Thursday, January 16, 2020

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Monkey Arkwright by Rob Campbell - Book Tour & Review


Monkey Arkwright


Budding writer Lorna Bryson is struggling to come to terms with the recent death of her father when she meets Monkey Arkwright, the boy who loves to climb. The two strike up an immediate rapport, and Monkey challenges her to write about him, claiming that he can show her things that are worth writing about.
True to his word, Lorna is catapulted into Monkey’s world of climbing and other adventures in the churches, woodlands and abandoned places in and around their home town of Culverton Beck.
When the two teenagers find an ancient coin in the woods, claims from potential owners soon flood in, including the mysterious Charles Gooch, who is adamant that the coin is his. But this is only the opening act in a much larger mystery that has its roots in some dark deeds that took place more than a century earlier.
Combining their talents, Lorna and Monkey set about fitting the pieces together in a tale of budding friendship, train-obsessed simpletons, the shadow of Napoleon and falling pianos.


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My Review
Monkey Arkwright is one of those books where you're not sure what to expect, but once you start, you find yourself falling down a rabbit hole filled with mystery, intrigue, and some strangely fascinating supernatural elements. I rather enjoyed this book, and I now can't wait to get my hands on the second book in the series.
The story follows Lorna and Monkey, two teens who discover a mysterious coin in the woods one day, and it's that coin that sets off the crazy events that play out throughout the rest of the book. 
I honestly don't know what to say about the book, except I loved it, and it was so much better than I expected it to be. 
Monkey and Lorna are great characters. I enjoyed their budding friendship, and even though they had some ups and downs, nothing came between them. 
I also really liked Frank. Even with his past, he was a great guy, and he seemed like he genuinely cared for both Lorna and Monkey.
George (aka Goofy) and his gang were just plain awful. I disliked all of them very much.
The plot is nicely paced, and there's enough mystery to keep even the savviest readers guessing as they flip through the pages. I also though the supernatural element to everything was a neat (and unique) touch. I'm a sucker for supernatural mysteries.
I'm curious to see where the series goes and how it'll all play out. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the other books.
4.5 stars from me!


Author Bio –
Rob Campbell was born in the blue half of Manchester.
He studied Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Manchester Polytechnic, gaining an honours degree, but the fact that he got a U in his Chemistry O-Level helps to keep him grounded.
Having had a belly full of capacitors and banana plugs, on graduation he transferred his skills to software engineering. He still writes code by day, but now he writes novels by night. Listing his pastimes in no particular order, he loves music, reading and holidays, but he is partial to the words and music of Bruce Springsteen.
His favourite authors are David Morrell, Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch & Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
He lives in Manchester with his wife and two daughters.


Social Media Links –
Twitter = @monkeyarkwright



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