Street Song by Sheena Wilkinson

Posted on 20 April, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Street Song by Sheena Wilkinson

Hi Guys!
Today is my stop on the Street Song blog tour and I have a review of this fab book to share with you all!
First though, here’s the info about the book.


About the Book

Street SongWhen life goes off-key, change your tune.

RyLee’s career is over. After winning a national TV talent show and becoming a teen pop sensation, his fame and success has quickly been followed by addiction, media scrutiny, and career suicide. After a brief spell in rehab, 18-year-old Ryan has some rethinking to do.

His stepdad – music promoter and self-appointed creator of ‘RyLee’ – wants him at home and in school, and under his thumb. But after an argument descends into violence, Ryan decides to run away from his old life, his failed career, and his dysfunctional family.

When he meets the stunningly witty but distinctly average guitar-player Toni almost directly outside his front door, the opportunity to start afresh seems too good to pass up. Before long, he has arrived in a new city, joined Toni’s amazingly talented band, and reinvented himself under the name ‘Cal’. For the first time in his life Ryan has friends around him, he’s playing the music he’s always wanted to play, and – despite living in a hostel, busking for his wages, and living under a false identity – he’s finally happy.

But just when Ryan feels like he has truly started over, his past begins to catch up with him.

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My Review

Sometimes You

Sometimes you pick up a book and it can take some time to get into it but fortunately this was not the case with Street Song. Before I knew it I had read almost half of the book and was very, very curious about how it was all going to end. This book was entertaining, uncomfortable, heart-breaking and heart-warming all at the same time. It is a very powerful and poignant book that I think a lot of teenagers could find a very interesting read. It’s a book about homelessness but also about accepting help when you really need it. It’s full of music, friendship and love – everything you might just want in a contemporary Irish YA.

Have To

Cal has tried his hardest to turn his life around after his past but it hasn’t been that easy. One day things go too far and he does the only thing he can think of; leave. From here the book progresses into how Cal becomes a different person and finally puts his past behind him. It is a compelling book and one that is also full of mystery too. I ended up really liking Cal and the two girls that he meets up with. Together they make three protagonists that are truly fascinating to read about and help bring to life so many emotions.

Break Before

For me, character development is essential in a novel. It is what can turn a book from a complete mess to a masterpeice – in my eyes. Characters and character development show that the novel is working. It brings emotions to the surface and pulls the reader in. It also truly takes you on a journey which is what I love most about books. In this book Sheena Wilkinson does a brilliant job of bringing the characters to life and giving them all personal journey’s that they go on during the book. My favourite character though, by far was Cal. His journey was also the biggest and I felt so many emotions for him and it made me think differently about some things too.

Being Fixed

Overall, I found this book was easy to read, addictive and interesting. It is full of action, emotions and sensitive topics. Sheena Wilkinson has done a brilliant job of writing these topics into the book without bogging it down or by putting too much of a negative spin on things either. It’s all very informative as well. I think it’s a really powerful book that you really shouldn’t be missing. It’s a book that I am incredibly glad I read and would definitely be recommending as a fascinating YA book to read.


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Star Friends: Mirror Magic by Linda Chapman

Posted on 18 April, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Star Friends: Mirror Magic by Linda Chapman

Hello All!

Today I am here with a review of the very cute book that is Star Friends: Mirror Magic!


Star FriendsTitle: Mirror Magic
Author: Linda Chapman
Illustrator: Lucy Flemming
Publisher: Stripes
Published: 6th April 2017
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Waterstones

Summary:
Do you believe in magic?

Maia and her friends do! And when they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of magical adventure unfolds.

When Maia meets Bracken, a fox with indigo eyes, she is amazed at how beautiful and unusual it is. Then she realizes that she can hear the fox speaking to her! Maia and her friends are Star Friends – girls who can use magic to keep the world in harmony.

Maia’s older sister has started acting strangely and the Star Animals sense dark magic at work. Can the girls use their newfound Star Magic to help them put a stop to it?


Sometimes You

I am about to put my hands up here and admit that I have never before read a Linda Chapman book. This is quite startling, I’m sure but I’ve just never gotten around to it, unfortunately. Of course, this all changed when Star Friends: Mirror Magic arrived on my doorstep. I had never heard of this series before but as soon as I saw the cover and read the blurb, I knew that I simply had to read the book and see what it was all about. It is the kind of the book that I would have absolutely loved when I was younger as I loved both animals and magic – hell, I still do! I’m so glad I took the leap with this book as I very much enjoyed it. It only took me a short while to read but in that time I was fully transported into the new world.

Just Need

One of the things that I really admired about this book was the way that the children were given animal guides. It reminded me a lot of Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights trilogy, which, when I read them as a child made me wish I had an animal companion so that I was never truly alone. I felt exactly the same about the animals in this book. They’re all so wonderful and lovely and will always be with their star friends when they’re needed. What more could anyone really want? On top of that, I loved the way that the friends all grew as the book progressed and I am ultimately very interested to read the next book to see what happens next!

A Little Magic

I’m going to have to go all controversial for a moment and let you know that my favourite character was in fact the fox animal guide. While I loved all of the guides and all of the three main characters, it was Bracken. I have to admit I am probably a little more drawn to foxes due to the Foxcraft series by Inbali Iserles, but I’m sure that’s not the only reason Bracken was my favourite. He was also the cutest animal, the one who seemed the keenest and just seemed to shine that little bit more. I did also really like Maia and her friends and have to admit that Linda Chapman has done a brilliant job of creating vibrant and loveable characters in this book.

To Survive

This was a short read – mostly as it was aimed at young children but despite that it was a book full of emotions, adventure and a book that really packed a punch too. I was instantly transported into the world of star friends and was very sad when I returned to the real world and remembered I do not have a star friend. It is a lovely and magical book that I think a lot of children will absolutely devour. It is a book about friendship, love and is also full of adventure too – what more could you possibly want? So, if you’re looking for a heart-warming and touching story, you should pick up this book. Last, but certainly not least, the thing that really helps to make this book even more special are the beautiful and vibrant illustrations.

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop

Posted on 16 April, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop

Hello All!
Today I am here with a review of a book that I absolutely loved and highly recommend; The Bookshop Girl!

The Bookshop GirlTitle: The Bookshop Girl
Author: Sylvia Bishop
Illustrator: Ashley King
Publisher: Scholastic UK
Published: 2nd March 2017
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Waterstones

Summary:
This story is about a little girl named Property Jones, so-called because she was left in the lost property cupboard of a bookshop when she was five years old. Property loves living in the bookshop, but she has a whopper of a secret… she can’t actually read! So Property doesn’t see the newspaper article announcing the chance to win the Montgomery Book Emporium, the biggest and most magnificent bookshop in the world! When her family win the competition, Property finds herself moving to the Emporium, a magical place filled with floor upon floor of books and a very bad-tempered cat. But all is not at it seems at the Emporium and soon Property Jones finds herself in a whole heap of trouble.


Sometimes You

After reading Erica’s Elephant I was primed and ready to read her next book, certain that it would be another magical and lovely book. Fortunately, I was not wrong. The Bookshop Girl is a magnificently beautiful and adventurous book that really shows how talented Sylvia Bishop actually is. In a world where being different can be difficult to deal with, Sylvia Bishop has created a story that truly celebrates being different. She has written a story that is magical, unique and full of a wonderful story of acceptance and love. It is a book that you do not want to miss.

Just Have To

I do not want to go into too much detail about this book as I do not want to spoil it’s mysteriousness but what I will say is that Sylvia Bishop really knows how to pull the reader in with a wonderful and creative imagination. I absolutely loved everything about the world that The Bookshop Girl is set in. It was vivid and vibrant, easy to imagine, and included a bookshop that I would definitely want to visit if it existed in real life! Sylvia Bishop has created a book that is very likely to capture the hearts of children and adults alike with a fast-paced and action-packed plot surrounding a wonderful backdrop of books and bookshops.

Lose Yourself

There is absolutely no way to not fall in love with Property Jones. She is a very lovable, very adorable, very interesting character who naturally finds a way to charm herself into your life. I very much enjoyed reading about her and getting to know her a little better as I did so too. I loved following her journey and cheering her on as well. It made the book that much more entertaining and exciting. I also really liked Gunther the cat too. And the rest of the Property’s family were all so lovely and interesting to read about as well. Sylvia Bishop has created a wonderful cast of characters for this book.

In a Bookshop

This book is just as magical and lovely as Erica’s Elephant – if not more so! It is full of adventure, mystery and love. The perfect book for children who are looking for books that are just a little bit different. It is a book that will lift your spirit instantly and one that will leave just a little bit of hope in your heart too. Accompanied by some absolutely fantastic illustrations, this is a book that I am certain children and adults are all going to love. So if you love cute, charming and beautiful books, you should definitely make sure you read this book!

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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My Mourning Year by Andrew Marshall

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My Mourning Year by Andrew Marshall

Hello All!
Today is my spot on My Mourning Year blog tour! I was supposed to be sharing with you all my review of the book but sadly due to my new job, I have not had a chance to finish the book yet. Also, it is the kind of book that I do not want to rush through because it is already so powerful and moving and I want to do the book justice.

Thus instead I am here to tell you a little bit more about the book, a little bit about the author and to point you in the direction of other bloggers on the tour!


About the Book

My Mourning YearIn 1997 Andrew Marshall’s partner, and the only person to whom he had ever truly opened his heart, died after a gruelling and debilitating illness. Unmoored from his old life, and feeling let down by his family, Marshall struggled not only to make sense of his loss but to even imagine what a future without Thom might look like. In his diary, he wrote about what set him back – like a rebound relationship – some weird and wonderful encounters with psychics and gurus and how his job as a journalist gave him the chance to talk about death with a range of famous people, a forensic anthologist and a holocaust survivor. Slowly but surely with the help of friends, a badly behaved dog and a renewed relationship with his parents, he began to piece his life back together. Although his diary was never meant for publication, Marshall did share it with friends and colleagues dealing with bereavement, who found it immensely helpful, so to mark the twentieth anniversary of Thom’s death, he has decided to open it for everybody to read. My Mourning Year is a frank and unflinching account of one man’s life for a year after the death of his lover. In turn heartbreaking, frustrating and even sweetly funny, this is no step-by-step guide to dealing with bereavement but a shoulder to lean on when facing the unknowns of death and a resource for those left behind.

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About the Author

AOtYwqA2.jpg large Andrew was born in Northampton and went to Bedford School and Warwick University. His original career was in radio where he was a journalist at BRMB Radio in Birmingham. He has presented daily programmes on Essex Radio and Radio Mercury (where he was also Programme Controller). He was Deputy Programme Controller of Talk Radio UK.

His plays have been performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse (Coming Around Again) and have toured all over the UK (Caruso and the Quake, Caruso and the Monkey House Trial, Madam Butterfly Returns). In 1985, he was selected and trained by Relate as a couple counsellor but is now in private practice.

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Dream Magic by Joshua Khan

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Dream Magic by Joshua Khan

Hello All!

I missed my stop on the Dream Magic blog tour but today I am here to tell you my five favourite things about the book! You can also see my review of the first book by clicking here.

And here is some information on the book!


About the Book

Dream Magic 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.

Goodreads. Amazon UK.


Five Favourite Things about Dream Magic

Fantasy World

I have to admit that I am more than a little in love with the Fantasy world that Joshua Khan has created in these series. It’s interesting and unique. Just when you think you have it all figured out, something else happens and it’s absolutely brilliant. Joshua has created a vibrant and flowing world that fits well together. Not only that, it’s also written about in such a fantastic way that I could imagine everything so vividly too.

Kick-ass Heroine

What really makes this book better is that at its center is a truly kick-ass heroine. Lily is stubborn, powerful and clever. She is fearless too. She’s also scared, emotional and loyal. I thought she made such a wonderful character to read about and I loved how well she gets on with Thorn. Everything that is thrown her way is dealt with interestingly and with creativity – which I love!

Adventurous and Mysterious Plot

The one thing that in my review of the first book in this series that I mentioned loving was that the book had a little sprinkle of everything and the same goes for this second book. Joshua Khan has done a brilliant job of mixing genres together with my two favourites being the adventure and mystery. Something is going on that is dangerous but no one knows for sure what is happening. It is up to Lily and Thorn to save the day.

Packed Full of Emotion

If there is one thing that I love about reading, it is when books bring out emotions in me. I love reading books that make me cry and laugh and smile. Books that make me feel hopeful and fearful. If it ignites emotion, then it means I am connecting with the book perfectly. Joshua Khan is not afraid to cause emotions in the reader so, naturally, I absolutely love this aspect of the book. I went through so many emotions while reading this book – including big fat ugly tears!

Narrative

Lastly, but certainly not least, I really enjoyed the narrative style of these books. I’m not sure how Joshua Khan did it but the books flow easily and quickly absorb you into this wonderful fantasy world. The characters fly off the page and all of the dialogue works really well too. I just love how easily it was to find myself lost in the words and how quickly I was able to escape the real world. I would highly recommend this book for that reason alone!


About the Author

JOSHUA KHAN Joshua Khan was born in Britain. From very early on he filled himself with the stories of heroes, kings and queens until there was hardly any room for anything else. He can tell you where King Arthur was born* but not what he himself had for breakfast. So, with a head stuffed with tales of legendary knights, wizards and great and terrible monsters it was inevitable Joshua would want to create some of his own. Hence SHADOW MAGIC. Josh lives in London with his family, but he’d rather live in a castle. It wouldn’t have to be very big, just as long as it had battlements.
*Tintagel, in case you were wondering.

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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 6 April, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Hello All!

Today I have a bit of a different post. I have a review of my favourite book of 2017. Yes, I just said that. And to go along with it I have a little guest post from the author; Brigid Kemmerer too!


3 words to describe…

By Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost: Emotional, Hopeful, Romantic

Declan: Dark, Loyal, Frustrated

Juliet: Grief-stricken, Lost, Thoughtful

Yourself: Kind, Motherly, Caffeinated


Letters to the LostTitle: Letters to the Lost
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 6th April 2017
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither of them knows that they’re not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. This emotional, compulsively-readable romance will sweep everyone off their feet.


Sometimes You

If you’ve been following this blog a while that you might know that Brigid Kemmerer is one of my most favourite authors that I have discovered since I started blogging. I fell in love with her first series, Elementals and found that every single book just got so much better than the next. So when I found out that she was publishing another book and that it had gained rights in the UK, I could not wait to get my hands on it. And fortunately, Letters to the Lost has lived up to all of the expectations I put upon it. It was, quite literally, worth the wait and is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I would not say that it was Brigid’s best book but I think my heart is just too much in love with the Merrick brothers to let that happen.

Just Need

There is one thing that Brigid Kemmerer does in her writing that always makes me envious of her talent because she always manages to make you fall hard for her characters. No matter who they are or what evil they do, she gets inside of their head so succinctly that you cannot help but understand and empathize with the characters, to the point that you just want to hug them and tell them that everything will be okay, even if it won’t be. This is something she has once again managed in Letters to the Lost. All of her books are essentially character focused, which are my favourite kind of books. This book is even more so. Essentially it is the story of two people and how their lives change once they start to intertwine. It is a book where two characters grow because of each other and it is absolutely wonderful to read.

Someone To

Honestly, I am not entirely sure how she does it but somehow Brigid always makes me fall in love with the worst of her characters – probably because her characters are not actually bad but simply misunderstood. She lets their voices come alive and allows you to become well and truly attached. This is why Declan is my favourite character in Letters to the Lost. While both characters go on a journey that strengthens their character, I feel that Declan went on the biggest journey. He had a bad reputation, he acted like he didn’t care and he did not get along with his Step Father. He was stubborn, full of fury and seemed to believe the world hated him. But underneath all of that he was also caring, protective, gentle and incredibly clever. I felt that he went on the biggest transformation but also, he just managed to let all of his anger and fears melt, allowed the people in his life a chance to see him as he truly was and not how the world portrayed him.

Find You

I always try my hardest not to get too gushy in reviews as I know that sometimes it can feel a little biased and hard to make someone else want to pick up a book if all you’re screaming at them is “READ THIS BOOK, READ IT NOW.” But honestly, that is exactly how I feel about this book. It was an emotional roller-coaster (spoiler: as all Brigid’s books are), it touched my heart (spoiler: as all Brigid’s books do) and it made me think just a little differently about people and how they don’t always show who they truly are on the outside; how sometimes you have to probe a little further to find out what people are really like. But mostly I loved this book so much because it is an addictive, heart-wrenching and heart-warming book that I will happily re-read time and time again. So if you haven’t read this book, I urge you to do so. (Or well… any of Brigid’s books…)

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan

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Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan

Title: Shadow Magic
Author: Joshua Khan
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: 6th October 2016
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
In a world ruled by six ancient Houses of Magic, a girl and a boy begin an epic and dangerous journey of discovery… After her parents’ murder, 13-year-old Lilith “Lily” Shadow rules Gehenna from Castle Gloom, an immense and windowless citadel. Once Lily’s ancestors commanded spirits, communed with the dead, and raised armies from out of the grave. But now her country is about to be conquered by the Shadows’ ancient enemies – the Solars, the lords of light. Thorn is a peasant boy, wily and smart, sold into slavery and desperate to escape. So when he’s bought by Tyburn, executioner to House Shadow, he’ll agree to just about anything – even to serving Castle Gloom for a year and day in order to earn his freedom. When Lily is nearly poisoned by a ruthless and unknown assassin, she and Thorn embark on a dangerous quest to save Gehenna, a weird and wonderful land of haunted castles, mysterious forests and an unforgettable giant bat. Together they must unravel a twisted plot of betrayals, pride and deadly ambition.


Sometimes You

I’ve mentioned this plenty of times before but one of the things I love about books is being able to fully absorb myself in them and this is exactly what happened with Shadow Magic. There was something magical (*cough*badpun*cough*) about the way the narrative of this story pulled me in. Within only a few chapters I was truly immersed in the story and was thinking about it even when I wasn’t reading it. Thus I managed to read it quickly as I kept itching to return to it so that I could read more and dive back into this fascinating novel.

Have To

Joshua Khan has created a strong and well-balanced plot that keeps you guessing and flicking the pages too. This book is a fantasy novel wrapped in an adventure wrapped around crime and mystery. It’s perfect. It has comedy, heart-warming emotions, friendship, family, and love. It has ghosts and ghouls, darkness, magic and light. It literally has a little bit of everything and it all works together brilliantly. I was truly enraptured with the plot and absolutely loved how it all came together in the end. Utterly marvelous.

Go Where

As with most fantasy novels, this book held a vast array of characters. Some villains, some noble royals, some feisty squires and one kick-ass princess too. I feel that Khan has done a good job of creating a realistic and vibrant set of characters that you can’t help but feel emotional for. My favourite character was Lily and I am really looking forward to reading more about her in the next series. I also liked Thorn as well, a very interesting character to say the least! But really, the best character in this book is Hades. And that is all I am going to say about that – you will have to read the book to find out why!

You’re Needed

It has been a long time since I have read a fantasy novel that has been absorbed quickly by me. I was thrown into this story and fell instantaneously for the world and the characters that inhabit it too. This is a book that has a little bit of everything, which in turn is what makes it that much more entertaining to read about. It is a book that will take you on an adventure, make you feel tense and alert, will cause tears to leak from your eyes and also make you literally laugh out loud. What more could you possibly want?

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Bamboo Road by Ann Bennett

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Bamboo Road by Ann Bennett

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Hello All!

Today is my stop on the Bamboo Road blog tour and I am here today with five of my favourite things about this book!

First though, here’s what the book is all about!


About the Book

Bamboo-Road-72dpi Thailand 1942: Sirinya and her family are members of the Thai underground, who risk their lives to resist the World War Two Japanese occupation and to and help British prisoners of war building the Thai-Burma railway. The events of those years have repercussions for decades to come. The book tells Sirinya s wartime story and how in the 1970s she returns to Kanchanaburi after a long absence abroad, to settle old scores from the war years.

Bamboo Road is volume three in a Southeast Asian WWII trilogy that includes Bamboo Heart and Bamboo Island (the books may be read in any order).

Goodreads. Amazon. Monsoon Books.


My Favourite Things

The Narrative

There are times when you pick up a book and you really struggle to get into the rhythm of the narrative. Maybe you just don’t personally gel with the narrative voice of the author and it just isn’t right for you. But sometimes the writing style of a book can really let a book down. Fortunately that is not the case for Bamboo Road. After reading just the first sentence I was swept straight into the story and every time I picked the book back up the same thing happened. The narrative flowed easily off the page and into my head making it a wonderfully easy read – just what I love!

The Storyline

Unique. That is one of the best words I could come up with to describe the brilliant story that is hidden within the pages of this book. Ann has created a very addictive and incredibly moving story set both during the war and in the 1970s. It flashes between the two time zones succinctly and everything about the story-line was truly marvelous. I was pulled easily in and found myself dying to know how it would all end.

The Location

I’m not going to lie, I absolutely love books that are set in “exotic” locations. (i.e. not London or the US!) Travelling is something that for the time being at least, I am incapable of doing and so with books I am able to go to the places I can only dream of visiting. With this book, Ann has written a novel wherein the descriptions are vivid and vibrant and you can truly see the locations she’s describing. I absolutely loved the setting and scenery in this book and felt it really complimented the story.

The Characters

In every single book I read, one of the most important aspects for me are the characters. I don’t necessarily have to connect with the characters but I do have to feel like they’re real and that they’re going on a journey through the book. This definitely happened in Bamboo Road. Sirinya is a very interesting character to read about. At the beginning of the book you find out that she has lost her husband and also that she is holding a grudge. Her world is full of emotions but I feel that Ann did a brilliant job with her journey in the book.

The Emotion

What is a book without emotion? And in this book, there is quite a bit of it! Before I even got very far into the book I found myself full of emotions, gripping the pages quickly to see where and how it would all end. Ann has created a book that is full of vibrant characters who really bring out the emotion in the reader. I thought this was a very lovely thing about the book and definitely made it that much more entertaining to read. *wipes eyes*


About the Author


ann photo No2 edited Ann Bennett was born and raised in a small village in Northamptonshire, UK. She read Law at Cambridge and qualified and practised as a solicitor. During a career break, to have children, she started to write. Her father had been a prisoner of war on the Thailand– Burma Railway and the idea for a Southeast Asian WWII trilogy came from researching his wartime experiences. The research took her back to Asia, a place she loves and has returned to many times. She lives in Surrey with her husband and three sons and works in London as a lawyer.

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I’ve Got News!

Posted on 29 March, 2017 by Faye - 8 Comments

I’ve Got News!

Hi All!

I have some exciting news to share with you all! Exciting for me, anyway!

Next week I am starting a new job!
It’s another library job, which is brilliant, but it’s a promotion from the job I’m currently doing, and it’s in a university library.

But why am I sharing this news with you?

Because it means that my 33 hours a week job at the moment, will be changing to 36 hours a week plus I’ll be adding 4 hours to my commute too. Which, sadly means that I’m going to have less time to read and blog.

While I do not want to blog or read less, I am just letting you all know in advance that it might happen. Especially now that the weather is getting nicer so when I can read on the bus, I will probably opt for walking instead!

So just in case you wonder why I’m not posting as much, now you know.

So… here’s to something new, eh?

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The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

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The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown

Hello All!
Today is my stop on the Witchfinder’s Sister blog tour and I have for you all a review of this fascinating book!

Before you hear my thoughts though, here is some information on the book.


About the Book

The Witchfinder's Sister The number of women my brother Matthew killed, so far as I can reckon it, is one hundred and six…

1645. When Alice Hopkins’ husband dies in a tragic accident, she has no choice but to return to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives.

But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witches, and of a great book, in which her brother is gathering women’s names.

To what lengths will her brother’s obsession drive him?
And what choice will Alice make, when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?

Goodreads. Amazon.


My Review

How Many

Generally speaking I am one of those readers that loves a variety of genres but I have always struggled with historical fiction. And thus you may be wondering why I then decided to review this book. The answer is quite simple. The book just sounded so very interesting and I had to see what it was all about. I am very glad that I took that leap of faith with this book because I ended up really enjoying the book. There were a few parts that I struggled with due to my distaste of historical fiction but fortunately this did not ruin my overall opinion of the book.

Ways Can

What initially drew me to this book was the storyline being about witches and the witch trials that happened in the 1600s. It is one of those odd periods of history that I actually find quite fascinating. Horrible and disheartening to realise women were treated so awfully but it is also a nice reminder of just how far we have come. Thus I am pleased to report that the plot of this book was compelling and addictive. I found myself turning the pages as quickly as I could just to find out how it was all going to end. And what an ending! Very, very clever.

Hunt Down

There was a vast array of characters in the novel, some of whom I felt for, some of whom I vehemently detested. Beth Underdown did a fantastic job of creating realistic characters throughout the novel, and did a marvellous job of describing them all as well. By far my favourite character was Grace. Although only a side character, she was so sweet and lovely, hardworking and also shy. I wanted everything to go okay for her in the end. She is definitely a character that I would love to read more about. Alice is also a fascinating character to read about and she had a very distinctive and interesting voice.

A Witch

While this book is not one that I would ordinarily pick up, it was one that I found myself enthralled by. It was an emotional, heart-breaking and fascinating book to read that I would recommend to others easily. There were some fictional historical texts interspersed which I struggled with and some other moments within the narrative that I found hard to understand but fortunately this did not ruin my enjoyment of the book. So if you’re looking to read an entertaining and intriguing book about the witch hunting that happened in the 1600s, you should definitely give this book a read.


About the Author

Beth Underdown credit Justine Stoddart Beth Underdown was born in Rochdale in 1987. She studied at the University of York and then the University of Manchester, where she is now a Lecturer in Creative Writing.

The Witchfinder’s Sister is her debut novel, and is based on the life of the 1640s witch finder Matthew Hopkins.

She first came across him while reading a book about seventeenth-century midwifery. As you do.

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Posted on 24 March, 2017 by Faye - No Comments