November 2014

Walking Disaster - Jamie McGuireSummary from Goodreads

How much is too much to love?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire’s New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published April 2nd 2013)
Trish’s Review

I’ve just finished this book.

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the stall ofSummary from Goodreads

Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food.

Not just with eating it – though she loves that too – but with writing about it as an aspiring cookery reporter. But food journalism jobs are more coveted than cupcakes, and so Sydney is stuck working for one of TV’s biggest egomaniacs – until she’s left scrambling for shifts at the local farmers’ market.

Selling muffins at the Wild Yeast Bakery is hardly going to make her the next Nigella. But soon Sydney is writing the market’s weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of being left on the shelf, she’s even dating again.… Read more >>>

1. I wrote Come Back To Me under the pen name Mila Gray because it is with a different publisher to my young adult books and we wanted to make sure that people didn’t pick up a copy thinking it was going to be Young Adult and then get the shock of their lives when they read the sexy parts!

2. Come Back To Me is set in Oceanside which is also where Hunting Lila is set. In fact a lot of the story echoes that book. It is about two guys who are Marines and best friends and one falls in love with the other one’s sister.… Read more >>>

Walled CitySummary

The Walled City is a cut-throat world of gangs, drug-dealers and warlords and every day is a struggle to survive.

THE WALLED CITY is a dark YA thriller set within the walls of a lawless slum city where Jin Ling searches for her lost sister and Dai struggles to complete an impossible mission.

A fantasy setting inspired by Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong, Ryan’s novel has a rich authenticity and an intense atmosphere, and its pace will enthral the reader from the very first page.

Disguised as a boy, Jin Ling searches for her missing sister, Mei Yee, who was sold into the brothels of the Walled City.… Read more >>>

alfie in the gardenOut Thoughts

Aw, Alfie is absolutely adorable! He is such a fun loving little rabbit, who goes on a big adventure right in his own garden!

I think what we adored the most had to be the gorgeous artwork. Everything is so subtle and ever so beautiful- we could of happily gazed at the loveliness for hours. We also loved that Alfie made the most out of his surroundings, using his gorgeously vivid imagination to create his own story.

The pull-out page is a BIG plus!

Everything winds down so beautifully for a well earned rest.

I’ve used the word beautiful a few times now and truly that’s the best word to describe this book.… Read more >>>

finding a voice coverSummary from Goodreads

Jo could never have guessed that the friendship she so desperately craves would come in the shape of a severely disabled boy. He can’t even speak. Maybe it is because he can’t speak that she finds herself telling him how difficult it is living with her eccentric, mentally fragile mother.

Behind Chris’ lopsided grin and gigantic blue wheelchair is a real person — with a sense of humour, a tremendous stubborn streak and a secret he has kept from everyone.

For a while it seems life may actually get better. But as Jo finds out just how terrible life is for Chris, and as her own life spirals out of control, she becomes desperate to change things for both of them.… Read more >>>

wonderpi‘My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things – eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

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zom-B FSummary from Amazon UK

The ninth terrifying installment from master of horror, Darren Shan. CAN ANYONE HURT YOU AS MUCH AS A LOVED ONE? WHEN DOES THE FIGHT BECOME TOO MUCH TO BEAR? HOW MUCH PAIN CAN ONE PERSON ENDURE? B Smith is discovering the true meaning of family …

Hardcover: 240 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (25 Sep 2014)

My Review

I cracked open Zom-B Family with the highest of expectations and I was not disappointed! Mr Shan never lets me down – this was yet again another kick-ass instalment that gripped me from beginning to end!

This particular instalment was filled with blood, gore and all means of twisted games.… Read more >>>

wonderpostSummary from Goodreads

You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world.… Read more >>>

1. Shiver the Whole Night Through is named after the last line in the last song on the last album Nirvana ever recorded (MTV Unplugged in New York). I’ve love, love, loved the line, song, album and band for over two decades – and all four fit the tone of the book just right.

2. Speaking of names, Sláine is a very unusual one which I’d never heard until a few years ago: a weather presenter on the Irish-language station TG4. I sort of knew, immediately, I was going to use it someday.

3. Another character is called Meredith, after a competition I ran when my last book (The Polka Dot Girl) was published in 2013.Read more >>>