Posted in Age 8-10, Age 10-12, Age 12-14


Written by Sinéad O’Hart
Prequel to The Eye of the North

Hey everyone!
I’m quite excited about this book review! Why? It’s my first time reviewing a brand-new book. Skyborn by Sinéad O’Hart was only released four days ago! Because we had it pre-ordered from the bookshop Halfway up the Stairs, we got it just as it was released – actually one day before! I started reading right away and finished it the next day! This thrilling “steampunk” adventure follows a boy called Bastjan – and his friends – in his quest to save the circus that he calls home, recover his mother’s precious box and avert certain disaster. You know, I had to look up the word “steampunk”, as I had seen it being used to describe Skyborn, but I had no clue what it meant! But now that I know, it makes perfect sense! This is my new favourite from Sinéad O’Hart! It was such a gripping tale and so full of imagination. Read it and you’ll see what I mean.

BTW, here’s the link to my first ever #Shorts video on YouTube: Sinéad O’Hart bookplates

Posted in Shorts, Just for fun

#Shorts: Sinéad O’Hart bookplates

Skyborn | The Eye of the North | The Star-Spun Web

In Bookmonster’s first ever #Shorts video in YouTube, Bookmonstress Méabh presents her prized bookplates from author Sinéad O’Hart for the books Skyborn, The Eye of the North and The Star-Spun Web.

For the full reviews of Sinéad O’Hart’s three books, click on the links down below.

The Eye of the North
The Star-Spun Web

Posted in Age 8-10, Age 10-12, Age 12-14


Written by Abi Elphinstone
Book 1 of 3 in The Unmapped Chronicles series

Hey Bookmonsters!
In this book review, I take a look at Abi Elphinstone’s Rumblestar. It’s the first in a series of three called The Unmapped Chronicles and is preceded by Everdark. The author’s storytelling skills are second to none and she has an incredible way with words, as evidenced in the beautifully imaginative names of various creatures and places. The story follows risk-averse 11-year-old Casper as he voyages into the Unmapped Kingdom of Rumblestar, together with Utterly, leaving behind his own world of Faraway. In this new world, he finds himself faced with the impossible task of saving the kingdom and its magic from an evil harpy called Morg and her winged Midnights. This tale is positively bursting with magic, imagination and adventure. It is absolutely breathtaking.

Because this book is one of my all-time top favourites, it features in my video on my Top Ten reads – in case you’d like to check that out too.

Posted in Age 10-12, Age 12-14

The Legend Of Greg

Written by Chris Rylander
Book 1 of 3 in An Epic Series of Failures

Hey Bookmonsters!
Welcome to my new book review – this one is on a fun book called The Legend of Greg by Chris Rylander. It’s the first in a trilogy, which the author dubs “An Epic Series of Failures”! And that’s exactly what it is – a hilariously funny series of action-packed adventures, led by Greg, a young dwarf who seems to attract trouble at every turn! So much fun, totally enjoyable.

Posted in Age 8-10, Age 10-12, Age 12-14


Written by Katharine Orton

Hi everyone!
My book review today is on Katharine Orton’s fiction-fantasy tale Nevertell. This story starts out in a prison camp in the frozen Siberian tundra. And while Nevertell is a magical and fictional tale, the setting is based on real-life Soviet forced labour camps (Gulags). The story is so well told that you feel like you’re right there with Lina and Bogdan as they make their escape, criss-crossing the icy, menacing wastelands of Siberia, hotly pursued by a powerful sorceress and her shadow wolves. Totally breathtaking!

I loved this book so much that it is currently one of my Top Ten reads! Why not check out my Top Ten video to discover Nevertell’s ranking?!