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News Roundup #11

So it’s been a while since the last post, but at least there’s been a lot of news! Enough to say that there’s something for everyone here, I hope. First off, you can read the first three chapters of THE RISING, the sequel to Will Hill’s nasty-vampire series DEPARTMENT 19. The series is well worth … Continue reading

Department 19: The Rising by Will Hill cover

Department 19: The Rising

After the terrible events of Lindisfarne, in which Jamie’s friend and mentor, Frankenstein, topples over a cliff, new, greater, more terrible things are beginning to happen. The remains of the first vampire Dracula have been uncovered by Valeri Rusmanov, and he has been resurrected. It will not take long for him to recover to his … Continue reading

1984 by George Orwell cover

Nineteen Eighty-four

The year is nineteen eighty-four and Winston Smith lives in the shadow of Big Brother, whose face covers every spare surface of Oceania. Everyone must love Big Brother, everyone must love the Party. Everyone must hate the enemy. But Winston does not: at least not whole-heartedly. It can only be a matter of time. There … Continue reading

Julianna Baggott

Julianna Baggot, author of Pure, speaks to ThirstforFiction!

Today, I’m happy to welcome Julianna Baggott, author of the astonishing new post-apocalyptic tale Pure, to ThirstForFiction. She’s the author of several books and Pure is her first YA novel. Follow her on Twitter: @jcbaggot ThirstforFiction: For those who haven’t read Pure, tell us a little about it. Julianna Baggott: Pressia is a 16-year-old living … Continue reading

BZRK by Michael Grant cover


There’s a war going on, right under our noses. In our noses, perhaps- because it’s a war of nanotechnology, a war of brain infiltration. Sadie and Noah are caught right in the middle of the battle- plucked from their lives and plunged into the murky underworld where BZRK operates. They have been inducted to help … Continue reading

Hollow Pike by James Dawson cover

Hollow Pike

Lis London is haunted by terrifying dreams at night. She dreams of a wood and a blood filled stream- and she dreams of her death. Every night. She gets little sleep. Then she moves to Hollow Pike- a small village in rural Yorkshire, and things change. Things start to happen: Lis’ best friend-come-worst enemy is … Continue reading

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder cover

Touch of Power

In all the fifteen realms, none are more persecuted than the Healers. They have been blamed for the deadly plague that has been ravaging the lands, and Avry is the last of their kind. She’s been on the run for three years; moving from town to town, healing the sick before fleeing again. Now her … Continue reading

Rhys and Bella’s Adventures in Foyles

So a couple of weeks ago, Bella from @cheezyfeetbooks and I went to a Puffin/Penguin event in London. We had a lot of time to kill that day, and we ended up spending several hours in Foyles, one of the main bookshops in London. This is what ensued…

Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak cover

Getting the Girl

Cameron wants love, a girl, a kiss. He wants to care and be cared for, to love and be loved for, to hope and be hoped for. He’s standing in the shadow of his brother; his brother who gets them all and tosses them away like a used condom when he’s finished with them. His … Continue reading

Legend by Marie Lu cover


Two teenagers. One destiny. June and Day are about as opposite as you can get them; June, the only person in the whole republic to score 100% on her Trial lives with her brother in wealth. Her counterpart is an outlaw on the run who’s been upsetting Republic affairs for many years. They don’t know … Continue reading

My Childhood books- The Roman Mysteries

We all have books that we remember as being our childhood reading and introducing us to the world of Reading for Pleasure. The Roman Mysteries were (and still are) some of my favourite childhood novels. There are actually only 17 books in the series, apologies for the misinformation! (In series order: The Thieves of Ostia … Continue reading

Advent by James Treadwell cover


The ocean has kept its secret for a long time, but now it is giving it up to the earth. It will be found- the magic ring of the greatest magus in the world- and it will be at the centre of a power struggle. Gavin never knew he was different until everyone started telling … Continue reading

Shadow of the Hawk by Curtis Jobling cover

Wereworld: Shadow of the Hawk

Drew has been ensnared by the evil Goatlord Kesslar, who intends to see the rightful king of Westland thrown to the sword in a spectacle of gladiatorial combats far, far away from the Catlords who want him dead. But Drew is not one to give in easily, and Kesslar may have a bigger problem on … Continue reading

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green cover

The Fault in Our Stars

Reviewer’s note: the following is much less a review than a pondering upon The Fault in Our Stars. It is probably highly garbled, inconsistent and disjointed. Please forgive me; this seems to be a recurring consequence of reading John Green’s novels. “Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers any more…. The … Continue reading

Pure by Julianna Baggott cover


Outside of the Dome life is hard. There is little food, electricity or running water. It has been this way since the Detonations shook the world. But life goes on and Pressia Belze is struggling through the harsh wasteland to care for herself and her grandfather. What she doesn’t know is that she is part … Continue reading

weekly book news roundup

News Roundup #10

In the rush of Christmas and the New Year (Happy New Year everyone!) I’ve had little time to compile a news round-up. But not to worry: today’s post is huuuuuge. So please enjoy and comment with what you think/are looking forward to! First off, something that Moira Young posted on her Facebook regarding the sequel … Continue reading