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Month: December 2016

List, Top Ten

Top Ten 2016

Once again, I feel vindicated in waiting until the last day of the year to announce my favourite books because I have read two corkers this week! In no particular order, my top ten books read in 2016… A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky…

Young Adult

When We Collided

This is where I am, somewhere between the night’s total darkness and the light’s utter brilliance. Vivi thinks Verona Cove is perfect. She’s spending the summer in this Californian town with her mother and she’s just found the perfect project; Jonah. She sees the sadness…

5 Star, Non-Fiction

A Christmas Cornucopia

Christmas is a funny old time of year, where we do some odd things and no one really knows why. Never fear, Mark Forsyth is here to explain some of our festive traditions, where they came from and why Christmas carols rarely make sense. If…


The Burning Page

The Burning Page is the third book in Genevieve Cogman‘s Invisible Library series and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books. “Someone out there wants to kill you.” It was rather sad that Irene’s first reaction was not so much shock as…

Young Adult

Lying About Last Summer

Last summer Skye’s sister died in the family swimming pool. This summer she is attending a summer camp, one specifically designed to help teens deal with their grief. When she starts receiving messages from someone pretending to be her sister, Skye doesn’t know what to…

General Fiction, Literary


Versailles is the home of the Baer family, a 100-room mega mansion built by the CEO of a prolific social media company. His daughter, Missy, has gone missing. She’s deleted her profile and gone off the grid. Her twin brother tries to track her down…


Illumicrate: One Year On

So Illumicrate has been running for a whole year now and early subscribers got an extra thank you gift in November’s box. When it started there really wasn’t much choice in the UK book subscription box market but it seems to have exploded since. Illumicrate…

Historical Fiction, Horror

Thin Air

In 1935 the summit of Kangchenjunga in the Himalayas remained unreached. Stephen Pearce joins his brother, Kits, as the expedition’s medic as they follow in the footsteps of Lyell’s disastrous 1907 attempt. But on the eve of their descent, the only other survivor warns Stephen…