Book Reviews, Received for Review

DNF Reviews: Potter’s Boy by Tony Mitton and Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Potter’s Boy by Tony Mitton
Genre: Historical | Middle Grade
Length: 220 pages
Published on 2nd November 2017 by David Fickling Books
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Tony Mitton: Website
ARC picked up at YALC 2017

Synopsis:
An epic journey of self-discovery that will resonate with anyone searching for their place in the world.
A Moving a beautiful story about a boy who finds his true path whilst learning the importance of mindfulness and living in the moment, Potter’s Boy follows the story of Ryo. After witnessing a lone warrior scare bandits away from his village, Ryo sets his heart on training to become a hero.

Setting out on a journey to find his way in the world, his encounters with the people he meets leads him to a true understanding of what it meanst to follow his dreams.

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Book Reviews, Graphic Novel, Received for Review

ARC Graphic Novel Review: Sheets by Brenna Thummler

Sheets by Brenna Thummler
Genre: Graphic Novel | Paranormal
Length: 224 pages
Published on 28th August 2018 by Lion Forge
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Brenna Thummler: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eARC recieved from publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis:
Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.
Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain. Sheets illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat.

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Book Reviews, Books and Tea Book Club, Travelling Books and Tea

Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Series: The Giver #1
Genre: Science Fiction | Dystopia
Length: 240 pages
Published on 1st July 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Lois Lowry: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I borrowed a copy as part of the Travelling Book Project

Synopsis:
“I have great honor,” The Giver said. “So will you. But you will find that is not the same as power.”

Life in the community where Jonas lives is idyllic. Designated birthmothers produce newchildren, who are assigned to appropriate family units: one male, one female, to each. Citizens are assigned their partners and their jobs. No one thinks to ask questions. Everyone obeys. The community is a world without conflict, inequality, divorce, unemployment injustice…or choice.

Everyone is the same.

Except Jonas.

At the Ceremony of Twelve, the community’s twelve-year-olds eagerly accept their predetermined Life Assignments. But Jonas is chosen for something special. He begins instruction in his life’s work with a mysterious old man known only as The Giver. Gradually Jonas learns that power lies in feelings. But when his own power is put to the test—when he must try to save someone he loves—he may not be ready. Is it too soon? Or too late?

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Book Reviews, Book Tours

Book Tour Review: Dream Magic by Joshua Khan

Dream Magic by Joshua Khan
Series: Shadow Magic #2
Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy
Length: 336 pages
Published on 6th April 2017 by Scholastic
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Joshua Khan: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Received from Scholastic via Faye Rogers

Synopsis:
In a world ruled by six ancient Houses of Magic, a girl and a boy begin an epic and dangerous journey of discovery . . . Lileth Shadow, princess of darkness, is struggling with her growing powers. Castle Gloom is filling with ghosts, zombies roam the country and people throughout Gehenna are disappearing. Then Lily is attacked in her own castle by a mysterious sorcerer known as Dreamweaver and his army of jewel-spiders whose bites send victims to sleep. Thorn, and his giant bat Hades, must save Lily from the realm of sleep and help her overcome the evil Dreamweaver in order for her to reclaim her kingdom.

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Book Reviews, Book Tours

Book Tour Review: Harper and the Night Forest by Cerrie Burnell

Harper and the Night Forest by Cerrie Burnell, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson
Series: Harper #3
Genre: Middle Grade | Adventure
Length: 240 pages
Published on 2nd March 2017 by Scholastic
Purchase: Amazon | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Cerrie Burnell: Twitter | Goodreads
Laura Ellen Anderson: Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads
A review copy received from Scholastic Children’s Books via Faye Rogers

Synopsis:
Harper and her friends get to visit the mysterious Night Forest, and it is rumoured that a magical Ice Raven lives amongst the ebony trees. Will the children try to capture it? Or give it freedom?

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Book Reviews, Book Tours

Book Tour Review: Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan

Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan
Series: Shadow Magic #1
Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy
Length: 384 pages
Published on 6th October 2016 by Scholastic
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Joshua Khan: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Received from Scholastic via Faye Rogers

Synopsis:
Thorn, an outlaw’s son, wasn’t supposed to be a slave. He’s been sold to Tyburn, an executioner, and they’re headed to Castle Gloom in Gehenna, the land of undead, where Thorn will probably be fed to a vampire.
Lilith Shadow wasn’t supposed to be ruler of Gehenna. But following the murder of her family, young Lily became the last surviving member of House Shadow, a long line of dark sorcerers. Her country is surrounded by enemies and the only way she can save it is by embracing her heritage and practicing the magic of the undead. But how can she when, as a girl, magic is forbidden to her?

Just when it looks like Lily will have to leave her home forever, Thorn arrives at Castle Gloom. A sudden death brings them together, inspires them to break the rules, and leads them to soar to new heights in this fantasy with all the sparkle and luster of a starry night sky.

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Book Reviews

Review: The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
Series: N/A
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Steampunk
Length: 176 pages
Published on 6th August 2009 by Chatto Windus
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Mathias Malzieu: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Copy lent to me as part of my college book club.

Synopsis:
Edinburgh, 1874. On the coldest night the world has ever seen, Little Jack is born with a frozen heart and immediately undergoes a life-saving operation. But Dr Madeleine is no conventional medic and surgically implants a cuckoo-clock into his chest. Little Jack grows up different to other children: every day begins with a daily wind-up. At school he is bullied for his ‘ticking’, but Dr Madeleine reminds him he must resist strong emotion: anger is far too dangerous for his cuckoo-clock heart. So when the beautiful young street-singer, Miss Acacia, appears – pursued by Joe, the school bully – Jack is in danger of more than just falling in love… he is putting his life on the line.

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