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Alice in Brexitland by Lucien Young

Thank you to Netgalley, Penguin Random House UK and Ebury Publishing for allowing me to read and review this ARC.  This is my honest and unbiased opinion of Alice in Brexitland.

aliceinbrexitlandThe current hot topic in the UK is BREXIT, especially with a general election looming in early June.

I thought that this parody mimicking Alice in Wonderland, transposed with our views/news on Brexit makes this book an amusing and entertaining inventory of events.  It’s especially funny to see the politicians, etc., being portrayed as Wonderland characters.

I think that, in the current political situation, we could do with a light hearted take on events and this book does that.  I thought that it was cleverly written and clearly depicted those involved in Brexit in an amusing way.  However, you will not be left feeling any better about leaving the EU if you voted to Remain.

Each chapter leads Alice to meet a new character. David Cameron is depicted as the rabbit leading Alice into Wonderland.  Jeremy Corbyn is the Caterpillar, who sits on a toadstool smoking his hookah and being no help to anyone; Humpty Trumpty, perched on a wall hat he wants the Mexicans to pay for; the Cheshire Tw*t, who likes to disappear leaving only his grin, a pint, and the smell of scotch eggs remaining; and the terrifying Queen of Heartlessness, who’ll take off your head if you dare question her plan for Brexit.  Will Alice ever be able to find anyone who speaks sense?

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The pictures are really well drawn and the artist is very talented at accurately capturing the personality of the real intermingled with the fantasy of these characters.

Conclusion

This book is cleverly written political satire. It’s a short read and portrays the characters well. The story follows similarly to Alice in Wonderland, even including the tea party.  By the end, Alice in Brexitland is very frustrated by the characters, which is probably how most of us feel.  I really enjoyed the book and I think you will too.

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Like Other Girls by Claire Hennessy

I enjoyed reading Like Other Girls and I think that Claire Hennessy dealt with several difficult issues faced by teens/YA sensitively.

like other girlsLauren is a 16 year old girl, who thinks that she doesn’t fit in.  She feels like she doesn’t have any real friends at her posh all-girls school.  To make matters worse, Lauren’s mother is recently been appointed as head teacher.

She has fallen out with her best friend, Steph or should I say Evan?  Lauren is confused about her sexuality.  Although she has a boyfriend, whom she feel just uses her for sex, she is also attracted to girls.

Lauren feels overwhelmed by the stress of trying to deal with her friendships, family and her love life.  As a result, she starts to drink heavily to escape from her feelings and makes some risky choices.

One drunken night, Lauren breaks up with her boyfriend only to find out that she is pregnant.  She doesn’t know who to confide in and feels totally alone.  The problem with living in Ireland is that it is impossible to receive any meaningful help so she decides to fly to England for an abortion.

Having gone through this procedure all alone and being unable to talk about it with anyone, Lauren continues drinking heavily and finds her life spiralling out of control.

In an effort to help Lauren, she is convinced to meet with a counsellor.  At first, she doesn’t think it will help but slowly comes to realise that it will help her deal with her issues.

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Eventually, Lauren confides in her mother and her friends and attempts to take back some control of her life by campaigning for better help for Irish women who find themselves pregnant and in need of intervention. And the best news for Lauren is that she reconciles with her best friend, Steph.

Conclusion

I think that the subjects of teenage pregnancy, abortion, gender identity, sexuality and alcohol abuse are dealt with in a sensitive and thought-provoking manner in this novel.

Teens and young adults should read this book as it explores many subjects that they struggle with.

I would like to thank Bonnier Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Innkeeper Chronicles Volume 1 by Ilona Andrews

Thank you to Netgalley, Ilona Andrews and her publishers allowing me to read and review Innkeeper Chronicles Volume 1.  This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

clean sweepOn the surface, Dina Demille is the owner of a quaint Victorian bed and breakfast inn named Gertrude Hunt based in a small Texas town.  Her only permanent companions are a Shih Tzu called Beast with unexpected skills and a retired, bloodthirsty Galactic aristocrat, who may not leave the grounds for fear of being killed on sight.

In reality, Dina is a magical Innkeeper armed with a powerful magical broom and a house with mysterious powers which responds intelligently to Dina and any threats to itself or to her.  You see, the inn isn’t for human visitors, it’s really a way station for otherworldly visitors to Earth.

As an Innkeeper, Dina is supposed to keep a low profile and stay neutral and safe, but when something starts killing the local dog population and threatening humans, she can’t ignore it.  Dina tries to convince the local werewolf, an annoyingly attractive ex-military guy named Sean Evans, that he should step in and take care of the dog-killing alien.  He blows her off so she decides she has to take the matter into her own hands to protect her community.

 

To make matters worse, a severely injured cosmic vampire asks for sanctuary at the Inn.  This marks the entrance of the devastatingly handsome vampire named Arland, who is the Lord Marshall of Krahr.  He portals in to tend to the injured vampire and help with eradicating the alien predators attacking dogs and threatening humans in the local community.

And somehow it all gets very complicated from there, but it involves a semi-sentient house, a Shih Tzu with unforeseen talents, and some sexy guys, wrapped up in an intermingling of science fiction and fantasy and liberally enlivened with Ilona Andrews’ typical sarcastic humour. Who knew that werewolves and vampires are actually space aliens?

I’m a huge fan of Ilona Andrew’s’ novels.  Initially, I wasn’t sure that I liked this story but it grew on me and I got really invested in the characters.  I was sorry to come to the end of the book and can’t wait to read more.  I loved the characters and how they interacted with one another.  There is plenty of action, adventure, romance and magic.  And you will be left with wanting more…

All in all this is an enjoyable, fun read and it deserves a fantastic