Release by Patrick Ness (YA, pbk)

Reviewed by Annabel These days, I read fewer YA and children’s books, but Patrick Ness is one of those authors I will always look out for. His YA novels, and this one verges onto adult territory anyway, make true crossover reads that adults will enjoy too. Only the fact that I’d never read Mrs Dalloway blinded me…

The Book of Dust, Volume I: La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman

Reviewed by Helen Parry First of all, is it as good as everyone says it is? Yes, it really is. The plot is compelling and perfectly paced, the characters have depth and behave convincingly, the world is richly imagined and wonderful. If you loved the His Dark Materials trilogy, you will love this. If you…