Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Ninja School Mum,” by Author, Lizzie Chantree

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Title: Ninja School Mum

Amazon Author Page: Lizzie Chantree

Publication Date: January 30, 2018

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Rural Life, Green Business, British, Humor & Satire



Obsessive-compulsive school mum, Skye, is a lonely elite spy, who is running from her past whilst trying to protect the future of her child. She tries hard to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but the only person who accepts her unconventional way of life is new mother, Thea.

Thea is feeling harassed by her sister and bored with her life, but she suspects that there is something strange about the new school mum, Skye. Thea has secrets of her own and, although the two become unlikely friends, she hesitates to tell Skye about the father of her own child.

Zack’s new business is growing faster than he could have dreamed but, suddenly, he finds himself the owner of a crumbling estate on the edge of a pretty village, and a single parent to a very demanding child. Could he make a go of things and give his daughter the life she deserved?

When three lives collide, it appears that only one of them is who they seem to be, and you never know who the person next to you in the school playground really is.




“Ninja School Mum,” is not my usual genre, but I stepped out of my safe zone and gave this book a read. I am so glad that I did. The story brought me back to the years I lived in the U.K. with stunning clarity. I loved the British slang and the colloquialisms which gave this story so much of its charm.

Both of the female characters drew me into the novel. Skye and Thea are captivating women at different stages in their lives who reveal to the reader their strengths and weaknesses. I couldn’t help liking these women. For me, Skye was the most remarkable. She is portrayed with just the right blend of toughness mixed with compassion.

Skye is a widow who moves to town with her son, looking for a fresh beginning. There she meets, Thea, another single mom with a baby. The women hit it off, immediately recognizing trouble with the “mum scrum,” a group of snotty mums whom I swear must exist at every school in the world. You know what I mean, we’ve all met them.

Skye’s son Leo, starts school and immediately becomes a target of the class bully, named Miles. Skye takes matters into her own hands and decides to teach Leo how to defend himself. Before she knows it, Leo’s class shows up looking for the same training to dodge Miles and his cruel ways, including the impressive owner of the estate where Skye’s cottage is located.

The plot deepens and of course, a budding romance takes shape. Yet, there is so much more going on as Skye and Thea are forced to reveal their pasts. Not everything is as it appears which results in a host of delightful twists and turns.

Lizzie Chantree, as a new author for me, delivered a fun and entertaining read that kept me reading long into the night. ❤


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

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About the Author:

Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000.

She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers, and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex.


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Facebook Author Page: @lizziechantree

Twitter: @Lizzie_Chantree

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “A Little Bit of What You Fancy, A Short Story Collection,” by Author, David Ellis

  • Title: A Little Bit of What You Fancy, A Short Story Collection: Volume I
  • Amazon Author Page: David Ellis
  • File Size:  502 KB
  • Print Length:  138 Pages
  • Publisher: Self Published by the author
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2016
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BJSYP52
  • ISBN-10: 1523878967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1523878963
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
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  • Genres: Literature & Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Humorous, Humor & Satire, Short Stories


“A collection of Flash Fiction pieces and Short Stories that have been previously commercially published. They are mostly humorous, character-driven pieces that will brighten your day, along with some more dramatic ones that will tug at your heartstrings.

The first half contains Flash Fiction pieces that are heavy on engaging dialogue, along with being full of wit, humour with a handful of dramatic themes. They are all fast paced and laced with potential for future expansion.

The second half of the book contains Short Stories which display a rich maturity in David’s work and are imbibed with colourful descriptive language and characters.”


Recently, I have begun reading short story collections from numerous authors. I am an avid reader of David Ellis’ poetry and short stories and A Little Bit of What You Fancy, is a unique and delightful collection of short stories. What always draws me into David’s writing is his imagination and British humor. Some of his stories made me snort in glee, and others had me contemplating the makings of the universe. That is one of this author’s writing characteristics. His prose makes you think.

One of my favorite flash fiction pieces is called, Think Before Choosing Pink. Infused between the author’s words is a paranormal twist that tickled my funny bone. If you have or had teenage daughters, you will understand my mirth. My almost forty-something daughter still loves skulls to this day!

Another story called, Late Bloomer, was filled with a pleasant aura of words and phrases that spun off my tongue in poetic splendor. The story begins with the following description:

“Dark coffee tinged clouds roll across the sky.”

And such is the strength of David Ellis’ storytelling methods. He transports you into his world. I can imagine sitting in a British Pub enjoying a half-pint while David entertains the crowd spinning his tales. After the laughter dies down, you are left with the knowledge that his stories are pure entertainment with a little bit of what you fancy. Now, where’s that bartender?


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 4
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 4
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Author, David Ellis

About the Author

“I am an award-winning poet and author of poetry, fiction, and music lyrics.  I have been writing poetry and music lyrics for years.

My debut poetry book “Life, Sex & Death – A Poetry Collection Vol 1” is an International Award winning volume, having won an award in the Readers’ Favorite 2016 Book Award Contest for Inspirational Poetry Books.

I’ve collaborated with poets internationally and edited poetry for a variety of people who constantly praise me for helping them to improve the flow and rhythm of their pieces. My weapon of choice is humour, and I use it as often as possible, as it gets me out of trouble. Think of me like the thriller genre in that I am fast paced, relentless and impossible to put down!

My website contains Creativity Advice for budding novelists and writers. I reside in Tunbridge Wells, Kent in the UK.

Here’s where you can find David:

Blog: Too Full to Write:


Twitter: David Ellis @TooFullToWrite

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