How Not To Be A Vampire Slayer

Katy Birchall. Scholastic. (272p) ISBN 9780702307966

How Not To Be A Vampire Slayer

How Not To Be A Vampire Slayer

I’ve been really lucky with what I’ve picked up to read recently, really enjoying them all and gradually working through my shelves I got to his just in time for spooky season.

This tells the story of Maggie (Slayer) and Sharptooth (Chosen One), who become friends rather than trying to kill each other.

Maggie Helsby goes to live in her recently deceased Great Uncle Bram’s house on the edge of Skeleton Woods and finds it strange that the house is surrounded by garlic and there are huge mirrors everywhere she turns, this is all before her birthright is explained to her.

Skeleton Woods are a forbidden place on the Yorkshire coast where nobody goes as it’s full of ghosts, ghouls, monster, and worst of all, vampires! Humans are repelled at the fringes of the forest as it is so dark and foreboding. The population of the local village have always kept away and heeded the legends, until Maggie goes in and finds out the truth of what is in the woods.

Full of enchantments, scary bats, creepy castles, swishing cloaks, and lots of hints about warlocks, witches, and other ghostly and ghoulish beings.

A wonderfully fun adventure all about friendship and getting past differences so everyone, vampire and human (but no cauliflowers…) can live together in peace.


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The October Witches

Jennifer Claessen. UCLan Publishing. (352p) ISBN 9781912979905

The October Witches

The October Witches

I’ve finally got around to using NetGalley properly and what a first book to set off with.

From the magnificent cover all the way to the last words this is a brilliant magical adventure full of heart, family, and friendship.

This is the tale of the Merlyns and Morgans, the descendants of the first two witches, Merlyn (a woman not a man) and Morgan, who fought each other for power and in the end limited witches power to the month of October.

Clem is the main protagonist of the story who has just come into her power this October and becomes the fifth point of a star and the key to a plan her mum and aunts have been planning to make the magic last all year round, but the dastardly Morgans interrupt this plan and try to enact their own plan to have magic all year round and to control the world.

Full of excellent characters from Bobby the pony to the bumbling but mysterious postman, full of Aunts and young hags, I raced through this story never wanting it to end but desperate to find out what happens, and it seems to have been set up for a sequel, hopefully next October


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The Boy Who Grew Dragons

Andy Shepherd. Templar Publishing. (224p) ISBN 9781848126497

The Boy Who Grew Dragons

The Boy Who Grew Dragons

The Boy Who Grew Dragons had (shamefully) been on my TBR list for a long time, I initially got it to join in with #PrimarySchoolBookClub but in the end didn’t have the time to join in.

From the start of this wonderful book I was gripped and really wanted to know what happened and was disappointed that it was finished so quickly, Tomas is a bright, imaginative young boy and the other characters are all so full of life with the interactions feeling so real.

As the title suggests Tomas discovers a Dragon Fruit plant, but one with a difference. Dragons!

The addition of the sheer destructiveness of Flicker, especially the nice (squishy) addition to the poo part had me laugh out loud at a couple of points.

I am so looking forward to the books to follow the continuing misadventures of the crew, as the end of the book is something you have to read yourself.


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Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good

Louie Stowell. Walker Books. (240p) ISBN 9781406399752

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good

I’m being so slow at getting these reviews out into the world, had read this quite a while ago now, but still laughing at some scenes that pop into my head.

Odin’s had enough of Loki and his behaviour and has exiled him to our world in the body of a school boy, and told that he has to improve his ways of be punished for eternity. All of which Loki finds totally unfair and believes that no one has a sense of humour at all as it was only a joke!

The other problem is he’s not allowed to use his awesome super god powers, at all! So not only has he to navigate normal school life as a bit of a weedy boy (Thor is also along for the fun and is still hunky), he cant even cheat (which is one of his favourite pastimes).

and he’s on a clock.

You can see where this is going can’t you, loads of misadventures, mishaps, and fun ensue, all fantastically illustrated by Louie throughout, and all we want to know is can Loki do it, can he change?

Wonderful writing makes this a fun, fast-paced adventure thoroughly supported by silly illustrations careening through mishap after mistake after misunderstanding.

Looking forward to book two in the series which should be out soon(ish)


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