Month of Reviews Day 6 – The Keeper.


The Keeper

Written by David Baldacci

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books 

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Vega Jane was always told no one could leave the town of Wormwood. She was told there was nothing outside but the Quag, a wilderness filled with danger and death. And she believed it – until the night she stumbled across a secret that proved that everything she knew was a lie.

Now Vega and her best friend Delph must find a way to make it across this terrifying land of bloodthirsty creatures and sinister magic. But the Quag is worse than Vega Jane’s darkest imagining. It’s a living, breathing prison designed to keep enemies out and the villagers of Wormwood in.

The Quag will throw everything at Vega. It will try to break her. It will try to kill her. And survival might come at a price not even Vega is willing to pay.


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The Keeper is book 2 from the Vega Jane series by David Baldacci and is not his usual writing style so please be aware of this before you one-click or buy, that being said it turns out I’m turning into a huge Y/A fan and this book definitely didn’t let me down.

David steps away from his usual thriller style writing to bring us an action packed read of Vega Jane. With twists, turns and some pretty Wild sounding and looking animals on their trail it makes you wounder if Vega, Delph and Harry Two should have ventured into The Quag.

The story flowed so well I actually lost track of time reading, not always a good thing with a baby and night feeds to be had but I just couldn’t put it down! And I love the drawings throughout the book,


especially the map at the front.


Also the guide to Wormwood and beyond was a fab idea…. I’m just glad the likes of Adar’s and Outlier’s are firmly in Baldacci’s books and not of the real world!!
With a great mix of characters, both main and secondry, I felt they each brought their own to the story.

This book has had me reserving book 1 at the library so I can really get into the world of Wormwood and read Vega Jane’s story from the beginning…….. now all we need is book 3!

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Month of Reviews Day 5 – The Everywhere Bear.

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The Everywhere Bear 
Written by Julia Donaldon
Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb
Published by Macmillan Children’s Books
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The Everywhere Bear has a home on a shelf
But he doesn’t spend very much time by himself,
For each boy and girl in the class is a friend
And he goes home with one of them every weekend. The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure! He’s washed down a drain and whooshed out to sea, rescued by a fishing boat, loaded onto a lorry, carried off by a seagull . . . how will he ever make it back to Class One?



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Now were are MASSIVE Julia Donaldson fans in our house so we were very excited to review this book!
 A sweet story about a classroom bear that gets his very own adventure! From drains to seas to fishing boats to libraries, this bear sees it all!
My little one loved the fact that one of the school children had the same name as her (Lily) and she enjoyed pointing out the bear on every page. The illustrator, Rebecca Cobb, has done a wonderful job on the pictures, my personal favourite being the teacher putting bear in the washer after his big adventure.



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Month of Reviews Day 4 – AniMalcolm

Written by David Baddiel
Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books
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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.


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A story about Malcolm and his animal obsessed family. Now being animal obsessed is ok, unless your’e Malcolm. You see, Malcolm has a dislike for animals (crazy i know) but each to their own. So you can imagine the horror when he finds out that his year 6 school trip is to……THE FARM!!!
Now you have to feel sorry for poor Malcolm at this point, the poor boy has to spend the next few days surrounded by the thing he dislikes most in his life BUT how will he feel once hes spent a few days AS the animals?! Yep poor Malcolm somehow ends up as the animals… looks… smells… acts like all the different animals hes surrounded by, at the end of the trip will Malcom become his animal disliking self or a new animal loving Malcolm? Only a read of this book will tell you because we definitely wont spoil this must read book for you!
Have a sneak peek on what Animalcolm is all about with this fab book trailer….
This book had me in fits of laughter, at one point i asked my Mum ‘Could you imagine being a Cat or a Monkey?! Might be fun at first until it comes to bath time!’ made me think for a second until i saw our own cat having a wash!
It was an easy read, easy to get into and easy to pick up again once i had put it down. The little drawings kept me entertained and my little sister (aged 2 ) made all the animal noises along the way. I also enjoyed the numbered after thoughts at the bottom of the pages, i also love to know if penguins can understand pigeon?!?
I would definitely recommend it to all my friends (both boys and girls as its certainly one for them all) and I’ve also asked if i can get David’s other books for Christmas!
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Month of Reviews Day 3 – Baby and Lion Dog – The search for the missing nose.


Written by Elizabeth Forbes

Illustrated by Tom Boyle

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Baby and Lion Dog have a special relationship. Each story takes them on a different adventure; searching for clues, helping people and solving mysteries.

This is a heartwarming story which has just enough adventure and mystery for young children to enjoy.

What will happen on their special adventure this time?

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The story is about a little boy and his dog who like to go on adventures and solve mysteries along the way. This book takes them on a hunt to find the missing nose to a very sad circus clown. Do they find it? Like i’m going to tell you……. It will spoil your read.

My little one loved this book, every time is said “lion” she ROARED! as well as yelling “There he is!”

We pointed out all the different characters in the book, and had fun guessing where the clowns nose would be found, neither of us guessed right.

The illustrations in the book are beautifully done and kept my 2 year old’s interest throughout the whole book, which is pretty hard to do as shes always on the go!
I know this will be a book we will read over and over again 🙂

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Month of Reviews Day 2 – The House of Secrets.

House of Secrets
Written by Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini
Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books
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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!

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 Thrilling heart-stopping adventure for three ordinary kids Brandon, Cordelia and Eleanor. Will their life get be any different after they have just moved to San Francisco? Will they be able to stop the power from within the crome woman who gave the Walkers a very weird welcoming.
This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! Its a chunky book so not for the faint hearted that’s for sure.
The part of the book I enjoy the most is when Brandon, Cordelia and Eleanor go on their exciting adventures and meet lots of new friends. 
A brilliant motto that the authors Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini 
‘Homework can wait. It`s time to save the world`
  Many exciting things happen in this house such as finding things that no one even knew were there.
When Eleanor does something that changes their life, will it stay that way forever or will it end?!?  
Its fast paced and action packed, with twists and turns….. some you see coming and some you don’t!! With Pirates, Withces & Ghosts there’s something for everyone.
Can the Walker children save the world. Find out in this brilliant exciting amazing book.
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***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.

Month of Reviews Day 1 – Stone Underpants – Maverick Books

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.

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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!)

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If Maverick books are new to you then i highly recommend you checking out their website, they have something for every age range,

Picture Books,

Early Readers,

Junior Fiction,

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)


Blog Tour & Giveaway – The Salvation Project by Stewart Ross

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Title: The Salvation Project (The Soterion Mission #3)

Author: Stewart Ross

Release Date: 20th June 2017

Genre: Dystopian YA

Publisher: Blean Books

Format: Paperback

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Humanity’s hope of salvation lies within a single laptop…

A mutation in human DNA means no one lives beyond nineteen. Scientists working to reverse this pandemic died before their Salvation Project was complete, leaving behind the results of their research in a sealed vault – the Soterion.

122 years have passed. The civilisation of the ‘Long Dead’ is almost forgotten, the Soterion has been burned to ashes, and communities of Constants are tormented by brutal tribes of Zeds. Cyrus, Miouda and Sammy flee their burning city with a laptop rescued from the inferno. They believe it contains the key to the Salvation Project. But its batteries are dead, there is no electricity to power it, and murderous Zeds will stop at nothing to get it back…

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Stewart Ross

Stewart was born in Buckinghamshire and educated in Oxford, Berkhamsted, Exeter, Bristol, and Orlando, Florida. He taught at a variety of institutions in Sri Lanka, the Middle East, the USA, and Britain before becoming a full-time writer in 1989.

With over 300 published titles to his credit, he is now one of Britain’s most popular and versatile authors. His output includes prize-winning books for younger readers, novels, plays, three librettos, a musical, and many widely acclaimed works on history and sport. Several of his books are illustrated with his own photographs.

Stewart also lectures in France and the UK, gives talks, runs workshops, and visits schools. He is an occasional journalist and broadcaster. His brother, Charlie Ross, is the celebrated auctioneer.

In his spare time Stewart enjoys travel, restaurants, sport, theatre, photography, art and music. He lives near Canterbury with his wife Lucy, and – occasionally – his four children and two grandchildren. Each morning he commutes 10 metres to work in a large hut in the garden.





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Wednesday 21st June

YA Under My Skin

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Thursday 22nd June

The Writing Greyhound

A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Friday 23rd June

Rachel Bustin

Chelle’s Book Reviews

Saturday 24th June

Alejandra’s Life

Fiction Fascination

Sunday 25th June

Tales of Yesterday

Fabulous Book Fiend

Monday 26th June

Big Book Little Book

Tea Party Princess

Tuesday 27th June

A Little But A Lot


Wednesday 28th June

A Books Eternal Glory

Portable Magic

Thursday 29th June

OBC Mini Reviewers

Charlotte Somwhere

Friday 30th June


Crowded Bookshelf

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The Devil’s Poetry – Blog Tour and Review

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The Devil’s Poetry by Louise Cole

Title: The Devil’s Poetry

Author: Louise Cole

Release Date: 13th June 2017

Genre: YA Thriller

Publisher: Kindle Press

Format: Ebook

Goodreads Link:

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Questions are dangerous but answers can be deadly.

Callie’s world will be lost to war – unless she can unlock the magic of an ancient manuscript. She and her friends will be sent to the front line. Many of them won’t come back. When a secret order tells her she can bring peace by reading from a book, it seems an easy solution – too easy. Callie soon finds herself hunted, trapped between desperate allies and diabolical enemies. The Order is every bit as ruthless as the paranormal Cadaveri.

Callie can only trust two people – her best friend and her ex-marine bodyguard. And they are on different sides. She must decide: how far will she go to stop a war?

Dare she read this book? What’s the price – and who pays it?

Commended in the Yeovil Prize 2016, this is an action-packed blend of adventure, fantasy and love story.

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Louise Cole has spent her life reading and writing. And very occasionally gardening. Sometimes she reads as she gardens. She can be seen walking her dogs around North Yorkshire – she’s the one with a couple of cocker spaniels and a Kindle. She read English at Oxford – read being the operative word – and hasn’t stopped reading since.

In her day-job she is an award-winning journalist, a former business magazine editor and director of a media agency. She writes about business but mainly the business of moving things around: transport, logistics, trucks, ships, and people.

Her fiction includes short stories, young adult thrillers, and other stuff which is still cooking.

Her YA and kids’ fiction is represented by Greenhouse Literary Agency and she is also published on Amazon as one of the Marisa Hayworth triumvirate.

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Where to start with this book?!


Now i could leave my review like that but i wont!!

Now don’t let the title put you off, it isn’t a poetry book or a book about the devil but a beautiful story about Callie. Her life has never been easy, loosing her Mother at a young age, felling like she never fits it and a Father that’s very distant with her on an emotional level.

Callie has always found comfort in her books, much to her Father’s dislike, so when a book thats been thrown into her hands calls to her…… yes, really calls to her, she grips it with both hands, and it doesn’t matter that an army of the Cadaveri will stop at nothing to have the book or that Jace has warned her NOT to read it, Callie just cant help herself and suddenly finder herself having to save the world!!

I loved the sweet relationship that blossomed between Callie and Jace throughout the book, Jace’s passion and dedication on wanting to do whats right for the Order and doing whats right for Callie is tested all the way through (think that’s what makes me love him as a character) and the test of friendship between Callie and Amber. Have to say I’ve never disliked a character as much as i disliked Ella, shes rude, pigheaded and thinks she knows everything……i did have a pang of guilt for disliking her so much towards the end of the book.

This book is so action packed it could give Jason Bourne a run for his money! Its fast paced, with twists and turns galore. You think its going one way then the author swiftly spins you around and into a whole new direction, which i loved! Its gripping, entertaining, and with just the right amount of romance to keep you hooked! Louise is a new author to me and if her books that follow are just as good or even better than this she’ll have a massive following in no time, with me in the front spot!! Now whens the next book out?!?

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Tour Schedule

Wednesday 14th June

Alejandra’s Life

Summer Reads and Moonlight Dreams

Thursday 15th June

YA Under My Skin

Life with KtKinnes

Friday 16th June

Tales of Yesterday

Louise Bodle

Saturday 17th June

Big Book Little Book

Sunshine Sarah

Sunday 18th June

Fiction Fascination

No Safer Place

Monday 19th June

Tween Book Blog

An Ocean Glimmer

Tuesday 20th June

A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Charlotte Somewhere

Wednesday 21st June

A Books Eternal Glory

The Write Blog

Thursday 22nd June

Bookish Outsider

My Self and My Shelf

Friday 23rd June

Portable Magic

Just Kathryn

Saturday 24th June

Book Murmuration

Tea Party Princess

Sunday 25th June

Wee Bit Wordy

Monday 26th June


Miss Chapters Reviews

Tuesday 27th June

OBC Mini Reviewers

United Book Blog


Review – Dougal Daley: It’s Not My Fault by Jackie Marchant

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Title: Dougal Daley: It’s Not My Fault

Author: Jackie Marchant

Illustrator: Loretta Shauer

Release Date: 4th April 2017

Publisher: Wacky Bee Books

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I, Dougal Daley, am dead! Ok I’m not actually dead. But if I’m not careful I soon will be.

In this first book, football-loving Dougal Daley finds himself at risk from the mysterious creature living in the garden shed. Nobody believes him but as a precaution, he sets upon writing his will – rewarding those who help him and disinheriting those who get on his bad side. Meanwhile, as limbs and windows alike are broken by rogue footballs and unhinged canines, Dougal finds himself in all sorts of trouble. . .and NONE of it is his fault!

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Dougal Daley was inspired by a messy bedroom and a random question from my son about writing a will. Dougal Daley has been huge fun to write about – you wouldn’t believe the disasters that happen around him (none of which are his fault of course)! When I’m not writing I love doing school visits and creative writing workshops. I also take time away from the writing world looking after guide dogs while their owners are away.





I originally studied performing arts and have a degreein Dance Performance – well you never know whenyou need a quick pirouette! I also worked in practicalconservation for a long time, and spent many yearsbattling balsam, identifying lichen, and searching forcreepy crawlies before I picked up my pencils andpaints and began exploring illustrating and writingfor children. In 2011 I won the Waterstone’s ‘PictureThis’ competition and I now illlustrate full time.However I am still happiest noodling around forfossils and shells on the beach!




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This book, even though its not my usual kind of read had me in fits of laughter and really, how many kids write a will?! But i guess when a creature is after you you want to make sure your toys are going to the right people lol

In a typical boy style where nothing is ever his fault, Dougal is so over the top dramatic (like the boys in my class) i couldn’t help but laugh along with him. This book was fun to read and action packed from beginning to end

I loved the illustrations but then who doesn’t? It was like the doodles you see on comic books, there to add to the story as well as telling there own little one at the same time…… a picture can say a thousand words….. and these did 🙂

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Massive thanks to Wacky Bee Books for our copy of the book and to Faye Rogers for allowing us to partake in the tour…… once all our gremlins had been caught…. better late than never!!

Be sure to stop by Heather Reviews tomorrow!

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Review – The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Carol Rumble

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Title: The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat
Author: Coral Rumble
Illustrator: Charlotte Cooke
Publisher: Wacky Bee Books –
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“The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a box on the living room floor.
They sailed away for a year and a day
And these are the things that they saw…”
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Oh to be a child again!
With their wild imaginations and sense of adventure anything is possible and this story really brings those days to life.
A fun read about two children and their homemade ship out on the wild seas of imagination, and what an imagination they both have!!
We loved this story, anything to do with animals is a BIG hit in our house and there are tons of them in this book. Lily-May enjoyed pointing out all the different ones she spotted, some even new to her, we had to make the noise to go along with which animal we spotted.
The illustrations are out of this world! No detail is left out, i especially like the Puffin page with his stamped passport…….he definitely gets around.
The wanted sign for naughty seagull made me giggle.
This has to be one of the most stunning children’s books i have seen in a long time, both Carol and Charlotte should be proud of the end results and i hope to see many more books along the way……. definitely ones to watch!!
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I have worked as a poet and performer for many
years and I’m proud to have my work featured in
Favourite Poets (Hodder). I have three published
poetry collections of my own and have
contributed to more than 150 anthologies. I am
also one of the writers of the popular Cbeebies
programmes ‘Poetry Pie’ and ‘The Rhyme
Rocket’. I have given workshops in some fairly
unusual venues as well…the grandest of which
being Buckingham Palace!
I was thrilled and proud when my picture book The Adventures of the
Owl & the Pussycat was highly commended for the Macmillan Children’s
Prize in 2010. Since then I have gone on to illustrate many other picture
books and I enjoy making the occasional card too. When I’m not in my
studio I’m usually outside running or playing referee to my two kids.
Make sure you check out all the blog stops on this adventurous tour!!
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