The Institute by Stephen King: Pretty damn incredible

The Institute by Stephen King is one of the best books I have read in years. It spans multiple genres, has a diverse character spread with excellent development and a very unique plot. I loved that this wasn't your typical 'government lock superhero children away' narrative, as the experimentation and reasoning behind it actually made... Continue Reading →

#Crossfire by Malorie Blackman: what a wait!

Anybody who grew up reading the Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman will know and understand how I felt going into Crossfire. I was nervous, excited and anxious all while anticipating what more she could have pulled out of this world and I have not been disappointed. I'm going to keep this review short... Continue Reading →

Small Town Hearts: a cute YA romance

Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale is a sweet romance with an exploration of friendships and growing up. This is not my typical read, but I enjoyed the pace and the story as well as the diversity among the characters, both in sexuality and ethnicity. I think that it has an interesting take on the... Continue Reading →

The Twisted Tree: A horrifying Norse tale

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge is a fantastic horror/ghost story based on Norse mythology. Burge's incredible use of setting, atmosphere and language makes you feel engulfed in Nordic winter screaming to get out. Although this is marked as a young adult novella, if you removed the small romantic element, it would read as an... Continue Reading →

Outside: darkly fascinating

Outside by Sarah Ann Juckes is breathtakingly deep, heartbreaking and incredibly insightful. This darkly fascinating novel considers upbringing and how it effects children, as well as the relationship between parents and children. The elements of this book where learning and language are considered are truly thought-provoking, as it causes the reader to question what they... Continue Reading →

Broken Things: A twisted mystery

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver is a very well-plotted mystery thriller which will take you by surprise. The writing is very well done, ensuring that the characters act their ages which helps the story make total sense. This is a refreshingly easy read, and one for thriller lovers to enjoy. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver... Continue Reading →

Tradition: an important narrative

Tradition by Brendan Kiely is an important narrative which should be read and taken in by teenagers everywhere. I listened to the audiobook version of this, and absolutely loved it. The characters are brilliant, taking into account all areas of concern for all young females, from teenage to adulthood. Kiely understands how to write female... Continue Reading →

Aaru: An adventurous world

Aaru by David Meredith is a unique creation which I enjoyed reading this week. The characters are well crafted and I cared about them all, who they were and what might happen to them. The story was gripping and really considered the effects of fame and 'big brother' on families and teenagers. This is not... Continue Reading →

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