Friday, 5 December 2014


I didn't read any books throughout November because NaNoWriMo got in the way, but now that it's over I've the TBR pile to consume. BTW I did okay completing a rough 60K draft of another YA story - working title: Metal Beret.

Mind reading: A great concept for a YA story.

Elise is an outsider, but finds a connection when she's struck by lightning, enabling her to read minds. With her new friends, Grace and Jack, she discovers what's so special about her new house, Bramble Cottage, and the historical Warrender family, and about her abilities and inner strengths.

I enjoyed how Lesley handled Elise's anxiety issues and coping mechanisms - which teens and adults can relate to - and how her character developed throughout the book. There are plenty of secrets and questions about who to trust or not that make this an exciting read.

Lesley is a self published author of YA fiction, this is her fourth novel. You can find more information here.

I loved the whole idea of Ig waking up an finding he'd grown horns. It's like what your parents and grandparents used to tell you when you were young, when you pulled a face, 'If the wind blows, you'll stay like that.' Can you imagine?

So the story rolls and people are oblivious, but Ig can hear their darkest thoughts, they tell him things as if they were casually chatting about the weather. Always in the background there's the fact that his girlfriend was raped and murdered, and the small town believe he did it.

On the face of it you think you know the three main characters: Ig, Merrin, and Lee, but as the story progresses so you see a different side,                                                              and that's what kept me reading.

Joe is a horror writer who I will be returning to in the future. You can find more information here.

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