The Secrets Of Ancient Egypt - Robin Stevens and Emma Carroll
Join Robin Stevens and Emma Carroll as they explore the mysterious and wondrous world of Ancient Egypt that their new books are entered around. Both of these authors have fantastic book and are very passionate about their stories so I would highly recommend going to a tremendous event like this.
London - Piccadilly Saturday 1st September 14:30
Book Signing - Robin Stevens
Meet this incredible author in this event where she will be discussing her new book signing copies of her new book - 'Death in the Spotlight'. Her detective stories are extremely gripping and cleverly thought out - and you cannot help but fall in love with the two main characters Daisy and Hazel!
London - Finchley Road 02 Centre Sunday 28th October 11:30
Brightstorm Book Event
In this event there will be discussions about 'Brightstorm' alongside some fun activities and book club exclusives singed by the author! Booking required. Looks like a great event by Uxbridge Holiday Book Club!
Uxbridge Friday 24th August 11:00-12:00
Event with Alan Lee - J.R.R Tolkien's illustrator !
You must definitely come to this event where the legendary Alan Lee, a very skilled illustrator behind lots of iconic artwork in J.R. R Tolkien's series signs the latest edition of The Fall of Gondolin'." I am definitely coming to this event as I am a bit fan of the Hobbit and the whole middle world series - the art is fantastic!
London - Piccadilly Thursday 30th August 18:30
Celebrate Jacqueline Wilson's New Novel!!
Join Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt at an incredible event to celebrate the publication of My Mum Tracy Beaker. Listen and watch in awe as the notoriously famous author and illustrator bring to life your favourite characters ! This is a one in a life time opportunity so make sure you come a long !!
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, Kensington, SW7 2AR
Sunday 7th October 11:00
Recently, I've been thinking about what additions I can add to my blog and have decided that making a list of books that will be published next year could be a good idea. This way if you are struggling to find a book you want for Christmas, your friends's birthday or just curious about new releases this might come in handy.
1) The first book on my list is called The Cerulean, a tale about a girl protagonist by the name of Sera who lives in the City above the Sky. Ultimately, this ethereal and magical tale is about how her curiosity leads her to discover things about her planet and people. This seems like a great, richly imagined book (part of a duology) which I cannot wait to read. Published February 2019.
2) This fantasy debut novel seems to be getting many amazing pre-oredered reviews on Goodreads. Themes of political intrigue, romance and high tension backed with ongoing deceit, secrets make this a must read. The book follows the characters of Esha and Kunal who must fight through inequalities to balance the lands of their city. All in all, the book sounds enthralling, exciting and I will definitely add it to my 'Must read List'. Published April 2019.
3) This second screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning art from MinaLima, explains earlier events that helped shape the wizarding world. With a gripping story line this book will undoubtedly delight fans of Harry Potter. Although this book is released later this year, I had to add it to my list (I mean - It's JK. ROWLING!!) Published November 2018.
Poor "Salvation-Amy" lives in a trailer park in Kansas,
effectively parenting her alcoholic mum as her dad ran off years ago. This pink haired, teenage badass has a hard time at school - her only companion being her pet rat Star.
Shortly after the book starts, Amy is transported to the dystopian distortion of the paradise know as Oz which Baum formerly created. The Kingdom is ruled by the tyrannical and magic hungry Dorothy, who is negligent of the land and careless about all those living in it. In this dangerous and sinister land Amy Gumm is enlisted by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to help take down Dorothy and bring peace to their land once again. It is interesting to see the story unfold as Amy Gumm is not your average hero. She is the odd ball out in school, is bullied, and picked on. I love seeing her character develop throughout the story. There are numerous parts where you can definitely relate to her. Moreover, I enjoyed the feminist heroine aspect of Amy when she truly believed she was strong, could overcome everything and fight for the future Oz deserves. In addition, Danielle's writing style in this book is colloquial and therefore easy to read however is balanced with great descriptive passages which instantly transport you into this delusional, fantastical world.
For me, this book was written at the perfect pace which managed to enrapture you in the mad storyline yet the novel didn't feel rushed. The last 30 pages were completely crazy and personally I think too many things happened. Needless to stay the ending was brilliant and made me eager to read the next book.
From the very first chapter this whimsical book gripped and enraptured me in it’s original plot. The Trilogy of Two tells the story of unsocialised and unaware twins Sonja and Charlotte, foundlings who have been raised in a travelling circus. The protagonists family is threatened and their musical and magical talents are stolen The two eventually learn that they are the Daughters of the Key, prophesied to save the secret Seven Edens from a foppish and wicked villain by the name of Kats von Stralen. As they embark on a perilous quest to regain their abilities and ultimately protect the Edens, they are also overshadowed by new personal concerns and emotions that are a side effect of becoming exposed to the outer world. Charlotte begins to fall for boys, seek love and independence which aggregates Sonja. Sonja becomes spiteful as her love for her sister is now shared and is indignant towards her sister’s relationship with others. This main theme of growing and facing relationships being one I adored on the novel.
One of my favourite elements of this book is how Malouf crafts bewitching and spellbinding worlds, nothing like I’ve ever read before, using believable characters. This richly imagined world that Malouf created is emphasised with the unique and intricate illustrations that appear in the book. Moreover, this world that the author invented makes us question how we can establish a morally just society that everyone can live in. For me this story is also centred about how some people live in the Outskirts - poverty drenched, derelict areas where the cities trash is dumped and others avoid this endless wasteland by living in tall skyscrapers in the city. This continual theme made me greatly question our planets future.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and was easily swept up in its odd yet chimeric genre. This book isn't for everyone but I would certainly recommend, especially for children 11+.
Here are reviews of books I've read recently that I think you may find interesting.