Review: The Whisperer – moved

The Whisperer
The Whisperer by Fiona McIntosh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What if you could hear everyone else’s thoughts? All the time? And what if one of the voices you could hear was that of the Crown Prince? And What if that Crown Prince was under threat from his ambitious and ruthless uncle?
Well then. You’d have the beginnings of the story told in The Whisperer!
Griff is the boy who can hear thoughts. He works in a circus, using the distance of working in the scaffolding of the tent to find relief from the relentless onslaught of mind-chatter from his circus colleagues.
Lute is the Crown Prince. His is the strongest voice that Griff can hear, although the boys are many miles apart.

Their story forms the backbone of this original fantasy novel for younger readers. Recommended.

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Review: Marly’s Ghost – moved

Marly's Ghost
Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Using Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as a starting point, Leviathan has re-written the story for a modern age. On Valentine’s Day, Ben cannot face the day without his beloved Marly by his side. Her death has become all too hard for him to cope with, and Ben retreats further and further from life. On Valentine’s Day eve Ben is visited by Marly’s ghost and he feels that his life can get no worse. But Marly has something for Ben and if he can manage to follow her instructions then maybe he will find the thing he desperately needs.

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Review: The Shattering – moved

The Shattering
The Shattering by Karen Healey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mind blown.
With such a complex story to bring to fruition the setup of this novel is methodical and necessary. But the tipping point arrives – and the story soars! I read this until I was done, in the dark of the night.
The characters are all so wonderfully drawn that you become part of their story. The twists and turns come thick and fast, and the relationships crackle with electricity.
Recommended!

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Review: Barnaby Grimes: Phantom of Blood Alley – moved

Barnaby Grimes: Phantom of Blood Alley
Barnaby Grimes: Phantom of Blood Alley by Paul Stewart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Barnaby Grimes is an excellent series. The characters are engaging, the plots intriguing and the world building is great. The whole is enhance by the wonderful illustrations from Chris Riddell.

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Review: Angel Creek – moved

Angel Creek
Angel Creek by Sally Rippin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved this family-based fantasy.
Jelly is struggling with moving away from her primary school friends, She is worried about starting high school, doesn’t get along with her cousin, Gino, and there a family undercurrents that are making her very uneasy.
It all adds up to one very unusual Christmas.

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Review: Silvermay – moved

Silvermay
Silvermay by James Moloney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Woah!!!!

James Moloney is back with a bang. This is a sweeping saga of intrigue and the power of fear, but also of courage and the power of love.

Silvermay is young. She lives in the countryside outside the large town of Vonne. She has little understanding of how cities work, but she is a skilled hawker, thanks to her father, and an astute reader of people, thanks to her mother. Silvermay’s parents embody love and rational thought, and Silvermay blossoms under their attentions.

Nerigold and Tamlyn are from Vonne. Nerigold has recently had a child, and she and Tamlyn are travelling hard and fast away from the city. When Nerigold collapses not far from Silvermay’s house after being turned away from the town inn, Silvermay’s family does not hesitate to take them in, baby Lucien included.

So begins this amazing novel, book one of a three part series. Get it, read it, love it!

(Spoiler Alert: don’t read the blurbs for the next two books which are at the end. JUST DON’T!)

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Review: Factotum

Factotum
Factotum by D.M. Cornish
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is just one of the most complete, extraordinary, thoroughly written series of all time. Cornish’s attention to detail is mind-blowing, and his world-building is on a par with Tolkien (I know, I know. Please don’t email me. It’s just MHO).
Rossamund is true, and brave, and real.
Who doesn’t want to be beautiful, fearsome and clever Europe?
And I could hug Freckle to death.
Exceptional writing.

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