Category: Reviews

Review: Caramel Hearts, ER Murray

Review: Caramel Hearts, ER Murray

Caramel Hearts is a coming-of age story with feelings packed into the pages like the apples in a Fruity Custard Pastie (recipe on p222). That’s right, Liv’s story is scattered with delicious recipies for sweet treats, from her mum’s Recipes to Make Happiness Bloom cookbook. Liv’s Mam is currently in rehab,… Read more »

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Review: Ivory and Bone, Julie Eshbaugh

Review: Ivory and Bone, Julie Eshbaugh

Ivory and Bone is described as ‘A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.’ This is the story of the people of several tribes in prehistoric times – their lives, loves and conflicts. This book is unusual in that most of it is narrated by Kol, but he is telling the story… Read more »

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Review: Ruined, Amy Tintera

Review: Ruined, Amy Tintera

Em is on a mission of revenge, to destroy the royal family responsible for the murder of her own. She has infiltrated the palace by impersonating the future bride of Prince Casimir, intending to kill him soon after the wedding. There’s just one problem – she’s falling for him instead…. Read more »

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Review: A Toaster on Mars, Darrell Pitt

Review: A Toaster on Mars, Darrell Pitt

As a long-time fan of both Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, I felt that this book had some big boots to fill. While it did have some of the slapstick humour of the Discworld and wacky aliens and robots of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, sadly I didn’t think A Toaster on… Read more »

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Review: Passenger, Alexandra Bracken

Review: Passenger, Alexandra Bracken

This is Philippa and Angelya’s joint audio review for Alexandra Bracken’s new debut book, Passenger. The review is an extract from episode 42 of Tea in the Treetops Podcast, originally recorded on 17 May 2015. This is a spoiler-free review. Thanks to the Co-op for providing Angelya with a copy of… Read more »

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Review: Love, Lies and Spies, Cindy Anstey

Review: Love, Lies and Spies, Cindy Anstey

It’s the early nineteenth century – the time of the war against Napoleon and the Regency in England. Young people of the Aristocracy and their overbearing parents are descending on London for a summer of parties, gambling and general licentiousness, to see and to be seen, and to snag a… Read more »

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Review: The Lyre Thief, Jennifer Fallon

Review: The Lyre Thief, Jennifer Fallon

The Lyre Thief is the first in a new trilogy, set in Jennifer Fallon’s lands of Medalon, Hythria and Fardohnya. High-stakes political fantasy is woven together with family drama and a touch of romance, and even though I haven’t read any of Jennifer’s previous series, I really enjoyed this book…. Read more »

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J Maas

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J Maas

Finally, it’s here: one of the most highly anticipated YA sequels of this year. Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Mist and Fury takes us back to the world of the Faerie Courts and their enigmatic inhabitants. I wasn’t as big a fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses… Read more »

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Review: The War That Saved My Life

Review: The War That Saved My Life

War is looming over England. Children are being sent away from London to avoid the expected bombing, but Ada has never left the tiny flat she shares with her mother and little brother, Jamie. Ada has an untreated clubfoot that she cannot walk on, and her mother says that a cripple… Read more »

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