My Week In Books (w/e 19th Jan) #BookNews #BookUpdates #MeAndMyBooks

WooHoo we are now over half way through January 🙂 sorry but it is a month that really does drag on and on and on! Roll on the spring, that’s what I say 🙂 I did manage an hour out in the garden finally, a couple of dry days helped, cold but dry so it was good.

I have also hit double figures on my books this week, it is always a nice milestone to reach. I have just finished my 11th book of the year and it was a brilliant read.

Let me show you what I have read and what I am going to read next…

A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone

Oh what a brilliant read this was. A family coming to terms with the loss of a family member means the rest of the family picking up the pieces of the Funeral business and also the Private Investigating business. A great read from start to finish with many surprises along the way. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.


No Mercy by Robert Crouch

I love this series and it feels like it has been far to long since I last caught up with Kent Fisher. This is another fantastic read that I was so glad to get my paws on. Kent is an Environmental Health Officer who finds himself in the wrong places, just as well for this reader! He is once again in the thick of things, but not in a good way as he is the one that is the frame for murder! Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour and my review.


Going Dark by Neil Lancaster

This is the first book in the Tom Novak Thriller series, I decided to grab a copy as I am on the Blog Tour for the 2nd book in a few weeks. Check me out reading a series in order… I wonder if it will last!!! Well anyway, this book was brilliant, action and fast paced all the way. A brilliant introduction to a series and I cannot wait to grab the next book and see what thrills, spills and adventures the author comes up with next. I will post this review for Going Dark in a few days.


The Choice by Claire Wade

This was a recent purchase and it is a brilliant read. A dystopian that is an absolute page-turner from start to finish. A government that is concerned about health, diet, exercise sounds good, but when it is taken to the extreme and the government doesn’t advice but makes its wishes law you have a scared society. The author has done a blooming brilliant job with the themes in this book. See my full review later this week.


The Southern Belles by Katie Simpkins

I am due to start this later today (its Sunday as I type this post up) and I am looking forward to reading this ready for the Blog Tour. Here is the synopsis for it…

Not Just Any Old Riches to Rags Story.

Heiresses, Evelyn, Georgia and Olivia Belle, nicknamed The Southern Belles by the tabloid press, have everything they’ve ever wanted. Then, suddenly, on Evelyn’s 30th birthday, their father dies in a tragic road traffic accident, leaving a massive hole in his business’ finances. With the world’s media, and the National Crime Agency looking on, their family home, cars and all other assets are sold at auction, leaving the sisters penniless, homeless and jobless.

Shunned by their celebrity friends, the Belle sisters must learn to fend for themselves for the first time in their lives. Evelyn, the eldest, knows how dire their situation is, and asks their father’s solicitor, who has kindly paid for their first two months’ rent on a rat-infested bedsit in Brighton, to look into their Father’s case, while they hunt for jobs to make ends meet, which inadvertently leads to them meeting new guys, falling in love, and learning along the way that the world doesn’t owe them a favour, and that money doesn’t buy you happiness. 


I don’t post about anything I have watched very often, mainly because I don’t watch that much, but this week I have been found a wonderful TV series that you can find on Amazon Prime Video. If you like your history then you may be interested in The Silk Road, it is a 15 part series that is in 26 minute episodes that make for great bite sized viewing. It is really interesting as Alfred de Montesquiou takes you along the Silk Road stopping at all the major stops on this historic route.

Here is the link if you are interested – The Silk Road

A war correspondent for the AP news agency and a journalist for Paris Match will be our guides. Take an extended trip through six countries and cultures. Journey through time, encountering specialists, historians, or just everyday people with a passion who will help you grasp the past and present identities of those countries. From Bursa in Turkey to Xi’an in China.


Well that’s me done for the week, another good reading week and I hadn’t realised that I had read this many books in one week!

All that’s left is to wish you all a fantastic week

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 12th Jan) #BookNews #BookUpdates #MeAndMyBooks

Is it only me who thinks that January feels like a never ending month! 😒 It feels like we have been in January a few weeks already and yet we are not even half way through!

Well this week saw my first full week of posting reviews and that was a bit of a shock to the system, but also great to be able to catch up with what everyone has been reading.

Once again I have been a little lax on sharing my reviews to the various Facebook groups, but this does have a bit of a deliberate decision attached to it. I have watched various threads that have again attacked Book Bloggers, it makes me angry and sad that people think that a Book Blogger is not a real reader! How some people reach this decision is beyond me. I read a lot, I like to share my thoughts about books I have read and I like to share books I have enjoyed and I will continue to do this, I will be sharing this week any reviews I have on Facebook.

Now then, to the books I have read, yes I actually read all the words because after all I am a reader and this is what I do 😉😁

The Missing Letters of Mrs. Bright by Beth Miller

This was such a fabulous read and it is the story of Kay Bright who has made the decision that she needs to do something more with her life. She wants to travel and see an old friend, all this without her husband. This is such a fabulous book that had different perspectives and a brilliant story line. You can see my review for this book HERE. I had forgotten that I had this book to read, luckily I checked my diary in time.

The Place We Call Home by Faith Hogan

Oh what a fabulous read this book was, I loved it so much. Set in Ireland, this is the story of Miranda and her family. It told of her life growing up and also of her three children. It was so beautifully written and it took me on a wonderful journey. A wonderfully paced book that mixed historical fiction with present day and it was so wonderfully told. A few surprises along the way and the odd family secret as well. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the upcoming Blog Tour.

Million Eyes by C.R. Berry

I really enjoyed this book and I am really pleased I saw the Blog Tour sign up for this one. This is a story that is a mix of historical and also time travel fiction. I like a good conspiracy in my reading and Million Eyes has quite a few of them. The author has taken some historical events that have a mystery behind them and then added a fabulous conspiratorial twist to them. The most recent event is one that most people know, the death of Princess Di, after her death there was and still is various theories about who was involved. The author has used these sorts of events and added them to his story that was really well written and also easy to follow. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.

Archie and the Enchanter by Alexander Weir

As many of you know, I do like to read the odd children’s book and Archie and the Enchanter is one aimed at 8-12 year old readers. This is a fabulous story that I loved, it had me smirking and sniggering along with Archie as he discovers a set of very old bagpipes in his grandfathers cellar, these bagpipes are very special as Archie soon discovers. This is a wonderful book that has a bit of history, a fabulous community feel and a bit of magic. This was a lovely story that has a good moral to it and also is a very readable story. My review should coincide with its publication.


What I am currently reading…

Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone

Well I say currently reading, but as I type this post up I have yet to start it, but I do plan beginning it this afternoon (it is Sunday at the moment!)

Here is the synopsis…

Meet the Skelfs: well-known Edinburgh family, proprietors of a long-established funeral-home business, and private investigators. When patriarch Jim dies, it’s left to his wife Dorothy, daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah to take charge of both businesses, kicking off an unexpected series of events. Dorothy discovers mysterious payments to another woman, suggesting that Jim wasn’t the husband she thought he was. Hannah’s best friend Mel has vanished from university, and the simple adultery case that Jenny takes on leads to something stranger and far darker than any of them could have imagined. As the women struggle to come to terms with their grief, and the demands of the business threaten to overwhelm them, secrets from the past emerge, which change everything. A compelling, tense and shocking thriller and a darkly funny and warm portrait of a family in turmoil, A Dark Matter introduces a cast of unforgettable characters, marking the start of an addictive new series.


Well that is the books I have read in the last week. I wish you all a great week ahead, take care and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

My Week In Books (w/e 5th Jan) #Book Updates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to my weekly updates for books that I have read. I took a complete social media break over Christmas and New Year and it has been refreshing. A chance to step back and take a breather.

2019 was an exceptional year for books, there were so many amazing reads and this is why I read the most books I have ever read in one year 232 books in total.

I did various book posts just before Christmas listing the books I had loved, and then on Christmas Eve I published my blog post for My Top 10 Absolute Best Reads of the year, you can see that post HERE

I still have a few book reviews for books I read at the end of the year and they should be sorted over the next few days.

The New Year see’s the start of the Goodreads Challenge, I have set 200 again as the total of books I would like to read in 2020.

So what I have read this week…

Deadly Harm by Owen Mullen

Well this was an exceptional way to start the year, a book that is a mix of crime, thriller and mystery. It has such a wonderful underlying uneasy edge to it, it kept me on my toes and occasionally had me holding my breath and this made for an amazing read.


The Tear Collector by Shawn Burgess

It has been a while since I dipped my eyes into a horror style read and boy oh boy was this a cracking book to read. A small town setting and an ominous presence definitely had me on the edge of my seat. A mix of murder, mystery and an amazingly atmospheric edge to it. Leep an eye out for this, is was brilliant.

Victoria Day by Rachel Churcher

This is the next instalment in the Battleground series by Rachel Churcher, a YA dystopian thriller that I am absolutely loving. There is no cover available for this book on Goodreads yet, but if you have been following the series, then it is in the same style. This is a fabulous series and a brilliant instalment, tensions and risks are rising as friends and family are in the firing line.

That’s all for the week, 3 books not bad when you think it is only the 5th 🙂

Hope everyone had a good New Year and I wish you all the very best for the months ahead, take care and happy reading

Yvonne xx

#MeAndMyBooks – My Top Ten Absolute Favourite Books of 2019 #MustRead #TopReadsOf2019

So for the past 3 days I have listed the books from various different genres that I have loved this year.

It has been such an amazing literary year and it has made it very, very difficult to keep my list short… hell, let’s be honest it is far from short, hence the past 3 daily posts… and I could still have added more. So many books that really did deserve a mention.

I have finally added all the books I have read this year to my Goodreads tally, well apart from two manuscripts that I beta read. I am just starting 232nd book of the year. (The Book of Dust Vol 2 The Secret of the Commonwealth by Phillip Pullman, in case you are wondering)

If you want to check out my previous posts then follow the links below

Part 1 – Crime, Thriller, Mystery and also Fiction

Part 2 – Romance, Rom-Com and also Historical Fiction

Part 3 – Fantasy, Dystopian, also YA & Children, and also Non-Fiction.

From all of the books listed I have chosen My Top 10 Absolute Favourite Books of 2019.

So without further ado, here we go…

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My Absolute Favourite Books of the Year from those listed in my previous 3 posts are listed below, in no particular order 🙂

Out of the Silence by Owen Mullen. This was the first book that I added to my rough draft list when I read it in January, and it has stayed with me right the way through the year. It is such a stunningly beautiful and also heartbreaking book that is a murder, mystery and then some. This book will stay with me for a long time!

Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson. I didn’t think I was going to get on with this one when I first started it. I was planning on only reading the first chapter before going to bed… yeah I read the whole book! It is told in a series of messages, emails and letters about friends Aggie and Rosie, this book was so addictive and so emotional.

Amazing Grace by Kim Nash. Oh my goodness, this book was an absolute pleasure to read. Yet another one sitting read that had me laughing one moment and sobbing the next. This is a stunning read with some amazing characters and a brilliant story line and those sections in italics… Wow!. I also loved her next book Escape to Giddywell Grange.

The Death of Justice by Tony J Forder. I am a big fan of Tony’s books and I am always so impatient for the next one. The Death of Justice is Book 5 in the DI Bliss series and it is by far my favourite book to date. I felt the author took a real step up with this book. It felt more emotional and there was something extra special about this latest instalment, so special that he reduced me to tears. Fabulous series and a fabulous book.

Dark Deception by Amanda James. This is another author I will automatically read and a favourite of mine. This is another author who I thought also stepped things up this year with this book. The title is so perfect for the devious and deceptive nature of the story within. She completely reeled me in, building more and more intrigue with each chapter. An absolute belter of a read.

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher. This is the story of Griz, never played a game of football, because, well… there just aren’t enough people, and he has never known that many people. This is an emotional, atmospheric and fantastic book that just felt so right when I read it. A book that I savoured and adored, an absolutely cracking read.

Meet Me In Monaco by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb. I just fell in love with this story from the first pages and it kept me hooked right through until the very end. It is set in the height of Hollywood Film Royalty and Grace Kelly steps into Sophie’s perfumer shop, following Grace is a reporter and the story that follows is stunning. The story had the style, luxury and class of the time as the story follows not only Sophie but also Grace. I loved the feel and style of this book, a stunning read.

Becoming by Michelle Obama. Audible version. I loved having Michelle sat with me in the car as I drove 7 hours up to visit my parents and then back again! Well that is what it felt like, it felt as if she was actually talking to me. She spoke of her life growing up, meeting Barack, working, elections, being the First Lady as well as a wife and a mother. She has such a wonderful voice to listen to and an amazing story to tell. I loved listening to this a huge amount.

Black Summer by M.W Craven. Up until last week The Puppet Show, the first book in the series was on my Top 10 list, then I read this 2nd book in the Washington Poe series! I had been told by other Book Bloggers I would love it, and they were so right. I love the characters of Poe and Tilly, they are two opposites in personality and character and they are a readers dream, I love the dynamics between them both. And then there it the story line , dark, deep, twisted and so addictive. Awesome read and a single sitting book as well.


Right if I can count I think that makes 9 out of 10 books to make my Absolute Favourite Books of 2019. I was going to do a drum roll thing but then I thought just get on with it…


So my #1 Book of the year absolutely blew me away. It was a book that sounded so intriguing from the synopsis and then took me on one hell of a journey. It had so many things that made it compelling reading…

Here is what it is all about…

A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope.

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them–and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them–the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart–or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world. 

You can read my review of Wanderers HERE


I would just like to thank all of you amazing folk out there who have commented, liked, shared my posts throughout the year. You are all absolutely amazing. To Book Bloggers, Authors, Publishers and Blog Tour Organisers thank you for a fantastic literary year and for making sure I never run out of books to read.

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and I will see you all in the New Year.

#TopReads (Part 3) – Books I have loved this year (2019) by genre – Fantasy, Dystopian, YA & Children, Non- Fiction #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome back to my Top Reads of the Year. I have read some amazing books this year and I have beaten my own record for the amount of books read in a single year.

I have set my Top Reads out in 4 Parts, today is the turn of Fantasy, Dystopian, YA & Children, and finally Non-Fiction.

You can see my previous posts by clinking on the links below –

Part 1 – Crime, Thriller, Mystery and Fiction

Part 2 -Romance, Rom-Com and Historical Fiction

Fantasy & Dystopian

Young Adults & Children

Non-Fiction

If you pop in again tomorrow you will get the chance to see which books I have chosen from those listed over the past 3 parts made my Top 10 Books of the Year. I do have a Top Read of the Year… I wonder if you can guess which one it will be! 🤔😉

#TopReads (Part 2) – Books I have loved this year (2019) by genre – Romance, Rom-Com & Historical Fiction #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to my round-up of the books I have loved this year. Today is the turn of Romance, Rom-Com and Historical Fiction.

Yesterday saw my Top Reads for Crime, Thriller, Mystery and also Fiction. You can see this post HERE.

Tomorrow will see the turn of Fantasy, Dystopian, Children’s Books and Non-Fiction. Then on Christmas Eve I will have a Top 10 Books of the Year Post, there is one book that is my #1 Book of 2019.

Many books cross genres, so I have listed these books in the genres that work for me 🤔 For Romance & Rom-Com, these books may not all necessarily have a strong romantic theme, but I love seeing all these wonderful covers side by side – my logic knows no bounds 😂❤

Romance & Rom-Com

Historical Fiction

Come back tomorrow for more fabulous reads 🙂 xx

#TopReads – Books that I have loved this year (2019) by genre – (Part 1) Crime, Thriller, Mystery & Fiction Books #MeAndMyBooks

Now I know we still have another week to go before the actual end of the year, but I always do my Top Reads list before Christmas so I can maybe tempt anyone with a final Christmas present purchase, or for those who are lucky – to help you spend your Christmas book vouchers 😁I am listing my favourite reads by genre and the books are all the books I have chosen are ones I have read this year.

I have read 220 books at the time of writing this post so that means the books I have loved this year is vast. Because I have read for as long as I can remember, it means I have got very good at knowing the sort of books I like and think I will enjoy. This doesn’t mean I only stick with what I know, I do experiment and try new genres and styles.

Many books cross genres, I am going to list them by the genre that works for me 😁

Crime, Thriller, Mystery

Fiction

Come back tomorrow (Dec 22nd) to see my favourite book in Romance, Rom-Com & Historical fiction.

On the 23rd December I will be sharing my Top Reads in Fantasy, Distopia, Young Readers and Non-Fiction.

With all these amazing books I wonder which ones will make My Top 10 on Christmas Eve. I have picked 10 books that are special for many reasons. Then I do have one, yes One! Book that will take the Top Spot of – “My #1 Read of the Year!” Okay, I just made that up 🙂

Many thanks for reading my post, a like or share would be amazing 🙂 xx

My Week In Books (w/e 15th December) #BookNews #Bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly round up of bookish stuff. It has been a really good week for books this week, although the postie may not have agreed.

I bought and received my first ever My Chronicle Book Box, I selected the Crime box and I love it. The detail that goes into these boxes is amazing, I loved the Christmas themed wrapping, red and green, and the book was beautifully wrapped, so much so that I was a little reluctant to spoil it by opening it to get to the book. There was also a brilliant journal that is going to be great for me trying to be organised for next year…😬

If you don’t want to see what was in it then scroll past the next 2 photos really fast!

I also received two more books that I had pre-ordered ages ago. The first is a very special book and that is the collection of short stories that has been compiled by Emma Mitchell. I already have a digital advanced readers copy that I have read for my stop on the Blog Tour. But as all the procceds are going to support our troops then getting my own physical copy of this book was a no-brainier and it supports such a good cause. The finished copy is gorgeous 😍

The next one to arrive in the post was the second book in the Washington Poe series, yep it is Black Summer by M.W. Craven and I cannot wait to get into it. The Puppet Show was an amazing read and I loved evrything about it. Woe betide anyone that tries to speak to me when I sit down to read this one… you think I’m joking!!!! 😂


Now then to the books I have read this week…

Gone by Leona Deakin

I really enjoyed this book and such a good read for fans of psychological thriller. The basic premise is a birthday card is received with a message asking them if they would like to play a game. The recipient then just disappears, walking away from their lives with just the clothes on their back, the only clue is the mysterious birthday card. I loved the way this book panned out and it has a reasonable believe-ability to it. It had me nervously flipping the pages to see how it turned out. Keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour soon.


My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

This is one that I had on NetGalley so I am really pleased to have read another from that TBR. This is a twisted and quite sinister book and another that is a psychological thriller. I read somewhere about this being compared to Dexter and something else but I can’t remember what it was, but Dexter was a TV series I loved, and yes I can see why it has been compared to it. This book is a prime example of not knowing what goes on behind closed doors and then it has been taken several steps further. I really enjoyed this and a review will follow soon.


Why She Ran by Geraldine Hogan

This week seems to have been a thriller week, Why She Ran is a mystery thriller that I again really enjoyed. This is the second book in the Detective Iris Locke series and I wish I had read the first one before diving into this one. While it does read very well as a stand-alone, there are various things that are mentioned that I wanted to know more about, the author does give the basics to keep the reader up to speed, but I wanted to know more. This is a story of two stories that are linked, one is the murder of a nurse, the other is the disappearance of a vulnerable teen. As well as these stories, there are the personal lives of the two investigating officers. Another Blog Tour book that I will have a review for soon.


Violya by Rosalyn Kelly

I have just started this book, it is the second in The Heart of the Mountains series, I had the privalidge of reading the first in the series Melokai about this time two years ago. Melokai was an amazing read and I have been eagerly awaiting the continuation of this series.


Non Bookish stuff…

I don’t include many photo’s of my boys on my blog, but occasionally I get to snap the odd photo. Billy was keeping the OH’s chair warm and being a proper lounge lizard…

And Buster realised the sun had peeped out and was shining on a spot near him, he managed to get up enough energy to move his nose…

Talk about a dog’s life, energetic they were not 😂

Well that is me all about done for the week. I have tried to turn my attention to the books I have read this year that I have absolutely loved. This is not easy and trying to get a post of the “Best Books of the Year” it is difficult to narrow down, well I have read over 200 books this year, so I have around 40 books that will make the Best Books post! I am planning this post as my last post before Christmas and then I will take a blogging break over the Christmas period.

I wish everyone a good week ahead and Happy Reading ❤

My Week In Books (w/e 8th December) #Booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome back to another weekly round up of books I have read. It has been quite a good week for reading and I have finally hit my Goodreads target so I am over the moon with that. I did mention a couple of weeks ago that I was missing a few books off my Goodreads shelf for this year, so once I had hit my target I then added them.

Now to the books…

Unlocked – A Short Story by Soulla Christodoulou

It was an absolute pleasure to read Unlocked by Soulla, it is a beautiful story about Helen who has isolated herself. She makes a sudden decision to make a trip which is a journey of discovery and gives her a chance to heal her mind and body. It is a great story and given it’s length, it has a lot of detail. A beautiful cover and a beautiful story.


In Plain Sight by Adam Croft

I have quite a few books by Adam on my kindle that I have bought over the past couple of years, and not quite got to them. I have wanted to read this series for a while and I have finally started… with book #9! About right for me. This is a really good read and yes it works well as a stand -alone, but also it has introduced me to well established characters and made me curious about mentions of past incidents. I love the combination of Knight and Culverhouse as they investigate escalating crimes that start with the robberies of petrol stations. Keep an eye out for my review soon.


The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne

This is a fabulous book and I love my copy with it’s purple sprayed edges! The story is about Amelie, a young girl who is broken after the breakup with her boyfriend Reese. She retraces all the places she cried in an effort to come to terms where things went wrong. This is such a heartbreaking book and also it has a very important message. Young love is real, it has all the emotions that an adult relationship has and is a book that not only it’s teen target audience should read, but also one that adults should pick up as well. Keep an eye out for my review soon, it is a stunning read.


Johanna Spri’s story of Heidi – Retold by Jeanne Willis & Illustrated by Briony May Smith

Last week I mentioned that I would be reading and featuring a few books for younger readers, this is a book that would make a wonderful Christmas present.

I love the story of Heidi, I still have my copy that I had and read many times as a child. I also adored watching the TV series and so this is a story that is a childhood favourite. First off the book is stunning, and the inside cover is beautiful. The story itself is a simplified version of the original, with superb illustrations that compliment the story. It still has the essence of the story and it brought back some wonderful memories for me. Here is a look at the cover with the dust-jacket off…


Woman On The Edge by Samantha M. Bailey

“She gave you her baby… and then she jumped” is a tag line that is powerful and it made me very curious about this book. The opening chapter is the end of the story with the suicide. The story then back tracks through alternating chapters, I got to know Nicole and what led her to her action. The other chapters about Morgan, the woman who was given the baby. This is a heartbreaking read at times as I read about the downward spiral of Nicole. The author did a fabulous job of showing two sides of a story and creating a read that was literally one I didn’t want to put down.


Gone by Leona Deakin

This is my next read, it is Sunday morning as I type this, so I will be snuggling down in front of the fire this afternoon to read this. Here is what it is about…

Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:

YOUR GIFT IS THE GAME.
DARE TO PLAY?

The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.

And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.

As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.

But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear? 


Well another weekly round up done and time to get Sunday roast on 😁

Many thanks for reading my post, have a great week everyone

Love Yvonne xx

The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson #ChildrensFiction #Bookreview

I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts today on a wonderful children’s book that would make an ideal Christmas present for younger readers. The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson and is illustrated by Kathrin Honesta.

Let me show you what it is all about…

They call me Yanka the Bear. Not because of where I was found – only a few people know about that. They call me Yanka the Bear because I am so big and strong.

Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered about where she is from. She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong on the inside as she is on the outside. But, when she has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond one that she ever imagined begins: from icy rivers to smouldering mountains meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way.

Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons, Yanka’s journey is a gorgeously lyrical adventure from the best-selling author of The House With Chicken Legs.

Oh my goodness what an absolutely beautiful read this book was. It is the story of Yanka, she is known as Yanka the Bear as she is bigger and stronger than others of her age. Even though she lives happily in her village with her Grandmother, there has always been a question she has wanted answers to. Where did she come from and who were her parents. The story is one of Yanka discovering her roots and finding out who she is and where she feels she belongs.

This is an absolutely brilliant read that is full of adventure and magical folklore tales that have a feel of Eastern European folklore to them. Dark mysterious forests full of wonderful creatures and things that you would find in fairy tales. A tale of bears, a dragon, a lone wolf, a weasel, an elk and a walking house with chicken legs have all been wonderfully woven into a totally captivating story.

The descriptions of the animals, creatures and surroundings are wonderful and it was so easy for me to see what was described. This was enhanced by some very simple but wonderful illustrations by Kathrin Honesta, these complimented the story so well and in such a subtle but suitable way. Just look at the cover can you see the bear?

The story itself is actually a book of stories that have been interwoven to create a bigger story and I loved how each of these little stories started in the classic “Once upon a time” way. This for me adds a touch of magic and took me back to wonderful stories I read as a child. Talking of children’s stories, this is actually who this book is aimed at and I am so glad I read it because I loved it so much.

The story is a journey of discovery for Yanka and how she is trying to find her place, by this I mean where she feels she belongs. She is a girl who is conflicted and feels that because of her strength and size she could be a danger to others around her. It makes her wary of joining in or accepting help. In her own journey, she discovers so much about herself as well as realising things she was not aware of before.

This is a beautifully written book that has its roots in the fairy tales of old, it has a wonderful flow and fabulous descriptions. This is the second book the author has written and I have not yet read the first one, I will be soon though as I have just ordered a copy of her first book “The House with Chicken Legs”.

The Girl Who Speaks Bear is a book that I would definitely recommend.

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