Exciting Blog News...New for 2011!

It's almost the end of 2010 and it's been such a busy year for me! My blog has gone from strength to strength and nearly a year on I'm proud of what I achieved here. I also started a new job, which has been bitter sweet and meant that recently I haven't been able to commit as much time to blogging as I would have liked to. 

So with that in mind, following our fantastic trip to Leeds together, Lyndsey of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory blog (who had found herself in a similar position) decided to merge blogs and become partners! So I'd like to welcome Lyndsey who I'm very much looking forward to working with. 

You've possibly noticed some strange goings on here over the last few days. Not only have we given the blog a fresh new look, but we've gone Dot Com and have a brand new name! Rhiana Reads... is no more, instead we decided to incorporate Lyndsey's far more creative name and become Heaven, Hell and Purgatory - Book Reviews as well as her ingenious rating system (take a look at the ratings explained page for more info).

I'm really excited about teaming up with Lyndsey and all the plans we have for the New Year. Thanks for following me over the last eleven months- I hope you continue to enjoy the new and improved site here! 

Now over to Lyndsey to introduce herself: 

I know that quite a few of Vicki's followers would already have seen me over at Heaven, Hell and Purgatory but for those of you who dont know me already, I'm Lyndsey. Im 24 and an English/ Linguistics student at Nottingham Trent so as you would have guessed, it takes up a lot of my time. As much as I loved my blog, I just couldn't keep up with at least 3 reviews a week and it was starting to affect my uni work.

I was so pleased when we decided to join our blogs together to have the best of both worlds as it will take some of the pressure away but also I get the chance to have work with my best blogger friend. None of my friends read, apart from university books, so I was thrilled to be able to do something with Vicki, who loves YA and reading as much as I do. 2011 will be my first full year blogging and I can't wait to see what is in store for us both.

In My Mail Box + L A Weatherly Signing Report

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren

I can't believe I'm posting this already...yes the final IMM of 2010. Ok so I know there's another Sunday left but it's Boxing day and hopefully you'll all busy enjoying Christmas with your families! 2010 has been a fantastic year for me and my blog and I'm a little scared that in just over a month I'll be celebrating my first blogiversary...how did that happen! Having time to blog recently has been very hit and miss recently but I have some exciting things planned for 2011. 

I've had some amazing books come this last couple of weeks and also I met up with the wonderful Lyndsey from Heaven, Hell and Purgatory Reviews for my first ever signing which was amazing, more on that below!

So... The Books!

For Review:

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney (which I borrowed from Lyns and LOVED! Review soon!)

Here in the Uk we've had exceptionally early and bad snow which has completely disrupted the postal service  (great timing huh?) so today I had everything crossed for my Amazon order containing 2 very important Christmas presents for my kids, which is already late.  Sadly it didn't arrive (please get here by the 24th...she says panicking slightly) but I did get this huge surprise bag of books from Simon and Schuster Uk containing:

And now.. the Leeds Shopping Trip!

This was not only my first ever signing, but my first ever trip to a bookstore with someone who loves books as much as myself and it was just amazing. Seriously I think we spent 2 hours in there the first time, then went back for L A Weatherley's signing of her awesome book, Angel. I had a few copies to get signed and think maybe the people behind were a little annoyed (sorry!) but meeting Lee was lovely, even though I got a little shy.

(Lyndsey getting her book signed by L A Weatherly)

I have never enjoyed a shopping trip so much! Lyndsey and I stayed over in Leeds together and talked barely anything but books which was just fantastic. I love that even though we'd never met before, we just had so much to say. 

(Me in Leeds Waterstones YA section)

We had a brilliant time and here's what I bought!

Angel by L A Weatherly (of course! I bought 2, one for another blogger who couldn't make it. Review Here)
Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman (Signed! I loved this book..Review Here)
I also picked up a bit of swag- some Crescendo Cards and an Angel sampler

So thats it for me this year! I am really excited about all the amazing books to be read next year. I'll be taking a break now from now until the New Year when I'll finally be back to normal service here...although with some very exciting changes!

Hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

NightShade Blog Tour!

2011 is shaping up to be a FANTASTIC year and I'm really excited about being on the Nightshade tour! You can find my stop here on the 8th January and I'll be reviewing the book that week too!

Book Review: Entangled by Cat Clarke

The same questions whirl round and round in my head:

What does he want from me? 

How could I have let this happen? 


17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with a table, pens and paper - and no clue how she got here.

As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she's tried to forget. There's falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there's something missing. As hard as she's trying to remember, is there something she just can't see?

Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here?

A story of dark secrets, intense friendship and electrifying attraction (from Goodreads.com)

I went into Entangled not really knowing all that much about it. I wasn’t even sure what genre it was…contemporary or paranormal? I’d read a vague and intriguing synopsis and knew I really wanted to read it. This was completely the best way to go into this book as reading it was every bit a journey as its troubled protagonist’s, 17 year old Grace.

The book starts with Grace as she plans to end her life, but at the last minute a mysterious boy, Ethan shows up. Then she wakes up a prisoner in a white room with nothing but a bed, table and paper and pens. Ethan comes and goes but remains every bit as mysterious and it’s up to Grace to work out through writing down the tangled mess of her life who he is, why she is here and discover the truth she has been hiding from herself.

And that’s as much as I’m going to tell you, because to say anymore would spoil the book and everyone should have this on his or her wish list for 2011. What I will say is that Cat Clarke’s Entangled is one of the most haunting and stunning books I have read, provoking every possible emotion in me.

Told from a first person point of view from Grace, the author takes the brave step of making her unlikeable. Her behaviour as she tells us about the past which lead her to this point is the type that evokes disgust in many. She’s self destructive in the extreme and at first some may find it difficult to feel much sympathy for her, but as we delve deeper into her broken life and we see how vulnerable she really is, she emerges as a victim of her circumstances. Everyone knows a Grace, has probably sneered and never considered why they behave the way they do, how much they may be hurting. For me it was a little closer to home, and I saw a tiny bit of myself as a teenager. In some ways reading from Grace was like going back in time, and Cat Clarke completely gets the neediness, paranoia, feelings of self-loathing and self-harm I remember experiencing. It sounds a cliché to say she was believable and real, but it’s scarily true. Even those who can’t directly relate to Grace will recognise some of her feelings or be able to experience them through Clarke’s fantastic ability to convey them onto the page, and will certainly take away a greater understanding of people from this book.

The mystery of Ethan and the white room remain as such throughout the book. I came up with many different theories while reading, none of which ended up correct but along with Grace’s voice kept me turning pages and unable to leave until I’d finished. The ending is somewhat ambiguous and definitely open to interpretation. I know what I think and I’m sure others have different ideas. I loved this, it wasn't annoyingly open and unresolved, and it allows you to really think. I went to bed last night thinking about it and woke up again this morning thinking about it. Whatever your interpretation though, one thing I can guarantee is that it will leave you with tears. It’s tragic, but beautifully hopeful for the future.

I've read some amazing books this year, and Entangled is up there with the best of them. I couldn’t put it down and read all 370 pages in one sitting, something I haven’t done for a while. I won’t forget this book and can’t wait to see what Cat Clarke writes next. The only word of caution I have is that with some explicit and graphic scenes it probably isn't suited to a younger audience and I would hesitate to give it to under thirteen’s. Apart from that I can’t recommend this book enough.

Published January 2011 by Quercus

Thanks to the publishers for sending me an ARC of this book for review.

Book Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school—it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's—the very place where they're most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy's ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world's fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever. (From Goodreads.com)

I'd heard lots about Vampire Academy, lots of good stuff that had me marking it as a series to get round to soon. With the release of the 6th and final book in the series (Last Sacrifice) this week I was offered the chance to review the whole series and agreed eagerly.

Vampire Academy is very different to any of the YA Vampire books I've read, that's for sure. The first instalment took me by surprise I must admit- it's fast paced, sexy and feisty right from the start... and I loved it! As soon as I started reading this book I felt 'wow'.

Then sadly it kind of went downhill a little for a while after the first 20-30 pages. I was just so confused and had to check I hadn't started book two by mistake. As the girls are returned to the academy we are introduced to so many different characters, of differing breeds it feels a lot to take in. Back-story is slowly revealed through flashbacks to the past and while I usually love this style of story telling, I didn't enjoy it so much here and found it a little jumpy. If it wasn't for Rose, whose point of view we read from and is definitely up there with my favourite girl characters ever, I may have been tempted to quit. Thankfully I didn't and the final 100 pages are fantastic!

What I did like about this book was that I didn't really know where it was going. While the middle was slow going, the final third of this book really does grip you. With plenty of unique and fascinating takes on Vampire lore it certainly stands out. But my favourite part of this book was the relationships between Rose and Vampire Princess Lissa and Rose and her mentor Dimitri. Both are intense and very interesting, and while Lissa herself left me feeling a little ‘meh’, Rose's fierce loyalty towards her really intrigued me. All I can say about the relationship with Dimitri is...wow-Hot! There's a seriously sexy scene or two in this book and the tension between the pair is electric. This is no simpering romance though...its on fire!

Conclusion: After a fast and feisty start Vampire Academy was a little shaky at times for me. There's a lot of series setting which does get a little tiring at times but is worth persevering with for the fantastic climax and promises a breath taking series to follow.

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine and allows us to spotlight upcoming books we are eagerly anticipating

This Weeks Choice:

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney

Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.

Released in the Uk 3rd Febuary 2011 and USA 8th Febuary 2011

2011 Debut Author Challenge

Wow, one month to go to 2011...I can't believe how quickly the last year has gone! So it's time to start thinking about blog challenges for the coming year. One I knew I was definitely going to sign up for was The Debut Author Challenge hosted by The Story Siren, if your interested in finding out more and/or signing up you can find out more here

Here are just a few of the 2011 Debut's I can't wait to read:

I'd have also added Across The Universe by Beth Revis and Entangled by Cat Clarke to this list but I'll have read both before 2011 so they won't count!

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren

Some very exciting books arrived this weeks and some lovely surprises too...here's what I got:

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties.

Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star…

Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for . . . and someone will.

The only person Cordelia can trust is Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets.
Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls' fortunes will rise and fall—together and apart. From the New York Timesbestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age. (Thanks Penguin!)

My Life in Pink And Green by Lisa Greenwald

Twelve-year-old Lucy Desberg is a natural problem-solver. At her family’s struggling pharmacy, she has a line of makeover customers for every school dance and bat mitzvah. But all the makeup tips in the world won’t help save the business. If only she could find a way to make it the center of town again—a place where people want to spend time, like in the old days. Lucy dreams up a solution that could resuscitate the family business and help the environment, too. But will Lucy’s family stop fighting long enough to listen to a seventh-grader? (thanks Abrams)

Sweet Treats and Secret Crushes by Lisa Greenwald

With a blizzard threatening their town, a trio of seventh-grade girls devises a charitable plan to make and distribute fortune cookies to all their lonely, stranded neighbors. What they hadn't anticipated was that each of the cookie fortunes would communicate a special message to its recipient. Sweet confections of friendship and love. (thanks Abrams)

Coming Home by Patricia Scanlan

Two sisters...two very different lives. Alison's American dream is in tatters. Her highflying career is on the skids in the financial meltdown. Her Upper East Side apartment is now way beyond her means. But pride prevents her from telling her family back home just how bad things are. Olivia is fraught trying to juggle family, career, preparations for Christmas and organize a surprise party for their mother's seventieth birthday. How she envies, and sometimes resents, her sister Alison and her life of excitement and affluence in New York. Coming home is the last thing Alison wants to do, especially now that she's met a rather attractive, sexy, down to earth neighbour who doesn't believe in 'non exclusive dating' unlike her wealthy boyfriend, Jonathan. But family ties are strong. Alison and Olivia sort their differences, the party throws up a few surprises and Christmas brings changes for Alison that she could never have imagined before coming home. (Thanks Transworld)

Fairytale Ending by Gigi Levangie

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful woman called Cynthia, queen of glittering Manhattan, who had everything she could ever want. Including a handsome king, otherwise known as her husband, sexy Jack Powers, wealthiest man in New York, and apparently devoted to wife and family.

But wait a minute, isn’t that a wicked witch in the distance? Cynthia’s just discovered her husband’s playing away with beautiful TV anchor Lara Sizemore, who’s head over heels in love with Jack. Now she has to decide whether her fairytale is worth trying to save…

Will they all live happily ever after – or can only one person have a true Fairytale Ending?
(Thanks Transworld)

My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

She doesn't see dead people, but…

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next… (Thanks Mira)

Across The Universe by Beth Revis

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming

(Thanks Lynsey from UK Book Tours for this one. I've almost finished this and it is awesome. Best book I've read this year. But You'll have to wait until next year for the review...anyway...put it on your wishlist right now!)

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine to highlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 

This weeks choice:

In The Shadow Of The Lamp by Susanne Dunlap

It's 1854 and sixteen-year-old Molly would give anything to change her circumstances as a lowly servant in a posh London house. So when she hears of an opportunity to join the nurses who will be traveling with Florence Nightingale to the Crimea, she jumps at the chance. The work is grueling, the hospital conditions deplorable, and Miss Nightingale a demanding teacher. 

Before long, the plight of British soldiers becomes more than just a mission of mercy as Molly finds that she's falling in love with both a dashing young doctor and a soldier who has joined the army to be near her. But with the battle raging ever nearer, can Molly keep the two men she cares for from harm? 

A love story to savor, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes imagining of the woman who became known as "the lady with the lamp.

Released by Bloomsbury Us in April 2011

Love me an epic historical love story...this sounds great!

The Secret Shopper Affair by Kate Harrison

Best mates Sandie, Emily and Grazia have been through so much together: widowhood, divorce and redundancy for starters. They thought they'd be friends forever, but they reckoned without the dividing effects of men and money... Shopping guru Sandie is on a roll, with a baby on the way and Toby, her posh totty partner, proposing every five minutes. But when she realises the legendary Garnett's Department Store is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, she knows she's the only one to save it, even though Toby's mother seems determined to scupper the rescue bid. For Emily, Sandie's apparently perfect life is a bitter pill to swallow, especially as Emily's been banned from having a second child by her boyfriend, Will, who is more interested in saving the planet than her. As the rifts grow, will she learn to stand on her own two feet, or give in to a new temptation? Glamorous Grazia tries to play peace-maker but she's facing her own big decision: whether to develop her new career as an erotic embroidery artist... or give up on her talent for the sake of her new, needy lover? Can the magic of retail bring the secret shoppers back together, or is it time to shut up shop for good?

Released by Orion March 2011

I LOVE this series. You can read my reviews of the first two Secret Shopper books here and here also...how pretty is that cover?

Book Review: Mercy by Rebecca Lim

An electric combination of angels, mystery and romance, MERCY is the first book in a major new paranormal series. 

There's something very wrong with me. I can't remember who I am or how old I am, or even how I got here. All I know is that when I wake up, I could be any one. It is always this way. There's nothing I can keep with me that will stay. It's made me adaptable. I must always re-establish ties. I must tread carefully or give myself away. I must survive. 

Mercy doesn't realise it yet, but as she journeys into the darkest places of the human soul, she discovers that she is one of the celestial host exiled with fallen angel, Lucifer. Now she must atone for taking his side. To find her own way back to heaven, Mercy must help a series of humans in crisis and keep the unwary from getting caught up in the games that angels play. Ultimately she must choose between her immortal companion, Lucifer, and a human boy who risks everything for her love. (from Goodreads.com)

The moment I read the above synopsis I was drawn to this book. Angels may well be the new vampires, but this sounded very different. I was right, Mercy is extraordinarily different and from page to page I had no idea what to expect.

The book begins with Mercy waking up in a stranger’s body. She doesn’t know where or who she is, only that this happens again and again. She has no idea why this happens or whom she was before her constant journeying from host to host began.  This time she’s in the body of quiet misfit Carmen, aboard a coach with the school choir visiting another school in order to perform with them. The students are placed with local families during their stay, only Carmen seems to have drawn the short straw and finds herself placed with the tragic Daley’s whose own daughter and local star soprano, Lauren, mysteriously disappeared two years ago. Drawn to angry and vengeful brother Ryan, Mercy feels she has been sent here for a purpose, but what exactly will that be?

I was sucked in to this book immediately by the beautifully tragic prose Lim uses in her opening chapters as Mercy finds herself falling into Carmen’s life. It’s almost poetic and completely captured my imagination. I was all set for something truly amazing. However I was quickly surprised to see the book taking a different path from what I had originally presumed from the synopsis. The main focus of this book is the mystery of Lauren’s disappearance and although Mercy discovers some pretty amazing powers on her journey, the paranormal element is a definite undertone.

That isn’t to say this was a bad thing, I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery, which in itself was gripping and well executed. I thought Lim imagined the overwhelming despair and depression of Lauren’s parents perfectly to the point I could feel the weight of it as I read. Ryan is also perfectly crafted as the brother angry at a world who has now wrote his sister off as dead but refuses to stop believing. I particularly enjoyed the developing trust and tenderness between Mercy and Ryan. In contrast to many other YA Paranormal characters, there’s almost no romance between the two. It’s built on respect and trust, and while Mercy does mention a couple of times feeling attracted to him, that’s as far as it goes. Again this relationship completey sets apart this book from many others on the market.

However I felt the synopsis may have been a little misleading and is possibly an overview for the whole series rather than this book. It’s actually only from reading this that I know what Mercy is, as by the end of the book although closer to knowing the truth, she’s still in the dark. There’s no mention at all of Lucifer, although we do get brief glimpses through her dreams of a mysterious Luc (who could possibly be Lucifer?), and other possible fallen angels, though it’s all very vague. Again, if it wasn’t for the synopsis I wouldn’t really have had a clue who or what these beings may be and found this confusing. I also felt Carmen, Mercy’s human host could have been expanded upon and would have liked to know more about her other than she could sing. It seemed to me a shame to hijack this characters life and induce some attachment to her, and then discard her without any thought. 

At just 270 pages of quite large text, the problem may be that there was just too much story left uncovered. This almost felt like two different books at times, the mystery of Lauren’s disappearance being one, then the occasional vague and confusing celestial thread another. It’s a very complex plot and pretty amazing how so much was fitted into relatively few pages. On the upside, this made the book a very easy and breathtaking read and rarely lost pace. On the other side though it did leave me feeling confused at times. Rereading my review I’m left wondering if the series was written as a book, but then someone decided to split it?

For the most part, despite the flaws, I very much enjoyed reading this book (more than my review may indicate) and think the series does have  huge potential. Rebecca Lim uses language beautifully and evokes emotions and imagery very well. I was gripped by the unpredictability of the story and never knew where things were heading. I read the book in two sittings and will certainly be following Mercy’s story in the future, as the book tells us at the end, Mercy awakes in May 2011. 

Kids Corner: Books We've Been Reading This Week.

This week winter has well and truly hit here in the UK and signs of Christmas are springing up all over. It certainly set the mood for some wintery and Christmasy reading for me and my little one. I love kids Christmas picture books and stories and we have quite a collection at home, though we still couldn't resist some from the fabulous displays set up in the local bookshop. The only issue was deciding which to buy! here are a couple we've enjoyed snuggling up with this week.

Foxes In The Snow by Jonathan Emmett, Rebecca Harry (Illustrator)

When Mother Fox goes out to look for food she leaves her fox cubs, Alfie and Bonnie, with clear instructions to stay inside where it's safe and snug. But the two young cubs can't resist the exciting world above, and soon find themselves in the middle of their first ever snowfall. But Alfie and Bonnie are only little and the world outside feels very big, and very white. If they snow keeps on falling, how will they ever find their way home?

A cosy, reassuring story with a stunning sparkly jacket -- perfect for Christmas and beyond! (From Amazon.co.uk)

This book is so cute! The two little foxes are adorable, Bonnie brave and curious and Alfie more cautious, they can't resist the falling snow despite being told to stay where they are. Seriously though, who could? We don't get that much here and it's still magical to my daughter! When the two realise they have strayed a little too far and are lost there's a gentle tense atmosphere which had my daughter hooked, but not for long because everything is righted quickly in a humorous way that made us both chuckle. The story telling is beautiful in this book, with just the right amount of atmosphere and a message that young children will understand. The ending is one that will leave you with a huge 'awwwwww' The illustrations are particularly gorgeous with lots of detail and plenty to look at. Recommended for ages 3-7 years

Lu says: This book is really good. I like it a lot. Bonnie is my favourite fox, she is cute and funny. I liked when the mother came home.

The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson, Alex Sheffler (illustrator)

The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist ...does he? Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are on dazzling form in this captivating sequel to the classic picture book "The Gruffalo". (from Goodreads.com)

This is Lu's pick this week, we've read it at least three times a day and is definitely a big hit here! This story expands on Julia Donaldson's much loved 'The Gruffalo' and has the same brilliant and clever rhyming text,  fabulous characters and one very clever mouse. It never fails to raise a smile and is an absolute joy to read aloud. I think you do need to read The Gruffalo first to really appreciate this one, but in all honesty no child's bookshelf should be without either anyway! 

Lu says: I love the rhyming and like reading this myself. I like when the Gruffalo's child goes off on it's own and when the mouse tricks her.

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