My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral and Missing Arabella Mini Reviews

Today I’d like to chat about two recent releases from Oxford University Press. I was sent a copy of both books unexpectedly. They both looked like fun reads so I was happy to give them a go! Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

My Embarrassing Dad's Gone Viral

Synopsis:

What’s a boy to do when his mum disappears, his dad moves him and his sister to the middle of nowhere, and his life takes a very swift downward turn . . . secretly launch his dad on the internet as the Next Big Thing, of course!

Hi guys!
I bet every one of you knows what it’s like to have an embarrassing parent – right? I bet they’ve done something so cringey that you wanted the ground to open up and swallow you whole. But let me tell you, my friend, NOBODY has a dad like mine. He takes embarrassing to a whole new level. If embarrassing was an Olympic sport, my dad would have, like, a gazillion gold medals.

This hilarious story will have instant appeal to a YouTube-watching generation and is told through a series of vlogs. Combining Ben Davis’s brilliantly-funny voice and Mike Lowery’s amazingly-amazing illustrations is sure to make this a hit with readers everywhere. After all, everyone knows what it’s like to have an embarrassing parent, don’t they?

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Synopsis:

A twin banished . . . an unbreakable bond . . . an unlikely fairytale. Sometimes a disaster is just a disaster, and nothing good can be said about it. But sometimes a disaster is an excuse for a fresh start.

Arabella and Henrietta are twins. If you saw them, you’d find it very hard to tell them apart. But once you get to know them, you’ll discover that although they look alike, that’s where the similarity ends . . .

Henrietta is a constant headache for her parents-always causing problems and upset. Why, oh why can’t she be more like Arabella?

Sent away to live with strange Aunt Renfrew, Henrietta wonders if she’ll ever see Arabella again. But the bond between sisters is strong, and even stronger when your sister is also your twin and your best friend. And so Arabella begins her journey through the forest to find Henrietta . . .

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July Mini Reviews

Here are some mini reviews for some early July releases! Please click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

The Quality of Silence

The Quality of SilenceSynopsis:

On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrived in Alaska.

Within hours they were driving alone across a frozen wilderness

Where nothing grows

Where no one lives

Where tears freeze

And night will last for another 54 days.

They are looking for Ruby’s father.

Travelling deeper into a silent land.

They still cannot find him.

And someone is watching them in the dark.

Three Thoughts

  • A thrilling read
  • Writing builds the atmosphere beautifully.
  • Not always believable

Are You Watching Me?

Are You Watching Me

Synopsis:

Dear Elizabeth,

I’ve been watching you

I hope to see you . . .

Soon.

Liz Cafferky is on the up. Rescued from her dark past by the owner of a drop-in centre for older men, Liz soon finds herself as the charity’s face – and the unwilling darling of the Dublin media.

Amidst her claustrophobic fame, Liz barely notices a letter from a new fan. But then one of the centre’s clients is brutally murdered, and Elizabeth receives another, more sinister note.

Running from her own ghosts, Liz is too scared to go to the police. And with no leads, there is little Sergeant Claire Boyle can do to protect her.

Three Thoughts

  • Intriguing read
  • Didn’t grip me as much as the first book by this author
  • Creepy and chilling

Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

Synopsis:

June barely has time to mourn the death of her best friend Delia, before Delia’s ex-boyfriend convinces her Delia was murdered, and June is swept into a tangle of lies, deceit, and conspiracy.

Three Thoughts

  • Unreliable narrator- wasn’t sure who to trust!
  • Action packed plot.
  • Sometimes predictable