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review 2018-01-27 05:18
MYSTERY OF THE GOLDEN TEMPLE (Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures - Thailand #1)
Mystery of the Golden Temple (Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures - Thailand 1) - Lisa Travis,Adam Turner,Janelle Diller



Mystery of the Golden Temple (Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures - Thailand #1)

 Linda Travis (Author),                   

 Adam Turner (Illustrator)

Paperback, 118 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by WorldTrek Publishing
ISBN  1936376091 (ISBN13: 9781936376094)
 ****I received this book from the Author for Multicultural Children's Book Day (January 27th, 2018). ****
 An enjoyable book. The main character is a girl, Nona May, and she uses some of her Thai language throughout the book which is really cool to see and read. She and her American friend, Jess, solve a mystery about a special family treasure. Lots of action, lots of fun through the book. The writing is simple; but that allows the eagerness and determination of the girls to be the focal point in solving the mystery. Linda Travis wrote her girls as strong, active, spunky, and tenacious. I would definitely recommend this book and series to girls.
 A 2017 Literary Classics Gold – Best Series – Young Reader
2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Silver - Best Chapter Book Series
A 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winner - Best Chapter Book Series 
 About the Author: Linda Travis
"Lisa Travis dreamed of faraway places ever since she was a little girl who explored National Geographic magazines every month. Looking for ways to discover the world, Lisa studied at the University of Freiburg in Germany, traveled the USA in a Volkswagon camper, and lived and worked in South Korea. She currently finds ways to pack and go by creating global executive leadership programs that take her to cool places like Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Brussels, Copenhagen, and Prague. Her experiences around the world inspired her to create Pack-n-Go Girls. Lisa lives, bikes, and skis in Colorado with her husband, two kids, and two dogs." http://www.packngogirls.com Twitter-packngogirls , https://www.goodreads.com/lisa_travis 
About the Illustrater: Adam Turner
Adam Turner is an illustrator, living in Surprise, Arizona with his wife and daughter. He has been illustrating commercially for almost 30 years and has been creating dot to dots for about 10 of those years.

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review 2016-12-16 11:19
Book Review - Death Stalks Kettle Street, by John Bowen
Death Stalks Kettle Street - John Bowen

I was initially attracted to Death Stalks Kettle Street by its title and front cover, and I’m so pleased I was, as I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery, with its intriguing plot and wonderful characters.

It’s hard to say what my favourite part of this book was, as I loved the whole storyline. Fabulous plot with regards to the murder mystery, perfect pace, and the chapters that focussed on how to write a murder mystery was a very clever touch too, making me think about the main plot of this story in more detail and question the characters and their motives in more depth.

I love the main characters, Greg and Beth, who are on a mission to find the Kettle Street killer. Both characters are very well developed. Greg is struggling through life with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Beth is trying to live as normal life as possible with Cerebral Palsy. It is impossible not to be touched by the lives they lead.

This is easily a 5 star read, and I strongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys crime and murder mystery novels, as well as those who don’t. I’m not a huge fan of crime at all, but this was such an enjoyable read with great characters that will stay with me for some time.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1814431715
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review 2016-12-16 11:13
Book Review - Cheated, by Eddie Slain
Cheated - Eddie Slain

Having been somewhat disturbed by Eddie Slain’s previous novel, BLED, my dark side has been secretly looking forward to reading his second novel, CHEATED.

Compared to BLED, I would describe CHEATED as less horror and more erotic fiction. However, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security, as this still managed to achieve what this author seems to do best, which is to invite you in and not let you leave until all sense of normality has gone from your mind. I’m still laughing at how beautifully this novel started, with the first few lines describing birds and bees in an autumnal forest. Little did I know how far removed my mind would be from that version of the birds and the bees by the time I reached the last page.

In a nutshell, CHEATED is about a man’s downward spiral fed by his sexual obsessions. This story flows well and is hard to put down. If you enjoy erotic fiction with a dark side and don’t mind feeling like a voyeur then I think you would enjoy this book.

Eddie Slain’s warped imagination is fast becoming my guilty pleasure. I think Eddie and my favourite author, Clive Barker would get on well.

My husband goes running a few times a week, and comes home muddy after running in the dark, sometimes in the woods. I’m now wondering whether I should be worried!

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/32077038-cheated
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review 2016-11-22 17:14
Book Review - Blakemort
Blakemort - A Psychic Surveys Christmas Novella - Shani Struthers,Jeff Gardiner

This is not really a genre I read much these days, but I did enjoy Blakemort, and could definitely see me having loved it if I had read it as a young teenager, when I loved reading books that spooked me.

Even after all these years, one part in particular did send a shiver down my spine, as I too was pushed down the stairs, when I was just a few years old, and to this day I am still convinced it was a ghost that pushed me. I was pushed twice by something invisible, falling down the stairs on the second push, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a giant jellyfish that pushed me.

There was a good mix of characters, and I liked that the two adult sisters were Julia and Helena, as I'm Julie and one of my sisters is Helen. Julia was the one without kids, like myself, and Helena was the one with kids, like my sister Helen. I also loved the character of Helena's daughter, Corinna.

I’ve never really thought about what my surname means, until this novella mentioned ‘mort’ meaning dead, which then got me curious about what Mortimer actually means. My husband (being born with the surname), informed me it means ‘dead sea’. How interesting.

Blakemort is a great novella for anyone who enjoys haunted house ghost stories. Although there is mention of a number of Christmas periods over the years throughout this story, I do think this novella could be read any time of year, as it is not really festive at all, but more of a ghostly mystery.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1814429173
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review 2016-10-27 20:31
Book Review - Housing Elephants
Housing Elephants - Eleanor Lloyd-Jones

Housing Elephants is a story of love between two damaged souls.

I loved that this book was set in York. I spent the first 23 years of my life (except for the 3 years I was at Bradford university) living in York, and loved it there, so I really enjoyed reading names of places I used to hang out, such as Lendal Cellars and the Museum Gardens, and names of streets I’ve walked down many hundreds of times over the years.

Although my interest wavered slightly somewhere in the middle, the emotional and tense ending more than made up for that.

I recommend this to fans of emotional romance that isn’t all fluffy and happy. This may also appeal to fans of Young Adult fiction too, as the main characters are late teens/early 20s. There are some dark subjects covered in this novel.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1613935086
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