Children's · fantasy · Magic · Short Stories

Mirabelle in Double Trouble – Harriet Muncaster ★★★★

Blurb; Half witch, half fairy, totally naughty! Mirabelle is Isadora Moon’s cousin, who we first meet in the author’s famous Isadora Moon series.

Mirabelle is going on holiday with her family to a fancy witch resort and she can’t wait! She has promised her parents that she will absolutely not get up to mischief this time. And she really means it too.

The witch resort is everything Mirabelle had hoped for, and more! Better yet, she makes a new friend called Bea. Then Mirabelle makes a worrying discovery – Bea is even more mischievous than Mirabelle, and she quickly finds herself in a whole heap of trouble…especially when a dragon gets involved!

Will Mirabelle’s family believe that Mirabelle is (mostly) innocent this time or is it just a case of double the trouble?

My Review; Another short children’s read at just over 100 pages. A brilliant series perfect for all little girls. I have reviewed others from this series previously. They all read fine as Standalones. Meet Mirabelle, half witch, half fairy. She is usually a very mischievous/naughty little girl. In this story she’s off on holiday with her family and vows to leave her potions at home be a good girl. She meets up with another little girl on holiday called Beatrix and they soon become friends. However, magic and tricks are soon involved in the holiday and ofcourse Mirabelle gets blamed. But has mirabelle found her match in Beatrix? Whose causing all this chaos and can this family have a normal holiday for once? A well deserved four stars from me. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Highly recommend.

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Children's · Magic · Short Stories

Fairy Forest School: The Raindrop Spell – Olivia Brook ★★★★

Blurb; A brand-new fairy school series about helping animals and looking after nature, from the home of Rainbow Magic!

Poppy Merrymoss is so excited to start at Oakwings Academy, a beautiful fairy school in the trunk of an old oak tree. There she’ll learn about all the different types of magic that fairies use to help nature, and she’ll discover what type of fairy she’ll be when she grows up! But when evil Lady Nightshade puts a curse on the forest, stopping the adult fairies from making the magic seeds that create fairy dust, it’s up to Poppy and her friends to save the forest!

Can Poppy and her friends Ninad Cleardrop and Rose Seedpip stop Lady Nightshade and rescue a little lost otter?

My Review; The first in a brand new series, perfect for any little girls. Full of fairies, magic and animals. Ofcourse it wouldn’t be a story without an evil character but this one is within the school and as new beginners noone believes them about who is really the bad one here. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Magical. Adventure. New school. New beginning. Fab start to a new series alot of little girls will adore. At just over 100 pages a perfect read. I enjoyed it. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Historical fiction · mystery

The Lamplighters – Emma Stonex ★★★★

Blurb; Inspired by a haunting true story, a gorgeous and atmospheric novel about the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a remote tower miles from the Cornish coast–and about the wives who were left behind.

What strange fate befell these doomed men? The heavy sea whispers their names. Black rocks roll beneath the surface, drowning ghosts. And out of the swell like a finger of light, the salt-scratched tower stands lonely and magnificent.

It’s New Year’s Eve, 1972, when a boat pulls up to the Maiden Rock lighthouse with relief for the keepers. But no one greets them. When the entrance door, locked from the inside, is battered down, rescuers find an empty tower. A table is laid for a meal not eaten. The Principal Keeper’s weather log describes a storm raging round the tower, but the skies have been clear all week. And the clocks have all stopped at 8:45.

Two decades later, the wives who were left behind are visited by a writer who is determined to find the truth about the men’s disappearance. Moving between the women’s stories and the men’s last weeks together in the lighthouse, long-held secrets surface and truths twist into lies as we piece together what happened, why, and who to believe.

In her riveting and suspenseful novel, Emma Stonex writes a story of isolation and obsession, of reality and illusion, and of what it takes to keep the light burning when all else is swallowed by dark.

My Review; I absolutely loved this book. Devoured the first half then had a baby so it took me a while to finish it but it was always on my mind trying to figure out what happened to these men who seem to have disappeared into thin air from a remote lighthouse. Based off a true story makes it even more real for me. The story is told through each of the different characters. The men aboard the lighthouse and their significance others on land. There was never a concrete answer as to where these men went or being found. A gripping mystery. Lots of tension throughout. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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