Ninja Bunny Blog Tour

Welcome to the Ninja and Bunny Tour with

Author Kara S Tyler and Illustrator Sarah Pacetti

Today I’m hosting this stunning Children’s Picture Book about two sisters.  It’s appropriate for all ages, boys and girls, and will delight parents as well with it’s great message and gorgeous illustrations.  Check out my review below and make sure to enter the great giveaway at the end of this post with special prizes that fit the themes of adventure, fantasy, and heroism included in this book.


This was such a cute book to read. I love make believe and I love imagining. And this book was that and so much more. I absolutely loved how Ruthie and Marian set off to save Princess Isla. I’ve grown up on a staple diet of Enid Blytons and I love the Fairy world.

I just wish this book was longer! Having said that, the illustrations are just beautiful. They bring Ninja and Bunny alive in a way that words would not.

I’m eagerly looking forward to the next adventure these two girls will lead me on!


 About the Book

A children’s tale of imagination and play, of love and loyalty, and of courage and determination.

Marian loves playing make-believe, but what if her big sister Ruthie’s fairies have been real all along? What if Princess Isla is truly in trouble and needs their help?

Marian and Ruthie must visit Fairyland and transform into Ninja and Bunny! Will they be able to save the princess?

Find out in this tale of love, loyalty, and imagination.


Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end and get a FREE Ninja & Bunny Activity Book!


Kara headshot Ninja BunnyAbout the Author

Kara S Tyler is the real world name of author Pavarti K Tyler.  As Pav, her books have spanned genres and won many awards, however, they are geared toward an adult audience. Now that she’s writing children’s books, Kara has decided to use her real name.

The Adventures of Ninja and Bunny first came about because of a fabulous conversation overheard between Kara’s two children during a very long car ride.  The two young girls spent over two hours debating various aspects of Fae politics and social structure.  Without realizing it, the girls were building a world so real, Ray Bradbury would be proud.

Kara lives in Baltimore with her husband, two children and two terrible dogs.  She is a full-time author and mother.

About the Prizes

The Tour has some fantastic prizes! You can win a $20 Amazon Gift Card, a Fairyland book, Temporary Ninja Tattoos or a Stuffed Ninja Bunny.

A Great Adventure Tour with Ninja and Bunny


#Cute – Honey the Hero by Emlyn Chand

The blurb reads,

Honey, an inquisitive young parakeet living in the Australian Outback, decides to become a superhero after she spies a human family watching Superman. Since she already has the power of flight, all she needs to do is create a costume to conceal her true identity and then fly off in search of animals that need rescuing.

Unfortunately, every time she tries to help, Honey only ends up making matters worse. She spoils Kangaroo’s game of hide-and-go-seek by revealing his hiding place to Wallaby; Mr. Anteater must go hungry when she alerts the ants to his presence, and Mrs. Koala is made a laughingstock among bears when Honey pretends to be her Joey. Finally realizing that she’s not as heroic as she’d like, Honey gives up her day-saving efforts.

But what happens when someone actually needs Honey’s help? Will she rise to the challenge?

Honey the Hero is the first in a new series of color-illustrated books for children entitled The Bird Brain Books.”



This was one of the cutest books I have read. I didn’t think I would get to read a children’s book. I read the ones at home fairly often and then enjoy the trip back to my childhood and this one was just like that.

I got the opportunity to be a part of Emlyn Chand’s Super Reader team and I got this novel as a part of that program. And then in January, I sat down and read ‘Honey the Hero’

And the book was so much of fun! The illustrations made it so much better. The book made me sort of wonder what sort of education we were giving our kids. I mean I was reading this book with my cousin and he is 5 but he didn’t know half the words in the book or I had to break an already simple story down to him. I’m sure I was more…how do I put it, more adept at reading when I was his age. I would catch things told me to me quicker. It just made me wonder whether all the gadgets and gizmos we keep flashing beats reading as a form of education. I don’t think so.

This is a great book to read to your kids. And not just because Honey is helpful, sweet and maybe gullible like a child. But because you need to teach children to extend a hand for help. And teach them to not force it on people the way Honey did. I remember my cousin saying Honey the hero, Honey the hero for quite a while after I read him the story.

This is a very cute book and I had way too much fun reading it.

My Rating: 5/5

I can’t critique a children’s book! Really. They are all 5 stars for me.

5 star

#Quotable 22 on Environment

The ice is melting faster than usual. The magnetic pole is moving towards Russia at sixty-four kilometers a year due to changes in the earth’s magnetic core. That’s stirring changes in the Arctic climate, but they’re to our advantage. Our first priority is to make a profit.

-Alexis Miller, The Arctic Night

Want to read more of this Nordic Noir?

Get it on Amazon

#Quotable 21 on Environment

The Multinational oil companies are looking for approval to drill for oil in the Arctic Region.Environment campaigners say that drilling could have horrific and long-lasting effects on the waters and wildlife of the Arctic.

-Alexis Miller, The Arctic Night

Do you want to read more into this environment based Nordic Noir?

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#FunStuff – Stunner (A Ronnie Lake Mystery #1) by Niki Danforth

The blurb reads,

Beautiful. Bright. And possibly, deadly…

This is all Ronnie Lake knows about her potential sister-in-law, Julianna. But she’s determined to find out the truth about her wealthy brother’s new lover before he throws away his happiness, fortune, and quite possibly, his life. Who is this mysterious woman with two lives–and how deep does her deception go? 

As a divorced, downsized, 50-something, Ronnie finds herself becoming an “accidental detective” in order to get to the bottom of things. There are unexplained hang-ups when the phone rings. A disturbing package and sketchy characters appear at her wealthy family’s estate outside New York City. It all pushes Ronnie to step out of her privileged life and into a sinister world where people will do just about anything to escape their past. Is Julianna the most desperate of them all?



So I requested this book from Kathy at I Am a Reader and then I completely forgot about it. That’s becoming one of my characteristics, to sign up for tours and promptly forget about them. I do plan on rectifying that and not let life get so much in the way.

And then when I got a mail saying the review was due, I found the book and started reading it. And I was HOOKED!

This is a great book and an amazing cosy mystery. I say that because things are sedate and sweet. It isn’t caught up in the action and fraught with tension. There are a lot of thrillers like that and I absolutely love the adrenaline rush that comes along with reading something like that. But I also love reading books like this one where the story slowly develops on its own and also has enough of juice to keep me hooked.

The thing that makes this book succeed is the protagonist. Ronnie is a great protagonist. She is committed to her family and loves them fiercely. And she has a little detective inside her, which makes her go and investigate when things fall under her radar of suspicion. And there are so many women like that who would want to hustle just to become a detective. Ronnie is almost likable in her simplicity and her desire to protect her family. And she is reckless. But her naivety is refreshing and often made me giggle. This was a fun book.

Ronnie suspects her brother’s girlfriend when strange things start happening. And Juliana is a mystery. Ronnie starts to work, trying to uncover her past and discovers Juliana to be having more layers than she imagined.

As Ronnie discovers Juliana’s past, she finds herself respecting Juliana but not being able to pin point what exactly bothered her. And the book follows a logical conclusion and a happy ending. Which was nice to read.

I picked this book up, sometime after my grandma’s death and I frankly needed something light like this. It helps to read just to distract and a cosy mystery is perfect for that. I do want to read more adventures of Ronnie in the future but I don’t think any more books have been published.

What I really liked in this book was the fact that the circumstances of your birth do not in any way determine what you will end up like. You can do anything you want. The world is your oyster. You don’t really need to move mountains but if you wish for something and work for it, anything is possible. That was a lovely message. That I can make anything out of myself. It all depends on me.


This is a nice book. You can definitely pick it up.


My Rating: 3.5/5

It isn’t a brilliant book and Ronnie was a little impulsive. And I felt the end did not play out too logically and I kind of felt the actual unravelling of the mystery was not too great. But that’s an after thought as I write this. I enjoyed the book when I read it.

3.5 starts

#Thrilling – Fear Has A Name (The Crittendon Files #1) by Creston Mapes

The blurb reads,

“How Far Would He Go To Keep Them Safe?

It was more than a break-in. More than a stalking. It waspersonal. When a stalker targets his family, journalist Jack Crittendon must uncover who the person is and what his motives are—if he is to protect the ones he loves. It will lead Crittendon into a world of behind-closed-door secrets and faith gone awry, as does his investigation of a missing pastor, whose apparent suicide is more than it appears. Each move Crittendon makes weaves him tighter and tighter into a web of lies, greed, hypocrisy, sin, and danger. He believed he’d never give in to fear. But that was before. And holding on to his faith won’t be easy. Nor will keeping his family safe, and ending the terror. Because that might require him to step over lines he never dared to cross.”

fear has a name

Woo hoo! I’ve broken the spell and started blogging again! Welcome 2016. You’re not as bad as I thought.

So I started this with the free trial of Scribd that I had going on. I had added this in my Currently Reading a while ago and then forgotten about it. This time, I decided, I’m going to look at the books I have shelved from Scribd before I pick new ones. What I usually do is, I read a book and then because I don’t want to forget which one it is, I add it to Currently Reading. Which is why my Currently Reading list looks so inflated.

So, this book is precisely why I love Scribd so much. It is amazing for throwing up recommendations like this one. This one is a horror cum mystery book and I have to say, it lives up to both the genres.

The story starts off with a break in. Straight away. And the writing is so brilliant, you feel that fear right away. It comes and attacks you right then. That something is happening. You get bad vibes and instantly, you’re scared. (Try reading this book at night. Alone in a room. It really accentuates the writing)


“Who is it?” She searched the man through the glass. He clamped the doorknob. “Open!” The hardware made a sickening racket. “Get out of here!” Her stomach turned. “I’m calling the police!” She rushed for the phone in the kitchen. Boom! Pamela halted, turned toward the noise at the door, and gawked in horror as the stranger bent over and drove his shoulder—the size of a medicine ball—into the door, splintering the wood frame. BOOM! “Mo-omm-my?” Rebecca cried from the top of the steps. She was clutching Peep, her favorite doll. “Who’s banging at the door?” “Get down here, now. Both of you!” But as soon as the words left her mouth, Pamela realized she couldn’t wait. She shot up the stairs, swept up both girls, and plunged back down. Each frantic step felt like an adrenaline-laced nightmare. As they passed within four feet of the front door, the glass shattered. “Ahhh!” Pamela shrieked, dashing away from the eerie closeness of the intruder, hoping the girls wouldn’t see the man, but their little eyes were huge. Rebecca let loose a terror-ridden scream. Faye was frozen. Pamela kept going, like a soldier bolting through a minefield, with both girls locked in her arms, one thought in her brain: get out. 

This is what the book starts with. Abject fear at having your house broken into.


The book is a Catholic fiction based book with strong hints drawn from the Christianity faith. The lead, Jack, and his wife Pamela, are devout Catholics and this theme draws heavily into the book. However, unlike some of the Christian Fiction books I have read, where religion overpowers everything else, but this one was not like that. It was excellently written.

The book follows this break in. It also gives us a glimpse into Jack’s anger problems and a blast from Pamela’s past. This blast wants to derail Pamela’s reality and that is the core of the book.

However, it is written really well. There is so much of drama that you find yourself turning page after page to find out what happens next. Pam’s upside down journey and the stalker’s persistence seems to be tearing apart Jack and his ability to deal with reality.

This he has to deal along with his job, as a news reporter.  A pastor’s disappearance is also of importance to the book and how it ends.

That is what I really loved about the book. I could see Jack and his need to keep his family safe. I could sense Pamela’s loving nature overtake her sensibilities towards the end. And I could see how faith, and love for each other kept them alive and going.

The thing about reading thrillers is the rush you get while reading them. Things move so fast, you want to stay in the moment and experience them before they are gone. And when it comes to writing, especially for books that are good, I find words are inadequate to convey that I stayed up nights trying to read this and find out what happened next. Or that I was truly scared for Pamela and I wondered how scary it would be to have a stalker. Or that if I was married and something like this happened to me, how would I react? Those are post-mortem analysis’ that can be done.

However, I can’t deny, this book was an immense rush and it sort of validated why I love this genre. It keeps me on a high, it keeps my mind ticking and that is what I believe constitutes a successful book.

This was a brilliant book and I will definitely be following the works from the author.


My Ratings: 4/5


#Stunning – The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

The blurb reads,

“Moving between the dazzling world of courtesans in turn of the century Shanghai, a remote Chinese mountain village, and the rough-hewn streets of nineteenth-century San Francisco, Amy Tan’s sweeping new novel maps the lives of three generations of women connected by blood and history-and the mystery of an evocative painting known as “The Valley of Amazement.”

Violet is one of the most celebrated courtesans in Shanghai, a beautiful and intelligent woman who has honed her ability to become any man’s fantasy since her start as a “Virgin Courtesan” at the age of twelve. Half-Chinese and half-American, she moves effortlessly between the East and the West. But her talents belie her private struggle to understand who she really is and her search for a home in the world. Abandoned by her mother, Lucia, and uncertain of her father’s identity, Violet’s quest to truly love and be loved will set her on a path fraught with danger and complexity-and the loss of her own daughter.

Lucia, a willful and wild American woman who was once herself the proprietress of Shanghai’s most exclusive courtesan house, nurses her own secret wounds, which she first sustained when, as a teenager, she fell in love with a Chinese painter and followed him from San Francisco to Shanghai. Her search for penance and redemption will bring her to a startling reunion with Flora, Violet’s daughter, and will shatter all that Violet believed she knew about her mother.

Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement is a deeply moving narrative of family secrets, the legacy of trauma, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters, that returns readers to the compelling territory Amy Tan so expertly mapped in The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, she conjures a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and senses, its illusions and truths.”

valley of amazement



It captivated me.


It consumed me.

I had seen this cover while looking at the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards. I am sure this won or was a finalist.

And the cover drew me in. Come on, this is such a brilliant cover. Just enough to draw you to it, tantalise you and make you want to read it.

And read I did. On my Scribd app.

And I was destroyed.

I was. I kid you not.

Violet drew me in. I thought she was petulant. Spoilt and rotten. But then I can’t ignore that every child feels unloved. Every child feels, at some point, that they don’t have any relationship with their parents. I feel the resentment she feels when I think my parents are favouring my sister or not giving me or my trivial concerns enough attention.

Amy Tan slowly converted me into someone who loved Violet. Sure she grew up with privileges. And that gave her an attitude that perhaps a lot of us will have. An attitude that we may not show. Something that has to do with the comforts we enjoy and end up taking for granted. A sense of entitlement if you’d call it that.

Violet’s comfortable life is torn apart because of political changes in China and she enters a life she left, but from the other side. And that is where the book really lifted for me. To understand the world of a courtesan so deeply and write about something which was deeply rooted in the culture of the Chinese is a highlight of the book. I could sense how much this was a part of the culture and the “coming-of-age” for sons. And somehow, having these courtesan houses out in the open didn’t shame the courtesans as much as prostitution now does to women. Indeed, the courtesans took umbrage on being called a lowly prostitute. And for good reason. Their self esteem was what gave them a unique place in the schematics of a normal Chinese life.

Violet’s initiation into her courtesan life and how she handled it, really made her as a woman. Her experiences growing up scarred her interactions because, you can sense, beyond all the business like nature of her dealings, she did hunt for love. Desperately hunted for love. For someone who would love her openly.

There is so much heartbreak in store for Violet as she lives her life. At some point, it seemed like the book wouldn’t end, but at no point did it let me go out of its aura, enough to abandon it. I always came back. Came back to Violet. Came back to find out what happened to her.

And that’s what devastated me about this book.

Lulu destroys her life by uprooting it. She scars her parents, destroys their marriage and casts off to live her life. That tragedy really got me thinking about the venom we hold against others in our lives. And how noxious it could get at times. How we had relationships where we never conversed. Where we never connected. And someday, we were left with crumbs, not even whole memories to cherish. It was an ominous sign. And a one which greatly disturbed me.

Why must we continue to hide our thoughts? What stops us from going and talking to the people we love and value? Why do so many things come in between? Why do people grow apart? And what role do mentors really play in our lives?

These are important questions and I can only hope the reader realises the brilliance of the author for bringing these out in such a raw manner.

I’ve experienced a similar venom so many times in my life. I have felt relationships feeling like hollow drums with nothing inside. I have lamented over how I don’t have things to say to the people in my life and how now we have grown apart. I bear signs of entitlement yet I don’t see the hard work behind that entitlement.

I wonder so much about a Mother-Daughter relationship. There are so many things I randomly want to tell my mother but for some reason I feel we burned bridges and I have not been able to recover. This is such a complicated relationship, I can’t start to talk about how many thoughts I had when I read about Violet and Lulu.

I was simply amazed at how this one book could make me feel so despondent, so lost and then show me a sliver of light so that I knew there were things to come. That there was a future that could be anticipated for Lulu and Violet.

This book was a great one. I don’t hesitate to say it destroyed me emotionally. And I’m glad to have stuck to it and read it. It was a great one.


My Rating: 4.5/5

Grab this one. Let it destroy you. You’ll come out whole, having realised so many things about yourself

4.5 stars