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Saturday, 29 October 2016

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST HALLOWEEN CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW COLUMN OCT 29-30

This week for Halloween my book column reviews a seductively dark teen fantasy, a wickedly wizardly sticker book, a young witch trying to break a curse and a futuristic adventure that will ensnare you with its evilly good plot!




BOOK OF THE WEEK
THREE DARK CROWNS BY KENDARE BLAKE
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Three triplet sisters, all heirs to a crown, each possessing a particular talent. Katherine, the poisoner, Arsinoe, the naturalist and Mirabella, controller of the elements and the most powerful. One must murder the others to rule. As each girl finds out who she can trust and what they will do to win which one will lure you under their spell? Seductively dark and deliciously decadent the fast paced and intricate plot builds up to an spine tingling climax.
ISBN 9781509804559 Pan Macmillan PB £7.99




WITCHES AND WIZARDS STICKER BOOK BY SEB BURNETT AND KIRSTEEN ROBSON
CHILDRENS 4+
Another excellent addition to this series, this spooky sticker book is full of entertainingly creepy scenes that children will love to decorate. Fill the air with cackling witches and stock the shelves of Master Mistletoe’s magic store with gruesome potion ingredients such as pickled mice and vampire bats. Add very scary guests to The Pickled Pumpkin Tavern to discuss their shady business. The hours will spookily slip away before you know it!
ISBN 9781409598527 PB Usborne £6.99



HOW TO CATCH A WITCH BY ABIE LONGSTAFF
CHILDRENS 9+
Charlie is a witch but doesn't know it yet. When she moves to a village with her family to a creepy cottage her stutter returns to her dismay. After a series of strange events involving one of the villagers 'glowing' Charlie discovers Agatha, a retired witch troubled by an ancient curse which must be broken. Is Charlie strong enough to break it? A bewitching new series that is a cauldron of friendship, family and potions.
ISBN 9781407162515 Scholastic PB £5.99.





THE DIABOLIC BY S.J. KINDCAID
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a futuristic warrior who 's sole task is to protect her mistress Sidonia. Caught up in the Emperor's machinations and a ruthless, backstabbing court will Nemesis be the lamb to the slaughter or is she really a Trojan Horse? A potent mix of Star Wars and The Hunger Games, this high octane epic stand alone will ensnare you in its web of intrigue right up to the nail biting finale.
ISBN HB Simon and Schuster £10.99


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