Star Friends: Mirror Magic by Linda Chapman

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Star Friends: Mirror Magic by Linda Chapman

Hello All!

Today I am here with a review of the very cute book that is Star Friends: Mirror Magic!


Star FriendsTitle: Mirror Magic
Author: Linda Chapman
Illustrator: Lucy Flemming
Publisher: Stripes
Published: 6th April 2017
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Waterstones

Summary:
Do you believe in magic?

Maia and her friends do! And when they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of magical adventure unfolds.

When Maia meets Bracken, a fox with indigo eyes, she is amazed at how beautiful and unusual it is. Then she realizes that she can hear the fox speaking to her! Maia and her friends are Star Friends – girls who can use magic to keep the world in harmony.

Maia’s older sister has started acting strangely and the Star Animals sense dark magic at work. Can the girls use their newfound Star Magic to help them put a stop to it?


Sometimes You

I am about to put my hands up here and admit that I have never before read a Linda Chapman book. This is quite startling, I’m sure but I’ve just never gotten around to it, unfortunately. Of course, this all changed when Star Friends: Mirror Magic arrived on my doorstep. I had never heard of this series before but as soon as I saw the cover and read the blurb, I knew that I simply had to read the book and see what it was all about. It is the kind of the book that I would have absolutely loved when I was younger as I loved both animals and magic – hell, I still do! I’m so glad I took the leap with this book as I very much enjoyed it. It only took me a short while to read but in that time I was fully transported into the new world.

Just Need

One of the things that I really admired about this book was the way that the children were given animal guides. It reminded me a lot of Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights trilogy, which, when I read them as a child made me wish I had an animal companion so that I was never truly alone. I felt exactly the same about the animals in this book. They’re all so wonderful and lovely and will always be with their star friends when they’re needed. What more could anyone really want? On top of that, I loved the way that the friends all grew as the book progressed and I am ultimately very interested to read the next book to see what happens next!

A Little Magic

I’m going to have to go all controversial for a moment and let you know that my favourite character was in fact the fox animal guide. While I loved all of the guides and all of the three main characters, it was Bracken. I have to admit I am probably a little more drawn to foxes due to the Foxcraft series by Inbali Iserles, but I’m sure that’s not the only reason Bracken was my favourite. He was also the cutest animal, the one who seemed the keenest and just seemed to shine that little bit more. I did also really like Maia and her friends and have to admit that Linda Chapman has done a brilliant job of creating vibrant and loveable characters in this book.

To Survive

This was a short read – mostly as it was aimed at young children but despite that it was a book full of emotions, adventure and a book that really packed a punch too. I was instantly transported into the world of star friends and was very sad when I returned to the real world and remembered I do not have a star friend. It is a lovely and magical book that I think a lot of children will absolutely devour. It is a book about friendship, love and is also full of adventure too – what more could you possibly want? So, if you’re looking for a heart-warming and touching story, you should pick up this book. Last, but certainly not least, the thing that really helps to make this book even more special are the beautiful and vibrant illustrations.

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop

Posted on 16 April, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop

Hello All!
Today I am here with a review of a book that I absolutely loved and highly recommend; The Bookshop Girl!

The Bookshop GirlTitle: The Bookshop Girl
Author: Sylvia Bishop
Illustrator: Ashley King
Publisher: Scholastic UK
Published: 2nd March 2017
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
This story is about a little girl named Property Jones, so-called because she was left in the lost property cupboard of a bookshop when she was five years old. Property loves living in the bookshop, but she has a whopper of a secret… she can’t actually read! So Property doesn’t see the newspaper article announcing the chance to win the Montgomery Book Emporium, the biggest and most magnificent bookshop in the world! When her family win the competition, Property finds herself moving to the Emporium, a magical place filled with floor upon floor of books and a very bad-tempered cat. But all is not at it seems at the Emporium and soon Property Jones finds herself in a whole heap of trouble.


Sometimes You

After reading Erica’s Elephant I was primed and ready to read her next book, certain that it would be another magical and lovely book. Fortunately, I was not wrong. The Bookshop Girl is a magnificently beautiful and adventurous book that really shows how talented Sylvia Bishop actually is. In a world where being different can be difficult to deal with, Sylvia Bishop has created a story that truly celebrates being different. She has written a story that is magical, unique and full of a wonderful story of acceptance and love. It is a book that you do not want to miss.

Just Have To

I do not want to go into too much detail about this book as I do not want to spoil it’s mysteriousness but what I will say is that Sylvia Bishop really knows how to pull the reader in with a wonderful and creative imagination. I absolutely loved everything about the world that The Bookshop Girl is set in. It was vivid and vibrant, easy to imagine, and included a bookshop that I would definitely want to visit if it existed in real life! Sylvia Bishop has created a book that is very likely to capture the hearts of children and adults alike with a fast-paced and action-packed plot surrounding a wonderful backdrop of books and bookshops.

Lose Yourself

There is absolutely no way to not fall in love with Property Jones. She is a very lovable, very adorable, very interesting character who naturally finds a way to charm herself into your life. I very much enjoyed reading about her and getting to know her a little better as I did so too. I loved following her journey and cheering her on as well. It made the book that much more entertaining and exciting. I also really liked Gunther the cat too. And the rest of the Property’s family were all so lovely and interesting to read about as well. Sylvia Bishop has created a wonderful cast of characters for this book.

In a Bookshop

This book is just as magical and lovely as Erica’s Elephant – if not more so! It is full of adventure, mystery and love. The perfect book for children who are looking for books that are just a little bit different. It is a book that will lift your spirit instantly and one that will leave just a little bit of hope in your heart too. Accompanied by some absolutely fantastic illustrations, this is a book that I am certain children and adults are all going to love. So if you love cute, charming and beautiful books, you should definitely make sure you read this book!

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Dream Magic by Joshua Khan

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Dream Magic by Joshua Khan

Hello All!

I missed my stop on the Dream Magic blog tour but today I am here to tell you my five favourite things about the book! You can also see my review of the first book by clicking here.

And here is some information on the book!


About the Book

Dream Magic In a world ruled by six ancient Houses of Magic, a girl and a boy begin an epic and dangerous journey of discovery . . . Lileth Shadow, princess of darkness, is struggling with her growing powers. Castle Gloom is filling with ghosts, zombies roam the country and people throughout Gehenna are disappearing. Then Lily is attacked in her own castle by a mysterious sorcerer known as Dreamweaver and his army of jewel-spiders whose bites send victims to sleep. Thorn, and his giant bat Hades, must save Lily from the realm of sleep and help her overcome the evil Dreamweaver in order for her to reclaim her kingdom.

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Five Favourite Things about Dream Magic

Fantasy World

I have to admit that I am more than a little in love with the Fantasy world that Joshua Khan has created in these series. It’s interesting and unique. Just when you think you have it all figured out, something else happens and it’s absolutely brilliant. Joshua has created a vibrant and flowing world that fits well together. Not only that, it’s also written about in such a fantastic way that I could imagine everything so vividly too.

Kick-ass Heroine

What really makes this book better is that at its center is a truly kick-ass heroine. Lily is stubborn, powerful and clever. She is fearless too. She’s also scared, emotional and loyal. I thought she made such a wonderful character to read about and I loved how well she gets on with Thorn. Everything that is thrown her way is dealt with interestingly and with creativity – which I love!

Adventurous and Mysterious Plot

The one thing that in my review of the first book in this series that I mentioned loving was that the book had a little sprinkle of everything and the same goes for this second book. Joshua Khan has done a brilliant job of mixing genres together with my two favourites being the adventure and mystery. Something is going on that is dangerous but no one knows for sure what is happening. It is up to Lily and Thorn to save the day.

Packed Full of Emotion

If there is one thing that I love about reading, it is when books bring out emotions in me. I love reading books that make me cry and laugh and smile. Books that make me feel hopeful and fearful. If it ignites emotion, then it means I am connecting with the book perfectly. Joshua Khan is not afraid to cause emotions in the reader so, naturally, I absolutely love this aspect of the book. I went through so many emotions while reading this book – including big fat ugly tears!

Narrative

Lastly, but certainly not least, I really enjoyed the narrative style of these books. I’m not sure how Joshua Khan did it but the books flow easily and quickly absorb you into this wonderful fantasy world. The characters fly off the page and all of the dialogue works really well too. I just love how easily it was to find myself lost in the words and how quickly I was able to escape the real world. I would highly recommend this book for that reason alone!


About the Author

JOSHUA KHAN Joshua Khan was born in Britain. From very early on he filled himself with the stories of heroes, kings and queens until there was hardly any room for anything else. He can tell you where King Arthur was born* but not what he himself had for breakfast. So, with a head stuffed with tales of legendary knights, wizards and great and terrible monsters it was inevitable Joshua would want to create some of his own. Hence SHADOW MAGIC. Josh lives in London with his family, but he’d rather live in a castle. It wouldn’t have to be very big, just as long as it had battlements.
*Tintagel, in case you were wondering.

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Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan

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Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan

Title: Shadow Magic
Author: Joshua Khan
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: 6th October 2016
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
In a world ruled by six ancient Houses of Magic, a girl and a boy begin an epic and dangerous journey of discovery… After her parents’ murder, 13-year-old Lilith “Lily” Shadow rules Gehenna from Castle Gloom, an immense and windowless citadel. Once Lily’s ancestors commanded spirits, communed with the dead, and raised armies from out of the grave. But now her country is about to be conquered by the Shadows’ ancient enemies – the Solars, the lords of light. Thorn is a peasant boy, wily and smart, sold into slavery and desperate to escape. So when he’s bought by Tyburn, executioner to House Shadow, he’ll agree to just about anything – even to serving Castle Gloom for a year and day in order to earn his freedom. When Lily is nearly poisoned by a ruthless and unknown assassin, she and Thorn embark on a dangerous quest to save Gehenna, a weird and wonderful land of haunted castles, mysterious forests and an unforgettable giant bat. Together they must unravel a twisted plot of betrayals, pride and deadly ambition.


Sometimes You

I’ve mentioned this plenty of times before but one of the things I love about books is being able to fully absorb myself in them and this is exactly what happened with Shadow Magic. There was something magical (*cough*badpun*cough*) about the way the narrative of this story pulled me in. Within only a few chapters I was truly immersed in the story and was thinking about it even when I wasn’t reading it. Thus I managed to read it quickly as I kept itching to return to it so that I could read more and dive back into this fascinating novel.

Have To

Joshua Khan has created a strong and well-balanced plot that keeps you guessing and flicking the pages too. This book is a fantasy novel wrapped in an adventure wrapped around crime and mystery. It’s perfect. It has comedy, heart-warming emotions, friendship, family, and love. It has ghosts and ghouls, darkness, magic and light. It literally has a little bit of everything and it all works together brilliantly. I was truly enraptured with the plot and absolutely loved how it all came together in the end. Utterly marvelous.

Go Where

As with most fantasy novels, this book held a vast array of characters. Some villains, some noble royals, some feisty squires and one kick-ass princess too. I feel that Khan has done a good job of creating a realistic and vibrant set of characters that you can’t help but feel emotional for. My favourite character was Lily and I am really looking forward to reading more about her in the next series. I also liked Thorn as well, a very interesting character to say the least! But really, the best character in this book is Hades. And that is all I am going to say about that – you will have to read the book to find out why!

You’re Needed

It has been a long time since I have read a fantasy novel that has been absorbed quickly by me. I was thrown into this story and fell instantaneously for the world and the characters that inhabit it too. This is a book that has a little bit of everything, which in turn is what makes it that much more entertaining to read about. It is a book that will take you on an adventure, make you feel tense and alert, will cause tears to leak from your eyes and also make you literally laugh out loud. What more could you possibly want?

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Attack of the Alien Dung (Pet Defenders) by Gareth P. Jones [Giveaway!]

Posted on 9 February, 2017 by Faye - 4 Comments

Attack of the Alien Dung (Pet Defenders) by Gareth P. Jones

Hi All!
Today is my spot on the Attack of the Alien Dung blog tour and I am here today to give you a chance to win the book! For how to enter the giveaway, keep reading to the end of the post!


About the Book

Attack of the Alien Dung The Pet Defenders Code:
1. The safety of Planet Earth depends on you.
2. Humans MUST NOT know the truth. GOOD LUCK – you’ll need it…

It’s up to Mitzy and Biskit to save the world from alien invasions – just so long as they can stop fighting like cat and dog for long enough to do it!

Secret agent Biskit is not happy when he discovers his new partner Mitzy is a cat – everyone knows that cats and dogs don’t mix. But saving the earth from alien invasions must come first and the planet is under attack! A cluster of cow pats has flown into town and they’re whipping up a stink… It’s time for Biskit and Mitzy to put aside their differences and kick some alien butt!

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About the Authors

Gareth P. Jones is the best-selling author of many books for children, including the NINJA MEERKATS series, and THE CONSIDINE CURSE, for which he won the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012 award. Gareth also works as a producer of TV documentaries and lives in Forest Hill, south east London, with his wife and children.

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Steve May is an illustrator and animator based in north London. He was born in sunny Hastings and has an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art. As an illustrator he has produced work for a variety of clients including Puffin and Faber.

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Giveaway

I have one copy of Attack of the Alien Dung to giveaway to one lucky person! All you have to do to enter is comment below with the animal you would love to have as your pet! (Even if they’re not normally kept as a pet!)

Entrants must be 13 years or older or have parental permission to enter.

Winners will be notified by e-mail (so make sure you provide yours!) and will have 28 days to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Entries will close at 6pm on Thursday 16th February

Good luck!

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School Wars Blog Tour!

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School Wars Blog Tour!

Hi There!

Today is my stop on the School Wars Blog Tour and I am here to support St Grizzle’s! I love Karen McCombie’s books and this one is brilliant!

Without further ado, here’s some more info about the book and then I have a stunning guest post from Karen herself!


About the Book

Hi I’m Dani and my mum loves penguins’ bums more than me. Otherwise she’d never dump me in some stuffy old school while she heads off to the Antarctic.

And it gets worse. When we arrive at St Grizelda’s School for Girls, the school’s had a drastic makeover. Gone are the uniforms, the rules and … er, most of the pupils and staff.

In their place is TOTAL CHAOS.

We’re greeted by a bunch of stampeding eight-year-olds, a head-butting goat and a crazy head teacher wearing a plastic-spoon crown…

Somebody get me OUT of here!

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Top 10 School Stories by Karen McCombie

*Swoooop…!* That was the sound of me carefully side-stepping the obvious school story of them all (soz, JK). Instead, I have a smattering of new and old, serious and seriously funny school stories for your reading pleasure.
You’re welcome.

1 ‘Wigglesbottom Primary – The Toilet Ghost’ by Pamela Butchart
Pamela is the number one choice for this list, since she’s a) a very funny writer and b) sets most of her stories in school. I found it hard to choose between the excellently named ‘Baby Aliens Got My Teacher’, ‘My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat’ and ‘The Spy Who Loved School Dinners’, but in the end I opted for one of the ‘Wigglebottom Primary’ series. This is because Becka Moor did the illustrations for ‘Wigglesbottom’ as well as my newbie book ‘St Grizzle’s School For Girl’s, Goats and Random Boys’. (Yay!)

2 ‘A Little Princess’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Let’s go old skool with this riches-to-rags-to-riches tale of Sara Crewe, who finds herself deposited at Miss Minchin’s Seminary for Girls in London, while her dad is off fighting in the war. When he’s presumed dead, Sara goes from indulged, number one student to browbeaten maid in no time at all. Anyone who doesn’t gasp and “ooh” at the attic transformation scene is no friend of mine.

3 ‘Takeshita Demons’ by Cristy Burne
Miku has moved from Japan to London, and is rather taken aback when the supply teacher at her new school turns out to be a Nukekubi – a bloodthirsty demon whose favourite snack is children… *erk* Can she and her best friend Cait save her little brother from this flying-headed, otherworldly freak? They’d better!

4 ‘Drama’ by Raina Tegelmeier
‘Smile’ is a big favourite in our house, especially for a certain teen with braces. ‘Drama’ stars Callie, who joins the – no spoilers here – drama society at school. Another easy-read graphic novel choice that hits the spot in terms of friendships, crushes and school angst.

5 ‘Down’ With Skool’ by Geoffrey Williams and Ronald Searle
I think I discovered my battered copy of ‘Down With Skool’ during a teenage trawl of charity shops (my favourite Saturday afternoon occupation). It was Ronald Searle’s spidery, searingly sharp illustrations that caught my eye, but Geoffrey Williams’ irreverent take on life in posho boarding schools of the 1950s made me snigger madly. St Custards and Nigel Molesworth – what a wizard wheeze, chiz chiz.

6 ‘How To Write Really Badly’ by Anne Fine
American schoolboy Chester moves to Britian, and finds himself stuck in a boring classroom next to Joe, who struggles to write well. This very funny story trips along speedily, and is deceptively simple… the underlying message of appreciating each other’s different talents is told with a lightness of touch, as you’d expect from former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine. [Karen does a little curtsey.]

7 ‘Withering Tights’ by Louise Rennison
‘The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey’ is the mighty and much missed Louise Rennison’s follow-up to the ‘Georgia Nicholson’ series of books, and this is the first in the series. Tallulah has got herself a place at a performing arts school in the unlikely setting of the Yorkshire Dales. Expect a pacy read packed full of Louise’s trademark zingy and brilliant buffoonery.

8 ‘Maggot Moon’ by Sally Gardner
If it’s still sometimes an uphill struggle to be dyslexic in the school environment in these enlightened times, try being Standish, the central character in Sally Gardener’s stark and strange dystopian novel. Written off by teachers, bullied by fellow pupils, it’s only when new boy Hector starts at school that a little trickle of brightness enters Standish’s brutal world. Epic, but you might need a lie-down and a sugary tea after reading this.

9 ‘I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You’ by Ally Carter
Cammie Morgan is a spy-in-training at the elite Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Still, it’s all well-and-good to know fourteen languages and how to kill a man in seven different ways, but how does a not-so-average girl cope when she starts to fall in love with an ordinary boy? A fast and fun read in the ‘Gallagher Girls’ series, and scores highly in the Awesome Title Awards (which I’ve just invented).

10 ‘Beswitched’ by Kate Saunders
Modern-day schoolgirl Flora Fox suddenly finds herself zapped back in time to the tight-laced 1930s St Winifrid’s. Lots of gorgeous period detail envelope the reader as Flora struggles without her 21st century accoutrements, but with her new retro girl crew of Dulcie, Pogo and Pete. A totally enjoyable time-travelling romp.


About the Author

Karen McCombie2Karen McCombie has written over 80 books full of endearing characters and quirky humour; her series Ally’s World has sold over 200,000 copies. Born in Scotland, Karen now lives in north London. Karen loves her job, but is a complete fidget. She regularly packs up her laptop and leaves Office Number 1 (her weeny back bedroom) and has a brisk walk to Office Number 2 (the local garden centre café).

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Blog Tour: The Elders by Inbali Iserles

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The Elders by Inbali Iserles

Hi All!
Today is my stop on The Elders blog tour and I am here today to tell you some reasons why I think you should be picking this series up – and you really, really should be! But first, here’s some more information on the second book!


About the Book

Isla’s search for her missing brother, Pirie, has brought her to the vast Wildlands. The forest is a treacherous place for a fox cub, but Isla is talented in foxcraft — ancient arts of cunning known only to her kind.

Skilled though she is, Isla’s grasp of foxcraft is still new. And she’s not alone… A cruel and mysterious fox stalks the forest, with the power to enslave others to his will. In order to survive, Isla must learn to trust in the rustic Wildlands foxes.

But there are tales of others — a council of Elders who are masters of foxcraft, and who warily guard its most potent secrets. If Isla wishes to master her gifts and find her brother, then the Elders may be her only hope.

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Reasons To Read Foxcraft Series

Foxes

I am nothing if not an animal lover. I love how cute they can be, how smart, brave and just purely fascinating they are. So, naturally, I was drawn to this book the minute that I realised it was narrated by a fox. And I am so glad that I read this book because it is a wonderful read. It was fascinating reading from the perspective of a fox, of living in the world through their eyes. I loved every little detail about this book and I would definitely recommend you read it if you’re an animal lover, or even if you’re just curious. It’s definitely worth the read.

Illustrations and Descriptions

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Throughout the book each chapter heading has a little illustration like above and they’re so beautifully drawn. They really show and reveal the essence of the books too. I loved how well Inbali has described the world as the Fox sees it. How wonderfully descriptive even the most mundane detail is. I was truly pulled into this story and able to fully imagine the world as Isla sees it. It was incredibly well done and I love when that happens in a book.

Isla

Something I absolutely love in books are characters that are strong and powerful as well as weak and small and Isla is all of this. She is fierce and stubborn, powerful and impatient. She is a character with both good and bad qualities and I absolutely loved that but I also just loved her so much. I loved how much she cared for her family, especially her brother, Pirie. I loved that she was feisty and not willing to back down when the going got tough. She’s crafty and sneaky and one in a million. She definitely makes this series a brilliant read.

Adventure

Alongside a vibrant protagonist and beautiful scenery, these books also have adventure at their core and I really love that about them. You’re witnessing Isla on her journey as she comes across enemies and traitors and potential friends. You witness as she gets out of scrapes and continues moving forward. How she never gives up because she is determined to find her family. I was fully enthralled with the story and the journey she took. It is one of the main reasons that I love adventure books so much. This series should definitely not be dismissed as a simple fox series.

Emotions

Last, but certainly not least, I cannot tell you how emotional these books have made me. From the very beginning of the book, I was almost in tears. Then I felt Isla’s strength and couldn’t help but urge her onwards, praying for her that things go well. I got completely immersed in the book and let my emotions wrap around me as I drowned in the words. I laughed when she laughed, cried when she wailed and felt afraid when she did too. It was incredible and one of the very best things about reading any book.


About the Author

Inbali Iserles is the award-winning author of The Tygrine Cat novels and one of the authors behind the bestselling Survivors series under the pseudonym Erin Hunter. She lives outside Oxford.

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Blog Tour: Chloe’s Secret Princess Club by Emma Barnes

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Chloe’s Secret Princess Club

Hi guys!
Today is my stop on the Chloe’s Secret Princess Club blog tour and today I am bringing you a post that is a little bit different. Instead of a normal review, I am writing for you a post about what I would do if I was a Princess!

But first, here’s some information on the book!


About the Book

Chloe's Secrete Princess Club

Chloe never means to get into trouble but sometimes her plans get a little out of control. With her two best friends, she forms a Secret Club dedicated to making their dreams come true – but fantasy and reality don’t always mix!

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Being a Princess

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Being perfectly honest, I don’t remember ever being a true girlie girl. I liked girlish things but I also liked sport and adventures like climbing trees. I hated dresses and skirts and yet I would never have called myself a tomboy either. One of those girls that sort of sits firmly in the middle.

However, despite all of that, I would have – and still kind of would – love to be a princess. But I wouldn’t be a girlie princess who always wore pink and acted very cute and sweet.

No, I would be a fierce princess. Ready to rule the country with a strong determination. I’d be powerful and brave and would do whatever it took to save my country. I’d learn how to fight both fist fight and sword fight. I’d employ the best of the best to protect my country and train me.

I’d be the best princess and I’d only find a Prince who was willing to let me continue that way. None of this prince sweeping the princess off her feet. I’d have the prince equal to me in strength and love. We’d be the perfect pair.

That’s what I would do if I was a princess. What about you?


About the Author

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Emma is the author of several books for children, including JESSICA HAGGERTHWAITE: WITCH DISPATCHER, for which she was nominated for the Branford Boase award, and the WILD THING series. As well as writing, she enjoys spending time working in schools and libraries.

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Blog Tour: Robyn Silver by Paula Harrison

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Robyn Silver by Paula Harrison

Hi guys!
Today is my stop on the Robyn Silver blog tour and I am here to tell you five reasons why I think you should definitely be reading this book!

But first, here’s some more information about the book!


Title: Robyn Silver: The Midnight Chimes
Author: Paula Harrison
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: 1st September 2016
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Life was very ordinary for ten-year-old Robyn Silver. The often-ignored middle child in a big family, the most excitement she had was the dash to the dinner table to reach the last slice of pizza. Until… she begins to see creepy creatures around her town – creatures that are invisible to everyone else. And when her school is forced to decamp to mysterious Grimdean House and she meets its equally mysterious owner, Mr Cryptorum, Robyn finds herself catapulted headfirst into an extraordinary adventure – with more excitement than she could possibly have imagined. Be careful what you wish for…

Robyn Silver

One of the things I love about books is that the protagonist is strong and fun to read and this is definitely what happens in Robyn Silver: The Midnight Chimes. Robyn is full of life in this book. She’s brave, strong, and protective too. I loved her personality and the way she felt like she didn’t fit in with her family but would still do anything to protect her little sister. She was a very vibrant character that really carried this book.

Creepy Creatures

This book is full of creepy creatures that Robyn and her friends start seeing and suddenly have to start fighting. I loved all of the different creatures and how they were described. They all had very different personalities and reasons for existing and it was even more interesting that only a few select people could actually see them – like Robyn and her friends! I really liked that about this book.

The Friendship

To start off with, Robyn has her best friend Aiden by her side and it’s really wonderful that they can both see the creatures as it makes Robyn feel less alone. So when a third member joins them, I was worried that she would be excluded and made to feel left out but fortunately that doesn’t happen. Instead Robyn realizes that Nora with all her book smarts is very helpful and lovely and the trio work so well together. This in itself makes the book more interesting to read.

Adventure

There is an abundance of adventure in this book, which I absolutely loved. At first the trio are being trained by Mr Cryptorum and so there is an adult driving force behind the books but when things start to go wrong, it is up to the kids to settle the score and save the day. I loved how they did this and how it all came together. The adventure was fun and addictive and fascinating all rolled together – a perfect combination for a children’s books! I’m sure all the kids will love it!

Writing Style

What brings all of the above together though is the writing style. I have to admit I’ve never actually read a book by Paula Harrison before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I can safely say that I will be reading more of her books from now on! The writing style was easy to read, addictive, and fun. Definitely my kind of book! Overall The Midnight Chimes was a fascinating read and it was a brilliant beginning to what looks to be a wonderful series. I cannot wait to see what will happen next!

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **


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Blog Tour; Tommy V Cancer (+ Giveaway)

Posted on 9 June, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

Tommy V Cancer

Hi All!

Today is my stop on the Tommy v Cancer blog tour! The aim of this blog tour is to spread awareness of Tommy Donbavand’s current battle with the big C and to help raise some donations for him as he can no longer do the full time work of an author that he was doing before so he needs as much as help as he can get.

To find out more about his fight, you can check out his brilliant blog here: www.tommyvcancer.com.

And if you wanted to donate anything, you can do so two ways:
Paypal
Patreon

You can also purchase any of his collection of brilliant books! So, without further ado, here’s a review of one of his books! (And if you read all the way to the end, there’s a giveaway too!)


Scream Street 1Title: Scream Street: Fang of the Vampire
Author: Tommy Donbavand
Publisher: Walker
Published: 6th October 2008
Pages: 160
Format: Ebook
Source:: Bought from Amazon
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository
Summary:
Luke and his parents have found Scream Street to be a nightmarish world of the undead. Collecting six relics left behind by the founding fathers of the community is the only hope of opening a doorway out of the street, so with the help of his friends Resus and Cleo Luke sets out to retrieve the first item.


What Do You

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. It looks fun and interesting and mildly terrifying too. Add in that intriguing synopsis and you might just see why I gave this book a try. I was very glad I did choose this book as I ended up really enjoying it. It was a quick read but it packed a real punch and I am now very excited to continue on with the series and see what other adventures these vibrant and lovely characters go on! If you’re looking for a book that is entertaining and fun, definitely give this book a read!

Do When You’re

This book starts in a really interesting way that grips you and makes you really curious. I thought it was brilliant and a fantastic way to start this book. The plot as a whole was so fascinating and I loved it so much. I really enjoyed the new town that the protagonist moves to and the friends that he makes along the way. The book is full of little twists and turns that make it fun and entertaining too, perfect for keeping the children interested in the storyline.

Not Happy In

I thought all of the characters in the story were really well thought-out and great to read about. I particularly liked Resus and Chloe. I thought they were wonderful characters to read. I also thought that the trio of characters worked really well together, especially as they’ve only just met! I loved all of the individual quirks to the characters and I am one hundred percent sure that children will love these characters as much as I had – especially Resus and his eccentricities and Chloe and her issues.

Your New Home

All in all this book was a quick, fun, entertaining read that I very much enjoyed and know that a lot of children would really enjoy as well. It is a book that is full of imagination. There’s always something going on and it is full of twists and turns that you don’t see coming. I am very glad that I read this book and am very excited to continue the series and see what this incredible trio of characters get up to next! If you’re in the mood for something a little bit different, but which is still fun and a real page-turner, do make sure that you give this book a go!


About the Author

Tommy Tommy is the author of the popular 13-book Scream Street series for 7 to 10 year olds, published by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick Press in the US. His other books include Zombie!, Wolf and Uniform (winner of the Hackney Short Novel Award) for Barrington Stoke, Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes For Kids’ Parties (How To Books), and Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis (Network Continuum).

In theatre, Tommy’s plays have been performed to thousands of children on national tours to venues such as The Hackney Empire, Leeds City Varieties, and Nottingham Playhouse. These productions include Hey Diddle Diddle, Rumplestiltskin, Jack & Jill In The Forgotten Nursery, and Humpty Dumpty And The Incredibly Daring Rescue Of The Alien Princess From Deep Space. He is also responsible for five episodes of the CBBC TV series, Planet Cook (Platinum Films).

As an actor, Tommy played the Clearlake MC in the West End musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for over eight years, in addition to roles in the movies Zombie Love Stories (where he battled hordes of Scottish undead) and Going Off Big Time (where he was beaten up on a bouncy castle). A veteran of pantomime, he has portrayed just about every comic character from Abanazer to an Ugly Sister.

Tommy lives in Lancashire with his wife and two sons. He is a HUGE fan of all things Doctor Who, plays blues harmonica, and makes a mean balloon poodle. He sees sleep as a waste of good writing time.

Website. Twitter.


Twitter Chat!

To end this tour, Vivienne and Chelley will be hosting a twitter chat that you do not want to miss!

This will be on 30th June 2016, 8 – 9pm

The hashtag for the chat is #tommyvcancer

There will also be ANOTHER giveaway!

See you there!


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Giveaway

As part of this tour, a lot of lovely publishers, authors, bloggers and agents wanted to dip into their own resources and have thus donated lots of fab prizes. The key part about this tour is to help Tommy and his family while he fights cancer and the best way to do this is by buying his books (like this one above) or donating directly.

To have more chances to win, you do this.

It’s unusual to ask for pennies for a giveaway but consider it more like a raffle prize. You can donate any amount from £1 upwards to get FIVE entries and then there is loads of options to get additional FREE entries. If you are selected the winner; you’ll need to present your Paypal receipt as proof of the entry so PLEASE KEEP THIS RECEIPT!

This Prize is a a set of Secondary school age books by Tommy from Badger Learning!!!

There is also a giveaway on Sister Spooky’s blog which can be found here.
And there will be another giveaway on The Pewter Wolf next week and a final giveaway happening on the twitter chat too!

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Posted on 9 June, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment