Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

Title: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil
Author: Melina Marchetta
Date of Publication: August 29th, 2016
Publisher: Viking/Penguin
Source: Review copy and purchased by reviewer


Chief Inspector Bish Ortley of the London Met, divorced and still grieving the death of his son, has been drowning his anger in Scotch. Something has to give, and he’s no sooner suspended from the force than a busload of British students is subject to a deadly bomb attack across the Channel. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

Also on the bus is Violette LeBrac. Raised in Australia, Violette has a troubled background. Thirteen years ago her grandfather bombed a London supermarket, killing dozens of people. Her mother, Noor, is serving a life sentence in connection with the incident. But before Violette’s part in the French tragedy can be established, she disappears.

Bish, who was involved in Noor LeBrac’s arrest, is now compelled to question everything that happened back then. And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more he realises that truth wears many colours.


This is Marchetta's first book specifically aimed at adults, although her books have long had crossover appeal. Like all of her stories, this is primarily about family and what happens when families breakdown, or when someone in your family does something unthinkable.

Don't Forget Mr Rain - By J

My eldest daughter (aged 9) is not terribly fond of reading stories, but she is fond of writing them. She has been nagging me for two days to put this one on here, so if you like it, please leave a comment offering her some encouragement. She has done illustrations as well, but they don't translate as well, so it's offered here in text only.


Rain, thunder, storms. All your fault because you didn't bring him. The man cloud known as Mr Rain.

Inspired by Don't Open This Book by Andy Lee.

Don't forget Mr Rain by J

Hello, I am Sunny the Cloud. I am telling you whatever you do, don't forget Mr Rain.

If you have a party, invite Mr Rain. If you go to a party bring along Mr Rain. Because if you don't...

He will rain forever.

Never stop.

In some countries it's always raining because someone didn't invite Mr Rain. Some places never rain because Mr Rain was invited. In some countries it rains and then stops. That's because they forgot then remembered.

Mr Rain gets so angry sometimes he thunders and he - oh, whoops - I didn't want to mention this, but he also blows up, so I think I would always invite him.

I heard a boy's house blew up because he forgot to invite Mr Rain. Luckily he had a spare house.

Trust me. I am Sunny. Sunny is always right. By the way, my name is Sunny because I am always happy and the sun is always behind me.

The end. 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Shield by Rachael Craw

Title: Shield
Author: Rachael Craw
Publisher: Walker Books
Date of Publication: 1st September 2016
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher

Review of Spark
Review of Stray


"This is the Affinity Project - where freewill is turned to ash." 
Evie is out of options. She must comply with the Affinity Project – obey their rules, play their deadly games, give up Jamie. And her losses keep growing...

When she decides to help a small group of Shields trying to affect change, Evie finds herself in the firing line. Counsellor Knox is intent on revealing her secrets and shackling her to the Affinity Project for life. To protect her family, Evie must betray those closest to her.

The odds of success – let alone survival – are slim.

The final thrilling conclusion to the Spark series.


I was very excited to receive this final instalment in the Spark series by Rachael Craw. I've been hooked on this series since the first book crossed my path. I'll try as far as possible to avoid spoilers for the first two books, but no guarantees!

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Title: Words in Deep Blue
Author: Cath Crowley
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Date of Publication: August 30th 2016
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher and Netgalley


This is a love story.
It's the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It's the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she's back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.


This is a love story. It is an ode to books, and to reading, to book stores and to readers. It is about words and ideas and the power they have to make or break us. It is about love and loss and pain and longing. It is beautiful. And heartbreaking.

After three years of living by the sea, Rachel can no longer stand to be where she lost her brother, Cal and returns to the fictional Melbourne suburb of Gracetown, to live with her aunt. Unable to say the words, she hasn't told anyone about Cal's death. Instead she pretends he's alive and in Europe. Her friends can't understand why she has been so distant, and Rachel can't bring herself to explain. When her aunt has had enough of her moping, she arranges a job for Rachel at Henry's bookshop. Three years ago, Rachel and Henry were best friends. Rachel was in love with Henry and left him a letter telling him how she felt, but he never responded. Hurt and angry, even after all this time, the two must find a way to coexist in the bookshop, and just maybe fix all that is broken.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Bone Season #3 - The Song Rising - Prelude

I am very excited to have been chosen as an advocate for The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon.

I love this series set in an alternate version of London, where society never moved on from Victorian morals, and where voyants, those with special abilities, are hunted.

In The Bone Season we met Paige, known as The Pale Dreamer for her ability to access the dreamscape of others. She works for Jaxon, the leader of one of London's voyant sectors which make up the criminal underworld. We also met The Rephaim, sinister beings who need the voyants for reasons of their own.

In The Mime Order Paige takes on the criminal underworld and fights to begin a revolution. The final page blew me away.

The Song Rising is still a while away, due March 2017, but the lovely people at Bloomsbury have released a sneak peak - the Prelude to The Song Rising

WARNING - if you haven't read the first two books this will spoil them for you.

My thoughts: The end of The Mime Order dropped a major bomb, and The Song Rising starts the same way. I am going to need to reread the first two books ahead of the third, and I can't wait to find out what happens next.

The Prelude is after the jump.