October 2015 Book of the Month In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays. Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be a happy Christmas. But no-one knows just how bad things will get! As snow falls, cutting them off, stories of the monstrous beast that stalks the hills become terrifyingly plausible: something is out there, something murderous! It’s a classic set up and C.J. Skuse squeezes every thrill and heart-stopping moment out of it, adding a breezy, sardonic humour just right for teen readers. Grisly, nail-biting fun! ~ Andrea Reece
At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she'd face. Until her brother's disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory's assorted misfits. As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school's hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory - a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school - run wild. Yet when the girls' Matron goes missing it's clear that something altogether darker is to blame - and that they'll have to stick together if they hope to survive.
Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read their full reviews.
‘It’s so good, I’d recommend it to people I don’t like’ – Kevin Brooks on Pretty Bad Things
‘The tension and the comedy crack along with a heart-warming hilarity that is impossible to resist.’ – Amanda Craig on Dead Romantic
‘Fiendishly dark, with a sense of humour - CJ Skuse always inspires deep author envy’ – Keren David, The Bookseller YA Prize Nominee
‘A sassy and enjoyable black comedy’ – The Telegraph on Dead Romantic
‘It’s an absolute page-turner! I gobbled it up in one sitting’ – Cat Clarke, RNA YA Book of the Year Nominee
|Publication date:||24th September 2015|
|Publisher:||Mira Ink an imprint of Harlequin (UK)|
|Suitable for:||YA readers|
|Genres:||Horror / Ghost Stories|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
C.J. Skuse, author of PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC and DEAD ROMANTIC was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England.She loves: graphic novels, sitcoms, Gummy Bears and the music of My Chemical Romance.She hates: hard-boiled eggs, carnivals and coughing.The movies Titanic, My Best Friend's Wedding and Twilight were all based on her ideas, she just didn't get to write them down in time. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and own a malamute.C.J has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside writing kick-ass fiction for ...More About C.J. Skuse
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