Book Review: Falling Creatures by Katherine Stansfield


A historical crime fiction book set in Victorian Cornwall.

From the back cover:

Cornwall, 1844. On a lonely moorland farm not far from Jamaica Inn, farmhand Shilly finds love in the arms of Charlotte Dymond. But Charlotte has many secrets, possessing powers that cause both good and ill. When she’s found on the moor with her throat cut, Shilly is determined to find out who is responsible, and so is the stranger calling himself Mr Williams who asks for Shilly’s help. Mr Williams has secrets too, and Shilly is thrown into the bewildering new world of modern detection. Continue reading “Book Review: Falling Creatures by Katherine Stansfield”


Harry Potter Book Tag

Hi lovely readers, I thought it about time I grace you with another book tag, this time in honour of Harry Potter. I was tagged by the lovely Jasmine @ How Useful It Is, who is “trying to be useful, one post at a time!” – that’s her catchphrase and I love it! Pop on over and give her blog a follow.

The Harry Potter Book Tag was created by Trang and Lashaan @ Bookidote and all the graphics on this tag belongs to them.


Book Review: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple - Alice Walker

Alice Walker has written a deep and moving novel, The Color Purple truly is a classic that is worthy of all the praise it’s received. This is my second time reading this book and despite my copy being slightly warn due to age, I treasure it and all that reading it has taught me.

From the back cover:

Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls ‘father’, she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker – a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves. Continue reading “Book Review: The Color Purple by Alice Walker”

Short Story Sunday: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

The Grownup

It’s the first Sunday of May and that means it’s time for a short story review – this week I finally got around to reading The Grownup by Gillian Flynn.

From the back cover:

A young woman is making a living faking it as a cut-price psychic (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke.

Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year-old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home. The young woman doesn’t believe in exorcism or the supernatural. However when she enters the house for the first time, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time. . . Continue reading “Short Story Sunday: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn”

Book Review: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying - Karen M McManus

YA is not a genre I read a lot of but when I read Kate @ BibliophileBookClub’s review of this one, I knew I had to read it. She doesn’t read much YA either so for her to recommend this book, I suspected I’d enjoy it too, and I did, I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would!

Book Description:

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.

On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the bad boy, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the jock, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investi­gators, his death wasn’t an accident.

On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. Continue reading “Book Review: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus”