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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romance · Short Stories

Open Water – Caleb Azumah Nelson ★★★★

Blurb; Two young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists – he a photographer, she a dancer – trying to make their mark in a city that by turns celebrates and rejects them. Tentatively, tenderly, they fall in love. But two people who seem destined to be together can still be torn apart by fear and violence.

My review; This is such a beautiful, delicate, raw and heart breaking read. It’s a short read at just under 150 pages but one that will impact you. No wonder it has won a Costa award. Its a romance/love story but also details what society is like for a young black man the issues he faces daily and how that impacts his life, feelings and relationships. A story that will be hard to forget. A well deserved four stars.

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Adventure · Comedy · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Gerard Philey’s Euro Diary: Quest For A Life – Brendan James ★★★★

Blurb; ‘Could there be a world of interest and adventure beyond the Midlands? A world of confidence, sex and excitement? A better life – a better me?’ These are the questions Gerard Philey grapples with over New Year, 1995. Sitting in his rented Black Country room, reflecting on his thankless teaching job and miserable love life, he courageously decides to abandon his humdrum existence and embark on a quest for Euro-fulfilment, fun and fitness on the Continent.

After a shaky start in Brussels, events manoeuvre him to Amsterdam where chance encounters shift his world well and truly into fifth gear. He samples the trials and tribulations of new relationships, alongside managing a sex shop in the city’s Red Light Area – on top of the challenges of fat-free living and international travel!

Through his bittersweet diary, we see how Gerard steers a laugh-out-loud course through farcical episodes and fanciful characters…and how entanglements from past and present draw him unwittingly into a criminal underworld where events ultimately take their toll.

My Review; Now I’m going to be honest here if I wasn’t on this tour this isn’t a book I’d choose for myself. BUT I am so glad I got to read this short read. Loved the diary format of the story so easy reading note it’s called a diary duhh. Loved the main character Gerard who’s just had enough of the same things everyday and being a teacher so off he goes on his adventure. Now parts had me giggling away. This story really has it all. Gay best friend. Dodgy dealings. Romance. Even a sex shop. A story that made me smile with a very likeable main character. This will stay with me a long time, pretty hard to forget. Enjoyed every page and diary entry. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. Glad to be on the tour for this one otherwise I would have missed this gem.

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