Sunday, 31 January 2016

Winter Book Haul

So I totally meant to post my December haul a while back, like - you know - at the end of December. Alas, it didn't happen. I considered not putting the pics up at all, but some of the pictures are so Christmassy and there were so many great books I got that I didn't want to waste them. So I'm combining my December haul with my January one and giving you my Winter Book Haul! I hope you enjoy it!

First of all I won two competitions from Mira UK and Harper Collins respectively, receiving these two wonderful books. I'm planning to read Little Shop in February once I've got my Review pile down a bit (It'll still be winter!) and Waiting was given to my 8 year old cousin who was very excited to receive it.

I then gratefully received two books for review/blog tour from Chicken House and Scholastic respectively. My review of Never Evers went up last week (here) and my stop on the Bella Broomstick blog tour was on the 7th January (here). These are two fabulous books for YA and MG that I urge everyone to read.

I always love going shopping at Christmas, despite the crowds, and took a lovely trip to the Trafford Centre with my good friend Cazz from Loaded Shelves. Of course we had to go into Waterstones and I treated myself to a signed copy of Nimona, and Truly Madly Famously (The sequel to Famous In Love which I adored!). Complete with pretzels it was a fabulous day, and Cazz was lovely enough to lend me her copies of All Wrapped Up and Everything Everything.

Another competition win arrived shortly after in the form of The Best Thing I Never Had by Erin Lawless. I'm super excited to read this and she was lovely enough to send some tea with the book. After all, what better drink for reading?

The week leading up to Christmas topped everything though. Not only did I receive Erin's book on the Friday before Christmas Day, Saturday brought an amazing copy of Dumplin from the fabulous Alice at Harper360. It was my stop on the blog tour on Thursday 28th and my review can be found here.

Monday brought me two highly anticipated books from My Kinda Book (Macmillan). Underwater doesn't come out until April, but Burning Midnight is out on 11th Feb, so not too long now!

A copy of Faceless that I won from Chicken House also arrived on Monday, complete with a Vendetta postcard (Which I really need to get!). Monday was a day of beautiful books indeed.

Then, as if the week couldn't get any better, a mystery parcel from Harper360 arrived, containing two of my most anticipated books for 2016! Burning Glass comes out in March, and Flamecaster in April, and I am so super excited to read them both!

My amazing book filled December was capped off with 13 new books for Christmas! My boyfriend got me the original Percy Jackson series which I've been meaning to read for so long, and the hardcover copy of The Copper Gauntlet for my Cassandra Clare collection. I got The Magic Thief and Lock & Mori from family members, and my friend Sam got me SLA and ILF. I am super excited to read Fans of the Impossible Life (Which I've been wanting since YALC!) that Cazz got me along with The Girl at Midnight and the lovely feather bookmark.

I was also super lucky to get a wonderful signed and numbered limited edition copy of Crimson Peak from my mum and dad. It's quite easily the most beautiful book that I have ever laid my eyes on. I literally can't stop looking at it! Now I just need the DVD to come out. Oh, Tom Hiddleston...

In January I received two amazing books from the lovely Cailin at Rock The Boat. The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen looks to be a mix of mystery and supernatural that I'm super excited to read, and it came with awesome tarot cards. Swan Boy meanwhile is a contemporary MG that looks very intriguing.

I won a copy of Concentrate from LaChouett over the new year which I'm looking forward to reading.

Hayley Steed and Gallic Books were kind enough to send me a review copy of a Proust graphic novel entitled Swann's Way, the review for which will be up in the next week or so. It's beautiful!

The wonderful people at Scholastic sent me a copy of Melinda Salisbury's The Sleeping Prince, which is AMAZING (so far ;) ) and has been one of my most anticipated sequels since I finished The Sin Eater's Daughter on my way to YALC last year.

A mystery package from Corvus contained the lovely looking contemporary Fix You by Carrie Elks, which I'm looking forward to reading in the next few weeks. It looks and sounds like a cute but riveting read.

Last but not least I treated myself to a copy of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard which I am so excited to start reading! It was my only purchase this month (Not including kindle or audio books) and a book I have been waiting in anticipation for, for months.

So that's my Winter Book Haul! I really hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to leave a comment below or on Twitter!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Thursday, 28 January 2016

ARC Review: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Today I have the pleasure of presenting a review for a wonderful book on its release day, as part of the blog tour. I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or rating in any way. Thank you to Harper360.

Publisher: HarperCollins (Balzer and Bray)
Release Date: 28th January 2016
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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Simply put, Dumplin' is perfect and poignant.

When I first heard about this story, my thought was 'YA Miss Congeniality'. While there are a few minor similarities, Dumplin' is so much more.

The story of Willowdean Dickson is a very relatable one, in many ways. Not only does Dumplin' contain the usual YA issues of love, life and growing up, Murphy also tackles the more serious issues of body image and grief.

Willowdean is generally comfortable in her own skin and so her primary motivation for entering the pageant is her deceased Aunt Lucy. Will and Lucy were extremely close and it's clear throughout the book how much she misses her. Willowdean doesn't just enter the competition in her Aunt's memory though; she's fulfilling Lucy's unrealised dream and proving that there isn't a generic template for being a beauty queen. I think it's a part of the story that anyone who's ever lost someone will be able to relate to, and I for one found myself wearing Will's shoes, so to speak. Dumplin' is in part about how Will deals with her grief, an aspect that is universal.

The main focus of the book however is on self-confidence and body image. Will's not the only one who decides to enter the pageant. She's joined by three friends - Amanda, Millie and Hannah - all of whom suffer from ridicule for different reasons. Together and against all odds, our heroes set out to prove to the world that there is no perfect person.

Honestly, the characters are what made the story for me. They are each so different - unique - and relatable, each with their own issues and motivations, that I found myself cheering for them all in one capacity or another. They not only inhabit the story, they bring it to life. They are each strong and powerful, with something to learn from; a lesson to be told. Dumplin' is a very modern story with many messages from 'embracing change' to 'standing up for yourself', all collated in a single statement:

Be who you are.

As Willowdean says: "The criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it."

Change for yourself, if that's what you want, but don't change for anyone else. You're perfect simply being you.

As I said, Dumplin' is perfect and poignant. It is a wonderfully entertaining and engaging story that has a deeper meaning for all readers who seek it, no matter their age. I cannot fault it in any way and so Dumplin' receives the first 5 star rating of 2016. It was an absolute pleasure to read and I can only hope that 2016 releases continue in such a fantastic fashion.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Dumplin'. Check out the next stop on the tour at Loaded Shelves later today, and follow the rest of the tour on the dates below.

Holly @TheArtsShelf

2016 60 Books YA Reading Challenge - Final Results!

This year I managed 39/60 for the YA Challenge - not bad considering this year has been more than hectic! A few are still awaiting reviews, so apologies to anyone waiting for those; they will be posted ASAP.

I'm determined to do better in 2017 however, so I'll be reposting the challenge for myself and anyone who wishes to join in. Here's to reaching 60!

I'm also taking part in the 2017 British Books and Beat the Backlist challenges, so check those out too!

2016 - 60 Books YA Challenge

1) A 2015 Release I Didn't Read/Finish

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

2) Any 2016 Release

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

3-6) 2016 Seasonal Releases: 
Winter - What Light by Jay Asher
Spring - Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Summer - Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby
Autumn - A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess.

7-10) Seasonal Reads [Novels based in a specific season]
Winter - 10 Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

11-13) Holiday Reads (Easter/Halloween/Christmas, but you can substitute)
Christmas - How to Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake

14-25) Colourful Reads [Based on the cover design]
Red - A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab
Blue - Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
Green - Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Purple - Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle
White Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Orange - Timebomb by Scott K Andrews

26) A Book Containing An Animal

RoseBlood by A G Howard

27-33) Genre Reads 
Fantasy - The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury
Sci-Fi - Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Contemporary - Never Evers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivision
Supernatural - Half Bad by Sally Green
Romance - Vendetta by Catherine Doyle
Dystopian - Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith
Graphic Novel

34) Royal Read [Any book containing a royal family who's crucial to the story, i.e. The Selection]

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

35) Hot Topic [A book with an important/recent theme, i.e. This Is Where It Ends]

36) Strength In Numbers [A book with a primary cast of characters i.e. The Maze Runner]

Percy Jackson and the Lighning Thief

37) Series Read

Magisterium: The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

38) Adaptation

Lois Lane: Fallout

39) Indie Novel

40) Word Of Mouth Rec'

A Court of Thorns and Roses by S J Maas

41) Book Received For Christmas

42) Book Received For Birthday

43) A Sequel

Inferno by Catherine Doyle

44) Favourite Author

A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab

45) Series I've Yet To Finish

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

46) 2016 Series Finale

47) Anticipated Release

Famous by Jilly Gagnon (Not released yet but I was waiting for it)

48) Namesake [A book where the main character, side character or author has your name]

Geek Girl 5 by Holly Smale

49) Time Travel

Second Lives by Scott K Andrews

50) Regency

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

51) Classic [Either a 'classic' as in Pride and Prejudice, or a book classed as one that everyone must read, i.e. Harry Potter or The Northern Lights]

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston LeRoux

52) Beloved Re-Read

53) Borrowed Book

54) ARC

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

55) Paperback

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

56) Hardback

Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond

57) E-Book

Stargate Atlantis: Homecoming

58) Novella Or Novella Compilation

59) Retelling

60) Freebie

Audiobook - Stargate Atlantis: Perchance to Dream

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

Monday, 25 January 2016

Audiobook Review: Stargate Atlantis - Perchance To Dream

Okay, I'll be the first to admit that I sometimes buy things on a whim, purely because it features an actor, or some other reason. I'll therefore admit I bought this mostly because of Paul McGillion, and after reading Homecoming - one of the show's novelisations - I wasn't sure what to expect.

I was pleasantly surprised.

"I thought there'd be more pain. My patients have always complained of more pain..."

Doctor Carson Beckett finds himself in an uncomfortable situation when he becomes a patient in his own infirmary. After a disastrous mission, Beckett is brought back to Atlantis with a broken leg – and a bad case of amnesia.

But that's the least of his troubles. Cared for by Doctor Gilbert, Beckett watches as a strange affliction overcomes his friends and colleagues. One by one, members of the Atlantis crew are brought in, unconscious and unresponsive yet with no sign of trauma. What's causing this peculiar illness? And why doesn't anyone want to hear what Carson has to say about it?

Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Release Date: July 2008

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Despite the fact that the audiobook is from Carson's POV and features only two actors, I was drawn in straight away. The mix of the diegetic (in story) audio and Paul McGillion's fabulous voice acting was more than enough to keep me intrigued for the hour or so duration. What enhanced the experience further however was the fabulous story.

I can't say too much without spoiling the twist, but I was very much reminded of the Torchwood Radio play 'House of the Dead'.

I've seen some reviews saying that the twist was obvious, and that Carson was really slow, but it wasn't entirely obvious actually, and Paul does say once or twice that Carson was doubting himself because he couldn't remember what had happened to him. I'm therefore not taking anything away from that. To do so would be like saying the episode Phantoms didn't work because they all had an idea that the machine was affecting their perception, and so shouldn't believe what they saw.

I personally found the story to be fantastically engaging, and certainly one I'm going to have to listen to again, at least once if not more. It was mind bending and really felt like a lost episode of Stargate Atlantis. If anything I was a little disappointing that I couldn't see it. Paul McGillion does an amazing job, and you can really feel Carson's confusion and panic in the way he speaks. It was a really great piece for Dr. Carson Beckett and gave the character well deserved time to shine.

The only negative would be that the audio quality of the bonus interview with Paul was pretty terrible. That said, I'm reviewing the story, not the product itself, so to speak.

I'm therefore giving Perchance to Dream a well deserved 4.5 stars. I'm tempted to give it 5, but the story was a little obvious (Still a shock and very entertaining, but you can tell something's not quite right), and the audio levels in the story were off at times and it was a struggle to hear a few of Paul's lines.

I would highly recommend the audiobook to any fan of Stargate Atlantis and/or Carson, who's looking for a riveting drama.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Review: Never Evers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivision

I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or rating in any way. As ever, thank you to Chicken House Books.

In a way this book reminded of The Lizzie Maguire Movie, except in the French alps, and its Gordo who ends up imitating the famous pop star. Queue 'This Is What Dreams Are Made Of' people!
That said, Never Evers is a book that stands on its own two feet (Or is that 250 or so pages?) and is a read that I truly enjoyed.

Kicked out of ballet academy and straight into a school ski trip, Mouse knows certain classmates can't wait to see her fall flat on her face. Meanwhile, Jack looks forward to danger and girls, but hasn't a clue about either. That's until French teen sensation Roland arrives in the resort - who Jack's a dead ringer for. When Roland persuades Jack to be his stand-in for a day, Jack, in disguise, declares his feelings for Mouse. But what happens when he's no longer a pop star - will it be music and magic on the slopes?

Publisher: Chicken House Books

Release Date: 7th January 2016

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Never Evers was quite possibly the most adorable and hilarious YA contemporary I have ever read. I adored everything about it really, and a part of me didn't want it to end.

The authors portrayed the characters perfectly, easily pulling me back to my own time at high school. I very quickly identified with Mouse, one of the two main characters. Like Mouse I struggled with the social aspects of school, finding friends I used to be very close to suddenly turning against me for stupid reasons I still don't quite understand. I too struggled with finding myself, who I wanted to be, and how to get there in the presence of difficulties.

I also found myself identifying with Jack and his anxiety issues, again something I suffered from as a teen who loved drama but was afraid to pursue it after having related drama classes to bullying ('Let's get into groups! Find a partner!' = Yay... Sarcasm intended). For me, as much as I loved drama, it was also 50 minutes per week of pure hell.

The fact that remains is that this book is perfect for anyone who has suffered or does suffer from any social anxieties. Although Jack's storyline didn't get as much closure as Mouse's, the books shows the reader that all we can ever do is be ourselves, and that is a message I love to see being reinforced.

The writing was immaculate, where I could really picture the characters, town, and the snow capped mountains. It was an absolute joy to read.

My only issue with Never Evers is that the ending was a little abrupt and - at least to me - some plot points didn't feel resolved. I can't say much more without spoiling everything but it felt a little like a series finale when the show's been cancelled, and they're having to wrap everything up quickly and forget a few things. There were questions I still wanted answers to, and some that felt too easy, and as far as I'm aware the book is a standalone.

That said, I have to give extra points for Mr Jambon, simply because of the translation (Mr Ham) and because... hamsters <3

Overall I give Never Evers a well deserved 4 stars, and I will certainly be seeking out Lobsters in the near future.

-- "Avez vous ma trousse?" --

Review: Stargate Atlantis - Homecoming

As a huge fan of SG1 and Atlantis, I was ecstatic to find out there had been audiobooks and novelisations published; specifically a series of eight books taking place after series five. At just under £4 each on kindle I wasted no time in downloading the first, entitled Homecoming.


Atlantis has returned to Earth. The team members have dispersed and are beginning new lives far from the dangers of the Pegasus galaxy. They think the adventure is over. 

They’re wrong.

With the help of General Jack O’Neill, Atlantis rises once more — and the former members of the expedition must decide whether to return with her to Pegasus or to remain safely on Earth in the new lives they enjoy... 

Featuring many familiar faces from both series', from Col. Sheppard and team, to Richard Woolsey, Col. Carter and Gen. O'Neill, the book did quite well in starting a new season for the Atlantis crew.

It was bogged down at first with some heavy politics stemming from the fact that season five ended with a cloaked Atlantis floating in the ocean just off San Francisco, but there were many uplifting - sometimes funny - moments from our beloved team, specifically Teyla and John with baby Torren.

I loved that we got to see our characters in a more domestic situation, specifically Rodney and Jennifer arguing over what to name their new cat. It was a little like watching the fun of Sunday, just without the impending danger and WTF ending. I really loved just returning to these characters, even in a different format. We got to see more of a friendship between Carson and Jennifer, some hilarious scenes with out favourite Czech scientist, Radek Zelenka, and even how far Rodney would go to protect Atlantis.

Rodney and Jennifer
There were some great throwback moments to episodes, especially earlier ones, such as brief mentions of Kate Heightmeyer, Laura Cadman and Peter Grodin, to Carson's 'past' (SPOILERS!), and Sora and the Genaii from The Storm/The Eye. I especially loved the interaction between Sora and Carson.

Carson and Sora in 'The Eye'
That said, I did sometimes feel the characters were a little off. It's clear the authors have in depth knowledge of both series', but sometimes certain things struck me, pulling me out of the book. Carson didn't feel entirely Dr. Carson Beckett at times, which - being a huge Carson fan - annoyed me to no end. The 'relationship' between John and Teyla felt fake, and I didn't really buy into O'Neill's motivations. Considering how much effort the show's producers put into Carson and Rodney's friendship also, especially in later seasons, the two just didn't get very many scenes together, which was frankly disappointing. As much as I enjoyed the book, sometimes it didn't read as a continuation from the series, with the characters not entirely acting as we knew them to.

Carson and Rodney: The ultimate BrOTP
As much as the story began to tie up some loose ends, there were also some it cheated on, and some reasonings that didn't feel right. 

In the prologue, Carson is in the command chair flying Atlantis back to Lantea, and the author notes that 'Nearly six years of practice had made him a competent, if reluctant, pilot.' Firstly, Carson - as he has always been reluctant to use his ATA (Ancient Technology Activation) gene - has only used the command chair a handful of times. Secondly, the first time he piloted Atlantis was in the series finale, so he wouldn't have had such training to be competent. Granted, the series itself didn't really explain his capabilities in the finale (The commentary simply stated they wanted him in the episode) but either way this line wasn't necessary. 

Carson piloting Atlantis in 'Enemy At The Gate'
The show proved to us that Carson can pilot; second in the CIA (Chair Interface Aptitude) rankings. That's the end of it. We didn't need a reason for why he's piloting with Sheppard. In fact, the authors end up contradicting themselves with this line in the same section; 'Five and a half years he'd put up with Rodney bullying him over this damned interface'. This is correct, as in the series Rodney - and occasionally Sheppard - have had to bully Carson into using the chair, when he has constantly tried to come up with excuses. In my opinion the section read a little like the authors were trying their hardest to stick with canon whilst still coming up with an excuse for why Carson was capable of flying Atlantis, which - as I said above - isn't needed. 

And if I want to be really picky (Don't take on a cult TV novelisation if you can't handle the super geeks!) 5.5/6 years isn't accurate for Carson's 'Atlantis experience'. Circumstances (SPOILERS!) prevented Beckett from being with the expedition for at least one year, but realistically 2-3 years.

Secondly, when they encounter difficulties with a section of the city, Radek is blamed for actions in the finale we didn't see. It felt a little like the author was trying to answer too many questions, over-explaining some while still being increasingly vague, whilst still telling a separate story and it just didn't work.

The story is great, including the throwbacks, though some of the characterisation could use a little work (Granted the actors do a lot of the work on the show). The 'explanations' were mostly terrible.

Overall, I give the book 3.5 stars. A great read if you just want more SGA, but not so good if you're looking for answers.

Also, there's not nearly enough Ronon!

Don't make Ronon angry...

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Thursday, 7 January 2016

Blog Tour: Interview With Bella Broomstick Author Lou Kuenzler

Hello everyone! Today I have the wonderful pleasure of taking part in the Bella Broomstick Blog Tour and bringing to you all an interview with the book's lovely author, Lou Kuenzler. Although the book is for younger readers, it really is enjoyable for any age and I do urge you all to read it. 


This delightful new series, full of doodle illustrations and themes of friendship and fitting in, will have young readers bewitched from the very first page! Bella Broomstick is a hopeless witch. So hopeless that nasty Aunt Hemlock is sending her to live in Person World - with the warning that she must never do magic again! But when Bella finds a kitten in trouble, a spell is the only way to rescue it. What is Bella to do? For where there is magic, trouble is never far away!

Information about the Book
Title: Bella Broomstick (Bella Broomstick #1)
Author: Lou Kuenzler
Release Date: 7th January 2016
Genre: MG Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic UK
Format: Paperback and E-book

1. Where did your inspiration for Bella Broomstick come from?
The first spark for my stories often begins with a name - like Shrinking Violet or my clumsy princess who I just knew would have to be called Grace in the Princess Disgrace, Tall Towers series.  So there I was, sitting on the 98 bus one dark winter evening, when POW! … Bella Broomstick flew into my imagination. I knew right from the start that she was going to be a bit hopeless at magic (things going wrong are always so much more fun to write about than things going right).  I also knew - like every young witch - she would need a cat. Once I cut out a picture of a cute grey kitten and stuck it above my desk, I knew I was done for. Bella and Rascal wouldn’t go away until I wrote them an adventure to share!

2. Bella is notorious for making mistakes with her spells, do you remember any "ooops" moments from your childhood?
Oh dear! SO many to choose from … but it would probably have to be the time I tried to sneak my ferret into school. She escaped from my satchel and ran up a lady’s trousers on the bus.

3. If you could do any spell, what spell would you choose?
I think I would have to choose an invisibility spell. Like most writers, I am very nosy. If I was able to vanish, I could poke my invisible nose into all sorts of interesting places …

4. Would you choose to live beyond the invisible barrier or stay in Person World?
I would definitely like to go and explore the Magic Realm for a bit. I’d love to try flying on a broomstick and it would be amazing to be able to talk to cats and bats and owls in their own language.  I wouldn’t like to eat Aunt Hemlock’s frog’s spawn porridge though. (Perhaps I’d bring a packed lunch.)

5. What was your favourite part of Bella Broomstick?
My favourite part of Bella Broomstick is when she goes shopping with her new foster mum, Rose.  They visit a big department store and Bella cannot believe that escalators move without anyone putting a spell on the stairs.  She discovers ice cream and marshmallows too. As I was writing, I thought about all the ‘magical’ things we take for granted and how strange and wonderful our world would seem to someone visiting for the first time.

6. Can you describe Bella Broomstick in just 140 characters? (like a tweet)
A young witch who's not very good at magic but can talk to animals. She loves bubble baths and ice cream (not at the same time necessarily).

I hope you all enjoyed that fun interview and don't forget to check out the rest of the stops on the Bella Broomstick Blog Tour! If you're intrigued, you can find more about Lou and some book links below.

Thanks for reading!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

Author Information

Lou Kuenzler likes to write stories which make children laugh.

Her popular SHRINKING VIOLET books are funny, action-packed adventures about a little girl who suddenly shrinks .... Think Mrs Pepperpot with a 21st century twist!

And then Lou's next series PRINCESS DISGRACE introduces the clumsiest princess ever in a comic romp through life at a posh princess academy - unicorns, dragons and japes galore!

For slightly younger readers, Lou's AESOP'S AWESOME RYHMES add a comic, rhyming twist to the classic moral tales.  

While JACK SPLAT: SUPERFLY PEST and JACK SPLAT: DOG'S DINNER tell the fly-on-the-wall adventures of ... well, of a fly!