August 2012

Back to Books - Giveaway Hop

2nd Annual Back to the Book Giveaway Hop
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
& Buried in Books
Can you believe it’s September already? Where or where did our summer go? All I’ve seen is rain here in Northern Ireland, so not much of a summer. Usually the weather picks up when the kids go back to school, which sucks!  Anyway, I hope you had a great summer wherever in the world you are. I thought I would celebrate back to school with a little giveaway. 
Below is the Rafflecopter to be filled out, this giveaway is open internationally as long as The Book Depo ships to you (click here to check).
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The Road meets 28 Days Later in this heart-stopping, page-turning saga of rage, hope and survival.

Moments after several huge earthquakes shake every continent on Earth, something strange starts happening to people. Michael can only watch in horror as an incidence of road rage so extreme it ends in two deaths unfolds before his eyes; Clementine finds herself being hunted through the small town she has lived in all her life, by people she has known since childhood; and Mason is attacked with a baseball bat by a random stranger. An inner rage has been released and some people cannot fight it.… Read more >>>

Foxy by Emma Dodd

My Review

YAY, we love Foxy! This is a charming little story that is great for kids that are starting school for the very first time. Foxy will put smiles on people of all ages with it’s silliness and illustrations which are are simply delightful, they are vibrant, full of fun and really attractive. I think the storyline is brilliant, it puts a little bit of fun into the nervousness that surrounds starting school. Emma Dodd’s writing is fresh, fun and exciting!  If you have the pleasure of picking up Foxy yourself, you really will be in for a real treat.… Read more >>>

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne

There’s nothing unusual about the Brockets. Normal, respectable, and proud of it, they turn up their noses at anyone strange or different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it’s clear he’s anything but ordinary. To his parents’ horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity – and floats.

Desperate to please his parents, Barnaby does his best to keep both feet on the ground – but he just can’t do it. One fateful day, the Brockets decide enough is enough. They never asked for a weird, abnormal, floating child. Barnaby has to go . . .

Betrayed, frightened and alone, Barnaby floats into the path of a very special hot air balloon – and so begins a magical journey around the world, with a cast of extraordinary new friends.

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Ocean of Secrets by Aimee Friedman‏


Many are drawn to Selkie Island.
Few know why.

When Miranda Merchant escapes her lonely, hot summer in New York City, little does she know what awaits her. She steps off the ferry on to an island rife with legend and lore.

She isn’t expecting to feel a connection to this unusual place. And when she meets Leo, a mysterious local boy, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship, reality . . . and love.

But is Leo hiding something she never could have imagined?

Paperback, 338 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Scholastic UK (first published June 1st 2009) 
My Review
I just had to give Ocean of Secrets 5 stars, it really is an enchanting read that I couldn’t put down!… Read more >>>
Showcase Sunday #12


Hello and welcome to my Showcase Sunday, which is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky of at Books, Biscuits and Tea. In my Showcase Sunday post I will ‘Showcase’ the books I received throughout the week(s). Feel free to leave me your links to your posts and I will try to check them out. 
*Links take you to Goodreads*
This week I will be showcasing 1 weeks worth of books & I really did get some exciting titles! My camera is MIA though so I am so sorry for the silly pictures I’ve got going on in this post!
For Review
The Hueys in the New Jumper by Oliver Jeffers

My Review

I found it nearly impossible to pry this book away from my daughter as she likes to sleep with it safely tucked under her pillow. Anything by Oliver Jeffers my daughter falls in love with, she can even spot the illustrations he does in other books, The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket for example, which was a little surprising, she is obviously a super fan! The Hueys is another fabulous instalment from Mr Jeffers, who’s unique style always manages to put a smile on our faces. The Hueys are quirky little people that are very funny and quite charming.… Read more >>>


Jessica Grant knows vampires only too well. She runs the York Council tracker programme making sure that Otherworlders are all where they should be, keeps the filing in order and drinks far too much coffee. To Jess, vampires are annoying and arrogant and far too sexy for their own good, particularly her ex-colleague Sil, who’s now in charge of Otherworld York. But when a demon turns up and threatens not just Jess but the whole world order, she and Sil are forced to work together, and when Jess turns out to be the key to saving the world it puts a very different slant on their relationship.Read more >>>

The Giant's Loo Roll by Nicholas Allan

My Review

This is the second Nicholas Allan book we have had the pleasure of reading and it’s really clear to see that he has a knack for writing hilariously! We were laughing out loud the whole way through this delightful read. The storyline is fabulous and the whole book rhymes in a sing song way, which makes reading out loud a real barrel of laughs. I adore the illustrations, they are bright, bold, colourful and full of character. A new favourite for us to read again and again, I don’t think it will ever get old.

One day whole sitting on the loo, a giant’s toilet roll just rolled away.… Read more >>>

Crusher by Niall Leonard‏


To catch a killer,Finn Maguire may have to become one….

Everything changed the day Finn found his father in a pool of blood, bludgeoned to death. His dull, dreary life is turned upside down as he becomes the prime suspect. How can he clear his name and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him?

Facing danger at every turn, uncovering dark family secrets and braving the seedy London underworld,Finn is about to discover that only the people you trust can really hurt you…

Paperback, 384 pages

Expected publication: September 13th 2012 by Doubleday

My Review

Can I just start off by saying Wow!… Read more >>>