Archives for category: 2020 February

Published by Simon and Schuster

This is the second book in the Windershins series of books and is just as enticing and magical as the first – A Pinch of Magic.

I am loving this – though have to admit to supping it gently. I received a special edition proof hardback to read – which is gorgeous, but not one I can read in the bath, or stuff into the top of my bag and carry around without giving it due respect…so it is taking me a while. I have though given it a lovely ribbon and attached a rather important tag, in the shape of a Russian doll to it, as a bookmark.

It is a real pleasure to get back to the three sisters and their grandmother…I often wonder what happens at the end of a book…what happens next.

This is gorgeous. There’s new magic, new characters, (including a wisp of one), the Russian dolls (thank HEAVENS for that set), a hag-stone, a map and of course Oi and Hoppit…the sisters and Granny – without whom…

Charlie gets kidnapped (yes, again)…Granny – well…you will have to read it to find out.

This is positively marvellous.

I love Michelle’s imagination including the little details – a pint of ‘Speckled Pig’ – I don’t drink, but would like a taste of that!

Michelle is coming to sign copies of the new paperback (sorry about that – the hardbacks were a definite limited edition) on the 29th of February – see Waterstones.com site for details! I can’t wait to see her again…

 

 

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Published by Andersen Press.

Partially it is the language and the descriptive power of this book that has me hooked. Along with the characters too – I have so far only read to page 34 – but this really is an extraordinary volume.

A tale of magic, slums, sewers, rats, old hags, and witches, both old and seemingly young…and a range of enticing characters…It’s gripping and won’t let me go. I want to read, instead of doing things I should be doing.

It is out at the beginning of February. This has calibre – I only review books before I have finished them, if I know, if I can sense that they will be good – this one will be. It is at the moment being compared to Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. I’m afraid, I have to disagree.

It’s better.

I hope Jessica won’t mind my saying so. Similar, in a way, but better. I hope and trust this will be the start of a series, of perhaps three books – it’s marvellous. As with The Mask of Aribella (Anna Hoghton), I know this one is good – the first taste told me that…

Simply superb.

Once again – go into your local Waterstones and order a copy, or two. It is out on the 6th of February. With luck Ross will be kind and come and sign copies…. Order your copies NOW!

As to the cover, it is as above, though my pre-publication copy has silver highlights – which I’m afraid doesn’t come across in my copy-pasted image…

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Anderson Press

February 2020

Compared to books in the 9 – 12 genre, there are fewer new good books for this age group. Many have lurid covers and publishers often have a bad habit of producing series of books with an excessive number of a titles in each – with little to commend them.

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There are a few collections that are, however, different. Darcey Bussell has a run of titles published a few years ago – well written and about ballet, as you might expect. Though there are quite a number – it isn’t excessive. The books are accurate with regard to the ballet – and youngsters ‘into’ ballet enjoy them.

Lucy Courtenay too has also produced a number of collections – each with a small run of titles about different characters/themes – pirates, animals and space penguins! This is the first of her new series.

The book reads like a young Enid Blyton title. A school story set underwater with wild seahorses. There are the usual concerns about teachers, other mermaids (some of whom are not friendly) and in addition Marnie Blue’s aunt, the famous singer, went to the school before her – and had a bit of a reputation.

You don’t have to buy just / all of the Daisy Meadows Rainbow series – there are other books coming out for youngsters in this age group.