The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary by Martii Maclean @MacleanMartii @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Saturday book lovers!

Excited to share with you today my review for this delightful book perfect for the younger reader! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the blog tour and two Martii MacleanFor her delightful stories!😌🧜🏻‍♀️

The Adventures of Isabel Necessary

The Adv - mmaclean-isabelle-cover-printThe Adventures of Isabelle Necessary

One gutsy eleven-year-old, a cool beach town, a hilarious crew of friends and oodles of adventures.

Once upon a beach, there was a girl called Isabelle Necessary. A girl with an unusual name and a rather extraordinary life. She roams around a sleepy beach town with her loyal team of friends.  Follow Isabelle, Tammy, David, Nin, Draino the cat and Champ the wonder dog as they navigate one sticky situation after another and figure out how to turn a frog into a movie star, deal with a never-ending milkshake and escape being trapped in a lighthouse.

The type of book that brings back childhood memories and captures the essence of being a free-spirited kid.

Perfect for teachers and educators as the book comes with a teacher’s resource guide and student maker kit by Isabelle Necessary herself. Middle-grade reading level.

My Thoughts

This was a fun sweet book full of nostalgia and adventure!🐱🐶🐸

Cats, and dogs, and frogs, oh my! This is the story or rather 15 stories of Isabell Necessary and her adventures… Isabell is a delightful and inquisitive child who lives with her parents in a big house overlooking Mermaid Cove… Isabel‘s parents are up too many important things so it is necessary for them to leave Isabell behind with her great aunt Emma… Great aunt Emma lives in a retirement community and Isabell spends her days exploring Saggy Beach 🏖

Each chapter in this book is a different adventure and they involve such things as haunted houses, dog training, cat rescuing, store running, and so much more! Isabel has all kinds of fun in this retirement community most of the time accompanied by her friend Tammy…. this is a book I would’ve absolutely loved as a young girl… my vivid imagination would have loved picturing myself in these adventures with Isabel and friends…. as a mother I was a bit disturbed that her parents were MIA, but it did make for some good stories and this actually seems to happen quite a bit in books?!?

A fun book that you will adore as a child and treasure as an adult, filled with stories that will leave a big smile on your face🙂

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The Adv - authorbiopic_MartiiMacleanAuthor Bio – Martii Maclean lives in a tin shack by the sea, catching sea-gulls which she uses to make delicious pies, and writing weird stories. She likes going for long bicycle rides with her cat, who always wears aviator goggles to stop her whiskers blowing up into her eyes as they speed down to the beach to search for mermaid eggs. Or how about this…

Martii Maclean writes fantastical, adventurous tales for children and teens and sometimes adults. She was born in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Brisbane with her husband Trevor and her cat Minerva. Her work as an educator and librarian, allows her to share her love of stories and of story-telling with many young people. This inspires Martii to create thought-filled stories that explore the wonderful world of ‘what if’. Find out more about Martii and her stories at

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Where will your book adventures take you today? Berit☀️✨

Trap by Lilja Sigurdardóttir @annecater #bookreview #randomthingstours

Happy Saturday book lovers!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this dark and compelling read! Many thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation to the blog tour! 🇮🇸

TRAP AW.indd
Happily settled in Florida, Sonja believes she’s finally escaped the trap set by unscrupulous drug lords. But when her
son Tomas is taken, she’s back to square one … and Iceland.

Her lover, Agla, is awaiting sentencing for financial misconduct after the banking crash, and Sonja refuses to see
her. And that’s not all … Agla owes money to some extremely powerful men, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it

With her former nemesis, customs officer Bragi on her side, Sonja puts her own plan into motion, to bring down the
drug barons and her scheming ex-husband, and get Tomas back safely. But things aren’t as straightforward as
they seem, and Sonja finds herself caught in the centre of a trap that will put all of their lives at risk…
Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Trap is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

My Thoughts

This was a dark, intriguing, fast-paced story….

This is the second book in this series and unfortunately I did not read the first book and I think I missed out on quite a bit, so I would strongly encourage you to read the first book before picking this one up! Also the Icelandic language is quite complex, I am sure I was pronouncing everything completely wrong! I mean the authors name alone has me stumped! cannot imagine having to learn to spell that in kindergarten, my last name has a mere four letters! In spite of all this I found the story to be quite compelling, It’s certainly move at a quick pace, and left me wanting more!

Sonia had escaped her criminal life in Iceland and move to Florida, but after her son Thomas is kidnapped she must return… there is a lot going on in Iceland, a drug ring, and a lot of financial shenanigans that really quite honestly flew over my head… throw in an evil ex-husband, a jealous exgirlfriend, a lovable customs agent, short chapters, and you will be flying through these pages!

This was a very smooth read and is more than likely due to the translation, so major kudos to the translator… this is a pretty vague review, but I don’t want to give anything away… also with few exceptions I found most of the characters quite unlikable, although I have to say Sonya’s son Thomas really stole the show!

Recommend to those who have read the first book in the series, I truly think I would’ve had a richer experience had I done so myself!

Lilja Sigurðard.
Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in
Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime
novels, with Snare, the first in a new series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have
been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

For more information about TRAP or to arrange an interview with Lilja, please contact : Karen Sullivan:, 07702 628 230 or Sophie Goodfellow:, 07719 007146

Trap First BT Poster

Thank you for dropping by! Berit☀️✨