Everyday Om

Inky Cat's Poems

The television is going loud.

Kitchen lights buzz, bright as comets,

light-bees in my head.

I’m washing dishes to find calm and peace,

my friend-element water

clearing and caressing.

Solace.

I’m longing for willow trees

when I hear a low sound

like Tibetan monks chanting

Om

It goes on and on.

Amazed, I seek out the source,

then almost laugh.

The dishwasher is rumbling on,

sending a seed syllable into my bones.

Thank you, I think, for this gift.

Om is everywhere.

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Reviewing “The House Of One Hundred Clocks.” by A.M. Howell.

I have read many books before, but none compare with A.M Howell’s fine story of one hundred clocks. And I certainly haven’t read many books with talking parrots in that are quite as special as Orbit! This is a story of adventure, mystery, clocks, secrets, and one father & daughter. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is…

“The House Of One Hundred Clocks.” by A.M. Howell.

The cover of the book.

‘She was certain something rather terrible had happened to Mr. Westcott and his family to make thing the way they were now.’

Helena Graham, her father, and her parrot Orbit are in Cambridge. Helena’s father has got a job working for Mr. Westcott who keeps a vast collection of clocks; one hundred to be precise. There is only one thing that Helena’s father must ensue — that the clocks NEVER stop. It sounds simple enough but is it really? As Helena starts to settle in she can’t seem to rid her mind of terribly thoughts and the tight feeling in her tummy refuses to go away. Also, strange incidents are happening which Helena feels that she can’t ignore. She knows she been told to button in and not ask questions but in these house of intrigue and mystery, is that going to be possible?

This was a very gripping and beautiful book. I really appreciated Orbit’s role in story as a reminder of Helena’s mother and therefore as a part of her soul that must not be lost. And I very much enjoyed Boy(Florence)’s love of planes and habit of dressing as a boy. The book was very nicely set in Cambridge which is near where I live. Also, I loved the description of Mr. Westcott and Mr. Fox’s houses and the contrast between them. And I would never have guessed Katherine’s intentions. A.M. Howell’s style is light enough to be easy, and jolly with good compelling tricks to make the story a page-turner. I think this is perfect for fans of Emma Carroll and Katherine Rundell. And you can’t beat a good talking parrot and a house of one hundred clocks.

Hetty Monksea

My Scary Top Five Children’s Books/YA Novels For The Season.

I know that I’m a little late publishing this post (Samhain and Halloween have both past now). But who doesn’t love some seasonally scary books anyway?

And so, here are my top five books for this time year:

At number five it’s…

“Rose Raventhrope Investigates: Black Cats And Butlers.” by Janine Beacham.

The cover.

Rose lives in Yorke with her beloved butler Argyle. After Argyle is murdered in Rose’s house, she is determined to discover who did it and why. On her journey she uncovers some secrets about Argyle and his butler friends. She makes friends and a very dangerous enemy.

I love this book and I think it is a very good mystery book. I found it so exciting and gripping it made my heart beat fast. It is also a little bit funny, tickling me inside. Also black cats are very Halloween-y.

At number four it’s…

“Mic Drop.” by Sharna Jackson.

The cover.

‘She knew what was coming. Her inevitable end.’

This is a fabulous sequel to “High Rise Mystery.” by Sharna Jackson, a new master of modern crime fiction. I reviewed “High Rise Mystery earlier this year and I thought it was wonderful:

“High-Rise Mystery.” by Sharna Jackson I finished this book a few days ago and absolutely loved it! It’s a tale of crime, set in Modern Times with sister…ataleofjourneys.medium.com

This one sees Nik and Norva on another adventure in the Tri with George. And what a mystery ensures! Katarzyna Clarke a former resident of the Tri but now also the sensational TrojKat is back for a video shoot of her lastest song Cusp. But it all goes wrong and with new murder on their hands Nik and Norva get to work. But the police and public know of the death as well and the duo must race to solve it before they do.

I found this sequel compelling. What a mystery it is! With twists and turns Jackson has really got it together in this wonderful return of our favorite crime-solving duo. A great read for this All Hallow’s Eve as the story itself is set around Halloween!

At number three it’s…

“The Howling Hag Mystery.” by Nicki Thornton.

The cover.

I’ve reviewed this book by Nicki Thornton earlier this year so if you want to read the whole review then please do. The link is here:

Review of The Howling Hag Mystery. I recently finished this superb mystery by Nicki Thornton, the incredible author of the Seth Seppi books. I’m now…ataleofjourneys.medium.com

‘The Howling Hag made me do it,’ she whispered.

Raven Charming Raven Charming lives in Twinhills with her family. Her mum’s Golden Rule has always been Deny Everything. But with the arrival of the new boy at school, Mortimer Scratch, and that black cat that seems to be everywhere, Raven is not sure that she can keep that rule. Then things start happening at Twinhills and Raven now needs the help of the black cat Nightshade as well as that of Mortimer Scratch, so that they can uncover the mysterious person and stop them.

I loved this new book (published this summer) by Nicki Thornton. It has mystery, family secrets, and magic. WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?! Another book with a black cat (this one also narrates some of the story) and with a mystery of a witch, this is THE perfect gripping read for this time of year. Anyway, I can highly recommend this fabulous and exciting new novel from the author. I’d give it four and a half stars out of five, I think.

At number two it’s…

“The Deathless Girls.” by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

The cover.

‘Deathless, they said, and their mouths spilled blood. Lay death to rest.’

Lil and Kizzy are twins, and lived their whole lives with their Mama, brother Kem and bear Albu. They are Travellers, journeying from places to place. But as their divining day is born they are tore from what they know placed as slaves to the horrible Boyar Valcan. There they live a miserable and lonely existence. But then they hear that the myths of the Dragon are real and what ensures that will test them all…

This is the book that I am currently reading for this Samhain/Halloween/All Hallow’s Eve. And “The Deathless Girls.” sure is some book! The beautiful language of Kiran is as delightful as ever. But with the darker glimpse it makes it even more thrilling. I can wholly recommend this perfect Halloween read.

And at number one, the best (in my opinion) book for the season is…

“We Played With Fire.” by Catherine Barter.

The cover.

‘You could have told them!’

Maggie Fox has supposedly committed an awful crime. However, no one listens to her side of the story. When she and her younger sister Kate, and their older sister Leah start up some mischief people start to believe them, but can this last forever? And when they know that spirits are actually sometimes responding, the choice of continuing the fakery is questioned in their minds. But they are determined to show everyone the truth and carry on with strange events following them…

The reasons I put this as the top one is for a few reasons. One is that it is perfect for everyone whatever you celebrate because ghosts or spirits are connected with Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, and Samhain. Also, it is an AWESOME book! Another reason is that I want to share it with others. I loved Catherine’s style, and think she is an amazing author. She uses her tools so well that I sometimes I actually thought that I was Maggie and forgot where I was. I hope that other people read it and feel that same spell over them. It was wonderful to cover myself in Maggie and Kate’s story and not care for anything else. Again, it’s another book published this year and a must have for those thrill lovers.

BJMN

Reviewing “Tamarind & The Star Of Ishta.” by Jabinder Balin.

I just finished reading “Tamarind & The Star Of Ishta.” recently; it was such a great book and I knew I had to review it promptly.

“My heart pounds as I open the lid. Surely Mum wouldn’t mind me looking into her secret box?”

Cover of the book.

Tamarind never knew her mother who died when she was little. In fact, she never even knew why she died. She doesn’t want to go to India and stay with the family she’s not even met. She wanted to stay in England and go to football camp with her best friend. Even if she’s sleeping her mother’s bedroom, no one talks about her mother Chinty to her. However, everything takes an unexpected turn when she finds a girl in the garden. A girl who says her name’s Ishta and has a pet monkey called Hanu. A girl who leaves questions hanging in Tamarind’s mind…

I adored this tale of family secrets, India, magic, and nature. A tale so beautifully told that I wanted to cry. I love how the story unravels itself bit by bit, until you are left looking at the whole picture (and the last page!). Jasbiner Balin has captured my heart in one story I can’t wait to read her other books!

BJMN

Cream Buns And Crime

I just a few short hours ago I finished Robin Stevens’ “Crime Buns And Crime.” which is like a sideline book to her “Murder Most Unladylike.” series. It includes short stories told by Beanie, Daisy, and Alexander, codes with Hazel, bunbreak recipes from Robin herself, and unsolved mysteries with George.

the book itself.

I especially enjoyed “The Case of Deepdean Vampire.”, “The Case of The Blue Violet.”, and “The Case of The Missing Bunbreak.”, and it was really cool to get to to know of real-life spies! I loved it and think that other Detective Society readers will like it too.

BJMN

“Cream Buns And Crime.”

I just a few short hours ago I finished Robin Stevens’ “Crime Buns And Crime.” which is like a sideline book to her “Murder Most Unladylike.” series. It includes short stories told by Beanie, Daisy, and Alexander, codes with Hazel, bun-break recipes from Robin herself, and unsolved mysteries with George.

the book itself.

I especially enjoyed “The Case of Deepdean Vampire.”, “The Case of The Blue Violet.”, and “The Case of The Missing Bunbreak.”, and it was really cool to get to to know of real-life spies! I loved it and think that other Detective Society readers will like it too.

BJMN

“High-Rise Mystery.” by Sharna Jackson

I finished this book a few days ago and absolutely loved it! It’s a tale of crime, set in Modern Times with sister crime-solving duo, Nik and Norva.

When Hugo Knightley-Webb is found murdered they know they need to bring his death to justice. And as they unravel the tangled web that is this mystery, they discover some rather surprising things along the way…

BJMN

I drew Nik and Norva, as you can see!

Review of The Howling Hag Mystery.

I recently finished this superb mystery by Nicki Thornton, the incredible author of the Seth Seppi books. I’m now sharing my thoughts on it with you.

The Howling Hag cover!

‘The Howling Hag made me do it,’ she whispered.

Raven Charming lives in Twinhills with her family. Her mum’s Golden Rule has always been Deny Everything. But with the arrival of the new boy at school, Mortimer Scratch, and that black cat that seems to be everywhere, Raven is not sure that she can keep that rule. And when incidents start occurring at the school, whispers and rumors fly, and are gradually getting louder. Raven now needs the help of the black cat Nightshade as well as that of Mortimer Scratch, so that they can uncover the mysterious person and stopped them, before is uncovered and they will no longer be able to Deny Everything ever again!

I loved this new book by Nicki Thornton, mystery, family secrets, and magic. WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?! This is a great read for fans of Robin StevensHarry Potter, and cat lovers. I liked the fact that Nightshade tells some of the chapters because then you get to hear the story from her point of view, which is interesting. Therefore you get to hear lots more about Nightshade in general and her way of life as a cat. Anyway, I can highly recommend this fabulous and exciting new novel from the author. I’d give it four and a half stars out of five, I think.

BJMN

Clarissa by Giulietta M Spudich

 “Clarissa blinked. Of course magic was real. Her best friend was a talking tree.”

Clarissa is lonely; her father is always busy and distracted since her mother died, and she finds it hard to speak out. But then her friend, the Oak tree, gives her a key which leads her to find an ancient Fire spirit and Clarissa must find courage to “fan her flame”.

I immensely enjoyed reading “Clarissa.” I felt connected to Clarissa and what she was feeling and I think that the book was simple yet nicely effective. Clarissa chimed with me because my dad recently had a stroke and this book explores a relationship between father and daughter. Other themes that stood out for me were Clarissa finding her voice and that nature can help us in so many ways. I loved this story of magic, nature, and coming-of-age, which, I think, would be enjoyed by children around the world of about ages 9+. BJMN

the Girl who Speaks Bear

The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

I liked the girl who speaks bear and I think that although it is not the most adventurous it is very beautiful. I love all the friends she makes and how there are stories inside the story. It’s cool she can talk and listen to animals!

The plot line is that a girl, Yanka, grows bear legs and runs away to the forest as bullfinches call for her.

She goes into the forest with her house-weasel. And in the forest she makes friends with a wolf, an elk, a house with chicken legs and the girl who lives in it. She has to defeat a dragon called Smey who is guarding a tree which can grant her a wish! AMMN