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Mini(bot) Reviews: Have Sword, Will Travel

Coming at you today with a middling middle-grade fantasy.

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Book Review: Jolly Foul Play

Jolly Foul Play
By Robin Stevens

My Edition:
Paperback, 347 pages
2018, Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781481489102

Daisy and Hazel are back at Deepdean for another term after their adventures on the Orient Express. But the year is shaping up to be unpleasant under the regime of the new Head Girl, Elizabeth Hurst, and her five Prefects. When Elizabeth is found dead after a fireworks display, Daisy and Hazel team up once more to solve the case. School staff believes Elizabeth’s death to be an accident, but the Wells & Wong Detective Society believe otherwise – plenty of girls had a motive to murder Elizabeth, and the girls mean to find out who did it.

The more of these books I read, the more I love this series. I know they’re hitting US shelves a few years behind the UK releases, but I hope this series continues for a long time!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Hilda and the Hidden People

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Land of Yesterday

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review: The House With a Clock in Its Walls

The House With a Clock in Its Walls
By John Bellairs

My Edition:
Paperback, 179 pages
2004, Puffin
ISBN: 9780142402573

Lewis, newly orphaned, moves in with his uncle Jonathan. He soon finds that Jonathan and his eccentric but kind neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are more than they seem – they’re witches! Jonathan is happy to perform acts of magic to amuse Lewis, but he’s distracted by the constant ticking of a clock hidden somewhere within the walls of the house. Jonathan has a hunch the clock is evil and when Lewis accidentally resurrects the former owner of the home, they learn she means to use the clock to destroy humanity.

I’ve been listening to Richard talk about his love for Bellairs’s books for quite some time. But what sparked me to buy the book was the preview for the movie with Jack Black (which I might watch someday). I saw it and thought, hey, that book is probably pretty good! Turns out I should have taken Richard’s recommendation ages ago!

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Book Review: 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior
By Mark & Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller and Boya Sun

My Edition:
Paperback, 250 pages
2017, Random House
ISBN: 9781101935880

In the city of Chrysalis, Oona Lee is training to become a sand dancer, though she’s clumsy and doesn’t have a way with her magic the way her older sister does. Her older sister who ran off without a trace and only recently contacted Oona once more. When the city falls under attack, Oona finds herself teamed up with An Tzu, a poor boy with some amazing friends and Jax Amboy, celebrity athlete. The kids soon find themselves wrapped up in a plot that spans the five worlds of their galaxy and Oona must delay her reunion with her sister if she wants to save her friends and her home.

I purchased this on a whim and I’m so pleased I did! I absolutely loved the mix of sci-fi and fantasy elements, the protagonists and the art style!

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