Adventure · Children's · fantasy

The Caravan at the Edge of Doom – Jim Beckett ★★★★

Blurb; “My grandparents stories had always felt real. What if they were? What if their Heroes and Mythical Monsters actually existed? “

When her grandparents explode in their caravan toilet late one night, twelve-year-old Harley discovers a surprising truth: their toilet is a gateway to the Land of the Dead, and they are its Guardians!

Well, they were. But there’s no time to mourn their passing. Because Harley’s baby brother has accidentally gone with them to the Land of the Dead. And Harley only has 24 hours to rescue him before he’s trapped there FOREVER!

My Review; This is a perfect book for younger readers. Parts had me laughing out loud! This is one adventure I will not be able to forget for a long time. It is beautifully illustrated throughout and has your imagination on fire. It’s a whole new world when you enter the gateway through the toilet!

Absolutely loved it all. Got tense towards the end but it’s such a fun, exciting and fast paced adventure. Different. Unique. Loved all the characters and family. Would highly recommend to all children. If I enjoyed it at 27 years old they will love it. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Children's · fantasy

Mirabelle Has a Bad Day – Harriet Muncaster ★★★★

Blurb; Mirabelle’s mum is a witch, her dad is a fairy, and she is a bit of both!

Mirabelle is having a BAD DAY! Her best friend, Carlotta, can usually make Mirabelle see the funny side but she’s away from school and Mirabelle can’t help feeling a BAD MOOD coming on.
When Mirabelle gets home to find her brother has eaten the last chocolate biscuit and is playing with her beloved pet dragon, Mirabelle finally loses her temper, with dramatic consequences for all the family!
Will Mirabelle be able to put things right and turn her bad day around before bedtime…?

My Review; I have reviewed this series before and they’re brilliant reads for younger readers. At just over 100 pages they’re easy reads and beautifully illustrated throughout.

Mirabelle is half witch, half fairy and she’s having a bad day from when she wakes to when she falls asleep. We all have bad days don’t we? But the ending shows that however bad it is we can always change our day, make it better and have our family there to help us. Brilliant read! Funny in parts. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. A series I am passing onto my daughter.

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fantasy · suspense · Young adult

*BLOG TOUR* Fireborn – Aisling Fowler ★★★★★

Blurb; Ember is full of monsters.

Twelve gave up her name and identity to train in the art of hunting them–so she says. The truth is much more deadly: she trains to take revenge on those who took her family from her.

But when Twelve’s new home is attacked, she’ll find herself on an unexpected journey, where her hidden past is inescapably intertwined with her destiny–and the very fate of her world.

My Review; With thanks for my copy and being part of this tour. As soon as this book came through my post box I devoured it. I started it straight away and it was finished before I knew it. Fantasy. Adventure. Battle.

It was a brilliant read. Had my imagination on fire. This is a perfect read for any Harry Potter fans. Very similar but also many differences. This has huge spiders, magic, battles, ogres and many strange creatures. I just loved every page. A real page turner. Brilliantly written. I loved how the characters didn’t have names, they were known by numbers instead. Twelve is a very brave and determined young girl. Powerful. But she learns alot about herself during this book too.

The ending is kind of open… So… I am hoping and got my fingers crossed for a book two here? Please please. I would love to see my in this world. More from the characters. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me. This has gone into my top reads of the year.

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