Adventure · fantasy

*BLOG TOUR* Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Hellenic Abduction – Columbkill Noonan ★★★★

Blurb; Demanding Greek gods. A world of intrigue. A mysterious helper.

Zeus is used to getting what he wants…but that was before he met Barnabas Tew!

Barnabas and Wilfred, the unluckiest detectives ever, are enjoying their time in India, working on mastering their emotions and learning how to do all sorts of interesting yoga poses. They feel as if they’ve finally found some peace in their lives.

Everything changes, though, when Zeus whisks them away from their idyllic retreat and demands that they solve a case for him.

Having no choice, they reluctantly accept the job, but quickly come to realize that nothing is as it should be. Zeus’ motives are suspect from the beginning, the rest of the Greek gods and goddesses are untrustworthy at best, and Barnabas soon finds his temper hasn’t improved at all during his time in India.

Who is the mysterious lady who keeps popping up just when they need her? Is she friend, or is she foe?

Will Barnabas and Wilfred figure out what’s right and what’s wrong in this topsy-turvy world of lies, intrigue, and trickery? Or will the Greek gods and goddesses prove too much for them?

My Review; I came into this series very late so I had no background of the characters or what had happened before this, read well as a standalone but I think the previous books makes a huge difference and perspective. I would love to go back and read the previous books if I have time.

Barnabas Tew and the case of the Hellenic Abduction is book five in the series I believe. The two main characters Barnabas and Wilfred are both detectives and are the perfect, funny duo act. It’s a story full of adventure, the unexpected and a little bit of comedy I would say between the two detectives, they’re lovable. Can never be bored while reading this story. It set my imagination on fire. Brilliantly written.

Now I must admit this is something I wouldn’t have picked up for myself to read but I really did enjoy it. The story contains many gods and goddesses including Zeus, Aphrodite and Hades to name a few. A well deserved four stars from me and I would recommend!

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*BLOG TOUR* Tree Slayer – Harriet Springbett ★★★★

Blurb; Nine months after the events of Tree Magic, Rainbow is struggling to come to terms with how she’s changed. Her bond with trees has grown, but now they’re under threat from the Tree Slayer. To save them, she will need to leave everything she knows and loves behind. It’ll be her greatest adventure yet – but she cannot succeed alone. She will have to enlist the help of Eole, an enigmatic scientist and sceptic. But does Rainbow have what it takes to face the Tree Slayer? And can she trust Eole, who has powers of his own?

My Review; After throughally enjoying book one, I had to read this one book two to see what would happen next. Another brilliant, different read. Unique. Magical. Full of fantasy… My imagination went wild. I really hope for more of these books because I’ve not read anything similar before. I would highly recommend if you’re looking for something different but brilliant.

Rainbow is faced with the tree slayer… Can she defeat the slayer? Can she save the trees? She may need some help but as we saw from book one she is one determined girl who loves trees. I love her. I loved it all! Really enjoyed it. I could stay in her world forever because lets be honest its miles better than ours currently. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I want more.

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fantasy · Magic · Young adult

*BLOG TOUR* Tree Magic – Harriet Springbett ★★★★

Blurb;

A life fractured into parallel worlds. A quiet magic to accept or ignore. A decision to make.
Escape from difficult family dynamics is teenager Rainbow’s desire. When she discovers a strange gift for communicating with trees, she thinks she’s found her salvation. Even better, a mysterious but gentle man living in her Dorset village helps develop her powers.

But when tragedy strikes, Rainbow’s life is torn apart, creating parallel worlds in the process. In one life, the vulnerable Rainbow strives to salvage her family. In the other, her alter-ego, Mary, flees her past. Over the next few years the two versions of Rainbow follow very different lives. The source of their grief, however, is the same – a confession buried deep within their memories.

Could France offer more than a mere escape? As the two worlds draw closer and memories resurface, Rainbow and Mary’s futures must be determined. Can they receive the healing they need? Or will the renewed pain be too much to bear? Only by risking their lives will they know.

Escape from difficult family dynamics is teenager Rainbow’s desire. When she discovers a strange gift for communicating with trees, she thinks she’s found her salvation. Even better, a mysterious but gentle man living in her Dorset village helps develop her powers.

But when tragedy strikes, Rainbow’s life is torn apart, creating parallel worlds in the process. In one life, the vulnerable Rainbow strives to salvage her family. In the other, her alter-ego, Mary, flees her past. Over the next few years the two versions of Rainbow follow very different lives. The source of their grief, however, is the same – a confession buried deep within their memories.

Could France offer more than a mere escape? As the two worlds draw closer and memories resurface, Rainbow and Mary’s futures must be determined. Can they receive the healing they need? Or will the renewed pain be too much to bear? Only by risking their lives will they know.
My Review; As soon as this popped through my door I knew I was in for a treat and just had to read it straight away. The cover is gorgeous and before I knew it I was immersed into Rainbows world and I didn’t want to leave. Again another different read for me but one I very much enjoyed and loved. This is book one in the Tree Magic trilogy and I already cannot wait to see what lies ahead.

Very YA fantasy/magic. I was a bit confused between the two characters at first i.e Rainbow and Mary but it explains it all towards the end and I got it before that. Clever very clever. Different. Again I haven’t read anything similar to this. A perfect read for me a different world to escape into. A real page turner for me. I loved it all.

After an accident caused by Rainbow she changes into Mary. Both girls are different but they’re the same person. Rainbow has discovered with trees she has magic. Again like I’ve said different but it works. I was intrigued. Plenty of YA in relation to her life, friends and school etc. A great read! A nice ending. I look forward to book two.

Above is the new cover. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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