Review: Frogkisser! by Garth Nix


Goodreads summary:

The last thing she needs is a prince. The first thing she needs is some magic.

Poor Princess Anya. Forced to live with her evil stepmother’s new husband, her evil stepstepfather. Plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. And forced to go on the run when her stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own.

Aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards, Anya sets off on a Quest that, if she plays it right, will ultimately free her land—and teach her a thing or two about the use of power, the effectiveness of a well-placed pucker, and the finding of friends in places both high and low. Continue reading

Words for the Week


Hello again, folks! Welcome to another episode of Words for the Week, which happens every Sunday. I have so many books full of great words, and I so rarely have an excuse to delve into them. So I’m putting together a small selection of these lovely words once a week, in the hope that you enjoy them as much as I do. And for a little more interest, I’m going through the alphabet! So this week’s words begin with ‘F’.  Continue reading

Review: Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan


Goodreads summary:

It starts like any other day for Jess – get up, draw on eyeliner, cover up tattoos and head to school. But soon it’s clear this is no ordinary day, because Jess’s best friend, Eden, isn’t at school . . . she’s gone missing.

Jess knows she must do everything in her power to find Eden before the unthinkable happens.

So Jess decides to retrace the summer she and Eden have just spent together. But looking back means digging up all their buried secrets, and she starts to question everything she thought Eden’s summer had been about …

A tense and thrilling journey through friendship, loss, betrayal and self discovery. Continue reading

Words for the Week


Hello again, folks! Welcome to another episode of Words for the Week, which happens every Sunday. I have so many books full of great words, and I so rarely have an excuse to delve into them. So I’m putting together a small selection of these lovely words once a week, in the hope that you enjoy them as much as I do. And for a little more interest, I’m going through the alphabet! So this week’s words begin with ‘E’.  Continue reading

Review: Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff


Goodreads summary:

Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven from abuse and oppression. Thirteen-year-old novice Maresi arrived at the Abbey four years ago, during the hunger winter, and now lives a happy life under the protection of the Mother. Maresi spends her days reading in the Knowledge House, caring for the younger novices, and contentedly waiting for the moment when she will be called to serve one of the Houses of the Abbey.

This idyllic existence is threatened by the arrival of Jai, a girl whose dark past has followed her into the Abbey’s sacred spaces. In order to protect her new sister and her own way of life, Maresi must emerge from the safety of her books and her childish world and become one who acts. Continue reading

Words for the Week


Hello again, folks! Welcome to another episode of Words for the Week, which happens every Sunday. I have so many books full of great words, and I so rarely have an excuse to delve into them. So I’m putting together a small selection of these lovely words once a week, in the hope that you enjoy them as much as I do. And for a little more interest, I’m going through the alphabet! So this week’s words begin with ‘D’.  Continue reading

Resources: LGBTQIA+ Affirming Christianity

You might have seen my post last year about growing up as a queer Christian. (It’s here.) Since I published that post, I’ve received so much positive support, both online and in real life. I was a little unsure that it was something I should be talking about in public, so I wanted to thank everyone who responded.

But I also don’t think it’s enough. It seems a week can’t go by without a Christian writing a piece on why they don’t feel God supports LGBTQIA+ people – or often, more crudely, gay sex.

While we’re here, why is it that there’s such an obsession in the Christian community with gay sex? Why is it that singular aspect that Christians often reduce the LGBTQIA+ community down to? It’s dismissive of the truth and love of gay relationships, and it erases the diverse experiences of so many queer Christians who feel not only excluded, but completely ignored.

ANYWAY. I am a digress. Continue reading