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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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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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fantasy · Young adult

Hades Academy: First Semester – Abbie Lyons ★★★★

Blurb; I thought I could survive anything—until I met actual demons.

Ever since my mother disappeared, I’d been fending for myself on the streets of New York by running scams—anything to get a dollar.

So when I almost lightning-blast my latest victim (WTF), and some guy in a slick suit saves me from the cops by telling me I’m half-demon (double WTF) and I belong at a place literally called Hades Academy? I figured I was the one getting scammed.

But no.

My name is Nova Donovan, and I’m half-demon.

Next thing I know, I’m flying in a horse-drawn carriage on my way to a place I didn’t even know existed until twenty minutes before. Hades Academy is 100% real: a school for demons to learn the magic that will keep the forces of Chaos at bay.

But if I thought survival at Hades Academy was going to be any easier, I could not have been more wrong. Now I have to deal with tough new classes, a bitchy mean girl who hates my half-human guts, and the attention of several hot but dangerous dudes.

Oh, and did I mention that someone’s trying to destroy the school?

Yeah—survival’s going to take more than I thought.

Hades Academy: First Semester is a magic academy NA paranormal fantasy novel with a slow-burn romance and a kickass heroine. Although there are love triangles, this is NOT a reverse harem. Rated 18+ for strong language.

My Review; Literally finished this a day before I gave birth to baby #3. It is book one in a series which is free on Kindle Unlimited for the whole series so I thought I would give it a try. I really enjoyed it. Weirdly it’s like Harry Potter but for demons instead of witches/wizards. The story focuses on main character Nova who has to learn everything from scratch and enter this new world far from her old one. Along the way she has a few boys and a hot teacher. But then the school comes under threat and Nova finds herself involved. Will she manage to stick out her first semester? I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for Nova in this series. YA/Fantasy. Is 18+ due to language according to Amazon. But I liked it. Something different and not to long either. A well deserved four stars.

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