Adventure · Children's · fantasy

Space Blasters – Kate & Kevin Tsang ★★★★

Blurb; Save the universe in the awesome and hilarious new space-themed adventure series from bestselling authors Katie and Kevin Tsang!

Suzie Wen LOVES gadgets and inventing things – but her inventions don’t always turn out how she expects . . . And when Suzie invent the Super 3DTV Gizmo she ends up getting transported into her favourite TV show – Space Blasters! On board the space ship with Captain Jane, Spaceman Jack and alien with attitude Five-Eyed Frank, Suzie is soon exploring new planets – like the smelly Planet Cheddar – and meeting plenty of aliens. But when moons start disappearing, it’s up to Suzie to save the universe. Can she put her inventing skills to use? And will she ever get home?

Funny, accessible and highly illustrated stories, perfect for readers aged 6 and up and fans of Bunny vs Monkey, Grimwood, Kitty Quest – and space!

STEM themes woven throughout, including real mindbending space facts and pages from Suzie’s inventors’ notebook

My Review; This is a short, easy children’s read. A space adventure. Contains inventions, aliens, moons, space, space ship and several very unusual planets. When Suzie finds herself transported into the space ship of a TV show she watches she soon find out that they need her help to save the universe. But will she be able to return home? Can they save the universe together? A fun adventure with black and white illustrations throughout. I enjoyed it. Perfect children’s read. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend for little people.

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romance · Short Stories

Open Water – Caleb Azumah Nelson ★★★★

Blurb; Two young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists – he a photographer, she a dancer – trying to make their mark in a city that by turns celebrates and rejects them. Tentatively, tenderly, they fall in love. But two people who seem destined to be together can still be torn apart by fear and violence.

My review; This is such a beautiful, delicate, raw and heart breaking read. It’s a short read at just under 150 pages but one that will impact you. No wonder it has won a Costa award. Its a romance/love story but also details what society is like for a young black man the issues he faces daily and how that impacts his life, feelings and relationships. A story that will be hard to forget. A well deserved four stars.

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fantasy · suspense · Young adult

Shadow Kiss – Richelle Mead ★★★★★

Blurb; WHAT IF FOLLOWING HER HEART MEANS ROSE COULD LOSE HER BEST FRIEND FOREVER?

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

My Review; This is book three in the Vampire Academy series and has to be my favourite so far. This book broke me. I didn’t cry but I was damn close. This book is a rollercoaster of emotions from beginning to the end. This story has so much going on and the ending just makes you want to dive straight into book four (Blood Promise). I am loving this series and the characters and cannot wait to see where book four takes us with all the characters. Highly recommend the whole series so far. All been five star reads.

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