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The Mysteries of the Magical Horse [Kindle Edition]

P. J. Flynn , Mark Neale , Hayley Nicholls
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Vicky was an ordinary teenager helping out in her parent's smallholding.
Her life suddenly changed dramatically into a rollercoaster jouney through the ages.
Come and join Vicky and her horse Red on their exciting travels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 264 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Publisher: P. J. Flynn; 1 edition (27 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EUBZTZQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace! 29 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book for free in exchange from my honest review and opinion. I gave this book 5 stars and here is why:
The Mysteries of the Magical Horse is a beautifully written children's tale, full of adventure and historical moments that you would love to go back to relive.

The story follows a young girl named Victoria and her trusted horse Red who can turn into a human boy and travel back and forward in time to relive the history books. This book includes such tales from The English Victorian times in which Victoria and Red have tea with the King and queen themselves. They also travel back to the 1960's and 1930's wartime Britain.

This is a brilliant book for kids as it not only fun and magical it is also full of educational values that you might have overlooked in school.

Although this was meant for a child, I was also engrossed in it, especially the 1960's that's one of my favourites and I was always wondering what came next for them.

If you have a child, this a great colourful book full of life and learning and I would definitely recommend this to purchase!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and exciting read for 7 - 12 year olds 1 Nov 2013
By Millie
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked the plot to this book; it was very engaging and exciting. As a lover of horses and animals I really liked the descriptions of the animals as it worked to create a really good scene. The characters were also built very well with them becoming very likable. The characters are also very relate-able which I believe is very important in a book. Despite the obvious unreality of a magic horse, the other parts seemed very realistic especially the characters. Within the novel, there is a great sense of adventure and the historical aspects also make it very educational - a great read for those in primary school especially. It is also very fast paced which kept me interested by changing the time periods regularly to keep variety. However, I must say, at many points in the book I came across parts which seemed very boring. There were areas which reminded me of a very young writer as rather than showing the story, it came out and said it directly. For example, right at the beginning, instead of integrating the characters in a mature style, it begins with: "My name is Victoria but most people call me Vicky. I'm thirteen years old and live with my Dad, Mark .." Within the book, there are some great illustrations by Hayley Nicholls that really add to the story. I know I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but I do believe this cover does not do the book justice and needs a more professional approach. Overall, this book is a fun, light read for younger children with educational values.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun horse read 14 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Since I'm really into horse books at the moment, and I do love time travel, I couldn't say no to this fun read. I loved the closeness that Vicky felt to both Red and Jack, it served them well when they went through tough times in their time travelling. They had a lot of fun, and forged friends which would last through the decades (& benefit Vicky when she reached adulthood (that didn't happen in this book but that's all I'm saying on the matter!)). I found the World War 2 era hard to read, just because of the horrors that went on (not explored in Vicky's story).

What I love the most is also an issue which made this book miss having full marks. I enjoyed there being no purpose to why Vicky had to travel, as that so frequently provides a darker story line which I'm not after at the moment. I thoroughly enjoyed learning all the smaller details of living in the different eras, of getting a real feel for the times from a modern perspective.

Equally I wasn't quite keen on there being no purpose because it felt like something was missing. Vicky got to choose where she went with Red/Jack, which is fun and yet there was the potential for there to be a mission for Vicky to fulfil which would justify why she kept time travelling (to find something/someone). Additionally the issue of affecting history wasn't as fully explored as it could have been, especially with what Vicky & Jack ended up doing. .

However, overall this is a fab, fun and pretty much an easy & relaxing read. (Don't worry, I can't think of any more adjectives to use!) I do recommend it for a light read, and if you like horses who are rather special. I'm looking forward to reading more of Vicky & Red/Jack's adventures!

I did receive a copy of this from the publisher for a fair and honest review on my review blog Nayu's Reading Corner
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What a wonderful read this was. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from it, but it surpassed my expectations.

It tells the tale of Vicky who's parents run a smallholding and she has a horse called "Red". One day something magical happens to Red but I'll say no more otherwise it will spoil the story.

All I can say is that it is a well written book which takes it's young reader through many periods of history. This book is centered in London for the magical adventures. One minute they are in the swinging sixties, next minute in the Second World War. You can be in Elizabethan England one minute and in the slums, or you could be mixing with Queen Victoria. The reader will read about many famous figures in British History so they are being educated at the same time as joining Vicky and her friends on the magical journeys she takes with Red.

The author seems to have put a lot of thought into this book and it has really paid off. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any parent to purchase for their child. I can't wait to read the next adventures in the series and see where the adventures take us then.

This was a review copy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Connect with English history in this adventure 1 Nov 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I have family roots in London, England and I love to hear stories from my Granny about her childhood. This story of Vicky and her horse, Red, was like reading a book that my granny would have written.

Vicky just loves caring for the horses for her family, but one day Red has something magical happen (shh..it's a secret) and we get to go on a journey with the two of them!

If you have a love for England or like to read historical stories, you will love this. Your kids will learn as they are reading as well. Yes...I may have learned a little as I read it. It's a book for an older child than my boy, but I enjoyed the quick read and the fun story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good way to learn history 9 Oct 2013
By Dawn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Mysteries of the Magical Horse reads like a young girl is speaking, which is appropriate for this story. I did have to reread several sentences, however, because of punctuation errors and tense changes.

This is a good book to encourage children to use their imagination and it is great for teaching them history. It contains a lot of historical information from the Victorian Age to World War II to the 1960s. What is really cool is that it has a lot of things that you wouldn't normally think about such as people hiding in subways during World War II bombings in London and coming home with lice!

I recommend The Mysteries of the Magical Horse for children ages 7-12. Not only is it interesting but it encourages them to learn history which is often a tricky subject to keep children's interest.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creative 13 Sep 2013
By Animal Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is great for kids. It gives really good insight on history and it has a very good storyline. This is a story about a horse who is so much more than just a horse. This horse and his owner go on many magical journeys together to many different times and places. It helps to give great insight on the different days and ages of the world. My daughter read it and loved it. I had to read it because I love horses so much. I Loved it too. Great book. Perfect for young kids 10-13. Really though it's great for everyone if you like short stories. It's not too short though. It's the perfect length.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 29 Oct 2013
By Bookworm1990 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book for free in exchange from my honest review and opinion. I gave this book 5 stars and here is why:
The Mysteries of the Magical Horse is a beautifully written children's tale, full of adventure and historical moments that you would love to go back to relive.

The story follows a young girl named Victoria and her trusted horse Red who can turn into a human boy and travel back and forward in time to relive the history books. This book includes such tales from The English Victorian times in which Victoria and Red have tea with the King and queen themselves. They also travel back to the 1960's and 1930's wartime Britain.

This is a brilliant book for kids as it not only fun and magical it is also full of educational values that you might have overlooked in school.

Although this was meant for a child, I was also engrossed in it, especially the 1960's that's one of my favourites and I was always wondering what came next for them.

If you have a child, this a great colourful book full of life and learning and I would definitely recommend this to purchase!
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun horse read 14 Oct 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Since I'm really into horse books at the moment, and I do love time travel, I couldn't say no to this fun read. I loved the closeness that Vicky felt to both Red and Jack, it served them well when they went through tough times in their time travelling. They had a lot of fun, and forged friends which would last through the decades (& benefit Vicky when she reached adulthood (that didn't happen in this book but that's all I'm saying on the matter!)). I found the World War 2 era hard to read, just because of the horrors that went on (not explored in Vicky's story).

What I love the most is also an issue which made this book miss having full marks. I enjoyed there being no purpose to why Vicky had to travel, as that so frequently provides a darker story line which I'm not after at the moment. I thoroughly enjoyed learning all the smaller details of living in the different eras, of getting a real feel for the times from a modern perspective.

Equally I wasn't quite keen on there being no purpose because it felt like something was missing. Vicky got to choose where she went with Red/Jack, which is fun and yet there was the potential for there to be a mission for Vicky to fulfil which would justify why she kept time travelling (to find something/someone). Additionally the issue of affecting history wasn't as fully explored as it could have been, especially with what Vicky & Jack ended up doing. .

However, overall this is a fab, fun and pretty much an easy & relaxing read. (Don't worry, I can't think of any more adjectives to use!) I do recommend it for a light read, and if you like horses who are rather special. I'm looking forward to reading more of Vicky & Red/Jack's adventures!
I did receive a copy of this for an honest review from the publisher for my review blog Nayu's Reading Corner
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