• A slightly different photo for my @fairyloot unboxing but I just loved this shot🙊
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As I mentioned there’s a full unboxing of the May Unlikely Romances box up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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All the creators and artists have also been tagged in this photo📸
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I finished My Dark Vanessa too last night oh my god what a book. I loved it. •
Today I’m starting Great Expectations and going to try to get through some of that before I spend the evening with my favourite watching Netflix 💕
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  • I left a piece of my heart in Brighton😍
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And Little Hampton, Arundel and we already knew we loved Bristol.
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There’s a rather long post up about the little road trip around the South @sam_g_oldham and I did at the end of May💕
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So many wonderful places, great memories and lovely photos.
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  • Today I spent far too much money on things for upcoming holidays😂
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I’ve lost count of the amount of linen midi dresses I now own🙈
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The rest of the night is being spent in joggers having laptop time. I desperately need to catch up on my reviews!
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Speaking of there’s a review of Song of Sorrow by @melindasalisbury on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Also anyone else struggling with hay fever super bad atm?🤧
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  • Throwback to this brilliant event at Manchester Deansgate Waterstones.
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My interview with @stdennard has just gone up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It was an honour and a joy to interview Sooz. I’ve loved her books for years 😍
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📸: @coffeeeyesandblankstares
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  • A night of relaxation is just what I need👏🏻
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Then tomorrow we’re watching The Act. I’ve been wanting to see it since I saw the first trailer. Based on the true case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard.
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I definitely think I’ll be using one of these masks tonight. There’s a little post about them up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Small self appreciation post because yes, I made this cheesecake.
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And yes it was glorious😍
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And yes I managed to use every bowl in the house making it....a talent someone else I know has 🙊💕
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  • I would much rather be getting ready for another lovely meal out with my favourite💕
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Instead I have a night of life admin and tidying oh joy😂
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I have however started Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta and oh my god it’s amazing.
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There’s a little post up The Royal Oak restaurant and the last time Sam and my family went💕
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  • I have spent all day behind my laptop catching up and getting ahead on all the things I’ve needed to post!
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Then tonight I get to have a Netflix night with my favourite person💕
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Speaking of posting I’ve got a little one up about my new favourite Tapas place - @elgatonegrotapas
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I’m still dreaming about their Jamon Croqettas🤤
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  • We found the most amazing graffiti in Bristol, this was definitely my favourite😍
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Its a lovely little place with a load of great bars and restaurants. This time we also found a food festival and spent a while sat on the edge of the river bank with a cocktail💕
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Highly recommend!
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Wish I was there now though the lie in I had this morning was pretty amazing😂
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  • I’m just over 150 pages into The Star-Touched Queen and what an amazing book😍
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I read some wonderful things in May and a full wrap up of my reading is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Now back to my book and snuggling under my blanket👏🏻
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  • Wish I was still in London getting ready to go watch Hamilton 😭
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At least I get to go back there with my favourite person soon💕
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Recommendations for places to eat and things to do more than welcome🙊
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Books Children's Fiction Reviews

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

January 17, 2018

Sky Song is an utter joy to read...but I'm gonna need to find a synopsis from somewhere else in order to do this plot justice. 

From the Simon and Schuster website - In the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald, whales glide between icebergs, wolves hunt on the tundra and polar bears roam the glaciers. But the people of this land aren’t so easy to find - because Erkenwald is ruled by an evil Ice Queen and the tribes must stay hidden or risk becoming her prisoners at Winterfang Palace.

I wanted to read this after I heard it'd been chosen as a Waterstones book of the month. Then I read the blurb and couldn't wait to start it. I got The Girl of Ink and Stars vibes (review here) and His Dark Materials with the setting. But the story was definitely one on its own. 

We follow the story of two (mainly) young children. Both of them without their families, unsure of who they are and how to complete their quest. Eska can remember her past, all she knows is that she's the Ice Queen's prisoner and her voice supposedly has power. Flint is the second son of the Chief and Chieftainess of the Fur tribe. He still believes in the magic of Erkenwald much to the horror of his older brother and the delight of his younger sister Blu. 

Both Flint and Eska were wonderful characters to read from. Eska was so strong and courageous but especially so in the face of danger. Which the other characters drew their own courage from, particularly Blu. Blu makes my heart happy. Though it's never explicitly said it's implied that Blu's mental age is a lot younger than her actual age. I thought it was fantastic that Blu was included on the quest and was praised by so many other characters for her wisdom. Flint was a character I found easy to relate to. He was torn between being true to himself and creating his inventions or being a warrior like the men of the fur tribe should be. 

Although this novel was a middle grade fantasy it has so many fantastic messages. Most notably use your voice. It's more powerful than you realise which I think is so important to install into to children. But thinking about the care and consideration that went into creating the magic, the lore and the world behind Sky Song, I mean I want to see inside Abi's mind. A mind that creates Thunderghosts, Erkenbears and a wily fox pup named Pebble.    

I was involved in some twitter chats over the past few weekends and one thing that was asked was what kind of friendships do you want to see in YA. Although this is a middle grade I still think my answers were applicable. I want to see more platonic male/female friendships which was exactly what we got with Flint and Eska. They didn't always get on but there was a respect between them and eventually loyalty. The other thing I wanted to see was relationships between different ages. Throughout their journey Eska, Flint and Blu are assisted by a chap called Whitefur (WHO IS FAB) and considerably older. 

Finally, children's books are not just for children. When we grow up we have a choice, keep the wonder, the inquisitiveness, the love of adventures or forget it. Sky Song perfectly captures what it means to believe, to hope and to remain childlike in the best way possible. Read this. Give it to your child. Your mother. Your grandfather. Or the local friendly Narwhal. 

 

INFO

Name: Sky Song

Author(s): Abi Elphinstone

Publisher: Simon and Schuster 

Pages: 273

ISBN: 978-1-4711-4607-7

Rating: 5/5

Have you read Sky Song?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    Rachael
    January 17, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    This is such a great review. Can’t wait to buy Sky Song as soon as I can.

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      January 18, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      Thank-you so much! It’s such a fantastic book. Tell me what you think when you’ve read it?

      Katie x

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