Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Book Review: The List

The List by Siobhan Vivian review
It happens every September - the list is posted all over school. Two girls are picked from each year. One is named the prettiest, one the ugliest.

The girls who aren't picked are quickly forgotten. The girls who are, become the centre of attention, and each reacts differently to the experience. 

The List takes you into the lives of eight very different girls struggling with issues of self identity, self esteem, and the judgements of their peers. Prettiest or ugliest, once you're on the list, you'll never be the same.


Friday, 10 August 2018

Book Review: The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena review
Your neighbour told you that she didn't want six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised. She's gone. You've never had to call the police before. But now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there. 

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Peach Dump Cake

Easy Dump Cake recipe
It feels a little like a cheat to call this a recipe as there's only three ingredients and it's so easy, anyone could make it. Anyway, Josh's gran introduced me to dump cake when she handed me a tin of peaches and a packet of sponge mix one day and told me that it made a lovely desert. Of course I had to go straight home and try it out. As the name would suggest, you just dump everything in an oven proof dish and put it in the oven! It's that simple. This can be made with any fruit at all but I used peaches.


Monday, 6 August 2018

Book Review: Strange Star

Strange Star by Emma Carroll review
Switerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire. Felix, their serving boy, can't wait to hear their creepy tales. Yet real life is about to take a chilling turn - more chilling than any tale. Frantic pounding at the front door reveals a stranger, a girl covered in the most unusual scars. She claims to be looking for her sister, supposedly snatched from England by a woman called Mary Shelley. Someone else has followed her here too, she says. And the girl is terrified.