Book Review: Zenith (Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Pages: 534

Release Date: January 16th 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.


I really enjoyed a few YA sci-fi last year (The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, Revenger) The description made me think of a female-based Firefly which sounded right up my street!

Androma Racella is known across the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness, an infamous mercenary who terrorises the skies with her band of girls. But to her friends she’s just their captain, their leader and a girl with a dark past. When familiar faces from Andi’s past demand she carry out a mission for them, the stakes are higher than any of them could realise.

This book took me a long time to read. It’s over 500 pages – I’m usually a quick reader but a lot of the time I didn’t want to pick this up. It’s not that it’s bad, so much as I wasn’t really that interested. The pacing seemed off and some things dragged while others went by too fast: the mission the book is about was almost over at the halfway mark, then there was a lot of feet dragging and then WHAM BAM the end.

The end was probably my favourite bit: I didn’t see the twist coming until late and enjoyed seeing everything unravel. It was a tense punch in the gut moment that I didn’t see how they could recover from, which was great. The worst part was realising this wasn’t going to be wrapped up in one book, when I just wanted to see how it would all end.

I didn’t really see the need for the different POV chapters. Valen’s few didn’t add much, nor did Lira’s, other than back story, and I could have done without Dex’s too. My favourite’s were probably the background one’s which built up the evil queen plot. The rest seemed unnecessary.

While I wanted to love this band of all girl space pirates, 50% of the crew were really underdeveloped. Gilly and Breck didn’t receive as much page time as the other and had next to no backstory: it felt like they were there just have enough people for a crew (I just had to search a ton of other reviews to find Breck’s name so she clearly made no impression on me). Lira was probably the most interesting. Her ‘passing out from emotions’ thing was brought up early on and very clearly going to be the cause of an accident later but she did seem to have a lot more character than the rest.

Then there was Andi. She just didn’t feel enough to be a main character for me. I liked the idea of the Bloody Baroness. I liked the idea of that all being an illusion. What I didn’t get was how Andi could be both these things: the murderess who laments every kill. Stop doing it then! Half the time it didn’t even feel like she needed to. And we couldn’t go a few pages without being reminded about her terrible past and the guilt she feels. It just felt a bit overkill.

The writing seemed odd at times too. Whilst some description was great, there were a lot of cliches and odd phrases that just didn’t make sense to me. The romance subplot was neither here nor there to me either: it wasn’t terrible but I don’t think it added anything new either.

I’ve actually criticised this a lot more than I thought I would, but overall I didn’t think it was a bad book. There was an interesting story there, behind the weird metaphors and similes and a few dull characters. Unfortunately, I think this one just wasn’t for me and I won’t be carrying on with the series.

Book Review: Chasing the Stars (Malorie Blackman)

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Pages: 496

Release Date: April 21st 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

Olivia and her twin brother Aidan are heading alone back to Earth following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety.

Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction. But on their journey, Nathan’s ship is attacked and most of the community killed. Only a few survive.

Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head-over-heels – like nothing they have ever experienced. But not everyone is pleased.

Surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy ever after . . . ?



I was so excited when I heard about this and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read it. I read an amazing space YA in The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and had high expectations for this.

Unfortunately, I found this a bit of a letdown.

The characters felt rather one dimensional and it committed one of my biggest book faux-pas:  insta-love. Pretty much as soon as Vee and Nathan saw each other they were in love and their relationship went hurtling at light speed. And I just couldn’t buy it. No matter how many moments or nice conversations they had, no matter how lonely Vee had been before, I couldn’t see their relationship as real.

I called the big twist pretty early on too, and although I felt it was obvious, it was quite a cool idea. I liked the world building and was intrigued by the Mazons and the Authority and wished I could have a story about them rather than a space romance.

Then came the inevitable relationship breakdown as Vee succumbs to suggestions that Nathan is unfaithful and grows paranoid about his actions. I just couldn’t bring myself to care at this point. None of it was subtle and I lost respect for Vee for falling for it all so easily.

I understand this is a retelling of Othello so that’s where the basis of the plot came from but I don’t think the romance was strong enough to hang it all on. It’s hard to say I’m disappointed by a Malorie Blackman book but it just didn’t live up to expectations. I still enjoyed some aspects of it but I don’t think it’s one I’ll be re-visiting.

I’m off to re-read Noughts and Crosses to remind myself how wonderful Malorie Blackman is.


Book Review: Electric Dreams (Philip K. Dick)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Gollancz

Pages: 224

Release Date: September 14th 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

Based on the stories contained in this volume, the ten-part anthology series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander) and Michael Dinner (Justified, Masters of Sex), with Oscar nominated Bryan Cranston (Trumbo, Breaking Bad) both executive producing and appearing in the series.

Each episode will be a sharp, thrilling standalone drama adapted and contemporised for global audiences by a creative team of British and American writers. The series will both illustrate Philip K. Dick’s prophetic vision and celebrate the enduring appeal of the prized Sci-Fi novelist’s work. Other guest stars include Janelle Morae, Anna Paquin, Timothy Spall and Benedict Wong.

The ten stories included are:



I’ve not read any Philip K Dick before, but I have seen a lot of films inspired by his books and figured it’d be my kind of thing. I already had the Electric Dreams TV show set to record when Gollancz offered it for review – and we all know it’s better to read the book first, right?

This has all the stories that inspired the episodes, with an introduction to each one buy the people who adapted them.

I really enjoyed all of the stories, though some more than others, of course. It was a refreshing read as it’s not my usual kind of book and I was worried I wouldn’t get on with it, but I raced through each story.

PKD plunges straight into each story with no explanation, just immersing you straight into his new world and adding enough detail to make sure you catch up.

My favourites were The Father-Thing – there was something very creepy about seeing all of it through a child’s eyes – and The Hanging Stranger – the end of that, when everything falls into place, packs a real punch. I’d say my least favourite was Autofac – it was interesting enough but just didn’t capture me the way the others did.

If you’ve watched or are planning on watching the TV show then I’d definitely recommend getting this. Whether you’re a newbie to PKD like me, or a veteran fan, there’s guaranteed to be a story in there you’ll enjoy.

Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Lauren James)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Walker Books

Pages: 290

Release Date: September 7th 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

Continue reading “Book Review: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Lauren James)”

Book Review: The Fallen Children (David Owen)

Publisher: Atom

Pages: 240

Release Date: May 4th 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

Young people on the Midwich Estate don’t have much hope for their futures. Keisha has lived there her whole life, and has been working hard to escape it; others have just accepted their lot.

But change is coming…

One night everyone inside Midwich Tower falls mysteriously unconscious in one inexplicable ‘Nightout’. No one can explain what happened during those lost hours, but soon afterwards Keisha and three other girls find they’re pregnant – and the babies are growing at an alarming rate.

As the news spreads around the tower its residents turn against them and the situation spirals toward violence. Keisha’s life unravels as she realises that the pregnancy may not have just ruined her hopes for the future: she might be mother to the end of the world.


I haven’t bought many books lately (I have such a backlog to get through as it is) but whenever I heard about this one on Twitter I knew I had to get it.

I didn’t realise where it took its inspiration from (The Cuckoos of Midwich/The Village of the Damned) until my partner watched the latter and told me I should write a book telling the story from the women’s point of view. The next day I went out and bought The Fallen Children and realised David Owen had already beaten me to it – and done a hell of a job.

I really love the idea of updating this story to make it reflect challenges young people face today. There’s an introduction by the author that had me loving the book before I even started it. I don’t really fall into the young person/16-25 category anymore but I am part of the millennial generation and we do get a bad rep. I’m sick of being told we don’t work hard enough or it’s our fault we can’t buy houses because we buy too many avocados, and any of the other ridiculous things that come up.

Rant over, on to the book.

We see the story from several points of view: Keisha, Morris and Siobhan in the first half, and Keisha, Morris and Maida in the second. It was interesting to see the different ways they all reacted to the unexpected pregnancies, especially the girls. While Keisha and Siobhan feel violated over what happened to them and how they’ve lost control of their lives, Olivia is torn because she always wanted a child and Maida feels she is part of something special. I think I’m more on Keisha and Siobhan’s side, but it was good to get a different perspective on things.

Morris, on the other hand, takes it all in his stride, after the initial shock. I found it odd how much he wanted to play happy families and ignore how and where these babies came from. His character frustrated me so much: sometimes he was so sweet and I knew he was trying hard to do what’s best, and other times his actions made me want to scream at him. I found Maida’s story one of the most interesting, especially after the children are born. She’s the one who really appreciates their powers, loves them and believes they’re special.

While I appreciated the message, I thought it was delivered a little heavy handedly sometimes, with a lot of speeches and ‘moments’ towards the end. But it does make you think about the expectations put on you, and that you put on others. I loved the diverse range of characters and felt it really reflected, in a positive way, a part of society that is often looked down upon. The sci-fi element of the book is tense and keeps you reading but it’s the reflections on real life that really hit home.

I loved this book and I hope you’ll read it and love it too. As an added piece of awesomeness, it’s available in over 360 different colours and they’re all beautiful.


Book Review: The Last Beginning (Lauren James)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Walker Books

Pages: 352

Release Date: October 6th 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives. But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?

For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.


I was super excited to receive a review copy of this book, and then with everything going on the last month or so it got a bit forgotten. So sorry to the lovely people at Walker books for that! I’m glad I’ve got round to reading it though because it was really fab.

I really enjoyed The Next Together but somehow this book just did it more for me. While I sometimes found Kate irritating as a protagonist, I really loved Clove. She had some of Kate’s impulsiveness and some of Matthew’s thoughtfulness and a whole load more personality of her own. I loved that she knitted to relax/let off some steam, although it used to have the opposite effect on me!

It was great to read about a gay character in a time travel book, where the focus isn’t on being gay/coming out. Clove and Ella’s relationship was sweet: confusing and frustrating at times maybe, but what relationship isn’t?! It took a while to get my head round some bits of it but that’s time travel for you. Special shout out again to James’ version of the future and the little ways she drops things in about it: it’s all subtle and works perfectly to build a picture of the world you’re in.

It was great to have some of the mysteries of the first book resolved and finally learn why Kate and Matt keep coming together at different points in history. It wasn’t the answer I was expecting either. Some bits of the plot had a ring of familiarity to them – changing things in the past and then actions making you start to disappear in the future, etc – but it was all well written and enjoyable so I’m not complaining. There were also parts that made me want to read The Next Together again, real ‘OMG that’s clever’ moments. You can tell the books were really well planned out.

This was a fab ending to the duology, although if she wanted to add another book in with more of Clove’s adventures, I wouldn’t be complaining. It’s probably not going to happen so I’ll just have to wait for her next book, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, which sounds awesome just from the title alone!


Book Review: The Next Together (Lauren James)

Publisher: Walker

Pages: 356

Release Date: September 3rd 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…


This is a book that I have been meaning to get on for ages and I’m a bit embarrassed that it’s taken me this long. But, hey ho, I’ve read it now, and just in time as I have a beautiful copy of The Last Beginning sat on my shelf too.

The Next Together follows the story of Katherine and Matthew across four different timelines. They meet, they fall in lover, they’re torn apart, and then they come back to do it all over again. Why do they keep coming back, and is there a way to stop the cycle?

The book flits between the characters in their different eras with ease: I never felt confused as to where we were, and I didn’t really dislike one either. I often find with multiple view points/stories you end up groaning when you realise the one you don’t like is up next, but I enjoyed all of these. I liked 2039 the best, and felt it really showed the way the future had changed well in little subtle ways.

Katherine and Matthew were great characters across all their incarnations. I think I liked all the different Matthews but Katherine did occasionally get on my nerves: I didn’t think she was as funny as she thought she was and I’m not sure we’d get on in real life!

The great mystery of the book was why they kept coming back together, and when I was none the wiser near the end I realised I might have to wait until book 2 for a full explanation. There’s enough to keep me satisfied for now though. The bits I found most interesting were the comments in between sections, where notes were made on whether the relationship was on track or if the ‘objective’ would be achieved. I found this really intriguing, and the repeatedly denied request for interference was really frustrating and I was really happy when it finally happened.

This book was a fun mix of genres and I felt it had a bit for everyone: romance, historical, sci-fi and contemporary. Each era was well researched and felt natural, and after the action packed ending I’m really excited to read the sequel.


Book Review: Revenger (Alastair Reynolds)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Gollancz

Pages: 432

Release Date: September 15th 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them.

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded by layers of protection–and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.

Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future–a tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism and of vengeance…


I’ve been struggling with reading a bit the last few weeks so this took me longer to get into than usual, and I wasn’t sure about it at first. I’ve decided to put that down to personal struggles rather than the fault of the book, because towards the end I was hooked and raced to the finish.

Fura and her sister Adrana sign on to work as Bone Readers on a ship crewed by Captain Rackamore. They want to work to save their family from bankruptcy but space has other plans for them: Baubles, prickly ship mates and the infamous Bosa Sennen.

I loved that this book was about sisters rather than romance. I’m so sick of unrelateable romance stories. As someone with three sisters, this is the kind of relationship I want to read about, and I’m sure I can’t be the only one.

I struggled to get into the story at first and I think part of it was the language. The crew use slang words that it took me a while to get used to. While this all helped with the world building and the space setting, sometimes I just wasn’t sure what they were talking about, and it wasn’t until quite far into the book that I really felt I understood it all. It also moved very quickly from ships to land to ship, introducing lots of new characters with complicated names and then abandoning half of them for various reasons (no spoilers!) It made it hard to keep up sometimes.

Our narrator, Fura, undergoes a huge change over the course of the book, as characters often do, but I felt hers leapt suddenly without warning: one moment she was a naive girl with no idea what she was doing aboard a ship, and the next she was this hardened space veteran, and I felt the change was too sudden for me. On the other hand, it’s good to see events affecting a character, as it does irk me when they go through terrible things and act like nothing has happened.

I was intrigued by the mystery of the quoins and aliens looking after the banks, but have to say I was disappointed by the revelation: although it helped explain a certain characters motivation, the whole thing seemed rushed and just didn’t have much of an impact on me.

My favourite thing about the book was definitely the villain. Bosa Sennen is one creepy villain with a mysterious history that causes one character to kill himself at the sight of her. I’d love to read more of her space adventures as her back story really intrigued me.

Despite some difficulties getting into the book, I really enjoyed it overall and it’s made me want to read more sci-fi/re-watch Battlestar Galactica (again!)


Lost and Found Blog Tour: More of Me by Kathryn Evans

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Usbourne Publishing

Pages: 336

Release Date: February 1st 2016


Teva’s life seems normal: school, friends, boyfriend. But at home she hides an impossible secret. Eleven other Tevas.

Because once a year, Teva separates into two, leaving a younger version of herself stuck at the same age, in the same house… watching the new Teva live the life that she’d been living. But as her seventeenth birthday rolls around, Teva is determined not to let it happen again. She’s going to fight for her future. Even if that means fighting herself.


I read the blurb of this book and thought it sounded fantastic, and just a few days later Chelley from Tales of Yesterday got in touch to ask if I’d like to review it for the Lost and Found Blog Tour – I think it was fate! Big thanks to her for arranging a copy for me, as well as this whole tour.

More of Me follows the story of Teva, or rather, the 16 year old version of Teva, as every birthday she splits in two and leaves her younger self left at home while she lives the next year of her life. 16 year old Teva is desperate to keep living her life, but as her 17th birthday approaches and she feels something stirring inside her, she gets more and more desperate.

I was really blown away with this book. It had me hooked from the very beginning and I raced through it, desperate to unravel its mysteries and see if this Teva could really stop the cycle. No spoilers here so you’ll have to read it to find out 😉

I really connected with Teva’s desperation to remain herself. The idea of not having a future, of not being able to make any plans beyond a year of your life is depressing, but at that age is seems doubly bad. Being 16 is all about planning for the future: passing your A levels, choosing a university or apprenticeship or career. Imagine being surrounded by all that and having to play along but knowing that soon you’ll be stuck inside a house with all your younger selves. The image of all these different stages of Teva like ghosts around the house is really haunting.

Part of me thought the Tevas should have more sympathy for each other, but it’s the tension between Teva and Fifteen that really drives a lot of the story. I suppose, even though you know it’s inevitable, you can’t help but resent the person who’s going to take over your life. I did feel for Fifteen though, who lost her boyfriend as well as her freedom, and the new Teva couldn’t keep up that same relationship, proving they weren’t exactly the same person each time.

Although this is a sci-fi/fantasy, there’s plenty of issues that teens can relate to in real life too – Teva’s itchy, scaly skin (I feel her there, having suffered eczema on and off myself) boyfriend jealousies, feelings for a new boy and lots of identity issues

I’ve already started recommending this to people. It’s an outstanding debut and I can’t wait to see what Kathryn writes next.

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About the Author


From a back ground in theatre, Kathryn somehow ended up running a fruit farm and raising two children. In addition to writing, Kathryn loves to belly dance, fences competitively and is Finance Co-ordinator for SCBWI British Isles. It took Kathryn fifteen years to get published, her mum says if she were a dog, she’d be a terrier, a hound of tenacity.



About The Lost and Found Tour


5 YA SCBWI debut authors get together for a UK tour.


Olivia Levez (The Island), Patrice Lawrence (Orangeboy), Kathryn Evans (More of Me), Sue Wallman (Lying About Last Summer), Eugene Lambert (The Sign of One)


Birmingham Waterstones for the launch event chaired by Chelley Toy!


Saturday, 1st October, 2-4pm

Join us for a discussion of identity, loss, and the darkness inside; of self-discovery, friendship, and hope for a better tomorrow as part of the #LostandFound Book Tour.

Unflinching, clever and honest, our five authors explore what it means to grow up when the cards seem to be constantly stacked against you.

Don’t miss your chance to meet these amazing authors, ask questions, and get your books signed.

Book your tickets here:

When? Where?
Sat 1st Oct, 2pm Birmingham Waterstones
Thurs 6th Oct, 6pm London Islington Waterstones
Sat 26th Nov Guildford Waterstones
Thurs 1st Dec Liverpool Writeblend
Sunday 22nd January Hampshire Libraries, Petersfield
Sat 4th March Glasgow Waterstones

Blog Tour

Follow the #LostAndFound for fab blog posts and reviews from 12th September – 30th September with some awesome bloggers!

lost-verticalMonday 12th September

Howling Reviews

Wednesday 14th September

YA Under My Skin

Friday 16th September

Tales of Yesterday

Sunday 18th September

The Book Magnet

Tuesday 20th September

The Pewter Wolf

Thursday 22nd September

Bart’s Bookshelf

Saturday 24th September

Dani Reviews Things

Monday 26th September


Wednesday 28th September

The Mile Long Bookshelf

Friday 30th September

Maia and a Little Moore




Tommy V Cancer Blog Tour Review: Doctor Who, Shroud of Sorrow


Publisher: Broadway Books

Pages: 256

Release Date: April 2nd 2013

Summary (from Goodreads):

It is the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his recently deceased father in the mists along Totter’s Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her late grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane. Then the faces begin to talk, and scream… and push through into our world. As the alien Shroud begins to feast on the grief of a world in mourning, can the Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?


I am reviewing this book as part of the Tommy V Cancer blog tour, which you can read more about here. When I signed up to take part, there were quite a few books that caught my eye, but I settled on this one for my review (and bought a couple more for later!) I’ve not read a Doctor Who book before, though I do have Time Lord Fairy Tales sat on my TBR.

On his website, Tommy says he’s a huge fan of Doctor Who, and this is really apparent in his writing. While you might think it’s easy to write about an established character – in this case the Doctor as played by Matt Smith – as the reader already knows what they look and sound like, I think it’s a lot harder. There’s an expectation to live up to and unlike a character that has only been written about, everyone has a similar if not identical idea of a TV character.

Donbavand captures the essence of the Eleventh Doctor perfectly. I could picture Matt Smith saying the lines and it all sounded like just the kind of weird and wonderful things he’d say. He got Clara spot on as well, and I could tell because I disliked her in the book as much as I do in the TV show – something about her just irritates me!

The story itself is a really interesting one, as the Earth is invaded by the Shroud, an alien that feeds on grief. It took a lot of twists and turns. Each time I thought they’d solved it and I knew where it was going, something new would crop up and leave me wondering again. It did get a little ridiculous towards the end, but it was all good fun and I loved the way everything came together.

This is definitely one for the hardcore Doctor Who fans. There’s a wonderful moment with flashbacks of the Doctors past, and as someone who’s only watched the modern episodes (Ninth Doctor onwards) I didn’t know who all of them were, but there was an Amy Pond moment that gave me all the feels. I’m told it’s full of references and I know I probably only understand half of them, but those I got I really enjoyed.

As my first time reading a Doctor Who book, I think I picked a great one, and I’d definitely be interested in picking some more up now. I’d love to see another from Tommy Donbavand too, as his passion for the character really shines through in the writing.


About the Author


Tommy is the author of the popular 13-book Scream Street series for 7 to 10 year olds, published by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick Press in the US. His other books include Zombie!, Wolf and Uniform (winner of the Hackney Short Novel Award) for Barrington Stoke, Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes For Kids’ Parties (How To Books), and Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis (Network Continuum).

In theatre, Tommy’s plays have been performed to thousands of children on national tours to venues such as The Hackney Empire, Leeds City Varieties, and Nottingham Playhouse. These productions include Hey Diddle Diddle, Rumplestiltskin, Jack & Jill In The Forgotten Nursery, and Humpty Dumpty And The Incredibly Daring Rescue Of The Alien Princess From Deep Space. He is also responsible for five episodes of the CBBC TV series, Planet Cook (Platinum Films).

As an actor, Tommy played the Clearlake MC in the West End musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for over eight years, in addition to roles in the movies Zombie Love Stories (where he battled hordes of Scottish undead) and Going Off Big Time (where he was beaten up on a bouncy castle). A veteran of pantomime, he has portrayed just about every comic character from Abanazer to an Ugly Sister.

Tommy lives in Lancashire with his wife and two sons. He is a HUGE fan of all things Doctor Who, plays blues harmonica, and makes a mean balloon poodle. He sees sleep as a waste of good writing time.



This blog tour is to help promote Tommy’s work and raise donations while he battles cancer. If you would like to donate then you can do so via Paypal here or you can sign up to become a Patron and pledge an amount each month to receive exclusive written content from Tommy. You can also buy his books – preferably from an independent bookshop, but if you want to order from Amazon then you can use this affiliate link to earn him a bit more from each purchase.

Twitter Chat
To end the tour, Vivienne (@Serendipity_Viv) and Chelle (@ChelleyToy) will be hosting a twitter chat.
This will be on 30th June 2016, 8 – 9pm
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