#BlogTour #Review The Leven Casket: Charlie and Rosie’s magical adventures book 1 by Joanna Larum @jolarum @books_n_all

Title: The Leven Casket: Charlie and Rosie’s Magical Adventures Book 1 by Joanna Larum

Date Published: 14th October 2019

Genre: Children’s fiction

Description:

In pre-historic times, all the evil in the world was imprisoned in a Casket and buried deep underground. Two families promised to provide Keepers for the Casket through the ages, to ensure that the evil didn’t escape to wreak havoc in the world. In our time, those Keepers are Charlie and Rosie and the Evil Ones are escaping! What do Charlie and Rosie have to do to prevent evil taking over the world? They are helped and occasionally hindered by a huge dragon and a beautiful Elf but someone will have to pay the price for keeping our world safe.

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Review:

Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on this tour and Joanna Larum for providing me with a copy of the book.

This is not my usual kind of book but I enjoy a bit of magic so I thought I’d give it a go!

Charlie and Rosie are just normal kids until one day when Charlie, running late for school runs into a strange woman who gives him a cube that he must protect. He finds out that he is the keeper of the casket, an ancient jail that houses the most evil creatures on the planet.

The Leven Casket is a fabulous adventure for children, full of magic, mayhem and plenty of peril.

Charlie and Rosie are terrific characters who compliment each other well, Rosie being brave and smart, Charlie, who’s just as brave and smart but a little more cautious.

I loved Apertaxus the dragon or Taxus for short, because well, who doesn’t love a talking dragon?  Anyway, he’s a little grumpy, a little sassy but he’s got a big heart. 

I did feel like the story was a little rushed in places but of course that’s just my opinion.

The Leven Casket great little adventure and a good start to this magical series.

About The Author:

I only went to school to learn to read. At age 6, I decided I COULD read and promptly left, by the school gate, the same gate which my mother marched me back through 10jo minutes later. So I had to spend the next 12 years at school, learning lots of different things, none of which lived up to the excitement of reading. Wanting to be a writer was a natural progression, because there is nothing as exciting as inventing the story yourself. But it’s taken over 50 years before I dared to present my stories for other people to read. So, here they are! I’ll just creep behind the sofa.

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#BlogTour #Review The Misfit Tribe and The Secret of Mystery Island by BJ Rowling and DG Lloyd @BOTBSPublicity

Title: The Misfit Tribe and The Secret of Mystery Island by BJ Rowling and DG Lloyd

Publisher: Olympia Publishers

Date Published: 25th October 2018

Genre: YA Adventure

Description:

Some secrets are best kept hidden… and some are just too magical not to share.
Teenagers, who unexpectedly acquire a vast collection of magical, mystical powers and abilities, find an ancient map. This map leads them on a quest for buried treasure to a mysterious island filled with hidden secrets, booby traps and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. What could possibly go wrong? A lot!

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Review:

I want to thank Sarah Hardy at Books On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on this tour.

JJ finds a map in an old family relic which claims to lead to treasure, just what his cash strapped family needs. But, as he find out, along with his friends that this no ordinary map. They must solve clues, avoid booby traps, all with a heartless villain on their tails.

The Misfit Tribe and The Secret of Mystery Island is a nod to classic children’s adventure fiction with a magical twist. In fact this really reminded me of Enid Blyton books I read as a kid.

Misfit certainly describes this group of friends well! Each of the characters are so different it’s funny how they are actually friends! JJ, is determined, Digger is army obsessed, Genius is well a genius. They ended up dragging JJ’s older brother Aaron and Digger’s older sister Karli, along with JJ’s crush Sandra on the adventure. It was enjoyable watching each character grow and change as the story went along.  

My only slight issue was the fact that it’s classed as young adult but it felt a little bit more like a middle grade, especially as the characters are only thirteen and fifteen but of course that just my opinion.

The Misfit Tribe and The Secret of Mystery Island is a rip roaring adventure, full magic, mystery and mayhem!

About The Authors:

B. J. Rowling, a native of England, is an author, screenwriter, producer, actress and cousin of Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling.B.J Rowling & D. G. Lloyd

D. G. Lloyd is an American-Australian author, screenwriter, producer, actor and script coverage analyst.

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#BlogTour #Review The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross @tyrannopaulus @rararesources

Today I’m excited to bring you my review of The Lights of Time and a fantastic giveaway to win a signed copy of the novel and a kindle (UK only. See bottom of post for more details). First a little about the book:

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Title: The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross

Date Published: 27th November 2018

Genre: Middle Grade Science Fiction

Description:

Engella Rhys is alone, adrift and on the run. Pursued by a secret agency, known only as the Hunters, she must stay ahead to stay alive.

As she travels through space-time using dangerously experimental technology, she only has one wish: to be reunited with her lost parents. After a close shave with a Hunter on the streets of New Shanghai, Engella escapes to find herself on a deserted beach. When she meets a kind stranger, who offers her food and shelter, Engella feels safe and protected for the first time in years.

But who is this woman? And why did their paths cross at the most convenient of times?

Engella soon discovers their lives are intertwined in more ways than she could ever imagine.

Purchase Link

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Review:

Engella has been on the run from Hunters since she was eight years old, travelling through space and time. The only thing she wants is to find her parents, the only clue is a cryptic message left by her father.

After a particularly close call Engella ends up on the Isle of Skye in Scotland back in 1998. See meets a woman by the name of Annys who offers her a safe place for the night.

After another close call she and Annys find themselves on the run. Who is this woman and how does she know so much?

Now there was a little confusion on what category this book was, is it Middle Grade or Young Adult? For me it was definitely within the Middle Grade age range which I have to be honest I don’t usually read this type of book but I’m glad I took a chance on it!

What a rip roaring Sci-fi adventure this was! Not only do you travel through time but across the world from Scotland to the US even to Asia!

I really could see this being turned into a children’s animated adventure series or film.

Engella and Annys are a really good, strong female characters, something I always felt was missing in fiction I read as a child. Engella has been through so much but she’s still got a kind heart and tries her best to help people. I liked the little mystery surrounding Annys but boy when you find out who she really is…well you’ll just have to read it to find out yourself!

I also liked Eric, a teenager obsessed with the paranormal who sees lights in the sky, which he thinks are aliens but instead accidentally stumbles across Engella and the Hunters.

The Sci-fi aspect was well done, new technology was explained well without being over complicated or confusing even for someone like me who never really got the hang of science at school.

I did feel there were a few plot holes but with a character travelling through time, it’s probably quite hard to keep track of everything.

Overall The Lights of Time is a fast paced, fun, sci-fi adventure perfect for science fiction lovers of all ages.

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About The Author –

Paul Ian Cross is a multi-award-winning children’s author and scientist from London, UK.

Paul works in clinical research (developing new medicines) and he’s also involved in sciencePaul Ian Cross communication; presenting science to non-scientists. He enjoys his science career but he also has a real passion for writing stories! He likes introducing children to the wonders of science, especially reluctant readers. By introducing science creatively, he aims to spark their interest; allowing them to gain confidence with their reading. As a previous reluctant reader himself, he understands how hard it can be. But it’s all about making reading fun and interesting!

Paul’s nephew Hayden influenced his decision to become a writer. He loved seeing Hayden’s reaction when his sister Michelle first read one of Paul’s stories to him!

In his spare time, Paul likes to visit new and exciting places. One of his favourite places is Scotland, especially the Isle of Skye.

Paul’s debut picture book, Praxx and the Ringing Robot, won second prize in the ‘Picture Books 5 and Younger’ category at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2017. The book trailer also won first place in the ‘book trailer’ category at the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards later that year.

Paul’s second book, Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons, won an honourable mention in both the ‘Picture Books 6 and Over’ and ‘Health’ categories at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2018.

And that brings us to now… Paul is currently working on several new books. Paul’s debut upper middle grade novel will be published in 2018. The Lights of Time is the first novel in a brand-new series: The Chronicles of Engella Rhys.

Paul hopes you enjoy reading his stories as much as he enjoyed writing them!

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Book Review: Kingstone by Katherine Hetzel.

Genre: Children’s fiction, Fantasy

Description:

Temple novice Katia wants nothing more than to become a priest in the Temple of the Triple Gods. She tries hard to do the right thing, but she’s on her last chance to convince Elder Sevanya, the King’s Priest, that she can do the job. While she’s belatedly setting up the incense to prove she’s a competent acolyte, Katia overhears the king’s brother plotting to kill the king.

She steals the Kingstone to protect it and to deliver it to the true heir with a message: the killer is after him too.

Not knowing who to trust, Katia keeps her mission secret. Her theft of the precious stone puts a price on her head and she disguises herself as a boy to undertake the dangerous journey across sea and land to the true heir’s palace. Doing the right thing just got a lot harder.

Will the Triple Gods forgive her?

Review:

I was contacted by the author and received a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

Katia is doing what she always wanted to, training to become a priest in the Temple of the Triple Gods, but unfortunately it seems she is not very good at it! She accompanies Elder Sevenya and the King of her world back to her homeland Indigon and must prove that she’s worthy of becoming a priest or they will leave her there.

She overhears the king’s brother plotting to kill the King but it is too late to save him, so she takes the Kingstone, sacred relic that only the King can possess, to deliver it back to it’s rightful heir and stop the death plot against him.

In order to complete her task, she disguises herself as a boy and stows away on a ship where she meets the mysterious Mynott, who agrees reluctantly to help her with her quest.

I have to be honest I wasn’t that taken by the cover, (it kind of reminded me of some old fashioned books I had to read as a child in school back in the nineties), but this book is a real hidden gem.

It may be a fantasy novel but at it’s heart this story is about adventure. There were some good twists and turns, which kept me turning page after page.

Katia is great character, full of self doubt, a tendency to speak her mind (even when she shouldn’t), but she has a good heart and knows when to do the right thing.

There were some religious overtones, which may not be to everyone’s taste, but the author managed to not let them over power the story.  Also I found the concept of the triple gods (the sun god, the moon god and the mountain god) intriguing but I would have liked to have known a bit more about the mythology surrounding them.

I also felt like I wanted to learn more about the fantastic world the author created.  Were there more lands than just Eraton and Indigon?  I would have loved have seen a map (I just want to point out here I didn’t see the final version, so I’m not sure if a map is included).

Rating 4/5.

Author bio:

Katherine’s had a variety of jobs, including egg-pickler, pic’n’mix sweet assistant, a pharmaceutical microbiologist, classroom assistant, and volunteer librarian.crop red top

She’s currently an author, with two ‘Granny Rainbow’ story collections and two novels- StarMark (May 2016) and Kingstone (June 2017) – published for children. She’s also published in a number of anthologies for adults, including Stories for Homes, A Seeming Glass, Something Rich and Strange, and was long listed and published in the Leicester Writes Short Story Prize 2017 anthology.

She enjoys visiting schools to share her love of creative writing with children and young people, and helps to run NIBS, a small creative writing group in her town.

Available to buy: Physical copies can be ordered from various chains in the UK – Waterstones, Foyles and Blackwells list it. via Amazon, also available from selected Barnes and Noble stores in the US, and via the publisher on their Book Peddler page. http://bbp.bedazzledink.com/ Also available as kindle or epub versions.

Reading guide available at : http://binkbooks.bedazzledink.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Kingstone-ReadingGuide.pdf

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