Review of ‘A Glasshouse of Stars’ by Shirley Marr

‘A Glasshouse of Stars’ is a sensitively written, dreamlike tale of Meixing who, along with her family, is a recent immigrant from ‘Old Land’ to ‘New Land’. Her newly-inherited house, ‘Big Scary’, becomes a world of childhood imagination and a safe place away from the racism and bullying that she encounters in the New Land. … Continue reading Review of ‘A Glasshouse of Stars’ by Shirley Marr

Audiobook review of ‘Outbreak’ by Frank Gardner

Description from the publisher: The explosive new thriller featuring MI6 operative Luke Carlton on his most terrifying mission yet.Deep within the Arctic Circle, three scientists from the UK's Arctic Research Station trudge through a blizzard in search of shelter. They see a cabin ahead. It appears abandoned. No lights. No snowmobile outside. But as they … Continue reading Audiobook review of ‘Outbreak’ by Frank Gardner

Book Review of ‘Hexed: Don’t Get Mad, Get Power’ by Julia Tuffs

I'll be honest with you, when I first started reading this teen novel, I found the premise laughably daft… a girl moves to the Isle of Wight, gets her period, and starts to have magical powers. And wow, does it go on about periods! However, when I got further into the novel, I enjoyed the … Continue reading Book Review of ‘Hexed: Don’t Get Mad, Get Power’ by Julia Tuffs

Book review of ‘Things to do Before the End of the World’ by Emily Barr

I enjoyed this YA novel which has a doomsday scenario as it’s backdrop. It’s a long time since I’ve read a book by this author (I think that I was almost in the target audience last time, about 20 years ago!) but I’m pleased to see that she’s still producing great reads. The novel’s protagonist, … Continue reading Book review of ‘Things to do Before the End of the World’ by Emily Barr

Book Review: ‘Circus of Wonders’ by Elizabeth Macneal

I love books about circuses. I love the sense of magic and fantasy, and the promise that absolutely anything can happen. Elizabeth Macneal's second novel, 'Circus of Wonders' did not disappoint! It is 1866, and we meet Nell picking flowers in a coastal village in southern England. She has been ostrasized by her community due … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Circus of Wonders’ by Elizabeth Macneal