This week my children's book reviews include a young adult modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, a picture book about the life of a lighthouse, a return to the world of Eragon and a young adult contemporary story about the challenges teens face today.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY BY BRIGID KEMMERER
YOUNG ADULT 13+
An unforgettable retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Prince Rhen must find a girl to fall in love with him to break his curse. When he kidnaps Harper from the modern world she must learn to survive in his enchanted land while fighting against unwanted feelings towards her captor. Readers will lose themselves in a tangled web of desire and betrayal, friendship and unrequited love. Compulsive and addictive, this is monstrously good.
ISBN 9781408884614 PB Bloomsbury £7.99
HELLO LIGHTHOUSE BY SOPHIE BLACKALL
PICTURE BOOK 4+
A timeless story about hope, change and the passing of time centred around a lighthouse and its lighthouse keeper. Children will be taken on a visual journey inside and out of the lighthouse through storms, daring rescues as well as the growing family inside. The chinese ink and watercolour illustrations are exquisite and perfectly capture this lone beacon of light. It is a loving thank you to those who've dedicated their lives to keeping those as sea safe.
ISBN 9781408357163 HB Orchard £12.99
THE FORK, THE WITCH, AND THE WORM BY CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI
A wanderer, a cursed child, magic and of course dragons. Welcome to the world of Alagaesia and the return of Eragon from the best selling series. The three original and thrilling stories are based in the world of The Inheritance Cycle. It is a fantastic addition to the beloved series for fans as well as a great introduction for those new to this enthralling and magical world. Perfect for fans of The Hobbit and Dragon Rider.
ISBN 9780241392362 HB Penguin £12.99
KICK THE MOON BY MUHAMMAD KHAN
YOUNG ADULT 14+
Fifteen year old Ilyas finds a kindred spirit in good girl Kelly. But when one of his friends decides to seduce her for a bet who should he support? This riveting read will infuriate, outrage and make you laugh and cry. It covers toxic masculinity, racism and sexual shaming but also highlights the importance of self respect, self protection, friendship and loyalty. A current and insightful read for teens with a reminder that any crisis can be overcome.
ISBN 9781509874071 PB Macmillan £7.99