BLOG TOUR ‘The Misfit Tribe and the Secret of Mystery Island’ by B.J. Rowling and D.G. Lloyd

With thanks to Sarah – Book on the Bright Side @BOTBSPublicity and @olympiapub for the blog tour.

BLURB

Some secrets are best kept hidden… and some are just too magical not to share. Teenagers, who unexpectedly acquire a vast collection of magical, mystical powers and abilities, find an ancient map. This map leads them on a quest for buried treasure to a mysterious island filled with hidden secrets, booby traps and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. What could possibly go wrong? A lot!

AUTHORS

B.J. Rowling, a native of England, is an author, screenwriter, producer and cousin of Harry Potter author J.K.Rowling. D.G. Lloyd is an American-Australian author, screenwriter, producer, actor and script coverage analyst.

DEDICATION

“We’re all misfits in one way or another. Our lives are an adventurous unfolding story, just like the lives of the main characters in ‘The Misfit Tribe’. Characters who D.G. Lloyd and I are hoping readers are able to relate to in some form or fashion, and with a bit of luck, are also inspired by. So, with that said, take a break, sit back, open the book and prepare youselves for a thrilling ride of mystical and magical misadventures.” – B.J. Rowling

REVIEW

‘The Misfit Tribe’ are a group of youngsters who are taken to Mackinac Island, where back in 1812 an attack of American soldiers happened by British and Indian forces. Their visit to the island, however, is not about visiting a memorial sight, but getting involved with a ‘Geocache Treasure Adventure’ for a large cash prize. Added to this outing is the previous discovery by J.J, (one of the younger Misfits) of some artefacts from their relative’s desk; these become vital and link to the supernatural elements that look set to become a part of this series.

So, we have mysterious objects, a group of engaging youngsters and an island setting. It’s not long until the children are joined together on a quest to solve the puzzles, defeat the chasing bad guys, find the treasure and find themselves along the way. J.J also needs to find the treasure to help his parents from losing their family home; he also needs to repair the relationship with his older brother. There’s a mix of personalities in the ‘tribe’, the aforementioned ‘at odds’ brothers, the tech savvy kid with the backpack of helpful items, the eating, annoying kid that gets caught up with the baddies and the love interest between the older brother with one of the misfit girls, amongst others.

It’s a puzzle adventure featuring a cast of teenage children with supporting adult roles around them. It has banter and bonding within the group as they are pulled together on a quest to find a hidden treasure. There’s a series of riddles to solve to get to the next step and these steps are fraught with challenge, threat and danger. There’s a nasty bad guy, who also has a nasty henchman sidekick – so the odds are even more stacked against them! There’s teen angst and romantic longings – and we watch the group form and bond then ultimately learn to understand and respect each other. The pacing is steady through with bursts of speed at moments of danger.

Okay, overall this book didn’t work for me personally, but hang on, let me explain… I always stress that reading is personal and subjective, that what I say may not matter at all to the next reader, and should not. I’m also, more importantly, not its target reader AND there’s also the fact I love ‘The Goonies’ and there were lots of similarities that I struggled to get past. The writing style is tell and not show, I could definitely feel the screenwriters’ vibe in the writing style, but personally I enjoy more descriptive narratives. So, these are very personal reasons why the book didn’t charm me. This does not mean it won’t be an enjoyable adventure for its target readership.

So, coming into this book with fresh, i.e. ‘non-Goonie eyes’ you’ll find the enjoyment of the puzzles, and the entertaining dialogue of the teenagers. I’m going to give it to my 12 year old niece to read to see what she thinks.

Overall, thanks so much for sending me a copy of this book and for the place on the blog tour. This is a puzzle, adventure story with mystical elements where a group of youngsters’ bond and become empowered with supernatural elements to create ‘The Misfit Tribe’.

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BLOG TOUR: ‘Come Back for Me’ by Heidi Perks

With thanks to Rachel Kennedy for organising the tour; the publishers at Arrow Publishing/Penguin Random House and to Heidi Perks for the fabulous thriller read.

A shocking discovery. An island wrapped in secrets. You can bury the body, but the truth will always surface…

BOOK BLURB

A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body. For Stella Harvey, the news is doubly shocking, as the body is found in the garden of her childhood home. The home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago.

Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the Dorset island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets. But one thing rings true…

You can’t bury the truth forever.

THE AUTHOR

Heidi Perks

Heidi Perks’ debut novel ‘Now You See Her’ twice reached the Sunday Times bestseller list, first in hardback in July 2018 at no.9 and again at no.6 in paperback in March 2019 where it was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick for Spring 2019. ‘Now You See Her’ has sold over 120,000 copies across formats to date and has received a staggering 200 five star reviews on Amazon from readers. It has also been optioned for TV from the production company behind BBC One’s ‘The Miniaturist’ and Channel 4’s ‘National Treasure’.

Heidi Perks worked as a marketing director for a financial company before leaving to become a full-time mum and writer. She is a graduate of the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative Online Novel Writing Course (the only creative writing school run by a literary agency). Follow Heidi on Twitter @HeidiPerksBooks and join in the conversation with #COMEBACKFORME

MY REVIEW OF ‘COME BACK FOR ME’

My first book by Heidi Perks and I was hooked from the start. I love a good mystery and the gripping opening scene had so many questions popping into my head. Our MC is Stella, who grew up on the island of Evergreen, a tiny island and intricate community, but dramatically left during a ferocious and fearsome storm when she was eleven years old with her parents, elder brother and sister. What an opening hook!

Stella grew up to be a relationship/family councillor, but she always remembers the mysterious and dramatic departure from her home and has grown up with so many unanswered questions about why they had to leave. Shortly after the book begins, a news station reports a body has been found on Evergreen – it turns out it’s in the garden of Stella’s old family home. Stella begins a quest to find out the truth of what happened; she has to know why her family had to leave so suddenly and dramatically. The narrative switches back and forth from past to present as we try to work out what happened, and whose body has been discovered. I enjoyed the slow reveal of events on the island and what led to the ensuing tragedy and why. A great puzzle of a read!


I was hooked and loved joining Stella on her journey – there’s a great and varied selection of characters to meet and a suspenseful underscore pinning the narrative as Stella returns to the Island, albeit far from welcome. There’s an array of island folk, some more likeable than others. I loved the watchful menace of some and the controlled dialogues of others; all these aspects building the suspense and added to our challenges of finding the truth. There’s also some emotional character pulls that I enjoyed which added some lovely depth to the overall character arc for Stella.

The setting is fabulous – you can’t beat an isolated island location, particularly dramatic and atmospheric when the weather changes and the storm comes in. This is certainly a crucible of a place that has been slowly simmering for a long while. Superb thriller devices take you on a puzzle of a journey with Stella, as gradually the past unfolds and we watch its effect on the present.

I’m not that sure about the ending working completely for me; this is minor and I’ll say no more and let readers’ decide for themselves but it didn’t have quite enough developed character motivations in place for me – but all reading is subjective, so it’s just my personal opinion. I had a few chats in the past with authors about the challenge of writing the ending of their novels; such a difficult task to please everyone! This makes the book fabulous for a book group. Don’t let that stop you picking up this book; it’s a really minor personal opinion. Reading this book is 100% worth it and you’ll have a great time!

Definitely a strongly recommended read despite my slightly mixed feelings about the ending. An atmospheric, truth-seeking thriller read set within an isolated community of watchful eyes.

I’m off to read ‘Now You See Her’ and Heidi Perks is definitely on my must-read author list. Happy Days!

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Devastated, Harriet can no longer bear to see Charlotte. No one could expect her to trust her friend again.
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