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Dark Sun – Robert Muchamore

Title: Dark Sun
Author: Robert Muchamore
Published by: Hodder

Publication date: 2009
Pages: 159
Genres: Action; Thriller; Crime
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

6/10

 

Dark Sun

 

It’s the last day of term. Three lads are clearing out their lockers, organising a sleepover and hatching a plan to spatter a girl with rancid coleslaw.

But things aren’t what they seem. One boy’s father is a member of Dark Sun, a criminal organisation dealing in nuclear weapons technology, which another is a CHERUB agent sent to stop him.

 

I liked this book, I liked that it was a collection of short stories based around the CHERUB agents, as opposed to one longer book which kept me interested however I did feel some of the stories were ended rather abruptly which I can sort of understand considering the length of the overall book but some I found a little disappointing.

Nonetheless, I would definitely recommend this book to young adult readers, particularly if they are interested in children being used as secret agents.

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Killing Sound – Paul Southern

Title: Killing Sound
Author: Paul Southern
Published by: Chicken House

Publication date: 2014
Pages: 317
Genres: Horror; Young Adult; Supernatural; Mystery
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

7/10

 

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When Jodie was little, she saw something terrifying – something she’s blocked from her mind. But now it’s coming back to her – a sound only she can hear. A sound more chilling than human screams. What happened that night will not stay silent for long…

 

I don’t read a lot of horror/supernatural books, mainly because I find them very fake and poorly written, however this book is definitely the exception. From the very first page, Southern sets tense, creepy atmosphere, setting the scene for later on in the novel. For the next 300 pages, Paul takes the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions following the main character Jodie and her best friend Luca who set out to find out what actually happened the night her parents were killed.

I loved this book right up until I reached the last chapter and the epilogue, at which point I felt a little cheated and disappointed. I still had many questions and I felt that it ended on a slight cliff hanger which, considering I cannot find any talk of a sequel, I feel is sorely disappointing considering I was going to give this book a solid 9/10. The ending really did spoil the whole atmosphere and plot of Killing Sound and left me feeling a bit sad that a proper ending had not been constructed.

Nevertheless, I would still highly recommend this book if you are able to look past the cliff hanger ending, as the rest of the novel holds high merits.

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Web of Darkness – Bali Rai

Title: Web of Darkness
Author: Bali Rai
Published by: Corgi Books

Publication date: 2014
Pages: 426
Genres: Mystery; Detective; Thriller; Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Library Loan

10/10

 

Web of Darkness

 

Lily needs someone to confide in more than ever before as a spate of apparent suicides rocks her school – and her group of mates.

Benedict, her new online friend, is there for her. Lily finds herself opening up to him, telling him things she wouldn’t tell anybody else.

But who is Benedict really…?

 

Web of Darkness is a thrilling story about internet safety and whether or not you know who you’re talking to online. Lily believes her new online friend who says he’s from New York is a model because of his pictures posted on Facebook, however Benedict proves how easy it is to fake his identity by pretending to be Charlotte for another of Lily’s friend who then is driven to commit ‘suicide’. All of the suicides are later shown to be cleverly disguised murders.

This is a cleverly put together plot line which seems confusing to begin with however once all of the jigsaw pieces begin to stitch together it comes together for the big reveal right at the end of the book. I couldn’t fault it!

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Poppet – Mo Hayder

Title: Poppet
Author: Mo Hayder
Published by: Bantam Press

Publication date: 2013
Pages: 378
Genres: Detective; Mystery; Crime; Thriller
Format: Hardback
Source: Library Loan

9/10

 

Poppet

 

The mentally ill patients in Amberly Secure Unit are highly suggestible. A hallucination can spread like a virus. When unexplained power cuts lead to a series of horrifying incidents, fear spreads from the inmates to the staff. Amidst the growing hysteria, AJ, a senior psychiatric nurse, is desperate to protect his charges.

Detective Inspector Jack Caffery is looking for the corpse of a missing woman. He knows all too well how it feels to fail to find a loved one’s body. When AJ seeks Caffery’s help in investigating the trouble at Amberly, each man must face bitter truth in his own life. Before staring pure evil in the eye.

 

Mo Hayder is one of my favourite authors for a few reasons, the main one being that she has the ability to keep me hooked and identifying with the characters right from the first page. Never once did I find myself bored and the short, snappy chapters meant that the pace was fast, exciting and thrilling. An hour after finishing this book, I can still feel excess adrenaline coursing through my veins.

‘Poppet’ takes you on a rollercoaster ride in the dark, with unexpected twists and turns in the plot which keep you gasping but eager to continue reading. I absolutely adored this book!

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Man vs Beast – Robert Muchamore

Title: Man Vs. Beast
Author: Robert Muchamore
Published by: Hodder

Publication date: 2006
Pages: 295
Genres: Detective; Mystery; Adventure; Action
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought

7/10

 

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Every day thousands of animals die in laboratory experiments. Some say these experiments provide essential scientific knowledge, while others commit acts of extreme violence in order to stop them. James and Lauren Adams are stuck in the middle. They’re CHERUB agents. Trained professionals with one essential advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them.

I love all of Robert Muchamore books, but I particularly enjoy those in the CHERUB series; with a perfect blend of adventure, mystery, suspense, action and thriller, this book kept me on the edge of my seat from page one. The characters are well developed and each have their own unique characteristics which make them interesting to follow, however whilst on their mission, the children are able to act professionally whilst still allowing their characters to show through.

Muchamore’s writing is gripping and thrilling, with perfect length chapters to keep you turning the pages, to find out what happens next. A wonderful book for junior readers.

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Banished by Liz De Jager

Title: Banished
Author: Liz De Jager
Published by: Tor

Publication date: 2014
Pages: 388
Genres: Fantasy; Magical; Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought

 

Banished

8/10

Kit is proud to be a Blackhart, now she’s living with her unorthodox cousins and sharing their strange lives. Especially since their home-schooling includes spells, fighting enemy fae and using ancient weapons.

But it’s not until she rescues a rather handsome fae prince, fighting for his life on the edge of Blackhart Manor, that her training really kicks in. With her family away on various missions, Kit must protect Prince Thorn, rely on new friends and user her own unfamiliar magic to stay ahead of Thorn’s enemies.

As things go from bad to apocalyptic, fae battle fae in a war that threatens to spill into the human world. Then Kit pits herself against the Elder Gods themselves – it’s that or lose everyone she’s learnt to love.

 

Kit is a Blackhart and proud of it; she has just completed her first solo mission and heads back to the manor to celebrate with the rest of the Blackharts. She is fatigued though and is told to wait behind whilst the others go off on another mission to rest for a little while. When the youngest son of the King, Prince Thorn arrives outside her Manor, she takes it upon herself to deliver him back to safety.

This is a definite must-read for fans of The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. Filled with monster fighting/hunting you will get swept along with the action of the fast-paced, packed with excitement plot and it is certainly unputdownable.

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Allegiant (Divergent, Book #3) – Roth, Veronica

8/10

Allegiant, Veronica Roth

 

Synopsis

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This was the second time I read this book and it was even better than the first time I read it. I really love how Roth has composed the chapters in the last book, alternating between Tris’ and Tobias’ viewpoints to give different perspectives on events that are happening. This gives Tobias the ‘air time’ that he deserves as I felt that he has been overshadowed in the previous two books, by Tris.

One thing I will say, though, is grab those tissues, because this book is filled with deaths of characters that we, as the reader, have grown to love.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book, but make sure to read the first two in the series first as you need time to build a relationship with the characters before your heart gets inevitably broken in Allegiant.

If you haven’t read my reviews of the previous two books in the series follow the links below:

Divergent

Insurgent

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Insurgent (Divergent, Book #2) – Roth, Veronica

7.5/10

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Synopsis

One choice can transform you – or it can destroy you. Tris Prior’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration; instead it ended with unspeakable horrors. Now unrest surges in the factions around her as conflict between their ideologies grows.

In times of war sides must be chosen and secrets will emerge. Tris has already paid a terrible price for survival and is wracked by haunting guilt. But radical new discoveries and shifting relationships mean that she must fully embrace her Divergence – even though she stands to lose everything…

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

Okay, so after I watched Insurgent in the cinema last year, I sort of forgot how different the book was to the movie. And to be honest, prepare to be shocked, I actually preferred the movie. I just feel that the story is more compact in the film, rather than in this book where the action felt very drawn out and confusing to follow even though I’ve read it before. Tris really irritated me in this book because she came across as a whiny teenager rather than the ‘badass’ character which I described her in the previous book’s review. I agree with a lot of what Tobias says to her regarding pulling herself together. Sure, she went through a lot in the previous book, but the whole point of being Dauntless is she’s meant to be brave and get through tough experiences, not moan about them for the entire of the next 500 + pages.

I would still recommend this book, even though it is nowhere near as good as Divergent; I would recommend reading this book after you’ve watched the film if you haven’t already, because it is likely to make more sense, in terms of the sequence of events.

If you enjoyed this book, make sure to read my reviews of the first and last books in the series:

Divergent

Allegiant

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Divergent (Divergent, Book #1) – Roth, Veronica

10/10

Divergent

Synopsis

Beatrice Prior is on the brink of a decision that will change her life. In a society divided into factions all are forced to choose where they belong. And the choice Tris makes shocks everyone. Including herself.

Once decisions are made, the new members are forced to undergo extreme initiation tests with devastating consequences. As their experience transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends are – and if the man who both threatens and protects her is really on her side.

Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those Tris loves… or it might destroy her.

Overview *Contains Spoiler*

I’m not going to lie – this is probably the twentieth time I’ve read Divergent and it never ceases to amaze me how Roth manages to keep me hooked each time I re-read it, even though I know what is going to happen. Each time I read it, though, I discover a little detail that I hadn’t noticed in the previous read-through.

Very rarely do female characters have such a strong personality as Tris does; so often, they fall in love and turn into that stereotypical silly, giggly girl. Tris doesn’t which is what I love about her character. She falls in love with Four but she remains a ‘badass’ female lead, and remains true to herself throughout everything that she is put through. This makes her a role model for so many readers. She goes against the Status Quo when she transfers from Abnegation to Dauntless, she is determined not to be cut from her new faction, she doesn’t try and deny her feelings for Four, but underneath what every girl wants to be she has that vulnerability which makes her so relatable as a main character. I mean who doesn’t want to Dauntless when you’re following Tris as a lead for 480 pages?

Overall, I loved this book and I would highly recommend it to any teenager/young adult as a must-read book. You don’t have to love dystopian books to get something out of Divergent. This is one book, whose movie I loved on equal terms with the actual book.

If you enjoyed this book, read my reviews of the other two books in the series:

Insurgent

Allegiant

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Shattered (Slated, Book #3) – Terry, Teri

5/10

Shattered

Synopsis

When you don’t know who you are how, how can you decide who you want to be? Kyla was Slated: her mind wiped clean by the oppressive Lorder government. When forbidden memories of a violent past began to surface, so did doubts: could she trust those she had come to care for, like Ben? Helped by friends in MIA, she goes undercover, searcher for her past and evading the authorities who want her dead. But the truth Kyla desperately seeks is more shocking than she ever imagined.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I began this book with high expectations, and you’re probably going to think this book review is going to highly praise the last in the Slated series. However, that is not the case. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a torturous read, but considering the other two AMAZING books in the series, this was slightly disappointing.

I felt that the points at which Kyla regained parts of her memory were very ‘convenient’ and predictable. I felt that Terry was trying to push the plot along by having Kyla regain certain memories just so she could eliminate an extra chapter. I definitely didn’t feel that way with the previous two books, because the plot line just…made sense?

I also found it disappointing that, despite Kyla’s previous reluctance to become a part of MIA, she decided in this book to join MIA which meant that she lost some of her independence in my eyes. I like female characters who have a mind of their own, but I just felt that she was pressurised by Aiden and pressurised by the goings on around her.

The fact that Kyla has millions of different names really annoyed me because each character called her by a different one. Her ‘adopted’ mum insisted on calling her Lucie and then changing her mind to calling her Riley which was the name Kyla changed to after she’d been done with IMET. Aiden and Amy/Sandra called her Kyla, Nico called her Rain and Kyla called herself Riley. It was doing my head in by the end of the book. I mean – seriously – how many names do you want to give your main character? If you’re going to do that, at least make the other characters try and comply with the latest name.

All in all, I would say to read this book series: sure I felt that this book let the trilogy down immensely, but the first two more than make up for it.

Slated Review

Fractured Review

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