• book review of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Image is blog title with image of the book on a wooden background.
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    Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

    Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything. Carry…

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    The Snow Dragon – Abi Elphinstone and Fiona Woodcock

    You can be late for many things in life, but you should never keep an adventure waiting… In Griselda Bone’s gloomy orphanage, daydreaming is banned, skipping is forbidden and Christmas is well and truly cancelled. But for Phoebe and her sausage dog Herb, is it possible that, just when things seem at their bleakest, magic awaits in the swirling, snow-filled air?  *** This beautiful story was on my to buy list for Spike from the minute I saw it. Unfortunately she doesn’t share my excitement for amazing authors just yet, so we ended up picking something else every time we were in Waterstones. Despite the amazing dragon on the cover. Spike picked it…

  • Book review for How to stop losing your sh*t with your kids by Carla Naumburg. Blog title graphic with title and an image of the book
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    How To Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids – Carla Naumburg

    So, you’re losing your sh*t with your kids. You scream, you shout, you snap at them. You’re cranky and irritable more often than you’d like to admit. You know how you want to parent; you want to be a calmer, more rational and intentional parent, but no matter how hard you try, you can’t help it. You keep losing your sh*t. Just remember: YOU ARE NOT A BAD PARENT. How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids is as honest and compassionate as it is pragmatic about helping you work through your sht to be a more present and positive parent. Increasingly relevant to today’s parents, who are more…

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    The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven

    “Hello. Look, you probably bought this book because you read the blurb about how I’m an impoverished orphan and also at the heart of a national slut-shaming scandal, and you thought, Oh great, this is just the kind of heart-wrenching tale I need to feel better about my own life, but seriously, you have to relax. I am not some pitiful Oliver-Twist-meets-Kim-Kardashian type figure.” Izzy O’Neil is an impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian, and if you read the tabloids everything that is wrong with the youth of today. Finding herself in the middle of a sex scandal involving a politicians son and a garden bench her life starts to fall apart.…

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    Winnie The Pooh: The Great Heffalump Hunt – Giles Andreae & Angela Rozelaar

    ‘Piglet trotted happily beside his best friend Pooh,  Talking about nothing much, as best friends often do.  When suddenly Pooh stopped and said, “I’ve got a Grand Idea, I’m going to catch a Heffalump. I’ve heard they live round here.”‘   When Winnie the Pooh sets out to catch a heffalump he finds himself in a sticky situation. But thankfully his best friend Piglet will always be there by his side.  ***   For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved Tigger from Winnie the Pooh. I never cared much for Pooh but I loved the stories for Tigger and the other characters. However looking back I think…

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    There’s an Ouch in my Pouch – Jeanne Willis & Garry Parsons

    “What is the matter with Willaby Wallaby? Why is he sobbing and throwing a wobbly?  Willaby Wallaby is not where he wants to be.” This bonza billabong tale will have you giggling and wondering when Willaby Wallaby will be where he wants to be!    ***   I picked this up out of luck in my local bookshop, Storytellers Inc, on Bookshop Day last weekend. Spike actually pulled it off the shelf and I thought the title sounded cute. I then realised it was the same author as one of my favourite picture books!  I knew right then I would buy it but when the lovely Caroline said how much…

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    True Face – Siobhan Curham

    “Don’t show me your tweet-face  or ur txt spk  show me your True Face  and let your heart speak” This is a guide to learning who you are and loving yourself for it. It is a guide to help unmask the real you. Not the you shown to your facebook friends, or the you put across in class or when you are trying to impress. Its time to show the real you, the one you hide away because you think its boring, or stupid, or some other annoying put down that your inner voice has come up with. Its time you silenced that inner voice and lived the life you…

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    The Voices of Silence – Bel Mooney

    “When I was a little girl I actually used to dream of it. I would be in a boat, gliding through sparkling water, and there in the distance I’d see an island. But it wasn’t green like real islands are. It was all dark and brown, as if someone had lit a fire and burnt up the whole place. But of course, I knew differently. And as my boat came nearer I grew more and more excited, until at last, with only a few yards to go, I couldn’t wait any longer. So I’d leap out, feel the water cool on my skin, wade forward, then throw myself on the…

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    Circus of The Unseen – Joanne Owen

    “Long ago, when the world was young and people still thought of the marsh and the mists and the witch in the woods, there lived a girl called Vasilisa, whose mother fell gravely ill. On her deathbed, Vasilisa’s mother called for her daughter. She took a little wooden doll from beneath her pillow, saying, ‘When I am gone, I shall leave you this doll with my blessing. Promise me you’ll always keep her with you, and promise you’ll never show her to another soul. Whenever you need guidance or comfort, give the doll food and she will ease your troubles.’ Visalia promised her mother all of these things.” Rosie’s grandmother…

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    A World Without Princes – Soman Chainani (The School For Good & Evil #2)

    “There is an uneasiness that remains after your best friend tries to kill you. But as Agatha gazed out at her and Sophie’s golden Statues, towering over the sun-speckled square, she swallowed it away. ‘I don’t know why it has to be a musical,’ she said, sneezing from the carnations on her pink dress. ‘No sweating in your costumes!’ Sophie barked at a boy struggling in a ferocious plaster dog head, while the girl roped to him stumbled around in her own cuddly dog head.” Agatha and Sophie are back in Gavaldon, living out their happy ever after together. But Agatha is missing her prince. A brief moment brings about…