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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

Review - Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue by Anna Fargher

Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue by Anna Fargher

Young mouse Pip Hanway is in France as she continues fighting for the French Resistance group Noah's Ark: a secret gang of animals operating beneath the feet of human soldiers, whose aim is to liberate France and secure the victory of the Allies. Determined to reach her ancestral home of the Umbrella Museum in Italy, Pip hopes she can find long-lost family and a home. But as Pip makes the perilous journey through occupied territory, she soon realizes that danger comes from all sides and that the enemy is all around, and she does everything she can to fight for her friends.

Another thrilling war story, with resistance hunters, daring missions and the liberation of Paris, all told through lovely (and occasionally scary) little creatures. One of the best things about the Umbrella Mouse stories is that they are 'proper' war stories, seeped in that old fashioned war movie style, telling tales of a rebel band operating boldly behind enemy lines and swaying the results of the war. The twist, of course, is that they're animals and none of the humans fighting are aware of the part they play. 

I loved the very tangible sense of peril, the emotions, the excitement. This story really ramped up the tension with thoughts of loved ones, in hiding, and in very real risk if the enemy manages to find them. 

The characters are brilliant and really make you feel for them and the dilemmas the war has thrown at them. There's so much complexity to them, with fears and concerns, the occasional betrayal, rivalries and alliances. They really come to life very effectively. They feel like three dimensional characters, with all of the flaws and potential of any human antagonist.

The illustrations by Sam Usher are perfectly suited, and it all comes together wonderfully to create a fabulous, thrilling and exciting story.

I'm giving Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue five moons.


Umbrella Mouse and Umbrella Mouse to the Rescure are available now from MacMillan. I was given an eproof via Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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