Savvy Book – The Last

Well, I survived! I, Jay Cool, blogger extraordinaire, got to the end of Hanna Jameson’s, dystopian novel,  ‘The Last’ (available at Waterstones) and I’m still here! I’m still here, but I’m pretty certain I won’t be the last to survive to tell the tale. This book is an absolute must-read; I was unable to think about anything…

Chapter 2 – The Half-Sister

It wasn’t as easy as she thought, coping in the absence of her younger sister, Rose. Grace was the eldest of the Howard siblings, the responsible one. And, considering the circumstances – her own lack of a maternal role model, she didn’t think she’d done too bad a job of dragging up the others. Certainly,…

Savvy Books – Not Yet Wall

Independent Scotland Would England really be better off without Scotland or, post Scottish independence, would a wall need to be built to stop the English from stepping over the border to Scotland? These are the questions that led to the the novel I am currently working on, with the aptly-named title ‘The Wall’. Little did I…

Savvy Book – The Girl With All The Gifts

I picked up ‘The Girl With All The Gifts’, thinking it must a biography of my childhood, amazed that, somewhat belatedly, I had achieved recognition – even if only as a work of fiction! But, alas, the reality turned out to be pretty grim. Far from achieving recognition, in M. R. Carey‘s story, I, along with…

Chapter 1 – The Half-Girlfriend

Rose Howard: The Half-Girlfriend It wasn’t easy, being rid of her Englishness, but she had to try. Otherwise, all she had striven for, and all that she had lost – all ambition and anguish, and the energy she had expended in getting to this point, to where she stood now, would have been for nothing….

Savvy Books – Old and Wise

Not sure that I need to read the latest book by Katherine Rundell! Just came across it on a perusal of Waterstones latest non-fiction list, the title of ‘Why You Should Read Children’s Books , Even Though You Are So Old and Wise’. And no prizes for guessing why it caught my attention! Those of you…

Savvy Book – Burn

‘I’m looking for a slow burn mystery that gives you that feeling of, “Something’s not right here.”’ (A quote from the Reddit user, MildlyAngryCat. Look no further, my Angry Cat, I am here! I, Jay Cool! I am your slow-burn mystery, and there’s definitely something not quite right here. I mean, who else would put themselves…

Savvy Book – Fuse

Imagine a post-apocalyptic world in which all the computer game obsessed teenage boys have survived their parents. Hours and hours … days … months and years, as the physically inactive controllers of their own alternative realities, rewarded! Rewarded with survival. Whilst the basement-based boys live on, oblivious to the detonations of nuclear bombs, their above…

Savvy Book – The Legacy

Wow! Just finished Gemma Malley’s trilogy culminating with the final savvy book in the series – The Legacy! As someone a little preoccupied with the ageing process myself, I love the idea of the longevity drugs. Where’s my pack? Nipping along to the Doc’s for my prescription, the second I complete this post! But ……

Savvy Book – The Declaration

  As promised, following my discovery and consumption of Gemma Malley’s ‘The Killables’ ‘ I moved on for a second feast with ‘The Declaration’ – the first book in another of her savvy dystopian triologies. And, although, I enjoyed ‘The Killables’, this book is by far its superior. The diary-style opening grabbed me from the off,…