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REVIEW - A PLACE CALLED PERFECT by Helena Duggan

A book that will haunt you in the best way possible weeks after you've read it. 

A Place Called Perfect (Perfect #1)
by Helena Duggan
Publisher - Usborne Children's Publishing
Release Date - August 1st 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository


Violet never wanted to move to Perfect.

Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time?

But Violet quickly discovers there's something weird going on – she keeps hearing noises in the night, her mum is acting strange and her dad has disappeared.

When she meets Boy she realizes that her dad is not the only person to have been stolen away...and that the mysterious Watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret!

This book is one of those that I wished I read when I first heard about it, when it received its glorious nominations and when my students kept on reading and recommending this book, I knew I was missing out. But never fear I got there in the end when the lovely publisher were sending around book 2 The Trouble With Perfect and it jumped on that band-waggon immediately. I'm so thankful to them as I absolutely loved it, it's a book that stays with you weeks after you've read it. 

When Violet moves to a new village after her father's big promotion, she hates it. She left friends, her school, her home to now wash up in this place. There's a problem with this town, and her father being an eye-surgeon is the only one who can help, the town is going blind. The next morning, her whole family can't see, so they're fitted with Archer's Rose-Tinted glasses that glosses the town in utter perfection. When Violet meets the Archer brothers with their perfect tea that honestly tastes like nothing she's ever drank, she knows not to trust them and she's right too. This town is far from perfect, quite the opposite and she along with her new friend Boy, even with all eyes of the town on her, is going to prove it. 

This book kept me going through the beginning of term. It took my a while but whenever I dived into the book, I was completely immersed. When I left it behind I wanted to know what happened next, I just wished I had more time to read it. Helena creates such a vivid and darkly imaginative of the world of Perfect, so much so it's quite creepy. One particular thing is the eyeballs, growing eyeballs that wrap around you and attack you. I see them in a totally different way when I look on the cover. *shivers* I really loved the characters in this book, Violet is not afraid of being who she is, she's confident and she's got balls to take on two horrible brothers, to fight against her whole family and be cast out because she knows in her heart that this isn't right, and that's bold for a 11 year old. Oh and Boy, he's so reserved I wish we saw more of him, I hope in the sequel he'll come out of his shell, there's a story that I want hear but I can tell that's it could be broken one. Aow.

One of the goals as a reader and a librarian is to expand my reading, I'm not saying classics or anything like that, more Middle Grade, younger books not just the Teen and YA because as proven there is some glorious MG, that keep you in the edge of your seat. It was only a few days ago when I received Violet and Boy in the post by Usborne (thank you) that when students kept asking have you go this book? or "Miss, there's a second book?!" or for some "Miss, what's it about?"
Confession: I read so much that, I'm absolutely terrible at describing a book, but I did pretty well with this one as instantly I remembered what it was about, the adventure, cheeky characters and the eyeballs and the student reserved it instantly. Proud moment. That's how amazing this book is and I would recommend to anyone. This is a hauntingly, captivating and beautiful story. Please read it. 

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Usborne for sending this book in exchange for an honest review. 

REVIEW - SPELLSLINGER by Sebastien de Castell

When one author reads from his latest book to spark me into reading the whole series because of it. 

Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1)
by Sebastien de Castell
Publisher - Hot Key Books
Release Date - May 4th 2017
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Magic is a con game.

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage's duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There's just one problem: his magic is gone. As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi - a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She's difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen's only hope...


When Sebestein de Castell started reading an excerpt from his latest book in the series at the Hot Key Books blogger brunch it brought all of us to laughter, even me. It was like the room suddenly lifted, and I loved that and I needed that feeling especially with work, you need that complete escapism and this book totally is that. 

Kellen wants to be a Jan'Tep, a full fledged mage when he reaches his sixteenth birthday. He wants to smash the trails and be the son that the mighty Ke'heop's wants him to be. The thing is, he hasn't sparked any of his bands. He hasn't a shred of magic at all, which can only mean one path to become a Sha'Tep, who serves the family as basically a servant, just like his uncle Abydos. Living in a world where citizens pride themselves on magic and living with it, Kellen certainly feels the pressure. But after a failed duel, his sister, Shalla tries to force his magic, only to result in nearly killing him, when a lady, a Argosi stranger with bright red hair saves his life. Ferius Parfax only she leads him down another path, one of trickery, cards and a squirrel cat names Reichis. 

Spellslinger is in a league of its own. I don't think I've laughed quite so much in a book like this in a long time.  It a series of books I wish was around after the hype of Harry Potter. With a fast paced storyline its unputadownable and seriously addictive. There's also such a family of characters. Kellen is such a likeable, cheeky character, his perseverance is admirable when all he wants is still be part of the family that he's protected and protected him. I think Kellen needed a little pushing, a bit of guidance, ask the right questions and he'll find out where her belongs. But whilst he's trying to find that he figures out more than he bargained for, including being part of citizens that is based on a lie. I really loved Ferius Parfax, she is really intriguing and that's what pulls you in, she had something about her that just caught your attention throughout the whole book, that you sub consciously following, wondering what she's up to. But I guess you the star of the series, has to be the Reichis, the squirrel cat. Sebestein just nailed his character, a squirrel cat that is Kellen familiar, and he steals the entire book. All you need to know is that he will try and eat everyone eyeballs, he's stubborn, in it for himself but he does will have your back.

Spellslinger reminds me of a magical Robin Hood, although he doesn't have a cool familiar like Reichis. Kellen hasn't quite learnt how to protect himself physically, his friends do. It's a family of outlaws. This book is all about fitting in with what you got and that you play with the cards you're dealt with.

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Hot Key Books for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

SEPTEMBER WRAP-UP & OCTOBER TBR

Hi Everyone, How has your September been? Mine has been manic and the fact that it's already October has passed me by completely. Where does the time go? I mean we are counting down to Christmas already in shops.... Oh god that means I need to start thinking about presents. Who leaves it to the last minute?

With the start of September came the start of term at work, it's never been busier, additional roles to my job has been interesting but also exciting. That also comes with hardly no reading. I read a grand total of 1 book and I guess a half even though I've DNFd it for the time being. September also brought along Back to Skool theme on my blog and towards the end of the month I was very excited to attend the Hot Key Book Blogger Brunch which has sparked my magical reading this month.

I'm hoping October will be more productive, with spooky reads as well as half term approaching which means more reading. Yay.


Books I Read and Book of the Month
A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan - 5/5
As a librarian I'm really trying to broaden my reading to younger books, older middle grade and when the publisher approached about this I couldn't not say no. Look at the covers and these are honestly the perfect books for autumn and halloween. 

Book Reviewed


This Month I received - thank you lovely publishers (and authors)
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A small haul this month but one that I'm thankful of. The Spellslinger series book were from the Blogger Event and Charmcaster is Sebastien's actual author's copy which is awesome. Last year I read Otherworld, that I was book I couldn't put down and a total surprise that it was a book I loved. So I can't wait to immerse myself in the same gaming world once again in it's sequel Otherearth. Whilst I didn't receive much I did buy the new V.E. Schwab, Vengeful which I hope to read very soon as well as a few others.

Book Most Anticipated
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October TBR 
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After the Hot Key Books Blogger Event I'm on a Spellslinger series kick, these are just brilliant. I'm also so so excited to finally get a copy of Otherearth. I hoping my reading will pick up a lot this month. So I can't wait to read each and every one. 

How was your month? What are you Spooky October TBR plans?