Fire Girl by Matt Ralphs.
I received a free copy of Fire Girl from the publisher in return for an honest review.
Hazel who has been living in a beautiful magic glade has never ventured out into the real world but when her mother gets kidnapped that's exactly what she has to do. On her journey she comes across many scary people and demons and finds herself in some dangerous situations, but with her grumpy familiar by her side and a few friends she makes along the way, she's determined to save her mother.
I had a lot of fun with this book. The interaction between Hazel and Bramley, her grumpy sarcastic little dormouse familiar, brought a smile to my face every time. The author creates a wonderful easily visualised world full of witches and demons, that has both a dark and sinister side to it but at the same time is full of adventure, love and promise. The characters came alive in my mind while I was reading, I can easily imagine a child being completely captivated by this story.
Fire Girls is Matt Ralphs debut novel and I have a feeling kids everywhere are going to love this book. I'm always on the look out for good childrens books and this is one that's going right onto my to recommend list.
My immediate thought on finishing this book was that I hope there is going to be a sequel and I'm so pleased to see there will be. I also now want a grumpy little dormouse all of my own!
I'm looking forwards to continuing with this story.
Reviews also posted to my blog: Scarlet's Web
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