Fire Lines by Cara Thurlbourn
When your blood line awakens, how do you choose between family and freedom?
Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of life beyond the wall, but she never knew if they were true. Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council’s ruthless Cadets.
But when Émi turns seventeen, sparks fly – literally. Her blood line surges into life and she realises she has a talent for magick… a talent that could get her killed.
Émi makes her escape, beyond the wall and away from everything she’s ever known. In a world of watchers, elephant riders and sorcery, she must discover the truth about who she really is. But can the new Émi live up to her destiny?
Cara Thurlbourn writes children’s and young adult fiction. ‘Fire Lines’ is her first novel and it’s a story she’s been planning since she was fifteen years old.
Cara has a degree in English from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University.
She lives in a tiny village in Suffolk and has worked in academic and educational publishing for nearly ten years. Cara blogs about her author journey and in November 2016 she crowdfunded her first children’s book. 10% of its profits are donated to animal rehoming charities.
Cara plans to write at least two more books in the Fire Lines series, as well as a young adult mystery series, and has lots more children’s stories waiting in the wings.
You can sign up for Cara’s newsletter, for giveaways, updates and latest releases, here: http://www.firelines.co.uk
This is a new to me author so when I was asked to join in the blog tour I did so as we had a review gap and I’m sooo glad I said Yes! It seems that my reading trend has taken a turn and I’m suddenly drawn to the books that hold magic, action and adventure….. and Cara’s book definitely ticked all those boxes for me.
I loved the whole situation about Émi having to hide her magic (i didn’t like how quickly she trusted some people) and how differently each quarter was treated depending on what colour sash they wore on their arm, would have liked a bit more background on that. I enjoyed the darkness about the four cities, it left you guessing how much was actually true and how much was twisted and added to.
For me this book had everything and I highly anticipate book 2 hitting my shelf!!
Actual rating – 3.5
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This story is the sweetest book ever! A story about teaching children to be themselves, be who they are and not mingle into the crowd….. Because being you is the very best thing.
Norman isn’t happy until he grows his beautiful wings but then is frightened about people will say, on these pages the illustrations are coloured grey and look sad, an amazing job by Tom. It made those parts of the story sad a gloomy but once Norman has his wings on show all the colours come out and the story starts to bloom. Everyone in the world need to have their wings on show!
Lily-May loved to see Norman flying in the book, she then ran around the room with her arms stretched out pretending to fly! Its safe to say that she loved the book, we read it umpteen times before bed for the last few nights and probably for the next few nights to come.
We cant wait to see what Tom throws at us next, you’ve set the bar high for the next book and cover…….no pressure!!
Be sure to check out the rest of the book tour and see what the other bloggers thought to Perfectly Norman.
Malcolm doesn’t like animals.
Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday.
The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip, which Malcolm never thought his parents would pay for. And yet there he is, on the bus, heading to… oh no. A farm.
Over the next days, Malcolm changes. He learns a lot about animals. More, in many ways, than he would like. He learns what it’s really like to be an animal. A whole series of animals, in fact…
It does make him think differently. And speak differently. And eat differently. And, um, smell differently. But will he end up the same as before?
Because sometimes the hardest thing to become is… yourself.
HOUSE OF SECRETS follows three siblings and their family as they are forced to move to a mysterious new house in San Francisco and end up embarking on a journey to retrieve a dark book of untold power. The first story in an epic fantasy adventure trilogy!
When Brendan, Cordelia and Nell move to Kristoff House they have no idea that they are about to unleash the dark magic locked within. For the house once belonged to a crazed writer, whose stories have come to life. Literally. Now the Walker kids must battle against deadly pirates, bloodthirsty warriors and a bone-crunching giant. If they fail they will never see their parents again and a power-mad Witch will take over the world. No pressure then . . .
House of Secrets is the first book in a major new series. IT’S GOING TO BE EPIC!
***Mums note*** The back of this book states it is for 9+ readers. When Amy-Lee read some of the book to me I was a little worried that parts would frighten her, I think aged 9 is a little low for this type of book.
So as the summer holidays hit we thought it would be fun to do a month of reviews, a different book review for the 31 days of August…… is it possible? Lets find out!
Kicking off Day 1 is Stone Underpants
Written by Rebecca Lisle
Illustrated by Richard Watson
Published with Maverick Books.
This book is guaranteed to have the kids…… and adults giggling the whole way through! The story is about Pod, a cave boy how hates his stone underpants, and who can blame him?!
He spends the story creating different pants made out of different things, my personal favourite were the mud pants! Each pants are put through Pod’s tests to find out which are the best.
This story has become a family favourite in our house. Lily-May enjoys pointing out the different animals in the book and i expect a giggle or two every time i say bottom.
Its a fun read with beautiful illustrations, its also bright and colourful which keeps Lily-May’s concentration (always a bonus in my book!)
If Maverick books are new to you then i highly recommend you checking out their website, they have something for every age range,
Activity Books and Board Books
As well as some amazing series!! (click photo)
A Maverick round up post can also be found on our parenting blog (click photo)
Title: Chloe’s Secret Princess Club
Author: Emma Barnes
Illustrator: Monique Dong
Release Date: 1st September 2016
Genre: Young Fiction
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!
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.
Chloe is a bit of a scatter brain who spends more time in imagination land then in the real world, she also wants to be a princess….. and who doesn’t?! Chloe and her two friends form a secret princess with club rules, what princesses should wear, how to act and my favourite, princess challenges.
This book is a fun, quick read. I like Chloe and her friends, they have so much fun together being real life princesses. I also like that she is called Higgins (that’s my mums name 🙂 )
I liked the little ‘Which princess are you?’ quiz in the back, i was princess Clarinda! Also the princess jam tarts are a must make on my next school holidays!!
BookTitle: Dylan the Doctor
Author: Guy Parker-Reeves
Release Date: 4th August 2016
Genre: Picture Book
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31370814-dylan-the-doctor
Dylan’s on his way – are you ready to play? DYLAN THE DOCTOR is the first picture book in a series featuring an exuberant stripy dog, who just loves to play. Created by bestselling illustrator Guy Parker-Rees, Dylan is a joyous new character who uses playing and fun to help toddlers explore and understand their world. Today Dylan is playing at being a doctor. He dashes about looking after all of his friends: Purple Puss, Jolly Otter and Titchy Chick. But who will look after poor, tired Doctor Dylan? All his friends, of course! Look out for Dylan’s friend, Dotty Bug, on every page, as she encourages readers to join in with the story.
Guy Parker-Rees is one of the UK’s best-loved children’sillustrators. His many successes include GIRAFFES CAN’TDANCE (Orchard) and SPOOKYRUMPUS (Orchard). Guy live in Brighton.
Children’s picture books are my all time favourite! The brightness, colours and the smiles that came from my child while reading this book was brilliant. Lily-May is only 20 months old but she got to much out if this book (we have read it umpteen times!) She loved to make the dog and cat noises and loves turning the pages 🙂 the vibrant colours and beautiful illustrations kept her entertained until the end, which is rare for her! It’s now turned into her favourite bedtime story. The pages also seem to be toddler proof, which is a must!! Lily-May also enjoyed looking for Dotty Bug on each page, I thought that was a fun addition to the book. We look forward to reading Dylan the Shopkeeper when it hits the shelves 🙂
We have 3, yes 3 copies of Dylan the Doctor to giveaway!!
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Simon Mayle grew up in the USA but now lives in Cornwall with his wife and their own Shoutykids. He works in film and TV and amongst his credits are ‘THERE’S ONLY ONE JIMMY GRIMBLE’ – winner of a Brown Bear at Berlin Film Festival, Golden Griffin at Giffoni, best feature at Vienna and best feature at Kyoto. Author’s Home Cornwall
Meet the funniest kid in fiction!
My name is Harry Riddles and I am ten years old which my mum says is too young to have problems but she is WRONG. My dad just lost his job, which means we might have to move house and I need money to make my mega-amazing zombie movie but there is NO WAY I will sell my X-box! I’ve written to the Queen, Harry Styles, and the people off Dragons’ Den who might be able help but I don’t know if they’ll write back. If you have any bright ideas for making money I’d love to hear them and I can tell you how to get past level 6 on World of Zombies if you like.
Good luck and have fun
Follow Harry’s hilarious ups and downs told through laugh-out-loud letters, emails, texts and more!
I really thought the cover of the book really stood out and looked like it was going to be fun to read. Harry is a ten year old boy who is always plays games on his X-Box, he lives Cornwall with his sister who he hates. The Riddles home is under threat from bailiff’s and its looking like Harry will have to move schools as his family cannot afford his school fee’s. Harry thinks he can solve all their problems by making a television series about a vegetarian baby Zombie. I thought the way the book was set up with emails and text was good, it was enjoyable to read and had me laughing at times, will be reading book 2 straight away!
How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School (Shoutykid, Book 2)
The funniest kid in fiction is back!
My name is Harry Riddles, and I live with my mum, my dad and my EVIL sister Charlotte. But now my mum is having TWINS so either me or Charlotte are gonna lose our bedroom. ALSO, Dad’s moaning that I should do more sport and not be just a gamer (which shows what he knows cos I’m actually the BEST gamer World of Zombies has ever seen). But I’ve joined the school football team to keep him happy although if we win anything it will be a miracle cos we suck. I’ve written to some stars of the football world to see if they wanna help out, and also a bunch of people who might take Charlotte off our hands – oh and Brad Pitt’s wife to see if she wants to adopt a couple more kids, but who knows if they will write back. We’ll see.
Good luck and have fun.
Follow Harry’s hilarious ups and downs told through laugh-out-loud letters, emails, texts and more!
Like how book 2 has kind of the same cover 🙂
I thought this book wasn’t as good as the first, I did read the whole book, the drawings make the book easy to follow and was a quick read but a bit boyish for me but sure my bother will love reading them, I enjoyed book 1 more 😦
Lookout for book 3 in August 2015! Visit Shoutykids website for hilarious blog entries, competitions and learning resources at http://www.shoutykid.co.uk
Dork Diaries Drama Queen by Rachel Renee Russell.
TOTAL DISASTER!!! Mean girl Mackenzie has stolen Nikki’s diary! What if she tells everyone Nikki’s totally secret thoughts?!
But reading Nikki’s diary isn’t the only thing Mackenzie’s interested in. Get ready for Dork Diaries with a twist as Mackenzie takes over and tells all about her GLAMFABULOUS life! What dies the queen bee really think about Nikki and her dorky friends?