Book review: Magus of the Library, vol. 1 by Mitsu Izumi

Following on from my last post about how graphic novels are great for encouraging a love of reading, here’s a new manga that is all about the magic of books and reading: Magus of the Library by Mitsu Izumi. The story follows 7 year old Theo, an outsider in almost every respect: a mixed race…Continue reading Book review: Magus of the Library, vol. 1 by Mitsu Izumi

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers book cover

Book Review: The Weight of a Thousand Feathers - Brian Conaghan

17 year old Bobby Seed has too much on his plate. Any time not spent at school studying for his 'A' Levels is spent at home looking after his mother, who suffers from MS, and his younger brother Danny, who has his own needs. When Bobby’s school counsellor suggests he joins a young carers’ support…Continue reading Book Review: The Weight of a Thousand Feathers - Brian Conaghan

Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant - Resurrection by Derek Landy

Thanks to the Reading Zone and HarperCollins for the review copy. A secret order of dissident sorcerers is attempting to resurrect an ancient being to launch a war against the mortals. Skulduggery Pleasant, skeleton detective and sorcerer, is going to need all the help he can get to stop them. Luckily for him, his protégé Valkyrie Cain…Continue reading Book Review: Skulduggery Pleasant - Resurrection by Derek Landy

Book Review: The Small Change Trilogy - Jo Walton

There has been a resurgence of interest in alternative history fiction recently - particularly of "the Nazi's won the war" variety (for example, YA books The Big Lie and Wolf by Wolf, and the recent TV versions of the books The Man In The High Castle and SS-GB). Jo Walton’s Small Change trilogy - made up of Farthing…Continue reading Book Review: The Small Change Trilogy - Jo Walton

Book Review: Faith Vol 1 - Hollywood and Vine

Faith Herbert, also known as Zephyr (sometimes also known as Summer Smith) is a superhero in the Valiant universe. She's not a new character - she's been around since the early 1990s - but has just (well, about a year ago) gone solo in her own series, written by Jody Hauser and drawn by Francis Portela. Here's the…Continue reading Book Review: Faith Vol 1 - Hollywood and Vine

Book Review: The Keeper of Portals - VS Nelson

I've been sent advanced reading copies (ARCs) of books by publishers before, but this is the first time an author has contacted me directly to ask me to review their book! Exciting! So yes, the author sent me an advanced eARC in exchange for an honest review. I am going to start with a bit of…Continue reading Book Review: The Keeper of Portals - VS Nelson

Book Review: Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

I have recently started a book club at work for students in years 9 and 10 (13-15). Thanks to a generous donation from Reading Hack, out club's first read was Rebel of the Sands - the first in a planned trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton (book 2 coincidentally came out on the day of our group meeting). Here's…Continue reading Book Review: Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

Book Review: AniMalcolm - David Baddiel

Malcolm’s family are quite fond of animals - you could say they are obsessed. They have two cats, a dog, a hamster and an iguana. They go to the zoo every week. It’s the primary topic of conversation. Malcolm, however, is not a big fan (especially since the infamous “Monkey Incident”). So when Malcolm is…Continue reading Book Review: AniMalcolm - David Baddiel

Book cover for The Jamie Drake Equation, by Christopher Edge

Book Review: The Jamie Drake Equation

Jamie Drake’s dad is famous. He’s an astronaut, and he’s currently orbiting the earth on the International Space Station, about 400kms above the planet’s surface. Soon he will launch a series of tiny interstellar probes, which will search the galaxy for signs of alien life. What could possibly go wrong? Back on earth, Jamie misses…Continue reading Book Review: The Jamie Drake Equation

Book Review: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson

Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy. There seems to have been a bit of a glut recently of retellings of/books inspired by the 1001 Arabian Nights: Salman Rushdie's Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, The Wrath and The Dawn series by Renee Ahdieh, Hanan Al-Shaykh's One Thousand and One Nights and this one -…Continue reading Book Review: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson