Book review: I, Cosmo and My Life as a Cat by Carlie Sorosiak

ELS librarian Samantha falls head over paws in love with Carlie Sorosiak's middle-grade novels, I, Cosmo and My Life as a Cat. Are you more of a cat person or a dog person? While I personally think there’s only one answer to this (both, always both), Carlie Sorosiak’s novels, I, Cosmo and My Life as … Continue reading Book review: I, Cosmo and My Life as a Cat by Carlie Sorosiak

Book review: The Witch’s Blood by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

ELS library assistant Aimee is back to review the final book in Katharine and Elizabeth Corr's magical Young Adult series, The Witch's Blood. You can read Aimee's verdict on the previous two books here and here. This is the third and final instalment in The Witch’s Kiss Trilogy. With Leo captured by Ronan and taken … Continue reading Book review: The Witch’s Blood by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Book review: The Witch’s Tears by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

ELS library assistant Aimee falls further into the magical world of authors Katharine and Elizabeth Corr with their YA novel, The Witch's Tears. You can read Aimee's review of the first book in the series here. This is the second spellbinding instalment of The Witch’s Kiss Trilogy. After defeating the evil wizard Gwydion and the … Continue reading Book review: The Witch’s Tears by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Book review: The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

ELS library assistant Sarah succumbs to the lure of Rachel Burge's chilling YA novel, The Twisted Tree. Whilst pondering over this review it struck me: what is a sure-fire way to know that somebody really enjoyed a book? Is it a) they feel a little sad once it’s come to an end, b) they frantically look to … Continue reading Book review: The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

Book Review: Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green

ELS librarian Samantha takes a mini-break with Simon James Green's hilarious YA novel, Alex in Wonderland. Sometimes you need a book that will make you laugh. The kind of snorting, warthog-like laughter that sends your breakfast – Coco Pops, of course – flying across the room, alarming both your cats and the strangers walking past … Continue reading Book Review: Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green

Book review: A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

ELS librarian Samantha reviews Elle McNicoll's debut novel, A Kind of Spark. A Kind of Spark tells the story of 11-year-old Addie as she campaigns for a memorial in memory of the witch trials that took place in her Scottish hometown. Addie knows there's more to the story of these 'witches', just like there is … Continue reading Book review: A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

Book review: The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

ELS library assistant Aimee reviews Katharine and Elizabeth Corr's debut Young Adult novel, The Witch's Kiss. Having recently read and loved the first book in Katharine and Elizabeth Corr’s second series, The Throne of Swans, I decided my next move would be to give their first series a go. The trilogy starts with The Witch’s … Continue reading Book review: The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

My kind of entertainment: new secondary fiction for summer 2020

As children, my older brother and I would compete for ownership of the Argos catalogue. The noise it made as it landed on the kitchen table in early December, that unmistakable plonk, was our starter pistol. We would push past my retreating mother, holding our arms out to the side to block each other and … Continue reading My kind of entertainment: new secondary fiction for summer 2020

Book review: A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

ELS library assistant Aimee continues her winning reading streak with fantasy YA novel, A Throne of Swans by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr.   This book is set in a kingdom where nobles can transform into birds. It follows the story of Aderyn, who, following her father’s death, inherits the role of Protector of the dominion … Continue reading Book review: A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

Book review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

ELS library assistant Aimee falls for Marissa Meyer's Queen of Hearts origin story, Heartless. This book had me hooked from the first sentence: ‘Three luscious lemon tarts glistened up at Catherine.’ Needless to say, I then had to grab one on my next “essential” shopping trip. I can safely say that throughout reading this book, … Continue reading Book review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer