Adventure · Children's · Young adult

Bone Music – David Almond ★★★★

Blurb; This wonderful tale transports the reader from the city to the forests and fells of Northern England. Under a boundless starry sky, the unforgettable Sylvia Carr reconnects with the ancient past and discovers what it really means to be young in the world today.

Sylvia, brave hearted and rebellious, moves into wild Northumberland from the city of Newcastle. She feels alien in this huge, silent, seemingly empty landscape, but then she meets Gabriel, a strange yet familiar boy. As they roam the forests and fells together, she sees nature with new eyes. She becomes aware that the past is all around her, and is deep inside herself. From the wing of a dead buzzard, they create a hollow bone – the kind of flute that was created and used in rituals in the distant past.

This is a book of hope and joy – a book that celebrates humanity and explores the deep connections between ourselves and nature. It is timely and original. It speaks to young people about what it really is to be a human being alive today.

My Review; Let’s start with this gorgeous cover. Amazing. Eye catching. Love it. Now this is a story for older, more mature children. It’s a beautiful story. Two hundred pages long. It took me a while to get into it personally and I did find parts a bit wierd but then I just fell in love. I really did. Meet Slyvia, she’s come to the middle of nowhere literally from her busy city life. There no WiFi, no signal just nature & forest surround her.

Will she settle here? Make friends? Find herself? A new hobby? This book relates to the past us. The history of humans. How that relates to nature and animals. Its an outstanding read. But for a mature reader who will understand the meaning of this book. Its beautiful. Loved it all. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Apologies I could not find a US link to this book. 😦

Adventure · Children's · Young adult

The Forest of Moon and Sword – Amy Raphael ★★★★

Blurb; When Art’s mother is accused of witchcraft, she is determined to get her back – at any cost. A lyrical adventure with folklore at its heart, for fans of THE HOUSE WITH CHICKEN LEGS.

Twelve-year-old Art lives in a small village in Scotland. Her mother has always made potions that cure the sick, but now the townspeople say she is a witch.

One cloudless night, Art’s mother is accused of Witchcraft, arrested, and taken from Scotland to England. Art mounts her horse, taking a sword, a tightrope, and a herbal recipe book, and begins a journey through wild forests to find her mother before summer solstice, using nature’s signs and symbols to guide her.

On her journey, Art will discover what sacrifices she will need to make to be reunited with her mother – and to alter the fate of women everywhere. But will she reach her, before it’s too late?

My Review; I got this through the Amazon Vine reviewers programme and I was instantly drawn to the gorgeous cover. This is a YA/older children’s book but I read all sorts there isn’t an age limit to reading anything. I absolutely loved all of this story. I devoured it in hours. Its easy reading for an adult, set out beautifully with some gorgeous illustrations throughout. It’s all about witches, the hunt for them and the drowning/hanging of them in England, Essex.

Main character Art’s mother has been taken and presumed a witch! Art is on a journey to save her mother before it’s too late but she cannot do it alone. Such a beautiful and powerful story. Art is strong, determined and very brave to go against that many people. Will she be able to save her mother in time? Loved it all! Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars.

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Adventure · contemporary

Miracle At St Andrews – James Patterson & Peter De Jonge. ★★★★

Blurb; Seasoned pro golfer Travis McKinley is cruising toward a new season when he misses a putt on the 18th green. Just like that, he’s down and out and off the Senior Tour, his career all but dead.

Then Travis is visited by a mysterious stranger whose vision is clear. Go back to the beginning. The very beginning.

Taking his advice both literally and to heart, Travis and his family travel to their ancestral home – Scotland. In the place where golf was born, he’s able to look beyond getting the round ball in the round hole. And when Travis steps onto the Old Course at St. Andrews, the magic of the game takes over . . .

My Review; James Patterson is one of my favourite authors. I just love his writing style and how easy they are to read. This is a shortish read at just under 200 pages but a different read for me. This story is all about golf and golf tournaments not my usual choice. However, I did learn a lot about golf from it and it did have a great story line to it.

This is book three in the Travis McKinley series so I came into this series very late. However, it read perfectly fine as a standalone. I would love to go back to the other books if I find time. The story includes the famous Tiger Woods! It has a hidden message within to never give up, try again and keep going. It has an uplifting feel to it! The main character is a very determined man and alongside all the other characters I felt proud.

A well deserved four stars from me highly recommend. I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed it to say I know nothing about golf and it isn’t one of my interests.

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