A road less travelled This week has been filled with walks, sunshine, rain and lots of wind. We travelled to Cornwall. It is a place I instantly feel at home … Continue reading Walks, Books and Professor T – a week in August.
Today I am delighted to be taking part in the Books-On-Tour blog tour for The Secret Diary by Anna Stuart and I’m pleased to say that I am going to … Continue reading The Secret Diary by Anna Stuart
As always there is a massive choice out there – kids and YAs are really lucky with the wonderful selection of great books that are available for them. Here are a few that have stuck on my radar.
Middle Grade & Teen/YA
That’s it for now. I do hope that whatever you may be reading over the coming months you have a wonderful summer. Do come and share your favourite summer reads by leaving a comment below.
Just a quickie today – I just had to shout out about my amazing TBR pile. It’s incredibly long but rather wonderful and I’m looking forward to reading each and every one. Here is a little sneak peek at just some of the books – perhaps you’ve read them or, if not, might like to? Let me know what you think.
Let’s start with this little pile…
And then there are these…
And after next week (publication date is 4th August 2021) I can add this to the list…
I am sure I’ll also add a few more to the pile… plus I’ve been itching to re-read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code too.
Would love to know what you’re reading and if you have any recommendations for me.
Here is a list of the books featured above and links to the authors or publisher so you can find out a little more about them if you’d like to.
Gentleman and Players by Joanne Harris
Different Class by Joanne Harris
A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris
Everything Happens for a Reason by Katie Allen
Mrs Rochester’s Ghost by Lindsay Marcott
This is How We Are Human by Louise Beech
Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger
No Honour by Awais Khan
Black Reed Bay by Rod Reyolds
Honeycomb by Joanne Harris
Still Life by Sarah Winman
The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn
The Frequency of Us by Keith Stuart
The Fair Botanists by Sara Sheridan
Midsummer Mysteries by Agatha Christie
The River Between Us by Liz Fenwick
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey
Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
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So let’s add another to our summer reading pile… 🙂 Back in February 2019 I took part in the Blog Tour for The Burning, the first YA novel by Laura … Continue reading The Trial by Laura Bates – Publishes 16th September 2021, but before that…
Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for Everyone Is Still Alive by Cathy Rentzenbrink. Synopsis The wise, witty and moving debut novel from SUNDAY TIMES bestselling … Continue reading Everyone Is still Alive by Cathy Rentzenbrink
Today I am delighted to bring you another recommended read this summer and this time it’s part of the blog tour for Deepwater King by Claire McKenna
Now, Deepwater King is the 2nd in a brilliant new trilogy from Claire McKenna. If, like me, you are new to the series then lets begin at the beginning. The story begins with book 1…
Monstrous Heart by Claire McKenna
A sensational debut novel: gothic, romantic gaslamp fantasy at it’s very best. A magical tale of intrigue on dangerous waters and a love story for the ages. Perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab and China Mieville
Arden Beacon arrives in the salt-swept port of Vigil with a job to do. Tasked with using the magic in her blood to keep the lighthouse burning, she needs to prove herself worthy of her family name and her ancestors’ profession.
But the coastline Arden must keep alight – battered by a sea teeming with colossal, ancient beasts – is far from the cultured, urban world she knows. It is a place of secrets, rumours and tight-lipped expectations of a woman’s place. More than anyone, the town folk whisper about Arden’s neighbour, Jonah Riven, the hunter of leviathans. They say he murdered his wife. They say he is as much a monster as his prey.
Amidst all her determination and homesickness Arden cannot get this shadowy stranger out of her head. A plot swirls around the lighthouse keeper, the hunter and the authorities. Arden must make sense of these dark waters – before they wash her away.
This is where I started and I would recommend beginning here if you haven’t already done so. I adore a good bit of fantasy and love to be transported away and that’s exactly what Claire has done. Immerse yourself in the story and let it whisk you away. The good news is that book 2, Deepwater King is now available in hardback, ebook and on Audiobook. So if you’re looking for a great fantasy series to fall into this summer, this could be just what you’re looking for. Here’s the info for book 2 – this one is high up there on my summer treading pile.
Deepwater King by Claire Mckenna
The sensational follow up to Monstrous Heart; a magical tale of intrigue on dark waters and a love story for the ages. The perfect gothic, gaslamp fantasy – ideal for fans of V.E. Schwab and China Mieville
Since losing her great love to the Queen of the Sainted Isles, Arden must fulfil an impossible promise before she can return home – she must complete the dangerous Rite that will return Jonah’s spirit to the abyssal Court of the Deepwater King.
This sets her off on a journey far out at sea to find believers of the old religion on the oil-slick and mysterious islands beyond the horizon. But such a responsibility will not come without sacrifice, for the Deepwater folk who worship the king require the most desperate payments the soul, and with one man Arden may have to pay the greatest price of all….
Astonishingly original, with world-building to rival the depths of the ocean, McKenna has drawn a rich tale of longing and courage – penning the perfect oceanic steampunk fantasy.
Today I am delighted to take part in the final day of the blog tour for Going Greek by Sue Roberts. Synopsis Sun, sea and a sizzling romance… the perfect … Continue reading Going Greek
Rosanna Ley’s latest novel From Venice With Love is out today in paperback and I’m delighted to share the book love for it on Tales Before Bedtime as part of … Continue reading From Venice With Love by Rosanna Ley
Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for Daughters of Cornwall by Fern Britton. Synopsis The Great War is over, and Clara Carter has boarded a train … Continue reading Daughters of Cornwall by Fern Britton