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Here are my book reviews for ebooks that I have received from Netgalley in exchange for honest reviews.

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My Recommendation- 4 stars

This is a lovely children's book about Monty the donkey who goes on adventure while following some geese. He thinks he is travelling very far, but after ending up back at his home, he realises that he had just gone around his local area and back. Although he enjoyed his big adventure, he missed his friends and his home and he was so happy to see them at the end. It helped him to appreciate what he had and he realised that he does not really need anything else in order to be happier or more fulfilled. My daughter and I enjoyed the story and the colourful illustrations. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

This is a cute children's picture book which shows different farm animals and the noises that they make as they wake up in the morning. On each page there is a clue as to which farm animal will be shown next and my daughter really enjoyed guessing which animal was coming up next in the book. She also enjoyed making the different animal noises and she loved looking at the bright, colourful illustrations.

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

This is a cute and loving little children's picture book for babies and toddlers, that shows baby animals being kissed. My daughter loved this book and asked me to also kiss her on her ears etc the same way that the baby animals were being kissed by their parents. She asked me to read the story to her a few times more as she had enjoyed it so much. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

I was pleasantly surprised with this children's book about a boy called Robert who baked a big cake in order to have a cake party. His party didn't go to plan but there was a happy ending which filled Robert with joy. The story of this book was lovely and I enjoyed seeing Robert do a lot of things with his Dad and his dog. The illustrations were very bright and colourful. My daughter enjoyed the book too and immediately said that she wanted to also have a party and have a big cake! 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

This is a children's book about a Bear who is getting ready to hibernate for the winter, but his friends Elephant and Chicken come along and they end up accompanying him on a journey to follow some migrating birds. It is a fun adventure story with nice illustrations. My daughter enjoyed it and it was the perfect length for her to focus on without getting distracted. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

This book made me feel excited for the winter time. It is a children's book about a boy called Rupert and his Mum, who go outside in the snow to have fun and make a snowman. Rupert doesn't want to leave his snowman behind so he comes up with a plan to have it closer to him when he is back at his house. My daughter loved this book and it made her want to play in the snow too. It is a good book to remind us how to play with our inner child and feel the magic of winter time. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

This is a children's book about a girl called Ella who had to come up with a plan to stop her cousins from arguing and fighting at her mother's birthday party. The illustrations were very colourful and detailed and the text was quite long and in rhyme form. My daughter enjoyed the book, however it was a bit long for her (she is only 4), so I think this book would suit children a bit older. She did enjoy looking at the pictures though and listened to most of the story. The message of the book was good and I enjoyed seeing the big extended family and how they interacted with each other. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

This is a good children's book that shows the different colours and ways in which to mix colours to create new ones. It is a fun book with beautiful illustrations that my daughter and I enjoyed reading. She learned a lot from it. It would be a good book to have in a classroom. 

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My Recommendation - 5 stars

What can I say? This is an amazing book which left me speechless and it is now one of my favourite books. I really loved it and highly recommend it! It was a delight to read, and for me, it was a heart filled, emotional book, which many ups and downs, which had me smiling one minute and crying the next. 

The book is about a lovely and sweet old lady called Eudora who befriends a cute little girl called Rosie and an older gentleman called Stanley. Together the trio have some lovely adventures and they grow to love each other very much. 

Throughout the book, Eudora wishes to die, as she does not feel as though she has much left to live for, and so she arranges to die in a clinic. Rosie and Stanley show her what life really is and the love they have for her affects her decision. She lives the last part of her life in happiness with her new friends, who are like family to her and she becomes very peaceful and content. 

The story has flashbacks to Eudora's life when she was younger and this was very interesting. 

I listened to the audio version of this book through the netgalley app and this was a wonderful experience. The narrator was absolutely amazing and her performance was outstanding! I also loved the title of the book and the bright, colourful book cover. 

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Rescue Me by Cathy Bramley


My Recommendation - 5 stars

This is a lovely short story about an elderly woman named Ethel, her dog Scamp and her young neighbour Fearne. Fearne is grieving for her brother who died and Ethel is lonely, so they both help to keep each other company and Fearne helps Ethel with her shopping. Scamp the dog loves them both and is always excited to be with them and receive some yummy treats from Fearne. This story will be continued in Cathy Bramley's next book, which I look forward to. I really enjoyed this short story. 

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Emeline and the Golden Ukulele by Susan Kinsey


My Recommendation - 5 stars

This is a fantastic book for older children, which teaches some wonderful messages, such as how to be kind to others, to be friendly and helpful, to study hard, to be creative, to work with magical energy, to try your best and to never give up. 

I really loved this book, which was about a girl called Emeline who is a mermaid who lives under the sea in a magical kingdom. She enters the Talented Tiara contest where she plays her ukulele beautifully, however her ukulele breaks and she has to find a replacement so that she can play again in the finals of the contest. Unfortunately, she has trouble with another mermaid who is jealous of her, but in the end she overcomes all obstacles and fulfills her dreams. Emeline has a few friends who are very kind to her and she also meets some magical people who help her. There might even be some romance in the air! 

I really loved the characters of this book and the story. The magic of the book made me feel very joyful and happy. I highly recommend this wonderful book! 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

This is a bizarre, yet funny children's book about a girl who goes on a shopping trip with a spider who is wearing 8 shoes. The spider is buying more shoes at the shops for some special people in her life, which I thought was very cute. The illustrations are very colourful and bright and the story is told in rhyming words, which is nice. My daughter loved this book and she enjoyed counting the shoes. I found the spider facts at the end of the book very interesting. 

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This is a funny and bizarre children's book about a boy who wakes up in the morning to find that there is a chicken in his kitchen making him food and drinks and helping him to get ready for school. The illustrations are very colourful and the story is told in rhyming words. My daughter thought this book was very funny and she seemed to enjoy it. I really liked the chicken facts at the end of the book. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

This is a cute but bizarre children's book about a girl who sees a dancing cat and a dancing pig who show her how to dance with them. The illustrations are very bright and colourful and the story is told in rhyming words. My daughter thought this book was funny and she seemed to enjoy it. I really liked the cat facts at the end of the book. 

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All Fish Faces by Tam Warner Minton


My Recommendation - 5 stars

This is a wonderful children's picture book, with beautiful photographs and a lot of useful educational information on different kinds of fish from all over the world. I really enjoyed reading this book with my daughter and we both learned a lot about fish. She had fun looking at the photos and some of the fish looked funny to her. Fish are interesting beings and I was amazed at the many different types of fish there are out there. It was also interesting to see all the different colours of fish and their different markings and methods of self preservation. This would be a great book for a classroom. 

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My Recommendation - 5 stars

This is a really funny children's book that my daughter and I loved. It is about a baby chicken who talks a lot and her family are too busy to chat to her, so she goes searching for someone to talk to. She finds a big egg which she nurtures until something very cute comes out of it and becomes her new friend. Her new friend is a very good listener and this suits baby chick as she always has a lot to say and she always wants someone to listen to her. The story of this book made us laugh and the illustrations were very nice to look at. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

This children's book is about a little girl called Jade who is scared of the dark while she is in her bed trying to get to sleep. The moonlight comes and lights up her room, showing her that there is nothing to be scared of and then she is able to go to sleep peacefully. 

My daughter and I enjoyed this book and it helped her to see that she doesn't need to be afraid when it's dark at bedtime. The illustrations of the book were lovely and the writing was good.

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

This is a children's picture book which has beautiful and unique illustrations and simple writing that portrays different ways in which children can be peaceful. It shows children living in harmony and peace with other people, nature and animals. An important message from the book is that if humans are peaceful, then animals in the surrounding areas will also live in peace. My daughter and I enjoyed this book. She especially liked the illustrations and I liked the messages that the book portrayed. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

This is a fun children's picture book that is suitable for babies, toddlers and very young children. It shows a friend called Buddy who presents the alphabet and each letter has one item that relates to it. The illustrations are very bright and colourful, which babies will love. My daughter and I enjoyed this book and we will read it again. I liked the way in which the child can guess what the item is and which letter is at the beginning of the word before there is a reveal which shows the correct answer. This is, in my opinion, what makes it also suitable for young children and not just for babies and toddlers.

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My Recommendation - 5 stars

This book is about a beautiful horse called Norman who is cared for by a lovely little girl called Ellie. Norman wonders what Ellie does when she is away from him at night time, so he goes on a little journey to find out where she goes and he gets into a bit of mischief. This is a cute and funny book with beautiful illustrations and lovely writing. My daughter and I loved this book a lot and we will read it again. 

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The Switch by Beth O'Leary


My Recommendation - 5 stars

I really loved this audiobook and I enjoyed it very much. It was an easy going, comforting book about a grandmother called Eileen and her grandaughter Lena, who both swapped places to enjoy living each other's different lives. It was quite a funny book and it made me smile a lot. I enjoyed all the different characters and their quirky ways.. The ending was lovely and I was happy to see Eileen and Lena settle down and be happy. 

This book reminded me of the book A Man Called Ove, although I would say this book is better. This was a new author for me, but I would love to read more books by this author. 

I loved the narrators in the audiobook; they really made the story come alive and listening to the book helped to get the good humour across, especially when Eileen was talking about her love life. 

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My Recommendation - 5 stars

My daughter and I enjoyed this book about Bakers and what they do at work to to be able to bring bread, cakes and treats to everyone each day. The book was informative and my daughter enjoyed learning about the different tools and equipment that bakers use to do their baking. The illustrations were lovely too. 

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My Recommendation - 5 stars

This is a wonderful picture book for young boys and girls, which has beautiful illustrations of ballet dancers and their teacher. The book helps children to learn the numbers 1-10 and it teaches them how to count. I read this book with my daughter who loves ballet and I used to do ballet when I was young, so we really loved this book. I especially loved how the book taught the french words and meanings of each ballet movement. This is a book that I will read again with my daughter and I highly recommend it. 

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My Recommendation - 5 stars

My daughter and I really loved this book. It was a fun book about mermaids and other creatures who live under the sea. Violet, Wally and the other characters were so cute and my daughter loved the story about Violet and Wally going to school and going on a detective hunt to find out who was responsible for doing graffiti on the local buildings. The story, characters and illustrations were fantastic. I highly recommend this book; it was really good!

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My Recommendation - 5 stars

This is a children's picture book that would be suitable for a baby or toddler so that they can learn about love and kindness. The book has lovely text and illustrations about 2 owls who are loving and kind to each other. My daughter and I enjoyed this book very much. 

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My Recommendation - 5 stars

I was amazed at how wonderful this book was. I read it with my daughter and she enjoyed it too. The illustrations are wonderful and very bright and colourful. The text was outstanding and contained great lessons for children on the different types of people there are, different cultures and different religions etc. Every child should read this book; it would be a great book to have in nurseries and schools, so that children can grow up to be more loving accepting of others. I highly recommend it! 

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My Recommendation - 5 stars

This was a cute children's picture book that would be suitable for a baby, toddler or young child.. My daughter and I really enjoyed the illustrations, the characters and the text with numbers, which was great for helping her to recognise numbers 1-10 and learn how to count. We loved this book and highly recommend it! 

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Under a Starry Sky by Laura Kemp


My Recommendation - 5 stars

This audiobook is set in Wales and I really loved the book and the narrator's pleasant voice and welsh accent. It was a fun and uplifting book, which was a joy to listen to. The story follows 2 women called Wanda and Annie and their journeys in the village of Gobaith. I loved most of the characters of the book and the different scenarios which all came together to form an uplifting adventure. I also loved the campsite setup with the outdoors vibe, as well as the gardening story from Annie and Wanda's travelling adventure. I enjoyed the friendships in the book, the family stories and the romance. It was just overall a lovely, feel good book to listen to while I was doing my gardening and housework. I really loved it and would highly recommend it! 

Many thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Cherry Tree Cafe by Heidi Swain


My Recommendation - 4 stars

This book is about a woman called Lizzie Dixon who gets dumped by her posh boyfriend Giles and then goes on to make a new, happier life back in Wynbridge. Her friends Jemma and Tom from Wynbridge have set up The Cherry Tree Cafe and they ask Lizzie to help them with it, giving her a place to stay above the cafe. Lizzie enjoys helping them, as well as doing crafting classes in the cafe and getting to know a man called Ben who she knows from her younger days. 

I enjoyed this audiobook and I liked the narrator's voice, which was very pleasant. The Netgalley app was easy to use as well. 

Many thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Adventures of Rembrandt the Tuxedo Cat - Helps Callie, the Calico Cat, Find Her Meow by Marsha Walk Carroll


My Recommendation: 4 stars


This is a children's picture book about 2 cats called Remy and Callie who become friends and Remy helps Callie to find her voice. The book has beautiful illustrations and a nice story about friends who help each other and take care of each other. It shows that it is ok not to be able to do the same as another person, such as speaking. In the book, the cat only spoke when she was ready to. This can be useful to show a child who has not yet spoken; to let them know that it is ok to speak when they feel ready to do so. I read this book with my daughter and she enjoyed it, although the book was a little bit long for her to concentrate on and it was a bit repetitive. However, it was still a good book and one that we will read together again. 


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Dead To Her by Sarah Pinborough


My Recommendation - 4 stars

I enjoyed this book, although I did find it a bit bizarre. It was a cleverly written thriller about a bunch of elite people who are based in Savannah. The two main characters are called Marcie and Keisha and the story follows both of them on their adventures within different families. They are quite complex characters, with both of them having a similar past. In the book there is a lot of sex, secrets, voodoo, cheating, lying, drug and alcohol taking and murder. 

Although I did enjoy this book, I will be honest and say that I did prefer Sarah's other book 'Behind Her Eyes'. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

This book shows children how to be kind to the planet that we live on, by taking care of the air, land and water. When we take care of the earth, the earth helps us in return. The book has lovely photos and simple words that children will enjoy. There is also a learning area at the end of the book which shows a note to caregivers, reading activities and a word list. I read this book with my daughter and we both enjoyed it. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

This is a children's book that shows children how they should care for their bodies and minds every day to help the good days feel better and the bad days feel a little less bad. It shows different ways that we can be kind to ourselves. There is also a handy learning activity area at the end of the book. I read this book with my daughter and we both enjoyed it.

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

I read this book with my daughter and she loved the beautiful photos of the cute animals. The book has simple words to explain to children the best way to care for and be kind to animals. At the back of the book there is a learning area which is very useful. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

I read this book with my daughter and we enjoyed the story and the lovely, bright illustrations. The book was about a lion and a tortoise who wanted to marry a princess. The lion was arrogant and was always dancing and the tortoise was slow, but he was clever. The King announced that the one who built a house for the princess the fastest would win her hand in marriage. Who was the winner? 

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My Recommendation - 5 stars

This is a lovely book which I read with my daughter and we really enjoyed it. The book is about a little girl who makes a rainbow to put on her window, using art supplies and other objects around the house, while she is in lockdown with her family. I liked the positivity of the book and how the little girl felt safe while she interacted with her friends and family, even though she had to stay at home. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

I read this book with my daughter and we enjoyed it. There are a lot of photographs and simple sentences in the book, explaining how we can be kind to each other in different situations. There are exercises at the end of the book that you can do with your children in order to help with their learning. 

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My Recommendation - 3 stars

I read this book with my daughter and to be honest, she was a bit scared by it. We liked the cats in it, but she was scared of the witch and the darker illustrations where the witch was sick. Some of the illustrations were lovely, but others were too scary for us. The ending of the book was a bit strange and we were unsure what had happened. I then worked out that the witch had allergies to the cats which had caused her to be sick. If this book was made in a lighter way with less scary illustrations, then it would be more suited to younger children. It isn't a book that I will read again with my daughter, but I appreciated getting the chance to read it. It would perhaps be a good book for older children to read at Halloween. 

Many thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The Sandbox by by Carolyn Furlow and Amelia Furlow


My Recommendation - 5 stars

I read this book with my daughter and we loved it. My daughter kept asking me to read it again as she enjoyed it so much. The writing and the illustrations are lovely. 

The book is about a girl called Imani who goes to the park to meet her friends at the sandbox. All of her friends have different colours of skin, eyes and hair and they celebrate this, exclaiming that they all look like beautiful different flowers in a garden. I love the way that the book shows children how to accept each other the way they are, no matter what they look like. This is a very important teaching in this day and age. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

I read this book with my daughter and we enjoyed it. The book is about a boy called Sammy who has a lot of anger issues. He meets a dog who teaches him martial arts in order for him to control his anger and be more mindful and calm. I showed my daughter the martial arts technique in the book and we were practicing it. The book has a lot of nice illustrations and it is very colourful. 
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My Recommendation - 5 stars

My daughter and I really enjoyed reading this awesome children's book. It had a lot of great photographs of animals that were made using pieces of fruit and vegetables. It was very interesting and I look forward to trying out some of these cute food recipes. We enjoyed looking at the photos, talking about the animals, talking about each type of food which made up each animal and talking about the colours of each piece of food. I highly recommend this book and perhaps it would help children who are fussy eaters to explore more healthy food options. 

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My Recommendation - 5 stars

This is a cute and fun filled children's book that shows children how to have fun while staying at home during lockdown. I read it with my daughter and we both really enjoyed it. It has beautiful and colourful graphics and simple ideas on fun activities to keep your children busy and happy while being at home and in the garden. It would be a great book to read with your children if they are feeling anxious about lockdown. 

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My Recommendation - 5 stars

Wow, this is a great arts and crafts picture book for children. My daughter and I really loved it a lot. It was bright and colourful, with amazing photos and descriptions of different arts and crafts activities that I can do with her. She was very excited about the fun activities and we will try some of them soon. The book has so many great ideas that I didn't know about!

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The Secret Seaside Escape by Heidi Swain


My Recommendation - 4 stars

I enjoyed this book a lot. The book is about a woman called Tess Tyler who is very stressed while she is working full time for her father. She is in need of a break, especially after finding out some shocking news about her recently departed mother. She goes to Wynmouth for a holiday, which is a seaside town she loved to visit when she was a child. Here she finds beautiful scenery, relaxation, some wonderful friends and some romance too. Will she be able to leave this stunning place? I loved reading about the seaside and the characters. The story was a bit predictable, but it was still very enjoyable. 

Many thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Winter Garden by Heidi Swain


My Recommendation - 5 stars

I was really excited to read this new book from Heidi Swain and I enjoyed it very much! I highly recommend it. It was a wonderful story about a woman called Freya Fuller. Freya was forced out of her job as a live in gardener and she ended up in a new life in Nightingale Square, where she loved living as a gardener who created a beautiful winter garden for the public. Local artist Finn caught her attention and their love/hate relationship was very interesting. I enjoyed reading about them and all of the beautiful hearted people who live in Nightingale Square. It was a cosy book and the characters all seemed to be like a big family. I liked the way they all helped each other all of the time. 

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The Secret of the Magic Crystal by Mishea Obiji


My Recommendation - 5 stars

Wow, this is the best children's book that I have ever read! I read this book with my daughter and we both really loved it. I highly recommend this wonderful, magical book! Both the story and the illustrations are amazing. 

The book is about a little girl called Alana, who finds a glowing crystal and has a beautiful dream because of it. She shares the crystal with her friends, who also go on to have these beautiful dreams.. They then go on a magical adventure to recreate what they experienced in the dreams and along the way they make new friends, who they help. All of the children learn about magic, wonder, transformation, sharing, love and kindness. 

 This book reminded me of the awesome adventure books that I read in my childhood, by the author Enid Blyton. 

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My Recommendation - 5 stars

My daughter and I read this book a few times and she really enjoyed looking at the bright, colourful pictures. It is a book that I will read over again with her as she gets older and I am sure she will understand it more as she grows. 

The book is an A-Z of different careers that one can choose when they grow up and the book shows each career name and a small description of what each career involves, in relation to each letter of the alphabet. For example, for the letter B the book lists Beekeeper as the career. 

This would be a great book for use in any educational setting. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

I read this cute little book 3 times with my daughter and she loved it. The book is about Lily and Milo, who go outside on a snowy winter day to feed the birds and make a snowman. It is a basic story, but one that my daughter really enjoyed. The illustrations are lovely and I liked the way that the book asks what clothes Lily and Milo should wear to go outside. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

I read this book 3 times with my daughter and we both enjoyed it. The book is about a little monster who loved nature so much that he tried to put items from nature into bottles, in order to keep them for himself and enjoy them inside his home. However, he soon realised that it was not possible to keep these items in bottles, as they withered and died over time. This was a good lesson for him and at the end of the book he decided to stop bottling nature items and just go outside and enjoy nature as it was, in all its glory, at different times of the year. 

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My Recommendation - 4 stars

I read this book with my daughter 4 times and we both enjoyed it. The book is about a little girl called Lucy who loses her favourite cuddly toy while she is on holiday.. She was very sad about losing her toy and this made my daughter feel sad.. We spoke about how she would feel if she lost her faviourite toy. As the story went on, Lucy went through many feelings of loss and her family and friends supported her. She was gifted a new cuddly toy which she loved, but she never forgot about her favourite toy, who always had a place in her heart. She learned how to come to terms with her feelings and how to live with loss and grief. At the end of the book there was a happy ending which made me smile. 

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ABC for Me: ABC Earth-Friendly Me by Christiane Engel


My Recommendation - 5 stars

This is a fabulous children's book with beautiful illustrations and very informative writing. My daughter and I learned a lot by reading this book together and it is a book that I will read more with her. She enjoyed looking at the illustrations while I read the words to her. 

 The book shows how to be more earth friendly, while each description relates to a letter of the alphabet. We learned how to recycle and donate unwanted items, how to save water, how to have less waste, how to compost, that we should do more in our local community, that we should make our own items, that we should use less plastic, how the trees and bees help us and much more! This would be a great book to use in schools. We loved this book. 

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Killing Mind by Angela Marsons


My Recommendation - 5 stars 


I was really happy to be back with Kim and her team for another wonderful story! This time Kim and her team were investigating a new age cult, to find out what had happened to certain people who had gone missing from it and some people who had died in relation to it. 


 I really enjoyed this book. I had been finding it to be a slower read than Angela's others books and I was going to give it 4 stars, however, the last quarter of the book picked up the pace and was more exciting and this made me give the book 5 stars. I was surprised at who the killer was and I enjoyed the psychology in the book and learning more about how a cult and mind control works. 


I am looking forward to reading the next installment of Kim and her team when that time comes! Angela Marsons is one of my favourite authors and I have read nearly all of her books now. 


 Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

I read this book with my daughter and we both really enjoyed the story and the illustrations. It is a book that I will read again with her as she gets older, as it contains many valuable lessons.

The story is about a girl called Nala who goes into her papa's office without permission and accidentally breaks his favourite mug, which makes her feel anxious and upset. She hides in her bedroom and is afraid to tell her parents what she has done. Her parents have a discussion with her about honesty and trust and she opens up to them about what happened with the mug. They tell her that she should always come to them and tell them the truth, so that they can then work things out in an honest and open way and that it is important to have trust within the family. 

The author says that 'With A Circle of Trust, there is no beginning and no end, which signifies that your love for one another is endless and will last forever.' I loved this saying. 

 Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this great book in exchange for an honest review.

Have You Seen Bunny? by Sam Loman


My Recommendation - 5 stars

I read this book with my daughter and we both thought it was a fun, exciting book. The book is about a cat who is in her house looking for her bunny friend. We didn't realise until we got to the end of the book that the bunny was actually on each page of the book, hiding from the cat, in different places in each room of the house. It was fun to find this out and we went back and read the story again, pointing out where the bunny was hiding. The illustrations of the book were wonderful and together with the fun aspect of the story, we both loved this book and will read it again. 

Thankyou very much to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


My Recommendation - 5 stars

I read this great book with my daughter and we both loved it and enjoyed it very much. The story is about a dog called Dudley and his animal friends, who go to school and learn about nouns. The writing is very good and the illustrations are beautiful. My daughter loved the animals and the story, although she is still a bit young to understand what nouns mean, so it is a book that I will read a lot to her in the future, even when she is older, as it will help her understand how to remember the different types of nouns. 

Thank you very much to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review.

My Recommendation - 3 stars

I read this lovely little children's picture book with my daughter and she enjoyed it. It is a book aimed at babies and toddlers, which has cute illustrations and basic writing which show the relationship, emotions and playful interactions between a child and their grandma. Thankyou very much to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


My Recommendation - 3 stars


I read this children's book with my daughter and she enjoyed it. It is a book aimed at babies and toddlers, which has lovely illustrations and basic writing which show the relationship, emotions and playful interactions between a child and their grandpa. Thankyou very much to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The House Guest by Mark Edwards


My Recommendation - 4 stars


I really enjoyed this psychological thriller by Mark Edwards. I found it exciting and I was always looking forward to picking it up to read more of it. I enjoyed reading about the different characters and finding out who was behind the main plot of the story. I highly recommend this book and I gave it 4 stars. Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was my first book by Mark Edwards, but I will definitely be reading more of his work.

My Recommendation - 4 stars

As always, Angela Marsons delivered another great book! I have read a lot of her books and I always enjoy reading about Kim and her team, who are like a family. I love reading about their adventures and it really feels as though I am there with them while they are doing their investigation. 

 Thanks so much to Netgalley for a copy of this great book, in exchange for an honest review.

My Recommendation - 5 stars

Wow, this was a really wonderful book. I really loved it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have read all of the Agatha Raisin books and enjoyed them, so I was absolutely delighted to get a free copy of this new book, Beating About the Bush, from Netgalley. Thank you so much!

The book was amazing. I found it to be the funniest book I have ever read and I was laughing so much all the way through. I really enjoyed the story, the characters and the writing. It was interesting to see how Agatha's love life developed, which was different from what I thought it would be, but still enjoyable. It was the best Agatha Raisin book I have read and I had a fun 2 days reading it. I felt like I was on a holiday with old friends, having an adventure. 

Thanks again to Netgalley, M C Beaton and her publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review.


My Recommendation - 5 stars

I really enjoyed this wonderful book about Mindfulness and Meditation. It is a book for young people, but as an adult, I also found it very useful. It has a lot of information and wisdom in it on what mindfulness and meditation actually is and where it originated from, as well as lots of practical exercises and meditations to try. I had a lot of fun doing all the little meditations and I learned a lot from them. I highly recommend this book to everyone, and not just young people, but I can see how young people would really benefit from it in a big way. It would be a great handbook for all teenagers and it should be available in schools, as it would really help young people with their mental health.

Thanks so much to Netgalley for allowing me to read this great book in return for an honest review.


My Recommendation - 5 stars

Wow, what a great book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As a Scorpio myself, I found myself agreeing with mostly everything the author was saying. I highly recommend this book to all Scorpios or parents of Scorpio children. The book was only 96 pages long, but I gained a lot of interesting information and knowledge from it that will help me with both understanding myself and understanding my children.. Thanks so much to Netgalley for allowing me to read this wonderful book for free, in exchange for an honest review.


My Recommendation - 4 stars

This is a cute little book with beautiful graphics, that shows the wonderful and close relationship that two sisters have with each other, as well as the relationship they have with their mother. The youngest sister in the book is blind and it was nice to see how her older sister looked after her. I enjoyed reading this book with my daughter and she enjoyed the graphics very much. The book is suitable for children aged 4-8. Thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Secret of Cold Hill by Peter James:


My Recommendation - 4 stars

I enjoyed this spooky ghost story from Peter James. Normally I read his thrillers, but this was a nice change from them. I found the story quite fun. It was different from the books I usually read, but I liked it and I would read another one of his spooky stories. Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

The River Fairy's Wish by Cyrena Shows:


My Recommendation - 5 stars

What a wonderful book, which I read with my daughter. We loved the writing and the beautiful illustrations. It was all very magical and the book made us feel happy. Thanks to Netgalley for this cute, fun-filled book!

Foxglove Farm by Christie Barlow:


My Recommendation - 5 stars

I enjoyed this book a lot and I will now look to read more books by Christie Barlow. Thanks to Netgalley for the arc of this great book!

Sweet Valley High by  by Katy Rex and Andres Genolet:


My Recommendation - 3 stars

This is the first time I have ever read a Sweet Valley High book. I enjoyed it, especially as it had good art work and I loved how it was modern, with smartphones and social media woven into it. The story itself was interesting and would be good for young people. Thanks to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this graphic novel.

Black Summer by M. W. Craven:


My Recommendation - 4 stars

I really enjoyed this book and I found the medical aspects of it very interesting. 

I loved the relationship between Poe and Tilly, especially the humour, which made me laugh. They are both loveable characters and they work well together. 

 I highly recommend this book. Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this wonderful book!

Wow, I really loved this book. It was a beautiful love story and it was so sweet. I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend it!

The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter:


My Recommendation - 5 stars

Wow, what a wonderful book! I just loved it. I have read nearly all of Karin Slaughter's books over the years and I can say that this is her best book so far. There was so much detail in the book and a lot of information that Karin had thoroughly researched. I found it very interesting and I learned a lot. I really enjoyed the love story between Will and Sara and the relationship Will had with her family. I give this book a well deserved 5 stars and I can't wait for Karin's next book. Thank you very much to Netgalley for gifting me an arc of this great book. I really appreciated it and I enjoyed it very much!