Before the Beginning

by Anna Morgan reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowndes “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul” Mark 8:36 This quote opens this gripping coming-of-age story from Anna Morgan author of All that Impossible Space, and provides an apt theme connecting the stories of all four main characters: Grace, Noah, … Continue reading Before the Beginning

Salt to the Sea

by Ruta Sepetys reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowndes Ruta Sepetys is the award winning author of “Between Shades of Grey”. In “Salt to the Sea”, published in 2016 she presents a fictional account of one of the worst disasters in maritime history, the torpedoing of the ship Wilhelm Gustloff which killed thousands of Europeans fleeing the … Continue reading Salt to the Sea

The Midnight Lie

by Marie Rutkoski reviewed by Mia Macrossan A midnight lie is one told for someone else's sake - a lie that sits between goodness and wrong, just as midnight is the moment between night and morning. This story, about forbidden love in a rigidly stratified society, centres on Nirrim, a young girl who is Low … Continue reading The Midnight Lie

House of Dragons

by Jessica Cluess reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowndes The author's  website describes her new book House of Dragons as “the intrigue of the Three Dark Crowns meets the cast of The Breakfast Club if they rode dragons into battle” and it is difficult not to agree with the author’s  assessment. The ‘loser teens’ story is played … Continue reading House of Dragons

Harrow Lake

by Kat Ellis reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowndes This is the fourth YA novel for UK writer Kat Ellis, who professes to write“YA thrillers with a touch of the weird”. There is no doubt that Harrow Lake has a touch of the weird. With scary ‘jitterbugs’ which make a chillingly chattering sound, to sink holes which … Continue reading Harrow Lake