Order of Darkness series by Philippa Gregory

Hello everyone,

Sorry that it has been such a long time since my last review, I have been very busy preparing for my new school in September. I will soon be making a vlogging channel on Youtube for reviewing books as well as my blog!

Today I am going to be reviewing the first three books in the Order of Darkness series, which are: Changeling, Stormbringers and Fools’ Gold.  This is the first time that I have read anything by Philippa Gregory and I believe this is her first series for young adults. She is a very successful historical writer for adults.  It is not my usual genre, but I read a book by Lucy Worseley, who is another historical writer, and thought I would try some more.  The books are also adventure and romance.

The series is set in medieval Europe.  Because religion was so powerful then (1460) people believed that the ‘end of days’ was coming.

The books tell the story of a group of young traveling companions that are ordered by a mysterious lord to travel all over Europe to find signs about the end of days. It is full of secrecy and excitement and it kept me hooked through out the series. It is great to see the story and characters unfolding through their journey and what they come to learn about each other.


The main characters are:

Luca who is on the mission to find clues about the end of days. Luca is brave and and after having his parents ransomed as a child, he will do anything to get them back.

Frieze is Luca’s servant who is loyal and takes much pride is serving Luca. Frieze is kind and corageous, he would always risk his life for others.

Isolde is Lady who is trying to get back her inheritance is very hard working and she will do anything she can to over throw her dishonest brother and win back her castle.

Ishraq has been with Isolde her whole life and will serve her and keep her safe no matter what. Ishraq is very well educated and can put up a fight.

This books is great for anyone over 10 years old who loves a historical adventure.

I hope that another book will come out in this series. The three books so far leave the reader on a cliffhanger. I would love to see where the journey takes them.


Keep reading 🙂

Book review of Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens

I have just finished reading Robin Stevens new book, Jolly Foul Play. I have been looking forward to reading this book for a long time! I went to the launch of this book last Saturday, which I wrote about in my last post.
This book is about Hazel Wong & Daisy Wells’ 4th murder mystery where the new head girl at Deepdean school gets murdered!

The Wells & Wong Detective Society join up with the girls in their dorm (Kitty, Beany & Lavinia) to solve this exciting case.

This book was really great because Robin had this amazing way of writing that keeps you guessing and it really makes it so difficult to put the book down. Infact, I didn’t put it down at all! I was on a plane, going on holiday and read the book in the 4 1/2 hours it took to reach my destination!

Here I am on the plane reading Jolly Foul Play.

                       KEEP READING 🙂 

Jolly Foul Play Book Launch!

I have been so excited for my favourite authors new book to be launched! Jolly Foul Play is Robin Stevens’ 4th book in the Murder Most Unladylike mystery series. 

It was held in Waterstones Covent Garden. There were lots of people wanting to meet Robin and have their books signed. 

Luckily I got to go first and have a small chat with Robin. Robin had given me some brilliant advice for a writing competition I entered last month. I was so excited to tell Robin that I had come 2nd place with my ’50 word saga’ entry.

Robin had baked some delicious lemon shortbreads for the launch. I also met her boyfriend, he was very kind and friendly.

Robin had a lovely Deepdean bag! 

We got to hear Robin do a reading from the book. It is set back at Deepdean school and now I can’t wait to read it!!

                       Keep reading!!! 🙂

First Class Murder Book Launch with Robin Stevens in Cambridge!

I have really been looking forward to this!  Yesterday I went to Cambridge to attend the amazing Robin Steven’s book launch party.  The book she was launching was FIRST CLASS MURDER. (It is the third book in the Murder Most Unladylike mystery series).

When we got to Waterstones in Cambridge there were no copies of Robin’s new book left! Oh no!!  This is lovely for Robin that her book is so popular but I needed to buy one! Kindly the Waterstones lady at the counter gave me her copy. She is very kind and if she reads this I want to say thank you so much.

Next, I got to see Robin again and she signed my book for me.  We had a chat and she is one of the nicest people I have ever met. She is always very kind and friendly to me.  Robin had made a very delicious cake and some tasty iced biscuits. I sat and had some….YUM!  I also met some of Robin’s nice friends and one of them had bright orange hair!

FIRST CLASS MURDER also has a bright orange cover. It looks very exciting! Here is the introduction:

“First Class Murder. Being an account of The Case of the Great Train Murder, and investigation by the Wells & Wong Detective Society. Written by Hazel Wong (Detective Society Vice-President and Secretary), aged 13.  Begun Sunday 7th July 1935”

Here is an extract from the part that I am on:

“Daisy plopped down on the edge of her bunk and pulled out a hardback from her travelling bag.  I should not have been surprised to see that it was Murder on the Orient Express’

In this book Daisy and Hazel are taken out of school by Mr Wong (Hazel’s father) to travel Europe on the Orient Express!! I am really excited to read it and I am sure it’s going to be a brilliant book.  I will read it while I am on holiday in Holland this week and I will review it soon.

Robin told me about an event on October 11th. I shall be going to Cheltenham to see Robin and Kathryn Woodfine (the brilliant author of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow)  I really can’t wait.

Here are some pictures of my brilliant day out in Cambridge, seeing Robin and getting another brilliant mystery book to read.

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(Thank you to Waterstone Cambridge for two of these photos of Robin)


Interview with amazing author Robin Stevens

Robin Stevens is my favourite author.  Her first 2 books ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ and ‘Arsenic for Tea’ were the best books I have ever read.  Robin is very talented and she absorbs you into her writing but it’s not too complicated.
Since reading Robin’s books I have loved reading mystery and crime books.
Robin has inspired me to read different books and also to keep on writing my own stories.
For months I have been awaiting the arrival of Robin’s latest book which comes out this week!! It is called First Class Murder. I can’t wait to read it and I’ll write a review soon.  It’s sure to be AMAZING!
Here is my very own interview with ROBIN STEVENS!!!!
Sophie: What’s your favourite colour?
Robin: Blue!
(Sophie: Blue is also my favourite colour!)
Sophie: Who’s your favourite author?
Robin: Diana Wynne Jones
Sophie: Who’s your favourite book character of all time?
Robin: Ooh, good question. I love Jane Eyre, and a character called Claidi from a series of books by Tanith Lee.  And Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle.
Sophie: If you could meet any author (dead or alive) who would it be?
Robin: I’d love to hang out with Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie in their Detection Club in the 1930s!
Sophie: Why do your books have a different name and cover in America?
Robin: Books are always given different covers when they sell in different countries, because different cultures like different things (the way that most British people love tea, while most Americans don’t drink it al all!)  The name change is similar – my American publisher felt that a different title would work better with American readers, and I was happy to go along with it.
Sophie: Do you think there will be a Wells & Wong movie or TV series?
Robin: I hope there will!  It’s sadly not up to me at all, so I’m waiting and crossing my fingers as much as anyone else!
Sophie: What age did you know you wanted to be an author?
Robin: I’ve always known, I think.  My father was a writer, and so was my grandfather, so it seemed very normal and achievable to me.  I’ve been writing stories since I was tiny, though I didn’t finish a book until I was about 16.
Sophie: Who (except the publisher) reads your books first?
Robin: My agent reads the first draft, and so does my mother and my crit partner. They all give me feedback on what worked for them and what didn’t, and I use that to make my second draft a lot better.  It’s incredibly useful.
Sophie: What hobbies do you have apart from writing?
Robin: I love to bake and cook.  I also love to read, and travel and see my friends – luckily, I like being busy!
Sophie: How did it feel to see your first book published?
Robin: It was incredible.  It was something I’d wanted to do all my life, but never thought it would happen to me so young.  In a way, I think I’m still not sure it’s all real.  It feels like a very good dream!
I hope that you have enjoyed finding out more about Robin Stevens.  She is very kind and I can’t wait for her book launch this Saturday!!
Here I am meeting Robin Steven’s with her first 2 brilliant books.
I hope to get a new photo with the NEW BOOK ‘First Class Murder’ out this week.

Glass Bird Girl & Mischief at Midnight by Esme Kerr

Glass Bird Girl and Mischief at Midnight at the first 2 books in the Knight’s Haddon series.  Knight’s Haddon is a boarding school.

These stories are set in the modern day, but the school want to be old fashioned and the pupils of the school are not allowed phones or any electronics.

The main character is a girl called Edie she is 11 years old and doesn’t have a mum or dad. Edie cousin is friends with a Russian Prince and so Edie gets sent to Knight’s Haddon school to look after the Russian Princess Anastasia after some of her things go missing.

Edie soon sees a bigger mystery unfolding and she’s the only one who sees it…..

In book 2, Mischief at Midnight, a new girl Janet Stone joins Knights Haddon. She is cool and calm and Edie is glad when they become friends. When things get rocky with Anastasia, Janet is there for Edie.

When the mischief starts, no-one knows who they can really trust….

My favourite character in this book is Edie because she is a determined and kind girl. I feel sorry for Edie because her cousins are horrible to her and she doesn’t have a mother or father because they died.




Younger readers. Interview with Imogen about Nancy Drew Clue Crew

Here is my interview with my younger sister, Imogen. She is 7 years old.

Sophie: What’s the book called?

Imogen: Nancy Drew Clue Crew ‘Sleepover Sleuths’ (sleuths means detectives)

Sophie: What genre (Imogen: What what? Sophie: What type of) book is it?

Imogen: The book is a mystery book where Nancy Drew and her friends solve a problem.

Sophie: What is the main plot of the book?

Imogen: A special doll called Hollywood Heather goes missing at a sleepover party. One of the girls at the party must have stolen her.

Sophie: Who are the main characters in the book?

Imogen: Nancy Drew and her best friends Bess and George (Georgia).

Sophie:How old are the main characters?

Imogen: 8 years old

Sophie: What detective words have you learned?

Imogen: Evidence (clues) and Suspects (the people who they think did it).

Sophie: What did you like about the book?

Imogen: I really enjoyed this book.  I liked that Nancy Bess and George were having fun and not just being bored solving the things.

Sophie: Who would you recommend the book for?

Imogen: Probably 7 and older year olds

Sophie: What do you rate the book out of 10.

Imogen: 10/10

Sophie Says:

These are the first books of the Nancy Drew series. They are great for younger readers.  The Nancy Drew Diaries are the harder reading books (age 9 and upwards) Nancy is older and solves mysteries with her same friends Bess and George when they are teenagers.

Here I am interviewing my sister, Immy, about Nancy Drew.

immy interview 1

immy interview 2

I will be back with another book review very soon and my next interview will be with the amazing ROBIN STEVENS!!!


Racing & Reading

Hello! I’m here with an update!


Yesterday I had my school sports day which was quite hot and tiring. It lost me some reading time but it was fun.

My house is Mont Blanc and our colour is RED!  Here I am in the 400 meters and with my tunnel ball team: 


I am now reading The Glass Bird Girl by Esme Kerr. It’s the first book in Knight’s Haddon series. I also have book 2 to read which is called ‘Mischief at Midnight’. I will review them both soon!

After that I will read ‘The Scandelous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place’ by Julie Berry and will blog about that too.


An interview with the amazing author of Murder Most Unladylike and Arsenic for Tea ROBIN STEVENS!

Don’t miss it!!!!

I was very happy and excited when Robin Stevens, my favourite author, mentioned me on her website AND put a photo of us too 😀😀😀

See it here

I am also interviewing my little sister, who is going to review Nancy Drew Clue Crew for younger readers!



The Midnight Picnic by Lauren St John

The Midnight Picnic is a short Laura Marlin Mystery story for World Book Day.

In this book Laura Marlin writes about her adventures in an essay at school and it wins an award!  Her prize is to have a midnight picnic on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. She gets to take her best friend and her husky dog, Skye, with her. Laura is really excited about her prize.

Things turn scary as the friends think that the Beast of Bodmin Moor is after them! They don’t runaway, they try and find out what’s really happening.

Because this story was very short, it was harder to build up the suspense that is in the longer mystery books but it was still good. I recommend this book if you are looking for a quick read!

I rate this book 7/10

midnight picnic

Here I am with Midnight Picnic


Rendezvous in Russia by Lauren St John

Rendezvous in Russia is the forth brilliant book in the Laura Marlin Mystery series. (I have reviewed the 3 books before this in my earlier posts).

I love mystery books!

The story begins in St Ives in Cornwall which is where detective Laura Marlin, her best friend and her amazing Siberian husky dog, Skye, all live. Skye saves an actress who is Cornwall making a film.  I can’t say how because it will give a bit too much away. So, because of this good deed they are promised a relaxing holiday to St Pittsburgh in Russia.  This becomes their most horrendous adventure yet!

Laura Marlin is born to solve crimes but this was a difficult case, even for Laura.

St Pittsburg in Russia sounds like a colourful and beautiful place.

I recommend this book to age 8 and up.

I rate this book 8/10

Ren in Russia

Here I am with Rendezvous in Russia