Review: The Maker of Monsters

maker of monstersTitle: The Maker of Monsters
Author: Lorraine Gregory
Series: – –
Genre: MG Fantasy
Age Range: 9+
Available: Now

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Brat has always lived in the isolated castle on the island, taking care of the vicious creatures that his master creates, waiting in terror for the moment when they are ready to be put to use. But then the unthinkable happens. The monsters get out. Now Brat must overcome his fears, and venture into the world he has hidden from his whole life. For the fate of everyone rests on his shoulders alone. . .
A thrilling new standalone adventure from Lorraine Gregory.


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Review: Way of the Waves

way of the wavesTitle: Way of the Waves
Author: Janina Ramirez
Illustrator: David Wyatt
Series: A Viking Mystery #2
Genre: Historical Children’s Fiction
Age Range: 9+
Available: Now

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Join young investigator and shield maiden Alva as she goes a-viking around the medieval world in search of adventure!

Alva clings to her sleeping wolf as the Viking longship pitches and rolls over the North Sea’s crashing waves. Soon she will reveal herself as a secret stowaway, but only when there’s no chance of turning back. This is her opportunity to put her shield maiden spirit to the test – exploring strange new lands, solving mysteries, and most importantly finding her father.


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Review: The Last Life of Prince Alastor

last life of prince alastorTitle: The Last Life of Prince Alastor
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: Prosper Redding #2
Genre: MG Fantasy
Length: Novel
Available: Now

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Every family has secrets – but not every family has a secret pact with a demon.

The thrilling second book in the darkly comic PROSPER REDDING series – with enough twists and turns to make every reader dizzy. Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket, Jonathan Stroud and Skulduggery Pleasant.

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his remarkable family. So, when he discovers that an 800-year-old demon called Alastor is responsible for their luck – and that this demon is currently living inside him – he’s more than a little surprised.

Worse luck, now Prosper needs a favour from him.

Prosper’s sister Prue has fallen into the clutches of evil queen Pyra, and only Prince Alastor can help him get her back. His demonic malefactor agrees to be Prosper’s guide through the demon realm under one condition – Prosper must enter into a contract of eternal servitude in the afterlife.

With Prue in mortal danger, Prosper has no choice but to agree.

Will Prosper ever make it out again, and if he does, will his afterlife be damned for all eternity?


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Review: Closest Thing to Flying

closest thing to flyingTitle: The Closest Thing to Flying
Author: Gill Lewis
Series: – –
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Age Range: 9+
Available: Now

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Present day: Semira doesn’t know where to call home. She and her mother came to England when she was four years old, brought across the desert and the sea by a man who has complete control. Always moving on, always afraid of being caught, she longs for freedom. 

1891: Hen knows exactly where to call home. Her stifling mother makes sure of that. But her Aunt Kitty is opening her eyes to a whole new world. A world of animal rights, and votes for women, and riding bicycles! Trapped in a life of behaving like a lady, she longs for freedom. 

When Semira discovers Hen’s diary, she finds the inspiration to be brave, to fight for her place in the world, and maybe even to uncover the secrets of her own past.


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Review: The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods

peculiar peggsTitle: The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods
Author: Samuel J. Halpin
Series: – –
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Age Range: 9+
Available: Now

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This is the story of a sleepy town called Suds. A place where stories fill the air of children who keep turning grey and disappearing without a trace…

Poppy and Erasmus are certain there’s something peculiar going on in Suds, and they’re determined to unravel its secrets. But when they discover the answers might lie in the darking and twisting woods, can they find the courage to creep inside and solve this riddling mystery?


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Review: The Orphans of Raspay

orphans of raspayTitle: The Orphans of Raspay
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Series: Penric and Desdemona #7
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Novella
Available: Now

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When the ship in which they are traveling is captured by Carpagamon island raiders, Temple sorcerer Penric and his resident demon Desdemona find their life complicated by two young orphans, Lencia and Seuka Corva, far from home and searching for their missing father. Pen and Des will need all their combined talents of mind and magic to unravel the mysteries of the sisters and escape from the pirate stronghold.

This novella follows about a year after the events of “The Prisoner of Limnos”.


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Review: Billy and the Dragon

Billy and the DragonTitle: Billy and the Dragon
Author: Nadia Shireen
Series: Billy and the… #2
Genre: Picture Book
Available: Now

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‘Shireen’s latest book confirms her as one of the brightest and best picture book creators working in Britain today… Sensational.’ – The Observer 

Our fearless heroine Billy is back!

Whilst at a fancy-dress party, something terrible happens: Billy’s loyal sidekick Fatcat is kidnapped by a fire-breathing dragon. Uh-oh!

But luckily for Fatcat, Billy won’t stand for that: off she goes on a brave rescue mission…

Join Billy for a fairytale adventure with a twist. 

‘It’s a great story for everyone, especially those not used to seeing themselves centre-stage’- The Guardian on Billy and the Beast


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