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Book Review: When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle

Publisher: Anderson Press Genre: Children’s, Middle Grade Release Date: 3rd June 2021 Format reviewed: Paperwork own copy (a gift) Blurb 1941. War is raging. And one angry boy has been sent to the city, where bombers rule the skies. There, Joseph will live with Mrs F, a gruff woman with no fondness for children. Her only… Continue reading Book Review: When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle

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Jane is Trying by Isy Suttie

Publisher: W & N, Orion Publishing Group Genre: Women's Fiction, Adult Fiction, Entertainment Release Date: 22nd July 2021 Format reviewed: ARC Ebook (with thanks to Netgalley and Orion Publishing) Blurb Jane is trying.She's been trying for a baby, with increasing desperation as her thirties sail by.Now, she's trying to make a new start back home with… Continue reading Jane is Trying by Isy Suttie

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Book Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Rating: 5*/5 I am late to the party on this one and there has already been so much said, written and debated about this book, but I loved it so much I have to join in! I'm going to skip the blurb - if you haven't already come across this Booker Prize winning novel then… Continue reading Book Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

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Book Review: The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson #amreading #middlegradefiction

Rating: 5/5 I definitely recommend this book to all Middle Grade readers -whether you fall into the age bracket or not (like me!) - particularly those who like a little heart felt fantasy. It's a real page turner and beautifully told. Blurb (from Good Reads): Cover by Melissa Castrillon All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a… Continue reading Book Review: The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson #amreading #middlegradefiction

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Book Review: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Rating: 5/5 Blurb (from goodreads): On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child.… Continue reading Book Review: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

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Book Review: Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge #amreading #bookbloggers #readingrecommendations

Rating 4.5 / 5 I'm writing this having just put the book down and therefore with a swelling heart, which is often (though not always) the case in the moments after I finish a good book. Time usually makes me a little more critical, but I’ll honour this book with a review from within its… Continue reading Book Review: Gullstruck Island by Frances Hardinge #amreading #bookbloggers #readingrecommendations

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Book Review: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

Rating: 3/5 I got really excited about In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, when I stumbled across it on Goodreads. After deciding it was clearly a must-read YA fantasy and something I should read for research and for fun, I bought a second hand copy immediately. Sadly, it didn't quite live up to my expectations,… Continue reading Book Review: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Here’s to Magic Mums

It’s National Storytelling Week this week. It’s also the week my Mum turns 70. I find that quite fitting. After all it was my mum, like many mothers before her and since, who introduced me and my three sisters to the magic of stories. Mum, full of warmth and love, her full bosom the perfect… Continue reading Here’s to Magic Mums

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Book Review: The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper

RATING 4/5 This is one of those books that you can't read in public without drawing attention to yourself. A bit like the main character Melody who involuntarily bursts into song at inappropriate moments, I had a fair few occasions of bursting into public laughter and a good few sniffles and sobs as well. BLURB:… Continue reading Book Review: The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper

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Book Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Rating: 4/5 I really enjoyed Melissa Albert’s debut YA novel, The Hazel Wood. It's a fantastic debut full of dark imagination. BLURB: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author… Continue reading Book Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert