Tag Archive | speculative fiction


Blossom by Tamsin Janu My rating: 3 of 5 stars There’s lots to like about this story. Lottie is a sweetie. She’s had a lot to contend with in her life so far, and when a waif in a potato sack appears on her doorstep, Lottie knows exactly what to do – take her in […]


Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody My rating: 4 of 5 stars Have I said before how much I love audio books? They are the best way to read and do something else! So, with the long wait between titles, I’ve not wanted to get into The Red Queen, (Obernewtyn #7), because I’ve forgotten so much of […]


Coraline. An Adventure too Weird for Words by Neil Gaiman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I listened to this walking the darkened streets of my suburb. Scared the bejesus out of me. Definitely one to read with the lights on. Dawn French is a perfect choice to read this – alternately funny and scary […]


Goliath by Scott Westerfeld My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is quite simply one of the best steampunk series for young adults. The world building, combining history and speculative fiction, is sublime, the characters are wonderful, the inventions are, well, inventive! View all my reviews

If I Stay

If I Stay by Gayle Forman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Im finding it hard to believe that I am giving this book five stars. Sometimes I just get a prejudice in my head, and I can’t shake it. Maybe it was because I wasn’t that fussed over Just One Day. Perhaps it was […]

The Door That Led to Where

The Door That Led to Where by Sally Gardner My rating: 4 of 5 stars My first Sally Gardner, and not a disappointment. A clever time-slip novel, set in the 21st and 19th centuries, the main character of AJ is instantly recognisable – a lost and aimless youth who is given a break when he […]

The Whisperer

The Whisperer by Fiona McIntosh My rating: 4 of 5 stars What if you could hear everyone else’s thoughts? All the time? And what if one of the voices you could hear was that of the Crown Prince? And What if that Crown Prince was under threat from his ambitious and ruthless uncle?Well then. You’d […]