Jera’s Jamboree : Excited for these reads in May!

A real mixture of genres have caught my eye for May!

Print Length: 272 pagesbubble wrap boy

Publisher: Penguin (1 May 2014)


ISBN-10: 0141346299

ISBN-13: 978-0141346298

All my life I’ve been tiny Charlie from the Chinese Chippie, whose only friend is Sinus, the kid who stares at walls.

But I believe that everyone’s good at something.

I’ve just got to work out what my something is…

Charlie’s found his secret talent: skateboarding. It’s his one-way ticket to popularity. All he’s got to do is practice, and nothing’s going to stop him – not his clumsiness, not his overprotective mum, nothing.

Except Charlie isn’t the only one in his family hiding a massive secret, and his next discovery will change everything.

How do you stay on the board when your world is turned upside down?

I love Phil Earle’s stories!  Being Billy (2011), Saving Daisy (2012) and  Heroic (2013) have all been ‘keepers’ for me.  Can’t wait to read The Bubble Wrap Boy!


Paperback: 400 pagesThe Voices
Publisher: Pan (8 May 2014)
ISBN-10: 1447236025
ISBN-13: 978-1447236023

Once you’ve heard them, you’ll never forget them . . .

In the scorching summer of 1976 – the hottest since records began – Christopher Norton, his wife Laura and their young daughter Faye settle into their new home in north London. The faded glory of the Victorian house is the perfect place for Norton, a composer of film soundtracks, to build a recording studio of his own.

But soon in the long, oppressively hot nights, Laura begins to hear something through the crackle of the baby monitor. First, a knocking sound. Then come the voices . . .

I can feel the hairs on the back of my neck rising just thinking about the voices and what is going to happen …


Sisters of treason320 pages
Publisher: Michael Joseph (22 May 2014)
ISBN-10: 0718177088
ISBN-13: 978-0718177089

Sisters of Treason is a powerful and moving story of passion and peril in Tudor England, perfect for fans of Hilary Mantel.

Mary Tudor clings fearfully to the English throne.

Seeing the threat posed by her cousin, Lady Jane Grey, the Queen orders her execution. But what of Lady Jane’s young sisters – Katherine and Mary? Cursed with royal blood, they must endure the perils of a Tudor court, closely observed by its paranoid Queen.

Entranced by the drama, intrigue and romance of court life, young Lady Katherine’s desire for love leads her to make ill-advised and dangerous liaisons. Burdened with a crooked back, her younger sister, Lady Mary – the ‘mouse’ – is seen as no threat and becomes privy to the Queen’s most intimate secrets. Yet Mary, who yearns to escape court dramas, knows her closeness to the Queen could be her undoing.

For the Queen is childless and in ill-health. If she should die, her fearsome sister Elizabeth will inherit the crown. Then Katherine and Mary will find court a maze of treachery and danger – where possessing royal blood is the gravest crime of all . . .

Queen’s Gambit (the first in the trilogy) was a ‘keeper’ for me and I can’t wait to carry on with Sisters of Treason!  I said ” this is historical fiction at its best.” 



560 pagesthiefs magic

Publisher: Orbit (15 May 2014)


ISBN-10: 0356504875

ISBN-13: 978-0356504872

A brand new series from the bestselling new fantasy author of the last decade.

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.

Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it – should she dare to risk the Angels’ wrath.

But not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands.

Not even the people they trust.

I love the cover of Thief’s Magic and this looks like a fab sci fi/fantasy series.



the travelling tea shopPublisher: Hodder Paperbacks (22 May 2014)
ISBN-10: 0340994479
ISBN-13: 978-0340994474

A delectable tale of love, friendship and cake…

Laurie loves a challenge. Especially if it involves tea-time and travel. So when British baking treasure Pamela Lambert-Leigh needs a guide on a research trip for her new cookbook, she jumps at the chance.

The brief:

Laurie and Pamela – along with Pamela’s sassy mother and stroppy daughter – will board a vintage London bus for a deliciously unusual tour of the USA’s East Coast, cruising from New York to Vermont.

Their mission:

To trade recipes for home-grown classics like Victoria Sponge and Battenburg for American favourites like Red Velvet Cake and Whoopie Pie.

All the women have their secrets and heartaches to heal. As well cupcakes galore, there’s also the chance for romance…

But will making Whoopie lead to love?

How fabulous does this sound? The Travelling Tea Shop feels like it will be one of those stories that totally engage you.

What books have you excited?  Is it a story you are currently reading? or one you’ve been waiting for all year?


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