Saturday, 31 December 2016

~ Review~ Raven Hearts by Fiona Dunbar

Title: Raven Hearts
Author: Fiona Dunbar
Publisher: Orchard

Kitty's helping track down a bloodthirsty ghost hound.

She travels to the windswept moors of Yorkshire and soon she hears about a ghost dog, wandering across the moors, feasting on terrified humans. Recently a man a disappeared without a trace. There's also been others. The press are saying that the ghost dog has got them. Is it true? Where have they actually gone to? With a spirit named Lupa, Kitty has to find out the truth behind the disappearances.

What I think:

I think that Raven Hearts is a good book, full of excitement and adventure. I love how Kitty holds hands with a ghost, as her Grandmother told her never to do it in the first book, and it show you why you shouldn't do it. Girls and boys aged 10+
Others in the series:
1) Divine Freaks
2) Fire & Roses
3) Venus Rocks
4) Raven Hearts 


Friday, 30 December 2016

~Review~ The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham

Title: The Moonlight Dreamers
Author: Siobhan Curham
Publisher: Walker Books


          Sky, Rose, Maali and Amber are sick of being told how to act, and what to wear

Amber decides to set up a secret society called The Moonlight Dreamers, for girls aged 14-16 who are sick of being told what to wear and how to act. In a world in misunderstanding can Amber and the rest of The Moonlight Dreamers find happiness and peace? Join the four girls on a journey of discovery and excitement.

What I think:

I think that all girls aged 12+ would love this book as it is relatable and all about teenage girls wanting to be understood.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

~ Review ~ Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx by Laura Wood

Title: Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx
Author: Laura Wood
Publisher: Scholastic

 The school play of Macbeth is under a jinx

Saint Smithen's school is putting on a play of Macbeth. From fires to ghostly warnings, everything bad you can think of (well, almost) is happening to the play. Is there really a jinx? And where does the lost gold come into it? Poppy, her family and her friends decide to investigate. 

What I think:

I think that this book is great and well thought out. With Poppy's circus family staring in it the story becomes funnier. If you like funny and exciting stories, read this! 

Check out the other books in the series!

1) Poppy Pym and the Pharaoh's Curse.
2)Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

~Review~ Johnny and the Dead by Terry Pratchett.

Title: Johnny and the dead
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Doubleday

Johnny Maxwell can see ghosts.

When he finds out that the council is going to bulldoze the graveyard and build houses on it, Johnny is outraged.  He tells the ghosts living there, and they too are outraged! With help from his friends they try and stop it by going to the council.

What I think:

I didn't really like it because it was really exciting at the start but at the end there's a twist and Johnny does not care anymore, which I find unrealistic. It's unrealistic because if you want to stop something from happening and there's a twist, you wouldn't just not care anymore. Suitable for girls and boys aged 8-10.

I give this book 3/5 stars

Sunday, 30 October 2016

~ Review ~ Butterfly Summer by Anne-Marie Conway

Title: Butterfly Summer
Author: Anne-Marie Conway
Publisher: Usborne

    Becky's mum is hiding something.

Ever since they moved to Oakbridge, Becky's mum has been secretive and depressed. What's wrong? Becky hates the way her mum is acting so finds comfort in the Butterfly Garden and makes friends with wild and mischievous Rosa May. But with her wild ways is she hiding something too? When Becky finds a box under her mum's bed with a photo in it she gets more worried.
Will Becky ever find the secret out? Who actually is Rosa May?

A thrilling read with mysterious twists throughout. Recommended for girls aged 11 to 14.

 If you liked this book try other books by this author:

Tangled Secrets
Forbidden Friends

Sunday, 23 October 2016

~Review ~ Completely Cassidy: Accidental Genius by Tasmyn Murray


    Title: Completely Cassidy: Accidental Genius
    Author: Tasmyn Murray
    Publisher: Usborne

Cassidy's life is crazy.

She has a embarrassing dad, a pregnant mum and an annoying brother. Add puppy, Rolo, in and the manic family is complete!

Tomorrow is the start of Year Seven and Cassidy's anxious. Having Rolo eating her new shoes and needing to wear her brother's gigantic, stinky blazer, things aren't going very well so far.
And falling out with her friend, Molly, adds more drama than Cassidy wants.
Only one thing is going well - the school thinks she's a genius!

This book is great for people who are worried about starting secondary school - the story shows there is nothing to worry about! Also it's funny and relatable.

Suitable for girls aged 11 - 13.

If you liked this book try the others in the series:

Star Reporter
Drama Queen.

Monday, 5 September 2016

~Review~ Tangled Secrets By Anne-Marie Conway

   Title: Tangled Secrets
   Author: Anne-Marie Conway
   Publisher: Usborne

Maddie's life is full of secrets.

 Her nan recently died, she's striving for mum's attention and     
feels like dad isn't spending time with her. She traps her feelings
inside until they're to much to contain. Then she's paired with Kieran Black   - the trouble-maker in her class- and finds her trust and confidence growing.

But just when Maddie's got a bit over it, another secret crashes into her world bringing her life a little more sadness.
Will she be able to get over it? Will she accept it?

A moving story that high-lights on the pain when a loved one dies.
Suitable for ages 10 +

Buy it at Amazon UK

Sunday, 4 September 2016

~Review~ Girl with a white Dog by Anne Booth

Title: Girl with a white Dog
Author: Anne Booth
Publisher: Catnip

Girl with a white Dog is about Jessie, who is over
the moon when her gran gets a snow white dog and
names it Snowy! At school Jessie learns about Nazi Germany
and while she learns, two lives of one person make themselves
recognised. What happened at that terrible time? Will Jessie come to terms with it. 

A great book about family secrets, suitable for ages 11 to 14, girls and boys.

Buy it  at Amazon UK
Buy it at  Blackwell's
Buy it at Waterstones

Saturday, 3 September 2016

~Review~ of Girl out of Water by Nat Luurstema

 Title: Girl out of Water
Author: Nat Luurtsema
Publishers: Walker Books               

Girl out of Water is about Louise Brown, a 15 year old who is talented at swimming - but when she gets a chance of doing her dream, her friend Hannah excels while Lou flops. Lou hates change and at school she is lonely and quiet. Soon she realises that she has no friends and spends her lunchtimes in the library and weekends alone at home.

All this changes when Gabriel, Pete and Roman asks Louise to train them for Britain's Hidden Talent, where they were sent home for dancing. Lou has no idea what to do but with realising she had no proper friends, she grabs this chance.

Lou is relatable and funny. I recommend this book for ages 12+

Buy it at Amazon UK
Buy it at Blackwell's
Buy it at Waterstones

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Review of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Hi! First thing: my laptop died so I couldn't post.

New review!!!

And then there were none is about 10 people on an island but one by one they die. Who is the killer? Join the characters through this well thought out exciting story!

I think this book is really good I recommend it from 12 to adult. 

Monday, 21 March 2016

~ An interview with Abi Elphinstone! ~

  Interview with children’s author, Abi Elphinstone

       Abi Elphinstone's first book was The Dreamsnatcher, about Moll and her friends finding out about Moll's parents, and the adventures they have on the journey of discovering the truth. Moll goes deep into the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare, and finds out that she is special, and important. The second book in the series, The Shadow Keeper,  reflects on the first book and now they are in hiding from the Shadowmasks and the dark magic. The third book, The Night Spinner, has recently come out.
Abi is also has a story in an anthology, Winter Magic, and she edited the stories.
I got the pleasure to interview her, and here are the answers:

1.      When did you want to start writing?

I wrote a few stories when I was little but mainly I was outdoors having adventures – climbing trees, building dens, mixing flower petal potions – and it was only when I turned 23 years old that I started writing children’s books properly. My most recent book, The Night Spinner, is filled with places I explored as a child in Scotland (where I grew up), and so I think narratives were spinning through my head when I was younger; it just took a few years to get them down on paper.

2.      Where did the idea of The Dreamsnatcher Series come from?

The Dreamsnatcher is, in many ways, like an extension of my childhood (minus the witchdoctors and the tree ghouls). I didn’t have to create Moll’s outdoor woodland world; it grew out of my own. And before long it was filled with a cast of invented characters: a headstrong gypsy girl, a wildcat, a fortune-teller, a witchdoctor, tree ghouls and vapours. Once I’d written the words of the ancient Bone Murmur, Moll’s adventure had begun… To research this book, I watched one of the last ‘real’ Romany gypsies, Pete Ingram, ‘play the bones’ and carve catapults, I studied wildcats prowling, eating and sleeping in the New Forest Wildlife Park and I travelled to Zanzibar, in Africa, to research sinister witchdoctor masks. With my second book, The Shadow Keeper, I wanted to build on Moll’s world. I wanted to make it bigger, to make the adventure bolder. And this story started simply as a map, a roughly sketched journey across beaches and marshland, fishing villages and smuggler coves. And as I thought back to the excitement of scaling crags to find gulls’ eggs with my father and the fear and adrenalin of unexplored caves and cliff jumps, little by little my map – and Moll’s world – began to grow. To research The Shadow Keeper, I spent time foraging in the Norwegian fjords, abseiling into caves, hang-gliding over the sea and learning how to fire a bow and arrow. In The Night Spinner I wanted to take my characters home to the ‘northern wilderness’, to the re-imagined Scotland of my childhood. The Rambling Moors are actually the Angus moors and glens beyond my parents’ house, The Clattering Gorge is really the North Esk River outside Edzell, the tiny village our house perched on the outskirts of, the Barbed Peaks are in fact the Cairngorms in Aberdeenshire and the Lost Isles are the rugged islands on the west coast of Scotland. I then filled these places with the magical creatures I had imagined there as a child: a giant called Wallop, a goblin called Kittlerumpit and a gorge full of witches.

3.      How would you describe your books?

I usually describe them as fast-paced adventures with a little bit of magic. But I loved The Times’ description of them recently: ‘Famous Five or, rather, four, with messier clothes and fewer home-baked treats for tea.’

4.      Who/what inspires you?

My mother was hugely instrumental in my journey to becoming a published children’s author. She told me never to give up and that helped when I faced 96 rejections from literary agents on the three books I wrote before my debut, The Dreamsnatcher.

5.      What are your current projects?

Drawing on my time living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia and my adventures dog-sledding across the Arctic, I’ve just finished the first draft of my fourth book – a standalone set up in the frozen north. This is a story about an eagle huntress, an inventor and an organ made of icicles. But it is also a story about belonging, even at the very edges of the world. It will be out in January 2018 and I am now pulling together ideas for a brand new series, to start in 2019.

            6.      What is it like being a writer?

Busy but exciting. Most days I’m out visiting schools (in 2015 I spoke in 97 schools and in 2016 I spoke in 76 schools) or speaking at literary festivals so the majority of my writing is done on trains to and from events. But on the rare days I have at home, I’m able to escape into my writing shed in the garden and write there. But writing can be intense, lonely and full of self doubt so it’s a nice balance getting out and meeting readers as well as staying home to dream up plots and characters.

7.      What are your latest books?

The Dreamsnatcher, The Shadow Keeper, The Night Spinner and Winter Magic. They are available in all good bookshops and on Amazon.

       8.      Can we contact you and how?

Most children contact me through my website ( or Instagram (@moontrugger) while adults often use Twitter (@moontrug) or Facebook (

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Book review on Divine Freaks by Fiona Dunbar

 This book is about Kitty Slade, a girl who can see ghosts! Her power takes her on an exciting journey around London to find out who killed Mr Divine, the current ghost who is haunting her. She makes friends with police, and enemies with her landlord.

An exciting and freaky book for girls and boys aged 10+

Get all the books in the series!!

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Review of Alfie Bloom and the Secrets of Hexbridge Castle by Gabrielle Kent

Alfie Bloom's life is boring and lonely, but when he meets Caspian Bone his life is changed forever. He has inherited a castle! Deep below Hexbridge Castle is a secret, to dark to come out to the world. Can Alfie and his friends save the secret? Or will he loose everything?

This is a brilliant book! Full of adventure and action everyone will love it! Suitable for girls and boys aged 8 +

  5 stars!!

For more information look at Gabrielle Kent's website:

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Interview with Cathy Cassidy!!!

We have a very special interview today!

What sort of books do you write?
I write books for teens and pre-teens. They are real-life, growing up stories that focus on emotions, friendship, family and drama.

Can we contact you and how?
You can email me via the 'email Cathy' link on my website, or post on my Facebook fanpage, my instagram page or on my Twitter... 

What are your latest books?
Broken Heart Club, the newest, will be published in April and is the story of five best friends whose friendship group is broken apart in a very dramatic way, leaving them to pick up the pieces. Other recent books include Looking Glass Girl, a 21st century take on the classic Alice in Wonderland story, with quite a dark vibe and lots of twists and turns; and also Fortune Cookie, the series finale to my Chocolate Box Girls series.

What is it like being a writer?
It's the perfect job for me... lots of daydreaming and thinking up characters and stories! It's not all perfect - there are deadlines and stressful moments, but mostly it's very cool. My favourite bit is going on tour and meeting my amazing readers!

What tips would you give to want-to-be writers?
Read lots - you learn all kinds of style tips without even trying. Write a little every day - not just inside school but outside, too. And write 'from the heart', because that passion will show in your work!

How did you get into writing?
I started out writing for the legendary teen magazine Jackie, and then earned a living as a freelance journalist and illustrator. The books came later!

Who is your inspiration?
Difficult... the inspiration for writing comes really from the characters and stories in my head, not from a particular person. But I guess I'd say my dad was my inspiration in life, even though he wasn't anything to do with books or writing. He taught me to dream big and believe in my dreams, and also to work hard to make the dreams happen. That combination of dreams and sheer hard work was a great lesson to learn early on in life - thanks, Dad!

Who would you like to thank for giving you ideas, feedback etc.?
Interesting question... I'd thank my dad for believing in me when nobody else really did, and my kids and husband for being excellent 'first readers' and giving great (and sometimes savage!) feedback.

Thank you for your lovely interview! 

Cathy has a blog: and check her website out for events and new books!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Book Review on Geek Girl by Holly Smale

  This book is about a girl called Harriet Manners who is a Geek. At school nobody likes her apart from Toby, another Polar bear in the rainforest, and Natalie, Harriet's BFF. But at a Clothes Show something happens. It changes Harriet's world and nearly wipes out a friendship.

A great book for 11+ girls, who like books by Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy.

If you liked this book why not try the others in the series?

Sunday, 10 January 2016


For updates on Book Reviews please look at my Google plus profile!

Friday, 8 January 2016

Book Review on The Dream Snatcher by Abi Elphinstone

A new book by a new author....

Molly Pecksniff wakes up in a forest, drawn there by a powerful nightmare. The Dream Snatcher is waiting...

Moll is more important than she knows. The Oracle Bones foretold that a gyspy child and her beast would fight back against dark sorcery which is at work. The only people who can stop them is Moll and her best friend Gryff, a wildcat.

It's fast  paced and full of action! You'll never put it down. A great book for girls and boys aged 9 +


Abi's link -

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy new Year! Plus Review

Happy New Year!!

I hope you all had a great time while watching fireworks!


Angels, arguments and a Furry Merry Christmas by Karen McCombie 

I love this book! It is about Ally's Christmas from about 2 years ago. Good for girls 10 yrs and up.