Saturday, December 10, 2016

Review - A Distant Echo by Tara Meyers

A Distant Echo: A Chris Echo Mystery Short Story (Chris Echo Mysteries Book 0)Title: A Distant Echo
Author: Tara Meyers
Series: N/A
Pages: 224
Release Date: November 4th 2016
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Forest Grove Books
Source: Author
Format: eBook
Buy it: Amazon
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Synopsis: Criminal profiler, Chris Echo, has worked hard to become one of the elite members of Seattle's police department. Nothing, not even her personal life, gets in the way of her pursuits to track down ruthless killers. With a serial murderer on the loose, Chris struggles to find the connections necessary to close in on a suspect. While taking risks to force the answers, she unexpectedly places herself in the path of her worst nightmare. 

A Distant Echo is a short story of around 10,000 words and takes the average reader one to one-and-a-half hours to read. It is a lead-in to a new, thrilling crime series called The Chris Echo Mysteries. 

My Review: This is Tara Meyers first story and it is just a taste of her new upcoming series. 

A Distant Echo is about a Criminal Profiler who is working on a case about a woman who was murdered and the murdered woman's murder is similar to two other women's murders and where they were dumped but her boss and team mates thinks she is getting to involved in the case and they decide to take her off it and give her another case to work on but Chris Echo cannot let the case go and she goes to the house of the guy who she believes is the murderer to stake out his house and take pictures.

Later that night when she gets home she realizes something while she is running, she realizes that for the places that the women were dumped are places that would need passes to be able to get into the areas so she goes home and when she gets there she is attacked by the guy she was staking out and as he's about to kill her two Chris' work mate turns up and see's whats going on.

This was a nice short story and I hope that the novel that is to follow is just as good as the teaser as I want to know what is going to happen next.

Currently Reading: Puck by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
Read In 2016: 33/35

Friday, December 09, 2016

Review - Daddy's Little Secret: Pregnant at 14 and There's Only One Man Who Can Be the Father by Tina Davis

Daddy's Little Secret: Pregnant at 14 and There's Only One Man Who Can Be the FatherTitle: Daddy's Little Secret: Pregnant at 14 and There's Only One Man Who Can Be the Father
Author: Tina Davis
Series: N/A
Pages: 336
Release Date: June 9th 2011
Genre: True Story
Publisher: Ebury Press
Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Buy it: Amazon
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Synopsis: 'I hated the thought of his child growing inside me...but at least I'd soon have somebody to love and, finally, somebody to love me back.'

Tina has never had a stable upbringing. Aged seven, she has a paranoid schizophrenic for a mother and her father is a distant memory. So when Tina gets a new step-dad, who lavishes sweets and cuddles upon her, she feels wanted for the first time ever.

Sadly, her new daddy isn't all that he seems. He begins to sexually abuse Tina, using chilling threats to scare her into silence.

Tina is so terrified, she even gives birth to four of her step-father's children without breathing a word. Her world becomes so warped the cruelty she endures seems normal. Until eventually, the tragic death of one of her innocent children makes her see otherwise...
This is the inspiring true story of how a frightened little girl grew into a fighter and finally found the strength to escape the man who stole her childhood.

My Review: Tina was only 9 when her step father started to abuse her, he used threats to keep her quiet and it worked, Tina was stuck under his threats for 16 years before she found the courage to finally leave him.

During the 16 years of hell that Tina went through her mum left her stepdad and left her with him taking her little brother and sister so Tina was left to suffer the abuse as well as look after her youngest sibling who believed that Tina was his mum.

When Tina turned 14 she got pregnant by her stepdad and he made her come up with a story about her going out and getting drunk and sleeping with a guy named Alex, after she find out she is pregnant she ends up with social services on her doorstep because someone had called telling them that her step dad was abusing her and was the father tot he baby but because she was so scared she kept up with the charade that the dad was this guy she met in a club.

A few years later at 16 she get pregnant again with her stepdads second child who has learning difficulties and Tina is now staying home full time looking after 3 children and having to make sure that her controlling stepdad is pleased every night. He won't let Tina chose what the children wear or eat and if she ever does pick out an outfit he makes her take it off and put something else that he picks out on them.

After the devastating death of her 3rd child Tina finds some solace in an online group support group for grieving parents and she finds new friends and her stepdad doesn't like it and tried to stop her from getting online by taking away the cables.

In the end Tina finally finds the courage to leave him and he believes that she will be back within 2 years and after she has left him the whole secret comes out about what her stepdad did to her for the last 16 years and he ends up getting arrested, but when he got arrested he denied all charges and when a second person came forward and the trial started he was putting Tina through hell taking the kids and not giving them back.

On the day that Tina was mean to testify he pleaded guilty to some accounts of abusing her so that he got a reduced sentence but he pleaded not guilty to the second victims crimes and was found guilty but with the reduced sentences that he got for Tina he only got sent to jail for 11 years and would be able to get out in 5 and a half.

Tina found out during the cases that she was going through that her mum was the one who was trying to get Tina away from her stepdad but she couldn't do it because Tina denied all the accusations.

I think that Tina is a very brave woman to share her story with the world, it certainly had me in tears in some places and I hope that it helps other victims who haven't yet come forward to come forward so that their abuser can be punished.

Currently Reading: Puck by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
Read In 2016: 33/35

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Review - Diary of Anna the Girl Witch: Foundling Witch by Max Candee

Diary of Anna the Girl Witch: Foundling WitchTitle: Diary of Anna the Girl Witch: Foundling Witch
Author: Max Candee
Series: Diary of Anna the Girl Witch
Pages: 171
Release Date: May 27th 2016
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Helvetic House
Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Buy it: Amazon
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Synopsis: What do you do when you discover you’re a witch... And that using your new powers destroys your soul a little each time?

Set in the Swiss countryside, this story blends ancient folklore with a coming of age tale about a young witch on the brink of womanhood. 

Anna Sophia has always known she was different. She didn’t know just how different until now. 

On the eve of her 13th birthday — in the orphanage where she’s spent most of her childhood — Anna wonders about her past. She never knew her parents, doesn’t even know where she came from. All she has to go by is an unbelievable fairy tale her uncle used to tell: that she was found as a baby, tucked among a pack of bear cubs in the wilds of Russia. 

To make matters even more complex, Anna has discovered that she can see and do things that no one else can. So far, she’s kept her powers a secret, and they remain strange and frightening even to her. 

It’s only when Anna receives a letter from her mother — a mother she will never meet — that she discovers some of the truths about her past, and begins to uncover the possibilities in her future. As Anna continues to learn more about her secret abilities, she finds out that her neighbors are hiding something of their own: a plot to harm Anna and her friends. 

Can Anna Sophia use her newfound supernatural powers to stop them? Can she fight back, without endangering her own soul? And maybe, just maybe, is her own secret tied up with theirs? 

Through a story of otherworldly magic, Anna Sophia finds a sense of real-world belonging. With its cast of strong characters, inventive setting, and engaging storyline, this fantasy adventure is a relevant novel for middle grade children or young adults. 

My Review: Anna is an independent and confidant young girl and the story follows her journey to discovering who she really is.

Anna lives in an orphanage and often wonders about her parents who she knows nothing about as she was found among a pack of bear cubs in Russia.

Anna is worried about her Uncle Misha because he hasn't been replying to her letters. Uncle Misha looked after Anna for the first 6 years of her life, he was the one who found her among the bear cubs.

When Anna is about to turn 13 she senses something is going to happen and she starts seeing and doing things that other people are unable to do like being able to see the moon when the sun is out.

She discovers that there is a fine line between good and evil in this new world that she is finding out about.

I liked Anna as a character and her abilities were cool. The story however might be a little more for teens rather then young children as it is a little dark in some places but it is a nice little read.

Currently Reading: Puck by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes and The Case of the Curious Canine by Tara Ellis
Read in 2016: 32/35

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Review - A New Witch in Town (Maybe Two) by Dani Corlee

A New Witch in Town (Maybe Two) (Witches of Springsville, #1)Title: A New Witch in Town (Maybe Two)
Author: Dani Corlee
Series: Witches of Springsville
Pages: 159
Release Date: February 6th 2015
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: N/A
Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Buy it: Amazon
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Synopsis: Kimberly wants nothing more than to begin a new life with her four-year-old daughter. What begins as a fresh start quickly becomes something Kimberly could never have imagined.
Becoming a witch was never part of the plan. Kimberly is soon hailed a Queen, but why that happened and how she deals with it is only the beginning of her adventure.
Fearing for not only herself but her daughter, Kimberly struggles with fighting destiny and not fulfilling a prophecy laid out long before she and her daughter were born.
Can this duo of new witches come to terms with what has happened or will all be lost and their destiny not reach its full potential?
My Review: Kimberly and her daughter Aurora are moving to a new house and Aurora is excited about all the new adventures she would get up to with her mum and new friends.

Once they get to their new house their neighbours are spying on them and they seem to be baffled as to why they would have bought the house and figure it's because they don't know the story of the house. The story of the house is interesting and everything the towns members predict comes true. The town has been waiting for this day for a long time, they have been waiting for a Queen witch to arrive but at first they are confused when a regular girl shows up instead.

While exploring the house little Aurora finds a china pot under her bed and Kimberly is sure that it doesn't belong to them and wasn't there when they unpacked the furniture and when Kimberly opens it she discovers a yellowed piece of paper with what she believes is a poem on it which little Aurora insists Kimberly reads to her once Kimberly has finished reading the poem there is a loud noise which startles the pair and unknown to them the poem turned them into witches.

During the book Kimberly meets with the towns witch council members who help her with her magic and they help Kimberly out by looking after Aurora while she is doing chores and working.

Overall this was a great story and I can't wait to read the next one.

Currently Reading: Puck by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Read in 2016: 32/35

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

A message from Ashley S Clancy

Ashley S. Clancy
Ashley S Clancy is a brand new author who wants to remind readers how important they are to an author. She wants readers to know that without your support (no matter what you think of the book in the end) authors probably wouldn't feel inspired to write more amazing books.

Encase you never realised how important you are to an author as a reader here is what matters; your thoughts, opinions and reviews no matter if they are good or bad help make a difference to the author.

The Cure HotelSo Thank You to every reader out there who shares their thought and opinions about a book with others and leaves a review, it really is appreciated.

Ashley's debut novel The Cure Hotel is a gripping thriller, with a horrifying twist, where the dark sexual past of this tarnished building, can't be fixed by the new owner, who simply hasn't got the Cure in his blood.

The book is available now on Amazon. You can read all of the positive reviews for The Cure Hotel on Goodreads and see what the story is about.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Review - A Mysterious Christmas on Orcas Island by Tara Ellis

A Mysterious Christmas on Orcas Island (The Samantha Wolf Mysteries Book 6)Title: A Mysterious Christmas on Orcas Island
Author: Tara Ellis
Series: Samantha Wolf Mysteries
Pages: 106
Release Date: October 27th 2016
Genre: Children's Fiction
Publisher: Tara Ellis Publications
Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Buy it: Amazon
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Synopsis: When Sam and Ally get a special Christmas invitation to Orcas Island, they have no idea that the small island has such big mysteries.

When their friend, Sandy, begs them to help her solve a troubling situation, they are drawn into a puzzle with layers of uncertainties. From secret meetings, to legendary ghosts, they explore the picturesque setting in an attempt to make sense of it all. 

But in the middle of their plight, a storm of the century bears down on them. Not only do they end up battling the raging storm, but also a criminal plot. Stranded and alone, can the girls come together to overcome their most harrowing adventure yet? 

My Review: Sam and Ally are visiting Sandy the posh girl from Camp Whispering Pines for a few days before Christmas, hoping to have a nice holiday with their friend Sam and Ally don't plan to get into any trouble, little did they know that they would be caught up in another dangerous mystery and saving Sandy's fathers company.

Sam and Ally hear about a mysterious ghost of a woman in red who is seen on Orcas Island, they find this interesting and hope to discover more about her, they didn't figure that this would create any trouble, little did they know that the ghost would help to solve other goings on on the Island and save Sams life.

Sandy's parents spend most of their time off the Island leaving them with the housekeepers, Sam gets strange vibes off them and when she tells Sandy about them she dismisses it because they are her friends and they are the ones who look after her when her parents are away from home.

One day while hiking on some of Sandy's property they find a small cabin run off  solar where a guy is living, Sandy is angry because he is on her families property but when they talk to him they find out that he owns the land that his home is built on.

After overhearing one of the housekeepers on the phone Sam tells Ally and Sandy what she had heard and wants to tell Sandy's parents but Sandy has another plan, she decides that she wants more prove so she suggests a picnic on the small Island just off theirs where the housekeeper was heard saying he was meeting with someone.

Eventually they discover what they have been up to unfortunately a storm hits and cuts the power so they have to use a back up generator and when they go to Sandy's bedroom they try to contact her parents who are away to tell them that the housekeepers are trying to steal her fathers work for their boss the back up generator cuts out, when they go and investigate they find that it had been tampered with and they cannot fix it themselves. This forces the girls to leave the house in the snow storm and head someplace Sandy finds safe but once they are there they find that they have no power either so they tell the owner what the housekeepers are up to and that they need to contact Sandy's parents to tell them whats going on but the housekeeper turns up and threatens the girls and injures the man who was trying to protect them.

Sam runs off out to the cabin in the woods even though the weather is horrendous to get help from the guy who lives in the cabin there but she ends up passing out from the cold thinking she is going to die, the man from the cabin saves Sam telling her that he saw her light in his reflectors and that's how he knew where she was even though Sams torch had died. Sam tells the man why she was in the woods and tells him that he needs to go and save Ally and Sandy because there being held hostage and someone is injured, he makes Sam stay in the cabin to keep warm and he leave and gets help.

When Sandy's parents finally get back to Orcas Island Sandy tells them everything and they discover that the housekeepers who took off in the storm on a boat ended up getting into trouble and caught by the police.

This story in the series was nice, it was great to revisit an old character and have her help to solve several small mysteries and a big mystery. I was an easy read and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the series that hasn't read it yet.

Currently Reading: Puck by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
Read in 2016: 31/35

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Review - Diary of an Almost Cool Girl Book 1: Meet Maddi - Ooops! by B. Campbell

Diary of an Almost Cool Girl - Book 1: Meet Maddi - Ooops!Title: Diary of an Almost Cool Girl
Author: B. Campbell
Series: N/A
Pages: 48
Release Date: October 14th 2015
Genre: Children's Fiction
Publisher: KC Global Enterprises Pty Ltd
Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Buy it: Amazon
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Synopsis: Hi Almost Cool Girls and Boys,

Some of you might have read Diary of an Almost Cool Girl- My New School. Did you ever wonder why Maddi had to leave her last school? What happened that could be so bad?

In this book, you get to meet a slightly younger and less wise Maddi and find out what happened at her old school (before she was asked to leave).
Hope you enjoy this prequel to the BEST SELLING Diary of an Almost Cool Girl Series.
Almost Cool Kids Rock! 

My Review: This short story is about a young girl named Maddi. The story starts with Maddi sitting in the principals office waiting for her mum to arrive so he can explain how Maddi almost burnt the school down.

Maddi's first diary entry tells the readers that she gives everyone nicknames based on their traits such as her parents and teachers. The book goes on through some lessons and trouble she has with the schools MG (Mean Girl).

One day Maddi tries to get the day off school so that her mum doesn't end up volunteering in the school canteen but it doesn't work and the children all complain to Maddi about her mum who uses tofu instead of sausage, give out vegetables instead of a bag of crisps and gives on kid a green smoothie instead of the chocolate milkshake they wanted, but Maddi's week gets worse when her parents tell her that their getting divorced.

After a lot of chaos Maddi finally tells the readers about the big fire that almost burnt down the school. It happens when Mr. Facebook one of her other teachers ends up taking her for science, she is sat at the back of the class and cannot hear the instructions for the experiment clearly and when she she asks the teacher he is to busy on his phone to pay any attention to Maddi and he just says yes so Maddi makes a mistake and the experiment goes wrong and she ends up throwing her beaker in a waste paper basket which sets the fire alarms off.

The story is nicely written but is definitely written more for children than for someone my age.

Currently Reading: Puck by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
Read in 2016: 31/35

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Review - Confession of a Teenage Nobody: One teen girl's confession on love, dating and sex by Miss Anonymous

Confession of a Teenage Nobody: One teen girl's confession on love, dating and sexTitle: Confession of a Teenage Nobody
Author: Miss Anonymous
Series: N/A
Pages: 53
Release Date: July 14th 2015
Genre: Teen & Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: N/A
Source: Amazon
Format: eBook
Buy it: Amazon
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Synopsis: Annie (short for Anonymous) belongs to the one club no girl wants to belong to... The Last American Virgin Club.

How far will she go to revoke her membership? 

This is a short story confession based on a true events though names, places, and some situations have been changed or embellished. Mature situations for a more mature teen audience. Contains a young adult romance with sex situations and has a light LBGT subplot. Considered PG 13. 

My Review: Confessions of a teenage nobody is about a girl named Annie who believes all her friends are sleeping with there boyfriends and she sees girls making out everywhere she looks so along with her friend they decide its time that they leave the 'Last American Virgin Club' so her friend gets herself and Annie a date with some older guys so that they can finally lose their virginity even though they are only seventeen.

Annie and her friend date the guys for a short time and they end up partying and Annie finally sleeps with her date but her friend backs out.

The story was overall okay and I kind of guessed the ending midway through the story.

Currently Reading: Puck by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
Read in 2016: 31/35

Monday, November 28, 2016

Review - The Haunting of Eagle Creek Middle School by Tara Ellis

The Haunting of Eagle Creek Middle School (Samantha Wolf Mysteries Book 5)Title: The Haunting of Eagle Creek Middle School
Author: Tara Ellis
Series: Samantha Wolf Mysteries
Pages: 171
Release Date: May 27th 2016
Genre: Children's Fiction
Publisher: Tara Ellis Publications
Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: Halloween is right around the corner, and the girls find themselves in the middle of a hauntingly good mystery. 

Sam, Ally, and Cassy help form a new club at their school in order to raise money for charities. Their first mission is to save a struggling program founded by a local widow, but the benefactor has some secrets. 

It turns out that Eagle Creek Middle school has some secrets too, including a tragic story passed down for fifty years. Does a tormented ghost really roam the basement of the school? 

While creating a haunted house to raise the needed donations, the young detectives uncover the shocking truth. One that will forever change the lives of people they have come to cherish. 

My Review: In this chapter of the Samantha Wolf series we see Sam, Ally and their new friend Cassy help to set up a haunted house in the schools gym for Halloween and to help raise money for charity with Miss Covington a few other students, John and Hunter.

When Sam asks the boys to help with the haunted house they start telling ghost stories about the haunted gym boiler room, it is being haunted by the ghost of the janitor who had died down their in an accident, Sam doesn't believe the him but decides to use it for the haunted house.

Miss Covington takes the girls to see Mrs Potts the benefactor of the after school programme that they are raising money for to see what she thinks of the idea of the haunted house. Mrs Potts is not what Sam expected at first then she realizes that she is just like her grandmother. Mrs Potts tells the girls all about her late husbands death and his boat making business. After the story Mrs Potts shows Sam to the bathroom and upon leaving Sam catches a distinct smell of men's cologne and she follows the scent and eventually she spots a pair of men's work boots and a large black raincoat which are wet from the fresh rain.

The next day Sam tells Ally and Cassy about the boots and rain coat Ally believes she is imagining things and Cassy reckons that Mrs Potts has a boyfriend.

The girls meet with some of the children who are in the after school programme and find out that a guy called Mr Kingsman is looking to close the programme down. While there Sam thinks she may have discovered where Mr Pott's boat ended up after the accident and she convinces John and Hunter to take her there and they finally agree and after a hike they find a part of Mr Potts boat.

Miss Covington leaves the three girls with John and Hunter in the gym to continue with the decorating as she has chores to do and later on once they finish up for the night have to go into the boiler room to put the items away, the same place as the ghost haunts. Sam decides to wander around and she hears noises and keeps on going until she smells the same cologne she smelt in Miss Potts home but nothing is there other than a plaque for the dead janitor.

The day after the discovery in the boiler room Sam, Ally and Cassy go to see Mrs Potts where she tells the girls how the janitor really died. While there Sam takes the advantage of showing Mrs Potts some pictures that she took of the boat they found and Mrs Potts asks the girls to keep it to themselves.

The girls do some research about the accident and Mr Kingsman who is running for States Congress and this is where Sam comes to the conclusion that Mr Potts is hiding out and not really dead. They find that Mr Kingsman now owns a boat supply business where is using Mr Potts patterned boat material as his own and this makes Sam want to go on a ghost hunt in the schools boiler room.

After another night of working on the haunted house the five kids stay behind to clear up, Miss Covington leaves the boys in charge again when she leaves and the kids go exploring the boiler room and this time they find something or should I say someone.

A few days after their discovery in the boiler room the girls go back to the after school programme to give them some tickets for the children and to find some evidence on Mr Kingsman, they find an email from him tit he programmes director about only having a month to close the place, while snooping they find some information and take some pictures and as the girls are leaving Mr Kingsman shows up and scares Sam slightly making her tell Mr Potts about the email and the information they found.

Later on in the story the girls sneak to the after school programme to take pictures for the haunted house to show people where their money is going and end up getting caught by Mr Kingsman who forces them to take him and his friend to the wreckage and this time Hunter and John have to rescue the girls.

Love this story, it was nice that the boys had a main roll in this one and had the responsibility to rescue the girls and not just have to help them.

Currently Reading: A Distant Echo by Tara Meyer
Read in 2016: 30/35

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Review - A Moment in Time: A Short Story by Lyn Andrews

A Moment in Time: A Short StoryTitle: A Moment in Time: A Short Story
Author: Lyn Andrews
Series: N/A
Pages: 26
Release Date: July 30th 2015
Publisher: Headline
Source: Amazon
Format: eBook
Genre: Fiction
Buy it: Amazon
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Synopsis: A heartwarming short story of turn-of-the-century Liverpool from the bestselling author of THE HOUSE ON LONELY STREET, perfect for readers of Dilly Court and Katie Flynn.
Ellen Holt has grown up in the heart of Liverpool's slums. Each day brings worry and struggle for her mam and da and Ellen works hard as a factory girl to help her family. Together, they get by.

She has never imagined any other existence until one night she joins a gathering of suffragettes. Suddenly anything seems possible. But she's soon to discover how much courage it takes to fight for better. And, just when all seems lost, Eddie Shaw walks into her world...
Includes the first chapter of Lyn's captivating new novel FROM LIVERPOOL WITH LOVE.
My Review: A Moment in Time is about a young 19 year old woman named Ellen who attends a meeting for 'Votes For Women' even though her mother doesn't approve of it because she is old fashioned.
Ellen was nervous about attending but she joined the crowd of women and entered the meeting. Upon entering the theater Ellen meets a young woman who see's Ellen and realizes its her first time at a meeting and gives her a purple, white and green rosette.
Once Ellen had sat down she had noticed that there were women there just like her, they weren't all stuck up rich people like her mother said they would be.
Ellen and the other women at the meeting were all their to plan to gain rights for women to stop their husbands or fathers from controlling their lives.
After the meeting Ellen is confronted by two men who don't like the idea of women being able to vote but another guy shows up just in time to save Ellen and scares the men away, he takes Ellen to a cafe to help calm her needs. This man is different from most and her is in favour of women's votes.

Currently Reading: A Distant Echo by Tara Meyers
Read in 2016: 30/35

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Review - The Heiress of Covington Ranch by Tara Ellis

The Heiress of Covington Ranch (Samantha Wolf Mysteries #4)Title: The Heiress of Covington Ranch
Author: Tara Ellis
Series: Samantha Wolf Mysteries
Pages: 220
Release Date: December 21st 2015
Genre: Children's Fiction
Publisher: Tara Ellis Publications
Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Buy it: Amazon
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Synopsis: Middle school presents a new kind of challenge for Sam and Ally, but also a chance to make a unique friend. When one of their teachers needs help, the three of them come together to lend her support.

Nestled in the woods that surround their homes is Covington Ranch. An abandoned estate once used to raise famous horses, a family tragedy has left it forgotten and neglected. But someone has come back.

What does their teacher, a rich stockbroker, and a stolen ruby called The Eye of Jupiter all have in common? Sam and Ally vow to find out, and in doing so, start a chain reaction. It could either have dire consequences for those involved, or bring a broken family back together again.

My Review: Another great story in the Samantha Wolf series, this Story is defiantly the best in the series.

In this story Sam and Ally are starting middle school and that's where the story starts off, the pair are on the school bus on the way to their new school after a summer filled with adventures. Both of the girls are nervous about their first day especially Sam who thinks she wont make any friends.

Before the first day is over Sam gets into trouble with Miss Covington her PE teacher and has two run ins with her locker buddy Cassy, she also ends up missing her bus home so while she is waiting for her mum to come and pick her up she takes a walk around the school and ends up in the teachers parking lot where she see's Miss Covington crying. On the way home she tells her mum what she saw and her mum makes her promise to keep it to herself.

Throughout the book Sam ad Ally attend classes ad tr to keep out of trouble and they both make friends with Cassy who seems to be having more trouble adjusting to middle school than Sam so Sam and Ally help her out.

Sam also decides she wants to help out Miss Covington so during one of their lessons Sam finishes her worksheet and takes it to her teacher who is looking at something on her computer which a waiting Sam can't help but to look at, she sees that Miss Covington is reading about a heist but Sam gets caught before she can get a proper look and her teacher isn't happy at Sam but Sam goes ahead and asks if she can be her student aid.

Later in the story Sam and Ally research about the heist that Miss Covington was looking at and discover that The Eye or Orion was stolen and is worth a lot of money but it's a cold case. While researching the girls find out that there teacher is related to a business man and that they own the Ranch not far from their homes.

Instead of asking Sam's mum about their teacher the girls decide to go and check out the Ranch and while they are their they see Miss Covington's car and they discuss the possibility of their teacher being in on the heist. The next day at school Miss Covington asks Sam and Ally if they were at her place and Sam just tells her that it was because they wanted to hike on the property, Miss Covington gives them permission and asks them if they wanted to help out with some yard work which they agree to do.

At a sleepover Cassy tells Sam and Ally that her Gram's used to tell her stories of the Covington's and she shares what she found out about their teacher.

One day while helping at the ranch the girls witness a run in with their teacher and a mystery man who turns out to be Miss Covington's uncle and she decides to tell the girls her story, she explains that she was adopted and this affected her getting her inheritance and that her boyfriend at the time had stolen a family heirloom The Eye of Orion and her uncle also blamed her believing she was in on his plan

When the girls hear this it starts off the mystery and adventure, Sam tells her friends that they need to help their teacher solve the case of the missing family heirloom and this as usual gets the girls into trouble but they do manage to solve the case as well as another mystery.

These short stories are brilliant and they do not essentially need to be read as a series as they don't follow on from each other even though they do make mentions of previous adventures. There a great read and you should definitely read them.

Currently Reading: A Distant Echo - Tara Meyers

Read in 2016: 30/35

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Top 10 Tuesday

So I haven't done a top 10 in a while and thought with Thanksgiving coming up I would do a top 10 list of the things I am thankful for.

  1. Good Friends
  2. The Ability to get a good education
  3. Weekends
  4. My Health
  5. Books
  6. Music
  7. Big piles of leaves that you’re never too old to jump in
  8. The Ability to Read
  9. My Boyfriend
  10. My Family

Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

Blog Birthday


Today is the blogs 6th birthday.

 6 Years ago today I posted my very first book review and since then I have done a load more reviews, some author interviews and participated in different blog activities.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Review - The Beach House Mystery by Tara Ellis

The Beach House Mystery (Samantha Wolf Mysteries #3)Title: The Beach House Mystery
Author: Tara Ellis
Series: Samantha Wolf Mysteries
Pages: 225
Release Date: July 11th 2015
Genre: Children's Fiction
Publisher: Tara Ellis Publications
Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Buy it: Amazon
Add it: Goodreads

Synopsis: The fun continues in book #3 of the Samantha Wolf Mysteries! 

What should be a quiet week at the beach turns into the most challenging mystery that Sam and Ally have uncovered yet. What’s the truth behind the odd family renting the cabin next-door? Is the tale of a sea creature and haunted lighthouse just a myth? How does a missing girl, and suspicious boat tie into all of it? The girls can’t solve this puzzle on their own, so they turn to their brothers for help. 

Travel with them to the scenic Washington Coast and into the Olympic Rainforest, where the four have to work together to untangle the clues and fit the mysterious pieces together.

My Review: I loved this book it was an easy and fun read.

In The Beach House Myster Sam's dad is getting ready to leave for a big fishing job oversee so while he is overseeing some business he takes the whole family to the beach house that a friend is letting them use and Sam's parents let Sam and her older brother Hunter bring a friend with them so Sam asks Ally to go and Hunter asks his friend John to go, John is Ally's older brother, but as usuall letting Sam and Ally go on a trip together never proves to be a good thing.

When they get to the beach house the girls help look after the twins so the boys can go to the beach and when they finally get to go explore they meet their neighbours little girl who acts strangely and when Sam and Ally get caught talking to her an angry man shouts the little girl in and tells Sam and Ally to stay away from her claiming that she has problems.

The girls decide one day to go into town to see what Sam's dad is doing and once there he lets the girls go shopping telling them where to meet him for dinner, while they are shopping they see an old man who tells them a story about a sea creature who is around the lighthouse that the girls can see from their beach house and this peaks the girls curiosity and they want to ask him about how they can get to the lighthouse but the man vanishes. Before the girls leave Sam goes into a shop and buys toys for her sisters and then they go to the marina to meet Sam's dad but while looking at all the boats one of the toys Sam bought gets dropped and goes on to a boat so Sam decides to retreave the toy without asking permission and she gets caught by some nasty men.

Later on in the book Sam and Ally go on a walk up a trail they found with their brothers the trail used to lead to the light house but has long been washed away, while hiking they end up having to rescue their neighbours mum who is stuck after falling and when they get back to their beach house they get into trouble because the neighbour has complained about them.

Towards the end of the book the girls go looking for the old man to see how to get to the lighthouse because they believe that someone is stranded there, the man tells them and with the boys help the girls get to the lighthouse they get captured by some men and locked in the lighthouse with a young girl who is being held captive by the nasty men from the boat. The girl happens to be their neighbours daughter and is being held because her captors want her mum to do something bad but Sam is smart and manages to climb out of their cell and break them out.

This series keeps getting better and I can't wait to finish the next book.
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