Blog Tour Book Review -The Kooky Kids Club

The Kooky Kids Club

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The Blurb

Maxine is smart, quirky, and a bit of a misfit. One day, she receives a mysterious invitation to a meeting of the “Kooky Kids’ Club.”

Things are looking bright. It’s nice to finally have a real group of friends. Then Maxine’s teacher disappears.

Maxine doesn’t know what happened to her beloved teacher, or how she can help. But if anybody has the smarts to help Miss Thompson, it’s Maxine and the Kooky Kids’ Club…

This quirky chapter book is for the best kind of kids—the ones who are a little bit kooky!

What I Thought

I really enjoyed the last Robbie Yates book I reviewed and this one did not disappoint – in fact I think it may have been even better!

See my review of One Very Odd Teacher by Robbie Yates

I think one of Robbie’s talents is being able to write in a way that young people will immediately identify with and this is especially evident here.  The feeling of being left out, different, excluded can be so common place for children at school.  This book shows how Maxine starts to overcome those feelings.  I think the message – that our differences are the things that make us interesting and brilliant – is a great one for people to take away when reading this.

Another book I will be sharing with my ten year old – I know he will love it too!

Where To Buy

E-Book

Paperback

Author- Robbie Yates

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Robbie Yates is an author from Melbourne, Australia. He likes cocoa, cheeky poetry, and eating all of the red jellybeans before anybody else can get to them.

In his free time, Robbie likes to read ridiculous and wacky kids’ fiction. He also likes practical jokes and terrible puns.

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Thanks to Shalini, Robbie and Digital Reads Blog Tours for including me on this tour.  I received the book in return for an honest review

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Check out the other reviews of The Kooky Kids Club

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Blog Tour Book Review – The Burning House

The Burning House

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The Blurb

It was a victimless crime…

Estate Agent Clara is struggling to make a sale. With her abusive ex-husband on the brink of finding where she’s hiding, she needs to make a commission soon or lose her chance to escape.

Boleskine House on the shores of Loch Ness has remained unsold for years, and Clara is sure that an ‘innocent’ fire will force the price down. But the perfect crime soon turns into the perfect nightmare: there was a witness, a stranger in the village, and he’s not going to let Clara get away with it that easily…

From the bestselling author of The Ghost Hunters, The Watchers and The Lost Village, comes a tense and claustrophobic psychological thriller

What I Thought

I am a huge fan of thrillers but did not expect the supernatural element of this from reading the blurb.  However, I found this really enjoyable and it made the story a little different to those I normally read!

The setting for the book was perfect and when I found out it was based on true events, it certainly made it that bit more spine tingling.  It was a definite page turner and one I couldn’t wait to pick up to see what happened.  The pace was good from the start and even with the spooky goings on, the tension came also from ‘real life’ as Clara continued to hide out from an abusive husband.

I do not want to say too much and spoil anything for future readers but I would recommend to any thriller fans looking for something a little different from the norm.

Where To Buy

Amazon in Kindle, Paperback and Audiobook

Thankyou to Quercus Books and Neil Spring for including me on this book blast tour.  I received the book in return for my honest review.

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Blog Tour Book Review – Mavis and Dot

I was delighted to be asked to review this book.  All the proceeds from the sale of it are going towards research into a cure for cancer which I think is a fantastic thing for the author to do.

Mavis and Dot

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The Blurb

A warm slice of life, funny, feel-good, yet poignant. Introducing two eccentric ladies who form an unlikely friendship.Meet Mavis and Dot – two colourful, retired ladies who live in Worthington-on-Sea, where there are charity shops galore. Apart from bargain hunting, they manage to tangle themselves in escapades involving illegal immigrants, night clubs, nude modelling, errant toupees and more. And then there’s Mal, the lovable dog who nobody else wants. A gently humorous, often side-splitting, heart-warming snapshot of two memorable characters with past secrets and passions. Escape for a couple of hours into this snapshot of a faded, British seaside town. You’ll laugh and cry but probably laugh more.”This book is quirky and individual, and has great pathos…[it] will resonate with a lot of readers.” Gill Kaye – Editor of Ingenu(e). Written with a light touch in memory of a dear friend who passed away from ovarian cancer, Angela Petch’s seaside tale is a departure from her successful Tuscan novels.

All profits from the sale of the books will go towards research into the cure for cancer.

What I Thought

A really charming and lovely story, this was easy to read and I finished it in no time.  There are more serious themes going on but the book is uplifting and funny.  I loved the two characters and hope to be half as adventurous as them at their age.

It was a little bit of a sentimental read for me too.  I can imagine my Grandma (also called Mavis) would have been very similar to these, had she not go so poorly after retiring.  After losing her in April, I found myself often thinking of her while reading.

Recommended by me for all fiction fans, and the fact the proceeds are going to such a worthy cause is fantastic.  Enjoy if you need a reason to smile!

Where To Buy

Amazon UK

Amazon US

All profits from the sale of the books will go towards research into the cure for cancer.

Author – Angela Petch

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A prize-winning author, Angela Petch lives half the year in West Sussex and the summer months in a remote valley in the Tuscan Apennines. She recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture for her Tuscan novels and “Mavis and Dot” is a temporary departure from her usual genre. She has travelled all her life: born in Germany, she spent six years as a child living in Rome, worked in Amsterdam after finishing her degree in Italian, moved to Italy for her job, then to Tanzania for three years. Her head is full of stories and she always carries a pen and note-book to capture more ideas.

In May 2017, Angela Petch won PRIMA’S monthly short story competition and recently had a dozen stories published by The People’s Friend magazine.

“Mavis and Dot” was written in memory of a dear friend who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. All profits from sales of the book will go towards research into a cure for cancer.

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Blog Tour Book Review – The Janitor and The Spy

The Janitor and the Spy

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The Blurb

Baby wipes are not the best at cleaning up blood or what happened to Thornhill in Amsterdam.

They told Thornhill it would be a simple spy mission that he was more than eager to take on, but of course, it wasn’t.

It didn’t take long after meeting the contact for Thornhill to question if he or anyone else connected to him was going to be able to make it out of Amsterdam alive. Passing strangers on the streets became potential hitmen and dinner with criminals became safe heavens as Thornhill seeks to find answers from an old man named Golay.

What I Thought

 

Where To Buy

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Author – S. W. Ellenwood

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S. W. Ellenwood is thankful to have a close-knit family of two parents, a brother, and two sisters. A homeschooler who graduated college from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, Ellenwood loves all forms and genres of stories and was inspired by The Lord of the Rings films and his parents to write. You can find Ellenwood writing his next novel at the local coffee shops or playing table top games with his best friends.

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Blog Tour Book Review – Tales from the Pays d’Oc

Tales from the Pays d’Oc

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The Blurb

Twenty-one tales of life, love and laughter in the land of sun and vines.

What is Matthieu doing up an olive tree? Why won’t Joséphine ever eat pizza again? Who went four by fourth? And who rescued two hapless Americans at Armageddon Falls?

Travel to the Languedoc, feel the scorch of the sun on your shoulders, smell the dust and the lavender and the ripening grapes and follow the adventures of the Saturday Club and the regulars at l’Estaminet.

In this collection of stories, Patricia Feinberg Stoner revisits the territory of her memoir, ‘At Home in the Pays d’Oc’ with a whole host of new and familiar characters.

What I Thought

This book didn’t grab me and did take a little while to get into.  It is a book of short stories all set in the same small village in France. At first they appear unconnected apart from their location, but as you read on, the stories all start to connect up and some characters appear in a few of the stories.  I thought this was great and really enjoyed that element.

Some of the stories grabbed my attention better than others but if I am honest it wasn’t a book I wanted to reach for all the time, it just didn’t have me hooked like some do.  However, any fan of short stories will enjoy it as a charming, pleasant read.

Where To Buy

Amazon UK

Amazon US

The Author – Patricia Feinberg Stoner

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Patricia Feinberg Stoner is a former journalist, advertising copywriter and publicist. For four years she and her husband were accidental expatriates in the Languedoc, southern France. During that time she wrote a series of magazine articles which eventually became her first book about the Languedoc: ‘At Home in the Pays d’Oc.’

Now back in the UK, she lives with her husband in the pretty West Sussex village of Rustington, where Michael Flanders encountered a gnu and the mobility scooter is king.

She spends much of her time writing short stories and comic verses. Her first book, ‘Paw Prints in the Butter’, is a collection of comic poems for cat lovers, and is sold in aid of a local animal charity. In 2017 she published her second book of comic verse: ‘The Little Book of Rude Limericks’.

In the autumn of 2018 Patricia returns to the locale of ‘At Home in the Pays d’Oc’ with a new collection of stories: ‘Tales from the Pays d’Oc’.

Patricia welcomes visitors to her Facebook page (Paw Prints in the Butter) and to her blog 

Twitter @perdisma

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Thankyou to Rachel’s Random Resources for including me on this book tour.  I was sent the book in return for my honest review.