Middle Grade Monday: Review – Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co #1) by Anna James

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 400
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: September 18th, 2018

 

 

 

A magical adventure to delight the imagination. A curl-up-on-the-sofa debut from a uniquely talented author.

Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.

One day Tilly realises that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering’ – crossing over from the page into real life.

With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face. – synopsis from Goodreads

“Be brave, be curious, be kind.” 

Be still my middle-grade literary heart! Tilly and the Bookwanders is such a treasure of a book and what reader doesn’t look a book about books? I dare you to try and find out! Impossible!!

This was a book that was on one of my good friend’s Christmas wishlist. I had never heard of it, but when I ordered her the book, I might have ordered a second copy for myself and I have zero regrets after reading it. Tilly and The Bookwanders is such a sweet story about a young girl, named Tilly, that lives with her grandparents in a wonderful little family owned bookstore, called Pages & Co. Tilly spends most of her time nose-deep in children’s classics such as Anne of Green Gables, The Little Princess and Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland. The characters are precious to her and she’s isolated herself at school so badly that the characters in the books are really her only friends. Tilly also is quite lonely and doesn’t understand why her mother left her at a young age and what happened to her, her grandparents won’t give many details and they don’t seem to know what happened to her either. Turns out that one day while Tilly is reading one of her favorite classics, Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland just pops out of her story and from there the real adventures begin.

Tilly and the Bookwanders is a really positive and fun story. Tilly is intelligent, brave, flawed but most importantly she never gives up. Her friendship with another young boy, Oskar really develops into a genuine and fun friendship and I adored seeing them take adventures with different beloved book characters. I don’t want to go into detail about how or why Tilly is able to talk to this characters, you’ll find that out soon enough if you pick the book up.

One of the things that honestly caught me off guard about this one, was that there was a genuinely interesting mystery happening around her about her mother’s whereabouts and where that plot goes is actually such a great twist. I never saw it coming and I thought it was brilliant. There are a lot of family and friendship themes in this story and the grandparents may not be the most generous with giving details about their missing daughter (they are in a lot of pain themselves over it), but they are loving and supportive and doing their absolute best for Tilly. I really appreciate seeing different family units in middle-grade and I appreciate it even more when they are loving and involved, which these grandparents very much are.

Another thing I loved about this book was the setting – a lot of it takes place in a cozy, family owned bookstore. I mean you can imagine it so easy and it makes it that much easier to really get into the story and put yourself in Tilly’s space. The ending of this one does leave a lot of unanswered questions and a cliffhanger, but thankfully another book is coming to hopefully shed some light on all of that.

I highly recommend checking out this book. I’m a huge believer that there is no age on any category of book and this has lots to offer all ages. It would be a wonderful book to read as a family and I think children as young as six years old could enjoy this one, with a little help. Also, for the cover buy readers out there – not only is the cover adorable but the actual naked book is BEAUTIFUL. It has drawings all over it and I just love it.

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Game of Thrones Book Tag

Ya’ll ready for the season premier of Game of Thrones tonight? Who are you rooting for to take the Iron Throne? I don’t even know anymore but if they kill off Sansa, I’m rioting!!!

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Since the very last season of Game of Thrones starts TONIGHT! I thought it would be fun to do a GoT book tag, so I looked around for one and found this.  I’ve tweeked anything that was dated and updated it for the purpose of this post.

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Ink and Wonder Haul

A couple of weeks ago, the shop Ink and Wonder had a sale on past boxes and I ended up grabbing one and a few extras as well.  I picked up the Hallow’s Eve box because I’ve wanted it ever since I saw it last year.  This is my first time ordering from them and I was very happy with my purchase.  Since I got a pile of stuff from them, it seemed like a great time to do a little haul.

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Top Ten Tuesday #22: Bingeworthy TV Shows/Amazing Movies

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (April 9th, 2019) topic is: We weren’t really feeling the topic this week, so we went ahead and chose a backlist topic – Bingeworthy TV Shows/Amazing Movies

Since there are two of us running this blog (Melanie and Mireille), we’re going to break these memes up between us and each pick five!

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Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

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My rating:
5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Pages: 491
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: June 7th, 2016

 

 

Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown… Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended… Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

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Review: To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin

 

 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 304
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published: August 21st, 2018
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Fat Shaming (challenged), Neglect, Verbally Abusive Parents, Mental Illness, Panic Attacks and Eating Disorders. 

 

Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her sister goes off to college. But if she can just get through senior year, she’ll be able to escape to college, too. What she doesn’t count on is that her mother’s obsession with weight has only grown deeper since her appearance on an extreme weight-loss show, and now Savvy’s mom is pressuring her even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats. Continue reading “Review: To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin”

Top Ten Tuesday #21: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (April 2nd 2019) topic is: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Since there are two of us running this blog (Melanie and Mireille), we’re going to break these memes up between us and each pick five!

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The Cover
I’m a cover whore – I love a good cover that will look amazing on my shelves.

Illustrations
This isn’t really a common one but I’m a sucker for illustrations, especially in middle-grade novels or special editions YA books.

Author Auto-Buy
I have so many auto-author buys, so that is probably the easiest reason to buy for me.

Themes
Does it have pirates? Vikings? Necromancers? Blood Magic? Then sign me up! There are many themes I adore and it’s always so exciting when they get on trend.

Reviews
I don’t have a lot of faith in random Goodreads reviews for many reasons – it could be a full post within itself! However, I do trust reviews from certain reviewers/friends that I know have very similar taste as me.  That can certainly push me to pick up a novel.

 

The Cover
I am a sucker for a beautiful cover. If it appeals to me there is a good chance that I will buy the book.

The Author
If it’s an author that I like or love, I will be getting anything they write. I have a couple instabuy authors. Some could be coming out with a phone book and I would buy it (**cough*Jay Kristoff*cough**).

The Hype
Of course like a lot if people are raving about a book, especially my friends I will end up buying it.

The Synopsis
I do sometimes read the synopsis and based on it decide if it’s something that I might be into.

The Controversy
If a book has controversy around it there is a chance that I will pick it up to see what the fuss is about.

 

 

Middle Grade Monday: Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi

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Hey everyone!  We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!

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My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 406
Pacing: Normal
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Published: August 30th, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

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