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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Children's · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Hector’s Perfect Cake – Lily Clarke ★★★★★

Blurb; Hector is baking a cake for his Granny and he’s determined that it’s going to be perfect.

But when he discovers that the peanut butter jar is empty, Hector decides that he must head out to find some more, or else his perfect cake will be ruined.

As time begins to run out, Hector’s luck begins to run out too.

He may have to accept that sometimes, perfection just isn’t possible…

Charlotte’s (5) thoughts;

I liked the huge cake.

I liked the pictures (illustrations).

I liked the end of the story.

I would give it 100 stars.

It’s funny cause he’s chasing around for peanut butter.

I liked the SMASH!

It’s a good story and I enjoyed it a nrw favourite. I’m going to take it into school so all my class can read it together.

My thoughts as a parent;

Charlotte was made up to get her own signed book through the post and wanted to read it straight away. Ofcourse her younger brother Noah (2) joined us aswell. It’s a great, short story and illustrated beautifully. Kept us wondering if he ever did get the peanut butter. Kept the kids busy and quiet! I’m sure this will be a new favourite in our house as we all love chocolate cake here.

It also teachers a lesson that I don’t think Charlotte understood… It’s okay for things not be perfect! They’re still loved and appreciated just as much. With thanks to the author and Rachel for the book! We would recommend to all kiddies. We gave it five stars as a 100 wouldn’t fit.

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Children's

We Are The Beaker Girls – Jacqueline Wilson ★★★★

Blurb; Jess Beaker is having an amazing summer at her new seaside home!

Jess and her mum Tracy have left the Duke Estate behind them, and have moved to Cooksea. They have new friends, their dog Alfie, and they’re running an antiques shop called… The Dumping Ground!

But as lovely as it is to live by the sea, trouble still seems to be following the Beaker Girls.

Horrible Sean is back on the scene, a local kid is picking on Jess, and their beloved Cam isn’t just round the corner any more.

Can the Beaker Girls make a success of their new life? Tracy won’t go rushing back to that awful boyfriend … will she?

My Review; This is my final book for 2019, I managed to slip it in before midnight taking my reading total to 160 books this year. Yes. It’s a children book but it’s more than that to me. I grew up watching and reading Tracy Beaker and that was a big part of my Childhood. I’ve followed along with it from the start and seen Tracy grow up and become a mother herself. She’s actually a similar age to me. Eek.

Brilliantly written. Easy reading. Yes I still love all the little illustrations throughout making it that more special and funny. Absolutely loved it and have loved watching Tracy grow and her family. I don’t know if this is the end of the Tracy Beaker books but I really hope not.

In this book we are introduced to a new character Jordan… Can Tracy and Jess help her back on the right track? We also see a few familiar faces from the dumping ground too. Brilliant. A well deserved four stars from me. A brilliant delve back into my childhood which always makes me smile and feel warm. It’s the little things…

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