Storybound is a children’s fantasy book written by Marissa Burt. It is a part of a duology about Una Fairchild and her adventures in Story. This book is aimed at children 10-13 years old, but I think even younger kids might like it. Even though the heroine of the book is twelve years old.

This is one of those novels where the heroine disappears into a book where she finds a magical land where all the characters she always thought were only fictional prove to be real. Una Fairchild falls into Story in the middle of Peter’s practical examination where he has to fight a dragon in order to save a lady in distress. When he discovers Una in the cave he thinks she might be another maiden in need of a knight so he tries to save her too. But Una is not brought up to be a lady and she is more than ready to try to save herself. Later, Peter and Una become friends and Una joins him in the school where he is training to become a storybook character. But why has Una really come to Story? Will she ever get back to her real world? And who is the mysterious lady in red lurking around talking about Write-Ins?

I loved this story, and the plot, even though it has been told many times before, is original and creative. This book reminded me a lot of Chris Colfer’s “The Land of Stories” series, which has much of the same storyline. This book however, is a richer, but also more demanding read. It took me a long time to get into the story, and much of the plot is revealed through dialogue (there is a lot of eavesdropping) and reading of passages in books. The action part comes at the end of the book, something that can require too much patience for a young child. I found that the language didn’t flow as easily as I would have liked in a children’s book, but having said that, the book is very popular, so it might just be a personal preference thing.

I would definitely recommend this book, but for children who are a little impatient and like more action-driven books I would rather suggest checking out Chris Colfer’s “The Land of Stories” series.



Bliss is a children’s book written by Kathryn Littlewood. The book is aimed at children from 9 to 12 years old, and the main target is girls. I would say the book can even be enjoyed by younger readers from 7 and up.

Bliss is the name of Rosemary’s family’s magical bakery, and magical, in this context, is meant literally. The Bliss family is in the possession of an ancient cook book with recipes that can cure the common cold, make people truthful or fall head over heels in love with each other. The book needs to be guarded carefully so that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, and when Rosemary’s parents have to go away for a week, this task falls on Rosemary.
But as soon as Rosemary’s parents have left, a mysterious glamorous stranger appears in the bakery claiming to be the children’s long lost aunt. Aunt Lily is everything Rosemary has ever dreamt of being; popular, exotic, adventurous and drop dead gorgeous. But why does this beautiful aunt give Rosemary such a gnawing feeling in her guts, could she be someone else entirely? Even someone with sinister intentions?

This book is light-hearted, funny, sweet, and an absolute treat for kids who love cakes and baking. I can already hear my almost-nine-Year-old neighbor laughing in delight at some of the recipes-gone-wrong parts of the book. It is a light read, but perhaps a bit slow-paced. It reminds me of Roald Dahl, Alan Snow and David Walliams’ books, but this one is definitely for girls. It is perhaps a bit too childish for adults to enjoy, but I think it would be wonderful to read together with a little girl.

The only thing I would perhaps change about the book is the lack of descriptions and those little details that add so much magic to books like this; books that are atmospheric rather than action-driven. But that is just me, and I know many kids prefer more to-the-point language.

I would absolutely recommend this book to little girls from seven and up, especially girls who love baking, magic and funny things. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

Roald Dahl and me


Roald Dahl is one of those authors who is so beloved that we quarrel over his Nationality. The British will claim he is theirs as he was born in Wales, whereas Norwegians will say he belongs to them since his parents were both from Norway. His name is certainly Norwegian (he was named after the Norwegian explorer Roald Ammundsen), and we know that he spent most of his childhood summers in TjΓΈme, Norway, with his extended family who lived there. This is where most of his stories in his autobiographical book “Boy” takes place.

When I was very small my parents used to read to me. All kind of books really, but I especially loved Fairy stories, and stories of a more fantastical character. I loved stories so much that I wanted to read them all the time, so by the time I was four years old, I taught myself to read. After that there was no stopping me. I skipped the picture books and I dived into the whole bibliography of Roald Dahl.


In one year I read most of his children’s books. My favorites were “Matilda” ( Well, it was about a four year old girl who teaches herself to read and then discovers she has magical abilities!), “Charlie and the Chocolate factory”, “The BFG” and the “Witches”. “Matilda” got me interested in classics, like Charles Dickens, and I started reading the abridged children’s versions of “Oliver Twist” and “David Copperfield”.


A couple of years later, when I was maybe 6 or 7, I watched the film “The Witches” based on Roald Dahl’s book. I watched it at my granny’s house with my cousins and we were all frightened to death by those super scary witches! To this day, I still feel that it is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen ( and I saw the “Jaws” movies around the same time!).


My cousins and I were so inspired by the film, that we enacted many of the scenes in our make-believe games, and made up our own stories about witches, often featuring the local elderly ladies, and the ancient paintings my granny had of farms and farmer’s wives. We were just convinced we saw the ladies in those paintings move!


When I was seven and started school I believed wholeheartedly that I could move things with my eyes, like Matilda in Roald Dahl’s “Matilda”, and I was so ready for a Trunchbull to overcome!
That year I also started writing my own stories, and many of them were inspired by characters, ideas and plots from Roald Dahl’s magical books.


Most of the kids in school read Roald Dahl’s books, not because we had to, but because we wanted to. We discussed his books during recess and swapped books if someone had a book someone else hadn’t read. I remember my best friends favorite book was “George’s marvelous medicine”.


Roald Dahl and his magical universe is still inspiring me and my writing today. I have re-read “Matilda” many times, and I continue to take great pleasure in his wonderful books and his marvelous imagination. He is one of my childhood heroes, whose stories I have brought with me into adulthood and into my own stories.


Image credit: All the art work is by the wonderful Quentin Blake. The stills are from the movie “The Witches”. The other pictures are from Wikimedia.

Dealing with Dragons

By Patricia C. Wrede


Do all princesses who are captured by dragons really want to be rescued by a brave and handsome prince? And do all princes really want to fight dragons and rescue princesses?

The heroine of this book, Cimorene, is one of those princesses who really does not want to be rescued by any knight or prince. In fact, after a couple of days with her boss, the dragon Kazul, she find the Knights to be a bit of a nuisance, and after consulting with a witch, she decides to put up a sign claiming that the road leading to Kazul’s cave is broken and that hikers should choose an alternative route. But will this be enough to fool the Knights? And who is that bothersome wizard poking around Kazul’s cave?


This book is so delicious I didn’t want it to end! It is utterly hilarious, original and sooo well written! It gives a wonderful message to girls, telling them that they are themselves in charge of their life and destiny, and that their happily-ever-after does not have to include a man. Cimorene is smart, resourceful, funny and clever, in fact much much cleverer than the men who try to rescue her, and it is often she who ends up helping them out of scrapes.

This is the kind of book that can be enjoyed by all! No matter what age! I will especially recommend reading this book to young girls with Cinderella dreams πŸ˜„πŸ˜„.

Obviously, five of five stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Happy Reading!

Note: This is the first book in the ” Enchanted Forest ” Chronicles.

Serafina and the black cloak

By Robert Beatty


This fantastical and mysterious tale is about a wild girl who hunts rats and who can see in the dark, a man with a black cloak gobbling up children at night, and an aristocratic boy who can talk to animals and whose only friend is a fierce Doberman.

Before you read on……have you ever heard of someone who’s got two souls? One wild and one tame?


I loved this fantastical and imaginative book! I loved all the beautiful characters, I loved the way the story unfolded, and I loved the ending! It almost reads like a fairy tale, but only with a lot more details, characterization and dialogue.

My favorite character was that of the heroine, 12 years old Serafina, and boy is she a heroine! She is brave, strong, fierce, and selfless when it comes to the people she loves. And most importantly, she is wild!


The book is a bit scary, especially for little kids, but I think it is meant for children from 10 years and up, and when I mean up, I mean waaaay up, because adults will love this book too!

I would probably have enjoyed this book as young as 6-7 years old, but I was a very brave child when it came to the supernatural, and I was a big fan of ghost stories!
This book is kind of a ghost story, but it does, like most books for children, have a sweet ending that had me in tears.


I strongly recommend this wonderful book to children and adults alike, especially to those who love a bit of thrill and mystery!

Five of five stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Happy Reading!

Charmed Life

By Diana Wynne Jones


Perhaps there really are parallel worlds? And perhaps, in one of them,another version of you is a witch or a wizard with magic so powerful it could be dangerous…

Cat and his big sister Gwendolen live in a big castle with the Chrestomanci and his family. Chrestomanci is a magician with powerful magical abilities. Gwendolen desperately wants him to teach her, but Chrestomanci declines, something which angers Gwendolen so much that her magic takes a turn for the darker side. Cat is caught in the middle, with no particular magical talents of his own, he can do nothing to stop his sister, but he is terrified of upsetting the mysterious Chrestomanci . Then one day Gwendolen disappears, and in her place another girl appears, but one without any magic at all…

This is a magical book with a plot that takes you by a surprise. It has been called a Modern Classic, and I can definitely see why. Some parts of the book kind of reminds me of Harry Potter, and that, to me, is a very good thing!

It took me some time to really get into the story, but when I did I was hooked! I just couldn’t put the book down! And the ending completely caught me by surprise!
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

The book is a children’s book, but can be enjoyed equally much by adults.
I highly recommend this wonderful book!

Five out of five stars!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy Reading!

Howl’s moving castle

By Diana Wynne Jones


A castle that moves with changing doors, a vain wizard who gobbles young girls’heart, a turnip-faced stalker-scarecrow, an evil witch, a bargaining fire demon who dosen’t want anyone besides wizards to fry bacon and eggs on him, and a spell that needs breaking…

Sophie is the daughter of a hat maker, she works in the hat shop trimming and talking to the hats, when a witch comes along and casts a spell on her turning her into an old woman.
To break the spell Sophie decides to find the wizard Howl who lives in a moving castle. On her way to the castle she meets a scarecrow and a dog who needs her help, and she also picks up a walking stick to make her journey easier. She is an old lady after all…

I absolutely loved this book! It is funny, creative, whimsical and has amazing quirky characters with faults and strengths, humor and bad tempers. The author has created a magical universe that I sooo want to be a part of! I love all the little details, the way the castle’s interior is described, the wax fruit on the hats, Howl’s quirky suits, the little cakes in the pastry shop…this is what makes me want to read a book again and again, and I definitely want to read more books by this magical author.

I highly recommend this book to kids and adults alike!
Five out of five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy Reading!