I know. I don’t normally post on a Saturday, but I’ve been reading a lot of books recently and I wanna give a little shout out to 3 brilliant MG books that I’ve read! I thought I would share mini reviews so you can all hear how bloody brilliant they all are and go out and read them yourselves!! Or y’know preorder them because 2 of them aren’t out yet haha!
The House of Hidden Wonders – Sharon Gosling
“Zinnie and her sisters live in the murky tunnels beneath Edinburgh’s Old Town. They keep out of the way of the authorities and remain undetected. Until, that is, rumours of a ghost bring unwanted visitors into the caverns they call home. Among them, a young Arthur Conan Doyle, keen to investigate, and MacDuff, the shady owner of Edinburgh’s newest attraction, the House of Wonders. Caught up in a world of intrigue and adventure, Zinnie seeks answers. But how can she discover what secrets lie in the House of Wonders while also protecting the sisters she holds so dear?”
This is one of those books that didn’t spend too long on my TBR before I picked it up because it was a book that ticked a lot of my boxes! A mystery, a shady fella and a mysterious ghost? Yes please! I was lucky to be sent a copy as part of the blog tour (you should check out Sharon’s guest post on my blog because it is a brilliant post!). As soon as I started I knew I was going to love and I absolutely I sped through this once I was into it! This story was a great bit of mystery, supernatural and girl power mixed with a massive chunk of Edinburgh history. As someone who is a big fan of Edinburgh (I think it’s just a gorgeous city), I loved having a little bit of knowledge about where they were in the story. I loved the characters and the plot was brilliant too! There was lots of little off shoots of the plot that I thought added so much to the story. A massive yay for girls owning their own lives, their sense of sisterhood (and found families) and making their own decisions. If you put all of that with a pretty ominous baddie and you’ve got a total winner! (It’s out now if you’d like to buy a copy!)
The Wild Way Home – Sophie Kirtley
When Charlie’s longed-for brother is born with a serious heart condition, Charlie’s world is turned upside down. Upset and afraid, Charlie flees the hospital and makes for the ancient forest on the edge of town. There Charlie finds a boy floating face-down in the stream, injured, but alive. But when Charlie sets off back to the hospital to fetch help, it seems the forest has changed. It’s become a place as strange and wild as the boy dressed in deerskins. For Charlie has unwittingly fled into the Stone Age, with no way to help the boy or return to the present day. Or is there … ?
I had heard a lot about this book, so when the brilliant Bloomsbury asked if I wanted a proof copy for review, I jumped at the chance! This story is a brilliant, big-hearted adventure which follows Charlie and a Stone Age boy on their journey to find what they have both lost. They find on their way, courage, hope, family and home. This is a great tale of adventure, courage and friendship. I adored the friendship between Charlie and Harby. Being set in the Stone Age was great because I certainly haven’t come across many books set then! I know this book is going to have lots of fans. This is a story full of danger, adventure and bravery. We all have someone in our life we want to make safe… (This is out July 9th if you wanna preorder it!)
Sky Pirates: Echo Quickthorn and the Great Beyond – Alex English
“11 year-old Echo Quickthorn has grown up believing that nothing exists outside the Kingdom of Albion, but everything changes when an eccentric professor parks his airship outside her window armed with a map that shows all the magical places that exist beyond the city walls. Together with her pet lizard, Gilbert, Echo sets off on an incredible adventure to find her missing mother; an adventure that will take her to unimaginable places…”
I love a book that comes to me as a surprise and then I’m into it. This was another of those MG books that didn’t stay on my pile for very long because it just appealed to me an awful lot. I was sent a proof copy by the brilliant Simon and Schuster and I just love them a lot for it. The story is a whole load of fun! It is a story jam packed with creativity and a brilliant imagination. Kids are going to love how FUN this book is! There’s cool inventions, brave youngsters, a bunch of sky pirates and a king who’s making shoddy choices for his people. (But seriously, the King is not a great person!). This is full of adventure, dangers, friendship and exploration. And I loved Gilbert. What a hero. Bloody brilliant! (This is out July 9th if you want to preorder it! I would RECOMMEND you do.)
And that’s it for today! Massive thank you to the publishers for sending me these 3 books. I enjoyed each of them a lot! Thanks to YOU for stopping by too!
Which of these 3 sounds the most exciting to you?
Have you got any recommendations for me based on my opinions?
What have you been reading lately?
Speak to you all soon! Keep reading!