mystery · suspense · Young adult

Lord of the Fly Fest – Goldy Moldavsky ★★★★

Blurb; One of Us Is Lying meets Lord of the Flies meets Fyre Fest in this wickedly addictive and funny YA thriller.

Rafi Francisco needs something really special to put her true crime podcast on the map. She sets her sights on River Stone, the hearthrob musician who rose to stardom after the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend. Rafi lands herself a ticket to the exclusive Fly Fest, where River will be the headliner.

But when Rafi arrives on the Caribbean island location of Fly Fest with hundreds of other influencers and (very minor) celebrities, they quickly discover that the dream trip is more of a nightmare. And it’s not just confronting beauty gurus-gone-wild and spotty WiFi. Soon, Rafi goes from fighting for an interview to fighting for her life. And, as she gets closer to River, she discovers that he might be hiding even darker secrets than she suspected . . .

My review; This was such a good read. A perfect YA read. What should had been the festival of their lives on a remote island soon turns into a survival story with no festival at all. Bring in the influencers. The famous. It soon becomes apparent there are those that want to leave and those to busy pretending to enjoy themselves to save their own embarrassment. Tense. Survival. Alot of people wanting answers and they’re all stuck on this island with limited WiFi. Do they call for help and get rescued? Do they stay? What will their limit be? Will they all go mad? Gripping. Fast paced. Really enjoyed it. A very likeable main character too with her own podcast who aimed to interview a famous star about his past. Will she get her answers? A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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Adventure · Bestsellers · Comedy · TV series

Diddly Squat: A Year on the Farm – Jeremy Clarkson ★★★★

Blurb; Pull on your wellies, grab your flat cap and join Jeremy Clarkson in this hilarious and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the farm we’re all obsessed with.
Welcome to Clarkson’s farm.

An idyllic spot offering picturesque views across the Cotswolds, bustling hedgerows and natural springs, it’s the perfect plot of land for someone to delegate the actual, you know, farming to someone else while he galivants around the world in cars.

Until one day, Jeremy decided he would do the farming itself.

After all, how hard could it be? . . .

Faced with suffocating red tape, biblical weather, local objections, a global pandemic and his own frankly staggering ignorance of how to ‘do farming’, Jeremy soon realises that turning the farm around is going to take more than splashing out on a massive tractor.

Fortunately, there’s help at hand from a large and (mostly) willing team, including girlfriend Lisa, Kaleb the Tractor Driver, Cheerful Charlie, Ellen the Shepherd and Gerald, his Head of Security and Dry Stone Waller.

Between them, they enthusiastically cultivate crops, rear livestock and hens, keep bees, bottle spring water and open a farm shop. But profits remain elusive.

And yet while the farm may be called Diddly Squat for good reason, Jeremy soon begins to understand that it’s worth a whole lot more to him than pounds, shillings and pence . . .

My review; I’ve always been a huge fan of Jeremy Clarkson in top gear, grand tour and now his own farm series over on Amazon which I enjoyed and thought it was hilarious. So imagine me seeing him bringing out a book about it too. Its basically everything that was shown in series one of his farm series with a few bits I don’t remember being in the show. Each chapter is written just how Jeremy would speak it himself. So parts had me laughing away while reading. But it’s a very interesting read. I’m not one to read about farms usually but put Jeremy Clarkson running it I’m interested. He’s blunt. Honest. Funny and he tells everything as it is. I actually learnt a lot about farming through his program and this book so he made me aware of several things. A brilliant read. An easy, short read at just over 200 pages. A well deserved four stars.

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Short Stories

Paper Boat, Paper Bird – David Almond ★★★★

Blurb; A stunning new story from the bestselling, prize-winning David Almond, unfolding the magic of the everyday. Mina, from the unforgettable Skellig and My Name is Mina, journeys to Japan and discovers the wonders of the world around her.

Kyoto, Japan. Mina is on a bus. Everything is strange and beautiful.

Mina watches as a woman folds a piece of paper into an origami boat, then floats it over to her.

As Mina discovers the magic of origami, her eyes are opened to the wonders of the real city around her.

Unfold the magic of the everyday, on a journey with one of the world’s best-loved authors – with stunning illustrations from Kirsti Beautyman in black and orange throughout.

My Review; This is a beautiful short story. Simple yet beautiful. Gorgeously illustrated throughout. An easy, quick read. Loved the story. How a little thing can turn into a big thing and come back around to find you. Amazing. Delicate. A well deserved four stars from me. A perfect read for younger children too.

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