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Book swap!

I recently began to dabble in the (extremely addictive) #booksfortrade tag on twitter, and have been successful in a few swaps so far (thank you to all who have swapped with me!).

Yesterday I visited a friend who had promised me a raid of her shelves in exchange for 6 books. And raid them, I most certainly did. Accompanied with a cup of tea and a Howard Wallace, PI cookie (so TASTY), I gazed at the many books on her shelves (including seeing the UK proof of The Smell of Other People’s Houses, which I hadn’t seen before but is now on my wishlist), and selected some books!

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book review

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

Rating: 4 stars

As soon as I saw the proof had arrived at work, it may have accidentally fallen into my bag (I mean, sorry lovely people at work, but you snooze, you lose) – after reading The Christmasaurus last year I was intrigued as to what Tom Fletcher’s second chapter book would be like. Spoiler: I was not disappointed.

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At first glance of the title, I’ll admit, I thought maybe the book was about me, simply because my joints seem to be competing for the title of the Creakiest Joints of a Twenty Three Year Old (seriously, you should’ve heard me when I stood up on the train, The Creakers in hand, and managed to click all elbows/knees/ankles just by walking to the train doors). Luckily, the book is waaaay more fun and exciting than if it had been about my creaky bones, so we can all say a big thank you for that and crash on with the actual review. Continue reading “The Creakers by Tom Fletcher”

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Bad Mermaids by Sibéal Pounder

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Calling all mermaid and Witch Wars fans: prepare yourself, for Sibéal Pounder’s latest series has arrived – and this time, it’s starring mermaids. As the most mermaid obsessed empolyee (possibly the only obsessed one, now I come to think about it – see this photo for evidence) at the bookshop where I work, I was extremely excited to read it as soon as I could get my fins- I mean *ahem* hands on it. Continue reading “Bad Mermaids by Sibéal Pounder”

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The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods

Rating: 5 stars

“That night, a bright little bird flew high overhead. Each beat of its wings made a patch of the stars flicker out, and another made them flicker back on.”

The above quote is on the front of the proof of this book, and as soon as I read it (coupled with the wonderful use of silver gilding), I was gripped, hook, line and sinker (yes, I am grasping at straws with a fish related pun).

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In a small town called Allora, where the houses are painted in beautiful colours and fish fly out of the sea, Alberto lives in a house on the top of the hill. Originally a carpenter, he is forced to become a coffin maker when a plague sweeps through the town, taking with it his wife and 3 children.

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The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

Rating: 4 stars

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I read The Red Necklace for the first time years ago and ever since I had a conversation with a manager at work about it I had been desperate to give it, and the sequel The Silver Blade, another read.

Set just before the French Revolution begins to take hold of France, The Red Necklace follows the story of a group of magicians and a rich Marquis – and how the two overlap in a harrowing turn of events.  Continue reading “The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner”

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Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans

Rating:  4 stars

“At a certain level, it could be described as The Secret Garden on acid.” – I may have been heard to say this. Maybe.

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‘Wed Wabbit. Don’t laugh, he’s dangerous.’

With the above tagline and the published cover, I found myself hesitant to pick this book up. Don’t ask me why – there was no logic (as far as I could tell). It was only when a manager suggested I read this (“I’ve put Wed Wabbit near your bag”, aka me picturing the book slowly creeping towards my belongings at work, before jumping into my bag with an evil laugh), and, knowing full well how spot on she can be with recommendations (seriously, it’s a sight to behold), I thought I should give it a go. Continue reading “Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans”

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The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

After Kiran’s success at the British Book Awards on Monday (she deservedly won Children’s Book of the Year for The Girl of Ink and Stars), I realised I hadn’t got round to posting this review.

Rating: 5 stars

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Before I begin this review, please allow me to drool over the physical beauty that is this book. The cover, the endpapers, and the beautiful butterfly illustrations at the start of each chapter – it is a delight for the eyes, and that is even before you begin to read the text! Reader, you cannot say we’re not spoiled. Continue reading “The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave”

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The Wild Swans by Jackie Morris

Rating: 5 stars

“When she opened the covers she found within its pages princes and princesses, witches and wizards, captive and waiting to be released by reading.”

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I was fortunate enough to be given this book as a Christmas present from work, and oh my word – it is wonderful. Not only is it a sight to behold, with gilded lettering and beautiful illustrations, but it is magical inside too. Between the pages of this book is a stunning, lyrical re-telling of The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen, and I was spellbound by it.

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Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

Rating: 3.5 stars

Before I begin: holy moly, this proof is beautiful! The colours of the cover and sprayed edges make it a visual feast. All of the heart eyes.

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Tash lives in Tibet under strict rules – don’t run in front of a soldier, never look at a soldier, say as little as possible, and never, ever say the banned words: Dalai Lama. A little reckless, very headstrong – but with her heart firmly in the right place – Tash and her best friend, Sam, are desperate to help her parents by joining the resistance and report all the unspeakable truths to the world. But when a scene in the marketplace causes Tash’s parents to be taken by soldiers, she and Sam set off on a dangerous mission to get to the border, to get to India, and to get to the Dalai Lama.

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Good Dog McTavish by Meg Rosoff

Rating: 4 stars

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Barrington Stoke, who published this book, state that it is Super Readable – and I have to say, I completely agree. As one of the leading names (to my knowledge, so please don’t quote me on that) in publishing books designed for people with dyslexia, visual stress, and print-access issues, Barrington Stoke creates books for all ages, printed on slightly thicker paper (so no bleed through of words) and with a super readable (see what I did there?) font, to help everyone and anyone enjoy the wonder of reading.

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