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

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

Book review: The StrangeWorlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski

ELS librarian Samantha reviews L.D. Lapinski's newly released middle-grade novel, The StrangeWorlds Travel Agency. When 12-year-old Flick Hudson accidentally ends up in the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, she uncovers a fantastic secret: there are hundreds of other worlds just steps away from ours. All you have to do to visit them is jump into the right … Continue reading Book review: The StrangeWorlds Travel Agency by L.D. Lapinski

Book review: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

ELS library assistant Aimee loved Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (reviewed here) so much that she quickly picked up the sequel, One Dark Throne. Warning: spoilers ahead! The second title in the Three Dark Crowns series begins during the aftermath of the Beltane festival, marking the beginning of the Ascension year which will end … Continue reading Book review: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Book review: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

ELS librarian Sarah reviews Katherine Rundell's modern classic Rooftoppers. This award-winning novel did not disappoint. The story is of Sophie and her guardian Charles, both survivors of the sinking of the Queen Mary, and their quest to find her mother and avoid the authority’s attempts to place Sophie in an orphanage. The book is quirky … Continue reading Book review: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Book review: You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed

ELS library assistant Sarah shares her lockdown read, the inspiring and uplifting non-fiction book, You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed. You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed is more than just a book. It acts like an encouraging friend, telling you to follow your dreams, never give up and page by page, gently nudging you and … Continue reading Book review: You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed