Adventure

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologises – Fredrik Backman ★★★★

Blurb; Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Review; I have loved all of this authors books so far and this did not disappoint. The start had me laughing out loud, but then comes the death of Elsas grandmother and brings with it a huge adventure ahead full of stories.

Elsa was very close to her grandmother and after her death she has to send letters from her grandma to others. Elsas grandma use to tell her lots of stories and these soon turn into reality and everything soon becomes clear. Everything changes throughout. Her friendships. The stories. The adventure. I loved it. Really enjoyed it. Underneath theres a clever meaning to it all left by her grandmother. Beautiful. Clever how her grandma still managed to do all that even after death.

I loved little Elsas character and how she managed to solve and change everything. Amazing. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Adventure · Short Stories · Young adult

The Colour of the Sun – David Almond ★★★★

Blurb; “The day is long, the world is wide, you’re young and free.”

One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar – the little Tyneside town that has always been his home – but as the day passes, it becomes ever more mysterious.

A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible. He turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit hills above the town.

As the day goes on, the real and the imaginary start to merge, and Davie knows that neither he nor his world will ever be the same again.

My Review; This was one off my library pile and was a breathe of fresh air to read! Different. Refreshing. Perfect for young adult fans. It is a short read at just over 200 pages but a brilliant read. Well written. It was a nominee for the Costa book awards and it deserved it.

The story follows a young boy Davie on an adventure, a wander. Where will it take him? What will he see? Who will he bump into? There’s a stabbing in the town but it’s not as it seems. You see life through davies eyes throughout his days adventure. I loved reading this one. An easy read that can be read in one setting. I love the cover too.

A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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Adventure · mystery

*BLOG TOUR* The Wild Book – Juan Villoro ★★★★★

Blurb; Juan is looking forward to spending the summer having adventures with his best friend when he gets terrible news: not only are his parents separating, but he has to go live with his strange uncle Tito, who lives in a rambling home with three cats and about one million books. Shy and wary, Juan starts to explore Tito’s library, which is unlike any Juan has ever seen: the books are arranged in strange sections like “Motors That Make No Noise,” “Cheeses That Stink But Taste Delicious,” and “How to Govern Without Being President,” and some of them seem to change location each time you look for them. In fact, Tito tells him that a book finds a reader when it’s needed, and not the other way around.

Soon, Tito lets his nephew in on a secret: Juan is a Princeps Reader, to whom books respond in a very special way, and Tito needs his help finding a special volume called The Wild Book, which has never allowed itself to be read. Juan is joined in the quest by his little sister and the pretty girl who works at the pharmacy across the street, and together they battle the nefarious Pirate Book, which steals words out of existing stories. Over the summer, with the help of his new friends, Juan learns all sorts of secrets about world classics from Alice in Wonderland to The Metamorphosis, and overcomes his fear of change and the unfamiliar.

My Review; This is a must have/read for bookworms. You will love it, I promise. Something different and adventurous but brilliant. This is actually going in my top ten of the year and has to be one of my new all time favourite reads. The cover is beautiful too. One I won’t forget.

I fell in love with this story and the characters. There are so many beautiful quotes in this book I lost count. Can easily be devoured in one sitting. Beautiful. I also want Uncle Titos house aka library. Brilliantly written and translated story, so some credit needs to be given to the awsome translater for letting me read this story. Thank you Lawrence Schimel.

The perfect escape from life. Absolutely loved every minute of it. A well deserved five stars, place in my heart and top ten of the year. Highly recommend.

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