Curl up on your sofa with a cup of tea, make sure you have a box of tissues and maybe a cat handy, and fall into On The Other Side. This is Carrie Hope Fletcher’s first novel and boy did she come out with a bang! I read this wonderful story full of love and magical realism in one sitting and suggest you do the same.
Clay comes home one day to find a parcel on his door step. A parcel that contains thirteen cassette tapes from the girl he admired. The girl who killed herself. On these tapes Hannah tells him why, explains the events that led to her suicide. Thirteen reasons, thirteen people. And Clay is one of them.
I am addicted. Addicted to Raye Wagner’s wonderful writing.
Last month, I saw on YouTube that Raye Wagner was offering a free e-copy of her book, Curse of the Sphinx, if you signed up to her newsletter. I checked it out, signed up and received not only Curse of the Sphinx but a free copy of her novella Origins of the Sphinx as well. I was chuffed but didn’t get around to reading them for a couple of weeks. Read more
I love lists. Lists for shopping, lists for chores, lists of books I want to read. Lists for lists. This love of lists means I have decided to start sharing a series of bookish Top Five lists. So, with out further ado, here are my top five fictional cities (in no particular order).
Sometimes you find a book that immediately grips you, pulls you into its pages and will not release you until you have explored every last sentence. The Queen of the Tearling is one such book. This is Erika Johnasen’s debut novel and she really came out swinging; she has since written a sequel, The Invasion of the Tearling, and we expect a third book soon.
The Queen of the Tearling is set in our future, however it is a future with a regressed society. There is little to no science, no printing press, and poverty is rife. This is the society that nineteen year old Kelsea is supposed to rule, provided she lives long enough to take the throne. She is being hunted. It is in the best interests of both the Regent (her uncle) and the Red Queen (ruler of the neighbouring kingdom) to keep Kelsea from becoming Queen and taking control of her kingdom, Tear.