Tag: adventure

Blog Tour: London Hat Hunting Mission

Today I am one of the stops on the blog tour for London Hat Hunting Mission by Winnie Mak Tselikas! This was a fun children’s book which I also learned from! There is also a giveaway going on for those in the UK.

Book Description:

Four little Londoners, Hope, Jun, Lea and Parth, come from a different cultural background, are good friends living in London. They are travelling to the iconic places around the city in search of magic hats to cure Mr Globe’s headache.

The book is illustrated with a mix of real life photographs of iconic places in London and digital illustration so children can have a vivid visual experience of London and at the same time open up their world of imagination.

London Hat Hunting Mission
Author:
Winnie Mak Tselikas
Published: November 18th, 2017
36 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: May 20, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

London Hat Hunting Mission is a fun and charming learning experience for children and adults! Being an American I don’t know anything about London and I had no idea of the extreme diversity that is in the city! This book was an enjoyable learning experience for me!

Our main characters are dolls of different ethnic backgrounds. They are Hope, Jun, Lea, and Parth and they end up going on a journey to help their friend Mr. Globe feel better. They are real dolls and the pictures of the dolls show them going all over London and along the way they learn a lot, including some words in foreign languages!

This is a great learning tool in so many ways: Learning about diversity in the ethnicities and cultures that represent London. We also get to go on a trip around London and there is even a ‘Hat Hunt Map’ showing where the dolls went.  I liked how there is a difference in the font to emphasize the learning aspect of where the dolls go and what the reader will learn.

I don’t have children but I highly enjoyed this children’s book. I would love to see where the dolls go next!

See Winnie Mak Tselikas and the adorable dolls:

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Winnie Mak Tselikas is a believer in diversity. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she studied engineering, worked in commercial sales and in 2011 switched to education upon moving to London. There, she met her half-French, half-Greek husband and they had a son, who now has family in China, France, Greece, HK, the UK and the US. Winnie considers her son to be a world citizen rather than of a particular nationality or culture. Inspired by her family and London’s diversity, she founded One Dear World and created the lovely adventures of Mr. Globe and the little Londoner dolls.

Contact Winnie:
Website: One Dear World
Facebook
Twitter @onedearworld
Instagram @onedearworld

It’s time for a Giveaway!! Win a hard cover book and one doll of the winner’s choice (UK only)

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Perfect Imperfections

Author: Taryn Leigh
Published: March 29, 2017
289 pages in Paperback

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 14-29, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description from Amazon:

Sarah Lewis desires nothing more than to begin again after a failed marriage and a tragedy so terrifying, it forces her to leave her life in London to stay with her best friend a world apart in South Africa.

Despite immediate success in her business, she struggles to understand who she really is and where she belongs in the world. So begins a journey of discovery as Sarah re-unites with Katy in the land where she was born, where the air is lavender scented, and weekends are spent cycling on the beach.

Until the day when she has to return to London to face the ghosts of her past and confront a situation that has grown more complicated in her absence.

Perfect Imperfections is an intriguing tale which hints at wrongdoings and deceit without giving too much away. The author cleverly weaves a tale around fragile yet strong Sarah as she tries to reconcile her past with her future, engaging the reader to the point where we simply want the best for her and for happiness finally to come her way.

Jessica’s Review:

Perfect Imperfections is Taryn Leigh’s debut novel and it is a mix of mystery and adventure with some romance.

Sarah Lewis has experienced something that many people never go through and she is a broken woman at the beginning of the novel.  Taryn Leigh pulls you in from the start as we go on this journey with Sarah. You grow to care for Sarah as the novel progresses and once we learn what she experienced your heart can only do one thing: break for her pain and loss.

Perfect Imperfections is a beautifully written yet heartbreaking novel.  It also deals with long term friendship, love, and hope. As the novel progresses we see how Sarah grows from being a very broken woman to who she becomes at the end.

Perfect Imperfections  is one you don’t want to put down and the further you get into it, the more you don’t want to stop.  I wanted more story with the last few chapters as I felt the story can continue and I hope Taryn beings us back into Sarah’s life. I would love to see the next chapter in her life!

I found myself wondering about the cover and the title when I started the book.  As you read the novel you understand the meaning behind everything and I love it!!

This is one that everyone should read. Perfect Imperfections is recommended.

Many thanks to Taryn Leigh and her publisher Olympia Publishers for the copy I was sent. It was a pleasure to read. I just wish it had not taken me so long to read it, but the wait was worth it!

Purchase Links
Amazon US
Amazon UK

This picture and its meaning will mean more to those who have read Perfect Imperfections. This is more than just a picture of the novel and a toy giraffe.  The giraffe was my dog’s favorite toy. She passed away nearly 2.5 years ago and this was one thing of the things I wanted to keep as a reminder of her. There is a lot more meaning for now after reading Perfect Imperfections.

RIP baby girl!  6/2005-6/2015

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Type N Series

Type N Series

Author: Michelle Onuorah

The Type N series is supposed to be a trilogy. The final book has not been written yet. Type N is the first book I read by Michelle Onuorah. I have since read all of her novels. I think I just came across Type N searching on Amazon one day. The cover is simple and what drew me to the book. Then I read the description and I HAD to read the book! Both books in the series are short, and fast paced. I never wanted to put my kindle down as I read them!  I don’t give out 5 star reviews like candy as some reviewers do, I have to be blown away to give a 5 star review. I loved both of these books! Both books received a 5 star review from me.   **Both books in the series that have been written will be featured today.

Books in the Series:
Type N
Taking Names


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Type N
158 Pages in Kindle

Published: May 26, 2013
Dates Read: June 29-July 1, 2014

My Rating: 5 Stars

Book Summary from Amazon:

What would you do if your blood could cure cancer? 18-year-old Nicolette Talloway is the target of a worldwide manhunt because of her blood type. When delivered via transfusion, her blood heals any ailment a human has and strengthens their immune system. The cure for cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other previously incurable diseases is running through her veins. Her blood is the only type of its own known to exist. As a result, Nicolette is no longer a private citizen but is the world’s most wanted and sought-after human being. As she runs from government appointed agents, the question begins to shift from what her blood can do to why she has it. Is this a gift from God? And if it is, what does he want her to do with it?

***Please note there is occasional cursing, violence, and references to spirituality within this work of fiction. Reader discretion is advised.

 

My Review in 2014:

I am not a fast reader. But I could not put this book down! Within 24 hours of picking it up I had 69% read and the book finished within 48 hours! If I had not had to work, I would have had it finished within 24 hours.

It grabs you from the beginning. So much of it seems like that is what would happen if a we found a person who actually had curative blood. There were two parts of the book that did not seem realistic to me: (BEGIN SPOILERS: When Jason’s friend (I forget her name as I write this) taught them to fight- I thought they picked it up and were too good too quickly. And the bigger unrealistic thing to me was when Jason took Nicolette to Disneyland because she was stressed- if you are on the run from the government you wont take a side trip like that! END SPOILERS)

Regardless of what I mentioned above, I REALLY LOVED this book! It was just too short (150 pages) the good thing about being short like that is that there wasn’t any space to drag. I look forward to the sequel once the author finishes it!!!!!


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Taking Names
147 Pages in Kindle

Published: November 7, 2014
Dates Read: October 21- November 2, 2014

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

Book Summary from Amazon:

They took her love…and gained her enmity.

Nicolette Talloway has finally found happiness. As the only person in the world whose blood can cure any disease, she has managed to give her blood on her own terms without any interference from the government. Sure that she has found a permanent solution, she and the love of her life, Jason, settle into a new beginning together.

That is…until they are found.

There is a new President in charge and a new agenda written for Nicolette’s blood – whether she wants to play ball or not. The problem is: they’ve pushed her too far. And when she finally decides to take matters into her own hands, Nicolette will no longer run from authorities or give her blood but will stand her ground and start Taking Names.

 

My Review in 2014:

The second in the Type N Trilogy and it did not disappoint! Taking Names is another fast paced book that I did not want to put down! I only wish I had been able to read it as quickly as I did with Type N. I like seeing how Nicolette grew from the child she was at the beginning of Type N to now. I can’t wait to see where Michelle Onouorah goes with the final book in the series.

I had in my head that the ending was going to go in one of two ways. Both would have been good cliffhangers in my opinion. And one of my thoughts was how she did end the book.

The spiritual elements are well done as well with an important issue Nicolette faces: Forgiveness. Michelle has said that she is a Christian and that is in her books, well done, and not “in your face”.

I can’t wait for the final in the series! I can’t wait to see how this story ends for all the characters. Great job Michelle!!!!

**I was sent an ARC in exchange for a review from Michelle Onouorah.

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