Children's · Magic

Mirabelle Breaks The Rules – Harriet Muncaster ★★★★

Blurb; Mirabelle is special because she is different. Mirabelle’s mum is a witch, her dad is a fairy and she is a bit of both.

When Mirabelle goes off to witch school she promises not to cause any mischief … but then potions class goes a bit wrong and flying practise is a disaster.

Soon enough, Mirabelle finds herself getting up to some seriously mischievous behaviour. Hopefully, with the help of her best friend, Carlotta, she can put everything right before home time.

My Review; This is another children’s book suitable reading age of 6-10. This is book two in the series but reads fine as a Standalone. Another one I can pass down to my daughter.

Meet Mirabelle. Half witch. Half fairy. Very naughty. She has a pet dragon named Violet. It makes for a funny read. 100 pages long. At the start of the book we get an introduction to all the characters and a family tree. At the end of book you get a sneaky look into the next book, a wordsearch, a cooking recipe and a quiz. So there is loads within this book including the story.

The stories itself is set mostly in her witch school where two lessons go horribly wrong. Mirabelle vows to listen to rules and behave from now on but will she? Enjoyable read. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Magical. Highly recommend. 4 stars.

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fantasy · Magic · Young adult

Amari And The Night Brothers – B.B. Alston ★★★★

Blurb; Quinton Peters was the golden boy of the Rosewood low-income housing projects, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari Peters, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Why isn’t his story all over the news? And why do the police automatically assume he was into something illegal?

Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s old closet. A briefcase meant for her eyes only. There was far more to Quinton, it seems, than she ever knew. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari is certain the answer to finding out what happened to him lies somewhere inside, if only she can get her head around the idea of mermaids, dwarves, yetis and magicians all being real things, something she has to instantly confront when she is given a weredragon as a roommate.

Amari must compete against some of the nation’s wealthiest kids—who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives and are able to easily answer questions like which two Great Beasts reside in the Atlantic Ocean and how old is Merlin? Just getting around the Bureau is a lesson alone for Amari with signs like ‘Department of Hidden Places this way, or is it?’ If that all wasn’t enough, every Bureau trainee has a talent enhanced to supernatural levels to help them do their jobs – but Amari is given an illegal ability. As if she needed something else to make her stand out.

With an evil magican threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.

My Review; I was gifted this book for free as part of the Amazon Vine reviewers team. This does not influence my review in any way. I got this because it looked interesting and an easy read. I was right. This book will have your imagination on fire. Magic. Fantasy. The unimaginable. Talking elevators/lifts who are also named. It’s a whole new world to get lost into and I already cannot wait for book two to come out. I loved it all!

The main character Amari is on the hunt to find out what really happened to her older brother but first she must go through some training. She is one determined and strong kid with an alley by her side the whole time. But who can she trust? Does she know her enemy? Can she save and find her brother before it’s too late? She knows she isn’t wanted within the establishment but that doesn’t make her give up just more determined. Absolutely loved her such a powerful character.

Loved it all. The setting. The plot. The outcome. Brilliant. I was lost into this world and wish I didn’t have to leave it. I know it’s a children’s/YA book but you’re never too old for that magic in my eyes. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I also just adore the cover too. Magical.

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fantasy · Magic · Young adult

*BLOG TOUR* Tree Magic – Harriet Springbett ★★★★

Blurb;

A life fractured into parallel worlds. A quiet magic to accept or ignore. A decision to make.
Escape from difficult family dynamics is teenager Rainbow’s desire. When she discovers a strange gift for communicating with trees, she thinks she’s found her salvation. Even better, a mysterious but gentle man living in her Dorset village helps develop her powers.

But when tragedy strikes, Rainbow’s life is torn apart, creating parallel worlds in the process. In one life, the vulnerable Rainbow strives to salvage her family. In the other, her alter-ego, Mary, flees her past. Over the next few years the two versions of Rainbow follow very different lives. The source of their grief, however, is the same – a confession buried deep within their memories.

Could France offer more than a mere escape? As the two worlds draw closer and memories resurface, Rainbow and Mary’s futures must be determined. Can they receive the healing they need? Or will the renewed pain be too much to bear? Only by risking their lives will they know.

Escape from difficult family dynamics is teenager Rainbow’s desire. When she discovers a strange gift for communicating with trees, she thinks she’s found her salvation. Even better, a mysterious but gentle man living in her Dorset village helps develop her powers.

But when tragedy strikes, Rainbow’s life is torn apart, creating parallel worlds in the process. In one life, the vulnerable Rainbow strives to salvage her family. In the other, her alter-ego, Mary, flees her past. Over the next few years the two versions of Rainbow follow very different lives. The source of their grief, however, is the same – a confession buried deep within their memories.

Could France offer more than a mere escape? As the two worlds draw closer and memories resurface, Rainbow and Mary’s futures must be determined. Can they receive the healing they need? Or will the renewed pain be too much to bear? Only by risking their lives will they know.
My Review; As soon as this popped through my door I knew I was in for a treat and just had to read it straight away. The cover is gorgeous and before I knew it I was immersed into Rainbows world and I didn’t want to leave. Again another different read for me but one I very much enjoyed and loved. This is book one in the Tree Magic trilogy and I already cannot wait to see what lies ahead.

Very YA fantasy/magic. I was a bit confused between the two characters at first i.e Rainbow and Mary but it explains it all towards the end and I got it before that. Clever very clever. Different. Again I haven’t read anything similar to this. A perfect read for me a different world to escape into. A real page turner for me. I loved it all.

After an accident caused by Rainbow she changes into Mary. Both girls are different but they’re the same person. Rainbow has discovered with trees she has magic. Again like I’ve said different but it works. I was intrigued. Plenty of YA in relation to her life, friends and school etc. A great read! A nice ending. I look forward to book two.

Above is the new cover. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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