Hedgewitch has only just been released and yet is already one of my favourite books of all time. With its blend of cosy low fantasy, the folklore of these islands and a halcyon of heritage and nostalgia in its our-world-adjacent 1950s setting featuring Blytonesque feasts (without any of the problematic bits) and witchcraft themed girl … Continue reading The Hedgewitch Collection feat Hedgewitch by Skye McKenna
There are a few books that I have read in my lifetime, and a handful more since starting my blog that have become instant favourites, because they speak a secret language of my heart, they call to those who never quite entered ‘the age of not believing’ and hold hope for magic and wonder. Hedgewitch … Continue reading Hedgewitch – Skye McKenna
In a fantasy world that draws on South Asian heritage, customs, folklore and dress, The Balloon Thief by Aneesa Marufu offers a window into the dichotomy of privilege and oppressed, how those labels are more complicated than we perceive and the motivations to both keep the status quo and to turn to violent rebellion being … Continue reading The Balloon Thief – Aneesa Marufu featuring guest post by Aneesa Marufu
I’ve been a huge fan of Darren’s writing since his debut Scavengers reframed the landscape of Middle Grade writing for me. His writing is like a rich tapestry that transports us into deeply imagined worlds but also challenging and introspective, unflinchingly so, on the emotional landscape of children, particularly boys as they navigate the changing world … Continue reading Furthermoor – Darren Simpson featuring chapter excerpt.
Today it is my turn on the Lets Get Festive tour. We have been celebrating Christmassy books in all their guises from advent calendar bitesized tales to Merrytime Mystery and Murder to festive frolics! For me I was spoilt for choice, and it was a little overwhelming as we have SO many Christmas books some … Continue reading Let’s Get Festive- Lucy’s Magical Stories, A Series by Anne Booth.
Words dripping with the honey and hope of girlhood on the cusp of woman, Lionheart Girl is up there in my top reads of the year, maybe of all time. When I was asked if I wanted to share my review as part of the blog tour I was honoured and delighted to express how … Continue reading Lionheart Girl- Yaba Badoe
Today’s review is a little different as I took part in the Chicken House Instagram tour for By Rowan and Oak that asked us to create a nature table to evoke the meaning across these two novels which tell the tale of a small group of Hidden Folk awakening in Spring to the realisation that … Continue reading By Rowan and Oak- Melissa Harrison