a bid to guarantee the survival of humankind. But something horrible happens on the way to Earth II, killing all the passengers on board except for Romy – the only human ever born in oute More ›

Book Review: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend The headline says Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend is set to be a worldwide phenomenon, and after reading the book, it isn’t hard to see why. The author takes you deep into the amazing world of Nevermoor – so deep you don’t ever want to leave. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow More ›

Book Review: Tell It to the Moon by Siobhan Curham

Four girls. One moon. A friendship that will last a lifetime. Tell It To The Moon is the second book in the Moonlight Dreamers series by Siobhan Curham. It follows the life of four teenage girls—Amber, Maali, Sky and Rose—all dealing with their own life crises of different magnitudes. They call themselves the Moonlight Dreamers. Although I haven’t read the first book, it isn’t hard to follow what the four protagonists went through to band them together so More ›

Book Review: Party Girls Die in Pearls by Plum Syke

It’s 1985 and Nancy Drew is surrounded by the cast of Clueless. Wait, no. It’s Ursula Flowerbutton’s first day at Oxford where she is about to start her journey as an undergraduate among the rich and elite. Ursula is a middle class girl in the midst of, More ›

Book Review: Indelible by Adelia Saunders

There is a lot of praise for this debut novel by Adelia Saunders and they’re not wrong. Indelible is an interesting journey into the lives of its three ma More ›

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