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Book Review: ‘Lucky Star’ by Holly Curtis

Title: Lucky Star

Published: 26th April 2018

Author: Holly Curtis



Teenager Ben Somerset has three great loves in his life: Sherlock Holmes, designer clothes and a certain song by Madonna. And then Susie appears.

Set in England in the summer of 1984 Lucky Star tells of Ben’s introduction to the world of shoplifting, music, politics, love and heartbreak.



Coming of age story based in the 80’s about a group of lads taking a few wrong turns before coming right. Ben and his friends are at that stage in life where they need to start making plans for the future. Jobs, Uni, the army, who knows, the only thing they do know is that they have the summer to get through before the real world begins.

One thing that they like to do is hang outside the Rec centre – not much has changed then. Not cool to go in, but wait outside, yeah that’s the stuff. It’s the best way to meet up with certain people who have knock off goods at a cheap price for them to buy. This first encounter showed very clearly how Ben let’s his emotions get the best of him. Really wanting a pair of cool trainers only for the registered bully of sorts to buy them first almost made him cry because he wanted them so badly. I mean I could see him being really annoyed that the other guy got them but the fact he was about to cry from devastation seemed a bit much.

It’s also here that Ben meets Susie for the first time, emotions running high again. Full on head over heels crush within seconds of talking to her, even though it was only through the window in a car. From the moment he got home his mind went from crush to being in love. You can see that heading for heartbreak just as quick but he has to learn.

After slowly gaining the trust of the main guy selling stolen goods Ben and his friends are soon asked to come with him next time to help. A day trip to Guernsey to learn the ropes leads them to think they can make it on their own on mainland. A few weeks of crime, what’s the harm? Well they will soon find out when their futures are on the line.

Well written story but a little slow to get going and for me a little bit boring in places with not that much going on. A side story that I thought might have been developed more was the mystery surrounding the deaths of Ben’s parents but not much comes out of finding out.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Jake & The Dragons of Asheville’ by Brian Kacica

Title: Jake & The Dragons of Asheville

Published: 11th May 2017

Publisher: Magic Penny Press

Author: Brian Kacica



In a small, sleepy town in North Carolina, thirteen-year-old Jake Winston has discovered he carries a unique genetic trait; one that a covert government agency will stop at nothing to obtain. After the tragic death of his father, a local firefighting hero, Jake’s absent grandfather returns and sends him on a journey into the gated forest at the edge of town, bringing Jake face-to-face with a family of ancient dragons thought long extinct.

Determined to grasp the power of the blood flowing through Jake’s veins, the agent from the secret ONX facility begins killing every dragon in his path. This forces Jake in the middle of a battle between the government and the dragons of Asheville, where the true potential of his power is revealed.



Interesting journey Jake goes through to find the truth about who he really is and what he is capable of. Dragons aren’t just a myth in the town of Asheville but part of its history. Jake is about to find out just how close that history links to him and his family. All starts after his father dies and his estranged drunk of a grandfather comes back on the scene.

There seem to be a lot of different people who are after the dragons. To find out whether they do truly exist, or if they already know they do, trying to find ways to make money off them or experiment on them. To what purpose is never really explained, just that they are being hunted.

Jake’s not alone in his journey, his school friend Arnie tags along and as he is a tech pro in the making good to have on your side in times of need. Carrie seemed a bit more with it but mixed up more than she thought due to who her family is. Amanda on the other hand who kept popping up was just a really annoying, clingy, stuck up princess who wanted everything her way.

Characters could have been developed a bit more and maybe delved more into the dragons lives, history, how they have stayed hidden and what they have been doing this whole time while waiting for a saviour – that being Jake it seems.

Would say that the cops are a bit lapse in that town, they stop Jake speeding twice, once with his grandfather in the car and once on his own, and given the fact he is 13, do nothing but send him on his way. What so just because he works with dragons to save the town at the end it gives him free range to drive?

Aimed at a younger audience with style and feel of writing, somewhere between children and young adult – as there are some violent elements. Fantasy elements and myths for the most part which was interesting but then there were some slap stick moments with burps and fart jokes from his younger sister. So not completely fitting in one box, which could be a problem with getting the right target audience. It was an easy going read all the same though.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Megan’s Munchkins’ by Pamela Foland

Title: Megan’s Munchkins (Megan’s World Book 1)

Published: 21st June 2017

Publisher: Sonny’s Legacy Publishing

Author: Pamela Foland


Twitter: @pamelacfoland



What’s hidden in the darkness of Megan’s closet? Kittens! Four abandoned one-day-old kittens. These helpless babies were starving in the hedges when thirteen-year-old Megan Thompson discovers them and decides on the spot that she must save them. Knowing her parent’s answer to her many pet requests, she decides to raise the kittens in secret. Follow Megan across the next five weeks, as her life becomes an endless cycle of feeding schedules, vet visits, homework, household chores, and sneaking around. Megan’s dreams have come true with her four precious friends, but what will Megan’s parents say about her furry secrets? Will Megan be allow to keep the kittens she loves with all her heart?



A story about taking responsibility for something other than yourself and showing respect and growth in learning new things. She may go about it in the wrong way to start with but Megan does know how to be a good owner to her new kittens.

There was never a question about what Megan was going to do after finding four little day old kittens in a box under a bush. Of course she was going to save them. I would do the same, hands down. She just had to do it secretly due to her parents no pet rule until she could show them she was taking on some responsibilities – housework, chores, helping her parents when asked, along with keeping her grades up at school. Good job that looking after her special fluffballs teachers her that.

Four little munchkins that you will want to just curl up and cuddle with. It’s kitten heaven with these four: Gizmo, Misty, Petey and Chip. A bit of a handful but Megan sees it as well worth it. This book is good at showing the responsibilities of looking after a pet. You have to take care of everything to keep them alive. She may have had to tell a few lies to keep them hidden at the beginning but she definitely took on the role of mother to them.

This is a book for a younger audience but the writing was good and made the story interesting to get through. Kind of got a bit of a Beethoven 2 vibe to it with the part where the three kids are looking after the puppies without their parents finding out. They take on all the four hourly feeds, cleaning them, teaching them to eat and play to help them develop. They had three kids looking after the four pups whereas Megan had to look after and pay for all the kittens’ things herself. Granted kittens are smaller but still a lot of hard work.

This book brought back fun memories of having to look after my cousins own little munchkins. Hand feeding them just like Megan does. Helpless little furballs but they were well worth the work with looking after them.

An interesting starting point to this learning book style series. Good teaching guides for younger kids who are asking about wanting a pet but maybe not quite understanding all that’s involved with looking after them. Having a pet is a huge commitment that has to be taken seriously. If you want one badly enough that you are willing to do the work to look after them then maybe you might just get one.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Victorian’ by Jordan Elizabeth


Title: Victorian

Published: 30th June 2016

Author: Jordan Elizabeth


Twitter: @JayliaDarkness


Celeste struggles with finding her way from a dark past until she gets a summer volunteer gig at the local historical fair. Enter outrageous actors, dominating psychics, and ghosts stirred by a medium’s presence. With the help of the psychic’s son, who isn’t at all what her dream date would look like, but rather endearing all the same, Celeste uncovers secrets about the village left hidden among the dilapidated buildings. Searching deeper will mean opening her heart, a part of her she’s locked up tight and been petrified of freeing.


Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book published in 2016. Interesting, intricate read that follows two main characters – Weronika and Celeste (though her real first name is Aeltye). Following them while they struggle with their troubled pasts as they help out at a historical 1867 Victorian summer fair.

Story starts with a counselling session for teenagers. Each is being troubled by something from their past or present and it’s where we first meet Weronika and Celeste. Each have very different reasons for being there but a friendship is formed straight away. Its almost like they see a kindred spirit, or can sense the others pain and want to help. Both have trouble making friends so they sort of cling to each other once the bond has been formed.

Celeste is the first to find out about historical 1867 Victorian summer fair coming to the area from her cousin Donna. She likes the idea of the fair because she can be someone new there. No one will know the real her and she can explore being someone else from the Victorian era. It would be a form of escapism for a little while. She may love her family and want to protect them; especially her younger brother Eli, but she needs to find a release and the fair might help her do that. Every weekend over the summer seems like a good idea at the time but things start to change once she learns more about the history of the Reese Village. It seems that everyone died mysteriously and no one knows what really happened. Legend has it that ghosts still linger at the village. Whether they need help or not is still to be seen but Celeste feels compelled to do something to help them move on. Also it has a little something to do with the fact she can actually see the ghosts that are there.

Once Weronika finds out about the fair she longs to join too. Not so much to meet new people but just so she can get out of her house, away from her parents and away from the memories that haunt her. Memories aren’t the only thing that haunts her as she also sees two ghosts there. A mystery for one but she knows the story for the other, one she tries to forget. She has been living in pain surrounded by parents who don’t really see her. She rebels with her actions and boyfriend Nate, the only one who really knows her and her past, but really it’s a cry for help. After a little while into the book though the focus gets pulled away from her and focuses more on Celeste’s journey trying to find out what really happened all those years ago.

Celeste along with another new friend Zander start searching for clues. He has had a troubled upbringing too, one she won’t pry into. It’s when she says this that he knows she has something she wouldn’t want people prying into as well. You know something bad happened to her brother and her but are left in the dark until she’s ready to face the past. I think once she starts to help the ghosts she finds she’s ready to let go of her demons too so she can move on.

I liked the interesting paranormal twist linking in with the intricate back-stories of both main characters. Seems everyone needed help, they just needed to find the right person or place along the way to get there. I liked the setting of the fair and how when Celeste saw certain past memories or ghostly planes you caught glimpses of the real village. It was almost like she was pulled back to see what she needed to see to figure out what really happened. Great characters that had a lot of depth and kept you gripped till the end where you could figure out what really happened to them and how they are going to move past it.


4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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