1 Minute Reviews · YA

Lorali by Laura Dockrill | 1 Minute Reviews

A few days ago I came up with the bright idea of moving all my books out of the garage, where they sat in cardboard boxes within an incredibly loose sorting system, into the garden shed. The shed has stood empty for some years after the death of my father in law’s rabbit, and he’d… Continue reading Lorali by Laura Dockrill | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Fiction

Paulina & Fran by Rachel B Glaser | 1 Minute Reviews

I need to call Rachel B. Glaser right now and ask her so many things about this joyous book. Paulina is flighty, brilliant, cruel; Fran is lovely, curled, gentle. When Paulina decides to befriend Fran on a trip to Norway with their art school, so begins a friendship fill with honesty, romantic love and brutality.… Continue reading Paulina & Fran by Rachel B Glaser | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Thrillers

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt | 1 Minute Reviews

Well, holy shit guys. I’ve known about the Lizzie Borden case for some time, though I’m not entirely sure why. I suspect either a cultural reference in a Nickelodeon show – Hey Arnold perhaps – or the library. Either way, finding someone famous with the same name as me who wasn’t also a Queen was… Continue reading See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt | 1 Minute Reviews

Fiction · Middle Grade · YA

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave & Memories of the Philippines

This last year has been a pretty wonderful one for writer Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Her first novel The Girl of Ink and Stars was published and instantly made a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month, then shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and took the trophy for Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year. I absolutely loved… Continue reading The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave & Memories of the Philippines

1 Minute Reviews · Essay Collections · Non Fiction

Do What You Want edited by Ruby Tandoh & Leah Pritchard | 1 Minute Reviews

I’m absolutely in love with the array of essay books that are being released now; The Good Immigrant, Nasty Women, and Know Your Place, which is still being crowdfunded, are three that spring to mind. What started out as a project to raise some money for charities such as Mind and Beat has become a… Continue reading Do What You Want edited by Ruby Tandoh & Leah Pritchard | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Fiction · Thrillers

Defender by G. X. Todd | 1 Minute Reviews

I know life is quite depressing and en route to dystopia as it is, but sit down a second. I need to talk to you about a really great book. Defender, the first of a new series of novels by debut writer G. X. Todd, takes a spin on apocalypse genre by changing up pandemic… Continue reading Defender by G. X. Todd | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · YA

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman | 1 Minute Reviews

Dante’s life is all lined up. His A Level results are about to arrive in the post any moment and then he’ll be off to university. Except, when he opens the door it’s not the postman. It’s his ex girlfriend Melanie with a baby. His baby. When Melanie disappears leaving Dante with the baby, he… Continue reading Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman | 1 Minute Reviews