BOOK REVIEW: WAKING GODS (THEMIS FILES #2) BY SYLVIAN NEUVEL

TITLE: Waking Gods AUTHOR: Sylvian Neuvel GENRE: Sci-fi PUBLISHER: Penguin Books PAGES: 324 MY RATING: 4/5     SYNOPSIS What’s going on? Turn on the television. What channel? Any channel. An unknown vessel, not of this world, materializes in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to…

BOOK REVIEW: HAPPY DAYS OF THE GRUMP BY TUOMAS KYRÖ

TITLE: Happy Days of the Grump AUTHOR: Tuomas Kyrö GENRE: Fiction, humour PUBLISHER: Manilla PAGES: 247 MY RATING: 4/5   SYNOPSIS Everybody recognizes the Grump, everybody knows a Grump. And maybe there’s a little Grump in every one of us… The Grump, at eighty years old, spends his days visiting his wife in her care home, making coffee and planning for…

BOOK REVIEW: DEAR MRS BIRD BY A. J. PEARCE

TITLE: Dear Mrs Bird AUTHOR: A. J. Pearce GENRE: Historical fiction PUBLISHER: Pan MacMillan PAGES: 307 MY RATING: 4/5   SYNOPSIS London, 1940. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and seizes her chance when she spots a job…

BOOK REVIEW: IT BY STEPHEN KING

TITLE: IT AUTHOR: Stephen King GENRE: Fiction, horror, thriller PUBLISHER: Scribner Book Company PAGES: 1046 MY RATING: 4/5   SYNOPSIS To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw – and…

BOOK REVIEW: ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE BY AGATHA CHRISTIE

TITLE: Ordeal by Innocence AUTHOR: Agatha Christie GENRE: Mystery PUBLISHER: HarperCollins PAGES: 288 MY RATING: 4/5   SYNOPSIS Evidence that clears the name of a boy sentenced for killing his adopted mother arrives too late to save his life – so who did kill her? According to the courts, Jacko Argyle bludgeoned his mother to death with a poker. The sentence…

BOOK REVIEW: RENEGADES BY MARISSA MEYER

TITLE: Renegades AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer GENRE: YA, fantasy PUBLISHER: Pan MacMillan PAGES: 576 MY RATING: 3/5   SYNOPSIS Secret identities. Extraordinary powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice. The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies-humans with extraordinary abilities-who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a…

BOOK REVIEW: IN SEARCH OF US BY AVA DELLAIRA

TITLE: In Search of Us AUTHOR: Ava Dellaira GENRE: YA, contemporary PUBLISHER: Hot Key Books PAGES: 400 MY RATING: 2/5   SYNOPSIS Marilyn is in search of freedom. She grew up as a child actor, her mother’s meal ticket out of mediocrity. But it’s been a long time since she booked a job, and she and her mother have no choice…

BOOK REVIEW: CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (LEGACY OF ORISHA #1) BY TOMI ADEYEMI

TITLE: Children of Blood and Bone AUTHOR: Tomi Adeyemi GENRE: YA, fantasy PUBLISHER: Pan MacMillan PAGES: 544 MY RATING: 2.5/5   SYNOPSIS They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. Now we rise. Zelie remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and…

BOOK REVIEW: WATERSHIP DOWN BY RICHARD ADAMS

TITLE: Watership Down AUTHOR: Richard Adams PUBLISHER: Puffin Books PAGES: 617 MY RATING: 5/5     SYNOPSIS ‘Fiver and I will be leaving the warren tonight…I don’t know exactly where we shall go, but we’ll take anyone who’s ready to come with us.’ Fiver was only a young rabbit, but he had a sixth sense and foresaw that disaster was…

BOOK REVIEW: QUEEN OF SORCERY (THE BELGARIAD #2) BY DAVID EDDINGS

TITLE: Queen of Sorcery AUTHOR: David Eddings GENRE: Fantasy PUBLISHER: Random House PAGES: 448 MY RATING: 4/5   SYNOPSIS The master Sorcerer Belgarath and his daughter Polgara the arch-Sorceress were on the trail of the Orb, seeking to regain its saving power before the final disaster prophesized by the legends. And with them went Garion, a simple farm boy only months…