Fantasy · Reviews

“The Age of Akra” Review

Hello Friends!

Today is a special day, I was planning on posting this review, but today is even better and I didn’t want to mess up with the Friday 13th.

Today’s review is of book one in a series, and right after this post gets published I’m posting the review of the second book that is part of a blog tour. I can’t wait to share my reviews of these books, so enjoy.

The Age of Akra“, written by Vacen Taylor, is the first book in the Starchild Series, a fantasy novel published on March 8th 2013.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Vacen Taylor for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


17393024Synopsis

The foreshadowing of a dark future threatens the seven nations of Sahas. Mai is selected to train with the mysterious elemental master Sah Dohba, who will prepare her to become the protector of the desert lands. Her brother Long steps forward to travel with her as her chaperone to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts.

A mysterious encounter brings them together with Akra, the Starchild. The trio travels on into a battle with the elements. Sandstorms. Deadly creatures. Starvation. Then a chance meeting with powerful earthfollower sets them on a new path where they must each find the strength to face a terrifying foe from the Underworld.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Vacen Taylor is a children’s author with a portfolio of screenwriting and stage play achievements.  A selection of her poetry has been published in Art and Literature Journals. One of her plays was selected to be part of the Playwrights Program 2017 and then directed and performed as a performance reading at HOTA (previously the Gold Coast Arts Centre).

Her feature film script received a special commendation for Best Unproduced Screenplay titled Grandfathers at the British Independent Film Festival in 2018.  The logline can be found under Special Commendations for Unproduced Screenplays here.

Her TV pilot for a series (teleplay) was selected as a semi-finalist in the Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition in Los Angeles, CA. This pilot was listed in the top 50 for the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition in 2018.

She presented the first mental health panel at OZ Comic-Con in 2017. This panel was a fantastic opportunity to discuss openly and honestly about artists and their mental health to help support wellbeing, foster connectivity and provide a culture of support.

In 2018 she presented the panel, ‘An artist’s guide to creative happiness: How to strengthen your creative performance’ at Oz Comic-Con in Brisbane. Her panels are extraordinary opportunities to explore ideas with people who are currently working in the industry. She aims to discuss subjects like individualism, the community, mental health, wellbeing, happiness, creativity, co-creating and self-awareness which often leads to interesting questions from the audience.

What else does she do? Vacen is also a creative workshop facilitator and proficient in, teaching, speaking and concept creation. Guest Speaker. Workshop Presenter. Creative Panel Facilitator. Mentor. Support Worker. Counsellor. Social Welfare Advocate.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Quora | Goodreads | Amazon


My Review

This is the start of a series that just by the titles, covers and synopsis I knew it would be good series, and by the beginning of the story, with this novel, I knew I had a good series in my hands.

This is a middle grade fantasy novel, but even if it’s targeting kids and teens, I can see anyone of any age reading this book and the entire series. That’s because it’s a fun and you are taken on an adventure like with much fantasy books that I like. It did transported me to a new world that I know nothing about.

We follow Mai, the main character, her brother Long and a pet lizard Barka. And let’s stop right there. I have a pet cat, Nala is her name, and she’s very jealous, but if my mom wasn’t scared of lizards and the possibility of Nala murdering the lizard didn’t exist, I would adopt a lizard as my second child (the first child is Nala). That been said, I love reptiles as much as I love felines. And reading a book that has a pet lizard just made everything so much better.

P1070683Still, the lizard wasn’t the only things I loved, of course. I liked to see the kids (because to me, that’s what the characters are) go on this journey, it was exciting and I felt as I was part of the group and I was there with them. It called to my childhood happiness and need for adventures. I love when a book does that, which was why I immediately after finishing this book, I read the next one.

Overall, I think this book was a good start and it opened up the story, introducing the characters, the world and the society. I won’t give any spoilers and extra information because I think you guys will like to read this book and be taken to an amazing story were you will dive in and come up with your own thoughts.

I can’t wait to read more of this series and get to figure out where the characters are going to go next, what dangers will they face, who will they meet. I know a lot more is going to happen and that unknown is only curious and exciting because of the realistic and interesting fantasy world and it’s people that with author created.

So, I truly did enjoy the story so far and it was the kind of book that I would have read when I was younger and that I still see myself reading it the distant future. So if you like this genre and like to read series, check out this one.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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“Wild Sky” Review

Hello Friends!

If you know me and have been following my blog for a while, you know I have participate in many blog tours. I love to be a part of the fun because I always end up meeting new people (bloggers and authors).

Today I bring a review that is part of a blog tour.

Wild Sky“, written by Lexi Rees, is the second book in The Relic Hunters Series. And I have read and reviewed book one if you want to know more about the series: “Eternal Seas” Review.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lexi Rees for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Wild Sky

 


Synopsis

IMG_7736After delivering the pearl, Finn and Aria thought life would return to normal.

But with the survival of the clans still in peril, they must continue their quest.

Can they find the next relic before the forces of evil?

Not everyone is who they appear to be

And time is running out …

Purchase Link: Amazon


Author Bio

Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. The first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award.

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children, and as well as an active programme of school visits and other events, she has published a Creative Writing Skills workbook, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities. 

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube


My Review

This isn’t the first book I read of Lexi Rees, and I loved the Eternal Seas, which is the first novel of the series, and I was very excited to continue with the adventure in this second book.

P1070687Before I continue this review, I must recommend you guys read the first novel, if you haven’t already… why? Because this story continues right after the journey that we are pulled in with Finn and Aria, and this next quest is as amazing and exciting as the last one.

We get to see Finn and Aria keep growing as characters and get to know more character. Although I have a age difference from the main characters, I could still feel connected to them, and I think this series would be a good on to tell my little cousins one day, make it a ‘reading club’ during vacations, but before that I would have to get my French back on track, or wait until they can learn English. Anyway, I loved the characters in this books, just as I loved them in the previous one.

The plot in this novel keeps on the same path as the one in “Eternal Seas”, the world keeps getting brighter and colorful (for me) with each new information that we uncover, as well as the unexpected moments that made me curious to read the next page.

The pace and the tone in this book was perfect, it grabbed my attention all the way. It capture my imagination with the descriptions and the scenes that we were following, it made me imagine what was happening and the world around our amazing heroes, Finn and Aria, and the character that helped them.

Over all, I loved it and I really recommend this series because I know you won’t regret reading it.


Giveaway

For a chance to win a copy of each of Eternal Seas and Wild Sky, the action packed fantasy adventure for 7-11 year olds CLICK HERE.

UK – choice of signed paperbacks or ebooks

International entrants – ebooks only


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Reviews

“A Murder of Crows” Review

Hello Friends!

I’m still trying to update my reviews, since there are some reviewing copies and ARCs that I got this year and last year that I have read, but unfortunately haven’t posted my review yet. So you may keep seeing posts this month, more than one post a day, hopefully, if I can make it.

Nevertheless, this is one of those reviews whose book I read in 2018.

A Murder of Crows“, written by A. Kirke, is a Victorian fantasy, murder-mystery, the first novel in the The Ravenscourt Tragedies Series, published by Dying Arts Press on November 1st 2018.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to A. Kirke and Dying Arts Press. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

42036409.jpgA dead father.

A missing Spirit.

An ancient manor with way too many locked doors.

But Abigail Crowe won’t let locked doors, corsets, or the straight-laced rules of Victorian society get in the way of finding the truth behind her father’s death. Of course, where illegal magic is involved, things are rarely as simple as they appear. Screams in the night, an insane gardener, and a murder blamed on her late father are only the beginning. Could her father actually be a murderer? What is Uncle Edward hiding in the attic? And perhaps most importantly—which family secrets are worth keeping locked up?

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Anastasia Kirke is a middle-grade and teen fantasy writer.

She lived a significant portion of her life in a distant mountain valley between cloud-wreathed peaks, where she graduated from a school that is not nearly as cool as Hogwarts (though at times it came close). Her current travels have brought her to an island where the hot is too hot and the cold is too cold and there’s nowhere inbetween.

A Literary Omnivore, she is a fan all things bookish and strange. Her favorite things include: cats, tea, classical music of the Romantic Era, and that feeling you get when a story gives you goosebumps.

Social Media Links: Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon


My Review

This is the first novel in a series, and I always expect to be some information that is yet to be revealed, and I wasn’t surprised to have that interest to read the next one as soon as I finished up this book.

I read the story back in 2018, and even a year later I could remember the plot, the characters and the feel to this novel, even without checking out my review notes. That happens because it was different and it had a spooky feeling that reminded me of something that I can’t put my finger on, but that made me curious to turn each page and read more.

I liked the characters and their interactions, and I’m quite curious to know what will happen next in the series and where will the author take this world and it’s people, because the ambiance of the story and the descriptions made me question some things while I was reading and I want more.

Another thing I enjoyed was the fantasy/paranormal element in the novel. I feel that it added that spookiness to the story and I love a good book that is dark, has secrets and that has it’s characters looking for the truth and the answers to all their questions. And this book had that, even though I had some theories, I felt determined to uncover the mysteries.

I loved the title of the book, it was quite cleaver, and although the cover isn’t my favorite cover, I appreciate the elements that it has and the darkness. Overall, I enjoyed the storyline and Abigail and all the other characters with whom she interact and has a relationship.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

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“Awa and the Dreamrealm” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this Tuesday. I’m doing good and enjoy this last month of 2019. I have so many plans still, and I do hope I can get things done. I have reviews to write and post, some of books I read last year, so you guys will probably will be seeing more reviews this lovely December.

Today I bring you a review of another book of an author I have already talked about in this blog, since I read a book of hers before, you may remember it, but if you don’t you can check out the review here: Fishing for Māui.

Awa and the Dreamrealm“, written by Isa Pearl Ritchie, is the First Book in Dreamweavers Series, a Fantasy novel published on 1st November 2019.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Isa Pearl Ritchie for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Awa and the Dreamrealm


Synopsis

Awa and the Dreamrealm CoverWhat if dreams are more real than waking life?

Life is already complicated enough for Awa Bryant when she starts having weird dreams – waking dreams – and strange coincidences start appearing in her real life. 

She meets dreamcharmer, Veila, a quirky glowing creature who helps to guide Awa through the mysterious Dreamrealm.

At first the Dreamrealm is a glorious escape from Awa’s daily struggles but something is not right… Soon Awa discovers she has a bigger quest, and everything she cares about is at stake. Will she be brave enough to face her fears and save her friends?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

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Isa Pearl Ritchie is a New Zealand writer. As a child, she loved creating imaginary worlds. She has completed a PhD on food sovereignty in Aotearoa. Her second novel, Fishing for Māui, was selected as one of the top books of 2018 in the New Zealand Listener and was a finalist in the NZ Booklovers Award for Best Adult Fiction Book 2019. Awa and the Dreamrealm is her first book for young people.

Social Media Links – Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website


My Review

This is the second book of Isa Pearl Ritchie and as with the first book I read I was quite amazed with the story. And let’s be honest… this cover is amazing! When I saw the author’s name I recognized it and I was already excited about the novel, then I saw the cover and I was even more excited.

This is the first novel in a new series and of course a lot of this world is still being uncover, but this start was so good. I love the world so far, all the details and the cultural references that made me want to know more about New Zealand, and even visit it.

In this novel we follow Awa, a girl with an amazing ability, and I could feel empathy for her. Of course as we follow her daily life and all the things that happened with her being in a new school that made everything real, and that also made us relate to her, despite the fantasy element and her abilities that gave us the otherworldly and fantastical adventure. Speaking of fantasy, I absolutely loved it!… because it’s connected with dreams and a dream world that I really want to learn more about, and wished I could go on adventures there too. I guess I have to be content with living that journey by reading the story.

That been said, I loved the Dreamrealm and getting to know the characters with whom Awa interacts. Also, I loved the those interactions, they gave us the opportunity to understand the characters and the dynamics of their relationships.

Another thing that I liked were the descriptions, they made everything more interesting and alive, and with the pace the story had, it was a fun story to read.

Overall, I loved this books and I’m very curious to know what will happen next in the story. Plus, since this was the second book I read of this author, it was quite amazing to see some similar elements, that I think are part of Isa Pearl Richie’s culture and knowledge.


Giveaway

For a chance to Win 1 x kindle copy of Awa and the Dreamrealm Click Here.

(International)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

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“The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket” Review

Hello Friends!

I’m only posting now because my dad has been so tiring and I was away from home and my computer all day. I had some last minute issues to take care of, before I had to go to work in the afternoon. Yeah, that’s right… I got a job at a kindergarten, doing activities with the kids, after school. That’s the reason why I’m only posting now.

Today I bring you an adventure middle grade novel, “The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket“, written by Suzanne Lowe, the first book in a new series, published on 1st October 2018.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Suzanne for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket


Blurb

The first thrilling tale of adventure, friendship and discovery in the Pirate Princess series.

Ebooks_ coverMeet Lotty, the brave, young orphan whose life is about to change forever.

When Lotty is cast out from the Sevenoaks home for children, she must use all her courage to navigate her new life. On her travels she meets Mr Jacks, a lovable and very cheeky dog who accompanies her on her adventures.

When they find themselves ship-wrecked, together, they encounter ruthless pirates, secret islands and discover the truth about Lotty’s golden locket and pirate treasure.

A story full of excitement and adventure, filled with friendship, humour and pirates!

Purchase Links – Amazon US | Amazon UKBarnes and Noble


Author Bio

Suzanne LoweI was born in Perth Western Australia and as a young adult grew up in the small country town of Tom Price situated in the outback of Western Australia.  Travelling extensively throughout Australia, I loved seeing the diverse landscapes and animals of the country.  My current home is in Perth with my husband, two daughters and our cat Abby. ​

​I have a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Sports Science. My interests include watching movies, particularly sci- fi, travelling, photography and reading. I also enjoy going to the occasional comic book convention! 

Like the young women in my stories,  I have had the opportunity to experience many exciting adventures in my life so far including being part of the Australian Army Reserves, climbing to Mt Everest base camp, descending into one of the pyramids at Giza in Egypt, flying in a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings, parachuting from a plane at 12000 feet and sitting on the edge of an active volcano on Tanna island in Vanuatu.

My daughters have Dyslexia and I wrote my first book Seventeen as I wanted to encourage them to try things even if they found them difficult, such as writing.  I am a member of the Society of children’s book writers and illustrators and the Australian Society of Authors.

The children’s pirate adventure story for middle grade readers, The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket published by Silvergum Publishing, is the second book I have written. My first novel Seventeen, a YA dystopian adventure story was published in 2016 by  Creativia Publishing.

Social Media Links – Website | FacebookInstagramGoodreadsTwitter


My Review

P1070109.JPGI always love reading middle grade books, because they take me back to my childhood and how visual some stories are. In this book, that as what happen too. I loved it because of all the ingredients that made this story a great adventure novel.

Lotty is the main character and she’s a very relatable character and I like that this book as a powerful young girl as a main character. We follow Lotty’s life as she leace the orphanage and starts her life on the sea, and all the journey after. She’s a girl that is finding her role in the world and follow all her dreams, and with that wondering, she brings some personality treats to view. Her wittiness, her strength, the kindness and the loyalty to her friends.

P1070059.JPGWe are taken on an adventure, with an intriguing plot in a fast paced storytelling that had pirates, friendship, humor and action, brilliantly written that made me stay at the edge of my seat during all the 100pages of this novel. Besides that, the story had some amazing descriptions, dialogues and narrative that made the book so visual and emotive. And that paced and all the components of the storytelling are what made this book so perfect for any audience.

Overall, I liked the book a lot and I wish I had more books about Lotty and all the fun and entertaining characters that she meet along the way. I highly recommend it to everyone.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

And if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

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“Leaving The City” Review

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I have another review for you guys. A couples weeks ago I shared some content with you guys in a promo post with an extract, from Hollie Anne Marsh‘s book “Leaving the City“, the first book in the Sweetbriars Series.

Today I bring you my review of the book. If you like horses and want to read a fun adventure book with friendship and a finding our place in a new community type of plot, then this is your book. I had so much fun reading this book. From all the descriptions, to the emotions and the adventure… and the horses!

Thank you to the author, publisher and Kelly from Love Books Tours, for the eCopy in exchange for my hones review of the book.


Blurb

Sweetbriars Book 1 EBOOK COVERA Tale of Sweetbriars

Welcome to the yard! Come and meet the girls… Cate, Tabby and Violet and their beautiful horses.

Leaving The City is the first book in the new Sweetbriars Equestrian book series, which is receiving wonderful reviews. It’s a great book for young readers and readers that love animals and horses.

About Leaving The City

Will Cate ever settle into living in the countryside?

Cate is uprooted from life as she has known it. Along with her family and her gorgeous palomino show horse Odette, she moves to a charming farm deep in the English countryside.

Cate is torn. Upon moving to horse heaven, she had to leave behind her best friend Beth and her beloved horse-riding instructor Bridget. On the other hand, she has fallen in love with Sweetbriars, the farm her family has bought to make their dreams come true.

Setting up an equestrian centre at Sweetbriars is fun to Cate, but settling into a new school and having a stern Pony Club riding instructor that teaches dressage is less so. At school, Cate makes friends with Violet, who is confident and wacky, and through Pony Club she gets to know Tabby, who is sweet and popular. The girls’ lives will be intertwined in ways they could never have imagined thanks to their shared passion for horses and Cate’s determination to make Sweetbriars a success.

Purchase link: Amazon


Author Bio

img-0349Hollie is an Australian author who lives in Barcelona, Spain with her partner, baby boy, and Oldenburg mare, Frieda. After having a professional career, including creating the equestrian online shop Equiporium (since sold), working for many large multinational companies, and having a baby, Hollie reconnected with her passion of writing and finished the manuscript she wrote many years ago.

Hollie has been riding since she was a little girl, enjoying activities such as Pony Club, showjumping, eventing, and trail-riding in the great Australian bush. Hollie lived in England for almost ten years where she had two horses and trained them for dressage. 

The Sweetbriars series is inspired by all the special moments Hollie spent with horses… good, funny, and challenging moments!

In creating the new Sweetbriars series, Hollie hopes that readers will not only find the books fun to read, but they will also inspire readers to learn more about horses.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

P1060718This book was quite refreshing for me. It was fun to read and I love animals, and I think horses I majestic creatures, and although I don’t know much about them besides when I learned in biology classes and some documentaries on TV, I was very curious to read this book.

Hollie did a wonderful job creating this first book in the series and introducing us to the characters and their lives. The characters felt real and their friendship was full of adventures and funny moments that made me wish I was there and part of the group, and that they could teach me about horses.

As I kept reading and learning about the life on the equestrian center at Sweetbriars I got even more intrigued. The author gave us not only amazing characters that I could connect with because of how developed they were and how open they were in the storyline that I could feel empathy, but also she gave us beautiful descriptions that made me visualize all that was going on.

P1060717They say this is a great book for preteens, younger teenagers and adults that love coming of age stories and animals… And I agree. All the visual images that the descriptions give, and the pace of the story made takes the reader on a journey. And I can’t wait for the other books in the series because now that the first book is here and the introductions and the world is set, we will be taking more adventures as we read all the next books that Hollie Anne Marsh has for us.

I really like this book and it was unique and it made me happy. So of course I recommend this book. If you know anything and everything about horses, go for it. If you want a sweet, fun and interesting book to read with your kid, get this book and share it with her or him. If since you were a kid you wanted a pony or love horses but never had a chance to be close to one, here is the chance to learn more about them and go on an adventure. Plus, if you want a book about adventure and friendship, this is it!


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

And if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

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“The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary” Teacher’s Craft Guide

Hello Friends!

Today I have a different kind of post for you guys. Today I introduce you guys to my best friend Nance. She will be joining my blog in the future as a regular guest and contributor.

Nance is a school teacher so I thought this was a great idea and the perfect time to have her join me in the blog and be a guest. So we will be talking about the craft idea that Martii Maclean kindly shared with us.

The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary” is a fun book filled with tales of Isabelle’s amazing adventures and creations. Below is a craft activity inspired by chapter one, “Isabelle Necessary and the Super Sand-sculpting Competition.” So keep it in mind for the new time you go to the beach.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Martii for the allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with this different post.

The Adventures of Isabel Necessary


Craft Time

~Making Sand Sculptures~

I’ve had so many adventures with my friends

at Saggy Beach that I thought I’d write a book

and share all the fun stuff with you.

 

Sometimes I’m not sure how to do something,

so I ask one of the oldies in the retirement village.

They know loads of amazing things and they are very happy to help and lend me all kinds of cool equipment.

If you’re not sure how to do some of the fun stuff in my book then ask someone to teach you.

Always remember to ask before you borrow things and say thank you, it’s just the right thing to do.

~Making Sand Sculptures: an octopus~

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You will need:

  • Sand (at the beach or a sand-pit)
  • Water
  • A bucket and spade
  • A collection of found objects
  • And, most importantly, your imagination.

Method:

  • Think up a thing you want to make and draw a quick plan
  • Collect some found objects to add to your finished sculpture (Tammy and I found loads of shells and some seaweed for our mermaid).
  • Dampen the sand just enough to make it stick together without crumbling or being too sloppy.
  • Pile up the sand into the rough shape of the octopus and press the sand down firmly in place.
  • Smooth the body and legs with your hands.
  • Use your shells and other found objects to make a face and maybe add some tentacle bangles.

Always remember,

trying new things fills your life

with amazing adventures.

-Isabelle Necessary


Our Thoughts

P1060817Since we live close to the beach, this activity is close to our hearts and childhood memories. Not only did we went to the beach with family and friends, we went there with school too, at the end of the school’s year. That been said, we have made animals, castles and we have even buried our feet or even our body from feet to neck. And we laughed and had fun, because that’s the magic of a fun beach day with family and friends.

But what about the other days during the year?

Well, we talked about it and as a teacher (Nance) and a social educator (Jess) we thought about some extra things. We can do this activity with kids by using plasticine, plaster or any molding material you can think of.

And talking about plaster… This activity actually inspired another that could be done with kids, maintaining the beach or nature themes:

~Molding: a process of fossilization~

  • You could use objects of natural origin, associated with living beings, such as shells or leaves, and make the mold in plaster.
  • After drying, you would be left with a trace, in this case a molding of that living being, and that molding is one process of fossilization.
  • This activity shows what happens to many living beings or vestiges of their activity from thousands of years have reach us through this type of conservation, allowing us to learn about living beings that no longer exist today.

We thought about that idea because from our experience children like to be it involve in the activities as a learning process, since we learn better when we move and experiment things than when we are simply told what happens. Besides, children likes the nature and are always curious about paleontology and this type of content.

That’s just some extra something we thought it would be fun to add, since this is a fun book about adventures and promotes creativity and having fun. As young women in the education system as educators, we like to learn about different fun and interesting activities, because not only can we use it in the future, but we can also get inspired to figure out other activities we can do. Like this one we shared with you guys.


Blurb

The Adv - mmaclean-isabelle-cover-printOne 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.

Purchase Links – Amazon US | Amazon UK


Author Bio

The Adv - authorbiopic_MartiiMacleanMartii 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’.

Social Media Links – Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Facebook


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour · Fantasy · New Releases · Reviews

“Eternal Seas” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing great today. I was planing to post earlier, but I was waiting for my doctor’s appointment all morning and then I spend some time with my mom. Anyway, I’m posting it now! So I hope you enjoyed this review and go check out the book and get it.

Eternal Seas” is a Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure novel written by Lexi Rees. This is the first book in The Relic Hunters Series.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lexi for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

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Blurb

Eternal Seas coverSuch a small parcel

shouldn’t cause experienced

smugglers much trouble,

but this parcel is far from normal.

Chased across the seas, Finn and Aria must solve the

mysteries within the parcel. 

What does it mean? Who should they trust?

What will happen?

The fate of an ancient people depends on them

and time is running out …

Pre-order Link – http://viewbook.at/EternalSeas


Author BioLorraine-16

Lexi Rees spends as much time as possible sailing and horse riding, both of which she does spectacularly badly. Attempts at writing whilst horse riding have been disastrous, so Eternal Seas was written on a boat; the storm described in the book was frighteningly real.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

P1060814Eternal Seas” follows the lives and adventures of a brother and sister duo, Finn and Aria, in a quick and fun pace that is not only engaging and exciting, it’s also a rollercoaster of actions and storytelling that left me dreaming and feeling like I was a kid in a fantasy world and enjoying the adventure with the characters.

It’s the first book in the The Relic Hunters Series so I know that there is so much more to discover in the magical world that we have just entered with this book. So, yes… there is magic and there is wonderful moments that if you are glued to the book you may swear you felt the energy.

P1060828That is all thanks to the vivid descriptions that Lexi give us during the entire book. The amazing force of the sea and the storms is always present and since I live in the central coast of Portugal, and less than 3 km away from the beach and the Atlantic Ocean, I felt a deep connection to the book because of those descriptions and the strength that Lexi Rees’ words have on the reader.

The world was well built and there is so much to uncover with the future novels in the series, but with an amazing group of characters, I know it’s going to be even greater. Like I said before this book follows Finn and Aria, a brother and sister that are the main characters of this novel. Their relationship was so great, their support for each other and the sibling love… it was relatable.

P1060827I’m the oldest in my sibling relationship, I have a brother that is just now 17yrs old and I love him very much, despite his crazy hormonal attitudes sometimes, and I which I could go on crazy and fun (but a bit dangerous) adventures like the characters of this book. But… we are “grown ups”… Although that doesn’t mean I can’t laugh with my brother and enjoy the time I have with him. Anyway, this sibling aspect of the story was another thing that made me connect to the characters and the plot.

The third aspect that made me love the book was the pace.  It really had that action and adventure pace that made everything exciting, a bit dangerous (or a lot, depending on the moment), that left the adrenaline pumping and that filled our hearts with the crazy and ‘WOW’ scenes.

I can’t say more because I want you all to read the book without knowing any spoilers. So go read the book! I recommend it not only for children, but for everyone that want’s a good first book that begins our adventure.


Competition

Win one of two £10 Amazon gift vouchers.

(UK only)

To enter all you have to do is:

  1. Share a photo of you with the book (paperback or ebook) on Twitter or Instagram
  2. Tag @lexi_rees (Twitter) or lexi.rees (Instagram) and #EternalSeas
  3. Closing date 30th November 2018
  4. UK only
  5. Winners will be drawn randomly

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Illustration competition

Would your children like to see their illustrations published in a book?

  • Six lucky winners will have their illustrations printed in the sequel to Eternal Seas
  • Winners and runners up will also have their drawings featured on lexirees.co.uk and on social media

Drawings must be in black and white, and can be in any of the following categories

  • Aria flying up in the sky
  • a cat
  • mountain ponies
  • a snow eagle
  • a demon-goddess
  • a sailing boat
  • Finn and/ or Aria

Please see detailed terms for entry requirements

  • Open to children aged 13 or under
  • You can enter as many categories as you like
  • Winners will be chosen by Lexi Rees
  • Children’s name and age will be published together with their illustration. Parents/ guardians must confirm they are happy with this when they enter. Other information (e.g email address) will not be shared.
  • No purchase necessary
  • Closing date 31/1/19
  • Entries must be scanned or photographed in high resolution and emailed to lexireads@hotmail.com. The winners may need to post originals if the images are not high enough quality for printing. Postage costs will be covered in this case.
  • Full entry details can be found on lexirees.co.uk

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour

“Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a review of a Children/Middle Grade book called “Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer“, written by Lily Mae Walters. You may remember the name from my Promo Blitz: “Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer” post. And this is the first book in the series.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lily Mae Walters for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

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Blurb

josiecoveringramJosie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.

Whist staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.

Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.

The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen.  Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.

Purchase Link – http://mybook.to/Teardrops


Author Bio

Josie James - image1Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.

Social Media Links – Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


My Review

P1060028As a Social Educator that wants to work in a library I always look at middle grade books in a different light. I look at them as a material to help people, and after reading this book that was what happened. I thought about how we could use this magical adventure book to teach kids or maybe get them to create their own adventures inspired by the book… helped them with developing more their creativity. But that is just my educator brain thinking about ways to promote values, good qualities, abilities and imagination.

The Reader in me loved the book because it reminded me of being a young girl in her own magical world, with the characters she created or the characters of the fantasy books she read every day… And as soon as that “Saudade” started in my heart all the good memories, dreams, wishes upon a star, and feelings that were brought by the realization that I still have that young girl in me… It all made me emotional. And I thank the author for that.

P1060067The more rational part of me wants to talk about the story and the characters. How Josie was a relatable character and how the plot in this story made me wish I could be in it and have fun in this adventure, and help out the characters in the quest, by going on all the twists and turns that this journey took them (and me).

The world building was creative, it had vivid descriptions and as we start the slow ascend in the book and start learning about every aspect that was important in that moment about characters and the world… I fell into the vortex and jumped in the rollercoaster ready for a journey of fantasy, mystery and action. And as we buckle up for the ride, the pace starts to get quick and exciting.

This story had the classical fantasy elements: a magical world, magical creatures, a curse, the Chosen One, a group of friends trying to help the world, a girl that is intelligent and compassionate that really wants to make a change in the world… And all those elements combined with the writing style make the perfect recipe to cook a book not only for middle kids, but also to every single book lover.


Giveaway

If you want a chance at wining a Signed copy of Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer Click Here.

(UK Only)

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

And if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

 

Blog Tour · Reviews

“The Beedog: An Insect Discovery in Portugal” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing great today. When I found out about this book I got very excited. First because it sounds like a very interactive book that could help me in the future. And second, PORTUGAL!! That’s it.

Here is “The Beedog: An Insect Discovery in Portugal“, written by Addie Broussard and illustrated by Joyeeta Neogi.

Thank you Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Addie for the eCopy of the book and for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour and give my honest review.

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Blurb

abroussard-beedog-cover-print-v2.jpgAn award-winning picture book that will get little ones excited about science.

While building a unique sandcastle, Cora and Manny spot a rather curious insect.
Soon, the little scientists keep a watchful eye on the insect’s movements, while learning about the natural environment along the way.

A great book for STEM education and home-school projects or just curious little ones who love science. Book extras include fun, printable activities related to science learning and research.

Purchase from Amazon.com – https://www.amazon.com/Beedog-Insect-Discovery-Portugal-Traveler-ebook/dp/B07D771BHZ/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beedog-Insect-Discovery-Portugal-Traveler-ebook/dp/B07D771BHZ/


Author Bio

twoumbrellas-addie-profile-02Addie is an avid traveler, and once went on a solo journey to fifteen countries in one year. When she encounters something unique, she writes about it. Her first published picture book, The Beedog, is about a curious insect that she found in southern Portugal.

Addie began her writing journey when she was just nine years old, with a book called Doggienauts. That book has been updated and is set for publication in 2018. Addie is originally from the United States and is currently a full-time traveler. Home is where her suitcase is.

Illustrator Bio

Joyeeta is a children’s book illustrator who has worked with international authors and publishers. Her engagement with worldwide clients and multicultural themes has allowed her to create captivating original animal and child characters. Her art captures the expressions, movements and vibrancy of life within simple compositions to bring the author’s story to life. In her free time, Joyeeta is busy with painting and music. She loves to paint in oil and acrylic, and has also developed a passion for watercolor.

Social Media Links – Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Book resources at https://twoumbrellasplease.com


My Review

P1060498Personally, as a social educator, I loved this story. It was quick and entertaining and I can see how it could be use in classes or activities to promote kids curiosity about nature, especially insects. It could be the provoker for an activity.

Since it talks about Portugal, even if it’s a small reference, it was a sweet touch to me. So I do hope it gets translated one day. And I loved the brilliant work the illustrator did, because Praia do Carvalho in the illustration really looked like the real thing. You could see in the background the features of the rocks that made it look like the beach.

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I have never been to Praia do Carvalho, it’s in the south of Portugal, and I live in the central coast. But I’m happy that the setting of the book was in my country. It made me so excited and curious.

P1060461About the actual story, like I said before it was a quick and entertaining book. It reminded me of fun moments with friends and family during summer time. It reminds me of just exploring and learning new things. That’s what’s being a kid is all about. It’s about having fun, going on an adventure, going out on a bike and drive around in our hometown and going for walks in the forest, seeing animals and connecting with nature. And then, going back to our other friends once Summer is over and teaching them what we learn during our vacations. It’s about learning, teaching and sharing knowledge, while having fun.

P1060501That been said, this book was perfect to me. I loved how it has that childhood adventure feeling and curiosity to learn more. So, of course I would recommend this book for parents, teachers, educators… I would recommend the book and the complimentary activities that come with the book because they are so cute and interesting that kids would have fun with it. The “Outdoor Creative Writing Prompts” was fantastic. And I loved the “Let’s Go to Portugal” one too.

Want to feel like a kid and go on a learning and fun adventure? Read this short story and remember your childhood.

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You can also check out my review on Goodreads.


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P1060497Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess