The Shop on Peculiar Hill by Grimly Darkwood (Book Review)

The Shop on Peculair Hill by Grimly Darkwood

42979501Format: Paperback (Review Copy)

Source: Sent to me by the author

Publisher: Journey Fiction

Genres: Children’s Fiction, Fantasy, Magical

Publication Date: 26th November 2018

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from back of book):

“When Peter comes to live with his aunt and uncle at the shop on Peculiar Hill, he has a lot to learn. What are bogeys and feeble-greebs and the other fierce creatures which live in the nearby Vale of Strange? Why is it so important to wear a hat and sturdy boots? And what is this stuff called strangeness which comes bubbling out of the ground? When Peter discovers the dark secret which lurks at the heart of this place, he finds his efforts to make things better do not go according to plan. He sets out to make amends with the aid of his new friend Amanda, but how can he know that requesting her help will prove to be such a very big mistake?


My Thoughts & Review

Firstly, I would like to thank the author for sending me a review copy of this book.

This is Grim Darkwood’s debut and first novel in theVale of StrangeSeries. It’s originally aimed at readers aged 8-12 year olds but after reading it I think it’s a great read for any age.

For someone who hasn’t read a book in the age group for ages I really found it enjoyable.

The book is beautifully written, with an interesting story full of adventure and strange creatures. It was also funny and gripping  all at the same time.

I thought the pacing was perfect for the age group that this book is aimed for. I finished this book quite quickly as it is very short with only 280 pages. A perfect length for young readers.

The character’s felt very unique and interesting and I liked them very much.

The ending of this book was really good. It leaves you ready for the next book. I look forward to seeing what Grim Darkwood has planned for the next book in series.

Overall a quick and fun read, full of great imagination from the author and a book that is great for readers of all ages.

Would I recommend this book?

Definitely a book I would recommend. Especially if your looking for something a little different and a quick read. 

My Rating


You can find our more about the author and read moe reviews from the other readers by visiting Grimly Darkwoods blog, which you can find here.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get chatting.

Happy Reading Everyone!!!


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  1. […] We’re pleased to report an excellent five-heart review for ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’ at Mani’s Book Corner blog. Mani says: “This is Grim Darkwood’s debut and first novel in the Vale of Strange Series. It’s originally aimed at readers aged 8-12 year olds but after reading it I think it’s a great read for any age.” You can read the whole of the review on Mani’s site here. […]

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