Review of Ballet Stories by Margaret Greaves and Lisa Kopper


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Ballet Stories is a collection of eight classic ballet tales. This is a really stunning book with beautiful, magical illustrations that really bring each story to life. Included in the book are: Giselle, The Firebrand, Ondine, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Petrushka, The Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia. Our particular favourite is The Nutcracker.

This would make a wonderful gift for any young ballet fans out there.

Thank you to Frances Lincoln Books for sending us a copy to review.

Review of Yikes, Santa-Claws! by Pamela Butchart and Sam Lloyd


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It is Christmas eve and the little dino-tots are asleep in bed when a strange green and scaly creature falls down the chimney. All of a sudden, there is chaos and the creature starts eating the tree and opens up the presents. Once he has finished, he moves onto the next house leaving a trail of destruction. Then, a distant Ho! Ho! Ho! is heard, but will the real Santa Claus be in time to save Christmas?

This is such a fun Christmassy story that we highly recommend, especially for any young dinosaur fans out there.

Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending us a copy to review.

Review of The Naughtiest Reindeer by Nicki Greenberg


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It is the night before Christmas and there is a big problem – Rudolph is in bed with a very bad cold. The only other reindeer who can pull the sleigh is Rudolph’s sister Ruby. However, Ruby is not the best behaved reindeer and everyone, even Santa, thinks it will be a disaster. Will Ruby behave herself and get all of the presents delivered in time?

The Naughtiest Reindeer is a fantastic book that will delight both adults and children alike and is one of our favourite Christmas books this year. We loved Ruby and the fun, vivid illustrations throughout the book and have now read the book numerous times, so I think it will be a classic in this household!

The glittery cover of this book is beautiful.

5 stars

Review of It’s an Orange Aardvark by Michael Hall



It’s an Orange Aardvark is a really fun picture book that is told by some carpenter ants. They decide to make a window, so that they can see the outside world, but are worried about the aardvarks coming to eat them. When they see orange through the hole, they are certain that is must be an orange aardvark with a long tongue that is waiting to eat the ants. Then they decide to make another hole and this time blue appears and they are conviced that it must be an orange aardvark wearing blue pyjamas.

We loved the illustrations and bright colours in this book and laughed at the carpenter ants wearing their colourful hats. The holes in the pages work really well and make this a great book for young readers to enjoy.

Review of I’ll Take New York by Miranda Dickinson


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I have read all of Miranda Dickinson’s books and was so excited to receive a review copy of her latest novel I’ll Take New York.

Bea James owns a bookshop in Brooklyn and after being stood up numerous times by her boyfriend, she decides to give up on relationships and stay single. Jake Steinman returns to New York from San Francisco after the sudden breakdown of his marriage and vows not to let himself get hurt again. When the two meet at a party, there are sparks but they are determined not to enter a relationship with anyone. Or so they think…

This is a fantastic warm and compelling read that I couldn’t put down. I absolutely loved the setting and Bea’s bookshop, Dickinson really brings New York to life for the reader. It was great to see some of the characters from Dickinson’s debut novel Fairytale of New York in this book.

I can’t finish this review without saying how gorgeous the cover is!

Thank you to Avon for sending us a copy to review.

Giveaway and Review of The Bear by Claire Cameron


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Anna and her younger brother Alex, known as Stick, are camping in the Canadian wilderness with their parents. Suddenly, Anna is awakened by terrifying screams and hears her parents shouting. Then there is an eerie silence all around them. She has no idea what has happened, only thinking that a big black dog has come to get them.

Told through five year old Anna’s eyes, it is a heartbreaking journey as Anna battles hunger and confusion to try and keep her two year old brother safe. Through Anna we learn about her life with her family and her memories of her parents. Anna’s voice was fantastic and gave a huge sense of how vulnerable we are against nature. I also liked the way that Cameron used senses like taste and smell when Anna was describing things.

This is a haunting and tragic read that I found utterly compelling and read in one sitting. It is a book that you will still be thinking about a long time after finishing. I doubt that there will be many dry eyes on reaching the end of this novel.

5 stars

Thank you to Random House for sending us a copy to review.

We have three copies of The Bear to giveaway. To enter, please re-tweet this post or leave a comment below. Open to UK residents only. Giveaway closes 5/12/2014.

Giveaway and Review of The Target by David Baldacci


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I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for The Target and The Escape by David Baldacci. We have one copy of both books to giveaway. To enter, please re-tweet this post or leave a comment below. Open to UK residents only. Giveaway closes on 03/12/2014.

Review of The Target

The Target is the third book in a series by international bestselling author David Baldacci starring Will Robie and Jessica Reel.

The Target opens in a prison cell on Alabama’s death row. Robie and Reel are faced with their deadliest mission so far with the stakes the highest they have ever been, but first they must address their own personal demons and face training to prove that they’re still the best people for the job. This is a real action packed and gripping read, which takes the characters from the US to North Korea.

I can’t believe that this is the first David Baldacci book I have read, I was completely glued to my seat and couldn’t put it down. The Target is a fast paced thriller full of twists and turns and surprises around every corner. Although, it is the third in a series it also reads well as a standalone book and is one that I highly recommend.

A fantastic suspense filled read.

Thank you to Macmillan for sending us a copy to review.

Review of Alfie in the Garden by Debi Gliori


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Debi Gliori is one of our favourite picture book authors and we were thrilled to receive a copy of Alfie in the Garden, which is the first in a new series.

Alfie in the Garden is the story of a little rabbit who loves to play in the garden and imagine that he is in faraway places like the jungle. Alfie pretends to be a lion and an elephant.

The illustrations are stunning and we particularly liked the double page spread of Alfie pretending to be a lion. We also enjoyed spotting all of the other animals that Alfie meets in the garden.

This is a lovely beautifully illustrated book about all of the fun you can have playing in the garden. We can’t wait to read about Alfie’s next adventure, which will be published next year.

Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending us a copy to review.

Review of Coming Home for Christmas by Julia Williams


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I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for Coming Home for Christmas by Julia Williams today.

I was really excited to see that Julia Williams had written a Christmassy book set in the village of Hope Christmas where some of her previous novels have been set. It was great to be reunited with many of the characters from her previous books and felt like meeting up with old friends.

Cat, Pippa and Marianne are all dreading Christmas. Cat, once a popular tv chef, has been replaced by a younger model and is desperate to rescue her career. However, family life shows no sign of slowing down for her. Marianne is worried about her marriage after her husband’s unstable ex-wife appears back on the scene. Whilst for Pippa, she is trying to look after her family and run a farm as a newly single mum. To make matters worse, when developers start sniffing around the beautiful countryside the residents of Hope Christmas start to wonder what might happen to their beloved village.

Although this novel does follow on from Last Christmas and it was good to know the history of the characters, it would also read well as a standalone book too.

This is a lovely heartwarming festive read that I really enjoyed. 5 stars from me.

Thank you to Avon for sending us a copy to review.

Review of Snow Day by Richard Curtis and Rebecca Cobb


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When everyone wakes up to find that it has snowed heavily all night, they are really excited that there is a snow day and no one has to go to school. However, two people trudge through the snow and think that it is a normal day. Danny arrives at school and finds that the only other person there is his least favourite teacher Mr Trapper. Danny thinks it will be the worst day ever, but at break time in the snow covered playground something unexpected happens.

This is a lovely, magical story about friendship that would make a perfect Christmassy read this year.

The illustrations by Rebecca Cobb are fantastic and really bring this wintery read to life.

Thank you to Puffin for sending us a copy to review.

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