Reviews: Books and Magazines

 

Atlas of Adventures

Atlas of Adventures

Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Explore seven continent maps, packed with hundred of activities and challenges to inspire armchair travellers of any age. Whether you’re visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining the Carnival in Brazil or a canoe safari down the Zambezi River, this book brings together epic adventures from the remotest corners of the globe and discoveries to made on your own doorstep. Follow one boy and one girl as they travel to over 30 destinations and discover hundreds of things to spot and facts to learn on every page.

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Inner Fire

Inner Fire

Inner Fire is Rachel Stedman’s second novel. It is about a teenage girl Corinne who, in addition to all the normal challenges of adolescence, can’t get angry! When she does things and people around her catch fire. After one particularly nasty incident her grandmother comes to take her away and train her about her abilities.

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Imagine a City

Imagine a City

Imagine a City tells the story of two children travelling with their mother by train to a fantastical city and the things that they do and see while there.

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The New Patrol

The New Patrol

The New Patrol by Andy McNab is a thriller set in Afghanistan. The central character is returning for a second tour to Afghanistan, but his previous experiences don’t carry a lot of weight given the rules have changed.

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A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson

A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again.

In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

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How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

How to Build a Girl” is Caitlin Moran’s first novel for adults. If you’ve read her books “How to be a Woman” or “Moranthology” you probably know whether you’ll like this or not. If you haven’t read her thoughts before, this is could be a good book for anyone who grew up in the 1990s, especially if you were a teenage girl who spent hours in her room listening to The Happy Mondays or The Smashing Pumpkins. Be warned! As Moran says in her acknowledgements, “I’ve written *another* book full of wanking and shagging.”

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A court of thorns and roses

A court of thorns and roses

Feyre is a hunter and lives on the edge of starvation as she tries to provide for her family. However, while out hunting she kills a fairy who had taken the form of a wolf. As a punishment she has to be imprisoned in an enchanted fairy court. But from childhood she has been taught that fairies are evil and fears both for herself and her family that she’s forced to leave behind.

I’ve read and enjoyed a couple of Sarah J Maas’ books and so was quite excited to have the opportunity to read A Court of Thorns and Roses too.

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The Mime Order

The Mime Order

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon is the sequel to The Bone Season. It follows Paige Mahoney after she’s escaped from Sheol I and has returned to London as the city’s most wanted person. She hooks back up with Jaxon Hall and the Seven Seals as they jockey with the other mime lords and mime queens and their respective gangs for power within the city.

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The Bone Season

The Bone Season

The Bone Season is set in a parallel world with a lot of similarities to ours but where clairvoyance is real and being discovered as clairvoyant is a death sentence. Paige is a member of the Seven Seals cohort run by Jaxon Hall a criminal group that uses their extra sensory skills to make money illegally.

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Don’t Think about Purple Elephants

Don’t Think about Purple Elephants

Sometimes Sophie worries — not during the day when she is busy with family and friends, but at night when everything is calm and quiet. Her family all try to help, but somehow they just make her worries worse. Until her mother thinks of a new approach …

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