Category: britishbookschallenge

Review: A Witch Alone by Ruth Warburton

Review: A Witch Alone by Ruth Warburton

  A Witch Alone is the final book in Ruth Warburton’s A Witch In Winter series and as such will contain some mild spoilers for the first two books so proceed at your caution. I love Ruth Warburton’s writing and in particular the way she brings a historical context to witchcraft to her YA. Having seen her at several YA panels now and at a couple of events, I always find it so interesting to hear her talk about her research and the real history behind witchcraft. This is something that is clearly present in the books, especially the chilling torture scene in A Witch In Love, and it really enhances the stories beyond a typical YA paranormal. In A Witch Alone we are taken from London to Russia to the sea, and there’s a really international feel to the […]

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Review: Hidden Among Us by Katy Moran

Review: Hidden Among Us by Katy Moran

  Before Christmas, the lovely Hannah at Walker sent me a selection of three upcoming YA titles and Hidden Among Us was one of them. From reading the summary, I had a feeling this was going to be a book I either loved or wouldn’t get on with at all; fairies/mythical creatures can feel a little overdone and there were so few fae series I’d got on with, I really wasn’t sure about it. However, I decided to give it a go before it’s publication date and I’m so glad I did. Hidden Among Us is a fantastically creepy UK paranormal YA told in multiple perspectives. As a baby, Lissy was stolen by the Hidden and her mother managed to bargain for fourteen extra years before she had to return her to Hopestay. Now, the fourteen years are up and her […]

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Review: Dead Romantic by CJ Skuse

Review: Dead Romantic by CJ Skuse

I have a confession to make; I had never read a CJ Skuse book before Dead Romantic. I’d heard fantastic things about her writing and even got Rockoholic for Christmas, but I expected great things from her based on what I had heard. Dead Romantic did not disappoint me. After being humiliated at her sixth form freshers’ party, Camille ends up in a graveyard where she meets Zoe. Zoe is the daughter of a slightly mad man who was arrested for his horror-moviesque experiments but Camille thinks she is brilliant. Especially after Zoe brings a load of dead hamsters back to life after a science lesson. Together the two form a plan; build the ultimate dead boyfriend for Camille. However as the body parts begin to stack up, Camille has to ask herself if a dead boyfriend can really love […]

Posted February 11, 2013 by chooseyabooks in britishbookschallenge, reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Me, Suzy P by Karen Saunders

Review: Me, Suzy P by Karen Saunders

I hadn’t heard anything about Karen Saunder’s YA debut, Me, Suzy P but when I received an email with an opportunity to read and review this book I was hooked from the summary. As much as I love more serious and sometimes angsty YA about issues, etc I have a real place in my heart for the more humorous and younger side of YA and this is where Me, Suzy P beautifully fits. Suzy Puttocks is 14 and an average teenager. She has a boyfriend, Danny, her best friend Millie and her boyfriend and the four form a close-knit friendship group together. Her parents can be embarrassing, her older sister is getting married and is going wedding mad, while her little sister like to make her life as difficult as possible. When a new boy Zach arrives at Suzy’s school, […]

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Review: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Review: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

The Lost Girl is a stunning debut that I couldn’t put down and is incredibly thought-provoking. Eva is not her own person, she is a copy and has spent her whole life learning everything she can about Amarra, the girl she has been made by the Weavers in the image of. In the event of Amarra dying, Eva is her replacement. So she has spent her life only eating what Amarra eats, learning all about her friends and life and boyfriend in case she ever is needed. Then Amarra dies in a car crash and Eva has to replace her. The thing is Eva wants to be her own person and thinks for herself and is struggling to become Amarra. However as Amarra lived in India where echoes like Eva are illegal, she has to convince everyone she really is […]

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