Waterstone’s Book of the Month May 2022: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Spoiler Free + Spoiler Review)

The story follows Danny and Maeve, two siblings and their lives surrounding the Dutch House, a lavish mansion their father bought years ago. Their father is distant and their mother missing, so Danny looks up to Maeve and together they raise each other. All is well until one day their father brings Andrea home, and though they don’t know it that one choice sows the seeds for the defining loss of their lives. Set over the course of five decades it’s a story of two siblings tied together by love, loss and the bonds of place and time. Continue reading Waterstone’s Book of the Month May 2022: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Spoiler Free + Spoiler Review)

Arc Review: When We Vanished by Alanna Peterson

Andi’s dad left her family not long ago to take part in a secret research project for food corporation Nutrexo, but when she overhears at a party the company has a dangerous research project she instantly fears her dad is part of it. She seeks help from a neighbour, Cyrus, and together they try to uncover the truth of what Nutrexo is doing. Their investigation leads them to a confidential research facility and it’s head scientist, and learn the hidden truth is far more dangerous than they originally thought. Continue reading Arc Review: When We Vanished by Alanna Peterson

Buzzfeed Recommends Part Five: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

The book follows Jane McKeene, a young girl who is being trained to fight the undead at one of country’s many combat schools for children of colour. She is training to become an Attendant, a fighter who is paid to protect high class women from not only the undead but other dangers in society, and is the best opportunity available to a girl like her. But Jane doesn’t want that, all she wants is to complete her training at Miss Preston’s before returning home and protecting her family from the undead. But when the families near the school start to go missing, and take her ex, Jackson’s, little sister with them she and her friends are pulled into a conspiracy that spans the country and leaves her fighting for survival against monsters, those dead and alive. Continue reading Buzzfeed Recommends Part Five: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Waterstone’s Book of The Month April 2020: Lanny by Max Porter (Audiobook Review)

The story of ‘Lanny’ follows a young boy called Lanny and his childhood life in a small, English village. It follows his relationship with his mother, father and Pete, a man who teaches him art and quickly becomes a family friend. But the story also follows that of the leged of Dead Papa Toothwort, who is said to be as old as the village itself. Continue reading Waterstone’s Book of The Month April 2020: Lanny by Max Porter (Audiobook Review)

The Archived by V. E. Schwab Review

‘The Archived’ by V. E. Schwab is a young adult novel with fantasy and mystery elements. Mackenzie Bishop is a keeper, and she’s responsible for stopping Histories, often violent and scared, from escaping The Narrow into the real world. Histories are copies of the dead, and for Mackenzie they’re a constant reminder of the people she’s lost in her life: her Da and little brother Ben Continue reading The Archived by V. E. Schwab Review