Friday, 31 March 2017

Wool: Hugh Howey review

Wool

By: Hugh Howey
Rating: 5 Star

Wool and its follow on novels, Shift, and Dust enjoy a huge following. Wool is the first of the series.

Set in an unspecified future, Wool follows the story of a group of people forced to live permanently inside a gigantic Silo.


Thursday, 9 March 2017

See You in the Cosmos: Jack Cheng review

See You in the Cosmos

By: Jack Cheng
Rating: 4 Star



Alex Petroski is a space-obsessed eleven year old who narrates his story via a series of recordings on his iPod.

He plans to launch this into space on a rocket so that aliens can one day learn what life is like on Earth.

His faithful companion is his dog Carl Sagan (named after the famous astronomer) and they are about to embark on the adventure of their lives, covering Colorado, Las Vegas, New Mexico, and Los Angeles.


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Spoils: Brian Van Reet review

Spoils

By: Brian Van Reet
Rating: 5 Star

Spoils is the debut novel from author Brian Van Reet.

The story is set in the early stages of the Gulf War in 2003. The plot centres around US Specialist Soldier Cassandra Wigheard and her deployment in Iraq. During her deployment, Cassandra is captured by mujahideen fighters and held hostage.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Written in Bones: James Oswald review

Written in Bones

By: James Oswald
Rating: 3 Star

Written in Bones opens dramatically with the gruesome murder of Bill Chalmers, an ex-policeman turned drug kingpin who is found dead high up in a tree in the Meadows, Edinburgh.

Detective Inspector McLean is called in to investigate the murder and the more immediate question of how the body ended up being dropped from the sky.


Friday, 17 February 2017

Theodore Boone: The Fugitive: Theodore Boone: John Grisham review

Theodore Boone: The Fugitive: Theodore Boone 

By: John Grisham
Rating: 3 Star

I didn't initially realise until recently that John Grisham had a new series of books aimed at a young adult audience.

When I first started reading The Fugitive though, I could immediately tell that it had been written for a totally different audience than 'A Time to Kill'.


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Earworm: A Novel about the Music Industry: Sean McManus review

Earworm: A Novel about the Music Industry

By: Sean McManus
Rating: 4 Star

Simon and Fred are working hard to make it big with their band -they just need a way to get recognised by the music industry and make their name known.

However, music buying patterns have changed, and the small record labels have all been bought up by Bigg records. This means that the chances of Simon and Fred 'making it' are getting slimmer all of the time.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Missing, Presumed (A DS Manon Thriller): Susie Steiner review

Missing, Presumed (A DS Manon Thriller)

By: Susie Steiner
Rating: 4 Star

This novel starts with the apparent disappearance of Cambridge student Edith Hinds. 

Her front door has been left open, there is blood on the floor and her wallet, phone, and passport have all been left behind.


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Stealing Snow: review

Stealing Snow

By: Danielle Paige
Rating: 2 Star

17-year-old snow has been incarcerated in the Whittaker Secure Mental institute for most of her life. 

The regime there is bleak, routine, and full of anguish for Snow as she is kept away from her one true sole mate Bale (who is also a patient there).

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Smoke Hunter: Jacquelyn Benson review

The Smoke Hunter


By: Jacquelyn Benson
Rating: 3 Star

Set in London 1898, The Smoke Hunter follows the story of Eleanora Mallory who finds a mysterious necklace and secret map to a lost South American civilization one day at work (as you do).