Short Stories · Young adult

*BLOG TOUR* Hunted – Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk ★★★★

Blurb; On the hundredth anniversary of being turned into a vampire, Edith joins her adopted daughters and their friends at the Heartsong Clan’s annual “vampires vs humans” LARP recruitment event where she meets an eager Dan Paxton. Dan’s older brother and vampire hunter, Darren, thinks he is merely chaperoning a trip to a nerd convention, but when Darren discovers Dan missing, he follows the only lead he has to the Heartsong Clan’s residence on Tombstone Row. He’s determined to keep his Hunter instincts in check, rescue his brother, and make a clean escape. When an impromptu late-night encounter leads Darren and Edith to be honest with each other about who and what each of them are, Edith longs to keep Darren and his brother close, even though it goes against Clan rules. The two start to grow closer as they seek out the truth from Edith’s Sire, Mr. Heartsong, and soon Darren is finding it harder than he thought to snuff out Edith and her family.

My Review; Anything to do with vampires and I am in. This starts off fairly innocent with its upfront at an event being a vampire vs human game. What it actually is… Is a weekend to learn about real vampires and a recruit to turn more vampires. But it soon goes horribly wrong with vampire hunters coming onto the scene. A battle. Deaths. Who will win?

A shortish read which I really enjoyed. I do believe this is book one in a trilogy and does end with a kind of cliffhanger so I can’t wait to see what happens in book two. Perfect YA, vampire vs human story. A beautiful cover too, eye catching. Highly recommend. Brilliantly written. A well deserved four stars from me.

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crime · suspense · thriller · War

*BLOG TOUR* Amalie – E.J. Wood ★★★★

Blurb; THEY MURDERED FAMILIES
THE FUHRER CANNOT PROTECT THEM NOW

It’s not wise to murder the family of a budding assassin. Created by Auschwitz, her skill is honed by revenge.

A very different type of serial killer is loose in 1950s Europe. In Britain, a Brotherhood of powerful men takes notice and enhances the expertise and artistry of a killer.

DCI John Owen was born to serve. Recruited by MI6, he tracks an accomplished executioner whose love of luxury and the arts is second only to the love of watching an early death come to those who truly deserve it.

Join the chase. Then ask yourself…
Can there ever be only one winner?

My Review; From the opening of this book I was hooked, intrigued and drawn in. We see Amalie grow up and what she faces along the way to turn her into the person she has become today. How she survived Auschwitz, lost her family and became a woman not to be messed with, a woman to be feared.

It was a very interesting read. A lot of history within the pages and I learnt a lot from this book. You can tell the author has put a lot of research and time into this book and its paid off. I absolutely loved this book. I loved what Amalie stood her ground for I was team Amalie the whole time. I understand why she is the way she is. After all she’s been through. A powerful, strong and determined character.

A brilliant read. Addictive. It left an open ending for me and I would love to see more from Amalie. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Children's · fantasy

Opie Jones: Talks To Animals – Nat Luurtsema ★★★★

Blurb; Dr Dolittle meets Kid Normal in a hilarious middle grade superhero series from comedian Nat Luurtsema. Perfect for fans of David Baddiel, Charlie Changes into a Chicken, My Brother is a Superhero and Lightning Girl

10-year-old Opie Jones is Very Ordinary. In fact nothing remarkable has ever happened to her, if you don’t count the cat that gives her funny looks from next door (which she doesn’t). So she is naturally very surprised when she is recruited to join The Resistance – a team of superheroes who can read minds, and have a dastardly brainwashing villain to defeat.

HOWEVER… it turns out Opie can’t read human minds, she can read ANIMAL ones. The other members of the Resistance are very disappointed. And a whole world of animal chat and demands is opening up to her. She’s still a superhero, just one on her hands and knees in the mud, chatting to a pedantic worm.

But when the Resistance find themselves captured, it might just be that listening to all the creatures great and small is what makes Opie Jones the right person to save the world.

My Review; Hi I’m Gemma, 26. Yes I still read children’s books. Why not? Reading and books don’t have an age limit.. now moving on… I really enjoyed this one. It’s beautifully illustrated throughout and the story just sets your imagination on fire. I find children’s book have so much more magic and imagination in them than adult books.

Meet Opie she’s discovered she can talk to animals! Wow. What a hero. But surely that means there are others like her too? There sure are a secret group of them. But it soon becomes apparent they are against an evil group of the same people who are trying to take over her school.

Which side should she join? Good vs Evil. She is sure a hero and her power is more useful than she thinks but with power comes temptation to do wrong. A great read. I do believe this is book one in a new series coming soon and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for Opie. Will her powers grow? Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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