Reviews: Season’s Readings

Hello everybody! Today, I have some reviews to share with you, which are all wintry things I’ve read since I finished uni, and I really enjoyed them. They’re mostly adult books as I was reading MG for some other posts at the same time, but there is an MG and a YA as well. Onto the post!


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The Bear Who Sailed the Ocean in an Iceberg Blog Tour: Guest Post and Review

Hello everybody! Today, I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for Emily Critchley’s new book the Bear Who Sailed the Ocean in an Iceberg, with both my review and a guest post from the author. Onto the post!


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Parrot Street Macaw Box Review: Burning Sunlight by Anthea Simmons

Hello everybody! Today, I’m very excited to be reviewing the Parrot Street Macaw box for November, which was very kindly sent to me by the company in exchange for a feature blog post to celebrate the company launching a subscription for a new age range. The book in mine was Burning Sunlight by Anthea Simmons, so I’m planning to review that as a book, and also chat about some of the other things enclosed in my parcel, as this is the first time I’ve done anything like this and I really want to do a good job. Anyway, onto the post!


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Blog Tour Review: His Royal Hopeless by Chloë Perrin

Hello everybody! Today, I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for Chloë Perrin’s debut His Royal Hopeless, which came out on the 2nd of September with Chicken House. Onto the post!


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Diary of an Accidental Witch Blog Tour: Author Interview with Perdita and Honor Cargill

Hello everybody! Today, I’m super excited to be part of the blog tour for Perdita and Honor Cargill’s lovely new middle grade book, Diary of an Accidental Witch, with my review of the book and an author interview. Onto the post!

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Blog Tour Review: Song of the Far Isles by Nicholas Bowling

Hello everybody! Today, I’m so pleased to be part of the blog tour for Nicholas Bowling’s new release Song of the Far Isles. Onto the post!


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Blog Tour Review: The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Hello everybody! Today, I’m really pleased to be part of the blog tour for the incredibly moving YA book the Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys, with my review. Onto the post!


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Blog Tour Review: Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll

Hello everybody! Today, I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review of Elle McNicoll’s stunning second book Show Us Who You Are, as part of the blog tour. Onto the post!


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Blog Tour Review: Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue

Hello everybody! Today, I’m really excited to be part of the blog tour for the 2nd book in the Umbrella Mouse duology, with my review of Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue. Onto the post!


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Blog Tour Review: Demelza and the Spectre Detectors

Hello everybody! Today, I’m so excited to be part of the Demelza and the Spectre Detectors blog tour, and share my review for this fantastic new middle Grade mystery with a paranormal twist. Onto the post!


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I love middle grade mysteries so much, and I especially love when one does something unusual, which is what this does incredibly well. It’s about a girl named Demelza, who discovers that despite being a scientist with no belief in paranormal beings, she can in fact see ghosts and it is her family’s duty to help others communicate with the dead. Then her Grandma Maeve gets kidnapped by people who wish to use their ability for evil, and she must save her with the help of her best friend Percy. Demelza is an absolutely brilliant heroine; she’s funny and clever and I loved her determination, and I also really liked the way she tries to treat everyone with kindness so long as they are kind to her, and that she looks beyond first impressions and gives people a chance based on their true selves. I also thought Percy and Grandma Maeve were great characters, and while I don’t want to spoil the twist I was kicking myself for WEEKS after finishing this that I didn’t see it coming; it took me totally by surprise! The worldbuilding was another huge highlight, because it was all so well crafted and I feel like this gave me a really comprehensive idea of what Spectre detecting is and I’m so pleased this is a series so we can explore more elements of it because this is a fantastic debut, and I can’t wait to read more from Holly Rivers! 4.5/5

DEMELZA & THE SPECTRE DETECTORS by Holly Rivers out now in paperback (£6.99, Chicken House)


Have you read this book, or are you planning to? Do you have any recommendations for something similar? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

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