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The Rabbit Ate My Flip-Flops (The Rabbit Ate My... Book 2)
The Rabbit Ate My Flip-Flops (The Rabbit Ate My... Book 2)
Price: $3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll be looking out for more books in the series., May 29, 2016
It says a lot about a book when you want to read it's sequel. The Rabbit Ate my Flip Flops is the second in the series. The Montgomery household has now got used to the routine of having a pet house-rabbit but things start to go awry when their parents go out of town and Drew and Libby are taken on holiday with their grandparents. The plan is for Drew's friend to look after the rabbit, but Libby is worried he'll feel abandoned and sneaks him along.

This story sees Drew coping with kids with a mean dog, their grandparents over-bearing friend and a defective campervan as well as Libby finding more rabbits to rescue. It's cleverly plotted so each disaster followed nicely from the one before and events don't feel forced.

I particularly liked the way the relationships between Drew and his friends, both male and female, were drawn and also the realistic way the rabbit pooped and chewed it's way through everything it shouldn't, making a refreshing change from the usual fluffy way rabbits are presented in children's fiction. Anyone considering getting a rabbit for a pet should definitely read these books.


The Rabbit Ate My Homework (The Rabbit Ate My... Book 1)
The Rabbit Ate My Homework (The Rabbit Ate My... Book 1)
Price: $0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a recommended read, May 29, 2016
Eleven year old Drew Montgomery is having a bad day. He breaks his new bike, after being told not to ride/do jumps on it by his father, and his little sister, Libby, knows what he’s done. So, when they find a rabbit abandoned in a box and Libby wants to take it home, she threatens to tell his parents about the bike unless he agrees. Blackmailed and miserable, with problems at school and rather absent, work-a-holic parents Drew’s life quickly lurches from one disaster to another in a hilarious chain of events all centred around the rabbit.

The characters in the book were really well-drawn with Drew and his sister having distinct personalities and voices. Their reactions to the problems of keeping a rabbit hidden in Drew’s room were hilarious and spot-on for their different ages. The book has short chapters and rattles along at a cracking pace, just right for the target, middle-grade, age group but will also be enjoyable to adults reading it with their children. I really had to find out how all Drew’s problems would be resolved. Needless to say, things did turn out right in the end.


Talent
Talent
by B. Lynn Goodwin
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid read about some real-life issues., November 16, 2015
This review is from: Talent (Paperback)
I found it hard to write this review and tell you all I liked about this book without giving away spoilers. (Don’t worry, I won’t give anything away)
Talent is a thought-provoking read about a girl struggling with the usual teenage problems (school, boyfriends, trying to find her own identity) but with the added problem that her older brother is missing in service in Afghanistan. Ms Goodwin creates a wonderful cast of characters who are all affected by this disappearance and I totally believed the actions and reactions of Sandee, her mum and dad and all their friends.
Sandee imagines she can hear her brother Brian’s voice giving her advice and some of my favourite parts of the book are the letters she writes to him.
But Sandee also has her own real-life problems and aspirations. She desperately wants to be in the school production of Oklahoma and the first chapter sees her auditioning. It is obvious that Talent is written by someone who knows and loves theatre. She knows the problems that can befall at production ... and, yes, Sandee is destined to have to cope with many problems before the end of the book. She also has a lot of tough choices to make regarding loyalty to her friends and doing the right thing and I was rooting for her all the way.
I loved the cover of this book and there are some discussion points at the end that will be useful for teachers or just to get the reader thinking.


Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone
Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone
Price: $4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic, fantasy world-building at its best., May 28, 2015
Yes, Owen Sage is back for the fourth instalment in the fast-paced YA Everville fantasy adventure series full of shape-shifting dragons and giants, and intrigue and action. The Fall of Brackenbone takes Owen into the future to a time when trouble is once more brewing and once again he alone must sort it out.
I particularly liked that Owen found out some of his history in this book which is written in Huff’s readable style. It’s a story of good versus evil, of fantastic worlds populated with magical creatures and a likeable hero. So if that’s your thing and you’re looking for a quick, easy read, this is just the novel for you.
Although there is enough explanation to read Brackenbone as a stand-alone book, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series. A big thank you to Roy Huff for the ARC copy.


Nano Man
Nano Man
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A sci-fi thriller full of witty dialogue and clever plot lines., May 22, 2015
This review is from: Nano Man (Kindle Edition)
I have to admit that the first chapters of Nano Man had me confused however I settled into the story around Chapter Five when we meet Jane and Mike and I’m happy to report that those confusing first chapters make sense by the time you reach the end. Even so, there are so many twists and turns in this book that you have to concentrate not to miss anything.
The main characters of Jane and Nano Man Mike are developed nicely through the book and their witty dialogue makes for interesting and realistic reading. I liked how Moore developed their relationship over the course of the story.
This is a book that is completely original. It contains so many things I didn’t expect but the author has woven the elements together in such a way that the reader accepts them unquestioningly. Push past the first few chapters and you’ll be hooked.


The Testament of Vida Tremayne
The Testament of Vida Tremayne
by Sarah Vincent
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterfully written psychological thriller that will keep you guessing to the end, January 16, 2015
How did once successful author, Vida Tremayne, end up catatonic in hospital? From the very first chapter, you just have to know.

Vincent presents us with an unforgettable cast of very real (and horribly dysfunctional) characters in this masterfully written tale. Despite being set in the gentle backwaters of the Shropshire borderland, the plot unfolds at a deceptively brisk pace. All of the settings, from Vida’s lonely cottage to the sleepy nearby town and the rolling hillside of the final showdown, are so realistic you’ll believe you’ve been there and I loved how the story, told from Vida’s daughter’s point of view, was cleverly mixed with diary extracts.

It’s not often you can’t predict the ending of a book. No spoilers here but suffice to say The Testament of Vida Tremayne reaches a satisfying conclusion.

Highly recommended, spine-chilling read from a brilliant author.


Miracle Child
Miracle Child
Price: $2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handkerchiefs at the ready, December 3, 2014
This review is from: Miracle Child (Kindle Edition)
This is a lovely story - a true one - about the authors experience with his little son born prematurely.
You will need plenty of handkerchiefs to read this one as the baby bounces from one problem to the next keeping us and his poor parents on a journey you won't forget.


Soul Fire (The Soul Trilogy Book 1)
Soul Fire (The Soul Trilogy Book 1)

4.0 out of 5 stars A pageturner that leaves you wanting more, November 28, 2013
Soul Fire follows the story of Rose Evermore, the feisty small town girl who never quite fits in, as she is drawn into an alternative world and discovers she has magic powers, where she remains equally feisty and finds she still doesn't quite fit in.

Ms Legacy builds a detailed and realistic world. The school Rose attends has shades of Hogwarts and Rose has magic powers to rival good old Harry Potter but with more attitude. From the time she backs her car into the school bullies to the way she stands up to the teachers at the school, I loved her.

Soul Fire is a book that has it all; forbidden love, intrigue, jealousy, loyal friends, poisonous beasts that kill by howling, a horse called Echo and a soul-mate from a wild Northern mountain range with many secrets. The plot unfolded at just the right pace bringing some surprising plot twists and leaving me wanting more. I will definitely be looking out for the next book in the trilogy.


MER: Falling Kingdom (Book 2)
MER: Falling Kingdom (Book 2)
Price: $3.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic tale of good v evil, November 3, 2013
Falling Kingdom is the second in the Mer series. As it was some while ago when I read book one, I did find I had to recap the first book when I started to read this one but the author has included a handy appendix at the end of the book with a ‘family tree’ of all the characters which I wish I’d found first.

The adventures of the children of Castlecray is the sort of story I wish I’d had when my children were young. It can be read and enjoyed by any age and would have made perfect bedtime story reading. Ms Phillips has created a rich world full of wraiths, mystic forests, magic stones, trolls, mer-people, deadly sirens and enough intrigue, imposters and deceit to keep everyone happy.

My favourite characters are still Quin and Noam who continue to show they are going to be a great power for good. Aleena and Tolan add the love interest and I liked how Tolan has changed since the first book. However, my favourite scene was where Banon swims underwater with help from the mermaid; full of sensory detail and wonder.

So, another great story from Jade M Phillips. I look forward to part three.


The Skeletons Of Birkbury
The Skeletons Of Birkbury
Price: $3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A who-dunnit to keep you guessing., October 17, 2013
A storm brings down the oak tree on Rooksbridge Farm revealing the bones of a young girl. How did she come to be buried there? And who killed her? The Skeletons of Birkbury is a murder mystery which will keep readers guessing right to the end.

There are car accidents, disappearances, intrigue and long-standing disagreements between the cast of very well-fleshed out characters which add twists and turns to the fast-moving plot. Ms Febry nailed Birkbury as rural Britain with its hierarchy of land-owners and workers and I loved the realistic way they closed ranks against outsiders. Anyone who has lived in a small village will appreciate exactly what trouble this can cause.

Even though the story is told from multiple points of view the author cleverly doesn't give away the ending and all the characters have interesting back-stories which draw you along and will have you either routing for them or disliking them. My favourite character has to be Joyce, a surprisingly feisty and loyal woman.


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