The Boy Who Steals Houses Book Review

The Boy Who Steals Houses Book Cover The Boy Who Steals Houses
C.G. Drews
Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Orchard Books
April 4th 2019

Can two broken boys find their perfect home?

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he's ever known. Now Sam's trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he's caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing - each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie. 

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

The Fallen Children Book Review

The Fallen Children Book Cover The Fallen Children
David Owen
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller
May 4th 2017

Young people on the Midwich Estate don't have much hope for their futures. Keisha has lived there her whole life, and has been working hard to escape it; others have just accepted their lot. But change is coming... One night everyone inside Midwich Tower falls mysteriously unconscious in one inexplicable 'Nightout'. No one can explain what happened during those lost hours, but soon afterwards Keisha and three other girls find they're pregnant - and the babies are growing at an alarming rate. As the news spreads around the tower its residents turn against them and the situation spirals toward violence. Keisha's life unravels as she realises that the pregnancy may not have just ruined her hopes for the future: she might be mother to the end of the world. The Fallen Children is a story of violation, of judgment and of young people who must fight to defy what is expected of them.

Benice Book Review

Benice Book Cover Benice
Metin Karayaka
Middle Grade, Fiction, Childrens
Yunka Publishing
December 2nd 2018
Kindle Edition

"A Treasure Island for the modern era. The writing style is reminiscent of the prose in The Alchemist, featuring turns of phrase that offer nuggets of wisdom." — Kirkus Reviews, (starred review) A middle-grade bedtime storybook written and illustrated in the tradition of classics. While adventures teach boys and girls the importance of family and friendship in their lives, adults will love the good lessons about not making the wrong decisions when life offers challenges. Starring sharks, pirates, parrots, parents, lobster-popsters, Seabubbles, Giant Yang Yang, Little Fan Fan, aunties, sisters, brothers and friends, Benice will take you on a journey that's as heartwarming as it is hair-raising. Thrill to a swashbuckling adventure, wonder at the hidden truth, and cherish the kind of friends that will stay with you for life. Perfect for young readers starting to learn life's most important lessons, Benice is a classic adventure suitable for all the family - the sort of story that will inspire nights reading under the covers and days sailing the high seas of imagination.

I received a copy of Benice on Netgalley for an honest review.

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To Kill a Kingdom Book Review

To Kill a Kingdom Book Cover To Kill a Kingdom
Alexandra Christo
Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance
Feiwel & Friends
March 6th 2018

I have a heart for every year I've been alive. There are seventeen hidden in the sand of my bedroom. Every so often, I claw through the shingle just to check they're still there. Buried deep and bloody. Princess Lira is siren royalty and revered across the sea until she is cursed into humanity by the ruthless Sea Queen. Now Lira must deliver the heart of the infamous siren killer or remain a human forever. Prince Elian is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world and captain to a deadly crew of siren hunters. When he rescues a drowning woman from the ocean, she promises to help him destroy sirenkind for good. But he has no way of knowing whether he can trust her …