Pause for WWW Wednesday 12/06

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?

Cover illustration by Carrie May, Typography and logo by Patrick Knowles

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.

Cover illustration by Thomas Flintham

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!!

Illustration by Helen Crawford White

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

Illustration by Rosie Butcher – design by Lizzie Smart

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.

Illustration by Rosie Butcher – design by Lizzie Smart

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

Have you read any of these?

What are you reading?

20 thoughts on “Pause for WWW Wednesday 12/06

    1. Brat (fabulous name) is a monster who lives on an island where their master is making monsters to avenge against a wronging but the newest monster kills the master and sets all the others free.
      Brat and the other ‘nice’ monsters must save the world by finding the master’s daughter who knows how to stop them ALL- which of course will be their own undoing too.
      It’s about what it means to be ‘human’ or ‘monster’ and I’m contemplating DNFing Prince Alastor to jump to it.


  1. I just finished Rumblestar too! I’m now reading And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid (which I’m really liking) and then I’m not actually sure what I’m planning to read…
    I’m considering The Garden of Lost Secrets or Alex in Wonderland, or perhaps another library book. The Maker of Monsters is on my TBR
    Amy x

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    1. I’m interested in And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid- sounds fun.
      I’m finishing up my review of The Garden Of Lost Secrets to post tomorrow – basically you love historical fiction, and most of the reasons you gave me to read Emma Carroll’s In Darkling Wood apply here- just no fairies at the bottom of the garden instead there’s a battalion of soldiers waiting to ship off to the Somme.
      It’s set in autumn 1916, Father home from war poorly, brother missing and she’s sent off to her aunt and uncle who are housekeeper and head gardener at a large estate but she has a cold welcome and finds secrets are in the air including embroidery, orange offerings and pineapple thieves.
      Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!

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    2. I would recommend it solely for the fact I have a pull quote in it alongside Emma Carroll, but I genuinely do think it’d be very much your thing as well and I really liked it. Stockwell the cat is great!

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  2. Oh, I hadn’t seen that cover of The Last Life of Prince Alastor before! I love it! I just bought the first book a month or two ago, so I haven’t read it yet, but I’ll be looking forward to what you think of this second book. 🙂 The Maker of Monsters looks really cute, too! Happy reading.

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    1. The first book starts a bit flowery but then it just gets dark and fabulously twisty- Hocus Pocus meets Supernatural is the best way to describe it.
      I’m so looking forward to The Maker Of Monsters Too!!

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  3. I so loved Rumblestar and can’t wait for the next one! The Last Life of Prince Alastor sounds intriguing – will need to look out for the first one. I have The Maker of Monsters on my TBR – it sounds great! I thought I was a quick reader but now I’m not so sure!

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