Friday, 23 December 2016

Beauty & Lace Book Review:
Walking The Line - Mandy Magro 




Walking The Line is the latest book by Mandy Magro, and is ideal for those who enjoy rural romance.
Charlize Dawson is a city girl who is currently separated from her husband Alistair, after discovering that he cheated on her. 
Charlize is a fashion columnist, and her boss is a friend of the family from way back. He offers her a story that could potentially see Charlize get promoted to managing editor, a role which she would relish. 
But she will need to spend a week in Rollingstone Ridge, a rural property in the town of Grenfell, NSW, where cowboy Dallas Armstrong resides, with his mother and his grandfather. 
Dallas is a professional bull rider and will be featured in an upcoming nude calendar to raise funds for drought victims, and it will be Charlize's job to interview him about it.

After a few hiccups along the way, Charlize arrives at the property and is welcomed warmly by Katherine, Dallas's mother. Katherine is such a likeable character; definitely one of my favourites throughout the story.
Katherine is grieving the death of her husband Mick, who was involved in a car accident only months ago. 
But there are secrets to be uncovered about Mick's past, which really kept me intrigued.

Charlize and Dallas are attracted to each other from very early on in the story, and whilst it was possible to foretell, it didn't dampen my reading experience as I liked the chemistry between them. 
I also got a sense of what rural living might feel like, with people willing to help at the drop of a hat in a tightly knitted community.

As the story progresses, we discover that Charlize has regrets about her marriage, and wonders if she ever loved Alistair at all. 
Her relationship with Dallas blossoms rapidly and she finds herself enjoying his company more and more. It did feel as though their relationship was a little rushed at times, but I felt that both these characters deserved happiness, so it was nice that they find that in each other.

My only small issue I had was that a couple of scenes felt a little unauthentic, and went against what I believed the character would typically do in that situation, but overall, this is a pretty good read, especially if you enjoy the rural romance genre. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of Walking The Line for reviewing purposes thanks to Beauty & Lace and Harlequin Mira. To read the original review on the Beauty & Lace website, head here

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Book Review: We Were On A Break by Lindsey Kelk 





A few years ago, I came across Lindsey Kelk's 'I Heart' series, and as I worked my way through the 6 books in the series, I was delighted with Lindsey's witty writing style. I became a fan of hers, and I'm always happy to read anything she writes. (If you haven't read the 'I Heart' series and want a laugh, then I suggest you check it out!)
I picked up her latest book, We Were On A Break, from my library last week. 

Liv and Adam are in a long-term relationship and away on a holiday in Mexico. It is their last day of their trip, and Adam is planning to propose.
He'd confided to his brother before the trip, who in turn told his wife.
His wife 'accidentally' told Liv as she happens to be Liv's best friend!
So, unbeknownst to Adam, Liv has been waiting not-so-patiently for him to propose throughout the duration of their holiday.
When it gets to their final night and things don't go as planned, their frustrations and lack of proposal see them having a confrontation which results in them taking a break.
What ensues is Adam and Liv both trying to find themselves, without much luck!
The story is narrated by both Adam and Liv, which I enjoyed, but it was a little confusing at times as the narrators change mid-way during a chapter. It would've been much easier to have the characters narrate a chapter each.
Whilst I could envision the way the story was heading, it didn't deter me from reading, as like Kelk's other books, this one has some very funny lines and scenes.
The characters are flawed, which always appeals to me as it makes them more relatable.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and it is perfect if you're after a light-hearted and funny book.

Have you read any books by Lindsey Kelk? 
And are you ready for Christmas?


Friday, 9 December 2016

Books for young readers

I was recently sent a range of books from Parragon Books that are aimed at young readers. 
They include:


The Beast Within - A Tale Of Beauty's Prince by Serena Valentino



Most of you would be familiar with Disney's Beauty And The Beast tale, but before there was a Beast, there was a Prince..
In this book, we find out the story of how the young and handsome Prince becomes a reclusive Beast.
Is there hope for this monster to find true love? Will the evil curse that has been put on him ever be taken away, and if so, how?
It is aimed at readers aged 10-13 years old. 


A Frozen Heart  by Elizabeth Rudnick



This book is the prequel to Frozen, and it focuses on the relationship between Anna, princess of Arendelle, and Hans, prince of the Southern Isles. It is narrated in alternating chapters between Anna and Hans.

This would be a great book for any Frozen fan! 
It is aimed at readers aged 8-12.


The Isle Of The Lost by Melissa De La Cruz 




The Isle Of The Lost is a prequel to the Disney Channel's movie 'Descendants.'
Twenty years ago, all of the evil villains were driven away from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle Of The Lost. It is a bleak and dark place protected by a force field, making it impossible for the villains to leave. But there is hope for escape in the Forbidden Forest if one of the villains can find the Dragon's Eye...But who will be the one to find it?
This book is aimed at young readers aged 7-10


A Whole New World - A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell




This is the first book in a young adult series that, as the title suggests, twists classic tales into something unexpected and unlike the original version.
In A Whole New World, we find out what would happen if Aladdin had never found the lamp.. Jafar has possession of it and it is up to Aladdin and Princess Jasmine to put an end to Jafar's controlling behaviour.


Moana -  Book Of The Film & Movie Collection Storybook






I'm really looking forward to taking my girls to see Moana, as I have heard some great things about it. 
Parragon have a released a range of books based on the animated feature, including The Book Of The Film, which is a chapter book aimed at an audience of readers aged 8-12 years old. It features 8 full-colour pages of scenes from Moana.
And Moana, Disney Movie Collection is a large, hard-covered book with bright and detailed illustrations that would make a great bedtime story book.

For further information on any of the above titles, head to https://www.parragon.com.au/


Disclosure: I was given the titles listed above to review. I was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

New Release Books for Young Readers from Penguin Random House Australia 



             



Snot Chocolate And Other Funny Stories by Morris Gleitzman is a compilation of short stories (in similar fashion to Gleitman's Pizza Cake, and Give Peas A Chance), that will engage the reader from start to finish!
There are 9 different stories in Snot Chocolate, including Wipe Out, Troll, and Cumquat May, which deals with friendships, falling out, and forgiveness.
Whilst the topics of the stories are somewhat more serious than other short stories of his, they are very highly entertaining, and written in a way that are sure to give a few laughs!
The book was released on October 31st, and has an RRP of $16.99. 






Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Double Down by Jeff Kinney is the 11th book in the DOAWK series. The series has been hugely popular, with tens of millions of copies sold all around the world. 
In Double Down, young Greg Heffley is given orders by his mum to explore his more 'creative side', so when he discovers a bag of gummy worms, Greg gets an idea (to coincide with upcoming Halloween) to make his own horror movie.
This involves a lot of humour and is typical of Greg's usual antics and wrong decisions that we have come to know and love through the other Wimpy Kid books.

It was released on 1st November, and has an RRP of $14.99

I'm sure there will be a lot of children receiving these great books for Christmas this year!

Has your young reader read any books by Morris Gleitzman or Jeff Kinney? Any favourites you'd like to share?

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Current Releases from Exisle Publishing




Book 1.
The Art Of Mindful Origami by Dr Richard Chambers



If you are looking for a way to inject some calm and mindfulness into your day (and at this time of year, who isn't?!), then The Art Of Mindful Origami is an ideal way to do just that.
Written by clinical psychologist Dr Richard Chambers, this book features 15 origami projects with simple step-by-step instructions, as well as some mindfulness exercises for you to practice. It is a great way to unwind.


The designs range from simple to more complex, so even if you have never had any experience with origami, the detailed instructions will guide you through.
Simple Step-By-Step Instructions


 The book includes tear-out pages to use for folding, and colouring pages that you can customise to the colours of your choice, then use to fold into your origami designs (which include a Pinwheel, Lotus, Crane, a Jumping Frog, and more.)



There's also interesting facts about the history of origami, as well as information about each of the designs. For example, we learn that the crane is a sacred creature in Japan, Korea, and China, and is believed to live for a thousand years.



The meditation exercises included are very relaxing.
This is a lovely book that you can enjoy on your own. It would also make a great family activity to do on a weekend. 
RRP $19.99
For further information, click here.







Book 2.
Australia Illustrated by Tania McCartney




Australia Illustrated is Tania McCartney's first self-illustrated picture book, and I think it's fantastic!
It is one of those books that you can spend hours poring over. 
From the beautiful hard cover, to the highly detailed, vibrant illustrations (created using ink, watercolour, digital art, and mono-printing) the reader is drawn in as we are taken on a state-by-state look at what makes our country so unique and distinctive.




Topics like bush tucker, Aussie slang, rocks, and wheat production are all covered.
There's also information about the names of native animals, trees, and wildflowers.


Tania has captured the idiosyncrasies and diversity of our country perfectly. 
Each page tells its own story - there's food, festivals, beaches and more to explore!


I would highly recommend this book as it truly is a visual feast that readers of any age will appreciate.
RRP $29.99

For further information, click here



Disclosure: I was given review copies of both titles to feature on my blog, with thanks to Exisle Publishing. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. I was not paid for this review. 

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Beauty & Lace Book Review - 
Worth Fighting For by Mary-Anne O'Connor




The week is flying by for me! Does anyone else feel totally unprepared for Christmas, or is it just me?
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? 
If you haven't, and know of someone who likes to read about historical wartime/romance, then Worth Fighting For by Mary-Anne O'Connor might be one to consider buying for them.

Worth Fighting For is set during World War Two. 
The main character is 18-year-old Junie Wallace, who finds herself in the unfortunate position of having to marry a man that she doesn't love or care for, Ernest Farthington.
With two of her brothers away fighting in the war, and her third brother recently killed in action, her parents have fallen on hard times.
They are indebted to Ernest, so it is up to Junie to help save her family's farm. 
Sadly, the only way she can do that is by becoming Mrs Farthington. Ernest is a man who is selfish, egotistical, and inconsiderate of Junie's feelings, so it is only natural that Junie doesn't want to be with him.
What makes this marriage proposal even more upsetting for Junie is that she is in love with a drover by the name of Michael Riley. 
Michael is a real gentleman, and I liked his character very much. 
When Michael makes the decision to enlist, Junie has one last opportunity to spend time with him, and what plays out will change both of their lives forever..

The beginning of the book is set in Junie's hometown of Braidwood in New South Wales, but as the story progresses, we get to visit Darwin, Hawaii, Port Moresby, and Papua New Guinea. 
The story spans from 1941 - 1949, and it is quite a saga, at over 400 pages. 
I don't usually read this genre of fiction, but I did like the way Mary-Anne O'Connor describes the settings and surroundings throughout the story.
Additional things I like are the captivating front cover, the strong focus on mateship and hope, and the author's acknowledgments, as we discover Mary-Anne's own family wartime experience. She even named characters in the book after her family members, which I thought was a very sweet sentiment.
I would've enjoyed the story more if there was a greater focus on the romance element, as opposed to the main attention being on war, but that is just my personal taste.
Overall, I would recommend this book, particularly if you like historical/romance war novels.


Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of Worth Fighting For with thanks to Harlequin Books and Beauty & Lace. To read the original review on the Beauty & Lace website, head here
I was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own, and not influenced in any way.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Book Review: I See You by Claire Mackintosh




I had seen a couple of positive reviews on my social media for I See You by Claire Mackintosh so I borrowed it from my local library, and here's what I though of it..

Zoe Walker is a 40-year-old woman who travels on the London Underground on a regular basis for her commute to and from work. 
One day, she comes across an advertisement in the classifieds section of a newspaper, which shows a photo of a woman who looks eerily similar to Zoe. 
When she shows the advertisement to her family (partner Simon, and grown children, Justin and Katie), they try to reassure her that the lady in the photo is not Zoe, but in fact just someone who has a strong resemblance to her. 
Even her neighbour and long-time friend, Melissa, thinks she is overreacting.  
But the following day, she notices another advertisement, this time with another woman's image. The ads feature nothing else except for a website address and a phone number.
More of these bizarre advertisements follow, until Zoe realises that there is a pattern forming, and decides to try and uncover the truth as to why this is happening. 
She contacts the police, but she isn't taken seriously at first. 
It isn't until the women in the advertisements become victims in a spate of crimes that the Murder Investigation Team realise they need to take action before something sinister happens to Zoe...
PC Kelly Swift assists with the investigation, and I enjoyed her character.  I found that she added an extra dimension to the story, and I liked reading about Swift's background as it was uncovered. 

There are a few moments of excitement throughout this psychological thriller, but nowhere near as much as I was hoping for.
The ending was quite good, and somewhat alarming, but I couldn't help but feeling that I wanted more from this book. It was a little predictable and far-fetched for me to fully appreciate it. 
It's a shame that it didn't quite deliver for me, but I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've read it, or plan to, as it has been getting some rave reviews. 



Monday, 14 November 2016

Book Review: Two By Two - Nicholas Sparks 





It's been a while since I've read a book by Nicholas Sparks.
I really enjoyed The Notebook (both the book and movie), and have read a couple of his other novels, so when I had the opportunity to read his latest, Two By Two, which was released last month, I was happy to get onboard.

Two By Two centres around 32-year-old Russell Green. He and his wife Vivian reside in North Carolina with their daughter London.
Russ has a career in advertising, but when London gets to kindergarten age, he decides to branch out on his own as he no longer feels satisfied in his job.
Vivian, in the meantime decides to get back into the workforce, securing a job in PR, which becomes increasingly demanding. It puts a strain on their relationship, and creates a shift in roles.
Russ become London's primary caregiver, whilst juggling housework, errands, and trying to land clients for his newly-established  firm.
I must say that there were times during this part of the book that I was thinking that Russ needed to toughen up, or even just demand the respect he was entitled to. He didn't stand up for himself, and it made me disappointed, as he was doing the best given the circumstances. I didn't like that he so easily gave in to many of Vivian's demands, but thankfully, by the end of the novel, Russ becomes a little less of a push-over.

At the beginning of each chapter, we are taken back into Russ's past, learning more about his family, and his relationships before Vivian. We learn about his older sister Marge, who is an accountant, and has a long-term partner named Liz. She has a very strong bond with Russ; they have been there for each other countless times over the years, through many ups and downs. 
I simply adored Marge's character. Her wit, her straight-forward nature, and her love for Russ made her one of my favourite characters in the story.
We also find out about Russ's first love, a woman named Emily.  
It all ties in when Emily is bought back into the picture in the present day, when  London befriends a young boy named Bodhi, who turns out to be Emily's son.
Emily is now divorced and getting used to life as a single parent.
Russ becomes friends with Emily again, and she becomes a great support to Russ when life throws him some major hurdles..


I don't want to elaborate further as  I prefer to keep my reviews spoiler-free.
I really enjoyed this book, but I felt it could've done with about 50-or-so pages less, as some parts of the book felt unnecessary and there were many conversations that could've been edited out as they didn't add much to the story line. 
But I liked reading about Russ's journey with his daughter. It is a beautiful, sweet relationship. 
And I did shed a tear or two towards the end!
Nicholas Sparks writes with a lot of heart, and you know that when you read one of his books, that you are going to experience an emotional roller-coaster.

Have you read any books by Nicholas Sparks? Do you have a favourite?

And don't forget there's still time to enter my lovely children's Christmas book giveaway here 


Monday, 7 November 2016

Mandy Foot Children's Book Reviews & A Giveaway!!


Mandy Foot is a South Australian illustrator, whose works include The Wheels On The Bus, Shut The Duck Up, and a range of books featuring Captain Kangaroo (we have a couple of these ones and my daughters love them!!)

I was delighted to recently receive two of Mandy's books to review.


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is written by Jane Taylor, and illustrated by Mandy. It was released earlier this year.
The story features an adorable baby pygmy possum travelling through the night in the Australian outback.



The illustrations are wonderful; featured animals include an echidna, wombat, and a dingo. Each character is brought to life on every page. 

Told in rhyming verse, this  would make for an enchanting bedtime story to read with your little one. 





The Bush Santa is Mandy's latest release, and it centres around a very sweet koala Santa making trips all around Australia to deliver gifts in time for Christmas.




I love that this story teaches children about Australian animals and places whilst engaging them in a story of Christmas festivities. Some of the places that the koala Santa visits include Tasmania, Cairns, and Byron Bay. 




I spent time explaining to my youngest daughter where these places are located in Australia, as she had only heard of some of the places. It was a great opportunity to discuss this with her whilst I had her attention.
Once again, the illustrations captivate an audience of both young and old, with their bright hues and impressive attention to detail. 
This book would be perfect as a stocking-stuffer this Christmas!
And the best part of all is that you can win your very own hardback copy of The Bush Santa!!

To enter: 

You MUST be a follower of my blog (either by liking my Facebook page/twitter/Instagram, or following via email or bloglovin' - I don't mind which one you opt for but you must do at least one please), and

Answer in the comments section below:

What is your favourite Australian animal, and why?



**Get creative, and please include your email with your answer so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner!**



Terms & Conditions:
1. This giveaway is open to residents of Australia only.
2. Giveaway closes on 17th November, 6 pm; winner/s will be contacted via email within 48 hours. Failure to receive a response from the winner/s will mean the prize is forfeited and a new winner/s  will be chosen.
3. Winner will be selected on a basis of skill, not chance - the most creative and/or interesting answer deemed by the judge/s wins
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Disclosure: I was given 2 books from Mandy Foot's range to review, with an extra copy offered as a giveaway. I was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.











Thursday, 3 November 2016

Book Review: 
The One-In-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood




Even though I have a huge amount of books on my TBR (to-be-read) list, I often check out my local library's website for book recommendations from other library members.
The One-In-A-Million Boy by Monica Wood was one of the books featured on the website, so I picked it up as I liked what had been said about it.

I'd like to thank that library member for sharing their recommendation, because this book is one I enjoyed very much; it is such a sweet tale, and left me thinking about the characters long after I had finished reading it.

It centres around Miss Ona Vitkus, a 104 year-old woman, who immigrated from Lithuania to America many, many years ago, and an 11-year-old boy, (known throughout the entire book as 'the boy') who is sent on an assignment from his Scouts group to help Ona for a period of time with household chores, in order to receive his merit badge.
Ona is used to being alone. She is fiercely independent and enjoys her own company, but she forms a special bond with the boy.
He chooses to interview her for a school project, and they each learn a great deal about one another.
The boy is passionate about the records in The Guiness Book Of Records books, he enjoys counting and grouping, and not unlike Ona, he is somewhat of a loner.
Ona looks forward to the boy's visits every week, she shows him tricks and gives him cookies as they chat.
However, one week he doesn't show up, and his father visits Ona in the boy's place...

And now it gets a little tricky for me, because I am going to choose to stop there and not reveal anything further.
I'd love to blurt out what unfolds, but this is a book that you should experience for yourself, without any spoilers.
It is lovely and it is emotional, and it has one of the best endings that I've read in a while.
Buy it, or at the very least borrow it, as I am almost certain that you won't be disappointed.

Monday, 31 October 2016

A list of Children's Books to enjoy this Halloween!


Happy Halloween! 
Do you like or loathe Halloween?
My children and I love an excuse to dress up and have a bit of fun, so we enjoy celebrating it in our household.

I've compiled a list of some children's books that would be suitable to read with your kids (after all the Trick Or Treating is done!)


Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson



When the witch's things are blown away by the wind, three animals offer to help find them, and in return, they ask for a ride on the witch's broom. 
But does the witch, along with her cat, have enough room on her broom to fit them all? A lovely rhyming picture book that your child is sure to enjoy!


Meg & Mog Series by Helen Nicoll & Jan Pienkowski



I loved reading books from the Meg & Mog series as a young girl, and I am delighted that these books are still being enjoyed by children today. 
In this first book of the series titled Meg & Mog, Meg is a witch, and has a cat named Mog. Together, they attend a Halloween party. They cast a spell that doesn't go as planned!!


The Witch's Britches by P.Crumble and Lucinda Gifford



Ethel is a young witch who receives a very special package on her first day of attending witch school. The package contains Ethel's britches, and she must look after them. But what happens if her britches become loose? 
Find out what happens to Ethel's magical underwear in this hilarious tale!

Ghost In The House by Ammi-Joan Paquette


This picture book features a blue ghost that is all alone in a haunted house, until one day, he hears a sound that leads him to discovering a mummy in the house. 
Together, they hear another noise which alerts them to another character, and by the end of the book, we are introduced to a few more ghoulish creatures!

Peppa's Halloween Party



This one features the adorable Peppa Pig enjoying Halloween celebrations with all her family. They enjoy carving pumpkins and dressing up for a Halloween party with her friends. 

The Berenstain Bears And The Spooky Old Tree by Stan & Jan Berenstain


I have an old copy of this book that I'd purchased from a book sale many years ago. 
It is one that I remember reading as a child.
My daughters have all enjoyed this tale of the three young Berenstain Bears as they explore the Spooky Old Tree.
It's a great book for early readers. 
Did you know that the Berenstain Bears series feature over 300 books?!


Whether you enjoy the celebrations of Halloween or not, these books are sure to delight young readers!
What are your thoughts on Halloween? Have you read any of the books I've listed?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!










Thursday, 27 October 2016

Book Review:   
Since You've Been Gone - Christa Allan 


Olivia Kavanaugh is meant to be walking down the aisle to the love of her life, Wyatt Hammond.
Instead, on the morning of their wedding day, she discovers that Wyatt has been involved in a fatal car crash, heading fifty miles away from the church.
In the backseat, is a gift that appears to be for a baby boy.
Olivia is shocked that her fiance may have been living a double life, and she frantically tries to piece together the mystery that surrounds his actions before his death.
Without any real answers, she decides that a change of scenery may do her good, and goes to stay a while with her best friend, but returns after her mother undergoes an operation.
The relationship between Olivia and her mother is rather strained. Her mother is unsupportive, judgemental, and quite often, harsh, so I was a bit surprised that Olivia would return home to help.Her father is quite often the peacemaker when they have a falling out. Towards the end of the story, we find out why her mother has this personality, but I don't think it fully justifies her behaviour. 
Olivia's grandmother Ruthie, on the other hand, is adorable, and her great sense of humour and wit shine through the novel.
Olivia relentlessly tries to get back on her feet, and I really admired her courage and her determination, even when she is faced with yet more heartache. 
I enjoyed the first part of the story more than the latter part, as it felt a little bit rushed towards the ending. 
But is a story of hope, and the power of positivity and love. 
It has been released this month. 

Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, 23 October 2016


Book Review:  The Other Wives Club - Shari Low







I've had such a busy week! How about you?
Luckily, this book was such a great way to unwind at the end of a jam-packed day.
I've read one of Shari Low's other novels (you can read my review for it here), and was given this digital ARC to review before it is released next month.

The Other Wives Club by Shari Low is a title you should be jotting down to buy for yourself, a sister, a girlfriend - or basically anyone who enjoys a book that has a lot of humour and a great storyline with a few twists!

Drew Gold is a newspaper editor and workaholic who is currently married to Tess Gold.
Tess is 28 years old and works in marketing. She often eats dinner alone, or with her best friend Cameron as Drew is always cancelling plans. 
He plans a trip on a cruise around the Mediterranean to celebrate his upcoming 50th birthday.
But it's not just for him and Tess - he also asks his two ex-wives along! 

Mona Gold is a fashion editor, 37 years old, and is now remarried to a man named Piers, and has a step-son. She reminded me so much of Samantha from Sex And The City. Her taste for fashion, and her love of men knows no bounds!

Sarah Gold was Drew's first wife; they divorced 14 years ago. Together they have a couple of grown children. Sarah loves country music and baking cakes, and has become quite a homebody since being single.

So when they all get together for the trip of a lifetime (with children, step-children, and grandchildren thrown into the mix!), it's certainly entertaining to say the least!!

I really enjoyed this book. Yes, there are a lot of characters, and it was a little tricky to envision each one in my mind initially, but by the end of the book, the story came together very well, and I liked the few twists thrown in.
The locations of the cruise stops along the way were portrayed beautifully, and with a great amount of detail, as were the descriptions of the cruiseliner itself.

There are a lot of funny moments, and it is a really cleverly written story that I know many will enjoy.
It's just over a couple of hundred pages long, so it is quite a quick read, but having said that, there is a lot packed into it!
If you do read it once it's released, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

And there's still time to enter my children's book giveaway here

Disclosure: I was given an ARC through Aria publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Children's Book Review & Giveaway!! 

Jinny & Cooper series by Tania Ingram






Jinny & Cooper is a book series targeted at children aged 7+ years, written by Australian author Tania Ingram.

There are 4 books in the series so far:

Book 1 - My Teacher's Big Bad Secret
Book 2 - Revenge Of The Stone Witch
Book 3 - Curse Of The Genie's Ring
Book 4 - Search For The Sea Bogle


So, who are Jinny & Cooper?
Well, Jinny is a young girl, and Cooper is her pet guinea pig that she got for her 10th birthday.
But Cooper isn't just an ordinary guinea pig. 
You see, Cooper has magical powers that allow him to become invisible, teleport, and talk!
In each book, Jinny and Cooper face magical adventures together. The stories captivate both young and older readers with their fun and fantastic storylines.
Thanks to Penguin Books Australia and Tania, I've been reading books 3 and 4 in the series with my 9-year-old daughter, and we both think that they are great! My daughter especially loves Cooper's cheeky antics and his voracious appetite!
We will definitely be checking out the other two books because we've really enjoyed reading about the adventures that Jinny & Cooper get up to in books 3 and 4. 

And I'm happy to announce that I'm giving away two books from the series! Read below for details on how to enter.



Search For The Sea Bogle
Curse Of The Genie's Ring
















In order to win:

You MUST be a follower of my blog (either by liking my Facebook page/twitter/Instagram, or following via email or bloglovin' - I don't mind which one you opt for but you must do at least one please), and

Answer in the comments section below:

If you could make yourself invisible, what would you do, and why?

**Get creative, and please include your email with your answer so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner!**


(There will be two winners; each winner will receive a copy of either Jinny & Cooper Search For The Sea Bogle, or Jinny & Cooper Curse Of The Genie's Ring.)


Terms & Conditions:
1. This giveaway is open to residents of Australia only.
2. Giveaway closes on 30th October, 6 pm; winner/s will be contacted via email within 48 hours. Failure to receive a response from the winner/s will mean the prize is forfeited and a new winner/s  will be chosen.
3. Winner will be selected on a basis of skill, not chance - the most creative and/or interesting answer deemed by the judge/s wins
4. The prize is not redeemable for cash.
5. In  The Good Books blog will not be responsible for items that go missing through Australia Post postal services.
6. This promotion is not associated or endorsed by Facebook.
7. Those who 'unlike' or 'unfollow' after the giveaway ends will be disqualified from entering future giveaways.

Disclosure: I was given 2 copies of books 3 & 4 from the series. One set to review, and the other to offer as a giveaway. I was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.