Posts Tagged ‘Magical’

Snowflake by Heide Goody and Iain Grant

July 12, 2018 - 5:22 am No Comments

Snowflake by Heide Goody and Iain Grant
Published by Pigeon Park Press on 20th July 2018
433 pages

My Turn on the blog tour. This book is out 20th July 2018

What would you do if you came back off holiday, to find that your parents have sold their house and moved away without telling you. This such predicament happened to Lori Belkin. Still living at home at the age of 25, she had a degree, no job and spent all her time making cartoon strips for her blog. Moving into her brother’s she has to learn to survive, get a job and all she has is a strange pendant.
I loved Lori from the moment I started this book, she was like a breath of fresh air, so different from the majority of characters I read about. She had a heart of gold but everything she turned her hand to she messed up. She lived her life and was not ashamed of what she was. Having a friend like Cookie didn’t help either.
The relaxed style of the authors makes this story easy to get into. There is always something going on when Lori is around which in turn makes it a quick read. If normal life had not got in the way I would have finished it a lot quicker as I did not want to put it down. At lot of Lori’s actions had a domino effect and one small action turned into major events.
The magical theme runs through the book, but whilst it plays a big part in the story, it is downplayed as the story is about Lori and the changes she has and will make in her life. There are quite a lot of laugh out loud moments and one of my favourite scenes was when Lori booked a driving lesson just to take a ruined rug down the tip.
Set in Birmingham, I enjoyed reading about places I was familiar with and on Lori’s travels I could picture exactly where she was travelling.
I rarely mentioned covers when I write reviews, however when I saw this cover, I was wondering what the cover had to the story, but as you read it, it does become clearer and I had to giggle when these creatures were revealed. Although I would like to know what happened to them at the end.
This book should have at least two warnings whilst reading it. 1. Do not read in public as you will get strange looks when you are trying not to laugh. 2. Do not read whilst drinking a coffee as your kindle is likely to get wet. Overall this book is a brilliant example of a comedy book. Having read other books by these authors, I know that they can write a story, however this book is one of the best I have read. I for one would love to read more of Lori’s adventures and maybe other strange artefacts can find their way to her.

To purchase this book https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Snowflake-Heide-Goody-ebook/dp/B07F3X4XF2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531372580&sr=8-1&keywords=snowflake+heide+goody

The Snow Witch by Matt Wingett

January 23, 2018 - 9:13 pm No Comments

The Snow Witch by Matt Wingett
Published by Life is Amazing on 1st September 2017
196 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When Donitza Kravitch turns up in snowy Portsmouth with a rucksack of clothes and her violin, she had nobody. Constantly on the move and trusting no-one Donitza has always been alone. Through the playing of her violin, she makes friends in unlikely places, and uses her love of music to spread the magic.
Donitza was always a lone and did not make friends easily. She relied on her instincts to survive always staying in the shadows. However, when she played her violin she became the person that every noticed and admired. She was a character you took to straight away and if I met her in the street will bring out my motherly instincts. One of her admirers was Eddy, a sweet natured young man with a heart of gold, this made him an easy target for bullies. Eddy kept his feeling about Donitza hidden, but his small acts of kindness gave it away. Celia a lonely old lady who gave Donitza a roof over her head. Celia was a sweet lady who sensed when Donitza needed help. Suffering her own loss, having someone to care for gave her a purpose. Riley was one of the evilest characters I have ever read about, causing misery wherever he went. A bully and a brute who loved inflicting pain and suffering.
The author wrote a beautiful story and draws you in from the first page. Using a handful of characters, lets you get to know them in detail and Donitza story is tragic in parts. The magic element is throughout the story, whether it be through Donitza’s playing or the stories that her mom told her. I am so glad that I read this story and if you love your stories with an urban fantasy feel then get this book. Not to give anything away but the epilogue was brilliant, I loved what happened and it felt justifiable