“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” C.S. Lewis

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Not in any particular order…

ThisIsWhereItEnds1This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

21939665The D’Evil Diaries by Tatum Flynn

HouseOfWindowsHouse of Windows by Alexia Casale

23573606The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone

22549636Arsenic for Tea (Wells and Wong #2) by Robin Stevens

pointePointe by Brandy Colbert

AOBN_Flashmob_CoverThe Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

22396591The Dead House by by Dawn Kurtagich

22839051Violet and the Pearl of the Orient by Harriet Whitehorn

22096015Love Bomb (The Ladybirds #2) by Jenny McLachlan

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Book of the Month #37


House of Windows by Alexia Casale

You can read my review by clicking the link HERE

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It’s a chance to show what books you’ve added to your library in the past 7 days. These can be bought books, borrowed, review copies, any which way they come to you.

These are books for the month of June :)




For Review

(Not all were requested, some just came as lovely surprises. Thank you to all the publishers who sent them.)

From StorytellersInc

From A Midsummer Mystery





20617945Thank you @MuchLovedBooks

What books have you added? :)

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Boywatching is an imprecise science, which is why you have to do so much of it.

The Chloe Bennet Scientifically Proven Spreadsheet for the Analysis of The Boy is actually still a work in progress.   I think it will always be a work in progress, because there’s always new material to draw on.   And the more you know, the more complicated it gets; for instance, you can draw one conclusion from The Boy in his natural environment (e.g. playing football in the park with his mates) and another from his unnatural environment (e.g. with hair brushed, trying to be polite to your parents).

Plus boys grow up (although this can be a very slow process) and that can skew the results too.   So you have to be ever vigilant.

But rather like observing animals in the wild in a David Attenborough nature programme, the more you record your results the nearer you get to understanding the creatures.

The CB system is first of all based on Key Observation Points/Positive Attributes – which include Availability – Unboringness – Chat-Up Techniques/Good – Danceability – Hair (ability to wash) – Humour (sense of, defined by actual witty comments) – Hips/Bums (how they look in jeans) – Intelligence (as in can hold a conversation) – Kind to Children and Animals (self-explan.)

vs Key Observation Points/Negative Attributes – Chat-up Techniques/Bad – Farts (finding funny) – Bad Teasing – Ignoring You When He’s With His Mates – Never Answers Texts etc.

And then this is coupled with a quite complicated spreadsheet covering the all-important issues of Compatability; Suitability; Sustainability which have to be worked out from the point of view of you and your friends.

So you could do a bit of practising first before using the system on Real Boys. I’ve chosen a few boys/men who I think can teach us a thing or two.   Some of them, of course, ARE Real Boys, but some of them are unreal boys in that they are the figments of someone’s imagination. But I think you can learn lots and lots of real lessons from imaginary characters. Not just people you know from films but even better – from books.   Being Jane Austen’s number one fan, I feel strongly about this.

So, take

Daniel Radcliffe

65d00bf504b94ca87eb492946f0899d1 ….has the advantage of being Real, even if he is a bit inaccessible on account of being a world-famous multimillionaire who we’re unlikely ever to get to meet.   But in case we did, we know he’d score highly in:

Humour (check out his interviews on pretty well any chat show) ; Intelligence ; Unboringness (if you got to know him really well he might even tell you all about acting and his famous friends)

Plus he’s very polite so he’d also score high marks in:

Chat-Up Techniques/Good; Calls Instead of Texts categories.

Compatibility:   he’s not very tall, so if you’re six foot or more you might want to bear that in mind.

Zac Efron

New-Celebrity-Haircuts-2014-2015-10Even though it might make us seem a bit vacuous (although just to use that word means we can’t possibly BE it), we have plenty of categories for Looks Good in Jeans; Fabulous Hips, Bums;   Great Hair;   Handsome Arms.     Clearly Zac cleans up in all these categories.

We also have a category for Great Kissing.   I’m fairly sure that Zac would score very highly here too.   Just a question of having the access to do the research….

Bart Simpson

Bart_Simpson_200pxNo, come back!   Bart is an interesting specimen because he IS interesting.   He’s Intelligent (even though he tries to disguise it);   he has unusual Chat-Up Techniques; he Looks You in the Eye When he Says Something; he definitely scores on Sense of Humour; he’s never Spotty and his Hair is never dirty.   Plus he Looks Good in Shorts (provided someone hasn’t already eaten them).

But on the other hand   ( there is a LOT of other hand even if it’s only got four fingers) he is Rude, Selfish, Incompatible and really not very interested in girls.

But I bet you can trace a little bit of Bart in the DNA of most boys you know….

Orlando Bloom

Orlando-Bloom--orlando-bloom-609358_667_1000Scores full marks in Hair/Hips/Kind to Children and Animals (anyone who finds time to rescue and adopt a dog in the middle of making a film scores that point).   And the fact that he’s broken pretty well every important bit of him in the course of skiing/motorbiking/climbing makes him Physically Brave and Interesting.

Low scores on Sustainability, though, as he seems to be a bit of a Girl Watcher…..

Mr Darcy

…is by way of being my favourite unreal boyfriend in the world. Of course we don’t know much about how well he’d score in Hips/Bums/Looks Good in Jeans categories, but we’re pretty sure he wouldn’t let us down.   According to some depictions, we do know his Hair looks extra good when wet, and we eventually know that he’s Kind To Children and Animals, that he has a Sense of Humour and that he’s very very Unboring.

He did, though, have a terrible Chat-Up Technique.

Unfortunately we also eventually know that he’s Unavailable. So although I, for instance, know that he and I are totally Compatible I’ll never be able to prove it one way or the other.



The annual joint school dance (aka the Snog Fest) is looming, and Chloe and her three best friends are determined not to repeat last year’s disaster, which led to Year 9’s top Mean Girl, Maggie, humiliating them online as a pack of sad losers. First they need to figure out just what’s going with the utterly incomprehensible yet strangely attractive St Thomas’s boys – and so the science of BoyWatching is born…

Boywatching by Chloe Bennet is out now!


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chrissi&lunacompare1In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll


‘You’re telling me there are fairies in this wood?’

When Alice’s brother gets a longed-for chance for a heart transplant, Alice is suddenly bundled off to her estranged grandmother’s house. There’s nothing good about staying with Nell, except for the beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of her garden – but Nell wants to have it cut down. Alice feels at home there, at peace, and even finds a friend, Flo. But Flo doesn’t seem to go to the local school and no one in town has heard of a girl with that name. When Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice starts to wonder, what is real? And can she find out in time to save the wood from destruction?

Thoughts before you started reading In Darkling Wood?

CHRISSI: It’s Emma Carroll. It’s bound to be perfect right?

LUNA: Emma Carroll, Emma Carroll, Emma Carroll, gimme, gimme, gimme!!! (Hey I never said it would be cohesive did I?) Seriously though, I’ve loved both Emma’s previous books; Frost Hollow Hall & The Girl Who Walked On Air so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this.

What did you think of Alice?

CHRISSI: I absolutely adored Alice. Emma Carroll has a way with making me immediately adore her characters. They’ve always got so much depth to them. I think Alice grows a lot throughout this book, which I really appreciate. I loved her story.

LUNA: The first chapter of In Darkling Wood begins with a phone call from the hospital saying there is a heart for Alice’s little brother. It’s actually a pretty dark beginning, Alice is stoic as she watches her little brother and mum go into the hospital while she is left with her grandmother, a woman she’s never even met, and now is supposed to stay with.

I liked Alice. She handles herself well in the book. There are also moments where you want to climb into the pages and rescue her. (Or in my case go yell at parental figures, what is it with father fails in the books I’m reading lately…)

Best bit?

CHRISSI: It’s so hard to pick a best bit because I enjoyed reading it all so much. I love stories with fairies in and this book was particularly beautiful. I really loved the fairies. I do believe in fairies. I do. I do!

LUNA: I really want to say the whole book but I guess if I had to pick I’d like to highlight the split narration, the letters in-between the story. I enjoyed those and “the phone call” towards the end of the book. You’ll know which one I’ll mean when you get to it. ;)

Worst bit?

CHRISSI: It being over far too soon?

LUNA: With Emma Carroll there is no bad.

Favourite character/moment?

CHRISSI: I adored Alice and Flo. <3 The whole book was beautiful though.

LUNA: Like Chrissi, I liked both girls. I especially liked Flo’s voice and her conviction/belief in regards to the fairies.

Was In Darkling Wood what you expected?

CHRISSI: It exceeded my expectations as per usual. I’m not sure why Emma was so anxious about us reading this book! We both know she’s all kinds of awesome! ;)

LUNA: Yes, I expected to love this book and I did. The only complaint is that Emma’s next book (The Snow Sister) isn’t out until October 2015 – how am I going to last until then?

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Without a doubt!

LUNA: Absolutely

Thank you to Faber & Faber
for sending us copies of In Darkling Wood for review.

Previously reviewed by Luna:
Frost Hollow Hall
The Girl Who Walked On Air

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There are books I want to recommend but I’ve not reviewed, either because these were before my blogging days or sometimes I had other commitments. Luna’s Picks is a chance to highlight these.

The Secret Hen House Theatre by Helen Peters


The Secret Hen House Theatre Since her mother’s death, Hannah’s family life has been chaotic. Her father works all day on their farm, and the four children are left to themselves. One day Hannah finds an old hen house and decides to turn it into a secret theatre. But when the farm is threatened Hannah hatches a bold plan to save it. But what will happen when her dad finds out?

Reasons why I love this book:

  • As the title says, there is a secret Theatre is a hen house!
  • The protagonist is called Hannah (hey I’m biased)
  • Helen Peter’s writes with warmth and humour
  • There is a great friendship in this book, plus plenty of family drama
  • Have I mentioned the humour yet?
  • The Secret Hen House Theatre has a sequel!

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Meet Jonny Jakes, undercover schoolboy reporter. He offends everyone he writes about and hates anyone finding out his real name.

It’s not Jonny Jakes.

When a new head teacher rolls in to town, Jonny sniffs out his first earth-­‐shattering exclusive. He just didn’t expect it to be so out-­‐of-­‐this-­‐world…




There a 3 signed copies of Jonny Jakes Investigates the Hamburgers of Doom up for grabs!

Just click on the link HERE to enter

Good luck :)

Giveaway ends 28 June 2015
UK Only

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