In one short day Lily Beckett’s life falls apart when she loses her dream job in fashion and finds out her boyfriend is having an affair. Totally devastated, she ends the relationship and flees the city.Continue reading “Book Review – Hartley’s Grange”→
Wanderlost / Jen Malone / HarperTeen / 2016 / ISBN 9780062380159 / 316 Pages / Young Adult
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Aubree Sadler can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talking into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe. Never mind that Aubree has never left the country, or that the tour company still thinks they’re getting exceptional Elizabeth and not train-wreck Bree.Continue reading “Book Review – Wanderlost”→
The Witch’s Tears / Katharine and Elizabeth Corr / Publisher / 2017 / ISBN / 408 Pages / Young Adult
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Can true love’s kiss break your heart…?
It’s not easy being a teenage witch. Just ask Merry. She’s drowning in textbooks and rules set by the coven, drowning in heartbreak after the loss of Jake. But Merry is not the only one whose fairy tale is over.
Big brother Leo is falling apart and everything Merry does seems to push him further to the brink. And everything that happens to Leo makes her ache for revenge. So, when strangers offering friendship show them a different path, they’d be mad not to take it…
Hannah’s Gift – Lessons from a Life Fully Lived / Maria Housden / Bantam Book / 2003 / ISBN 9780553381221 / 222 Pages / Biography
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In a lyrical narrative, both moving and unforgettable, Maria Housden shares the transformative lesion in living she received from her three-year-old daughter Hannah, who brought courage, honesty, and even laughter to her struggle with cancer. A remarkable story, remarkably told, Hannah’s Gift will bring comfort to anyone touched by loss, and renewed faith in the power of love.Continue reading “Book Review – Hannah’s Gift”→
Three Dark Crowns / Kendare Blake / 2016 / HarperTeen / ISBN 9781509804559 / 406 Pages / Young Adult
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn a set of triplets is born; three queens, all equal heirs to the crown, all possessed of a coveted magic. Mirabella, a fierce elemental, can spark hungry flames with the click of a finger. Katharine, a poisoner, is known to be resistant to the deadliest of snake bites. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is rumoured to have the ability to bloom the reddest of roses. But becoming the Queen Crowned is not just a matter of royal birth. These three sisters must fight to the death for the throne, and on the night they turn sixteen the battle begins. Only one queen can inherit the crown. Whose side are you on?
Two by Two / Nicholas Sparks / 2016 / Grand Central Publishing / ISBN 9780751550030 / 482 Pages / Romance
Russell Green has it all: a loving family, a successful career and a beautiful house. But underneath his seemingly perfect world, cracks are beginning to appear…and no one is more surprised than Russ when the life he took for granted is turned upside down. Finding himself single-handedly caring for his young daughter, while trying to launch his own business, the only thing Russ knows s that he must shelter his little girl from the consequence of these changes. As Russ embarks on this daunting and unexpected new chapter of his life, a chance encounter will change him to find a happiness beyond anything he could ever have imagined. Continue reading “Book Review – Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks”→
Our Chemical Hearts / Krystal Sutherland / 2016 / Penguin Books / ISBN 9780143573906 / 313 Pages / Young Adult
Henry Page has never been in love. The slo-mo, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been on the cards – at least not yet. Henry’s too busy trying to get into a semi-decent college and become editor of his school newspaper, a dream three years in the making. The rest of his spare time he spends with his best friends, Lola and Murray, playing video games and advising them on their own sordid love lives. Then he meets Grace Town, the elusive new girl in school, who wears oversized boys’ clothing, walks with a cane, rarely seems to shower, and is hiding crushing secrets. She’s hardly who Henry expected his dream girl to be, but when the two are chosen to edit the paper together, sparks fly. After all this time, Henry’s about to learn firsthand just how disastrous the road to first love can be – and that sometimes it’s the detours that end up mattering much more.Continue reading “Book Review – Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland”→