PRAISE FOR THE DIARY OF PELLY D: 'a convincingly told and gripping story'
... catches you by the throat and it doesn't let you go even when you have read the last paragraph. This is a brilliant example of storytelling at its most seductive ... a fastpaced, utterly absorbing novel that is hard to put down ...
L J Adlington's spare and concise voice brings Pelly D vividly to life ... will intrigue and grip from the first diary entry to the open-ended and chilling conclusion.
Written in the breathless, racy style of a young teenager, Pelly's diaries just keep you reading ... It gives an old theme a fresh twist ...
... a clever, unusual story that readers looking for something different will find captivating. The book reveals its secrets slowly with maximum impact.
Adlington has crafted an original and disturbing dystopian fantasy told in a smart and sympathetic teen voice.
This book is one thing: amazing.
'In this powerful debut novel, Adlington deftly sketches in the background to Pelly D's increasingly totalitarian world, whilst allowing her sparky heroine centre stage.'
A stunning novel: a gripping page-turner.
Crammed with surprises... enjoyable and fast moving.
A lively and compelling story that takes and interesting perspective to German WW2 history.
A thrilling read, with a powerful love story, set in a resonant fantasy world. Like the best fantasy books, it creates a new world which has parallels with our own. Addlington is a great storyteller and this ia a gripping and rewarding read.
An author who has made something of a speciality of weaving real historical threads into the imagined worlds of her futuristic novels. Classy...this is a complex novel which draws you into a world which feels both imaginatively strange and absorbingly familiar in these days of intense debate about 'God delusions'. I applaud it.
There's a real sense of genuine female empowerment in this book. Interesting, exciting and moreish.