The Island by C.L. Taylor


Welcome to The Island.

Where your worst fears are about to come true…

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island.

But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime turns into a nightmare.

Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re becoming a reality.

Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret. Who will make it off the island alive?

MoMoBookDiary Review

Brilliant. I am reading more YA novels this year and I LOVED this one!

Set on a remote jungle island where six teenagers are on a seven-day adventure break. I found this an exciting and enjoyable read from the start. I would love to have been able to read in a single sitting but my day didn’t go to plan however I did find myself reading it at any possible opportunity (yes, imagine kindle in hand at all times!)

I had an idea who was behind the strange goings on but not enough to spoil the read – just enough to keep me reading, and to speed up the reading to see if I was on the right track. I found myself completely absorbed and could picture the setting very well thanks to the authors descriptions.

These are six teenagers who’s parents have been friends for years so they have been thrown together for an annual holiday each year. The friendships have changed as the toddlers become children and then teenagers and this history is woven into the story.

C. L. Taylor writes highly addictive books that I have enjoyed and I was so excited to find this YA Thriller when I have committed to focusing on YA/MG reads this year. As a thriller it is up there with the best of them and I will be watching out for more from this wonderfully talented author.

Many thanks to C.L. Taylor, HQ Young Adult and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.


AUTHOR: C.L. Taylor can be found on twitter @callytaylor, on instagram @cltaylorauthor

PUBLISHER: HQ Young Adult can be found on twitter @HQStories and instagram @hqyoungadult

#MeToo and You by Halley Bondy

Everything you need to know about Consent, Boundaries and more

The #MeToo movement has changed the way many people view the world, but how well do tweens understand it? Middle-grade readers are ready to learn about consent, harassment, and abuse, as well as healthy boundaries in all their relationships.

#MeToo and You includes essential terminology, from consent to assault, from just plain yes to just plain no.

Author Halley Bondy explores the nuances of emotions, comfort, and discomfort in sexually charged and emotionally abusive situations. Detailed scenarios, both real and hypothetical, provide valuable examples of what’s acceptable and what is not, along with tools to help everyone treat others appropriately and to stand up for themselves and their peers.

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#MeToo and You provides a useful introduction for teens as to what is and is not acceptable for healthy relationships.

The book begins with scenarios and definitions before going on to discuss myths surrounding sexual abuse. There is advice on how to ask for help, and how to provide help for others. It covers all types of relationships which I was impressed with due to the amount of peer-to-peer bullying around these days. I am sure this book would be very useful for adults looking to begin difficult conversations with their teens. I also feel it could be used by parents of younger children so that they learn from an early age how to respect others. I highly recommend this book. Thank you Halley Bondy, Lerner Publishing Group, Zest Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.


AUTHOR: Halley Bondy is based in Brooklyn and has worked as a news reporter for the Newark Star Ledger, an arts journalist for Back Stage, and as an editor for MTV Iggy. A playwright, comedian, and the winner of the 2008 Fringe Festival NYC for Outstanding Playwright, she is the author of Don’t Sit on the Baby. Halley Bondy can be found at and on twitter @halleybondy

PUBLISHER: Zest Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, can be found on twitter @ZestBooks and on instagram @lernerbooks

#MeToo and YouEverything You Need to Know about Consent, Boundaries, and More
by Halley BondyLerner Publishing Group Zest Books ™

Children’s Nonfiction | Middle Grade | Teens & YA
Paperback 9781541581593
( Publication date: 2 February 2021)

This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher

Tell the truth. Or face the consequences.


Pretty Little Liars meets Riverdale in this page-turning thriller.

One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens all played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.

Instead, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge who wants to finally unravel the truth about what actually happened that deadly night, one year ago.

Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?

MOMO’s REVIEW                   

I was looking forward to reading this thriller after reading the synopsis however it didnt quite hit the spot for me.

The story was well written and it may just be that I am too old (in my 40s) to enjoy the story as it was told. The characters were developed and each fitted the tale in their own way.  Full of twists and I enjoyed the references to classic fairy tales.

I do enjoy crime thrillers which may have given me a higher expectation for this book than was fair.

I would recommend this book to teens and young adults who are looking for a thrilling read.


  • PUBLICATION DATE:  27 December 2018
  • PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
  • LENGTH: 320 pages
  • ASIN: B07G7BMB45
  • ISBN-10: 1471181367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471181368


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🎄 North Pole Reform School 🎄 by Jaimie Admans

A YA romantic comedy in which Santa is the bad guy, teaching reindeer to fly is on the curriculum, and zombies have a fondness for Christmas music. 

Mistletoe Bell hates Christmas. So would you if you had a name like hers. Her Christmas-mad parents make the festive season last all year, and with another Christmas looming, Mis doesn’t think she can take any more. After her carelessness causes an accident at school, it seems like things can’t get any worse.

Then she wakes up to find The Ghost of Christmases Ruined in her bedroom.

She is taken to the North Pole, to a reform school run by elves determined to make her love Christmas. Stuck in a misfit group of fellow Christmas-haters with a motley crew of the weird and even weirder, watched over by elves day and night, she doesn’t expect to meet cute and funny Luke, who is hiding a vulnerable side beneath his sarcastic exterior. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with him.

But all is not as it should be at the North Pole. A certain Mr Claus is making the elves’ lives a misery, and pretty soon Mistletoe and Luke are doing more than just learning to like Christmas.


It is a short story, and an excellent example of what I look for in short stories.  It was fast paced, the author sticks to the storyline which flows easily with a little bit of Christmas romance.

I was impressed with Jaimie’s way of bringing in the lesson on being thankful for what you have – the elves explain to Mistletoe how lucky she is to have a caring family and that not everyone is so lucky.

I read Jaimie’s ‘It’s A Wonderful Night’ and loved her writing style so much I quickly checked for other available books. North Pole Reform School – it just sounds so sweet and who could resist this cute cover image!

This book definitely gets you in the mood for the festive season.


  • TITLE: North Pole Reform School
  • AUTHOR: Jaimie Admans
  • ASIN: B00G48C42E
  • FORMAT: ebook
  • LENGTH: 234 pages



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Jaimie is a 30-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she sounds like a dying hyena. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots. She has been writing for years, but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedy Kismetology and YA romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

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Melissa and Kasho by Camilla Chance

Melissa, a shy teenage girl, feels lost in a transnational high society world that drives her to the depths of despair. But her attraction to the very human Kasho, who has snippets of philosophy to impart, eventually enables her to develop her own strengths.

But Kasho doesn’t dwell physically on Earth.

Melissa’s realistic story traverses class, gender, and power dynamics. She is expected to walk, or is bullied into walking, a certain path required of her class, including marrying a certain man. It’s only when she connects with Kasho, a native man whose values are in-line with hers, that she finds a kindred spirit who truly sees her.

In an age of bullying and teen suicide, the resonating lesson throughout the story is “There is always a way of making your life better.” But how will she and her best friend, Daisy, find it?


I was offered a copy of this book to review on my book blog and whilst it is not a book I would normally choose – science fiction fantasy. However, I was intrigued by the blurb and I found this to be an inspirational story for young adult readers.

The author, Camilla Chance, has created a story with a strong message. The writing is creative, realistic and expressive with memorable characters.

The book is set during the late 1950s and is a moving coming-of-age story which remains relevant in today’s world.

There are a wide range of topics covered including friendship, abuse, suicide, spiritual and personal growth.

Thank you to Camilla Chance and Sherri Rosen for the opportunity to read and review this book.  This review is my own opinion.




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It’s a Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans

One night will change their lives forever…

Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.

Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and after talking for hours, losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.

The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognises the voice from last night…

A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!


❄️ WOW ❄️ WOW ❄️ WOW ❄️

What can I say… I just loved this beautiful story which shows how important friends are to every one of us!

The story starts with Leo, a man with the world on his shoulders who has found himself  at his lowest point in life. He is standing on the edge of the town bridge as he considers jumping off as he feels he cannot go on with life.  Luckily he calls a helpline number he found on a leaflet at the side of the bridge, however in his distressed state he calls the local charity shop instead of the 24-hour counselling helpline.  I will say no more about the plot – you need to go read it for yourself!

If you enjoy watching It’s A Wonderful Life when it comes on TV each year then you will LOVE this book. The author clearly loves the film and has reminded me how good it is that I am planning on a Sunday afternoon cosy on the couch watching it with my little dog by my side.

The author, Jaimie Admans, has given us a gorgeous festive romance whilst dealing with the sensitive issue of depression, loneliness and the feeling of failure that so many people  are struggling with but feel they can’t talk about.  These are generally those around us who appear to be the happiest, most cheerful and easy going which real life has shown us all time and time again.

This book made me laugh (and lots of happy tears) and cry (some sad tears) but the main feeling was of hope, of friendship, of the reminder that we should all be a bit more aware of the people around us.  I read this book in one sitting, a wet but bright Saturday afternoon into the evening and once I had finished reading my world felt a much brighter place.  Thank you Jaimie ❄️

Thank you to NetGalley, HQ Digital and Jaimie Admans for the opportunity to read and review this novel. I have pre-ordered my own copy in paperback as I know I will want to read this again and again!

  • TITLE: It’s A Wonderful Night
  • AUTHOR: Jaimie Admans
  • PUBLISHER: HQ Digital
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 5 October 2018



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Hi. Thank you for visiting my website and caring enough to click on the About Me page. Er, unless you clicked on it accidently, in which case, by all means carry on with what you were doing.

I’m Jaimie, I’m in my thirties, and I’m from South Wales, UK.

I write. Quite a lot. I started out self-publishing, but more recently I’ve been published by HQ Digital and will be querying agents with a YA project this year.

I enjoy writing, gardening, drinking tea, and watching horror movies. I love my Chihuahua – Bruiser, autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact I sound like a dying hyena. I hate spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. I spend far too much time on Twitter and own too many pairs of boots.

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Borrowing Christmas by Kat Bellemore

(Borrowing Amor Book One)

Love is a nuisance when all you want is to do is disappear.

Two weeks before Christmas, Katie is kicked out of her apartment. Again. Rather than wander the streets and continue to work for a dirty cop, she decides to leave the city and disappear for good. But her car breaks down in a New Mexico town, and everything is threatened when she falls for the charming mayor.

Sam Freedman is the first bachelor mayor of Amor. After convincing the locals that having a mayor without family responsibilities means he can dedicate all his time to the community, townspeople watch his every move. Then Katie Andersen shows up. Against Sam’s better judgement, he hires her to replace his event coordinator. Now he can barely think straight, let alone run a town.

In the midst of half-truths and outright lies, Katie and Sam desperately search for the place where honesty and trust lead to love. Can they find it before the past catches up with them?



I was honoured to read this book prior to publication following a request from the author, Kat Bellemore.  Borrowing Christmas is a beautiful clean romance set in a small town in New Mexico.

The author has penned a short heart-warming and uplifting tale which gets right to the heart of the story quickly and you can feel yourself simply whipped up and taken on a winter wonderland tale of love and romance.

Brilliant book which I read in an afternoon – on the sofa with a few cups of tea and a nice fluffy blanket (and my dog!). Recommended reading for the festive season approaching.

Thank you to Zoe Haslie of for putting me in touch with Kat Bellemore where I was given the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.

Thank you to Kat Bellemore and Zoe Haslie* for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.

  • TITLE: Borrowing Christmas (Borrowing Amor book one)
  • AUTHOR: Kat Bellemore
  • PUBLISHER: self-published
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 26 October 2018
  • LENGTH: 262 pages


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Kat Bellemore is the author of the Borrowing Amor clean romance series. Deciding to have New Mexico as the setting for the series was an easy choice, considering its amazing sunsets, blue skies and tasty green chili.  That, and she currently lives there with her husband and two cute kids. They hope to one day add a dog to the family, but for now, the native animals of the desert will have to do. Though, Kat wouldn’t mind ridding the world of scorpions and centipedes. They’re just mean.

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It’s a Wonderful Life by Julia Williams

MoMo’s Book Diary loved Julia Williams’ It’s a Wonderful Life and recommends this sparkling read.

This is the first Julia Williams book I have read and I loved it! I will certainly be reading more of this author in future.

I was initially drawn by the cover – there is just something about a Christmas cover that I just can’t resist – and the synopsis had me hooked. It is a book about second chances, appreciating what you have in life, and doing what makes you happy. It is a nice quick and easy read which is what you need around Christmas time when there are so many other things we need to be doing with our time.

Julia Willliams brings us a heart-warming family tale full of loveable characters and situations which we can easily relate to. The book covers a year from one Christmas to the next, telling the story from three different people’s viewpoint – Beth, Daniel and Lou.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Avon UK for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.


Driving home for Christmas, Beth has everything she wants. The kids and the house, the career and the husband. So why is it that when the New Year comes, she can’t stop thinking about her old college boyfriend?

Her husband Daniel is tasked with bringing a struggling school up to scratch, but when family life catches up to him, can he be a good father and a good teacher at the same time?

Beth’s sister Lou has just been dumped…again. Single and childless, she can’t help but be jealous of her sibling’s success. But is the grass really always greener?

It’s a Wonderful Life is a heart-warming novel about the lives that could have been, and what happens when you start to question the choices you made…

AUTHOR Julia Williams
BOOK TITLE It’s a Wonderful Life
PRINT LENGTH 368 pages


Claude’s Christmas Adventure by Sophie Pembroke

MoMo’s Book Diary really enjoyed this heart-warming festive story filled with true magical Christmas adventure and romance. The author writes from four perspectives, Claude, Daisy, Jack and Holly.

Claude – the family dog, who gets left behind after escaping his crate as the family leave to spend Christmas with Daisy’s parents who have just purchased a French chateau.

Daisy – wife to Oliver, mother to Jay, Bella, and twins Lara and Luca.

Jack – postman who lives on Maple Drive but is disappointed that place he has decided to call home is not as friendly as it looked. He lives there and delivers everyone’s mail but as yet doesn’t have anyone to call a friend. It is not the community he expected it to be.

Holly – lives alone after being dumped by her fiancée when he got a great job offer. Holly loves when Jack brings her parcels of crafting supplies which she buys to keep her busy rather than thinking of all that she has lost.

The story covers two days just before Christmas where Claude’s escape and adventure touch each and every resident of Maple Drive in a way no-one would expect… but in such a way that everyone will always remember.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Avon for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to its release.


Christmas a little dog is in for a BIG adventure…

Meet Claude. He’s a loveable, big-eared, permanently hungry French Bulldog, who loves his humans – the McCawley family of number 11 Maple Drive to be precise.

When Daisy and Oliver McCawley start using new words like, ‘ferry’, ‘chateau’ and ‘France’, Claude realises they won’t be spending this Christmas at home. Only, when he finds himself on the street, as the family car pulls away, Claude realises he is ALONE. And more importantly, he is without all the yummy treats he knows the festive season brings…

Cue the start of Claude’s Christmas Adventure. It all begins with a belly-flop through next door’s catflap, where he finds newly single and craft-a-holic Holly, Jack the ex-army postman, his arch nemesis Perdita the cat … and serious amounts of gingerbread.

Maple Drive’s cutest resident is about to bring the street together for Christmas, in ways no-one could have imagined …


AUTHOR Sophie Pembroke
BOOK TITLE Claude’s Christmas Adventure
PUBLISHER Harper Collins Avon
PRINT LENGTH 243 pages
ISBN 9780008202064
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