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

Yes, No, Maybe So

by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowndes Yes, No, Maybe So is a collaboration, and the latest publication, from authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed. Albertalli’s novel, Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda has been made into a film, and Saeed’s novel Amal Underground was widely praised and awarded. In this story, … Continue reading Yes, No, Maybe So

The Betrothed

by Kiera Cass reviewed by Tyrion Perkins Kiera Cass is known for her best-selling Selection series and The Betrothed, the first book in a duology, has been highly anticipated by fans.  The cover photo is of a young woman in a golden gown, and it is set in a fictional kingdom where a young king … Continue reading The Betrothed

Deeplight

by Frances Hardinge reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowndes The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, an epic poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, brings home the excitement, wonder and poetry of the sea. Voyages to far flung places have inspired dramatic and heroic tales. And so it is with the fantasy, Deeplight, the ninth novel for award winning … Continue reading Deeplight