A Spotlight On…Alex Bell

Welcome to my ‘A Spotlight On…’ feature. In this feature, I plan to highlight and give some bookish love to some of my favourite authors.

For my fourth post in this feature, I decided to focus on the wonderful Alex Bell. Alex has become more known for Frozen Charlotte, The Haunting and The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club, however, I highly recommend you check out her adult books as well.

I have read Alex’s books since the publication of The Ninth Circle in 2008. I can’t wait to see what she does in the future!

It’s amazing to see just how many books Alex has had published so far! These are just her full length books, she’s also been published in a few short story collections!

My reviews (unfortunately only date to 2015 as the rest were read pre-blogging!)

Alex’s website

Alex on Twitter @Alex_Bell86

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What I’m Reading Wednesday- The one where I’m joined by Alex Bell

Today, I am joined by the lovely Alex Bell, author of The Ninth Circle, Jasmyn, Lex Trent Versus The Gods and Lex Trent: Fighting With Fire. Alex’s most recent release (which is available on Amazon) is:

Frozen Charlotte

To read my review, please click on the book image!

Red Eye is the killer new YA series from Stripes Publishing. It is described as a fusion of pop culture, violence and technology, giving horror a contemporary feel.

Many thanks to Alex for answering the WWW Wednesday questions with me!

Alex Bell pic small

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

Butter  18047651

ALEX: Butter by Erin Lange – I’m only a few chapters in but I’m really enjoying this book so far.

CHRISSI: I’m reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton for part of my ‘Talking About’ feature with Beth. I’m about 150 pages through so far and it’s been a bit slow, but it’s intriguing.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Zig Zag Girl Keep Quiet

ALEX: The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths – I don’t read all that many crime books but I loved the premise for this one – 1950s post-war Brighton plus stage magicians and murder. Highly recommended.

CHRISSI: I recently finished Lisa Scottoline’s Keep Quiet. Hmmm… I have very mixed feelings about this book. I shall try and write a review for it soon. I thought it was incredibly melodramatic.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)  There Will Be Lies

ALEX: Next on my enormous pile is The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg – this looks magical and unlike anything I’ve read before.  (Chrissi: Ooh, I want to read this Alex!)

CHRISSI: Next up for me is There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake. I picked up this book a while ago and I’m only just getting around to it! Oops. It looks like it’ll be an interesting, hopefully thrilling read!

*The Red Eye Blog Tour will visit Bookaholic Confessions tomorrow*

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer the questions yourself! Happy Reading!

Frozen Charlotte

Frozen Charlotte

How did I get it?:
Sent to me from Stripes Publishing for part of the blog tour of Frozen Charlotte!

Synopsis:

We’re waiting for you to come and play. Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind…Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lilias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there’s her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn’t be there. The girl that died.

Thoughts:

I think it’s safe to say that I’m not the biggest fan of horror. My imagination runs away with me and things play on my mind for ages after I’ve read a book. I still have vivid memories of a part of a Chris Wooding book that will forever stay in my memory! However, I was SO intrigued by Frozen Charlotte that I knew I wanted to read it. Even if I had to take breaks between chapters to focus my mind elsewhere… I tore through Frozen Charlotte despite the breaks I took whilst reading it…it was incredibly creepy. I’m just glad I don’t have any dolls in the house!

Frozen Charlotte follows Sophie and her cousins Cameron, Lilias and Piper as Sophie spends summer with them. The prologue gripped me immediately. It starts with Sophie and her friend Jay mucking around with a Ouija board app which certainly has consequences. I raced through the book as Sophie went to visit her Uncle and cousins in Scotland at the creepy schoolhouse. It was incredibly creepy. I found the setting so atmospheric. It’s definitely a book that I could easily see being adapted for TV or film. It would make a great teenage horror film.

At her Uncle’s house, Sophie hears things going bump in the night and she hears voices seeming to be coming from the creepy Frozen Charlotte dolls in her deceased cousin’s bedroom. Sophie is sure there is a link between the dolls and her friend Jay. She’s determined to find out more about the incidents that keep occurring and why her Uncle’s house is plagued with bad luck.

Alex Bell’s writing is exciting and easy to read. I found myself wanting to read more as each chapter hooked me a little further. The pace of the book was fantastic and made me devour it! Frozen Charlotte is well worth reading!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Creepy, exciting and mysterious- this book had me gripped from the prologue!