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…

YABC Cover Reveal: THE WANDERERS and THE PACK (+ Giveaway)

The fab team at YA Books Central revealed the cover for The Pack, sequel to The Wanderers, today! The series has been given a makeover and I absolutely love the new covers… Hope you love them as much as I do! Head over to YABC to enter the giveaway: http://www.yabookscentral.com/blog/it-s-live-cover-reveal-1-40 The Wanderers paperback will be out 5 September and The Pack is…

Books Read in April 2017

REVIEWS THE ISLAND AT THE END OF EVERYTHING Kiran Millwood Hargrave Ami and her mother have always been together, but when a new government take control of the island they live on, Ami is sent to an orphanage across the sea. She meets a girl who is named after butterflies and the two of them…

Books Read in March 2017

DONE DIRT CHEAP Sarah Nicole Lemon Tourmaline has been surrounded by the Wardens all her life, but is just now starting to question who they really are and how they see her. Virginia befriends Tourmaline to get closer to the Wardens and report back to her boss with information. The two girls become friends through…

Interview with Mary G Thompson, Author of AMY CHELSEA STACIE DEE

I’m pleased to welcome Mary G Thompson to talk about her new YA thriller with Chicken House, Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee. I was so impressed by this book – It was completely unputdownable. It’s out now, so be sure to look out for it if you’re a fan of the genre! Kate Ormand: Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee had…

Books Read in February 2017

REVIEWS THE ROANOKE GIRLS Amy Engel Everyone wants to be a Roanoke girl, but no one really knows the truth about them. Lane dreams of her mother’s childhood home and when her mother dies, she is sent to live there with her grandparents and cousin, Allegra. She quickly settles in, but secrets of the past…

2 New Picture Books from Scholastic

DEAR DINOSAUR Chae Strathie and Nicola O’Byrne Max visits the museum and can’t wait to see the dinosaur exhibition. But the museum is closing and Max lives too far away to come back soon, so the curator suggests he writes to his favourite dinosaur – the T-Rex. And it isn’t long until the T-Rex starts…

Books Read in January 2017

REVIEWS  INK Alice Broadway Citizens are tattooed from birth. Each mark signifies a life event and they build to create a life story. When a person dies, their skin is removed and a life book is created. The book is weighed and judged and if it’s worthy is given to the family of the deceased…

Interview with AG Howard, author of ROSEBLOOD

I’m delighted to welcome AG Howard to talk about her new YA Phantom of the Opera-inspired retelling, RoseBlood! The book is out today with Abrams and Chronicle. Kate Ormand: Congratulations on your new book! Can you tell us a little about how The Phantom of the Opera inspired you and why you chose it as the…

Books Read December 2016

REVIEWS FREEKS Amanda Hocking A traveling carnival where the acts have supernatural abilities arrive at a new site and something doesn’t feel right. Something is playing with their senses and weakening their powers. When one camp member goes missing and another is attacked, the group start searching for answers… High danger, an unknown evil, supernatural secrets, and…

Strand Bookstore Tour

(Originally posted here) I love walking into a good bookstore and taking a deep breath, feeling totally relaxed and ready to explore. Strand Bookstore has to be one of my all-time favourites. It’s a wonderful store and getting lost in the stacks is welcome. I visit several times on every trip to New York City. And…

Books Read November 2016

REVIEWS   THE ROMANTICS Leah Konen When Gael gets his heart broken for the first time, Love steps in to guide him through it. But Gael’s on a path of his own and Love has their work cut out to set him back on course to find his true match… This was a sweet and charming…

Books of Wonder Store Tour

(I originally posted this here) We love browsing the shelves at Books of Wonder. It’s such a magical store with so much to see and enjoy. We walk through the revolving door into another world and we know we’ll be here for a while… 

Books Read October 2016

REVIEWS  IRON CAST Destiny Soria Corinne is a wordsmith—she can make others see what’s not there, creating illusions through poetry. Ada is a songsmith—her music conjures powerful emotions and can meddle with memory. Both girls are hemopaths, considered a threat to society with their abilities to manipulate the mind. Iron can identify those whose blood…