fantasy · mystery · Young adult

A Girl Called Owl – Amy Wilson ★★★★

Blurb; It’s bad enough having a mum dippy enough to name you Owl, but when you’ve got a dad you’ve never met, a best friend who needs you more than ever, and a new boy at school giving you weird looks, there’s not a lot of room for much else.

So when Owl starts seeing strange frost patterns on her skin, she’s tempted to just burrow down under the duvet and forget all about it. Could her strange new powers be linked to her mysterious father?And what will happen when she enters the magical world of winter for the first time?

My Review; I have read books by this author before and loved them so had to carry on with her other books. Now this was a different read for me. Young Adult, fantasy. But also a little wierd. The main character is named owl half human half Fay. Her dad is Jack frost… Wierd right? But it’s a wintery read, magical in parts but also strange coming and going between different worlds.

It’s an easy, chilly and frosty read. A unique read. One I won’t forget just a bit strange but it was a good story with a happy ending for all. I look forward to reading her other books. A well deserved four stars from me. Stunning cover.

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fantasy · suspense · Young adult

Maximum Ride: Saving the World & other Extreme Sports – James Patterson ★★★★

Blurb; In MAXIMUM RIDE: SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, the time has arrived for Max and her winged “Flock” to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of “Re-evolution”, a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race…and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them–but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?

My Review; After a month long reading slump I needed something to get me back into reading so I dived back into this series which I previously loved. This did the job. This is book three in the maximum ride series and it was just as good as I remember and even better. The flock family are facing more challenges and new enemies. With a huge final battle at the end it leaves me looking forward to book four.

The flock split for part of this story but reunite at the end and Max finds out who her real parents are and the outcome was unexpected but welcome. The flock family also have a following of humans who are on their side, who are ready to help and fight on the ground wherever they are needed. I can only wonder what lies ahead for this flock family. I am loving this series. Devoured it. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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fantasy · Magic · mystery · romance · Young adult

The Potion Diaries – Amy McCulloch ★★★★

Blurb; (Contains: potions, princesses, peril, a magical quest and a serious crush)

When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn. Enter Samantha Kemi – an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the Zoro Aster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime? And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news. No big deal, then.

My Review; This is book one in the Potion Diaries series and I absolutely loved it. A race against time to save the princess from her own love potion. A race to win with the cure, but not everyone is going to play fair in order to win. I devoured most of this and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for this series.

Sam was determined to win and never gave up no matter how many times she got knocked down. Maybe in the end she just needed teamwork & to come together to win. A beautiful outcome and ending. I look forward to book two. Highly recommend. Magical. A well deserved four stars from me.

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