Described as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
meets John le Carre, about a teen math prodigy with an extreme anxiety
disorder who finds himself caught in a web of lies and conspiracies
after an assassination attempt on his mother.
I cannot write a long review for this book. Not because it isn't good, it really is, but because it'd be so easy for me to spoil something if I did.
White Rabbit, Red Wolf follows the story of a teen with issues. He has an extreme anxiety disorder, but the story is not about those issues and rather focuses on shocking events that unfold while he attends an event where his mother is due to give a speech about her work. The story is intense and told at break neck pace which means it is one of those books you don't want to put down.
The John Le Carre comparisons are totally fair if Le Carre was fortunate enough to be able to write YA fiction this good. I loved it and will be recommending it far and wide.
Another month, another pile of books I'm desperate to get my hands on
Don't stop thinking about tomorrow by Siobhan Curham
lives in Lewes with her beloved vinyl collection, her mum ... and her
mum's depression. When Stevie's mum's disability benefits are cut,
Stevie and her mother are plunged into a life of poverty. But
irrepressible Stevie is determined not to be beaten and she takes
inspiration from the lyrics of her father's 1980s record collection and
dreams of a life as a musician. Then she meets Hafiz, a talented
footballer and a Syrian refugee. Hafiz's parents gave their life savings
to buy Hafiz a safe passage to Europe; his journey has been anything
but easy. Then he meets Stevie... As Stevie and Hafiz's friendship
grows, they encourage each other to believe in themselves and follow
I started this thinking I didn't have much to share with you this month but actually know I've looked back I read loads of awesome things from the library this month.
Suffragette The battle for equality by David Roberts
2018 marks a century since the first women won the vote in the United Kingdom, and Suffragette tells the story of their fight. This is a tale of astounding bravery, ingenuity, and strength. David's
conversational style is accessible and his artwork full of rich detail,
bringing to life the many vivid characters of the Suffragette movement -
from the militant activist Rosa May Billinghurst to the world-famous
Emmeline Pankhurst. Covering the whole range of suffragette experiences -
from aristocrats to the middle and working classes, as well as a look
at the global struggle for universal suffrage, Suffragette is a fantastic introduction to a fascinating topic
This book is so beautiful. Followers of my blog will know I can't get enough suffragette stuf…
Last month I was approached by a publishing house asking if I'd be up for reviewing some World War One books aimed at children. I'm always interested in taking books with a history theme to read even if they are a bit younger than my tastes because they are perfect for school and give me a wider range of books to recommend to the kids that come through my door of various abilities.
I was not ready for the treat that was in store.
All four of the books feature beautiful illustrations and verse which used both together very simply but vividly put across the realities of war for those who were involved. The latest book to be released is Peace Lily focusing on the role of women at war which I particularly enjoyed. Other books in the series are The Christmas Truce (obviously focusing on the Christmas Truce), Flo of the Somme (looking at the role of animals in World War One) and where the poppies now grow (focusing on the experience for an ordinary soldier).
Ella is the new girl at school. She doesn't know anyone and she doesn't have any friends. And she has a terrible secret.
can't believe her luck when Lydia, the most popular girl in school,
decides to be her new best friend - but what does Lydia really want? And
what does it all have to do with Molly, the quiet, shy girl who won't
talk to anyone?
A gripping story of lies, friendship, and blackmail...
Ella on the outside is a beautiful MG title which really makes the reader think about the importance of friendship, picking good friends and being a good friend to those around you. Ella is a bit lost at the start of the book. Her mother has relocated the family, her father is in prison and she's started a new school without her best friend beside her and finding it tough to break into existing friendhsip groups.
What I particularly loved about this book was through Ella you get to explore what it means to be a good friend. Ella initially is drawn to Lydia, the p…
Just a little pile of books this month. Not because there isn't loads of books out there that I desperately want but because my TBR is truly out of control at the moment. I've been so lucky and had lots of lovely books sent to me to review that I'm desperate to read as well as several books arriving for me at my library I've had reserved for ages. Therefore I'm going to try to get that a bit under control this month.
Hope dreams of working
backstage in a theatre, and she’s determined to make it without the help
of her famous costume designer mum. So when she lands an internship on a
major production, she tells no one. But with a stroppy Hollywood star
and his hot young understudy upstaging Hope’s focus, she’s soon
struggling to keep her cool… and her secret.
I love Maggie's books and cannot wait to read this
Love. Desire. Vengeance. A deadly alchemy.
Rebecca Palmer's new husband opens a pharmacy in Victorian Edinburgh,
she expects to live the life …
I've not read a huge amount for me this month. I've started a reasonably regimented exercise programme as part of a cardiovascular study for a University which means I'm spending a huge amount of time down the gym which is, as a direct consequence, eating into a lot of my free time in the evenings in itself. It's also means by the time I get to bed I'm tired and needing to sleep a lot earlier rather than staying up reading.
Anyway back to the books. This month I've read some excellent ones from the library as follows.
Crazy in Love at the Lonely Heart's Bookshop by Annie Darling
You can go crazy searching for the one…
pink-haired, Bettie Page lookalike Nina is addicted to bad boys. Like
Heathcliff and Cathy, Nina firmly believes that true love only takes one
form: wild, mad love, full of passion and fire and tempestuous
arguments, and she won’t settle for anything less.
But years of
swiping right has uncovered nothing but losers and flings, and …
Society has never known what to do with its rebellious women.
who defied expectations about feminine behaviour have long been
considered dangerous and unnatural, and ever since the Victorian era
they have been removed from public view, locked up and often forgotten
about. Many of these women ended up at HM Prison Holloway, the
self-proclaimed 'terror to evil-doers' which, until its closure in 2016,
was western Europe's largest women's prison. First built in 1852
as a House of Correction, Holloway's women have come from all corners
of the UK - whether a patriot from Scotland, a suffragette from
Huddersfield, or a spy from the Isle of Wight - and from all walks of
life - socialites and prostitutes, sporting stars and nightclub queens,
refugees and freedom fighters. They were imprisoned for treason and
murder, for begging, performing abortions and stealing clothing coupons,
for masquerading as men, running brothels and att…
The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is … don't make any afternoon plans.
few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for
lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes
the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it's said in the wrong
Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is
coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of forty. Also
at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her
flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.
that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years
ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?
Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Sunday Lunch Club.
Sunday Lunch Club is the story of the Piper family who meet on a semi
regular basis to have Sunday Lunches. From the f…
Daphne is off to St
Rita’s, an exclusive girls’ boarding school. It sounds awfully
respectable and Daphne herself is awfully respectable too. She loves to
read, and is delighted to be offered the chance to interview for
Librarian’s assistant’s assistant immediately upon arrival.
it turns out nothing is quite what you’d expect at St Rita’s—you can’t
trust a padlock if the fourth graders are around, the floor has holes
from cannonballs, the smell in the dining room is disgustingly foul, and
Daphne discovers the librarian doesn’t really exist.
is a librarian’s assistant, Emily Lime. And she’s really a crime-solving
genius, who’s looking for a new assistant of her own. And booksmart
Daphne is just the girl for the job, because mystery and intrigue are
about to strike St Rita’s and Emily Lime is going to need all the help
she can get….
If you loved Robin Steven's boarding school series and a series of unfortunate events you will love this book.
Astor, Ontario. 1904. A
boy staggers out of the forest covered in blood and collapses at the
feet of 16-year-old Emmy. While others are suspicious and afraid, Emmy
is drawn to him. Is he really the monster the townsfolk say he is?
Astor, Ontario. 1994. Megan
arrives from London for her great grandmother Emmy’s 105th birthday. It
should be a happy family occasion, but Megan is nursing a broken heart
and carrying a secret she fears might consume her.
I thoroughly enjoyed Stranger. I really enjoy novels where the narrative is split between a linked contemporary and historical story where at first the link isn't fully clear and over the course of the novel the linked are unveiled so I was incredibly excited to read this book.
The contemporary story is really lovely. It follows Megan who has arrived in Canada to celebrate a special family occasion and spend time with her father who she lives hundreds of miles away from. While it is supposed to be a happy time for her she has a broke…
Annie is starting
college. She can’t wait. No more school, no more uniform, and no one
telling her what to do. It’s the start of a new adventure and Annie’s
not going to let anyone or anything get in the way of that. Freedom
matters to Annie. She has cerebral palsy and she’s had to fight hard to
get the world to see her for who she truly is.
Then she meets
Fab. He’s six foot two, Polish and a passionate believer in…well, just
about everything, but most of all Annie and good old fashioned romance.
The moment Fab sees Annie, he’s wildly drawn to her and declares she
must be his girl. Annie’s horrified. She doesn’t want to be anyone’s
anything, especially if it means losing her independence.
then Annie finds herself falling for Fab. As things go deeply wrong,
Annie realises that love can make you do wild, crazy things, and so she
sets out to win his heart with a romantic gesture of truly epic
Fans fell in love with the warmth, wit, romance and