British Books Challenge 2014: The round up!

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. That’s equal to one book a month.

It’s safe to say that I exceeded this challenge this year.

Darkness Watching


How did I get it?:
Received from the author, in exchange for an honest review.


Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons never give up, and their focus on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.

In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be…


If you’re looking for a good YA paranormal read that’s set in the UK then Darkness Watching is definitely for you. It’s a well written, easy to read book which I devoured quickly.

Darkness Watching begins with the scene being set in an incredibly clear way. We’re told a lot of background information which I really enjoy in a book. I like to know where my characters are coming from. The majority of the book is fast paced though with lots of action.

I’m not usually a fan of reading about demons. I have such an overactive imagination that it’s not always the best thing for me to read. (Especially before bed, I’m such a child 😉 ) I thought the demons and the mythology surrounding them in Darkness Watching were incredibly unique. It felt like an incredibly fresh take on the genre.

I’m really impressed by the writing. I’ve read The Puppet Spell from this author previously, and I was impressed then too. I can’t wait to see what she writes next!

Would I recommend it?:

Round up of British Book Challenge 2013

I can’t believe it’s been a year, since I accepted the challenge to read 12 books by a British author. I’ve absolutely loved discovering new British authors this year. I’m definitely going to continue the challenge next year. We have far too many brilliant authors in the UK, that deserve much more recognition.

Here are the British Authors I’ve discovered this year, complete with a link to my review!

Here’s to discovering new British Authors in 2014 and continuing to support UK writers!

The Puppet Spell

Puppet Spell Cover

How did I get it?:
I bought it.

Synopsis:Unlike her rebellious sister Lucinda, fifteen-year-old Lexa prefers to spend her free time playing video games, fighting the forces of evil with her partner-in-crime Marlon. But when Lucinda steals an invisibility potion from their uncle’s storeroom, she unleashes chaos into their lives. Lexa and Marlon find themselves catapulted into a world far more dangerous than any video game, full of misleading illusions, sinister Conjurors and deadly Fey, and threatened by a man with a grudge known as the Puppeteer. Accompanied only by Lexa’s uncle’s unreliable (and rather dangerous) Chimera, Lexa and Marlon must navigate this world to find Lucinda- before they too fall under the spell of the puppet master…


I found out about Emma Adams from the wonderful world of twitter. I was immediately curious about her book The Puppet Spell and promptly downloaded it on my kindle. The story is aimed at a young audience but I would say that its perfect for those that read enjoy Young Adult novels no matter what age they are.

The Puppet Spell follows twins Lucinda and Lexa’s adventures into a dangerous world full of magic, illusions and the Puppeteer. Emma has developed some great characters. Lucinda and Lexa couldn’t be more different. Marlon, Lexa’s friend who journeys with her, is a lovable character. Uncle Devon is also a fantastic character. Some of the creatures Emma has created are incredibly creative.

Emma Adams has created a wonderfully original fantasy world with some fabulously creepy moments. I think fans of Harry Potter would lap this book up. It’s intriguing and easy to read, and I look forward to reading more from Emma in the future!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
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