Mim and the Anxious Artist Book Review

Mim and the Anxious Artist is the third book in the Travelling Bookshop series by Katrina Nannestad. I would like to thank Harper Collins Australia for the review copy.

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Mim Cohen roams the world in a travelling bookshop, with her dad and brother and a horse called Flossy. Flossy leads them where she will, to the place where they’re needed most … the place where the perfect book will find its way home. 

Now Mim has arrived in elegant Paris where she meets Pierre, a talented but anxious artist who cannot bear to give up his paintings, even to sell them. He’s miserable and poor. His customers are cross. 

Mim knows they’re here to help Pierre. To calm him down. To turn him into a successful artist. To make him truly happy. 

If only Mim could find him the right book. If only Dad would stop getting muddled and giving everyone the wrong book.

REVIEW

It is also fun to rejoin the Cohen family on another adventure and this time it is in Paris. The characters are always loveable with Mim adding to her word collection, Nat obsessing with a new letter, S, and Dad still coming across as muddled to Mim. You also have Daisy and Flossy which feature in this adventure.

All the characters are relatable, especially the anxious artist Pierre, who is a fabulous artist but can’t bear to sell his artworks. We all have a Pierre within us who can’t bear to part with our creations as we have put our hearts and joy into it/

The book is medium paced and has strong messages of finding calm in unexpected places and keeping our minds open. Maybe a book that doesn’t seem right or suit, is the perfect fit that sparks an idea that helps you with a problem.

It is perfect for readers 7 years and older.

5/5 stars

Ming & Marie Spy for Freedom Book Review

Ming and Marie Spy for Freedom is the second book in the Girls who changed the World Series by Jackie French. Thank you to Harper Collins for the review copy.

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Ming Qong is convinced that girls have changed the world throughout history.

So when Ming is thrust back in time to Belgium during WWI, only to be rescued from a burning cellar by Marie — an experienced spy at only twelve years of age — she finally has her proof. Marie is involved with a female secret resistance group who risk their lives to outwit the German troops.

But Ming now faces a tough choice: will she send coded messages and risk her own life in this war on which the future depends?

As Ming learns, change is never easy, so how can one girl change the world?

REVIEW

I absolutely loved Ming and Marie Spy for Freedom as we jump straight back into the action after the cliffhanger of book 1. Ming and her brother Tuan are thrown back in time to World War 1 in Ypres by Herstory.

Ming is shocked and horrified by she is seeing and experiencing being sent back in time as reading history is one thing, experiencing it is another thing entirely.

Ming wants to see world changers and over the course of the book through impactful events, she begins to see the impact of small decisions and choices can change the world.

“A tiny action, but with enormous consequences”

The book deals with important themes such as found families and time of crisis as well as reasons why people stand up and fight for their country. It is through bravery and love of country that gives everyday people the strength to stand up. I loved reading about the female resistance during the First World War as we typically see in media the male resistance such as Hogans Heroes.

“Grandmothers or many times great-grandmothers faced disaster with courage and determination. They might have been ignored in books about the last, but they weren’t helpless.”

The whole book is fast paced and a call to realisation that there are many stories of that have been lost and forgotten, especially as history -his story- typically focus on the men who succeed and not those who support as well as play an important part that is not told.

Hard hitting call to actions of all children and adults to be world changers. Follow in the footsteps of the stories untold of the past and those brave who are already fighting to change the world. 

“Today’s world faces the greatest challenges humanity has known: the survival of every species on a planet facing pandemics, vast pollution, storms, wildfires, floods, the vast deserts of accelerating climate change- not to mention the weapons that humans have made to kill each other and which might destroy all life on earth too.”

Jackie French emphasises that young people will one day change the world and we need to empower them to do so.

“Those who work together to change the world will never be bored. And they can win.”

I truely hope there are more books that call to action young people to help change our world for the better. I recommend this book for readers who are 10 years old and older.

5/5 stars

Gus and the Starlight Book Review

Gus and the Starlight is written by Victoria Carless. I would like to thank Harper Collins for a review copy.

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Gus doesn’t want to make friends. She also doesn’t want to be intrigued by the cat-lady teacher at her new school, or the Riley’s Comet project that she and her seaweed-eating science partner are working on together.

And she definitely doesn’t want to fall in love with her job as the projectionist at the Starlight, a drive-in movie theatre that her family is reviving.

Because, knowing Gus’s luck, she and her family should be moving on in a day, or a week, or a month. When the ghosts that haunt Mum catch up with them. Or it the Starlight doesn’t succeed.

Then she’ll have to say goodbye. Again.

And saying goodbye is too hard.

REVIEW

I was surprised that I loved this book. It isn’t my typical read and not one I would’ve picked for myself but it is an unexpected gem. This book would be perfected for late primary (Year 5 and 6) and students in high school.

The main character Gus (Augusta) is lonely, brave, intelligent, responsible and thoroughly likeable. We gained insight into the family dynamic as well as ghosts appearing.

Definitely a read aloud for teachers.

4/5 stars

The Travelling Bookshop: Mim and the Baffling Bully Book Review

The Travelling Bookshop: Mim and the Baffling Bully is the first book in the Travelling Bookshop series by Katrina Nannestead.

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The right book might just change your life …

Mim Cohen roams the world in a travelling bookshop, with her dad and brother and a horse called Flossy. Flossy leads them where she will, to the place where they’re needed most … the place where the perfect book will find its way home.

Now Mim has arrived in a pretty Dutch village where she meets Willemina, a kind and gentle child, who is being bullied by a girl named Gerda.

Mim knows they’re here to help Willemina. To change her life. To make her strong and brave and happy.

If only Dad would find her the right book. If only he would stop giving everyone else the wrong book!

REVIEW

I absolutely adored Mim and the Baffling Bully. Such a unique concept with a magical travelling bookshop that I haven’t read before. I truely see the truth that the right book might change your life and the perfect book will find its way home.

There was heartfelt messages throughout the book with friendship as a main theme of the book with charming characters you can’t help but love.

5/5 stars

The Book of Stolen Dreams Book Review

The Book of Stolen Dreams is the debut novel by David Farr.

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Rachel and Robert live a grey, dreary life under the rule of cruel Charles Malstain. But when their librarian father enlists their help to steal a forbidden book, they are plunged into adventure. With their father captured, it is up to Rachel and Robert to uncover the secrets of the Book of Stolen Dreams and track down its mysteriously missing final page in order to save him.

What they are not expecting is to discover a family of ghosts, a door to the dead and that the Book grants the power of immortality. But they will do anything to stop it falling into Malstain’s hands – for if it does, he could rule for ever.

Step inside the pages of an immortal adventure and discover a truly unforgettable journey of wonder, courage and magic…

REVIEW

This is a fantastic adventure and fantasy middle grade book I’ve read. The book has two main characters, Rachel and Robert, who are brother and sister.

Throughout the book, you explore politics and geography of the world through mainly Rachel’s eyes. Rachel was relatable as she was feisty and brave as well as allowing herself to feel vulnerable, afraid and helpless. As she worked through her feelings, she became a perfect guide to the world. Robert had his own chapters as they were separate but his actions were just as important.

The magic within the book was interesting and I always enjoy a book with magic. It was slowly introduced but was perfectly weaved throughout the story.

I look forward to reading more books by David Farr.

4/5 stars

The Falconer Book Review

The Falconer is the first book in the Falconer trilogy by Elizabeth May.

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One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale

She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.

REVIEW

It was great to dive into a world full of beings that can’t be seen by humans. Aileana reminds me of Buffy and has similar themes.

There was fantastic banter in the book and it was fast paced and set in steampunk Scotland.

I am lucky I had the second book to dive straight into after being left on a cliffhanger.

4 stars

The World Between Blinks: Rebellion of the Lost Book Review

The World Between Blinks: Rebellion of the Lost is the second book in the World Between Blinks series by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin.

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After Jake and Marisol’s last adventure in the World Between Blinks, the cousins are safely back where they belong.

Until, suddenly, they’re not.

When they return unexpectedly to the World once more, Jake and Marisol find that nothing is as they left it. The Administrator is on an unstoppable mission, ordering his Curators to catalogue absolutely everyone and everything, as if they’re exhibits in a museum.

With rebels like Amelia Earhart and Queen Nefertiti facing the threat of their hourglasses of memories being flipped, Jake and Marisol, along with Marisol’s big brother, Victor, must locate a mysterious item known as the Rocket. This unknown object is their only chance to defeat the Administrator – before everything that makes the World wonderful is lost, in a whole new way …

REVIEW

It was fantastic returning to the World Between Blinks in this new adventure. Kaufman and Graudin do an amazing job sucking the reader into the story. I also enjoyed the perspective changes of Marisol and Jake and the reports from the curators.

This books has everything a middle grade book needs: adventure, mystery and characters that are relatable. It appeals to all as the duel perspectives highlight the different views of the world everyone has.

I hope this series continues!

5/5 stars

The War of Two Queens Release Blitz


War is only the beginning…

From the desperation of golden crowns

And born of mortal flesh

A great primal power rises

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The War of Two Queens, the highly anticipated fourth book in the Blood and Ash series from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout is available now!

 

 

War is only the beginning…

 

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book four in her Blood and Ash series.

 

From the desperation of golden crowns…

 

Casteel Da’Neer knows all too well that very few are as cunning or vicious as the Blood Queen, but no one, not even him, could’ve prepared for the staggering revelations. The magnitude of what the Blood Queen has done is almost unthinkable.

 

And born of mortal flesh…

 

Nothing will stop Poppy from freeing her King and destroying everything the Blood Crown stands for. With the strength of the Primal of Life’s guards behind her, and the support of the wolven, Poppy must convince the Atlantian generals to make war her way—because there can be no retreat this time. Not if she has any hope of building a future where both kingdoms can reside in peace.

 

A great primal power rises…

 

Together, Poppy and Casteel must embrace traditions old and new to safeguard those they hold dear—to protect those who cannot defend themselves. But war is only the beginning. Ancient primal powers have already stirred, revealing the horror of what began eons ago. To end what the Blood Queen has begun, Poppy might have to become what she has been prophesied to be—what she fears the most.

 

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#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Border Jack Apollo. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications.  Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was an Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over a hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

 

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Eyes that Speak to the Stars Book Review

Eyes that Speak to the Stars is written by Joanna Ho and illustrated by Dung Ho.

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A young Asian boy notices that his eyes look different from his peers’ after seeing his friend’s drawing of them. After talking to his father, the boy realizes that his eyes rise to the skies and speak to the stars, shine like sunlit rays, and glimpse trails of light from those who came before in fact, his eyes are like his father’s, his agong’s, and his little brother’s, and they are visionary. 

Inspired by the men in his family, he recognizes his own power and strength from within. This extraordinary picture book redefines what it means to be truly you.

REVIEW

This book is stunningly illustrated by Dung Ho and I love that the dedication page is illustrated.

There is such a positive message to this book surrounding confidence and being proud of your heritage. I love that after being drawn to his differences to his classmates and being upset, the positive guidance and love from his father and grandfather builds his confidence.

There is such a great inclusion of culture and teaches an important lesson of holding firm, confident and looking towards the future.

5/5 stars

The Travelling Bookshop: Mim and the Woeful Wedding Book Review

The Travelling Bookshop: Mim and the Woeful Wedding is written by Katrina Nannestad.

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The right book might just change your life …

Mim Cohen roams the world in a travelling bookshop, with her dad and brother and a horse called Flossy. Flossy leads them where she will, to the place where they’re needed most … the place where the perfect book will find its way home.

Now Mim has arrived on a charming Greek Island, where a wedding is about to take place. Everyone is excited – everyone, that is, except the bride and groom.

Mim knows they’re here to help Anjelica, the bride. To stop the wedding. To set her free to follow her dreams.

If only Anjelica would read the right book, the one Mim gave her. If only she would stop reading the wrong book.

REVIEW

This was such a fun read! I loved the idea of a travelling bookshop spreading the magic of reading and finding the perfect book for each reader.

The illustrations by Cheryl Orsini help place the characters on the little Greek island along with the interesting animals that with the family.

The characters were so fun and perfect for 7 year olds or older who will be taken by their personalities.

5/5 stars