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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

Review - Bertie and the Alien Chicken by Jenny Pearson

Review - Bertie and the Alien Chicken by Jenny Pearson

Bertie is NOT looking forward to spending the summer holidays on stinky Long Bottom Farm. But things take an interesting turn when he encounters Nugget, the alien chicken. Nugget’s mission is to find the Earth’s most important resource and transport it back to Nurgle 7, and he needs Bertie’s help. But what could the Earth’s most valuable resource be, and can they find it in time to stop the Nurgles exterminating the Earth?!




Is it a silly book about an alien chicken threatening to destroy the earth or a sweet book about understanding emotions and how we feel?

Well, it's Jenny Pearson so it easily manages to be both!

Bertie has been sent to his uncle's farm while his mum goes on holiday to America. He's not keen on this idea, because farms are smelly and boring, but that's before he meets a talking alien that has accidentally taken the form of a chicken due to a slight misunderstanding upon landing. Now Bertie only has until the end of the day to find earth's most valuable resource or the whole planet will be destroyed!

Cue a hilarious and heart-warming mission to find earth's most valuable resource while stuck in a muddy and smelly farmyard. Bertie and the Alien Chicken smoothly turns into a discussion around feely-things, intangible things like loneliness, dreams and happiness provide some fascinating insights into what makes us human and how to understand our feelings, something that I'm sure will work well in many classrooms and for bedroom stories. 

A sweet, funny and thoroughly engaging book from Barrington Stoke, the industry experts at creating short, accessible books perfect for reluctant readers, people with reading difficulties or anyone who just wants to dip into a short, easy to read book.

Bertie and the Alien Chicken by Jenny Pearson is published on 5 January 2022 by Barrington Stoke.

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

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