Book Reviews

Other Words for Smoke

by Sarah Maria Griffin

Mae and Rossa are twins beginning to unravel from one another as they come to terms with who they are. Sent to their Aunt’s house for the Summer, they meet the enthralling Bevan and a talking cat named Bobby Dear.  As the story simultaneously unravels, we learn that supernatural forces live within the walls of the house, bent on manipulation and power, feeding on fear. This beautifully odd coming of age tale is woven with layers of magical realism and dark Irish history. It is stunning.


Raybearer

by Jordan Ifueko

Tarisai has always craved her evasive mother’s approval, but when sent to infiltrate the palace of the Crown Prince and complete an act of violence, family loyalty is tested. …read more


The Gifted, the Talented and Me

by William Sutcliffe

“We’re rich!” said Mum, leaping up with Freya still in her arms and beginning to dance around the kitchen. “We’re rich! We’re rich! Goodbye, Stevenage! Goodbye cramped, boxy little house! …read more


All The Bad Apples

by Moira Fowley-Doyle

This book opens with a killer paragraph that had me gripped from the start “On my seventeenth birthday, two things happened. I came out to my family (somewhat by accident). And my sister Mandy disappeared. …read more


Toffee

by Sarah Crossan

Toffee is Sarah Crossan’s most recent Young Adult novel, and like her others, it is a novel written in verse. The novel opens with “Toffee” (real name Allison), on the run from her abusive father. …read more


Final Draft

by Riley Redgate

Meet Laila Piedra, a straight-laced student with a love for reading, watching and more particularly writing sci-fi. When her favourite teacher and number one writing fan, Mr. Madison, is hurt in a car accident …read more


Lanny

by Max Porter

“Dead Papa Toothwort is awake. He is listening to this twenty-first-century village, to his English symphony. He is listening, intently, for a mischievous, enchanting boy whose parents have recently made the village their home. Lanny. “ …read more