This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Posted August 4, 2013 by Brin in Reviews / 2 Comments
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

I came into this book expecting zombies and while the book did not disappoint on that score, it was so much more than that. A tense, atmospheric survival story balanced with a well-drawn character study, I really could not put this one down. This is Not a Test is a book about six teenagers who hole up at their local high school to out-wait the zombie apocalypse that is raging […]

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Posted August 4, 2013 by Brin in Reviews / 4 Comments
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

I had already seen the BBC production of North and South (many, many times!) before reading this book so had a good idea of the story and the setting. North and South, in some respects, is like a grittier version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (another book and TV adaptation that I love). The story and characters are deep and full of imperfections which is why I think I […]

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Daisy (real name Elizabeth but nobody calls her that) is a young and troubled American girl. At fifteen, she is sent by her father and step-mother to go and stay with her aunt and cousins in England. Her Aunt Penn, elder sister of her long-dead mother, a distracted but kindly women, welcomes her into her family. Her four cousins, Osbert, the twins Isaac and Edmond, and young Piper are all […]

Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar

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Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar

Night Beach is a very intense book, unsettling and creepy at times. I was pulled into the story but found the main character a bit hard to take. Abbie, a 17 year old girl on the verge of leaving adolescence, is the protagonist of the story. She has a crush on her step-cousin Kane, who has been living with her family. Calling it a crush is pretty mild actually, she […]

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

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Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Having seen the film when it first came out, I fully intended to read the book it was based on. It has taken more than a few years to get there but I’m happy to say that the book didn’t disappoint. Told from the alternating viewpoint chapters of both Nick and Norah (with Rachel Cohn penning Norah’s chapters and David Levithan writing Nick’s perspective), this book covers a night in the […]