by Stacey Halls
When newly graduated nurse Ruby May takes a position looking after the children of Charles and Lilian England, a wealthy couple from a powerful dynasty of mill owners, she hopes it will be the fresh start she needs. But as she adapts to life at the isolated Hardcastle House, it becomes clear there's something not quite right about the beautiful, mysterious Mrs England.
Ange says: I liked the atmosphere of this book. Most of the book you know something just isn't quite right but, as a reader, a little unsure as to who is the mentally ill one.
The ending was very satisfying, everyone has secrets that they hide - some better than others.
Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art
Since their discovery more than 160 years ago, Neanderthals have metamorphosed from the losers of the human family tree to A-list hominins.
In Kindred, Rebecca Wragg Sykes uses her experience at the cutting-edge of Palaeolithic research to share our new understanding of Neanderthals, shoving aside clichés of rag-clad brutes in an icy wasteland. She reveals them to be curious, clever connoisseurs of their world, technologically inventive and ecologically adaptable. Above all, they were successful survivors for more than 300,000 years, during times of massive climatic upheaval.
It is only by understanding Neanderthals, that we can truly understand ourselves.
Ange says: Absolutely taken by this book. I can imagine Neanderthals living a lot like us and yes being kindred!
Beautiful beginnings to each chapter and a wealth of information about how amazing this lineage was.
If I do happen to have Neanderthal DNA I'd be rather proud now!
The History of Mischief
When Jessie and her older sister Kay find a book called The History of Mischief, hidden beneath the floorboards in their grandmother’s house, they uncover a secret world. The History chronicles how, since antiquity, mischief-makers have clandestinely shaped the past – from an Athenian slave to a Polish salt miner and from an advisor to the Ethiopian Queen to a girl escaping the Siege of Paris. Jessie becomes enthralled by the book and by her own mission to determine its accuracy.
Ange says: I loved, loved, loved this young adult title! A cross between historical fiction and fantasy but the story has contempory issues too.
Just enough magic to let you believe in the premise.