adaptations, discussion

What I Look For In Adaptations

More and more we're starting to see adaptations dominating the new releases at cinemas. It's starting to feel like almost every day there's an announcement of another book - primarily Young Adult - that's been picked up by a film company. This is a good thing on many levels because it feels like Young Adult… Continue reading What I Look For In Adaptations

contemporary, review, young adult

Another Place – Matthew Crow

“I wrote my goal for the summer. A goal I would only share with those whose involvement helped my mission. The last secret between me and my friend I had known only at night. That summer I would find Sarah Banks.” Blurb: “Sixteen-year-old Claudette Flint is coming home from hospital after an escalating depression left… Continue reading Another Place – Matthew Crow

discussion, Uncategorized

Favourite Opening Lines

I've been thinking a lot recently about the importance of opening lines. After all, once you get past the blurb and the cover, it's those precious first few sentences that can captive your attention and encourage you to delve further into the story. So I've decided to share some of my favourite opening lines with… Continue reading Favourite Opening Lines

children's fiction, review

There’s A Monster In Your Book – Tom Fletcher

“Oh no! There’s a monster in your book! Let’s try to get him out.” Blurb: “Bestselling author of The Christmasuarus, Tom Fletcher, has written a brand new picture book perfect for bedtime, where a mischievous monster has invaded the pages of your child's book!” There’s A Monster In Your Book was the first project that Tom Fletcher… Continue reading There’s A Monster In Your Book – Tom Fletcher


Nineteen Years Later

*spoilers for the series* The first of September rolled around and, leading up to 11am, I was sat on twitter. As usual, I was tweeting about how I had arrived too early to get the Hogwarts Express and so was sitting in my regular carriage with way too many chocolate frogs for the journey. I… Continue reading Nineteen Years Later

contemporary, poetry, review, young adult

Moonrise – Sarah Crossan

“People are gonna be telling you all kinds of Lies. I need you to know the truth.” Blurb: “Joe hasn't seen his brother for ten years, and it's for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row. But now Ed's execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last… Continue reading Moonrise – Sarah Crossan

children's fiction, fantasy, review

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Hufflepuff Edition) – J.K.Rowling

“He’ll be famous – a legend – I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter day in the future – there will be books written about Harry – every child in our world will know his name!” Blurb: “Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his… Continue reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Hufflepuff Edition) – J.K.Rowling

book event, discussion, poetry

Poetry Event | Neil Hilborn

"I saw the future, I did, and in it, I was alive." I never used to really be into poetry. Despite having a degree partly in English Literature, having to constantly analyse poems made it really hard to love them outside of a classroom. A friend of mine is a poet and, when I shared… Continue reading Poetry Event | Neil Hilborn