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Weekend Reads

Any plans for reading something this weekend? Perfect weather for lazing around on a beach….in a park…in the garden …or if you are like me, and hate the sun, hoping for thunder and rain 🤣
At the moment, I am knee deep in Jennifer Hillier’s ‘Freak’, which apart from adoring the noirish, rainy cover, is also scaring my socks off.
She wrote one of the scariest books I had read in a long time, ‘Wonderland’ and so when I saw ‘Freak in the library I was in two minds whether to pick it up or not.
So glad that I did! It’s not for the faint of heart, and although it’s a follow up to ‘Creep’ you can read it as a stand alone.
She also sends out a wicked newsletter and has a new book out that is frankly terrifying in August called ‘Jar of Hearts’, link to her website below.
If you like races against time, serial killers, psychological thrillers and menace , you definitely need to check her out!



League of extraordinary Gentlewomen!


So I have just finished what is possibly my favourite book of the year so far, ‘The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter’ by Theodora Goss.

This is the first in a trilogy which is wonderful but also doesn’t seem enough room to explore the stories of these extraordinary women.

The story is told as a narrative by Catherine Moreau with interspersed comments from the main characters , adding snippets on how they feel the book is progressing.

It could be distracting from the pace but it actually adds an intimacy to the story as well as tantalising titbits of other adventures that the ‘Athena Club’, as they come to be known, have been embroiled in.

In the midst of trying to solve the mystery of why ‘ladies of the night’ have been found murdered AND missing organs or limbs, Mary Jekyll, the protagonist, is on a quest to find out what happened to drive her mother to madness, how her father died, and who is this half sister, Diana Hyde, that she suddenly inherits on her mother’s death.

She gathers around her women who have been side-lined in literature to adjuncts of the male characters e.g Beatrice Rappaccini and drops in sly winks to gothic literature throughout like Easter Eggs.

It’s a rip-roaring adventure that I would highly recommend, Book 2-European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman-is out in August 2018!

Full Review:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34728925-the-strange-case-of-the-alchemist-s-daughter




Netgalley Latest Review-Riley Sager

Early last year the first book by Riley Sager, ‘Final Girls’ was heralded by no less than my all time favourite writer, Stephen King. This made it an automatic must read and I was not disappointed. The follow up, ‘Last Time I lied’, again takes liberties with the rope of the unreliable narrator and places it in a well known horror destination , the haunted summer camp by the lake…but this is no derivative tale but rather a sneaky, twisty, turny thriller that keeps the pulse pounding till the very last page.

Available from all good bookshops in hardback from the 12/07/2018, this is definitely one to watch or pack for your summer holiday reading!




Lovereading4kids Review

I gratefully received a copy of this book courtesy of Lovereading4kids in return for an honest review.

Here is the link for the review in full


Here is the link to buy it


My next Lovereading4kids is the already making me cry ‘Tender’ by Eve Ainsworth…watch this space for reviews!

If you have read it please comment down below 🙂


New Book Post!

Book post is almost always the best post (my husband might disagree but currently we are at an impasse…)

Latest arrival chez moi is the new book by Madeline Miller, author of ‘Song of Achilles’, this time she tackles the story of the goddess ‘Circe’, most often known through her role in ‘The Odyssey’ by Homer.

I was lucky enough to study a diploma in Classics at the Open University when my children were younger and one of the modules focussed on the ancient art of storytelling. A life long passion with the classics fully came alive through reading the Odyssey and The Illiad therefore anything concerning Greece or Rome has my antenna twitching.

It’s amazing how she manages to write prose so lyrically it is as though you are reading an epic poem, very easy to get lost in her words and world so definitely a book to pick up whilst there are hours to spare in the day (not just before bed….will never learn not to start a new book at bedtime! Zero self control!)

Here’s my link to my Instagram page and a link to buy the book;



Space Based bedtime stories!

How cool is this?

Children having bedtime stories from space!!!

Library Directory





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