I’m finding it hard to write this review as it’s such a personal tale. It’s based loosely on experiences of Rex, the young man who illustrated this bo...moreI’m finding it hard to write this review as it’s such a personal tale. It’s based loosely on experiences of Rex, the young man who illustrated this book and who has found himself the victim of bullies.
He has bravely rallied round to speak out in the hopes of reaching out to others.
If only for that reason this book deserves all the stars available.
This tale follows a young boy named Ty, I think many will be able to get behind the plight of young Ty, who could never figure out what made him so different to all the other kids.
This is a very short but very poignant tale. Anyone who has been bullied or knows someone who is being bullied should read this as a reminder that you’re not alone and it can get better.
Moving away from the message of the book I think this is well written and, considering it’s length, it’s a well rounded tale.
Adults and children will enjoy this, and they already have.
Ok, let us start with Carter, the main character- sometimes I liked him but sometimes I thought he was an insufferable know it all.
As a 14 year old ki...moreOk, let us start with Carter, the main character- sometimes I liked him but sometimes I thought he was an insufferable know it all.
As a 14 year old kid he kept asking impertinent and, to my mind, occasionally unrealistic questions. He also measured everything he saw in centimetres. Where short, tall, or hulking would have done as a description, he introduces the dimensions of almost everything in centimetres.
I don’t know why this bothered me so much, but it did.
Carter is also very knowledgeable about a great many things and gives very long and in depth descriptions.
He also didn’t act like any typical 14 year old boy, but Carter is the walker of worlds, although we don’t really know what this entails yet, it seems to give him certain powers and a great deal of wisdom.
There are glimpses of the 14 year old and it was an interesting to see the juggling act between what seems to be a demi god and a 14 year old boy.
As for the rest of the story, there was always something happening, and there was never a dull moment, which made it more engaging to read.
There are parts of the story that aren’t made as clear as they could be and parts that are a little over explained, however it didn’t detract from the overall story.
There are many beasties and demons, friends, foes and fights- I would recommend this to any fantasy reader who loves beasties.(less)
Set in Victorian London Smoke and Magic follows Auberdeen Hayle, an ancestor of Sydlyn Hayle, and a powerful young witch in her own right.
Auberdeen ha...moreSet in Victorian London Smoke and Magic follows Auberdeen Hayle, an ancestor of Sydlyn Hayle, and a powerful young witch in her own right.
Auberdeen has been sent to stay with a good friend of her mother’s whilst the family coven undergoes a tricky take over.
Auberdeen is under strict instructions to stay out of trouble and to comply with her hosts wishes. Even if that does mean wearing the worlds most uncomfortable dresses, mingling in a strange society, or not even being able to use her magic in the house.
But despite Auberdeen’s best efforts her vivacious nature and thirst for adventure get her entangled in the plight of a complete stranger.
The plight, it turns out, is linked closer to home and as she travels deeper into this new world her mother’s best friend and family begins baying for Auberdeen’s blood.
Patti yet again had me routing for this strong female character as she rebelled against societies expectations, and her mother’s own wishes, to stay true to herself and to fight the good cause.
This story ended on a cliffhanger that left me wanting to reach for the next book immediately.
I give this five cups of tea and a Golden Biscuit Award!(less)
The Cat Who Lost His Meow is a cute little story about a furry feline who lost his voice for no apparent reason. You can follow him on his journey as...moreThe Cat Who Lost His Meow is a cute little story about a furry feline who lost his voice for no apparent reason. You can follow him on his journey as he tries to find his voice, which he can only do by conquering his fears.
I liked the book, but there are a few points that put me off, first it’s a rhyming tale that drops the rhyme every now and then, secondly there was no reason for Chester to lose his meow, other than the fact that he was lazy and took stuff for granted.
However, I like the message that you can get your courage if you search hard enough for it and the illustrations are charming. I have to say, despite my qualms, I very quickly warmed to Chester and I’m sure littleuns will too.(less)
This was one of those books that took you on a journey. Before I knew it I was half way through. I was introduced to a whole new world with ease and sk...moreThis was one of those books that took you on a journey. Before I knew it I was half way through. I was introduced to a whole new world with ease and skill. Ed Drury is very rare in that he is able to create a believable world, people and history without info dumping.
The world felt so real it left me feeling that I could visit it and I feel slightly disappointed that I can't. The story follows two races; one a peace loving tribe, who commune with their 'ancestors' and live from what nature provides, the other a sprawling and materialistic empire that is now slowly sinking into decay.
When internal struggles and a quiet war strikes the empire the two worlds collide.
In an interesting twist it is the empire that has to seek help from tribesman, but can the two worlds integrate or see eye to eye? There are many rumblings and struggles in this book that are very subtle yet very compelling. I look forward to reading more and learning more about the tribesmen, specifically Tsabai and Rawrk.(less)
Family magic follows a teenage girl called Sydlyn Hayle.
Syd could be a normal teenage girl if she didn’t try so hard to fit in, but when you’re mother...moreFamily magic follows a teenage girl called Sydlyn Hayle.
Syd could be a normal teenage girl if she didn’t try so hard to fit in, but when you’re mother’s leader of a coven, your father is a demon and your little sister looks like one in her down time, normal just doesn’t seem to work out.
We follow Syd, the reluctant witch, as she steadfastly refuses to use her magic and makes every attempt to break out of the coven. Unfortunately for Syd she soon finds that her reluctance in using magic means that as her powers grow so does her lack of control. To make matters worse she can’t seem to have a conversation with her mother without having raging arguments that put the whole family on edge.
Every aspect of her life seems to be dominated by her smothering coven and Syd find herself losing her temper and her control far too often.
When an evil force infiltrates the coven she is dragged into the dispute and her family is implicated Syd finds herself having to learn to control her powers and her anger.
But there is something different about Syd’s magic, something that scares even her demon father, and despite the need for Syd to take control of herself and her powers she is constantly waging a war between using her magic and bottling it up.
I really got into the head of Syd and couldn’t help but be carried away with her tempestuous temper. (less)