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
Add it: Goodreads

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
Add it: Goodreads

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
Add it: Goodreads

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

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