Good morning, I’m back!  And today I have THREE reviews for you – yes, my life has literally involved my head being in a book for the last few weeks!!  Anyway…..first up today is one of the closing stops on the blog tour of The Curse of Calico Jack, Book 2 in the Skeleton Cove Horror series by Colin Garrow.

book blurb & info

THE CURSE OF CALICO JACK is book #2 in this scary adventure series. If you like Goosebumps, you’ll love Skeleton Cove!

Published on: 8th December 2019

Formats available: Paperback & eBook

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US ~ Scribd ~ Smashwords


my thoughts

If you saw my review yesterday, you’ll know that this is book 2 in the Skeleton Cove Horror series, and after reading book 1 I was excited to read this too.  And I wasn’t disappointed!

We’re back with Jeff and Suzi and this time they get themselves mixed up with a dead pirate who wants revenge!  After last time I’d hoped they learn not to fiddle with anything that looks suspicious, but their determination is strong!  Researching pirates for homework, they come across a strange book which leads to a number of weird things happening in town.  Then one of their teachers goes missing, and it’s down to Jeff (with the help of Maggie, the police woman) to investigate.   But just as they think things are coming to a conclusion, everything escalates…..but can they save Skeleton Cove in time?

This is another brilliant children’s horror book.  Probably a bit more gory than the first, but not too much and will definitely give your kids a scare (it is horror after all!).  The storyline is fantastic, I loved the way that it all unravelled!  The mystery definitely keep you turning pages.

The characters are fantastic, and I enjoyed this one even more now I feel I know the characters better.  I also thought it was great that they get some adult help this time, and that the grown ups are starting to believe them (rather than thinking they’re making up stories!).

Yet again the setting of Skeleton Cove is brilliant.  The fact that we got to see a different part of it this time and learn about pirates and smugglers was fab.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this.  The Curse of Calico Jack is definitely my favourite so far in the Skeleton Cove Horror series, so I’m looking forward to seeing what’s coming next!  If your kids like Goosebumps then they will enjoy this, but just be aware that it could be a little scary for younger readers (especially if they have brilliant imaginations!).  Adults will enjoy this too, so if you’re looking for something fun to read with a great storyline, then give this a go.  Highly recommend by me.



about the author

True-born Geordie Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland and has worked in a plethora of professions including taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate. Colin has published three stage plays, six adventures for middle grade readers, two books of short stories, the Watson Letters series and the Terry Bell Mysteries. His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Grind, A3 Review, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. These days he lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories. poems and the occasional song.

Where to find Colin online: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Website (adults) ~ Website (children’s) ~ Website (The Watson Letters) ~ Instagram ~ Smashwords ~ Amazon Author Page

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Thank you to Emma for inviting me on to the tour, and for Colin and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

If you missed it yesterday, don’t forget to check out my review of Book 1, The Demon of Devilgate Drive!

See you shortly….

Chelle x

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