WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking on a World Of Words that simply asks three questions.
What are you currently reading?
The Last Life Of Prince Alastor-Alexandra Bracken
This is the follow up to The Dreadful Tale Of Prosper Redding which was about a boy who doesn’t feel he fits in his highly successful Founding Father family who turned out only to be so successful because they made a pact with a demon then reneged on it. Rescued by a stranger from a ceremony all is not as it seems and finds he is possessed by the demon who has been squatting inside him feeding on his melancholy, anxiety and fear of never being accepted YET- as Prosper begins to talk to Alastor a tentative acceptance if not warped friendship beginning to emerge.
I loved the magical world of witches, familiars, fiends and hobgoblins, set in a fictional Puritan town and culminating in Salem, Massachusetts. There were certainly whispers of the 1993 film Hocus Pocus about this film, with its Halloween, Salem and witchcraft setting, but with a twist of ‘salt and burn’ Supernatural.
I’m looking forward to finding out how Prosper is going to cope with the revelations at the end of the last book.
What did you recently finish reading?
Rumblestar- Abi Elphinstone
This is just a glorious tale of a boy who likes rules hiding in a grandfather clock and being transported to the world of Rumblestar where he meets a girl allergic to rules and harbouring a storm inside and together they must save the world from an evil plan to rip the Magical bonds from the world. This takes me back to crawling through wardrobes in the hope of finding my own Narnia.
Review to follow shortly.
The Dreamsnatcher– Abi Elphinstone – #20BooksOfSummer 1
I enjoyed this book thoroughly for its Magical woodland setting and gypsy community but I would recommend anyone else reading this after Rumblestar to pop a few other books in between.
It’s great however so fresh out of Rumblestar you can see the growth and development Abi has made as a storyteller and the far more restrictive word count of a debut. This is in no way a criticism!!
I put it down, read the books below then came back and it was wonderful!!
The House Of Light – Julia Green
This is a gorgeous book, full of atmospheric description and wistful melancholy of a young girl foraging on the beach who comes across a boat and a strange boy which begins a series of decisions under growing pressure from the Border Guards exploring the decision to flee your homelands.
This clever story is part of a growing number of Middle Grade dystopias which focus on individual struggles, lives and choices instead of a chosen one rebellion narrative like YA Dystopian books tended to do.
Reading with Littlefae and Tinyfae
We’ve read together some new illustrated early chapter books which have captured Littlefae’s attention. To be fair Tinyfae has enjoyed these thoroughly too!!
Nelly the Monster Sitter: The Squurms at no.322 -Kes Gray & Chris Jevons
This book is part of a reissue and rebranding of a 3 stories in 1 book from 2005 and I think this format is an excellent choice for young readers especially reluctant ones.
Nelly is a bit of a Know-All but she meets her match when asked to babysit a young Squurm called Slop- the girls found it very funny and asked for more from this series.
Review to follow
Cinders & Sparks: Magic at Midnight- Lindsey Kelk & Pippa Curnick
This is such a super cute retelling of the Cinderella story challenging all the issues I have with the original story about surrendered servitude, being ‘saved’ first by a Fairy Godmother then the Prince, consent and choice in marriage to Prince and so much more including ‘beauty standards’- AND it’s an Early Chapter book!! 🙌🏻
I admit I read on without the girls it was so playful.
Review to follow
The Magical Kingdom of Birds:The Missing Fairy Wrens Anne Booth and Rosie Butcher
There was a delay in our order of the Silent Songbirds so whilst waiting for it to come in we reread The Missing Fairy Wrens.
This story is full of bird knowledge about the Fairy Wrens Of Australia with a sweet story about loving and working together as a family.
The Magical Kingdom of Birds:The Silent Songbirds Anne Booth and Rosie Butcher
We were excited to begin the next story in the Magical Kingdom of Birds and find out what Maya will help Princess Willow to overcome. This time Maya suspect Lord Astor is playing a tricky trick when he asks the Songbirds to sing in a concert for Princess Willow. Can Maya and Patch save the day?
Both girls enjoyed this story thoroughly and are excited for the next step in Maya’s adventure!!
What do you think you’ll read next?
The Maker Of Monsters – Lorraine Gregory
Thoroughly looking forward to this hero’s quest with echoes of Frankenstein and the Island Of Dr Moreau!!
There is of course whatever Littlefae’s next selection from the #20BooksOfSummer