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Blog Tour Review - Looking for Lucie by Amanda Addison

 Blog Tour Review - Looking for Lucie by Amanda Addison "Where are you really from?" It's a question every brown girl in a white-washed town is familiar with, and one that Lucie has never been able to answer. All she knows is that her mother is white, she's never met her father, and she looks nothing like the rest of her family. She can't even talk about it because everyone says it shouldn't matter! Well, it matters to Lucie and-with her new friend Nav, who knows exactly who he is-she's determined to find some answers. What do you do when your entire existence is a question with no answer? You do a DNA test. Looking for Lucie is a fascinating look at what it is like growing up mixed race in contemporary Britain. It's a story about family and culture, and what they can mean for different people, as Lucie tries to figure out where she fits into the world. She doesn't look like any of the rest of her family, and her ethnicity is impossible to figure o

Review - The Red Gloves by Catherine Fisher

 Review - The Red Gloves and Other Stories by Catherine Fisher

Two step-brothers share one nightmare; red gloves that reach for your throat; a changing room where a stranger asks to swap lives with you; and who is the ghost in the rain? An expert storyteller weaves nine spells. Fear mixed with wit, heart and magic.



I love this new short story collection from Catherine Fisher.

Each of the short stories in this collection sets up something mysterious, creepy and magical. Some are based on her previous writing, some draw on classic fairy stories with a distinctive twist. They're all clever and perfectly sketched in a short space. And then they generally do something that I absolutely adore in short stories, they leave it all deliciously unresolved. 

Magic doesn't have to be explained. We don't need to know how we got onto this path, or even what lies at the end of it, when the journey is so thrilling and exciting. There's something to be preferred about this approach to having everything neatly tied up. It leaves so much to the imagination.

And that's what The Red Gloves and Other Stories does so well, it sets off all of these sparks in the imagination and then leaves them to fizzle and burn. 

A wonderful collection.

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The Red Gloves and Other Stories by Catherine Fisher is out now, published by Firefly Press

I was given a review copy in return for an honest review.

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