Tender Is The Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

Image of the front cover of the ebook version of Tender Is The Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica. The front cover is displayed on a Kindle Paperwhite which is laid on a dark blue background printed with bundles of herbs tied together. The front cover features the author's name and the book title alongside an image of a swirling red fabric that looks like a gush of blood. To the left is a title that reads 'Review, Tender is the flesh by Agustina Bazterrica, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Excuse me whilst I collect my jaw up off the floor. Never ever has a book ending made me feel so utterly enraged, thoroughly deceived and unexpectedly shocked as this one has.
Imagine a world in which animal meat is no longer fit for human consumption. Where do we turn for our meat fix? I'll give you a clue-it's not plant based. Humans are bred for consumption. Raised like cattle with no rights. 

Living Arrows | Beach Baby

Image of a young girl in a leopard print dress and pink sunglasses sat burying her feet on a golden sandy beach. Behind her is the horizon, a clear blue sea and blue sky.

  'You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth' Khalil Gibran.

We've been a bit AWOL from the blog and Living Arrows for a while, mainly because I've been enduring the pregnancy from hell! It started with intense sickness, then immense pain that turned out to be gallstones (on the waiting list for surgery to remove my gallbladder) and there's been the ongoing endocrine/autoimmune issues that were going on before I was pregnant. I've been exhausted and ill and honestly hating it- it's been nothing like my pregnancy with Iris.

Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi

Image of the front cover of the ebook version of Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi. The front cover is displayed on a Kindle Paperwhite which is laid on a brightly coloured background that looks like a bookcase with the spines facing towards the viewer. The front cover features the author's name and the book title alongside an image of a fountain pen and some circles that are reminiscent of ink blobs. To the left is a title that reads 'Review, Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi is unlike anything I've ever read before. It's a book within a book. There's a collection of individual and stand alone murder short stories collectively known as The White Murders that are interspersed throughout the main book, Eight Detectives in such a unique way. Eight Detectives focuses on publisher, Julia and the illusive and socially withdrawn author Grant as they discuss the upcoming publication of Grant's iconic work "The White Murders". As a reader we get a short story from The White Murders followed by a chapter that involves Julia interviewing Grant discussing the short story, how we wrote it and what it meant to him at the time. It's a fantastic format and not nearly as complicated as I've made it sound.

My 2nd Pregnancy - 0-20 Weeks

Image of a black and white ultrasound picture taken at 20 weeks gestation. To the left of the image is a title that reads 'autistic and pregnant, my second pregnancy: 20 week update, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

They say that no two pregnancies are the same and my second pregnancy has certainly proven this to be true. This is actually the fourth time I've been pregnant but due to early miscarriages this is only the second time I've made it to the second trimester. This pregnancy has been a real eye opener- if this had been my first pregnancy, it would also have been my last. It has been horrific.

Haven't They Grown by Sophie Hannah

Image of the front cover of the ebook version of Haven't They Grown by Sophie Hannah. The front cover is displayed on a Kindle Paperwhite which is laid on a stone coloured background printed with cactus plants. The front cover features the author's name and the book title alongside an image of some ornate front gates leading to a house. To the left is a title that reads 'Review, Haven't They Grown by Sophie Hannah, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Beth and Flora haven't spoken in years, not since their children were little. Now the children are all grown up, well, some of them are.... Haven't They Grown by Sophie Hannah follows Beth as she attempts to unravel how and why her former best friend's children haven't aged in twelve years. Is it a web of lies and deceit? Is Beth slowly losing her sanity or are unaging children merely the tip of the iceberg? 

Days Out | Sundown Adventureland

Image of a young girl riding on a flying pig ride at Sundown Adventureland. The girl is smiling and looks very happy. To the left of the image is a title that reads 'Days Out, Sundown Adventureland, Rampton, DN22 0HX, www.chatterfox.co.uk'

Sundown Adventureland is a theme park specifically aimed at children under 10 years of age. We visit Sundown often as we're annual pass holders. It's close to where Dan's family live, making it a perfect day out for us all. Sundown is a bit of a local treasure as it's been around for many years, my grandparents can remember visiting it when it was Pets Corner and though it's changed dramatically over the years it's still owned by the same family. 

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