Posts under ‘YA’

Mice by Gordon Reece

Five words from the blurb: bullying, women, timid, shattered, control Ignore the weird romance-like cover, this book is a dark, fast-paced thriller. Many bloggers raved about Mice on its release four years ago, but I never got around to reading it. Then last week I was looking for a light, but gripping read and stumbled […]

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green (audio book)

 Note: Author is known as Matthew Dicks in the US Five words from the blurb: boy, danger, loyalty, imagination, friend Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend has the most original premise I’ve come across this year. The book is narrated by Budo, an imaginary friend who explains what life is like for those who only exist […]

The Shadow Speaker – Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

Five words from the blurb: 2070, mysticism, West Africa, survival, magical  Earlier this year Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu won the World Fantasy Award for her novel, Who Fears Death. It sounded really interesting, but a few people on twitter suggested that her earlier novel, The Shadow Speaker, was even better and since it was available in my local […]

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher (Audio Book)

Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards 2011 Children’s Book of the Year & Audiobook of the Year Shortlisted for the 2011 Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlisted for 2011 Red House Children’s Book Award Five words from the blurb: boy, loss, family, heart-warming, struggle My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is a children’s book that tackles many difficult […]

The Testament of Jessie Lamb – Jane Rogers

 Long listed for 2011 Booker Prize Five words from the blurb: women, dying, girl, innocent, heroism The Testament of Jessie Lamb is one of the most frustrating books I’ve ever read. I was gripped by the fast paced plot, but internally screaming at the frustrating actions of the narrator, the unlikely global events and the numerous bizarre […]

No and Me – Delphine de Vigan

 Richard and Judy 2010 Winter Read Translated from the French by George Miller No and Me is a simple story about a 13-year-old girl who has an intelligence that isolates her from her peers. Difficulties at home make her life even harder, but everything changes when she befriends No, a homeless girl a few years older than her. The book is […]