Review: The Wolves of La Louviere by Flore Balthazar

My thanks to NetGalley and Europe Comics for a review copy of this one.   This is a World-War-II themed graphic novel which is based on a true story (which I only realised later) of the author’s own family, and the diary of young Marcelle Balthazar who is fifteen at the time Poland is conquered…

Book Review: The Monsters We Deserve by Marcus Sedgwick

My thanks to NetGalley and Head of Zeus for a review copy of this one. This is a very strange little book. I put in a request for it because essentially of the themes that the description said it dealt with, of Mary Shelley, and Frankenstein; of the thought processes that go into imagination, into…

Malory Towers Challenge: Second Form at Malory Towers

Book #2 for my Malory Towers challenge/project. In the first book that I read a couple of months ago we saw Darrell Rivers heading off to Malory Towers in Cornwall for the first time, where she is keen to make friends. But her admiration for the clever but hard Alicia John, and her own temper…

Books on the Screen: Some Reads I ‘Discovered’ from Films and TV

Another post to do with lists 🙂 So, we often talk of our favourite books being adapted for the big screen or TV (or now, Netflix), and also about how the book is so much better (which is almost always the case--there are a few exceptions though). But this post, as you would have noticed…

Children’s Book of the Month: Syren by Angie Sage

This is the fifth of a seven-book fantasy–adventure series featuring Septimus Heap by English author Angie Sage. I haven’t read any other books in the series before, and this was a chance find on the shop-soiled table in my neighbourhood bookshop. What attracted me to the book was the cover, and its somewhat different shape—it’s…

Review: Murder at the Happy Home for the Aged by Bulbul Sharma

The Happy Home for the Aged isn’t your regular, formal old-age home but rather a house where older people, who have no one of their own, are welcome to come and live. It is owned and looked after by Maria, whose grandfather essentially invited older people to come live there when he lost much of…

And Some More Books: What’s New on my TBR Pile

I last wrote a post in May on What New on My Bookshelves (here) and while I didn't not shop/download over these past few months, over the last few weeks I've ended up buying quite a few books (on three separate occasions), so I thought they deserved a post of their own. All of these…