mystery · suspense · Young adult

T.I.G.E.R.S – M.A. Bennett ★★★★★

Blurb; The alluring yet corrupt STAGS society, where the rich and privileged play fast and loose with the lives of others, is revealed to be terrifyingly global …

Shafeen’s father, Prince Aadhish, has had a heart attack and is close to death. Desperately worried, Shafeen and Greer race from STAGS to Rajasthan. But Prince Aadhish is in a coma and unresponsive and they begin to realise that the Prince received a terrible shock, triggered by a decades-old guilty secret. But as Shafeen and Greer attempt to unlock the secret, they come to believe the answer lies with the de Warlencourt ancestor Colonel Montgomery, founder of the T.I.G.E.R. shooting club, which horrifyingly pursued low-caste Indians instead of tigers. It appears that ‘Monty’ brought the Order of the Stag to India, and the hunts may still be going on…

A thrilling next instalment in the STAGS series.

My Review; This is book four in the brilliant Stags series and I am absolutely loving this whole series. This book is a little different from the previous books as this is mostly set in India this time. It includes all the previous characters but not the school as much.

I devoured the majority of this book in a day it was just brilliant. Within it flicks back to the past for half the story through diary entries of a weekend of hunting, shooting and fishing that changes everything they knew. Parts had my jaw dropping. Very unexpected! And the ending I am hoping was like that to lead into the next book. Fingers crossed. Praying to God. I need the next book. Please.

A brilliant YA series that has me hooked. I never want it to end. Amazing. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend the whole series to you all. A must read series.

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Emotional · Young adult

A Thousand Perfect Notes – C.G. Drews. ★★★★

Blurb; An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

My Review; I read a previous book by this author and really enjoyed it so I decided to pick this one up. This was a hard read for me at 27 years old. So more for a mature reader. It does contain quite violent scenes and abuse within the home. This is a really emotional story and parts hurt me to read. No child should have to experience what Beck and his sister have. Breaks my heart.

But it’s also a story full of friendship, love, music and a happy ending. It really did make me tear up. The author has written this story carefully but also tackled some tough issues within the story perfectly. A tough read. Becks mum is high on my characters to hate list! I awarded this four stars.

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Children's

The Worries: Jaz and the New Baby – Jion Sheibani ★★★★

Blurb; Everyone feels worried sometimes. But what if your worries came to life and started following you around?

Jazmin’s mum is about to have a baby and Jaz is SO excited! She’s been waiting forever to be a big sister and knows she’s going to be brilliant at it. Okay, it might mean some changes to their family, but Jaz is sure everything will be just fine.

So imagine her surprise when a host of furry, fretful friends arrive to cause some serious mischief. That’s right, it’s the Worries – gloomy Loner, nervous Change, pushy Jealousy and DJ Disaster, always waiting for something to go wrong.

Jaz tries her best to keep her worries to herself, but with her birthday party coming up fast, they seem set on turning her into the Worst Sister EVER!

My Review; This is a short read which is beautifully illustrated throughout. Perfect for younger readers to learn about their worries and that we all have them. This book focuses on the arrival of a new baby and how Jaz feels about that. So may help children who are expecting younger siblings. It’s a beautiful story with an amazing, emotional and loving outcome. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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