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A Tale Dark and Grimm

At the back of this book, the author tells us that it all began with a reading of the Grimm Brothers’ ‘The Seven Ravens’ (or ‘The Seven Swallows’, whichever you prefer) to a group of second-grade schoolchildren. Gidwitz was the teacher, but he wasn’t the one reading the story. Unlike so many versions of the…

Alienography 2: Tips for Tiny Tyrants

This is the follow-up title to Alienography: Or How to Spot an Alien Invasion. In the first book, a parody of a fictional work of non-fiction, Riddell directed his attention to aliens and robots. This time, he’s targeted the iconic evil-genius-with-a-giant-head for his lampooning. There are plenty of franchises up for ridicule, with Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5 and Star…

Blood for Blood

The second, and final, part of Yael’s story follows directly on from Wolf by Wolf, which you need to read first – and should, if this sounds up your street. The Second World War is over and the Nazis have won. In the first book, seventeen-year-old Yael, who has uncanny shape-shifting abilities after being subject to…

Fire & Ash

This is the fourth and final book in Maberry’s gritty, enthralling Rot and Ruin series and you’ll need to read the others first. It marks the end of the journey for Benny Imura and his friends across the zombie-infested wasteland known as the Rot and Ruin. They’ve finally found the mysterious jet whose flight led them out…

Interworld

Joey Harker has just discovered he has the ability to move between dimensions. It’s known as ‘Walking’, and when Joey does it for the first time, by accident, he attracts the attention of two warring empires, one ruled by the power of magic, the other by technology. Between these two empires stands Interworld, an organization…

Invisible Fiends: The Crowmaster

Kyle’s mother packs him off to the countryside to help him regain a bit of sanity after the traumas experienced in the first two books in this series. Having endured an eventful train journey, Kyle finds himself in a lonely cottage in the hills with his mother’s eccentric cousin, Marion. It’s just the kind of…

Ironheart

In dramatic circumstances, a girl is pulled from her gruelling life to join an explorer and an ancient killer android (now reformed) on a journey that will take them across the world. On the hunt for treasure in a wild, post-apocalyptic landscape traversed by huge mobile mining rigs, they get tangled up with a con…

Merciless Reason

Look out world, Nate Wildenstern is back. He’s been lying low in the colonies for the last three years, trying to come to terms with the Serpentine inside his chest that endows him with disturbing powers and avoiding the wrath and havoc of his crazed genius brother Gerald who is hell-bent on making an engimal…

My Uncle Foulpest

There are actually two stories in this book. In the first, Wally has chicken-pox and is desperate not to miss his best friend’s birthday party. As the rather confusing cover design suggests, Wally’s recovery is not going to be straightforward. Enter his Uncle Foulpest, an ogre who delights in things that would disgust most –…

Pete and the Five-a-Side Vampires

It is such waste of time doing nothing but sleeping for hours every night when there’s so much else going on. Or at least, that’s what Pete thinks. He’s a ‘Night-time Wanderer’ – which basically means he doesn’t sleep much, to his tired dad’s dismay. Accompanied by his faithful and very tolerant dog, Blob, he’s…

Rat Runners

Nimmo, Scope, Manikin and FX inhabit a technology-saturated police state under constant surveillance, an ever so slightly skewed, futuristic version of London where the populace are constantly observed, tagged and tracked by the ominous presence of WatchWorld. They must use their youth and skills to navigate this city, walking the tightrope between the law and…

Rot and Ruin

Benny Imura has problems. He has to find a job, he’s confused about his feelings for a girl, and he hates his older brother, Tom – who saved Benny’s life when he was a baby, but left their parents to die. Oh, and their world is overrun by zombies. Beyond the fences that surround their…

Small-Minded Giants

Life in the ‘gigantic vacuum flask’ that is Ash Harbour is tough and demanding – only an immense dome protects the citizens from below-freezing temperatures outside, beyond the city built into the hollowed-out mountain survival is impossible. And if some adults remember a more vital world, and believe their lives now manipulated by those in…

The Faeman Quest

The Faeman Quest is the fifth book in Brennan’s ‘Faerie Wars’ series, featuring Blue, Henry, their daughter Mella and Blue’s brother Pyrgus, supported by a host of otherworldly characters. Despite having only read the first book in the series, this story still worked for me. The complex but well-structured plot made it a complete story,…

The Silver Dream

This is very much a sequel to Interworld, so you’ll need to read that one first. When Joey Harker discovers he has the ability to move between dimensions, he is drawn into a cold war between two empires, one ruled by the power of magic, the other by technology. Between them stands Interworld, an organization struggling…

The Smoke Thieves

A hunter, a princess, a soldier, a traitor and a thief find their fates weaving together in this medieval fantasy. Catherine is the daughter of a ruthless king, her upcoming marriage based on strategy rather than love. Her former bodyguard, Ambrose, who has won her heart, has been declared a criminal and has fled. March,…

The Wrong Pong

It all starts with a troll climbing out of a toilet. When Neville Brisket is woken in the night by a mysterious vandal, he ends up being dragged down the toilet and into an underworld inhabited by trolls and other fiendish creatures. He is quickly adopted by a well-meaning but hygienically challenged family.  A timid…

Witchfinder: Gallows at Twilight

Right from its shivery opening, this story plants its feet firmly in the fantasy horror genre. This is the second in a series that started with ‘Dawn of the Demontide’. I hadn’t read the first book, but I was able to catch up with the plot pretty quickly. We find Jake Harker and his dad,…


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