Children's · Magic · Short Stories

Fairy Forest School: The Raindrop Spell – Olivia Brook ★★★★

Blurb; A brand-new fairy school series about helping animals and looking after nature, from the home of Rainbow Magic!

Poppy Merrymoss is so excited to start at Oakwings Academy, a beautiful fairy school in the trunk of an old oak tree. There she’ll learn about all the different types of magic that fairies use to help nature, and she’ll discover what type of fairy she’ll be when she grows up! But when evil Lady Nightshade puts a curse on the forest, stopping the adult fairies from making the magic seeds that create fairy dust, it’s up to Poppy and her friends to save the forest!

Can Poppy and her friends Ninad Cleardrop and Rose Seedpip stop Lady Nightshade and rescue a little lost otter?

My Review; The first in a brand new series, perfect for any little girls. Full of fairies, magic and animals. Ofcourse it wouldn’t be a story without an evil character but this one is within the school and as new beginners noone believes them about who is really the bad one here. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Magical. Adventure. New school. New beginning. Fab start to a new series alot of little girls will adore. At just over 100 pages a perfect read. I enjoyed it. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Historical fiction · mystery

The Lamplighters – Emma Stonex ★★★★

Blurb; Inspired by a haunting true story, a gorgeous and atmospheric novel about the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a remote tower miles from the Cornish coast–and about the wives who were left behind.

What strange fate befell these doomed men? The heavy sea whispers their names. Black rocks roll beneath the surface, drowning ghosts. And out of the swell like a finger of light, the salt-scratched tower stands lonely and magnificent.

It’s New Year’s Eve, 1972, when a boat pulls up to the Maiden Rock lighthouse with relief for the keepers. But no one greets them. When the entrance door, locked from the inside, is battered down, rescuers find an empty tower. A table is laid for a meal not eaten. The Principal Keeper’s weather log describes a storm raging round the tower, but the skies have been clear all week. And the clocks have all stopped at 8:45.

Two decades later, the wives who were left behind are visited by a writer who is determined to find the truth about the men’s disappearance. Moving between the women’s stories and the men’s last weeks together in the lighthouse, long-held secrets surface and truths twist into lies as we piece together what happened, why, and who to believe.

In her riveting and suspenseful novel, Emma Stonex writes a story of isolation and obsession, of reality and illusion, and of what it takes to keep the light burning when all else is swallowed by dark.

My Review; I absolutely loved this book. Devoured the first half then had a baby so it took me a while to finish it but it was always on my mind trying to figure out what happened to these men who seem to have disappeared into thin air from a remote lighthouse. Based off a true story makes it even more real for me. The story is told through each of the different characters. The men aboard the lighthouse and their significance others on land. There was never a concrete answer as to where these men went or being found. A gripping mystery. Lots of tension throughout. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Adventure · Children's

The Last Firefox – Lee Newbery ★★★★

Blurb; A heartwarming story about family, friendship and finding your inner fire.

Between bullies at school and changes at home, Charlie Challinor finds life a bit scary. And when he’s made guardian of a furry fox cub called Cadno, things get a whole lot scarier.

Because Cadno isn’t just any fox: he’s a firefox – the only one of his kind – and a sinister hunter from another world is on his trail.

Swept up into an unexpected adventure to protect his flammable friend, Charlie’s going to need to find the bravery he never thought he had, if he’s going to save the last firefox . . .

My Review; An easy read for me as it’s an older children’s story but one full of magic and adventure. Contains beautiful illustrations throughout. A brilliant story about another world beyond and a fire fox entering the real world to remain safe. But a fire fox is not easy to look after and remain hidden from your parents. This could be the only fire fox left in in world so needs to be saved.There is a great representation here for the gay community as the boy lives with his two fathers and is adopted. This fox finds itself in alot of bothered throughout this story and starting fires for fun. But can they remain hidden from the monster who wants to claim him? Fun read. Different. Full of imagination. I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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