Review of Knightmare: Damsel Disaster! by Peter Bently

19.09.2014
15:05

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Knightmare: Damsel Disaster is the third book in the Knightmare series.

A very rich princess is looking for a suitable husband and Sir Percy thinks he is just the man for the job. In order to be considered, he must travel to Noman Castle and complete a test of bravery. However, things don’t go quite to plan and Cedric the Squire has a strange feeling that he has seen this princess somewhere before. Before long Sir Percy has come up with a cunning plan, but it does involve him wearing a dress. Surely nothing can go wrong…

This series is brilliant and seems to get funnier with each book. We loved it and cannot wait for the next installment.

5/5 stars.

Thank you to Stripes for sending us a copy to review.

Review of The New Small Person by Lauren Child

17.09.2014
11:34

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We love Lauren Child’s books and were excited to recieve a copy of her latest book The New Small Child.

Elmore Green is an only child and he is perfectly happy with that. Elmore loves being the centre of attention and laying out his toys without anyone moving them. However, one day everything changes when a new small person arrives. Elmore is not hapy and asks his parents to return it.

Soon the small person grows bigger and starts to follow Elmore everywhere, he even takes his jelly beans – including his favourite orange ones. When the new person moves into the same room as Elmore, he thinks that things can’t get any worse. However, there is a big surprise in store for Elmore and he starts to see that maybe things won’t be so bad with a sibling.

This is a fantastic book and we would particularly recommend it for families where a new small person may have just arrived or be on the way. We can’t wait to read more from Lauren Child.

Thank you to Puffin for sending us a copy to review.

Review of Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George

14.09.2014
21:02

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When nine year old Hadiyyah Upman and her mother suddenly and mysteriously disappear from their London home, their close friend and neighbour Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as distraught as Hadiyyah`s father, Professor of microbiology at the University of London, Taymullah Azhar. Barbara and Hadiyyah had become close in the preceding years and Barbara will do anything to find and return the child to her doting father. However, as Hadiyyah`s parents are not married and because she is with her mother, Barbara can do nothing in her official capacity as a police officer. She turns to a private investigator to find the child – this also fails, or does it?
The case seems hopeless until, five months later, Hadiyyah is kidnapped in broad daylight from a busy open market in the centre of Lucca in Italy. Suddenly there is the full interest of both the police in both countries and of the press. Barbara, always the loose cannon in her team the Met., manipulates one of the reporters on the lowest of the London tabloids to force the authorities to become involved. However, it is her superior officer, DI Thomas Lynley, who is sent to Italy to handle the situation. Luckily, he can speak the language, whereas Barbara cannot, which is to his advantage in dealing with the Luccan magistrate who is determined to convict someone, anyone, for the crime. Delicate negotiations, however, do not prevent Barbara from travelling to Italy herself and almost derailing the investigation as well as her whole career.

Other plots are woven in, such as DI Lynley`s love interest – a vet at Bristol Zoo; strange blackmailings involving the private investigator employed by Barbara; Professor Ahzar`s possible involvement in poisoning his daughter`s mother, and many more little details which all come together, as in the best of stories, on the last pages.

This is a mighty tome, a story of love, betrayal and manipulation, with as many evil characters and good ones. Throughout the book there are many breathtaking twists of plot and precipices of daring chances. I loved it – Elizabeth George captures the atmosphere of Tuscany and the difference in the modus operandi of those who enforce the law there with wit and humour.

I thoroughly recommend this book as an enthralling read.

Reviewed by Liz.

Thank you to Hodder for sending us a copy to review.

Review of Where’s Spot by Eric Hill

03.09.2014
20:06

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I loved Spot books when I was a child and I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the blog tour to celebrate the 35th anniversary of these classic children’s books.

Where’s Spot? is the original lift-the-flap book by Eric Hill. This is a lovely hardback edition and the story comes to life as the reader looks for spot. Just where could he be hiding? Under the stairs or in the wardrobe perhaps?

Where’s Spot? has lost none of its magic for me and is an absolute delight to read. We highly recommend it and would rate it as one of our favourite picture books.

5 stars

Thank you to Puffin for sending us a copy to review.

Book Trailer for Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

03.09.2014
11:49

I am super excited to be able to share the trailer for Becca Fitzpatrick’s latest book Black Ice, which is due out on the 7th October.

Here is the link to the fantastic Black Ice website where you can find out all about the book:

http://blackicebook.co.uk/

Interview with Harriet Whitehorn – Author of Violet and the Pearl of the Orient

03.09.2014
07:51

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I am delighted to welcome Harriet Whitehorn to Bookbabblers today. Harriet’s debut novel Violet and the Pearl of the Orient is out now. Look out for our review, which will be up soon.

Please tell us a little about yourself

I was born and grew up in London where I still live with my husband, three daughters and my very badly behaved dog. Violet and the Pearl of the Orient is my first book.

Please tell us about Violet and the Pearl of the Orient and your inspiration for the book

My inspiration for the book really started with wanting to write what I would call a ‘comfort’ book for children; a safe but humorous world, reminiscent of books like Just William, with a bit of Tintin thrown in. I decided they should be detective stories and in order to make them fun and believable I needed a feisty main character, so my poker-playing, climbing champion heroine Violet was born. I then decided that she might need a bit of tempering so along came her best friend, Rose, who is timid and shy and one of those little girls who hates being told off. There are three books in the series and in the first one, the girls solve a jewel theft.

What are you working on now?

The next Violet book is out in March and then the third one in the following August so I am still busy with them, and in between I am working on a book for older children, which is more fantasy based.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Just read and write as much as you can. When you read a book that is a bestseller or a classic, ask yourself why is it so popular? Is it the world the author has created? Or why is the plot so gripping or the characters so intriguing? And whatever you choose to write, finish it!

What do you like to do outside of writing?

I like a good book, a nice cup of tea, a bracing walk; nothing very exciting, I’m afraid.

Thanks, Harriet!

You can order Violet and the Pearl of the Orient here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Violet-Pearl-Orient-Harriet-Whitehorn-ebook/dp/B00EBA5OL0/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1409148572&sr=8-1&keywords=violet+and+the+pearl+of+the+orient

#Where’s Spot Blog Tour – Giveaway

02.09.2014
12:18

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To celebrate the 35th Anniversary, Puffin Books have kindly given us a fantastic prize bundle to giveaway.

To enter, you need to tweet @puffinbooks and let them know where spot is in the photograph above using the hashtag #WheresSpot
The giveaway is open to UK residents only and closes on 03/09/2014.

Look out for reviews of some Spot books coming up later this week.

You can follow the blog tour next week on www.mummyinthecity.co.uk @mummyinthecity

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#Where’s Spot Blog Tour

01.09.2014
08:17

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I am really excited to be part of the blog tour to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the publication of Where’s Spot. Look out for reviews coming up during the week and a competition tomorrow.

Review of Lord of the Forest by Jackie Morris and Caroline Pitcher

31.08.2014
20:22

Lord of the Forest

Lord of the Forest is a lovely little book by Caroline Pitcher with illustrations by Jackie Morris. It tells the story of a tiger cub who listens to the sounds of the forest when he is young. His mother tells him that when everything goes quiet the Lord of the Forest will come. The tiger is fascinated by this and determined to find out who the Lord of the Forest could be. Is it the beatiful peacock with his magnificent feathers, the rhino, the enormous elephant ar perhaps some other creature that the tiger hasn’t even considered?

This would make a wonderful gift and was a sheer joy to read. The illustrations are absolutely stunning and really bring the book to life.

Highly recommended.

Thank you to Frances Lincoln Books for sending us a copy to review.

Viva Alice! Blog Tour – Giveaway and Review.

29.08.2014
08:10

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I am delighted to be hosting the Viva Alice! blog tour today. We have a fantastic prize to giveaway – all 8 books in the Alice and Megan series. To enter, please re-tweet this post or leave a comment below. The giveaway is open to UK and Ireland residents only and closes on Friday 5th September.

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Review of Viva Alice! by Judi Curtin

Alice and Megan are back in their eighth adventure. Grace invites them on a holiday to Lanzarote with her family and they are thrilled when Alice’s over protective mother lets her go. The girls are accidentally left home alone in the house, which they think is great at first but not so good when they manage to get stuck outside on the balcony.

Alice likes to solve problems and when she finds out that her friend Melissa is unhappy at boarding school, she hatches a plan to help her return to their school. Megan is not too happy about this and soon the girls seem to be at breaking point.

This is another brilliant instalment in this series and it was great to read about Alice and Megan again. It is a lovely story about loyalty and, above all, friendship.

Thank you to O’Brien Publishing for sending us a copy to review.

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