Tag Archives: YA

The Overneath by Peter S Beagle. Review 

Yet another incredible collection of short stories from world renowned Fantasy Author Peter S Beagle. I was extra excited for The Overneath because I’d heard it featured a story about our very own Schmendrick the Magician. But imagine my delight when I discovered not one but two Schmendrick stories!! 


In addition, there is of course plenty of other stories in here which deserve praise of their own. From stories about the Fremont Bridge Troll (of which I had never previously heard of but am now fascinated by) to stories of otherworlds where our world lays in the shadows. 


I particularly liked the story about a group of men living together and one of them creates an electronic device which without giving spoilers has a spooky purpose. Another favourite has to be the one about a haunted aquarium and it’s retired teachers for heroines. And of course there’s lots of Unicorn related stories too! 


Peter S Beagle just has an incredible skill for putting together both short and full length stories. I have been in love with The Last Unicorn my whole life and I continue to adore every single thing Peter writes. The Overneath is no different. A fantasy lover’s heaven from start to finish. 

The Windsinger by William Nicholson. Review 

Well this sure takes me back. The Windsinger is the first novel in the trilogy titled ‘Winds on Fire’ and it was one of my favourite books growing up. I must have read it when I was around 9-10 years old and I absolutely loved it. I’ve indulged in a little nostalgia these past few months and bought a lot of the books I loved as a child so that I could enjoy them all over again. 

The Windsinger is one of those books which is both a children’s book and a YA book. Set in the fictional city of Aramanth it is more alternative world than dystopian world. The Manth people live in a city where everyone is supposed to be equal. This is because they are all given an equal chance to pass the same exams and ‘work harder, aim higher, make tomorrow better than today etc etc for the love of their Emperor.’ But it’s not really equal, each member of your family has a rating and together this adds up to a family rating. The higher it is, the higher you rise, the lower it is, the lower you fall. One day you’re high up in Scarlet and the next your sharing a room in a tower block housing 300+ people in Grey. 


But the Hanth family feel differently and spurred on by their parent’s active rebellion and by a chance meeting with an important if petrified figure, twins Kestrel and Bowman set off on a terrifying journey to free the city of its bonds and the distressingly terrible enemy that awaits them. 


Don’t get me wrong this is a simple book aimed at someone much younger than my 27 years, however, I still found it just as delightful possibly because the nostalgia was just so good. The characters are simple and likeable and that kind of makes it for me. There’s nothing overly complex just the perfect adventure and saving the world by two kids. These are the types of novels which all children should read to introduce them to the world of fantasy writing. 

Fifty Bookish Questions Book Tag 

Hi all, welcome back to my blog! It’s time for another tag as I am still reading Outlander. No I can’t believe it either, its been like a week now but the thing is I just really haven’t had time. It’s been a really busy week at work, and on top of that it’s been my birthday as well so I’ve been busy doing things. For example tomorrow I’m off to Warwick Castle where the amazing tv show Merlin was filmed! I can’t wait! 


So anyway here’s a book tag to keep you going until I can get back into reviewing! I found this tag on https://mylittlebookblog.com/2016/01/15/the-fifty-bookish-questions-book-tag/

The Fifty Bookish Questions Book Tag

1. The last book you read? 

The Stranger Within by Kathryn Croft 

2. Was it a good one? 

Yes, you can read my review here: https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/the-stranger-within-by-kathyrn-croft-review/

3. What made it good? 

Suspense, and an excellent twist

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

If you love a good thriller with an excellent twist that will keep you guessing throughout then definitely yes! 

5. How often do you read? 

Everyday, as often as I can. On the bus, in the bath, in bed, on my lunch break, in the doctors waiting room. I’m always reading. 

6. Do you like to read? 

I should hope so haha 

7. What was the last bad book you read? 

I don’t really like to slate books but the last book I started and did not finish due to not enjoying it was The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer. 

8. What made you dislike it? 

I just couldn’t connect with the main character who immediately annoyed me. After a couple of chapters I still wasn’t sure I understood where the novel was trying to go. It was boring. 

9. Do you wish to be a writer? 

Well technically I am a writer! I’ve written several short stories and poems and a couple have been published in a university write club society magazine. I’ve also written a novel which I am in the process of editing. 

10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly? 

Books are such a huge part of my life that many of them have influenced me. But there are two which stand out most for me that I can truly say ‘changed my life’ and they are The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight. 

11. Do you read fan fiction? 

No. Not for any particular reason, it’s just never appealed to me that much. 

12. Do you write fan fiction? 

Please see question 11 

13. What’s your favourite book? 

When you’ve read just shy of 2,000 books this question is really hard to answer! I’d probably say Wuthering Heights. That’s my standard answer. 

14. What’s your least favourite book? 

I don’t really have a least favourite there’s lots of books that I did not finish because I didn’t enjoy them. If I finished them then I liked them. 

15. Do you prefer physical books or e reading on a device like a kindle?

You can actually watch my YouTube video about that here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=38XxnrlFF70

16. When did you learn to read? 

People who know me would lead you to believe I learned to read in the womb! But I think I was about 3 or 4 years old. 

17. What is your favourite book you had to read in school? 

If uni counts as school then I’d have to say Wuthering Heights again! 

18. What is your favourite book series? 

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare 

19. Who is your favourite author? 

If I had to choose, then, again it would be Cassie Clare 

20. What is your favourite genre? 

YA Fantasy 

21. Who is your favourite character in a book series? 

I do really love Jace in TMI 

22. Has a book ever transported you to somewhere else? 

Why do you think I read? Haha 

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel? 

All of them forever and ever! I hate it when I get to the end of a book and have to leave the characters behind. I don’t like that it’s the end of their story. 

24. Which book do you wish didn’t have a sequel? 

Oh god, I can’t think of any off the top of my head! I think there’s a few that could have done without the middle book and just been a two parter, like The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner. 

25. How long does it take you to read a book? 

I can read around 110 pages in an hour so I’ll let you do the math! 

26. Do you like when books become movies? 

No! 

27. Which book was ruined by its movie? 

Don’t shoot me but all the Harry Potters! 

28. Which movie has done a book justice? 

I really liked the movie of TMI but hate the series! Weird! 

29. Do you read newspapers? 

Only if I haven’t got a book to hand. 

30. Do you read magazines? 

I subscribe to and read 3 magazines and they are Writers Mag, Glamour and Cosmopolitan 

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines? 

Magazines 

32. Do you read while in bed? 

I used to a lot but I’ve been trying to stop as I have issues sleeping and apparently using your bed as somewhere to read, watch tv etc is bad for you and can stop you sleeping. So I bought a lovely big chair which lives beside my bed and I read there now instead. 

33. Do you read while on the toilet. 

I read everywhere and that’s enough said about that! 

34. Do you read in the car? 

Nope that’s about the only place I don’t as it makes me sick. But weirdly I can read just fine on buses, trains and planes! 

35. Do you read while in the bath? 

It’s one of my favourite places to read. 

36. Are you a fast reader?

Pretty fast, yes. 

37. Are you a slow reader? 

Please see question 36 

38. Where is your favourite place to read? 

In my lovely reading chair. 

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate when you read? 

If it’s a good book that keeps me gripped then not at all! 

40. Do you need a room to be silent when you read? 

Not really but I do find the tv distracting if my boyfriend is watching something interesting! 

41. Who gave you your love for reading? 

Nobody I can say specifically, none of my family are really big readers or my friends either. I guess I just fell in love with it straight away! 

42. What book is next on your list to read? 

The Break by Marian Keyes 

43. When did you start reading chapter books? 

When I was around four or five years old 

44. Who is your favourite children’s book author? 

Enid Blyton 

45. Which author would you most like to interview? 

Cassandra Clare 

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with? 

Again Cassandra Clare! 

47. What book have you reread the most? 

Probably Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone.

48. Which books do you consider ‘classics’? 

Obviously there are a range of books like Dickens, Brontë sisters, Daphne Du Maurier, Wilkie Collins, Thomas Hardy etc but modern classics I would say LoTR, GoT and HP. 

49. Which books do you think should get taught in school? 

I think it’s really important for children to learn to love books. Books I was taught in junior school included Roald Dahl and Dick King-Smith and I think these are great starters. Children’s classics like Peter Pan and just anything with a fantasy element like Harry Potter, LoTR and books like Inkheart. It’s important to enjoy a book at the right age and although there’s books I love now I didn’t like them so much in school when I wasn’t really old enough to appreciate them! 

50. Which books should be banned from schools?

Unless they are literally full of sexual content like let’s say; Fifty Shades of Grey or they’ve got a lot of gore, murder etc like a crime novel, I see no reason to be banning any books from schools! 


Thanks for reading my latest tag! See you again soon. 

June 2017 Wrap Up 

This month has been a HUGE reading month for me, because I went on holiday for 10 days I got the chance to read loads so because of that, in total I read 29 books this month and they were: 

1. The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase 

2. The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay 


3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 


4. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare 


5. Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh 


6. Roseblood by AG Howard 


7. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier 


8. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy 


9. The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson 


10. Get Even by Martina Cole 


11. Sunshine Over Wildflower Cottage by Milly Johnson 


12. Blind Fury by Lynda La Plante 


13. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein 


14. Wintersong by S Jae Jones 


15. The Strings of Murder by Oscar De Muriel 


16. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh 


17. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine 


18. I See You by Clare Mackintosh 


19. The Hard Way by Lee Child 


20. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh 


21. Select by Marit Weisenberg 


22. The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond 


23. Imposter by Philip K Dick 


24. Second Variety by Philip K Dick 


25. War Game by Philip K Dick 


26. The Minority Report by Philip K Dick 


27. Skin by Alice Broadway 


28. Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay 


29. The Stranger Within by Kathryn Croft 

June 2017 Book Haul 

So today is my first Book Haul on my blog as I previously did these on my YouTube channel! I’m really excited to share what books I’ve ‘hauled’ this month with my followers, so read on to see what’s in the Haul this month! 

I have 20 books in my Haul this month and I’ve separated this into categories of what I got from where so we’ll start off with the: 

Kindle Haul 

This month on kindle I bought 3 books, I was lucky enough to get a £5 voucher so that went a long way to purchasing them. And they are: 


Ink by Alice Broadway 

Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham 

House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick 

Library Haul 

I got 4 books from the library this month, one of them has gone back today though! They are: 


The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks 

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black 

Storm Front by Jim Butcher 

Minority Report by Philip K Dick 

Second hand ‘free’ books 

These I hauled from the ‘left behind’ pile on my recent holiday and they are: 


American Gods by Neil Gaiman 

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner 

Second hand books ‘paid for’ Haul 


As Old as Time by Liz Braswell 

Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell 

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell 

Lips Touch by Laini Taylor 

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd 

My special edition/collectors haul 


Harry Potter and the Philisopher’s Stone  Ravenclaw Edition by JK Rowling 

Leatherbound The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett 

Finally there’s my Waterstones Haul 


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff 

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern 

The Girls by Emma Cline 

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin 


Thanks for checking out my book Haul this month, I hope to see you again soon! 

Ink by Alice Broadway. Review. 

I really loved the idea of this novel after my friend Anni mentioned it on her Booktube channel, you can see the video here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gHSnjmWwMQ0

Because I’m a big lover of tattoos (I have 27 myself) so of course the premise of a dystopian community who map out their lives on their skin using tattoos and then turn them into ‘skin books’ which their families can then read in order to remember their dead. 


Leora is a young girl on the verge of leaving school and deciding on her future career. It’s around this time that her father dies and her whole world as she knows it is turned upside down. 

I absolutely loved this book! The ideas were brilliantly created I really liked the whole premise and I loved that the main character Leora wanted to be an ‘inker’. The novel is a really great opener for a series and (although I have nothing against tropes) this book didn’t have any tropes so it will satisfy the masses who hate them! 

It’s really set up to be a great series, there was the perfect amount of world building and I really like all the characters, they all have incredible depth and the quality of never being what they seem! 


I can’t wait to read the next book in this series and see what happens to the characters next! 

Select by Marit Weisenberg. Review 

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Marit Weisenberg for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Select was granted to me in a Netgalley wish and frankly it was right up my street. 

Julia comes from a race of highly evolved humans who are trying desperately to fit in and stay under the radar, but the thing is they’re just too noticeable. A little bit too beautiful, a little bit too smart, a little bit too dangerous… but something weird is going on in Julia’s perfect world, she has abilities which she wasn’t supposed to keep, her father, the leader of their race is keeping dark secrets and humans are going insane around him. But when she’s banished to ‘normal’ school she meets John and everything she ever believed in is turned on its head. 


I really liked this novel, the pace was kind of slow but it worked for it to be like that, it didn’t feel too slow it just wasn’t speeding by full throttle and that was the pace which suited it. Julia was a likeable character, on the edge and not typically gorgeous like the rest of them. And I really liked John he was a great human! I hated Liv her sister who was just the weakest, brain washed self centred b*tch! 


I loved the concept it is as far as I’m aware a completely original one and I love that the story has been left open for a sequel! 


The mix of Sci-fi and real life was done really well and frankly there just isn’t enough sci-fi YA on the market which for me is one of the main things that sets this book above the rest. Nothing was revealed too quickly but that just made you want to read it even more to find out what happens next. An easy 5* from me for this one!