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Shadow and Bone

Leigh Bardugo
shadow and boneThe Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

What were your overall thoughts?
Before I started reading Shadow and Bone, so many people told me that I simply had to read it. So many, in fact, that I almost didn’t want to. What if I disliked it? How disappointed would I feel? Bute, eventually I pushed my fears aside and decided to crack open my paperback copy of this gorgeous story. And, I am very pleased to report that I was the oppopsite of disappointed. I loved this book. I fell straight into the story, got truly addicted, and quite simply fell in love with Leigh Bardugo, Alina, Mal, and the Darkling. This story was absolutely brilliant and I am very glad I read it.

What was your favourite aspect?
It is incredibly difficult to choose just one thing about this book that I adored above all else because everything was so inspiring. The plot was detailed, heart-wrenching, and complicated. The characters were all three-dimensional, interesting and truly loveable. The world-building was also fantastic and written in a way that you could really imagine. I guess, if I had to choose, I really enjoyed the magical aspect. I loved the Grisha and all their powers and how unique they are to different characters. I also adore how they use it and the idea of the amplifiers. It definitely helped to make this book more enjoyable and entertaining.

Who was your favourite character and why?
Yet another difficult choice as all the characters were really easy to love but I think that my favourite character has to be Alina. I love that she isn’t this all powerful, all knowing character. She has flaws, weaknesses, and insecurities that her truly human and relatable. Yes she is strong, powerful and incredibly caring and protective but we are also able to see that she is so much more than that. Alina is a character that everyone can empathize with. Second favourite is definitely Mal, but I did, surprisingly, also like the Darkling. Looking forward to seeing what they get up to next!

Would you recommend this book?
Absolutely! I am certain that lovers of fantasy stories would devour this story. It is set in a unique world with amazing world-building and characters that could easily walk off the page and exist in this world. If you’re someone who loves books that are gripping, intense, stunning, and full of magic then you should read this book. It is also a book that is likely to really make you feel so if you like books that you can really connect with, then you must read this book. If fantasy isn’t your favourite thing, this may be a difficult book to start with but I’m certain you’d grow to love it eventually!

Summarize in one sentence. (Verdict)
Shadow and Bone is an adventurous story that is compelling, emotional, and has all the best qualities that make a brilliant fantasy.

Reviewed by Faye

Publisher: Indigo
Publication Date: June 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 308
Genre: Fantasy
Age: YA
Reviewer: Faye
Source: Own copy
Challenge: None
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The Three Little Witches

Georgie Adams and Emily Bolam
three witchesHubble Bubble!
Meet Zara, Ziggy and Zoe.
The three little witches are having a party, but naughty Melissa is out to make trouble!

This book is about is about three little witches. They made funny spells like this…

“Splitter, splitter, splatter
Sausages and batter
Bake them in a dish for tea
For Ziggy and Zoe and me!”

The story is about the fun the adventures that the three little witches have with their friends.

My favourite part is when they flooded the kitchen because it looked like a swimming pool. I didn’t like when Melissa was always cross, I preferred it when there was lots of fun and laughing.

I was able to read this book by the swimming pool on holiday on my own. I understood most of the words. The spells were written using wriggly letters which were difficult to read, I had to ask Mummy to help me read those bits. The story words were fine though as the lettering used was straight.

Verdict:I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend other children my age to read it.

Review by Avilee Gillett age 6 ½

Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: September 2003
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
Genre: Fantasy, Magic
Age: Early reader
Reviewer: Avilee
Source: Own copy
Challenge: None
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The Elephants Tale

Lauren St John
the elephants taleWhen Martine and her grandmother discover that they might lose their game reserve, Sawubona, because of a clause in her grandfather’s will, Martine and her best friend, Ben, decide to take matters into their own hands. After Martine hears a prophecy that tells her: “The elephants will lead you to the truth,” Martine and Ben stow away in an airplane, get stuck in the desert, and help a group of elephants escape from a horrible prison. Along the way, Martine learns the truth about Sawubona, as well as the dramatic truth about her gift with animals and where it will take her in her life …

I loved this book, it has given me so much inspiration for my English work. It has inspired me in literacy to one day be as good as Lauren St John. She has really put her outstanding skills to great use to create such an imaginative series.

Martine and Ben hear their home ‘Sawubona’, the game reserve, was going to be taken over by the local baddie Reuben James after Martine’s grandfather Henry Thomas was tricked into signing away their home. They get tangled up in an adventure which leads to them breaking the law, making a new friend and enjoying a luxury hotel in the moon valley whilst figuring out how such a beautiful place could cause so much harm.

Can Martine and Ben save Sawubona before Christmas Eve?

Lauren St John has an amazing way with words and at times I nearly fell off my school chair with anxiety it was SO tense.

Verdict: This book is for kids aged 9+ and I love it.
By the way, I have already started another book in the series of 4. It’s called Dolphin Song and I’m really enjoying that as well even though I’m only up to page 4!

Reviewed by Izzy (9)

Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 235
Genre: Animals, Adventure
Age: Middle grade
Reviewer: Izzy (9)
Source: Borrowed
Challenge:None
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Deadly 60 Fact Book: Reptiles and Amphibians!

Steve Backshall, (Compiled by) Jinny Johnson, (Designed by) Sue Michniewick

deadly 60Join DEADLY 60 presenter Steve Backshall in the world’s deadliest book about animals, packed with fascinating facts, killer statistics and stunning photographs. Combined with his own incredible experiences with creatures, large and small, Steve reveals tricks of camouflage, feats of strength, endurance, teamwork and speed, as well as giving us a glimpse into the lives of extremeophiles and looking at some of our planet’s endangered species.

This is the first information book I have reviewed and I really enjoyed it! I’ve been a fan of Deadly 60 on TV . So when I got given this book I was SO pleased. When I moved house I lost it but now I’ve found it AND I LOVE IT!

It’s only 78 pages long and doesn’t take long to read so it’s not too hard to read! This would be a handy book to take on holiday because it is pocket sized and easy to slip into a suitcase or bag, perfect for reading on a plane or train.

Follow the footsteps of the Deadly team and discover the secrets of the animal kingdom as they reveal fascinating facts and killer stats in their guide to reptiles and amphibians!

It’s fun and cool, boys and girls everywhere will love it.

Did you know… That the Basilisk lizard can walk on water?! And the Komodo dragon is the world’s biggest Lizard? These are all facts from the book!

Verdict: This was probably the hardest book to review because I couldn’t explain the story though I really enjoyed this book. I think it’s for boys and girls everywhere aged 8 to 12.

Reviewed by Izzy (9)

Deadly 60 fact book reptiles and amphibians!

Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: February 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
Genre: Non Fiction
Age: Middle grade
Reviewer: Izzy (9)
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: British book
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2nd Blog Birthday: Funny and Famous Prize Pack

Enter the rafflecopter form below for the chance to win five humours middle grade books.

photo-12Funny and Famous:
A paperback copy of The Great Ice-Cream Heist by Elen Caldecott
(Donated by Bloomsbury)
A paperback copy of Operation Eiffel Tower by Elen Caldecott
(Donated by Bloomsbury)
A paperback copy of How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini by Elen Caldecott
(Donated by Bloomsbury)
A paperback copy of First Term at L’Etoile by Holly and Kelly Willoughby
(Donated by Orion)
A hardback copy of Gangsta Granny by Davis Walliams
(Donated by HarperCollins Children’s books)

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Back to Blackbrick

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

blackbrickWhen Cosmo keeps his promise to go to Blackbrick Abbey, he unlocks the gate to the place his granddad once worked and finds himself in the forgotten corners of a distant past, one that his granddad has, strangely, never really talked about. Here there are new beginnings, memories are just being born, friendships come to life and everything is still possible…

Cosmo loves his Grandad, really honestly, but the only problem is that in his old age he’s gone slightly, how do you put it? well, crazy. So crazy in fact, that he regularly gets into long conversations with a lamp post. The only other problem is that other people have started to realise and ask embarrassing and hard to answer questions. Since Cosmo’s brother Brian died, his world has been slowly crumbling around him and because his mum couldn’t stand not having Brian around she went off to Sydney because there were apparently ‘better business opportunities’ leaving Cosmo to live with his granny and grandad where he enjoyed himself entirely…that was until his granddad started going crazy and losing his memory.

Life’s not so fun when your grandad stops remembering who you are. Cosmo and his gran started getting worried about him when he did a wee in the dishwasher. So they called a care home and they said they will do a memory test tomorrow to see if he can stay at home or will have to got into a care home. Cosmo tries to get his grandad to remember stuff but to no avail.

One day his grandad gives him the key to the south gates of Blackbrick Abbey where he used to work. While unlocking the gate, Cosmo unlocks his Grandad’s forgotten past…

Verdict: Amazing. Nothing else said.

Reviewed by Daisy (11)

Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: February 2013
Format: Hardback
Pages: 227KB
Genre: Time travel, Fantasy
Age: YA
Reviewer: Daisy (11)
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: Debut Author
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Brown Owl’s Guide To Life


Kate Harrisson

Shy, sweet-natured Lucy Collins is used to being pushed around. For the first eighteen years of her life, her widowed mother Judith ruled the roost. Now Lucy’s husband, her seven-year-old daughter and even Buster the cat boss her about. But her mother’s premature death leaves Lucy an orphan at the age of thirty-five. She’s devastated…but she’s also free. After a lifetime of being a disappointment to everyone, is it finally time Lucy grew up? As she clears out her mother’s rambling house, Lucy discovers a trunk full of memories…her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were all Brown Owls: capable, no-nonsense matriarchs who were the leading lights of the Girl Guide movement. They spent their spare time preparing the next generation for their roles as wives and mothers with a mixture of campfire songs, sew-on badges and reef knots. But could the old values and frontier spirit now hold the key to help Lucy make the changes she needs in her life?

This was lent to me by a friend and I was rather intrigued by the title. I was once a Brownie and thinking of a guide to life by a Brown Owl struck me as being amusing. Although perhaps I do Brown Owl’s a disservice in this, all those badges and promises probably make for a pretty decent self-help manual!

The story is based around six Brownies from the 1st Troughton Pack. The story tracks between the present day, where they are all grown up and their past together as Pixies. It transpires that there was an incident during a Pack Holiday that deeply affected them all, and in some cases ruined their friendships.

Now they are all grown up women and Brown Owl has just died leaving them all letters. The lives of these girls have gone off at different tangents and they have not all turned out as might have been predicted. The story uses flashbacks to the past and on-going present developments to reveal what happened to them all and resolve some of the issues they live with.

The central character, Lucy, was Brown Owl’s daughter and she feels strongly that she has not lived up to her mother’s hopes and expectations of her. Lucy’s marriage is falling apart and she is still longing to find out about the Father she idolises, but never actually really knew. All this comes tumbling to the surface in the wake of her mother’s death and leaves Lucy trying to recover and decide what she wants from her life.

Lucy’s best friend Terri was also a Brownie and is now (she feels) the oldest virgin in Troughton. She has been the strong sensible one all her life and is training to be a Vicar, but losing Brown Owl, who was the Mother she always wanted sends her on a new journey of self-discovery. The other four women from the Pixie Six are more minor characters, but none-the-less interesting. The story uses them all to look at how women are affected by aging, getting married having children and losing those they love. Even getting fatter has its part in this tale! So much of the novel reflects how women relate to each other and in particular how we are affected by our mother/daughter relationships in both their good and bad points.

Verdict: I so enjoyed this book. It is well written and food for thought. It has humour and sadness, a bit of romance and best of all characters that held your attention. A great read.

Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: December 2006
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
Genre: Chick Lit
Age: Adult
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: British Book
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