Wishing Shelf Book Awards announcement day!

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to all this year’s Wishing Shelf Book Awards medal winners! This wasn’t our year to win a medal, but we’re thrilled that Angels is a 2023 finalist.

Celebrate with us, and pick up your copy of Angels for £2.99 or $3.99 on Kindle, Kobo, Apple Books, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and more, or £9.99 for a paperback (international prices will vary).

The Wishing Shelf Editorial Reviewers gave Angels five stars back in December. You can read their fantastic full review on Goodreads.

Check out all the Wishing Shelf winners and finalists, and find yourself a new favourite YA read!

Wishing Shelf

Easter Craft Market – Final Day!

Don’t miss the final day of the Stonham Barns Easter Craft Market! Rachel will be there today, signing books and meeting readers.

Stop by the Taller Books table for copies of Rachel’s UK-based dystopian series, YA LGBTQ+ contemporary-with-a-twist, and the anthology of Doctor Who/Iris Wildthyme stories featuring her short story, ‘The Last Martian’.

10am-4pm, free entry, free parking, and loads to see and do. Find Rachel and her books in the barn, conveniently close to the food trucks!

See you there!

Final Day

Easter Craft Market TODAY!

It’s TODAY!!

Don’t miss this weekend’s Stonham Barns Easter Craft Market! Rachel will be there today and tomorrow, signing books and meeting readers.

Stop by the Taller Books table for copies of Rachel’s UK-based dystopian series, YA LGBTQ+ contemporary-with-a-twist, and the anthology of Doctor Who/Iris Wildthyme stories featuring her short story, ‘The Last Martian’.

10am-4pm, free entry, free parking, and loads to see and do. Find Rachel and her books in the barn, conveniently close to the food trucks!

See you there!

Today

Welcome to Leiston!

Rachel Churcher will be in Leiston today, signing books at the Leiston Town Easter Arts and Crafts Fayre.

Stop by the Taller Books table for copies of Rachel’s UK-based Battle Ground dystopian series, Angels, her YA LGBTQ+ contemporary-with-a-twist , and the anthology of Doctor Who/Iris Wildthyme stories featuring her short story, ‘The Last Martian’. We’ll also have bookish goodies and in-person deals on books and crafts.

FREE entry, FREE parking, refreshments and a prize draw – there’s plenty going on at the Fayre. If you’re in the area, come and say hi!

10am-3pm TODAY – see you there!

Leiston
Rachel Churcher on the Taller Books stand at WAMFest 2023

Sci-Fi Weekender!

Don’t miss Rachel Churcher, signing books TODAY at the Sci-Fi Weekender in Great Yarmouth!

Stop by the Taller Books table for copies of Rachel’s UK-based Battle Ground dystopian series, Angels, her YA LGBTQ+ contemporary-with-a-twist , and the anthology of Doctor Who/Iris Wildthyme stories featuring her short story, ‘The Last Martian’. We’ll also have bookish goodies and in-person deals on books and crafts.

If you’re heading to the Sci-Fi Weekender, make sure you come and say hi, meet some fantastic Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors, and pick up your new favourite read. We’ll be there today, but you’ll be able to meet authors and browse books between events on both Friday and Saturday.

See you there!

Sci-Fi Weekender
Rachel Churcher on the Taller Books stand at NorCon 2023

YA Review: Where Sleeping Girls Lie

Title: Where Sleeping Girls Lie
Author: Faridah Abike-Iyimide
Edition:
Kindle ARC
Rating:
3.5/5

YA Review: Where Sleeping Girls Lie

An intriguing take on the unreliable narrator trope, Where Sleeping Girls Lie follows Sade as she finally leaves home to attend an expensive boarding school, following the death of her wealthy father. Her mother died when Sade was ten, and we very quickly learn that the teenager is haunted by visions and flashbacks of an unnamed girl she couldn’t save from drowning.

The formerly homeschooled Sade is shown round the sprawling school grounds by her roommate, Elizabeth, who helps her through the culture shock of the world of uniforms, timetables, and sneaking into places you shouldn’t have access to. But when Elizabeth disappears less than twenty-four hours after Sade’s arrival, the plot twists begin to pile up, and Sade discovers that there is more to her new school than lessons, sport, and clubs.

The key word in the title is ‘lie’. Everyone in the story lies, misrepresents themselves, and disobeys the rules – including Sade. As the story progresses, and the reader finds out more about Sade’s background and her reasons for coming to this school, the extent of the lies and omissions start to come into focus. In time all the pieces come together – what happened to Elizabeth, why Sade blames herself for the death of the girl who haunts her, and which of her friends are lying to protect a disturbing secret. It’s an interesting read, because figuring out the truth is almost impossible until Sade uncovers the secrets and puts the connections together.

Touching on sensitive subjects, including sexual assault, suicide and grief, Where Sleeping Girls Lie is a cathartic story – and an uncomfortable one. The constant lies, threats, and physical danger enhance the feeling of being lost in a new environment, and ignored by the people in authority who should be offering protection. There are some lighter moments – Sade’s friendship with Baz, Elizabeth’s best friend before her disappearance, is lovely, as is the growing affection between Sade and Persephone – but these elements of the story act as a contrast to emphasise the secrets and lies.

I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to recommend this book, but I’m still thinking about the story – and that’s probably as good a recommendation as any.

Where Sleeping Girls Lie will be published on March 14th. Thank you to NetGalley for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Have you read Where Sleeping Girls Lie? What did you think of Sade’s story? Click through to the full blog to access the comments section, and share your thoughts! No spoilers, though – you can post those on GoodReads!

YA review: Where Sleeping Girls Lie cross-posted to GoodReads.


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‘Angels’ is a finalist!

We are delighted to announce that Angels, Rachel Churcher’s new YA novel, has been chosen as a finalist for the 2023 Wishing Shelf Book Awards! It’s in the ‘Books for Teenagers’ category, and we’re absolutely thrilled that the judges found it worthy of a finalist’s place.

Why does this nomination mean so much? Most book awards are judged by adults. The Wishing Shelf Book Awards are judged by readers in the age group the book is aimed at. In the case of the teenage section, the books were read and judged by reading groups in UK secondary schools. In order to win a place in the finals, the books were marked according to editing, theme, style and cover. Angels made the finalist cut!

Pick up your copy of Angels today!

The final winners will be announced on April 1st. Watch this space for further announcements …

finalist

Love Your Local Authors!

We had an excellent day at the Love Your Local Authors Book Fair in Bury St Edmunds yesterday! It was a fantastic event, and a brilliant opportunity to bring local authors together with local readers.

Taller Books will be appearing at plenty of in-person events this year. Check out our events page for more information!

Love Your Local Authors Book Fair in Bury St Edmunds
Rachel Churcher on the Taller Books stand at Love Your Local Authors!

Love Your Local Authors Book Fair – Today!

TODAY in Bury St Edmunds: meet Rachel Churcher, author of the Battle Ground Series and Angels, at the Love Your Local Authors Book Fair.

You’ll find 14 local authors and publishers at the Constitutional Club in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, 11-4pm today. Pick up signed books and bookish gifts (perfect for Valentines Day!), and warm up with cosy seating and a drink from the fully licensed bar.

Love Your Local Authors Book Fair