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THE ROYALIST – S.J. Deas

The Royalist

Available now from Headline

Source: Bookbridgr

William Falkland is a dead man. 

Falkland fought for the King. Now, he awaits execution. Yet when he is led out of Newgate Prison with a sack over his head, he is not taken to the gallows, but to Oliver Cromwell himself.

Now more than ever Cromwell needs a man of conscience. Mysterious deaths are sweeping the camp of his New Model Army and, in return for his freedom, Falkland must uncover the truth. 

As he delves into the troubled world of the resting soldiers, Falkland unearths secrets so dark he struggles to prove their existence. Surrounded yet alone, the noose around Falkland’s neck begins to tighten. 

Is his luck about to run out?

Historical fiction is pretty much uncharted territory for me, I’ve never really been one for history, but thanks to Mr Deas I am now a happy little convert!

The year is 1645, and the story begins with William Falkland – a Cavalier for King Charles I – imprisoned for disobeying the King’s orders. Falkland believes he is being taken to the gallows, but in fact is taken to none other than Oliver Cromwell himself. Cromwell recruits Falkland to investigate some suspicious suicides that have been occurring within the New Model Army camp. And thus the mystery begins…

I think there’s a lot to be said for first person narrative – I’m a big fan of this writing style and it almost always guarantees my immediate interest. I must admit I worried initially about how much of Ye Olde English I would be subjected to – people of yore tended to go all around the houses to say something didn’t they?! – but I actually really enjoyed the prose. There was enough to add to the authenticity, but not so much that I needed the Rosetta Stone!

And talking of authenticity, Deas has a real skill for scene-setting. I felt that I had been dragged right back to the 17th Century and it was a fantastic trip! I truly felt the chill of the harsh English winter and its knee-deep snow. My nose wrinkled at the filth encrusted people living in a time when hygiene was most certainly not a top priority. My stomach turned at what passed for a decent meal – and what didn’t but was eaten anyway! And I physically winced during the extensively detailed violent scenes.

But above all, I was most engrossed with the characters in this story. Our protagonist, Falkland, was a bad soldier but a good man. His depth was first-class. A man who hates himself for holding onto the slightest morsel of hope during such desperate times. A man who clings to the memory of his family and the hope he will one day be reunited with them. A man of duty and conscience, who will disobey his own King for what is right and just. A man who berates himself for caring for a woman who is not his wife. A man who will risk his life to do what is right by the memory of young soldiers whom he has never met. Basically, I loved the guy! Other characters – Cromwell, Fairfax, Warbeck, etc. – were all each as detailed as the next. This story had some real nasty people in it – but not your panto bad guys; these were real everyday men, mostly living very ordinary lives for the time – and they were terrifying!

Deas has delivered an intriguing, drama-laden, heart-thumping crime thriller with historical accuracy and authenticity. I found myself sorely disappointed at the last page; not with the ending, but that it had ended! Then, lo and behold, I discover that The Royalist was merely the first instalment in the William Falkland series, and a very big smile returned to my face.

My thanks to the publisher for providing this book for review.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!! Rachel Amphlett – Look Closer

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Today sees the release of Rachel Amphlett’s brand new political thriller Look Closer – a Storm in the Stacks 5-STAR read. Rachel kindly took the time to answer some questions for me, and here’s what I found out….

(Ooh and stick around at the end for details on the Look Closer FREE GIVEAWAY!!)

Rachel, please tell us about Look Closer, where did the inspiration come from?

I wanted to take a step back from my military thrillers and see if I could go back to basics – that is, write a thriller that features an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances.

Without giving away the plot, I spent some time last year reading about organized crime in the UK. The plot was sparked by an image I had in my mind of a man holding a photograph where nothing was quite as it seemed. The finished novel is very different from that initial idea, but the urgency of having to follow clues to solve the mystery remains.

Of course it still includes my trademark twists and fast pace, but it was fun dipping my toe into a political thriller for a change.

If Look Closer made it to the big screen, who would play Will Fletcher, Trevor Lake, Ian Rossiter, and Malcolm Gregory? How much artistic license would you allow?

I don’t imagine my characters as film or TV actors when I’m writing – they have their own traits to me, and I think too much description or things like that can spoil it for readers. When I’m reading a book, I have a certain picture in my head of what the characters look like to me, so I’d have to hand over full artistic licence and trust the director and producers to get it right!

Which is most important to you, characters, plot or scene-setting?

Plot first. I’ll have a vague idea for characters, but I need to develop the plot in order to get to know them. Out of all that, the scene-setting becomes a natural process.

Your books are set across the globe, which is your favourite location?

Ooh, that’s a tough one for a travel-lover like me! So far, it has to be Malta – I have fond memories of the place and it was great to capture that in Under Fire. Mind you, we’re making plans for some overseas trips over the next 18 months to countries we haven’t been before, so I’m sure some great story ideas will come out of that.

What makes a good thriller in your opinion?

If a story can make my heart rate sky-rocket, and keep me turning the pages, that’s a good thriller – no matter the sub-genre.

Which of your books are you most proud of?

I’d have to say all of them because I’m constantly developing my craft, but I can still go back to my early thrillers and think, ‘yeah, I enjoyed that’. I do see things I would have done differently if I’d written the story now – I think that’s something all artists do, don’t they?

Which authors inspire/influence you?

Crumbs, this is going to be a list and a half – ready? Ken Follett, Robert Harris, Robert Ludlum, Michael Crichton, Jack Higgins, Lee Child, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Matthew Reilly, Dick Francis, Vince Flynn, Clive Cussler, Chris Ryan – all the thriller authors really! I do read a lot of books in other genres, but thrillers are my ‘go-to’ reads.

I especially envy authors Ken Follett, Robert Harris, Matthew Reilly, and Michael Crichton as they’ve used their writing to explore different eras and, in the case of Michael Crichton, the ‘what if?’ scenarios associated with technology.

When writing, do you have any rituals? What makes up your writer’s toolkit?

I started writing on my regular commute about a year ago and that’s the best time for me – I can easily bash out 700-1200 words on a 40 minute train journey into work. Sometimes I’ll go to the library after work and get my head down for another hour if there’s a particular scene I’m caught up in. I bought a new laptop last year – a MacBook – and I use the Scrivener software. I can’t imagine not using Scrivener now!

I always carry a Moleskine A5 notebook around with me because I do still like to write long-hand as well as using the laptop – sometimes it’s easier to coax the words out of my head that way.

What are you reading right now?

Runner by Patrick Lee. Next off the TBR pile is Andy Weir’s The Martian otherwise my other half is going to explode – he’s been bursting to talk about the plot with me since finishing it over two months ago!

You’re in a ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ scenario, people are burning books in the last library in the world in order to stay warm… Which 5 books do you rescue?

Stephen King & Peter Straub – The Talisman

Ken Follett – Hornet Flight

Michael Crichton – Timeline

Umberto Eco – The Name of the Rose

Daphne Du Maurier – Jamaica Inn

What advice would you give to the budding authors out there?

Don’t give up, and don’t be afraid to contact other authors for help.

What does the future hold for Rachel Amphlett?

It’s going to be a busy 2015, that’s for sure! My next suspense/thriller, Mistake Creek is going to be available on pre-order from mid-April with a publication date in June, and I’m currently writing the third in my Dan Taylor series of military thrillers. I’m aiming to get that published before Christmas. In between all that, I’m constantly researching and jotting down plot notes for the two novels I want to write next year.

And finally, your turn… What question do you wish was asked in author interviews but never/seldom is? And what is your answer?

Who would you like an opportunity to co-author with?

And my answer would have to be either Ken Follett or Robert Harris!

Thanks so much for your time Rachel. And the very best of luck with the launch of Look Closer and your future works!

Author Bio

Rachel Amphlett previously worked in the UK publishing industry, played lead guitar in rock bands, and worked with BBC radio before relocating from England to Australia in 2005.

After returning to writing, Rachel enjoyed publication success both in Australia and the United Kingdom with her short stories, before her first thriller White Gold was released in 2011.

Look Closer is Rachel’s fourth independently published thriller, with the Italian foreign rights for White Gold being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TimeCrime imprint in 2014.

A further thriller is scheduled for release in June 2015, while a third Dan Taylor thriller is being written.

You can keep in touch with Rachel via her mailing list: http://www.rachelamphlett.com/mailing-list.html or via Facebook (http://on.fb.me/TN7rpu) and Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

*****FREE LOOK CLOSER GIVEAWAY*****

To be in with a chance of winning your very own ebook copy of Rachel Amphlett’s new political thriller Look Closer just send your name and email address to storminthestacks@hotmail.com. Three winning names will be drawn at random on Monday 30th March 2015.

Good luck!

And if you missed it first time around, here is my review for the fantastic Look Closer

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Published by Rachel Amphlett

Source: Author ARC

Available in paperback and ebook from 24th March 2015

How far would you go to protect a secret?

How far would you go to expose a lie?

Will Fletcher seems to have it all – perfect job, perfect life. Then in one act of extreme violence, his world is turned upside down.

A bungled assassination attempt on a London street uncovers a disturbing conspiracy fuelled by organised crime and political ambition. Now, Will finds himself on the run, pursued by a dangerous enemy who will stop at nothing to protect his employer’s past.

The only way to stop the chain of events is to follow a trail of clues that lead to the heart of British politics.

With the date for the UK General Election only days away and the killers closing in, Will is running out of time to deliver his own version of vigilante justice and expose the corruption. As the web of lies and deceit unravels, Will knows the answer’s out there.

All he has to do is look closer.

Everyone has secrets. Everyone lies.

Well it has happened, I am astonished! This is by far the best book I have read in a long time. I cannot fault it!

Look Closer begins with some extremely emotive drama when Will Fletcher discovers that his girlfriend Amy lies in hospital. She is in critical condition, having been shot during an assassination attempt on the man who is likely to be elected British Prime Minister.

However it soon becomes apparent that the would-be leader may not have been the intended target at all, and that it may well have been Amy in the shooter’s sights all along – especially when Will receives messages left by Amy in which she warns him that she fears for her life, and that the fact that he has even received these messages means that she was right to be afraid, and furthermore, Will must now fear for his own life.

We are then taken along with Will on a thrilling ride that is not only fast paced, but non-stop! Facing an unknown enemy encompassing conspiracy, corruption, and power hungry monsters with dark and dangerous secrets; Will finds himself desperately trying to piece together the mystery whilst also trying not to get killed – a difficult feat indeed with nowhere to turn and nobody to trust.

Amphlett skilfully creates a brilliant cast of characters, especially Will; tough yet sensitive, determined yet lost; and his terror and desperation practically bounces off the page at you. The villains of the piece are also fantastic creations; terrifying, relentless, and immensely dangerous – any reader will very much share Will’s fear and will still blindly root for him no matter how hopeless a cause it seems.

Whilst you are still reeling from all of the action and excitement, Amphlett decides to throw a twist in there that will really make your head spin, and there is not a word more I can say about it – except to maybe tell you that I’m now off to read it again with fresh ‘knowing’ eyes – so that I can have lots of little ‘A-ha!’ moments.

Look Closer is an energetic, intriguing, terrifying ride, with a twist that will smack you from here to next Friday. Put it on your ‘to read” list. Now.

Many thanks to the author for providing this book for review.

Find out more, visit www.rachelamphlett.com

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DAY FOUR – Sarah Lotz

Day 4

Available 21st May 2015 from Hodder & Stoughton

Source: Publisher ARC

Four planes. Three survivors. One message. It seemed like the end of the world… but it wasn’t. This, however, just might be.

The extraordinary, unforgettable sequel to THE THREE – perfect for fans of The Shining Girls, The Passage and Lost.

Four days into a five day singles cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, the ageing ship Beautiful Dreamer stops dead in the water. With no electricity and no cellular signals, the passengers and crew have no way to call for help. But everyone is certain that rescue teams will come looking for them soon. All they have to do is wait.

That is, until the toilets stop working and the food begins to run out. When the body of a woman is discovered in her cabin the passengers start to panic. There’s a murderer on board the Beautiful Dreamer… and maybe something worse.

I was so very excited when I received Day Four. After thoroughly enjoying Lotz’s first novel The Three (see review here) I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next…

Well I’m sorry to say I was disappointed. But this may be wholly down to my own expectations. As a ‘follow-on’ I’d expected just that – but in fact this was a completely separate story (so works as a standalone), although with the same underlying premise.

Naturally it was difficult not to compare the two novels. The style and formats are completely different. The Three is set retrospectively – based on witness accounts of some very strange goings-on; whereas Day Four has a more ‘real-time’ setting. Unfortunately this meant there was an awful lot of building up to events, it really took a long time to get going.

I was eager to find out what was going on in The Three – I was impatient to find out what was going on in Day Four.

I dipped in and out a lot. And it wasn’t until I was about ¾ of the way through that I felt the book having any sort of effect on me. And granted, it did get quite creepy and unsettling (not nearly as much as its predecessor) – but I just felt that I was way too late to the party, and by this point I struggled to care.

I found it interesting that the only part of the book I really enjoyed were the witness statements at the end – I suppose for their similarity to the format of The Three. But like I said, these came at the end…

I didn’t really get any closure for either of the stories. Both raised the same questions and gave the same elusive answers – and I thought as a follow-on I might have been given a bit more.

Ultimately, if any reader were to approach this with the expectation of it being merely an instalment in a series, then they may well enjoy it. I needed a bit more. For me, it definitely suffered from ‘sequel-itis’.

The Three felt very Stephen King meets J.J Abrams; Day Four felt more like Tales from the Crypt meets Doctor Who.

My thanks to the publisher for providing this book for review.

Happy reading x 

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I LET YOU GO – Clare Mackintosh

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Available 23rd April 2015 from Little, Brown Book Group UK

Source: NetGalley

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she?

In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating…

This is how I wish all books could be! I Let You Go had everything I could possibly hope for; fantastic characters, heart-wrenching emotion, spine-chilling fear, gripping intrigue, nail-biting drama…oh and I love twists, right? Well, I lost count of the number of fantastic shockers in this one!

The story begins with an account of a horrific hit and run accident that instantly claims the life of 5-year-old Jacob. And I can admit that I was welling up very early on… I mean very early on – we’re talking about the prologue here!

Jenna can no longer live with the pain, so has run away from the ghosts of her old life and set up home on the idyllic Welsh coast. Haunted by the tragic events of that day, and mourning the death of her son, she slowly adjusts to her new way of life – even eventually meeting a new love interest. But no matter how far she has run, or how much time has passed since that awful day of the hit and run accident, she is still forever haunted; plagued by nightmares, constantly on edge, and doubting she will ever really find peace again.

The book alternates between what is happening with Jenna, and the goings-on at Bristol CID; specifically for DI Ray Stevens who is still investigating the hit and run incident. A year has passed and they are still no closer to catching the culprit, and it is difficult to keep a case going with absolutely no leads, and where even the victim’s mother has seemingly given up – having disappeared off the face of the earth.

Almost immediately you realise all is not as it seems, but I could never quite put my finger on what it was. Little teasers were peppered about and I knew I was waiting for something… yet Mackintosh was able to distract me with some fantastic story-telling and brilliant character development, so I didn’t spend too much time on attempting to guess.

Nobody was placed in the story merely for the sake of it. Each character was given depth and complexity. Of course, the story centres around Jenna, the accident, and her loss (and the subsequent police investigation), and yet the reader is also given insight into Jenna’s damaged relationship with her family; Ray and his colleague Kate’s questionable relationship; Ray’s struggling marriage and wayward son; even Jenna’s new love-interest Patrick is given a tragic back-story! There is so much going on and yet never too much that it gets messy. Each subject is given adequate attention to earn its place within the story – and there is so much more going on that I won’t even attempt to be vague about, because there are some cracking twists in there and it would be criminal for me to even hint at them! I even went back to early chapters thinking I would catch the author out in some huge continuity mistake… alas, on reading those same lines with new information, I could only admire the sheer genius of it all!

Clare Mackintosh is an amazingly talented writer. Her depiction of a mother’s torment following the loss of a child was authentic, raw, and both sensitively and tastefully done. The romantic sub-plots were realistic; in approach, pace, and awkwardness! Jenna’s fear and torment are palpable throughout. Ray’s struggle for work/home-life balance, and the necessity to constantly question his own integrity is very grounding. And the drama is laden with an urgency that puts all else on hold.

Definitely one where 5 stars are just not enough! I cannot imagine anybody who would not thoroughly enjoy this read. If I could only ever recommend one book for any TBR list, it would most definitely be this one.

Many thanks to the publisher for providing this book for review.

Happy reading x

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CAN ANYBODY HELP ME? – Sinéad Crowley

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Available now from Quercus

Source: NetGalley

It was crazy really, she had never met the woman, had no idea of her real name but she thought of her as a friend. Or, at least, the closest thing she had to a friend in Dublin.

Struggling with a new baby, Yvonne turns to netmammy, an online forum for mothers, for support. Drawn into a world of new friends, she spends increasing amounts of time online and volunteers more and more information about herself.

When one of her new friends goes offline, Yvonne thinks something is wrong, but dismisses her fears. After all, does she really know this woman?

But when the body of a young woman with striking similarities to Yvonne’s missing friend is found, Yvonne realises that they’re all in terrifying danger. Can she persuade Sergeant Claire Boyle, herself about to go on maternity leave, to take her fears seriously?

This story centres around the members of ‘Netmammy’ – which is essentially Netmums, the online forum where mums get together to discuss their children, offer parenting advice, and generally have a bit of a moan. No offence to the Netmums members out there, each to their own, but it is really not my thing at all. I have two young children – I know newborns are tiring, and strange rashes can be scary, and I’m pretty sure all parents at some time or other wonder if they are doing what’s best – but I certainly didn’t have the inclination to bang on about these things to a bunch of strangers who were ‘in the same boat’. So it did get a little tiresome when large chunks of this book were devoted to listening to these women moan about dirty nappies, night-time feeds, and teething – if I’d wanted to read so much of that I would have just logged onto the website, any chance we could just get on with the story now please?

Anyway, now that I’ve got that out of my system, I did get a bit bored early on with this one, but I figured it was maybe just one of those slow burners and I’d have to give it a chance to get going. The prose was a bit jumpy, I found myself often having to re-read the same sentence because it didn’t really flow very well and that threw me off. But I stuck with it, mainly due to a line of critical acclaim plastered on the book cover…

Brilliantly original… a shocker of a twist that you won’t see coming.” – Melissa Hill

I have to admit that that was probably the deal clincher to my reading the book at all. And… well it was all lies wasn’t it?! If there was a shocker of a twist, I missed it – maybe I nodded off after so much incessant “I love my children but I hate being a parent” chatter – I’m sure it couldn’t be referring to the culprit of the piece – because that twist was so obvious it came with seventy-six trombones very early on!

It was a complete anti-climax. Even though I knew who was responsible, I thought I’d at least be given some sort of dramatic showdown – but no it was all a bit naff and then the story just kind of petered out…

I will say that the basic premise was good; I liked how the story showed that people think they are posting ‘anonymously’ online, but it is in fact very easy for others to deduce your identity from the tiniest clues you give out – but to be honest this probably could have been conveyed in a double page spread in the fiction section of Take A Break or the like.

No, not for me at all.

My thanks to the publisher for providing this book for review.

Happy reading x

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LAST CHILD – Terry Tyler

last child5 star

Available now from Amazon

Source: Author request

LAST CHILD is the sequel to Kings and Queens, Terry Tyler’s modern take on the story of Henry VIII and his six wives.

Harry Lanchester is gone, his legacy passed on to his children:

Thirteen year old JASPER, who views the directors of Lanchester Estates as Harry Potter characters, and finds out that teenage love affairs are no fairytale.

ISABELLA, the eldest daughter; lonely and looking for love, she returns from a holiday in Spain with more than just a suntan.

Impulsive, independent ERIN, the girl of Transport manager Rob Dudley’s dreams, whose priority is not a husband and family, but the continuation of her father’s work.

You will also meet the ambitious Jim Dudley, ex-nanny Hannah Cleveley, Rob’s long suffering wife Amy, and Raine Grey, whose nine days as PR manager for Lanchester Estates have a devastating effect on her life.

LAST CHILD takes the drama, passion and intrigue of Kings and Queens into the present day, with echoes from the past ~ and a glimpse or two into the future…

Last Child is the sequel to Tyler’s brilliant Kings and Queens. It follows on after the death of property mogul Harry Lanchester and is full of scandal, tragedy, power, lust, greed, heartache…basically imagine if Dallas were well written!

It is written in the same style as Kings and Queens, with narratives from various key characters, and this is very cleverly done. It doesn’t consist of everyone just randomly throwing in their tuppence worth, and it isn’t repetitive at all – it’s more like each narrator hands the baton to the next in order to continue with the story.

I’m the first to admit how surprising it is that a ‘thriller-addict’ like me enjoyed this book as much as I did. There are none of the twists and surprises that I usually crave – I mean, come on, we essentially know what happens to everyone don’t we?! And yet I was hooked! Because yes, ok, we know this one married that one, and this one had it away with that one, and these ones croaked it, etcetera, etcetera. But the pleasure is in Tyler’s interpretations, and the brilliance of bringing the issues of the 16th century into the present day – so that all of those terribly boring people you learned about at school suddenly become fascinating, exciting, and dare I say it, extremely likeable.

And this brings me to what I believe is Tyler’s greatest skill – character development. This is an author who just knows people! This is something I have found in every Tyler book I have read before, and this one is certainly no different. Each character has been afforded a depth of personality that is often difficult to find in novels with so many lead players. Readers will very quickly decide who they love and who they vehemently dislike, and everyone will find somebody that they can relate to – if not for their situation then for their thought processes. It is very clear that a lot of thought went into each character, based on the history of their real-life counterparts and what sort of people they might have been based on their actions. And you cant help but admire an author who can do all that, and put them all in a great story too!

It takes a special kind of author to take real figures from the 16th century, make them authentically current, and make a work of fiction that is so credible it could be a biography, so detailed you could be reading a history text, and yet so entertaining that you lose yourself in the escapism of the drama!

Oh and there’s a brief appearance by a character called Storm in there, so… y’know, excellent!

Many thanks to the author for providing this book for review.

Happy reading x

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**WORLD BOOK DAY** And a review from ‘Book Boy’!

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So today is World Book Day – or, as is more commonly known in our house, ‘the day mummy has had to run around like a madwoman preparing character costumes for’!

It was brilliant taking my boys (9 and 4) into school this morning. All of the children were excited and guessing at eachother’s costumes etc. Even the teachers joined in – some very fitting Winnie the Witch and Cruella De Vils amongst them!

But back to the books… I really do feel it is so important to instill a love of reading into our children. And there are some fantastic children’s authors out there. My eldest particularly likes that all-time great Roald Dahl, and also the Young Sherlock and Tom Gates series’. My youngest is a big Lauren Child fan – he loves Charlie and Lola and his particular bedtime favourites are Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? and Beware of the Storybook Wolves – I must say, I really enjoy these too!

So in honour of World Book Day my eldest son (9), who from now on would like to be known as ‘Book Boy’, (yes, last year he did not dress as any character at all, but in fact dressed as a book! That was a lot of fun for mummy…) has decided to have a bash at this book reviewing lark. And without sounding too much like an insufferable, gushing Mummy, I am extremely proud of him!

For more on World Book Day check out  worldbookday.com.

And for more info on getting children interested in reading go to lovereadingforkids.co.uk.

Esio Trot

Mr. Hoppy is in love with Mrs. Silver, but her heart belongs to Alfie, her pet tortoise. Mr. Hoppy is too shy to approach Mrs. Silver, until one day he comes up with a brilliant idea to win her heart. If Mr. Hoppy’s plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. But it’s going to take one hundred and forty tortoises, an ancient spell, and a little bit of magic.

Hi Guys. Book Boy here!

This book review is for Esio Trot by Roald Dahl. Illustrated by Quentin Blake.

So this book is about a man who has a love on the flat below him, but he is too scared to ask to marry her. But he finds a way all because of her tortoise!

I thought that the way the author wrote this made me really into it, and it kept drawing me in which made me say “What happens next? What happens next? Please tell me what happens next!

And since the book was so enjoyable it made me read it rather quickly, which made me get to the best bits sooner.

And at the end the author thought ahead of the readers, like he knew the reader would think “What happened to that?” – but then he writes – I bet you’re wondering what happened to that… – which I thought was very clever of the author to do that as not many authors manage to do that in their stories.

I thought the book was very funny because of the way the man had a fake language for the tortoise, I thought it was hilarious the way you had to say the words!

The thing I disliked about this story was the author did put a lot of description in there, but I say it was too much as it kept on describing and describing and describing and not moving on with the story line.

I give this 4 and a half stars because I enjoyed the book deeply but that one bit about the over-description ruined it from being a 5 star story.


Chip off the old block eh? God love him! 

Happy reading and happy World Book Day x

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