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Arcacia by T.A. Barua eARC Review – Digital Reads Blog Tour

I was sent an eARC of Arcacia by T.A. Barua to read as part of the Digital Reads Blog Tour.
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Rating: 3/5

Here is the synopsis:

When a beautiful sorceress-queen, Selina, spurns Setanor, a powerful, jealous northern warlock, an invasion of Western Arcacia begins. To save her newborn triplets from death, they are cast down a magical river to the New World, a place called, ‘London, England.’
Thirteen years later in a cold, Victorian London attic… The future of Sophie, an impoverished orphan looks bleak but everything changes, to her astonishment after a young witch arrives through her bedroom window with an incredible message and a warning. So begins her life in a beautiful, enchanted ancient world…
How do Sophie and her four friends summon the tremendous courage to rescue her long lost family while restoring Arcacia from dark, ruling forces? Mystical beasts, sceptres, powerful witches and daemon-trolls are just some of their challenges. Meanwhile, the dreaded terrifying warlock, Setanor and his witch-consort Lilith have sent a secret enemy to plan their downfall…

This is a debut novel by T.A. Barua but before I even begin with the actual book can we just appreciate how beautiful the cover is! It’s what attracted me to the book in the first place!

This book is a story with magic and a fun adventure. It has family love, friendships and coming of age.

The story starts with thirteen year old Sophie, who’s grown up in an orphanage in London, when she discovers that she actually comes from a magical land and is the daughter of a sorceress-queen. She gets taken to Arcacia and finds out she has a brother and sister and that the land is being ruled by an evil warlock, Setanor.

We travel with her as she discovers the new land and finds out about all the magical creatures that live there from trolls, elves and goblins to witches and wizards. She also attends a school for people with magic and then decides to go in search for her parents and siblings. So the main story is in her finding them and saving the land from the evil Setanor.

I really liked the plot and the world that the author created but the story felt a little jarring and didn’t flow well which did make it harder for me to truly enjoy the story.

There was plenty of characters from the kids that Sophie befriends and adults who help Sophie along the way which I liked as it gave the chance for the kids to be the heroes but also get support from the adults to help them. But I wish there had been more character development. They felt a bit one dimensional and the story while good could have been great with more complex characters and more development as the story went on.

The story had a lot going on which made it a fun read but I do wish there had been more plot twists or obstacles in which the characters had to overcome as I felt everything happened too conveniently.

Overall I enjoyed the story and it’s a fun, faced read for anyone who enjoys travelling to magical worlds.

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The Worlds Worst Zoo by Robbie Yates – Digital Reads Blog Tour

Hey Booknerds! I am taking part in the Digital Reads Blog Tour and I am here to share with you all a brand new children’s book called Daniel Daniels and the Worlds Worst Zoo by Robbie Yates!

Read on for the synopsis and an extract from the book!

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Synopsis:

Daniel Daniels spends most of his time doing one of two things:
  1. Avoiding the school bully, or
  2. Hanging out with his animal friends.
Unfortunately, Daniel’s animal friends all live at The World’s Worst Zoo, run by the cruel and crabby Mr Gregory.
One day, an unfortunate incident with some ointment at the zoo leaves Daniel with a few special tricks up his sleeve‌—‌tricks that he can use to save the animals, and teach Mr Gregory a lesson.
Curious, witty and sweet, this adventurous chapter book will charm and thrill the young and the young-at-heart!

And you can also read an short excerpt of the book here!

I’d once seen Mr Gregory try to teach the monkeys some tricks. I suppose he had been hoping that it would attract more customers to the zoo.
He was gesticulating wildly as he shouted commands. He was trying to get them to catch balls and clap their hands. The monkeys, of course, were not cooperating.
One monkey seemed to have figured out what Mr Gregory wanted them to do, and the cheeky fellow was doing the opposite. When Mr Gregory told them to go left, he scuttled right. When Mr Gregory said, “Jump!” he sat squarely on the floor. When Mr Gregory said, “Catch the ball!” the monkey simply watched as the ball arced over his head and landed in front of him. It was hilarious.
Mr Gregory didn’t think so. His response was to hold an enormous, luscious banana in front of the cage. Slowly, he peeled back each section of its skin. Before long, every single monkey’s eyes were fixed on the banana. Mr Gregory took one bite, groaned in satisfaction, chewed, and swallowed. Then, he yanked the rest of the banana out of its peel, dropped it on the ground, and stomped on it, grinding it into the dirt.
The monkeys were heartbroken. They hadn’t been fed for days.
One day, someone had complained about the birds squawking too much. Mr Gregory responded by eating his lunch in front of the aviary for a whole week.
“That’s not too bad,” I hear you say. Except that Mr Gregory’s lunch that week was chicken drumsticks.
“This chicken is delicious,” he had murmured. “I do love poultry. So tender and tasty.”
The birds got very quiet after that.

You can find more about the author and his books here:

Hipster breakfast egg characters with mustache, beard, black bowler hat and glasses. Creative design holiday poster eggs cups. drawn gentleman faces vintage style. gray background.Author Bio: Robbie Yates is an author based in the vibrant city of Melbourne, Australia. He enjoys the crunch of autumn leaves, and eating tasty snacks from his childhood.
In his free time, Robbie likes to read the stories of Roald Dahl, Paul Jennings and J.K. Rowling. Robbie also likes to go geocaching, play board games, and have water-balloon fights.

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