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Blog Tour Review - The Only Way Out is Death by Varun Gwalani

 Blog Tour Review - The Only Way Out is Death by Varun Gwalani Twelve powerful people are kidnapped and imprisoned in an empty hotel. Each one of them has three choices: Live out the rest of their days peacefully in the hotel, Die by suicide so the rest of their companions can go free, Or murder one of their companions so they alone can go free. The Only Way Out is Death follows the story of these twelve people from the perspective of a young lawyer, Kiriaki, told as the events unfold. She has to forge messy alliances, navigate complex relationships and feuds, and, above all, try to stay alive. Meanwhile, the mastermind of this death game is lurking just out of view, watching them closely, making sure they are primed for murder. Will Kiriaki find the mastermind before it's too late for her? Will she outmanoeuvre the cutthroats before they cut her throat? There are twelve selfish lives in the hotel. Will it end in twelve selfish deaths? The Only Way Out is Death is a fascinating nov

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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