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Blog Tour Review - A Power Unbound by Freya Marske

 Blog Tour Review - A Power Unbound by Freya Marske Secrets! Magic! Enemies to. . .something more? Jack Alston, Lord Hawthorn, would love a nice, safe, comfortable life. After the death of his twin sister, he thought he was done with magic for good. But with the threat of a dangerous ritual hanging over every magician in Britain, he’s drawn reluctantly back into that world. Now Jack is living in a bizarre puzzle-box of a magical London townhouse, helping an unlikely group of friends track down the final piece of the Last Contract before their enemies can do the same. And to make matters worse, they need the help of writer and thief Alan Ross. Cagey and argumentative, Alan is only in this for the money. The aristocratic Lord Hawthorn, with all his unearned power, is everything that Alan hates. And unfortunately, Alan happens to be everything that Jack wants in one gorgeous, infuriating package. When a plot to seize unimaginable power comes to a head at Cheetham Hall―Jack’s ancestral fam

The Third Day of Blogmas - Six for Sunday

On the third day of Blogmas I bring to you Six for Sunday. Nope, not a cricketing reference. When I'm actually writing this the second test in the Ashes hasn't started yet. It's a wonderful idea by Steph over at who has invited other book bloggers to join in. I've played along on Twitter the last two weeks, and can finally blog about it too.

Each Sunday, Steph has a particular theme picked out, and if you want to join in all you have to do is pick 6 books that fit the theme. You don't need to own them, or to have read them, the only rule is you can only have six.

This week's theme is Favourite children’s books about winter.

  1. Winter Magic, curated by Abi Elphinstone. I've just started reading this book with my 8 year old son. He's at that tricky age where he's starting to move from reading scheme books from school and having longer stories read to him, to being able to enjoy reading longer books himself. This is a collection of short stories and a poem by different authors, all set around a winter theme. We've read the first story together, a time travelling story with a Georgian England frost fair, and we're half way through the second one.
  2. The Box of Delights, by John Masefield. One of my favourite Christmas books. It's magical and mysterious and full of that old fashioned traditional Christmas spirit. It's the sequel to the Midnight Folk, and Kay Harker meets a mysterious old Punch and Judy man who has a box that can shrink him or transport him to different places, but someone is after him!
  3. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, by CS Lewis. I recently heard a story that Clive Lewis added Father Christmas into this fantasy novel mainly because it would annoy his old friend, and fantasy purist, John Tolkien. I don't know if this is true or not, but I really want it to be. The essential children-thrown-into-another-world story, and a winter classic.
  4. Mog's Christmas, by Judith Kerr. I love Mog the cat, and anyone who's ever lived with cats will recognise so much of Mog's behaviour. I remember my own cats attempting to climb the Christmas tree when they were kittens, bringing the whole thing down more than once until they were banned from the front room until New Year.
  5. Father Christmas, by Raymond Briggs. A little peek into the life of an often rather grumpy Father Christmas, this book is a charming delight. Happy blooming Christmas!
  6. The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs. Do you want to build a snowman? Who wouldn't, after reading this magical book. Proof that you don't need words to tell a story.
There we go, my six books. I think I might have to dig them out and read them with my kids now.
Have you read any of these? Let me know what you think, here or on twitter (@notsotweets) 
Do you have any favourite children's books about winter? What are they? 



  1. I adore Winter Magic 😊. I'm reviewing the stories for my blogmas soon, and adored them all over again.
    Amy 💜


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