July 25 2018

New books from local Plymouth Authors

The McKenzie sisters have done it again! Local Plymouth authors Carmella and Alison McKenzie have released their new books recently, Blooming Grand and The Sapphire Heart respectively.


I had the pleasure of reading their first books, Haberdashery and From the Future With Love, last year and so when I heard they had released new books – I just had to pick them up!

Out of all four books, The Sapphire Heart is most definitely my favourite. A completely new idea from Alison’s first book, not only is it beautifully written, it ticked all the boxes for me and reminded me of The Goonies and Romancing the Stone. The main protagonists go on a treasure hunt with the help of a charming ghost, tackling their own personal problems in the process and finding a lot more than just loot by the end of their tale! It is a perfect blend of romance, adventure and the supernatural and I implore you to read it if this sounds like something you’d like!

Whilst Blooming Grand can be read as a completely standalone novel, it shares similar themes and has many nods to Carmella’s first book, and even features a cameo from one of the much-loved characters of Haberdashery. This book is a fantastic blend of real-world meets fantasy world. The real-life elements of the story are so well-written, so natural and so easy to relate to that it makes for really easy reading as the characters are very believable. Blooming Grand features more magical mischief than its predecessor, which I loved, and the character of Merry was a personal favourite of mine.

I’m always keen to support new authors, especially local ones, so please check out their website and have a gander at their brilliant books.

July 25 2018

Charity shop find!

I often trawl the local charity shops to see what I can find. At the moment I’ve been buying up a lot of books, mainly titles I’ve already read and loved, but also keeping an eye out for anything awesome that might be lurking. Normally I count myself lucky to find a few favourites, or even a few favourites in hard back.

Well today, I found a hidden gem! This copy of The Land of Legends and Heroes by Stella Mead! Definitely my favourite find in quite awhile and it only cost me 49p!

The book hosts a collection of short stories from all over the world and features some beautiful illustrations inside the book, both colour and grayscale.