New Release: THE TRICK (Papercuts)

I’m delighted I got the to work with Badger Learning again, on this new spooky series: Papercuts! The books are OUT NOW with six new titles, particularly suitable for struggling or reluctant teen readers. Here’s peek inside at the awesome illustrations by Mark Penman: All information about The Trick and the other books in the…

Interview with SM Wilson, Author of THE EXTINCTION TRIALS

I’ve got the fun job of starting off the Extinction Trials tour! I’m delighted to introduce the first in SM Wilson’s new series with a Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park feel. It’s an action-packed, breathless adventure story about the fight for survival in a dystopian world where humans exist alongside dinosaurs. It’s so good!! So…

Christmas Baking: Inspired by TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

It’s that time of year again where we put our pyjamas on and decorate the Christmas tree, listens to festive tunes and eating baked goodies. Since I read Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before in 2014, I’ve been baking Lara Jean’s cookies at Christmas. It’s become a tradition for us. I bake…

Books Read in November 2017

THE EXTINCTION TRIALS SM Wilson An action-packed, breathless adventure story about the fight for survival in a dystopian world where humans exist alongside dinosaurs. Stormchaser and Lincoln travel to an island of dinosaurs to help save the ruined world they live in. Everyone has their own reason for being there, and for Lincoln it’s important…

2017 Bookish Highlights

Reading This year, I read new novels that joined my all-time favourites. These are the 2017 releases that really stood out to me this year: I finished two of my favourite series with Mafiosa and The Scarecrow Queen. Both were amazing books I will treasure and keep coming back to. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe…

Books Read in October 2017

REVIEWS WITCHBORN Nicholas Bowling Set in 1577 London, Alyce’s mother is accused of being a witch and killed. Alyce escapes but she’s important in a war between queens and the witch finders are closing in on her. This dark and dangerous story is perfect for autumn. I read it for Halloween this year and it…

New Release: THE WANDERERS paperback and THE PACK!

It’s here! The Pack is now available, second book in my shape-shifter circus duology with Sky Pony Press. The paperback of The Wanderers is also out today! Both books were given a fab makeover and I love their new covers and how they look together. This is the first sequel I’ve written and the first series…

Halloween: My 2017 Picks!

I always put together a list of books to read at Halloween. Last year I chose too many and struggled to keep up with them, which took some of the fun out of it, so this year I’ve picked four possible reads and I’m really excited to dive in and enjoy these spooky tales! I…

Interview with Lisa Lueddecke, Author of A SHIVER OF SNOW AND SKY

A Shiver of Snow and Sky is one of my new absolute favourite books so I’m thrilled to welcome Lisa Lueddecke to chat about this new fantasy world! Kate Ormand: Hi Lisa! Can you tell us a little about what we can expect from A Shiver of Snow and Sky? Lisa Lueddecke:Hopefully, you can expect…

Books Read in September 2017

REVIEWS A SHIVER OF SNOW AND SKY Lisa Lueddecke Ósa knows her village is in danger when the sky over Skane glows red. Last time the lights turned crimson, a plague spread through their village, killing many – including Ósa’s mother. With little love from her father and sister, Ósa spends most of her time…

New Release: MADE (Between the Lines) + Q&A

Hooray! I’m thrilled I got the chance to work with the fab team at Badger Learning on their latest teen series: Between the Lines! The series is OUT NOW with eight new titles for struggling or reluctant teen readers. All information about MADE and the other books in the Between the Lines series is available…

Books Read in August 2017

REVIEWS ODD & TRUE Cat Winters Tru grew up on Od’s stories. Born in a castle with a monster-slaying mother and magic in her blood. But as Tru gets older, she starts to wonder if her sister’s tales are real. Tea leaves and tarot cards, demons and monsters, purple cloaks and a magical suitcase –…

Books Read in July 2017

REVIEWS THE LONELIEST GIRL IN THE UNIVERSE Lauren James Romy is the first human born in space. After the death of her crew, she’s in charge of a spaceship heading to a new planet. She’s the loneliest girl in the universe until she gets news that another, faster spaceship will join her mission . ….

Books Read in June 2017

REVIEWS ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN Jenny Han High school is almost over for Lara Jean. She and Peter are waiting to hear back from colleges, her dad is getting married, and she’s planning her future. And then everything changes, and Lara Jean has some big decisions to make in this anticipated final novel. What…

Extract: GEORGE by Alex Gino for Scholastic’s Celebration of Pride

Scholastic have put together some plans to celebrate Pride and LGBTQ+ publishing between 24th June – 9th July. As part of this, I’m sharing the first chapter of George by Alex Gino. The school play is coming up and George wants to play Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. George’s teacher says she can’t play Charlotte because she is…

Books Read in May 2017

REVIEWS   WINDFALL Jennifer E Smith What would you do if you had a million dollars? Alice is in love with her best friend. On his eighteenth birthday she buys him a winning lottery ticket. Their friendship is put to the test as Teddy claims his winnings in this sweet and thought-provoking read. This is…

Interview with Danielle L Jensen, Author of THE BROKEN ONES

I’m so excited for the release of The Broken Ones by Danielle L Jensen (UK – 1 June/US – 6 June) and delighted to have Danielle here to chat about the prequel to Stolen Songbird! Kate Ormand: I’m a huge fan of the Malediction trilogy. Can you tell us a little about what we can…

Review: LORD OF SHADOWS by Cassandra Clare

LORD OF SHADOWS Cassandra Clare The best thing other than joining the world of Shadowhunters again is the quick humour and the close bond between the characters. Lady Midnight was an amazing introduction to this new series. Readers were launched back into the world of Shadowhunters alongside both new and familiar faces. The first book…