Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (Gifted)

 Hello Readers,

First of thank you, Tandem Collective and Bloomsbury, for sending me a physical copy of Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron.

Spoilers

Imagine a world where instead of any holy literature there is the tale of Cinderella, her Prince Charming and horrible stepmother and stepsisters. What if that tale is now law and a lie?

This book was so interesting to me because this book enveloped me to the point, I was imaging what would happen if this was our reality? Could I cope with going to the ball to be leered at by men paraded around and my ability to be chosen at my first ball as my worth? Nah, Hun! Could I put my faith in a Fairy Godmother who hasn’t been seen in 200 years to make me look magical or spend almost a whole day getting ready to make it look like she did? It just sounds like a lot of effort and stress not to include the shame of not being picked at your first ball.

This book is such as easy read and people who I was on the read-along agreed as they also effortlessly read past the prompts. In fact, I read the book in about two sittings once it has it hands on you it doesn’t let go. Despite reading the press release I still kinda thought this might be a retelling and I am so glad I was wrong. It takes the Cinderella stories we know and mushes them together and adds its own unique layers that make this book so unique and complex.  In Cinderella is Dead, our heroines don't need a handsome prince to save them from dark fates they rescue themselves and shred the unjust, patriarchal systems in the process.

There are a couple of important topics woven through this tale LGBTQ+ rights, women's rights and a clear wealth divide.  The exploration of misogyny, sexism, and homophobia in this book is about as subtle as a brick to the face. But people with the same view as the villains in this book exist in the real world and we shouldn’t be fooled into only believing its only “Fictional Villains”.

Now to our protagonist Sophia, she is a great character she’s “stubborn” because doesn’t just take everything at face value. She questions the things she was taught growing up, which in this book world is very brave. She wants to live a beautiful, free life with her girlfriend, not the property of some man she doesn’t know.  Sophia is smart and has noticed the harsh reality that many of the marriages that result from the ball are anything but happy.

If Sophia refuses to attend the ball, she would ruin her family they would all be taken as forfeit which means they disappear. Sophia goes to the ball a fire burning deep in her core to rise against this unjust treatment but also with a need to protect her family. But disaster strikes, and soon Sophia is on the run with another girl.

Constance, I love her! From her fiery red hair to her freckles she is one of the best love interests I’ve read in a long time! her and Sophia complement each other beautifully. Constance is the strong badass that doesn’t have time for fools. They team up and become a fierce two-woman resistance against the king.

This is a beautiful story of bravery, and it shows that if you believe in yourself, you can move mountains. There were so many twists and turns you can see them coming, and I loved the effortless way Kalynn turned this classic fairy-tale on its head to make it a modern anthem of feminism and empowerment. Go read it!!

L x

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Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Mary Bell - True Crime Tuesday

Hello, fellow True Crime Junkies,

From the polls on social media, you guys picked paper number three…. Mary Bell (Hints in the title). I’m guessing you’re asking who is Mary Bell and why haven’t I heard of her? Mary was only 10 years old when she committed her first murder.I am in no way agreeing or condoning her actions she had a right to murder but she had a tough upbringing which is what I’m going to delve into first. I am using an image I have found through google I do not own any rights and am using the image purely for informational purposes (Fair use under the copyright act sections 29 and 30).

Mary Bell was born to Betty, a 16/17-year-old prostitute who reportedly told doctors to “take that thing away from me”. Betty was often away from home on “business” trips but her absences were periods of respite for the young Mary, who was subject to both mental and physical abuse when her mother was present.  Multiple family members and witnesses recall Betty attempting to murder Mary at only two or three years old. One-time Betty even gave the young Mary to a woman she met on the street, Betty's sister quickly recovered Mary from the stranger with little help from Betty.

Mary was also “accident-prone”; she once fell from a window, and on another occasion accidentally overdosed on sleeping pills. Some attribute the accidents to Betty’s determination to rid herself of an encumbrance, while others see accidents as the symptoms of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. The Bell home, in the Scotswood area of Newcastle, was said to be filthy and sparsely furnished. At school, Mary became known as a chronic liar and a disruptive pupil. Warning skip the next paragraph yes them two lines we're going to get dark

Mary herself says Betty started to offer her up to some of her clients, and as early as four years old which means Mary was being sexually assaulted by these men.

Although Mary’s violent behaviour is noticed by those around her, nothing is done and she carries on unchecked, with terrible consequences. On May 11, 1968, Mary had been playing with a three-year-old boy when he was badly injured in a fall from the top of an air-raid shelter; his parents thought it was an accident. She also tried to strangle a little girl and suffocate her by filling her mouth with sand while her friend Norma held her down.  Although Norma is a couple of years older than Mary, she had learning difficulties and was easily led. As a result, her previous crimes, including attacks on other children at school, vandalism and theft did not attract unnecessary attention it was the perfect mix for what’s to come next.

On May 25th, 1968, on the eve of her eleventh birthday, Mary Bell strangled four-year-old Martin Brown to death in an abandoned house. This is slightly infuriating and pure police incompetence There was an empty bottle of painkillers on the floor near the body. In the absence of better information and pure laziness, they assumed Martin Brown had swallowed the pills so his death was ruled an accident. He was four years old in an old building, of course, he had an overdose, he couldn’t have possibly slipped and fallen over or you know have been murdered. Mary told her classmates that she had killed Martin Brown. But her reputation as a show-off and a liar prevented anyone from taking her claims seriously.

On July 31, two months after the first murder, Mary Bell and her friend Norma killed three-year-old Brian Howe by strangulation. When Brian’s body was finally found, the neighbourhood was panicked: two boys were dead in as many months. 

On 17 December 1968, at Newcastle Assizes, Norma was acquitted but Mary Bell was convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, the jury taking their lead from her diagnosis by court-appointed psychiatrists who described her as displaying "classic symptoms of psychopathy".  Mary was initially sent to Red Bank secure unit in St. Helens, Lancashire.

After her conviction, Bell was the focus of a great deal of attention from the press and her loving caring mother repeatedly sold stories about her. Mary made her own headlines when, in September 1977, she briefly escaped from Moore Court open prison, her penalty for the escape was a loss of prison privileges for 28 days.

After serving 12 years in various jails, Mary was freed at the age of 23. She was also granted anonymity, so she could escape the media frenzy about her.  In 2001, Bell won a battle in the High Court to keep her anonymity and her daughter’s anonymity for life, something that later was updated to include Bell’s granddaughter as well.

L x

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Monday, 24 August 2020

Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland (Gifted Book, Book Review)

Hello Readers,

First of thank you, Lydia and Titan, for sending me a physical copy of Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland. Also, a special thank you for being kind during my mental health blip.

This is my review of the second book in the duology. The first book is called Dread Nation you can check out my review here. If you read my review of book one you know I am majorly crushing on this book.

Taking place directly after the events of Dread Nation, Jane and Katherine find themselves fleeing for their lives from Summerland as they are chased by a hoard of the undead. The story is told in two parts, the first dealing leaving behind Summerland and the journey to Nicodemus, and the events that take place there. As with the first book, Justina digs deeper into her characters, and both Jane and Katherine have a chance to shine here.

If you’ve just come for the zombies, yes, they’re there but you’ll be robbing yourself of a great story if that’s all you want, what will keep you invested in this tale is the fantastic portrayal of female friendship. Which is helped along by dual perspectives work really well. The love and loyalty between friends has been executed well and one of the most interesting parts of the book. At its heart, this book is a story of female friendship, which is a theme I will never become tired of reading. 

Just like its predecessor this book also tackled some big questions in nuanced ways that added to the plot rather than bogging it down. I absolutely loved seeing everyone struggling with the same problem. Yes, all the cities, even the ones that look safe, were faced with an overhanging threat of shamblers. But also dealing with racism, sexism and all the other horrible things that keep people not born into privilege down. 

The world-building in this book is just as incredible as its predecessor and it was fascinating to see more of this alternate United States. Rarely does a sequel match its predecessor. However, Dread Nation comes pretty close it. This book also needs a huge shout out for its diverse representation: bi character, an asexual character, an amputee character, POC characters (African American, Native American & Mexican descent). 

I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a diverse own voices story by a black author. I also like the universe Justina Ireland created and would be happy to visit it again and again. Justina if you want to give me a little more, I’m ready. Also, I am still obsessed with matte and metallic books.

 L x

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Tuesday, 18 August 2020

The Botanist Lincoln Review (Discounted Event)

Hello Readers,

I would like to say thank you again to Lincoln bloggers UK for the invite to the Press/ Influencer/ VIP night. Disclaimer: The event was discounted but in no way will affect my opinion.

I was lucky enough to visit on Friday (14th August) before of its official opening this today (Tuesday 18th August). Good luck guys!! You have to visit trust me not only is the food spectacular the decor might not be to everyone’s taste but I really liked it for me it was major secret garden vibes. We were given a warm welcome and welcome drink with an edible print sheet and flower (I want to say a pansy I might be wrong).  Once upstairs the building and decor came into their own the large glass windows let in so much natural light and a delightful view looking down onto Cornhill courtyard.

Also given the fact the government are relaxing restrictions with safety protocols in place I would just like to say during our visit it was safe and clean with social distance measures put in to place and the staff was wearing face masks and sanitising regularly.  People might be put off by dining out and not being able to see their servers face but I can say even with the masks the staff were friendly, attentive and nothing was too much hassle. One thing I did notices that the wait staff had a wealth of knowledge about the food and drink which for me is always a good sign.

Luckily, I wasn’t dining alone had the wonderful Claire Bear with me. I would just like to say Claire Bear and I can eat a lot of food but portions sizes here are huge and we struggled.  Claire’s starter was the garlic bread I wish I was recording when they brought it to the table. The miniature loaf of bread was served in a miniature picnic basket it was so soft, cheesy and garlicky like what more do you want. I ordered the onion petals and it was divine the salt and pepper coating was so flavourful and crisp. But!! Next time we go we are going to share a starter.

For our mains, Claire ordered a burger with proper seasoned chunky chips and I ordered the halloumi hanging kebab (it's clear why they’re known for them) and properly seasoned fires.  They are not joking about properly seasoned chips or fries they are lush just enough salt and pepper not enough to be over baring and we had a friendly debate about whether the chips or fries were better. Claire said the burger was really good and she would order it again. The halloumi kebab was one of the best I’ve had and the garlic oil that you pour over the top was lush (Check out the video of it here). The halloumi and the vegetables came off the skewer easy which is a bonus nothing worse than a stuck kebab.

For dessert both Claire and I ordered the cookie dough, it was heavenly the chocolate chips must have been huge as we both kept finding huge pockets of melty goodness in the skillet. A personal preference from me would be a little more ice-cream but that didn’t ruin the cookie dough.

Both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails are both a must and I really can’t wait to visit again and try more from the menu. Their signature cocktail is called “The Botanist” it contains vodka, rum and elder flower. I had “The Botanist” in the non-alcoholic and it was still a wonderful flavourful drink that came beautifully decorated.

I hope everything runs smoothly tonight and I can't wait to return.

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Thursday, 13 August 2020

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Hello Readers,

I have just reread this book after watching the Hamilfilm and I didn’t think it was possible, but I love this book even more. Quick little disclaimer I got Dread Nation myself however the second book Deathless Divide was kindly sent and gifted by Titan. 


We all know I love a zombie book, but a zombie book set in the civil war. I know they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love these historic retellings including Abe Lincoln vampire slayer and Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. Also, another shout out to Titian for yet another stunning cover.

This is a magnificent own voice, YA historical fiction, that is unapologetic in the way that it looks at race, and consequently, racism. There are points in this book when we are in the dark underbelly of history and racism but don’t let that put you off. Dread Nation tells the story of an alternate US, in which the Civil War came to an end because of zombies.

To salvage what’s left of the US, the Civil War ends in a compromise that frees the enslaved (don’t get too excited) but forces them into combat schools that train them to slay the undead shamblers (Zombies) and protect the white upper classes. 

Even in the face of the apocalypse, it’s infuriating to read about men in positions of power being so shallow and short-sighted about their power and control (GRRRR). Just for future reference in case, anyone in power reads my little blog… Zombies (The walking dead, whatever you want to call them) don’t care about politics; they don’t care about returning the world to the “glory days”. So, stop having a pissing contest and sort out this shit out!! K thanks. In Justina’s story, the US would’ve been overrun in mere years if they had not forced enslaved children to fight their war.

I loved the main character, Jane McKeene. She is a fierce heroine and can outwit her enemies, living or dead. Jane was born to a white mother and is shipped off to the most prestigious school, Miss Preston’s, where she is trained. As just two days after she was born, “the dead rose up and started to walk on a battlefield in a small town in Pennsylvania called Gettysburg.”. talk about unfortunate timing.

I enjoyed following her journey from Miss Preston's to Summerland and beyond, as well as the personal development and the people she met along the way. During the day Jane trains with other girls eager to be selected as an Attendant to a wealthy white family, and at night she haunts the countryside, taking out shamblers and saving the innocent but she longs to find her way home to her mother. Humanity and survival are at the heart of the story and Jane is a bright beacon of hope, she understands the way the world works and realises that she can’t change it, but she’ll try anyway.

All the classic elements of the zombie novel are present, but boiling underneath Jane’s character and Justina’s subtext is the real history of the US through a skilful exploration of racial oppression in this alternative America. It’s a sober account of what life was like for people of colour, and especially women of colour, during the post-war years in the States.  No doubt readers to make connections with the modern-day. Take away the zombies and the training, Jane could just as easily be any young woman of colour from that period, and her experiences wouldn't have been all that different.  This book also doesn’t shy away from how shockingly life expectancy rates varied depending on the type of work, geographic location, and personality of the slaveholder.

This is honestly a must-read book get it on that ever crushing TBR! Check back for my review of book two Deathless Divide.

L x

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Tuesday, 11 August 2020

True Crime Tuesday

Hello Readers,

Welcome to the first true crime Tuesday post. Today we are going to focus on one of the most notorious British Gangsters the Kray Twins. The twins terrorised London in the 50s and 60s with their gang, "The Firm". Murder, armed robbery, arson, protection rackets, assaults - they were involved in it all. The film starring Tom Hardy as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray catapulted these guys back into the limelight five years ago.  With these posts I will just be brushing the tip of the iceberg I am going to try to keep them to 500 words tops.

I am using  a image I have found through google I do not own any rights and am using the image purely for informational purposes (Fair use under the copyright act sections 29 and 30).

Ronnie and Reggie Kray were born on October 24th, 1933.  The Krays were called up to do National Service in the British Army in March 1952. Although the pair reported to the depot of the Royal Fusiliers, they attempted to leave after only a few minutes. When the corporal in charge tried to stop them, he was seriously injured by Ronnie who punched him on the jaw. The Krays walked back to their East End home. They were arrested the next morning by the police and turned over to the army. While absent without leave again, they assaulted a police constable who tried to arrest them. Random fact they became among the last prisoners to be held at the Tower of London. After they were convicted, both were sent to the Buffs' Home Counties Brigade Depot jail.

When it became clear they were both to be dishonourably discharged from the army, the Krays' behaviour became worse. Their criminal records and dishonourable discharges from the Royal Fusiliers ended their boxing careers, and the brothers turned to crime full-time. In the 1950s they first moved into “protection” which meant they demanded money from businesses who would face brutal reprisals for not paying up. And it paid off handsomely for the twins. Peter Rachman, head of a landlord operation, sold Reggie a nightclub called Esmeralda's Barn, to ward off threats of further extortion. This increased the Krays' influence in the West End by making them celebrities as well as criminals. Esmeralda's Barn celebrity guest list includes the likes of Judy Garland and Barbara Windsor.

On May 9, 1968, the police arrested both Krays at their mother’s flat. A year later, they received life behind bars for the murders of Cornell and McVitie. Even in prison, they never strayed from their scheming ways and operated bodyguards for celebrity’s from behind bars, with Frank Sinatra reportedly one of their clients.

Ronnie was in Broadmoor Hospital until he died on March 17th, 1995 from a heart attack. Reggie was released from prison on compassionate grounds in August 2000 and died from bladder cancer nearly nine weeks later. But the duo are considered folk heroes to some. At both funerals, people lined the streets as they were driven to their final resting places, near their beloved mum.

L x

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Friday, 7 August 2020

Trial by media (Netflix Review)

Hello Readers,

I'm guessing when you read that title you think of the OJ case or even the more modern Oscar Pistorius case but that’s not what this series looks at. Before we get onto the hard-hitting subject matters let’s talk about what trial by media is about. Trial by media is a docuseries executive that revisits six high-profile cases in which the media played a role injustice or lack thereof. (See why I needed the breathing space). I am going to focus on the three episodes that hit me the hardest.

So there has been a little delay between me watching this the first time and reviewing and that is due to the social injustices we have seen this year. I started watching this a couple of days before George Floyd’s murder and I’ll be honest it made the second and third episode hit a lot harder. I wanted to make sure my writing wasn’t too emotional and would be clear and concise.  This post is my opinion and with each of the episodes I am not going to go into much detail what happened I’ll just be stating my view and opinion. However, underneath my bit, I’ll drop some further information links.

I am using  a poster image I have found through google I do not own any rights and am using the image purely for future review purposes (Fair use under the copyright act sections 29 and 30 under use for a review).

Episode Two: Subway Vigilante

Here’s a quick round-up. Bernhard Goetz shot four unarmed black teenagers (Troy Canty, Barry Allen, James Ramseur)on the subway in New York because they asked or demanded money (Imagine if the shop assistances started shooting people because of money off demands or they felt threatened). In my opinion, he used the already rising racial tensions and peoples fear of the subway to justify his inhuman actions and played the self-defence law. Troy, Barry, and James made a full recovery but then we have unlucky number four. The fourth person he shot was 18-year-old Darrell Cabey he wasn’t wounded but here’s the bit that breaks me and it should any human “You don’t look too bad, here’s another.” Goetz then shot Cabey in the back, severing his spinal cord which resulted in Cabey being left paralyzed and suffering permanent brain damage.

Can you honestly look me in the eye and say that is a statement from a threatened and frightened man?

Britannica / History / True Crime Buzz

 

Episode Three: 41 Shots

This episode made me cry I honestly had no idea about the full extent of the shooting of Amadou Diallo. In the early hours of February 4, 1999, Guinean immigrant Diallo was fatally shot by four New York City Police Department plainclothes officers: Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon, and Kenneth Boss. I am sorry fatally doesn’t not freaking cover it, in this case, they fired 41 shots! Even with a complete brain fart, four police officers should have realised firing 41 shots was a little messed up. Diallo was shot in his hallway what if one of the bullets hit a neighbour or a passer-by? Think I’m making up that concern out of the 41 bullets 19 hit him! Oh, and the officers were acquitted of all charges in Diallo's death. In reaction to the not guilty verdict, protesters marched calling out for police reforms and for the NYPD to be held accountable for their mistakes.

41 bullets are an excessive force for anyone the London Bridge attacker was taken killed by ONE bullet he was a terrorist. 

News Week / New York Times / BBC

 

Episode Five: Big Dan’s

This episode almost made me cry this case wakes up my inner feminist dragons and no woman should ever have to go through what Cheryl Araujo did! Not only was she gang-raped the trial was televised live on CNN which revealed her identity and the ridiculously cruel and brutal cross-examination. the brutal cross-examination is the perfect template for "blaming the victim" in a rape case. There were around 20 men in the bar when Cheryl got up to leave. Four men assaulted her despite the other 16 people being there are also reports of them cheering.  Eventually, after two hours she was able to free herself. Sickeningly, up until that moment, no one had helped, despite the large number of onlookers who could have come to her rescue. She was someone’s daughter, mother and friend imagine if that was someone you knew how you could not intervene. It is beyond infuriating!

She was a rape a victim who lost her right to anonymity and some people even believed she should also go to prison because she was guilty as she was "asking for it". THINK ABOUT THAT!

True Crime Buzz / Distractify / Heavy

This series is honestly worth a watch but its heavy! Let me know if you go check it out.

 L x

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Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Heroes of Hastovia 2: Rise of the Deathbringer by Mark Boutros (Gifted, Paid)

Hello Readers,

Thank you, Mark, for sending me a copy of your book Heroes of Hastovia: Rise of the Deathbringer in exchange for an honest review.

I'm guessing if you’ve read my review from Monday you mustn’t be surprised these reviews are back to back. If not here my review for that one...Read it first (who am I to judge I read books out of order all the time). Also heads up it’s the second book I’m going to be referencing events from the first book so spoilers.

As with the first book in this series I read this book in one sitting. Rise of the Deathbringer takes your hand and tells you to run. This book starts with the action and doesn’t let up at all (Maybe that’s why I read it so quickly).  We are greeted by our old friends Karl, Oaf, Bar Witch, Sags, Frongs and my current character crush Questions. Also, the Man-Hawk, Arazod is back, bad dragon do not play with your food.

Some time has passed since the events in the first book and as friends do when they grow up, they drift all over and that is what happened to our bunch of misfits. However, its Karl’s birthday Sags, Frongs and Marlens are back from their latest great adventure being back a wonderful magical gift.

Back to beak brain (Before you get judgy Mark knows I don’t like Arazod) So it turns out my favourite villain has a sister who’s worse than he is. I almost felt sorry for him…… (Begrudgingly) okay his character development in this book is beyond remarkable and I possibly a tiny smidge like him now. Also, someone I didn’t mention from the first book is Sabrinia, her development and storyline are well thought out, believable and yet awe-inspiring and remarkable.

This book is just as witty and funny as the first and we still have some cracking one-liners. However, this one feels a lot weightier and I think that’s due to the fact I am now emotionally invested in Marks characters and world. I adore the fact Questions and Oaf have a family and I appreciate the extra layer this brings to this story. Also how everyone has grown and been affected by the events in the first book is great to see. Yes, I just want to look after everyone.

For me, this was a wonderful adventure back into Mark’s world and I loved exploring more with our little gang of adventures. The world is well thought out and developed and I admired the new races and creatures we met along the way. I think this is one of one the worlds I would like to visit but only for a day there are way too many things could kill me.

You really are in for an epic adventure with Heroes of Hastovia.  I can’t wait to see that book 3 holds because that ENDING!!!!

L x

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Monday, 3 August 2020

Heroes of Hastovia The First Adventure by Mark Boutros (Gifted, Paid)

Hello Readers,

Thank you, Mark, for sending me a copy of your book Heroes of Hastovia The First Adventure in exchange for an honest review.


The wonderfully Pixie Britton sold me this book with the statement “Marks work can be compared to Terry Pratchett” and she wasn’t wrong. She might have left an earworm there, but this book honestly felt like meeting an old friend.  Marks sense of humour is in the same vain and I found myself giggling at silly lines, for example, a huge army appears ready to conquer and someone says something along the lines of “I’m gonna go take my washing in it might rain later”. We all wish we could think of that solid excuse to get out of a siege. Also, Mark has thrown in some great insults I am stealing. Mark has found the perfect sense of balance between fantasy and comedy and wove them together to make this book a page-turner (If you follow me on Instagram you know I re-read this in a day).

Before I delve in, I am confessing my character crush for Questions (Yes that is her name) she is from a race called the Inquiso. Totally bias but the Inquiso are the best they can only talk in questions which makes for some comical dialogue. Questions (again bias) has one of the best development ARCs you can honestly feel her frustration at being an Inquiso. That’s my love letter to Questions now let us move on to our actual main character.

Meet Karl, Karl is the most un-hero hero ever! He has bad luck, he not the best at anything and my god is that boy so damn relatable. It’s an adventure book he’s clearly going to be handed his ass a couple of time and there is a brilliant moment where he’s like all this has already happened what is the worst that can actually happen at this point. (Let’s be honest current mood for 2020). Karl is a great protagonist and you can't help but love and support him. There is also a wonderful collection of supporting characters from Oaf, Bar Witch, Sags, Frongs and the Tortured Soul (who is witty and gets some great lines).

The bit you’re waiting for who is our villain in this epic fantasy novel? Well, he’s a Man-Hawk totally a thing! Arazod is a great villain he has no redeeming qualities at all! Even from his entrance, you can feel the awkward tension and callousness he brings. There is not a single part in this book where you go “aww maybe he’s just misunderstood” he is nasty and proud of it, but he doesn’t win the title of Mr Nasty Pants.  Nope, that title goes to Lord Ragnus.  Lord Ragnus is Ted Bundy’s and Denis Rader’s love child. He is mean and cruel for the sake of it at least Arazod is in it for tyranny. Lord Ragnus just kills for fun no power play no nothing and for me the is the ultimate evil.

You will honestly be swept away in the wonderfully whimsical world of this book and will eagerly be right alongside our bunch of misfits for the ride. To see the world as they do and come in contact with some magnificent creatures. I also think you should read the book to see what my ill, painkiller and antibiotic brain meant when it wrote the note Mike Wazowski is a hula skirt made of hair.

Keep an eye out for my review of book two on Wednesday Mark so kindly sent them as a pair.

L x

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