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A magical house. A secret past. And an awful decision. Will she claim her destiny... or save her sister? Twelve-year-old Chia is blind and toils in the mines digging up diamonds for her evil stepmother, Priscilla. Her only thought is to rescue her twin sister Viola from a life at the palace.Everything changes when a mysterious woman transports Chia to 66 Lilly Pill A magical house. A secret past. And an awful decision. Will she claim her destiny... or save her sister? Twelve-year-old Chia is blind and toils in the mines digging up diamonds for her evil stepmother, Priscilla. Her only thought is to rescue her twin sister Viola from a life at the palace.Everything changes when a mysterious woman transports Chia to 66 Lilly Pilly Lane, a magical house where wondrous creatures live. To her delight, she's no longer blind! With an entourage at her side and magic at her fingertips, it's time to rescue Viola from Priscilla's clutches and start a new life elsewhere.The trouble is, her new friends claim Viola is not as innocent and helpless as she seems... Come on a magical adventure to discover The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane, a middle-grade novel that will entertain and delight even the most reluctant of readers. Ideal for kids ages 9+ and adults who love adventurous, page-turning fantasy stories. 


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A magical house. A secret past. And an awful decision. Will she claim her destiny... or save her sister? Twelve-year-old Chia is blind and toils in the mines digging up diamonds for her evil stepmother, Priscilla. Her only thought is to rescue her twin sister Viola from a life at the palace.Everything changes when a mysterious woman transports Chia to 66 Lilly Pill A magical house. A secret past. And an awful decision. Will she claim her destiny... or save her sister? Twelve-year-old Chia is blind and toils in the mines digging up diamonds for her evil stepmother, Priscilla. Her only thought is to rescue her twin sister Viola from a life at the palace.Everything changes when a mysterious woman transports Chia to 66 Lilly Pilly Lane, a magical house where wondrous creatures live. To her delight, she's no longer blind! With an entourage at her side and magic at her fingertips, it's time to rescue Viola from Priscilla's clutches and start a new life elsewhere.The trouble is, her new friends claim Viola is not as innocent and helpless as she seems... Come on a magical adventure to discover The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane, a middle-grade novel that will entertain and delight even the most reluctant of readers. Ideal for kids ages 9+ and adults who love adventurous, page-turning fantasy stories. 

30 review for The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane (A fairy fantasy for kids ages 9-12)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I loved this middle grade book. It is perfect for kids 9-12 and even aduts. It is all about Chia trying to find out all the secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane and getting her family back to normal. This book teachers the kids that you need to care about other people, but you also have to stand up of yourself. There is duck that talks, Elves, and fairies. This is a magical fairy tale and one like no other one. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher or author via booksirens in e I loved this middle grade book. It is perfect for kids 9-12 and even aduts. It is all about Chia trying to find out all the secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane and getting her family back to normal. This book teachers the kids that you need to care about other people, but you also have to stand up of yourself. There is duck that talks, Elves, and fairies. This is a magical fairy tale and one like no other one. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher or author via booksirens in exchange for an honest review. I am going to order a copy of this book of amazon for my daughter because I love it so much.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane by Elena Page Loved this book, it transported me to a different place in time, one that has fairies and talking ducks and fox but also where there is evil and selfishness. Excellent characters that you come to care for and a story about a little girl that believes the best in others but lacks in believing in herself. What a wonderful, magical book! Looking forward to reading the next book in this series! Huge thank you to the author for an advance copy The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane by Elena Page Loved this book, it transported me to a different place in time, one that has fairies and talking ducks and fox but also where there is evil and selfishness. Excellent characters that you come to care for and a story about a little girl that believes the best in others but lacks in believing in herself. What a wonderful, magical book! Looking forward to reading the next book in this series! Huge thank you to the author for an advance copy and I am leaving my review voluntarily.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandee

    A marvelous story! Perfect for older children, teenagers and everyone who enjoys feel-good books full of adventures and magic. I fell in love with Chia and Pip. I wish I had read this book when I was a youngster and am very happy to have read it now. The messages are all the most positive ones that we should all be applying to ourselves, regardless of age. This is my honest review after receiving a free copy of this delightful book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    This was such a great read! Such a creative, magical story! I mean we have talking from characters not normally talking lol such as-ducks, a pink fox, a tree, a statue, a butterfly, & goats! Also, fairies, elves, goblins, & a house that seems to be alive. Just to name a few. We also have an evil stepmother. Normally, I hate that in stories(the stepmom being evil thing), but it made sense in this book, & also she isn’t the main focal point in the story, nor does she have a ton of scenes in the st This was such a great read! Such a creative, magical story! I mean we have talking from characters not normally talking lol such as-ducks, a pink fox, a tree, a statue, a butterfly, & goats! Also, fairies, elves, goblins, & a house that seems to be alive. Just to name a few. We also have an evil stepmother. Normally, I hate that in stories(the stepmom being evil thing), but it made sense in this book, & also she isn’t the main focal point in the story, nor does she have a ton of scenes in the story. Chia & Viola are twins. Their mom died along time ago, & their dad recently died. Chia is the “good” twin, & Viola is the “bad” twin. Viola looks at Priscilla, their stepmother, like a mother, & does all the evil deeds with her. Including putting Chia in the mines underground digging out diamonds for the stepmom. Then a mysterious woman transports Chia to 66 Lilly Pilly Lane. A magical house full of magical & wonderful things & creatures. Chia is blind, but the magic of the house gives her back her sight. With her new friends & magic on her side, she’s determined to rescue Viola from their stepmom. Her new friends are reluctant w/her plan, b/c they insist Viola is just as evil as Priscilla. But no matter how much they say this, or even when she starts seeing proof-she won’t fully believe it. She still thinks their stepmom is making her do the evil things. You kind of want to shake her & say to “stop being foolish & stop trusting that evil brat!” Lol but it has to go this way. There are certain reasons for this. Plus, Chia has always been selfless, & never puts herself 1st. She has to do this though. Only then can she believe in herself too, & know what truly matters. & what she truly wants-for herself, not just everyone else. This was so full of adventure, magic, danger, friendship, family, & all the important underlying messages that are so great in MG. Definitely a page turner! I highly recommend, & I can’t WAIT for the next book to come out! Love this beautiful cover too!💜

  5. 5 out of 5

    RoshReviews

    I was quite excited when I was opting for this book as the title, the story and the Goodreads rating were all quite appealing. My feelings about the book were quite contradictory to the general opinion on Goodreads and hence I asked my 12 year old daughter (an advanced reader) to give her opinion on the book. Thus this feedback has two distinct parts. My daughter's opinion: She enjoyed the book to a great extent. She found the visuals of the book quite awesome such as the description of 66 Lilly I was quite excited when I was opting for this book as the title, the story and the Goodreads rating were all quite appealing. My feelings about the book were quite contradictory to the general opinion on Goodreads and hence I asked my 12 year old daughter (an advanced reader) to give her opinion on the book. Thus this feedback has two distinct parts. My daughter's opinion: She enjoyed the book to a great extent. She found the visuals of the book quite awesome such as the description of 66 Lilly Pilly and its magical inside. She also admired the fact that the author didn't resort to stereotypes while describing the magical creatures. The fairies, the elf, the goblin: none fitted the typical mould of these characters. What most resonated with her was the lesson that other than being selfish or selfless, there was a third possibility: self-care. She was disappointed at the ending as it abruptly hints at the next book. Overall, she liked the book enough to rate it 4 stars and wants to read the sequel. My opinion: While the book seemed to start as a Cinderella spin-off, it soon became clear that the author was going in a different direction from the traditional fairy tale, a welcome change. Up until the point that Chia, the protagonist, encounters 66 Lilly Pilly Lane for the first time, I was fascinated by the book and couldn't keep it aside. Sadly, it went downhill for me from there onwards. There are definitely areas where the author needs to sharpen her writing. There are so many redundant sentences in it that after a point, my mind was just skipping through the content to locate the next important chunk of information. The book needed a much stricter editing. One of the sentences in the book goes: "Her mind was doing its crazy thing again of thinking out of control." Might I say that this perfectly reflects the way Chia's character is written. Half of the content that has Chia in the scene includes a multitude of her assumptions and thoughts. I was really fed up of reading the same ideas again and again; it seemed like the story was just stuck in a loop. The book would have provided a much better reading experience if the author had paced its writing crisply. That's not to say that the book has no positives. There are many humorous scenes between Jeremy the goblin and Pip the duck. I really enjoyed their interactions. The visualisation of the house and the magical characters was fabulous. The author definitely has great creative thinking skills. I loved the way she conceptualised Artemis, Robert, and Ms. Roberta. One thing that confused me was whether the book was intended as a bedtime read-aloud by parents, because many chapters begin by repeating the idea from the last sentence of the previous chapter. Ideally, only books meant for early or young readers could be forgiven for having this writing technique. Middle graders have much better memories and don't need so much of repetitive information. Lastly, middle grade fiction is generally defined as books for 8-12 years but some of the content in this book is very frightening for 8-10 year olds. Without revealing major spoilers, I can just say that there is child abuse, dark scenes and death. One of the biggest mistakes made by authors of children's fiction is to treat children as if they can't understand anything without a lot of explanation. The author did have a very good intention in mind because the moral of the story, as it is repeated plenty of times in the book, is: Always put yourself first. However, this is a case of good intention, bad implementation and the moral comes off sounding like a selfish sentiment. Overall, my rating for the book would have been 2.5 stars. As my daughter has rated it 4 stars, I'll just average it out to 3.25/5. A special mention for the cover art. It was really very nicely drawn and suited the book wonderfully. I received an advance review copy of the book for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. ************************************* Join me on the Facebook group, Readers Forever! , for more reviews, book-related discussions and fun.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    That was a fun read, would have been great for me at 8 to 12.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen Field

    This book is a story that I may have missed out on, which would have been a shame because I loved it. The characters are "different" and by that I mean you will read about people interacting with animals, trees, statues and even a house. Yet each character has a distinct personality and has a way of planting themselves in your mind so that you think nothing of a tree offering you breakfast. The book is a magical, delightful story where the main lesson (in my opinion) is doing what makes you happ This book is a story that I may have missed out on, which would have been a shame because I loved it. The characters are "different" and by that I mean you will read about people interacting with animals, trees, statues and even a house. Yet each character has a distinct personality and has a way of planting themselves in your mind so that you think nothing of a tree offering you breakfast. The book is a magical, delightful story where the main lesson (in my opinion) is doing what makes you happy — not doing things for other people. At first, I had an issue with the premise as I believe it is important that our children are taught to be helpful and supportive of each other. It took a while for me to understand, and for the main character to understand, that the author was trying to say (again, in my opinion) that sometimes by helping ourselves, we help others. And that while we should always consider others, we must do what is right for us first. Sacrificing yourself is noble, but is it the right option to take. And then a real-life situation occurred and I found myself saying "we can try to help her, but she needs to want to be helped", and that's when I realised what the author was trying to say without saying it. Young readers will enjoy the adventure of Chia and her best friend, Pip. The story will allow their minds to open to all possibilities, but a few younger readers might find some scenes a little scary. However, the majority will love the opportunity to become lost in Chia's world. Recommended. I will check out other books by this author now that she's on my radar. I received a review copy of this book, and this is an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    Once again, I've discovered a children's book by this author that I ended up really enjoying. The message is a bit heavy-handed sometimes, but it's a message that I think kids who constantly worry about others need to hear. The message here is that self-care is not being selfish and that being completely selfless is neither good for you nor for the people around you and that's something I think many kids need to hear. I'm a tutor and I can think of several of my students (ranging from middle sch Once again, I've discovered a children's book by this author that I ended up really enjoying. The message is a bit heavy-handed sometimes, but it's a message that I think kids who constantly worry about others need to hear. The message here is that self-care is not being selfish and that being completely selfless is neither good for you nor for the people around you and that's something I think many kids need to hear. I'm a tutor and I can think of several of my students (ranging from middle school to high school) who need to hear this message. I liked the main character Chia, but her stubbornness about being selfless and not listening to those who clearly cared about her was frustrating at times. But I loved her supporting cast of characters and the ending made a lot of sense, although it does leave you with a major set-up for the next book. But I've read her The Magicians Convention book (and the prequel) and it does the same thing--leaves you set up for the next book. While I understand this technique, I'm not always a fan, lol. Still, I enjoyed this book quite a bit and think kids in the target range would enjoy it as well and I also applaud her message in the book. I will be waiting to read her next book in this series. Thanks to #BookSirens, #ElenaPage and the publishers for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Buttercup1201

    A story for all ages. Couldn’t put it down. An entertaining read on what matters the most. Chia is a 12 year old girl who is working in a diamond mine. Her only wish is to save herself and her sister, Viola, from her evil step mother. One day, a stranger rescues Chia from the mines and brings to a magical place. A place where she just might be able to save her sister. I received an advance review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  10. 4 out of 5

    morgan

    Summary: Chia is a blind, twelve-year-old who is forced to look for diamonds in a mine for her horrid step-mother--Priscilla. Chia is very selfless and makes most of her mistakes because of that. Her “wonderful” twin sister, Viola, has betrayed Chia many times, but Chia does not know that because Viola and Priscilla have altered her memory. One day when Chia is working in the mines, a weird woman shows up and takes her to 66 Lilly Pilly Lane. This house is full of magic and has many animals livi Summary: Chia is a blind, twelve-year-old who is forced to look for diamonds in a mine for her horrid step-mother--Priscilla. Chia is very selfless and makes most of her mistakes because of that. Her “wonderful” twin sister, Viola, has betrayed Chia many times, but Chia does not know that because Viola and Priscilla have altered her memory. One day when Chia is working in the mines, a weird woman shows up and takes her to 66 Lilly Pilly Lane. This house is full of magic and has many animals living inside. The beings at 66 Lilly Pilly Lane use magic to cure her blindness. They then go on a mission to save her sister, Viola, from the clutches of Priscilla at their castle, but her new friends at 66 Lilly Pilly Lane believe that Viola is as rotten as Priscilla, but they cannot tell her why or their plan will not work… Chia does not understand why they cannot explain everything to her because their plan will be messed up if they do. Her friends only tell her to steal Priscilla’s heart and replace it with another heart, and only Chia is able to do it. What is their plan? Why can’t they tell her? Is Viola really as bad as Priscilla? Why does Chia have to steal Priscilla’s heart? Opinion: The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane was an awesome book to read! I was so intrigued by how the author described things at the beginning since the main character Chia was blind. It would be extremely challenging to only use four senses since sight was out of the question for her. I also loved the animal characters. Their relationships between one another were very sentimental and sweet. I was always trying to guess what would happen next, and I love that in a book. This did remind me of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cinderella”. If you read this book, you will see why. I think this book has a very important theme, which is to put yourself first and the Chia doesn’t. She is very selfless, and the plan could have been successful earlier in the story if she did not put herself first. One of the characters in the book, who is a tree, tells the girl that she needs to put herself first; she does not listen, and she makes many mistakes. It says in the book that people need to find a balance between being too selfish and too selfless--balance is needed. I have never read a book that has that theme, and I liked it since it was different. I would recommend this book for ages 8 and up. Since there were absolutely no flaws in this book, I give it a 5 of 5 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    LitPick Book Reviews

    Chia is a blind twelve-year-old who is forced to look for diamonds in a mine for her horrid step-mother--Priscilla. Chia is very selfless and makes most of her mistakes because of that. Her “wonderful” twin sister, Viola, has betrayed Chia many times, but Chia does not know that because Viola and Priscilla have altered her memory. One day, when Chia is working in the mines, a weird woman shows up and takes her to 66 Lilly Pilly Lane. This house is full of magic and has many animals living insid Chia is a blind twelve-year-old who is forced to look for diamonds in a mine for her horrid step-mother--Priscilla. Chia is very selfless and makes most of her mistakes because of that. Her “wonderful” twin sister, Viola, has betrayed Chia many times, but Chia does not know that because Viola and Priscilla have altered her memory. One day, when Chia is working in the mines, a weird woman shows up and takes her to 66 Lilly Pilly Lane. This house is full of magic and has many animals living inside. The beings at 66 Lilly Pilly Lane use magic to cure her blindness. They then go on a mission to save her sister, Viola, from the clutches of Priscilla at the castle, but her new friends at 66 Lilly Pilly Lane believe that Viola is as rotten as Priscilla. They cannot tell her why or their plan will not work, and Chia does not understand why they cannot explain everything to her. Her friends only tell her to steal Priscilla’s heart and replace it with another heart. Chia is the only one who can do it. What is their plan? Why can’t they tell her? Is Viola really as bad as Priscilla? Why does Chia have to steal Priscilla’s heart? Opinion: The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane was an awesome book to read! I was so intrigued by how the author described things at the beginning since the main character, Chia, was blind. It would be extremely challenging only to use four senses since sight was out of the question for her. I also loved the animal characters. The relationships between one another were very sentimental and sweet. The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane reminded me of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. If you read this book, you will see why. The book has a very important theme, which is to take care of yourself and make yourself a priority. One of the characters in the book, who is a tree, tells the girl that she needs to put herself first; she does not listen, and she makes many mistakes. It says in the book that people need to find a balance between being too selfish and too selfless--balance is needed. I have never read a book that has that theme, and I liked it since it was different. I would recommend this book for ages 8 and up. I was always trying to guess what would happen next, and I love that in a book. Since there were absolutely no flaws in this book, I give it 5 of 5 stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Madam

    Twelve-year-old Chia is blind and works in a diamond mine. Her only friend is Pip, a duck, and she’s constantly harassed by the mine master, Hitchens. However, her heart isn’t directed at escaping to a better life, but saving her twin sister, Viola, from their cruel stepmother, Priscilla. However, when Hitchens tells her Viola hates her and sent her to the mines, Chia stands up to him and screams in fury. And that’s when a mysterious lady named Ms. Roberta shows up, ready to whisk Chia away to th Twelve-year-old Chia is blind and works in a diamond mine. Her only friend is Pip, a duck, and she’s constantly harassed by the mine master, Hitchens. However, her heart isn’t directed at escaping to a better life, but saving her twin sister, Viola, from their cruel stepmother, Priscilla. However, when Hitchens tells her Viola hates her and sent her to the mines, Chia stands up to him and screams in fury. And that’s when a mysterious lady named Ms. Roberta shows up, ready to whisk Chia away to the most fantastic place on Earth: 66 Lilly Pilly Lane. Although Chia tells Ms. Roberta she’s a terrible girl for abandoning her twin, the mysterious lady dismisses her protests and leads her into the house … where she can suddenly see and Pip can talk. So does Artemis the tree, Jeremy the pink fox, and of course, the shining Ms. Roberta, who’s the living version of a gold statue. As Chia continues to insist she can’t waste time at the magical house — she must rush to save her sister, who needs her desperately — all the house residents gently inquire if Viola is really the innocent, needy sister Chia believes. She closes her ears to all arguments and convinces the residents to come with her, but no good comes of their trek. All of Chia’s allies urge her to put own welfare first, rather than worrying about her twin, but even when she sees evidence that her friends are right and Viola really is a selfish girl who sent her sister to the mines, Chia can’t bring herself to give up hope. Things go from bad to worse as a result, and as a result, she once again finds herself blind, while her friends are no longer animated. The inhabitants of Lilly Pilly Lane have been rendered still and silent, while Pip is once again reduced to honking. And still the message Chia received from every creature and person she encounters is the same: you must put yourself first. The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane is a fairy tale with elements of Cinderella, Snow White, and The Little Match Girl, as well as its own modern components. Elena Paige has created a magical world for all to enjoy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Seraphinah Bellrose

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Where do I start? The characters are lovely. All of them. I even enjoyed the antagonists, because while I don't want them to win and don't agree with their views they fit well into the story, goofy enough to be entertaining but normal enough to make sense. My favorite character was Artemis. I loved his mellow attitude and how he always understood other people's feelings. I kind of wonder if he suffers from the same thing the main character is su I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Where do I start? The characters are lovely. All of them. I even enjoyed the antagonists, because while I don't want them to win and don't agree with their views they fit well into the story, goofy enough to be entertaining but normal enough to make sense. My favorite character was Artemis. I loved his mellow attitude and how he always understood other people's feelings. I kind of wonder if he suffers from the same thing the main character is supposed to suffer from. I never saw him care about himself. That brings me to the moral of the story. An unusual more, but one that I wish more people would try and teach. It's one I definitely could stand to be reminded of now and again. You have to be "selfish" sometimes to care for others. You can't just try and make everyone else happy, as tempting as it is. All it will do is leave you exhausted. That said, I didn't feel like the moral was executed as well as it could have been. It felt more at points like people were telling Chia to be fully selfish rather than putting her own wants above others. I understand it's a difficult balancing act, it just didn't quite feel like Chia really learned the lesson I felt she should. But I also struggle with this issue, so my view may be off. Three and a calf out of five cows. A great read, and I'd love to look at the author's other works.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dani (ダニ ¦ 다니)

    I received this book for free for an honest review and I must say, I really really enjoyed this book. This is middle grade and I'm an adult, or I should be ^^' But I do prefer to read easier books for me to read in English. Especially if they're fantasy. I absolutely loved this little fantasy story and all its lessons it brought with it. Essentialy the main part of this story is a girl, who is like the most selfless person there is, and currently lives in a terrible living situation with a life I received this book for free for an honest review and I must say, I really really enjoyed this book. This is middle grade and I'm an adult, or I should be ^^' But I do prefer to read easier books for me to read in English. Especially if they're fantasy. I absolutely loved this little fantasy story and all its lessons it brought with it. Essentialy the main part of this story is a girl, who is like the most selfless person there is, and currently lives in a terrible living situation with a life she believes to be what she deserves. She only has her sister in her mind and she only wants the best for her and her safety without looking for her own desires. Throughout the book she has to learn to love herself and everyone around her to get through the situation she's thrown into and it proves to be harder for her than it should be. Elena Page has written in her author's note that she wanted to write this essentially for today's children, to bring them up to love themselves as they are and to love and be more compassionate to the people around you and I think that is a fantastic way to involve this into the story and share it with other children so they can learn from it. In today's society it's an important factor and it's important to teach our children the right way to make this world a better place. This book is to teach you to accept people, no matter what they look like, to believe in yourself and the people around you and to love with your heart and as I said, to love yourself above everyone else. It's a book of magic and fantastical creatures and a wonderful little adventure. Would recommend to every child and to all the adults who like to be a child again. :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Liesbeth

    I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. This is the most enchanted story I have ever read, a mix of fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Alice in wonderland and Dumbo. I love the way this story begins from a different point of view. The lead character is blind and sets upon a wild crazy adventure. She is like Alice, going down the rabbit hole when she is rescued. Only to find out that magic exists. She has her eyesight back and lands in a hou I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. This is the most enchanted story I have ever read, a mix of fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Alice in wonderland and Dumbo. I love the way this story begins from a different point of view. The lead character is blind and sets upon a wild crazy adventure. She is like Alice, going down the rabbit hole when she is rescued. Only to find out that magic exists. She has her eyesight back and lands in a house where everything defies logic and reality. When the occupants of 66 Lilly Pilly Lanes set her on a mission to take the heart of her evil stepmother, Chia has only one mission in her mind...to rescue her sister Viola. But nothing is what it seems, even her so called friends are keeping a secret from her. How will she defeat Priscilla if she doesn't believe in herself? But there is only one true mission, is to let herself come first. Why is it so hard to do just that? It is a fine balance between being selfish or being selfless. Will she learn this lesson or will or her friends and family die in trying? The landscape of Chia's world is amazing, with so much colorful, amazing and magical things happening. An upside-down waterfall and many more amazing landscapes. Also, the characters filling this magical enchanted story tugs on your imagination, like a stroll through wonderland. Let yourself be enchanted with this fairy tale world, mixed with exciting adventure and action. This is a must read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tynea Lewis

    The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane starts in a diamond mine with a blind girl named Chia. She is digging diamonds for her evil stepmother Pricilla. The story continues with a rescue for Chia, and she ends up at 66 Lilly Pilly Lane. There, some creatures help her and give her a great gift, but she remembers her sister is at the castle and asks her new friends to help rescue her. The friends have one condition: they want Pricilla’s heart. The rest of the story involves rescues, escapes, The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane starts in a diamond mine with a blind girl named Chia. She is digging diamonds for her evil stepmother Pricilla. The story continues with a rescue for Chia, and she ends up at 66 Lilly Pilly Lane. There, some creatures help her and give her a great gift, but she remembers her sister is at the castle and asks her new friends to help rescue her. The friends have one condition: they want Pricilla’s heart. The rest of the story involves rescues, escapes, and magical creatures. Read the book to find out all the details! The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane is a beautifully written book. Whenever I picked up the book, I was immediately drawn into it and felt like I was part of the story. I loved the friendships Chia gained with the creatures at 66 Lilly Pilly Lane and that she could talk to her pet. It added a lot to the story. The many friendships and conflicts in the book enhanced the story. The author of this book added so much detail, and the twist at the end was fabulous. I definitely recommend this to everyone who can read. It is such an amazing book, and I never wanted to set it down.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    What a fabulous read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book - it captured me from the first page - it's fast paced, the characters have depth, I could not put it down. In addition to being fun I particularly loved the message of self-love that it portrays and the unexpected turns the story takes. This is a book I also recommend for adults who enjoy fantasy, fiction. I will very much look forward to the next book - thanks Elena What a fabulous read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book - it captured me from the first page - it's fast paced, the characters have depth, I could not put it down. In addition to being fun I particularly loved the message of self-love that it portrays and the unexpected turns the story takes. This is a book I also recommend for adults who enjoy fantasy, fiction. I will very much look forward to the next book - thanks Elena

  18. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Chia went through a great many trials, putting herself, her family and her home in jeopardy of destruction by a vicious and jealous baddie. She must learn moderation and self love and care. More exciting adventures lie ahead, if she can survive. Amazing KU read! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    “It was exciting. It was a good book. I can’t wait for the next one” Sophie (11 years old) “I liked it that there was a character with my name” Rob (8). Reading this book aloud to the kids has been a lovely daily special time in the yard while we are ‘social distancing’ due to the Covid19 crisis. I recommend it more for the 11 year old age group.

  20. 4 out of 5

    D.

    Fantastic This is a wonderful book. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I just fell in love with Chia, Pip and their friends. This story has a fantastic plot and great characters. I can't wait for the next book! I highly recommend this book for everyone. Fantastic This is a wonderful book. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I just fell in love with Chia, Pip and their friends. This story has a fantastic plot and great characters. I can't wait for the next book! I highly recommend this book for everyone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pat Eroh

    This book captured this 60-year-old heart and kept me reading to the end. So I shared this with my kids and they all want a copy to read! So this is a successful awesome book! Great for all ages! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    She coughed out her fear, breathed in hope, braced her shoulders, and turned back toward the door. The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane was my ARC of the month, and I gotta say, it was off to a good start. I love that title. Very evocative. It's a children's story about Chia, who through a magical adventure has to learn about putting herself first, about that perfect balance between being selfish and being selfless. I like the idea, but I'm not sure the execution did what it set out to She coughed out her fear, breathed in hope, braced her shoulders, and turned back toward the door. The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane was my ARC of the month, and I gotta say, it was off to a good start. I love that title. Very evocative. It's a children's story about Chia, who through a magical adventure has to learn about putting herself first, about that perfect balance between being selfish and being selfless. I like the idea, but I'm not sure the execution did what it set out to do. I don't think the story itself conveyed the message all that well and it felt like Paige wasn't so sure about that either, since the more the story progressed, the more she started spelling out said moral. I also wasn't fond of the way being blind was treated as a punishment, as something awful; I wouldn't want a blind child to stumble onto this. That said, it definitely wasn't all bad. I loved the magic woven throughout, this new world really felt wonderful and excited and splendid. I thought the character work was pretty good, especially with Chia herself and Artemis, pretty much her main guide on this journey. And I really did enjoy the start of the book; it's just the latter half that needed some more show instead of tell. Recommend if: you enjoy magical worlds Avoid if: morality tales annoy you Possible triggers: child abuse (I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    This book is about choosing your own happiness without being selfish, and they put this important message in a beautiful magical world anyone would love to visit.  We follow Chia a young blind girl who works in a diamond mine with her best friend pip the duck. One day she stands up for herself and that leads to an escape to a magical house that everyone reverse to as an person. Chia meets all kinds of new friends like talking foxes, statues and trees. And even her own ducks learns to talk!   Soon This book is about choosing your own happiness without being selfish, and they put this important message in a beautiful magical world anyone would love to visit.  We follow Chia a young blind girl who works in a diamond mine with her best friend pip the duck. One day she stands up for herself and that leads to an escape to a magical house that everyone reverse to as an person. Chia meets all kinds of new friends like talking foxes, statues and trees. And even her own ducks learns to talk!   Soon Chia finds out she needs to take on the villain and her not so sweet twin sister. In this adventure Chia learns a lot about herself and her family history and most of all she learns how to be kind to herself.  I loved the house, i just want to live there. It was so magical and gorgeously described, This book would definitely make for an awesome movie. I would like to see the scenes with my own eyes. I loved all Chia her friends and the bonds they get on their way.  The only way it wasn't a 5 star for me was because it was a little bit repetitive, and the message was laid out a bit thick. I like it when its interweaves but not said straight forward all the time if that makes sense. But I just found out there is a sequel and I totally want to read it!  Thank you to Book sirens and angelos publishing for gifting me a free e-arc in return for an honest review

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joann Im

    A delightful cozy read that truly warmed my heart. We follow our twelve year old protagonist Chia who is blind and forced by her evil stepmother to live in the mines digging up diamonds for her. One day a mysterious woman rescues Chia from the dark mines and transports her to 66 Lilly Pilly Lane, a magical home with marvelous creatures in residence. With magical powers and her new friends by her side she goes on a mission to rescue her twin sister Viola from their evil stepmother. An adventurous A delightful cozy read that truly warmed my heart. We follow our twelve year old protagonist Chia who is blind and forced by her evil stepmother to live in the mines digging up diamonds for her. One day a mysterious woman rescues Chia from the dark mines and transports her to 66 Lilly Pilly Lane, a magical home with marvelous creatures in residence. With magical powers and her new friends by her side she goes on a mission to rescue her twin sister Viola from their evil stepmother. An adventurous story filled with the whimsical and colorful, vibrant characters. This was truly an immersive experience that transported me to a magical world filled with wonder. Elena Paige's love for storytelling can be seen through her strong writing. The care and love for each characters, atmosphere and the message she conveys are meticulously painted. I adored each and every characters. Every character was essential and provided a unique experience and perspective to this beautiful story. A powerful story about family, friendship, courage and love not only for others but for oneself. An enchanting and beautiful story about one's journey of self-discovery interweaved with stunning imagination. Thank you to BookSirens for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    From the description of the book, I was expecting more action in the story. I was disappointed, but not enough to keep me from finishing the book. It was a fast read, took me 2 days to finish. It's more of a morals kind of book, I thought. It's about learning that putting yourself first is the best thing you can do in some situations. I think this is a good lesson for kids to learn, as I was taught it was selfish to put myself before others. It makes it really hard for me to do this for myself an From the description of the book, I was expecting more action in the story. I was disappointed, but not enough to keep me from finishing the book. It was a fast read, took me 2 days to finish. It's more of a morals kind of book, I thought. It's about learning that putting yourself first is the best thing you can do in some situations. I think this is a good lesson for kids to learn, as I was taught it was selfish to put myself before others. It makes it really hard for me to do this for myself and I feel very guilty for doing it, even today. It would be nice if people learned this lesson and gave themselves a break. I liked the characters well enough. Chia could be really annoying at times when she'd keep saying, "I have to save my sister" every 5 minutes. I get it. She's looking to save her sis, but I really don't need to be reminded of it constantly. I especially liked Pip the Duck and Jeremy the Fox. They gave the story some much needed humor and I would've liked to have had them more in the story. Overall, I liked the book and I'd recommend it as a read. I'd like to read the follow up book to this one and hopefully, there's a bit more going on to keep me more engaged in the story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Oscar

    I liked this middle grade book. It is perfect for kids 9-12 and even for some of the adults out there that still enjoy fantasy. I loved the message the book gave about doing things for yourself once in awhile, its a thing some of us forget sometimes cause we always want to help others. I really enjoyed the world and the charterers, my favorite would have to be Pip he was always fun to read. Also I thought the plot was fun and interesting how all the magic worked. The only problem I had with this I liked this middle grade book. It is perfect for kids 9-12 and even for some of the adults out there that still enjoy fantasy. I loved the message the book gave about doing things for yourself once in awhile, its a thing some of us forget sometimes cause we always want to help others. I really enjoyed the world and the charterers, my favorite would have to be Pip he was always fun to read. Also I thought the plot was fun and interesting how all the magic worked. The only problem I had with this book for me was the slowish start (that only lasted for like 15ish pages). But after that I couldn't stop reading it. So overall I would give this a final ratting of 3.5 stars. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher or author via booksirens in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    DEBLEENA PODDAR

    I loved reading this book. It is a middle grade book. The story takes a beautiful transition from a very average start where we see a blind girl being tortured by her stepmother to the midst of a very magical circumstance. Readers will be filled with thrills while reading this story. It has good cliffhangers to keep the readers on hook. Also this is a quite fast faced book. So if you are looking for something light and fluffy to read yet magical enough to grab your mind , I would highly recommen I loved reading this book. It is a middle grade book. The story takes a beautiful transition from a very average start where we see a blind girl being tortured by her stepmother to the midst of a very magical circumstance. Readers will be filled with thrills while reading this story. It has good cliffhangers to keep the readers on hook. Also this is a quite fast faced book. So if you are looking for something light and fluffy to read yet magical enough to grab your mind , I would highly recommend this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mari the Illustrious

    I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you for the free copy of this book to the author and to Book Sirens. Honest Review: I love the character designs and the plot. I have annotated this book and found a lot of endearing passages that I loved. The only drawback for me and the only reason why I couldn't give this a five or four-star rating is mainly because of the pacing and some of the dialogue felt like it needed working as well. I felt like wh I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you for the free copy of this book to the author and to Book Sirens. Honest Review: I love the character designs and the plot. I have annotated this book and found a lot of endearing passages that I loved. The only drawback for me and the only reason why I couldn't give this a five or four-star rating is mainly because of the pacing and some of the dialogue felt like it needed working as well. I felt like when the momentum has finally been built up, it couldn't be sustained. It took me so long to finish the book because I ended up putting it down every time I get to an exciting part of the book and then it fizzles out too soon. And this process kept getting repeated throughout the whole book all the way to the end. A more in-depth review on my blog at www.dazedmari.com ( Currently working on it)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jane(Janelba)

    Beautiful book. Some interesting characters including a talking duck and a talking tree ! Delightful book for children. Some characters are nice and some are quite horrible but a delightful story. I received this ARC from Booksirens in exchange for an honest review

  30. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    This fairy tale transported it's readers into a magical land. The author introduced us to interesting, ingaging characters. It was well written and reminded me a little of Grimms fairy tales. I loved it! It was a fun, relaxing read which left you wanting more from the author. I will be seeking more books from this author. Read and enjoy! I received an ARC of this book free from BookSirens and this is my voluntary honest review. This fairy tale transported it's readers into a magical land. The author introduced us to interesting, ingaging characters. It was well written and reminded me a little of Grimms fairy tales. I loved it! It was a fun, relaxing read which left you wanting more from the author. I will be seeking more books from this author. Read and enjoy! I received an ARC of this book free from BookSirens and this is my voluntary honest review.

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