Tuesday, 13 September 2016


Welcome back to school, y'all! Statistically speaking, chances are overwhelming that you don't really want to be there, or anywhere near it. If you are the Hermione sort of outlier and this does not apply to you - then you're lucky and kudos to your friends and teachers/professors.

If, however, you're more of a Ron and could do without homework, competition and the overwhelming pressures of schooldom - there's good news. If you grab the right sort of book - you don't have to put up with any of it. (Though it should be said that we, of course, don't condone reading in class. Uhm. Officially. We absolutely never, ever, 100%, cross-our-hearts did anything of the sort. Whoever told you otherwise is lying.)

In fact, to underscore the whole adage of fictional life beating real life 9 out of 10 times, school in fiction (especially of the YA variety) tends to be a lot more interesting than the schools we are used to. 

So this week we're linking up with The Broke & The Bookish's Top 10 Tuesday prompts and sharing our favorite back-to-school reads... which happen to take place in schools far superior to most real ones.

Don't call it masochism - call it escapism.

Monday, 29 August 2016


Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

Wednesday, 24 August 2016


Bestselling author Meg Collett retells the ancient Filipino legend of the aswang in this sexy, bone-chilling new series.

I’ve always known I was a monster, and I don’t mean some teenage vampire shit either.

My mother abandoned me when I was ten years old because I have a freakish mutant disease that makes me incapable of feeling pain. I bounced from one foster family to another because too many people like to test my medical condition in a game of “Try To Make Ollie Scream.” At sixteen, I killed a man for taking that game too far.

Two years later, I’m still on the run in Kodiak, Alaska. Here, I’m the most dangerous person around, until I come face to face with a creature that should only exist in folklore. The monster is an aswang, and I, with my medical anomaly, am uniquely qualified to hunt the beast that haunts the night. At least, that’s what the two scarred, mostly crazy ’swang hunters tell me when they kidnap me and take me to Fear University, a school where young students learn to hunt and kill aswangs.

I arrive at the university a prisoner, but I stay because I finally find my freedom.

For once in my life, I belong. I’m needed. I make a home for myself inside the university masquerading as an old Alaskan prison. Something close to happiness warms my icy heart when I’m with my scarred, still mostly crazy tutor, Luke Aultstriver. For a murdering runaway like me, Fear University is a haven where I can put my skills to good use hunting monsters in the night.

But when certain truths come to light and even more lies are exposed, I fear that I, Ollie Andrews, am the worst kind of monster of all. And, maybe, they should be hunting me.

Warning: This book is recommended for mature readers due to sexual content, violence, and language.