fantasy · Magic · Young adult

Shadows of Winterspell – Amy Wilson ★★★★

Blurb; Stella has been living behind the magic of the forest for most of her life. Lonely, she enrolls at the local school, and as she begins to make friends, she discovers that she is even more different than she thought. But as autumn turns to magical winter, Stella realizes that uncovering her own family secret is the only way to release the forest from the grip of a dark and old magic.

My Review; I was drawn to this by the beautiful cover and ended up buying them all in the end. Another YA story full of magic, fairies, fai, ghosts and imps. An adventure. I absolutely loved it. Another easy read that could easily be read in one setting, a lovely ending.

Stella lives with her ghost nan, an imp and her cat but she wants a ‘normal’ life. She gets herself enrolled in the local school, makes friends and is enjoying life. Until she realises she is part of an old story/myth. One that still needs sorting/fixing and that is exactly what she is going to do. She is one brave, strong and adventurous girl but it won’t be as easy as she thinks.

A brilliant story. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I cant wait to read all this authors other stories. I love finding new authors.

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crime · mystery · Young adult

Sweetfreak – Sophie McKenzie ★★★★

Blurb; When everyone thinks you’re a liar, how hard will you fight for the truth?

Carey and Amelia have been best friends forever. Then Amelia starts being trolled by SweetFreak, a mysterious and hateful online account, and Carey is accused of being behind the vicious comments and threats.

Shut out by her other friends and shunned by Amelia, Carey is determined to clear her name and find out who’s really sending the messages. But as the online attacks spill over into real life, events start spiralling out of control… Can Carey expose the real SweetFreak before it’s too late?

A gripping page-turner from the award-winning Sophie Mckenize, SweetFreak will keep you guessing until the very end…

My Review; This is a perfect YA story. An easy, fast paced read. One I really enjoyed. It kept me guessing right until the end. A twist and outcome I could never have guessed or seen coming. Brilliantly written, full of suspense. A real mystery.

Poor Carey has been set up and it just gets worse and worse as we go along… Noone believes her, even her own mother. The police are on to her but she decides she has had enough and decides to run away which makes her look even more guilty. Oops. Plenty of times throughout this I kept saying to myself if only she did this instead of that etc. I really felt sorry for her. Especially as it’s all aimed towards her bestfriend which she would never do… Right?

Gripping. A page turner of a read. Really enjoyed it. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Bestsellers · chick-lit · Comedy

Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams ★★★★

Blurb; Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.

Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper, where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white middle class peers. After a messy break up from her long-term white boyfriend, Queenie seeks comfort in all the wrong places…including several hazardous men who do a good job of occupying brain space and a bad job of affirming self-worth.

As Queenie careens from one questionable decision to another, she finds herself wondering, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?”—all of the questions today’s woman must face in a world trying to answer them for her.

My Review; I’ve seen this book around a lot especially with all the riots currently going on. A wonderful, eye-opening, hilarious and inspiring story that I would suggest we all read in these times. The story focuses on queenie and how she gets treated as a ‘black’ girl within the UK (her words not mine). It’s powerful. Emotional. Heart breaking at times. I loved this book! Devoured it in a day. I don’t really know what to say… It’s about Queenies life. Fictional but probably based on someones real life.

Queenies on a break from her boyfriend and soon finds herself living back at her grandparents at 26. With a investigation making her take leave of work too she decides to reach out for help and turn her life around with the help of her family and friends.

A must read. Powerful. Brutally honest. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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