I am so excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer. It is a fantastic children’s book for 8 – 12 year olds and I have my review to share today. As well as a competition for a signed paperback of Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer too.
I have been reading a lot of Middle Grade (MG) books over the summer, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them. Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer was a fantastic read filled with some interesting characters and more than a little mystery!
Title: Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer
Author: Lily Mae Walters
Author Bio: Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series. She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books. Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local places and even her old school in her stories. Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.
Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.
Synopsis: Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.
Whist staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.
Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.
The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the
Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.
Published: 10th June 2018
Rating: 5 stars
Review: I have been really lucky this week, I have read two absolutely incredible MG fantasy books. Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer and The City of Ghosts – you can check out my review for that here. I really love that there is such incredible fantasy books out there for children and I can’t wait to share both of these amazing books, (and their bold heroines) with my daughter when she is a little older.
I am a real fan of books which feature female protagonists, and so I jumped at the chance to read and review Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer. And I am so glad I did, it is exactly the kind of book I would have loved to read as a child. It’s exactly the kind of book I love reading as an adult too. The characters were interesting and I really loved Josie, she was bold and determined but also aware of when she needed to say sorry too. She dealt with her adventure so well and I cannot wait to see how she gets on in the next book, which sounds just as interesting as the first.
The world building is great, and I really fell in love with the idea of hidden villages created by elves and humans and stuck in the past. I think that the book explores that desire to stumble upon a magical world inside our own, it was a dream I often had as a child, and Josie James get that chance and we can live vicariously through her adventures.
I love how realistic the book was in terms of it’s characters, the children behaved like children, and the adults did not explain things as well as they should (now that I am a parent I totally get this, there is never enough time in the day to answer all of my daughter’s questions!) and despite it all the mystery is solved.
The pacing and plot in the book are perfect, you are given enough information without being overwhelmed and then pulled along through the mystery by the events of the book and you just want to keep reading. I couldn’t put it down and read it in two sessions!
Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer is a wonderful fantasy read, filled with vivid characters and a mystery that needs to be solved. I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for fantasy books for 8-12 year olds (and older!) and I will be sharing it with my daughter when she is older.
If you like the sound of Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer, and seriously what’s not to love! You can enter to win a signed paperback via Rafflecopter (please see terms and conditions at the end of the post)
You can find author Lily Mae Walters over on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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I received an ecopy of Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer for the purpose of this blog tour, all opinions and words are my own.
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