Eoin Colfer’s Highfire chronicles the hilarious and action-packed adventures of a well-intentioned but wild tearaway, a crooked constable, and a snarky, fire-breathing dragon. Vern may be the last dragon on Earth, but he hadn’t survived this long by causing a scene or getting caught up in human affairs. He had been quite content hiding out … Continue reading Highfire

The Starless Sea

Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea is a magical, mythical, fantastical story about stories. As with her debut novel, The Night Circus, I was right there for every step of the journey, excited to see what wonder would come next. At a young age, Zachary Ezra Rawlins discovers a door painted on a wall behind his … Continue reading The Starless Sea

Reading round-up 2019

I get my book recommendations from all over the place: friends, bookstore staff picks, email newsletters, library displays, podcasts, tube station posters, or just snapping up the next release from a favourite author. My approach to most things is quite methodical, but when picking my next book it’s different every time. I definitely judge books … Continue reading Reading round-up 2019

Carry On and Wayward Son

Rainbow Rowell’s Simon Snow series is magical, charming, hilarious, heart-warming, and just tremendous fun. Now, I’m wary of spoilering so I won’t summarise the story, but instead present the blurb from Carry On – it sets the scene and the tone so well: Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen. That’s … Continue reading Carry On and Wayward Son

The Winternight Trilogy

Katherine Arden’s Winternight Trilogy weaves stories of Russian folklore in an atmospheric tale of adventure, wildness, love, loss, magic, daring, difficult decisions, and moral ambiguity. The story begins on the fringes of the Russian wilderness. Folk endure the harsh winters, observe their superstitions and provide offerings to the household spirits, as they always have. Then … Continue reading The Winternight Trilogy

The Nevernight Chronicle

Jay Kristoff’s The Nevernight Chronicle is the story of a daughter seeking revenge against those who destroyed her family. Set in a fictional world akin to ancient Rome and medieval Venice, with three suns in the sky and truedark only occurring every two-and-a-half years. Mia apprentices for the Red Church who shape her into an … Continue reading The Nevernight Chronicle

Favourite books

I love a good story. Whether it’s told through a novel, film, TV, theatre, or at the pub – I’m not fussy how I get them. Books though, they’re something special. They spark my imagination like nothing else, they come in many forms (print, digital, audio), can be enjoyed anywhere and at your own pace, … Continue reading Favourite books