Friday 5 February 2021

Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #155 featuring **The Midnight Hour** by Benjamin Read & Laura Trinder PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks, and sadly today I am commiserating as mew will have read on The Pet Parade that my totally ingenious plan to raise money for book buying was sadly thwarted by petty-minded zealots which has unfortunately left me in a bit of a bind, pardon the pun... ah well I suppose all I can wish for now is a billionaire cat to come and take pity on my predicament, shower me with millions and sponsor the library to keep it going for future generations. Does anypurrdy know if Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos have cats that I can write to and plead my case?

Well, one can wish! MOL

Anyhoo enough of my dreadful week, I do have some good news today, well not good news more celebratory news...

Happy Birthday Banner ©BionicBasil® the P.A. who happens to turn four hundred and elebenty-two today, so many happy returns.

And let's all sing together.

Happy Purrday to mew
Squashed tomouses and stew
Happy Purrday dear P.A.
Happy Purrday to mew!   

Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray!

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. February is the perfect month to _________.

2. I have a subscription to _________.

3. _________ is my kind of humor.

4. I shouldn't _________, but I do anyway.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. February is the perfect month to have a birthday, and it's mine today! LOL

2. I have a subscription to a monthly book box for Amber from Feline and Fiction, a monthly cat grass subscription from My Cat Grass for all The B Team and a fun beauty box from Look Fantastic just for me. I used to subscribe to 3 or 4 magazines but I found after a while most of the stuff they were sharing all seemed a little repetitive, and magazines aren't cheap now, so boxes are way more fun! 

3. Lots of things make me laugh, there is no definite one style that tickles me, 
all-round-humour is my kind of humor.

4. I shouldn't procrastinate, but I do anyway. Since my fall some days I find things so difficult, as I damaged my coccyx and lower back I can't sit for long, so any long-winded computer-related activity is off the cards or anything that requires sitting for any period of time.  I suppose I should try a standing desk, but if I stand too long my lower back locks up.  It's all really annoying, so I do actively try to avoid sitting and writing, which then bugs me as I have so much computer work to do. Ah well so it goes, sometimes life just sucks, but it could have been so much worse! 

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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

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The Midnight Hour


Benjamin Read & Laura Trinder 

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

Emily's parents have vanished into the secret world of the Midnight Hour - a Victorian London frozen in time - home to magic and monsters. Emily must find them in the city of the Night Folk, armed only with a packed lunch, a stowaway hedgehog and her infamously big mouth.

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Before I begin, this isn't a cat book as I thought I'd mix things up a bit this week and share a really exciting kids book, and while there's no cat it does have a hedgepig in it. And the really funny thing is we've always called hedgehogs hedgepigs, and the authors use that same terminology in the book.

This is a fun, fast-paced, twisty plot, full of eccentric characters and set in a parallel London of 1859. It does have a bit of a steampunk vibe crossed with a Terry Pratchett Discworld novel; there's magic abound and creatures galore, and not all of them are nice.

Emily, our hero has to find her mum and dad aftur they go missing. As she journeys into the alternate London for the furst time chased by a bear, she has no clue what's in store on her quest to save with day. That's all the spoiler mew'll get from me as mew know how much I detest spoilerizing things! MOL

All I'm going to say is this; if mew like Terry Pratchett, and/or steampunk this is definitely for mew.

A fun book for all ages, even though it is classed as middle-grade.

  • Publisher: Chicken House
  • Paperback: 288 pages
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Ratings of:

The Midnight Hour

Overall Enjoyment

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I really hope mew enjoy the book if mew get a copy.

It's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't furget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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  1. Good review sweet Amber and we enjoyed those fill-in answers. Happy Birthday to the P.A. from all of us here!

  2. Happy Birthday to the PA, and many happy returns of the day!
    We don't have hedgepigs here, but almost every novel that I read that takes place in the English countryside has one or two!

  3. Happy Birthday to your your PA
    Hope you get the money from somewhere.
    Good Luck

  4. Happy Birthday to the PA!
    Another great review, Amber. I hope you find that source to keep adding to your library.

  5. Happy Birthday PA! and Amber I hope you find another money making scheme soon.

  6. ♪♫Happy Birthday to you,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Birthday to you,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Birthday Dear Personal Assistant,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Birthday to you.♪♫

    The books sounds really good, Amber.

    Love your fill-ins and I'm the queen of procrastination. I didn't used to be, but I rock at it now.

    Have a fabulous birthday and weekend. Scritches to the kitties. ♥

  7. Happy Birthday dear P.A.
    Happy Birthday dear P.A.
    You keep the wheels turning, the home fires burning, with the occasional treat
    Happy Birthday dear P.A.
    We love all things about old time England and throw in Magic and Monsters and Oh-My we will add this one to our list. Thanks Amber

  8. Happy Birthday P.A.!!! The book sounds interesting, Amber.

  9. First off, we want to wish your PA a most Happy Birthday! We are sure you guys took care of the best pawty EVER! Our Mum says she really enjoyed the PAs answers to the fill-ins and we KNOW that our Mum's answer to #3 would be the same. Our Mum has had some issues with her coccyx and lower back and she says, it really is difficult to deal with and takes way longer to get better than she would have thought. And THANK YOU for pointing us towards a new book. The Midnight Hour sounds really interesting. We hope you have a marvellously Happy Weekend

  10. Wow! Happy Birthday to you, Miss PA!!

    We are sorry your injuries are causing you so many issues still, what a bummer! But we still love you and we are glad you try to keep us 'entertained' and learning things like book revues and crafts and puzzles too.

    Amber, you must find some book in your vast collection that gives info about self fundraising...or 'growing' your funds to great amounts of riches! You know the stocks and such...sometimes you can 'win' big!

  11. First off, sorry I am a day late, I don't know how I missed your post yesterday. Happy Belated Birthday to the PA_ she should celebrate all month. Any billionaire cat would be lucky to date you. I like Victorian England settings so that book sounds great. Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, I always enjoy her answers, but I am sorry she still has a lot of pain. XO

  12. Hi everyone, We would like to know we get a Library Card from Amber?
    Crystal And Daisy Mae

  13. We wished the PA a happy day on Facebook, but we are here to do it again. Happy birthday to you, dear friend! We hope your coming year is epic! XO

  14. Oh, and Amber, that book sounds really great. Steampunk and a parallel London? Yeah!

  15. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop sweeties!

  16. Sounds like a great read, thanks Amber!

  17. Happy Birthday to the PA! I've never heard the term hedgepig! Very cute.

  18. BEST Birthday song every and many furry returns to your P.A....and fantastic library!!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,

  19. Dear Sweet Amber,
    Daisy Mae and I see everyone with a library card for your library. We want one too. How do we get our library cards?
    Please let us know.
    Crystal And Daisy Mae


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