Adventure · Children's

The Last Firefox – Lee Newbery ★★★★

Blurb; A heartwarming story about family, friendship and finding your inner fire.

Between bullies at school and changes at home, Charlie Challinor finds life a bit scary. And when he’s made guardian of a furry fox cub called Cadno, things get a whole lot scarier.

Because Cadno isn’t just any fox: he’s a firefox – the only one of his kind – and a sinister hunter from another world is on his trail.

Swept up into an unexpected adventure to protect his flammable friend, Charlie’s going to need to find the bravery he never thought he had, if he’s going to save the last firefox . . .

My Review; An easy read for me as it’s an older children’s story but one full of magic and adventure. Contains beautiful illustrations throughout. A brilliant story about another world beyond and a fire fox entering the real world to remain safe. But a fire fox is not easy to look after and remain hidden from your parents. This could be the only fire fox left in in world so needs to be saved.There is a great representation here for the gay community as the boy lives with his two fathers and is adopted. This fox finds itself in alot of bothered throughout this story and starting fires for fun. But can they remain hidden from the monster who wants to claim him? Fun read. Different. Full of imagination. I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Adventure · Children's · fantasy · Short Stories

Beast Quest: Ossiron: The Fleshless Killer ★★★★

Blurb; Free the Beasts. Live the Adventure.

Battle Beasts and fight Evil with Tom and Elenna in the bestselling adventure series for boys and girls aged 7 and up!

In the land of Tangala, a new Master or Mistress of the Beasts is to be appointed, and a band of brave young adventurers is ready to take part. But when four of the candidates are magicked away to another realm, it soon becomes clear that the Evil Wizard Malvel is responsible. Tom and Elenna must venture to the Netherworld and defeat Ossiron, a terrifying skeleton jackal, in order to rescue Nolan – one of the New Adventurers – and fight back against Malvel’s wicked plan.

My Review; This is series 28 book 1. But a good place to start I think. Read fine as a Standalone. An easy children’s read at just over 100 pages. Illustrated throughout. Fantasy/adventure/magic. The story focuses on two main characters Tom and Elenna who are on a quest to save four young adventures/warriors. This is just the story of saving one of those four so I guess we will be saving the other three in future books. It is full of magic, portals, fighting and teamwork. There is a great relationship and teamwork between Tom and Elenna against the evil wizard Malvel. Fab read. I devoured it in one sitting. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Adventure · Historical fiction

The Cat Who Saved Books – Sosuke Natsukawa ★★★★

Blurb; A celebration of books, cats, and the people who love them, infused with the heartwarming spirit of The Guest Cat and The Travelling Cat Chronicles.

Bookish high school student Rintaro Natsuki is about to close the secondhand bookstore he inherited from his beloved bookworm grandfather. Then, a talking cat named Tiger appears with an unusual request. The feline asks for—or rather, demands—the teenager’s help in saving books with him. The world is full of lonely books left unread and unloved, and Tiger and Rintaro must liberate them from their neglectful owners. 

Their mission sends this odd couple on an amazing journey, where they enter different mazes to set books free. Through their travels, Tiger and Rintaro meet a man who leaves his books to perish on a bookshelf, an unwitting book torturer who cuts the pages of books into snippets to help people speed read, and a publishing drone who only wants to create bestsellers. Their adventures culminate in one final, unforgettable challenge—the last maze that awaits leads Rintaro down a realm only the bravest dare enter…

My Review; What a beautifully written story. A short story at just under 200 pages but one that will stay close to your heart. Perfect for book lovers, cat lovers and quotes lovers. This book contains so many gorgeous, beautiful and relatable quotes to save and share with others. Brilliantly translated. It gives the reader a lot to think about and alot you can probably relate to as a bookworm.

The setting is perfect a little old second hand bookshop. A talking cat that takes you on adventures to save books and a beautiful friendship bonding over books. I absolutely loved this book. A rare gem find. I’m so glad I managed to read this. Really cheered me up with a beautiful, happy ending for everyone. Easy to devour. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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