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The Murmurs by Michael J Malone #Review #Giveaway

  I am delighted to be on another great Orenda tour to celebrate Michael J Malone's gothic thriller , The Murmurs . There is also the chance to win a print copy (UK only). Details on how to enter are at the foot of this post.    In the beginning there was fear. White-hot, nerve-shredding fear. Terrifying premonitions of deaths. And then they started… The Murmurs… On the first morning of her new job at Heartfield House, a care home for the elderly, Annie Jackson wakens from a terrifying dream. And when she arrives at the home, she knows that the first old man she meets is going to die. How she knows this is a terrifying mystery, but it is the start of horrifying premonitions … a rekindling of the curse that has trickled through generations of women in her family – a wicked gift known only as 'the murmurs'… With its reappearance comes an old, forgotten fear that is about to grip Annie Jackson. And this time, it will never let go… A compulsive gothic thriller and a

Bear Grylls Adventures - 12 book set #Review


Today on the blog I have a Children's Collection of readers which will appeal to 9-12 year olds. Bear Grylls Adventures is a 12 book set which for curious young readers who enjoy an adventure series.

Each book in this fun new 12-book series from BEAR GRYLLS follows a different child on an outdoor activity camp. Once they are given a magical compass, they meet the inspirational adventurer in an amazing place and learn new skills and facts they can take with them back to their real life.

You can order them here: Books2Door

Titles In This Set:

  1. The Blizzard Challenge
  2. The Desert challenge
  3. The Jungle Challenge
  4. The Sea Challenge
  5. The River Challenge
  6. The Earthquake Challenge
  7. The Volcano Challenge
  8. The Safari Challenge
  9. The Cave Challenge
  10. The Mountain Challenge
  11. The Arctic Challenge
  12. The Sailing Challenge

My Thoughts

This is an appealing set.  All the paperbacks are colourfully illustrated on the covers with an eye-catching design. This series seems to have been designed with the needs of the readers in mind. For example, each story is divided into short chapters with the text clearly set out to aid the young reader. The font is described as reader-friendly, called OpenDyslexic and you can find out more about it here. There is lots of white space on the page to aid comprehension. 

    Black and white illustrations within the text add interest and add to the humour. At the end of each story are some fact-based activities. These take the form of  'Did you know?' sections with interesting facts about each challenge. 

    With simplified language and occasional dialogue, young readers will enjoy following each adventure which will whet their curiosity about the world. These books will encourage some reading stamina and those who love a series will also really enjoy them.

About the Author

BEAR GRYLLS OBE, has become known worldwide as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure.Trained from a young age in martial arts, Grylls went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, as part of 21 SAS Regiment. It was here that he perfected many of the survival skills that his fans all over the world enjoy, as he pits himself against the worst of Mother Nature. You can find out more about him here:

ISBN: 9781786961365 

Book link: Books2Door

Thanks to Books2Door for a copy of the set. 



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