REVIEW: Lorali by Laura Dockrill

Let me tell you a story… I’ve always loved mermaids. Ever since I was tiny, I’ve devoured stories, TV programmes, and secretly wished that I could grow a tail. Lorali brought all of my fantasies back. On the day of his sixteenth birthday, Rory finds a girl washed up on the beach. Naked, confused and convinced that she’s a mermaid. Isn’t she just a tiny bit too weird? With Lorali’s arrival comes freak weather conditions, pirates and even more strange visitors. Maybe Lorali isn’t a normal girl after all… Dockrill writes with such ease and prowess that it’s hard not to instantly connect…

REVIEW: Love Hurts, edited by Malorie Blackman

Recently I’ve loved reading anthologies, such as My True Love Gave To Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins, so when I came across Love Hurts I knew I wanted to read it. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Here are just a few reasons why: The majority of the book was made up of extracts from already existing books, and not new short stories. I had read lots of the books already so there was no need to read the extracts for many of them, and I also had no interest in reading the extracts of the other books.…