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English teacher interested in language and culture, and also in fiction using magic, myth, folklore and the supernatural. Now teaching part-time in a Leicester Upper School (ages 14-19) and also writing for children, teens and teachers.

Reviewing

I am a UK reviewer and I do accept books from publishers and authors for review, in hard copy and Kindle formats. I upload my reviews to Amazon and Goodreads, and use Twitter to publicise new posts on my blog. Please let me know if there is a particular date range you'd like the review posted in and I'll let you know if that's possible.

My reviews feature cover art, the cover blurb and my honest opinions. I don't like reviews with spoilers, so try to avoid giving the plot away myself. I don't use a grading system on the blog. I always aim to give fair reviews and will be as positive as possible while seeking to provide a fair assessment of the book's qualities. I prefer not to publish negative reviews: if I don't enjoy a book I don't finish it (there are too many books in the world to waste time on those that aren't for me!), and I don't think it's fair to review something I haven't read completely.

Books received may also get a mention in occasional features, providing cover art, a brief description or comment and a link to further information. I am also happy to discuss blog tour posts, giveaways and other promotions, especially for books I have enjoyed or am enthusiastic about.

As you can see from the reviews featuring on the blog, I am particularly interested in reviewing Children's, YA, Crime and Fantasy novels. I have a special fondness for writing which makes use of folklore, myth and magic.

If you would like me to review a book for you, please email me.

2013 Reviews:
Acid by Emma Pass
Betrayal by Gregg Olsen
Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman
Beyond by Graham McNamee
Black Spring by Alison Croggon
Bluefish by Pat Schmatz
Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff
Broken by A E Rought
Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black
The Disgrace of Kitty Grey by Mary Hooper
The Day I Met Suzie by Chris Higgins
The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling
Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells
The Fate in the Box by Michelle Lovric
Flying High (Magic Trix 2) by Sara Grant
The Ghostly Guinea Pig (Mariella Mysteries 1) by Kate Pankhurst
The Great Ice-Cream Heist by Elen Caldecott
Hagwitch by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
Hidden Among Us by Katy Moran
Hold On by Alan Gibbons
Hysteria by Megan Miranda
The Night Rainbow by Claire King
North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler
OMG! is this Actually my Life? by Rae Earl
Operation Eiffel Tower by Elen Caldecott
The Retribution by Val McDermid
Seconds Away by Harlan Coben
Siege by Sarah Mussi
Tempest by Julie Cross
Vortex by Julie Cross
Waiting for Gonzo by Dave Cousins
A Witch Alone by Ruth Warburton
The Witching Hour (Magic Trix 1) by Sara Grant

2012 Reviews:

Adventure Island Series by Helen Moss
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass 0.2) by Sarah J Maas
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass 0.1) by Sarah J Maas
The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass 0.3) by Sarah J Maas
Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse by Caroline Lawrence
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
The Comic Cafe by Roger Stevens
Crossing Over (Soulvine Chronicles 1) by Anna Kendall
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths
Dark Parties by Sara Grant
Della Says: OMG! by Keris Stainton
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean
Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun by Liz Kessler
Emma Hearts LA by Keris Stainton
Envy by Gregg Olsen
Fifteen Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins
Full Dark House (Bryant & May 1) by Christopher Fowler
The Gathering Dark (Grisha 1) by Leigh Bardugo
The Giants and the Joneses by Julia Donaldson
The Girl on the Stairs by Louise Welsh
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Hollow Pike by James Dawson
Hope Road by John Barlow
Horrid Henry's A-Z of Everything Horrid by Francesca Simon
How Beautiful the Ordinary ed Michael Cart
How to Make a Heron Happy by Lari Don
The Hunting Ground by Cliff McNish
Katya's World by Jonathan L Howard
Lance of Truth by Katherine Roberts
Leopard Adventure by Anthony McGowan
Lolly Luck by Ellie Daines
Magic and Mayhem (Raven Mysteries 5) by Marcus Sedgwick
The Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson
My Own Special Way (Early Reader) by Mithaa Alkayyat, retold by Vivian French
A Mystery for Megan, (Buttercup Magic 1) Abi Burlingham
New Beginnings by Rebecca Emin
The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher
The Odds by Adam Perrott
Opal Moonbaby by Maudie Smith
Operation Bunny (Wings & Co 1) by Sally Gardner
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings
The Queen by Richard Brassey
Righteous Exposure by A K James
Road to London by Barbara Mitchelhill
The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon
Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale
Soul Fire by Kate Harrison
The Story of the Olympics by Richard Brassey
The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis
Street Duty: Knock Down by Chris Ould
Sword of Light by Katherine Roberts
Talina in the Tower by Michelle Lovric
The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers
This Is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass 1) by Sarah J Maas
The Treasure House by Linda Newbery
Velvet by Mary Hooper
Venus Rocks (Kitty Slade 3) by Fiona Dunbar
VIII by H M Castor
A Waste of Good Paper by Sean Taylor
A Witch in Love (Winter 2) by Ruth Warburton
A Witch in Winter (Winter 1) by Ruth Warburton
Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb
Writing for Children by Linda Strachan

2011 Reviews:

Adventures of the New Cut Gang by Philip Pullman
Agatha Parrot and the Floating Head by Kjartan Poskitt
All Teachers Great and Small by Andy Seed
An Act of Love by Alan Gibbons
Ash by Malinda Lo
Birdman by Mo Hayder
Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll
Bloodstone by Gillian Philip
The Bomber by Liza Marklund
Crippen by John Boyne
Dark Angels by Katherine Langrish
Death Sentence by Mikkel Birkegaard
The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner
Firebrand by Gillian Philip
Flood and Fang by Marcus Sedgwick
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
If I Never See you Again by Niamh O'Connor
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
Kaspar, Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo
Lob by Linda Newbery
The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Paper Wings by Linda Sargent
Shelter by Harlan Coben
Soul Beach by Kate Harrison
Tempest Rising (Jane True 1) by Nicole Peeler
Tempest's Legacy (Jane True 3) by Nicole Peeler
Tracking the Tempest (Jane True 2) by Nicole Peeler
West of the Moon by Katherine Langrish
When I Was Joe by Keren David
Witch Hill by Marcus Sedgwick
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
The Wombles by Elisabeth Beresford (with help from my 8 yr old)
Write to be Published by Nicola Morgan
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