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Fractured (Slated, Book #2) – Teri Terry

10/10

Fractured

Synopsis

“With what I did yesterday, I should be dead: zapped by the chip they put in my brain when I was Slated.” Kyla shouldn’t remember anything from before she was Slated, but dark secrets of her past will not stay buried. Caught in a tug of war between Lorder oppression and the fight for freedom, her past and present race towards a collision she may not survive. While her desperate search for Ben continues, who can she trust in this world of secrets and lies?

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This was an amazing second book in the Slated trilogy! I often find that books in a series decrease in quality but Teri Terry’s writing still manages to capture my attention right from the word go. If you enjoyed “Slated” you will adore this book. It’s packed with more action than the first and Kyla begins to learn that not everyone is as they first appear. She matures in herself, and there is a definite progression in the development of her character between the first and the second book, and even throughout Fractured. She starts off as a girl who doesn’t know who she is and then learns of her identity before she was Slated. She also begins to think for herself, rebelling against what she has been told “Rain” would do.

Kyla is forced to take sides in this non-stop action thriller and although it is constantly packed with action right from the first page, the last few chapters are paced perfectly. They force you to continue reading as you want to know what is going to happen next.

I would highly recommend this book to teens, particularly if you enjoyed Slated. I would read Slated first, though, as I feel without the background knowledge gained in book 1, Fractured won’t make a whole lot of sense. You can check out my review of Slated here.

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Wolf (Hayder, Mo)

8/10

Wolf

 

Synopsis

When a scrap of paper containing a chilling plea is found in the woods, attached to a lost dog, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery inherits both the dog and the investigation. He has no idea who he is searching for, but it’s a race against time. Ten miles away a family is being held hostage, fighting for their lives in their isolated hilltop house. This is no random crime. They endured a nightmare years before, and that same horror has returned… will Caffery make the connection, before it is too late?

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

It took me a long time to finish this book, not because I found it boring, it was a little slow in places, the main reason was it was quite a heavy book in terms of the language used and the slightly disturbing plot line. Hayder enjoys going into gruesome details of the murders but this helps to bring the story alive.

At first it seems like all of the loose ends of the plot aren’t going to be resolved and tied together in time for the end of the book, however they are resolved quickly and succinctly within a few chapters towards the end of the book. Hayder doesn’t stop surprising you with plot twists until the very end which is one reason why I loved this book so much. You want to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen to the characters and see if any plot twists occur. This is one book which will make you continue to think about the characters long after you’ve finished it.

I would recommend this book to older readers as opposed to young adults as the topic matter could be upsetting and distressing to younger readers. However, I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a non-stop action thriller and detective story.

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How I live Now (Rosoff, Meg)

3/10

How I Live Now

 

Synopsis

Imagine the perfect summer. Imagine blossom everywhere. The grass so green you can taste it. The sun on your skin. The rich sweet smell of honeysuckle. A hand touching your leg. Falling for someone you shouldn’t. Imagine the world exploding. A perfect summer blown apart.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I have very mixed views and feelings about this book. Content wise (i.e. plot wise) it was faultless up to part two. It had just the right mixture of desire, longing and adventure in it to grab my attention. The problem I had with the book is Rosoff’s style of writing. For a start, part one of the book, which is the majority, contained absolutely no speech marks, sentences that were ridiculously long to read and get your head around and capital letters that had no place being capitalised. This made ‘How I live now’ a very tiring and difficult book to read despite its short length. I also didn’t understand why the first part seemed almost punctuation-less in comparison to part two which contained the right punctuation. It could be that Rosoff is trying to show the passage of time between the first part and the second part, however the main language used by Daisy still stays relatively the same, it’s just the use of punctuation that noticeably changes.

I also thought that the jump between part one and part two was unnecessary and confusing. I had no idea what happened in the six years between when Daisy answers the phone to Daisy returning to New York besides the very brief explanation that was given in part two. This left me feeling underwhelmed and disappointed in the story.

If this review hasn’t entirely put you off, it is still worth a read just to see how another author describes a fictional third world war.

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Dead Man’s Cove – St John, Lauren

9/10

Dead Man's Cove

 

Synopsis

Orphaned Laura is sent to live with her Uncle in Cornwall, convinced that a life of adventure is hers at last. But everywhere she turns she’s confronted with mysteries. Is Tariq, the shopkeeper’s silent son, a friend or an enemy? Why does her Uncle seem intent on erasing his own past? And why is everyone so afraid of Dead Man’s Cove?

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This is a definite must read for readers who enjoy Enid Blyton’s adventure-packed Famous Five and Secret Seven books! It was packed with action and mystery which kept me hooked for more. I love the main character, Laura. She is a brave and strong-headed girl who isn’t afraid to ask questions or express her feelings. She is a role model for a lot of female readers, and males can also admire her feistiness and bravery.

I really enjoyed Lauren St John’s White Giraffe series, so I was excited to start reading this one and it didn’t disappoint! I found I actually preferred this book because of the adventure and mystery that surrounded Dead Man’s Cove. I would definitely recommend this book to Junior Fiction readers but enjoyment can also be found by Young Adult readers who are looking for a lighter read.

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Lone Wolf (Muchamore, Robert)

7/10

Lone-Wolf

 

Synopsis

Fay has spent eighteen months locked up in a Secure Training Centre. Drug deals and rip-offs are the only things this teenager knows. Now she’s back on the street, looking to settle old scores. Cherub agents Ryan and Ning need Fay’s knowledge to unearth a major drug importer. They’re trained professionals with one essential advantage: even experienced criminals never suspect that children are spying on them. But Fay’s made a lot of enemies and she’s running out of time.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I have read all of the other books in both series 1 and series 2 of Cherub plus the Henderson Boys series which is a prequel to the Cherub series, so I knew what sort of action this book was going to hold before I had even begun to read it. This last book in series 2 was the most action packed and thrilling book of any of Muchamore’s books. It was packed with adventure, drugs, scandals and explosions and Ryan and Ning, two Cherub agents, try and harvest knowledge about a leading drug dealer. With the help of Fay, a thirteen year-old with a fiery temper and extensive drug-knowledge who wants to get back at the drug dealer for ultimately killing her mum and aunt, Ryan and Ning find the information that they need.

I would definitely recommend this book to teens as it has a lot of violence but is a worth-while read.

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Treasure Island (Stevenson, Robert Louis)

6/10

Treasure Island

Synopsis

Treasure Island is an exciting tale of pirates, buried treasure and danger. It tells the story of young Jim Hawkins and his adventures in the search for the buried treasure of the evil Captain Flint.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I had to read this book for an English assignment and at first I was unsure as to whether I would like it or not because as a general rule, I don’t read many classics. However, I was soon hooked on the story line and found myself following eagerly the adventures of Jim Hawkins as he sets out on an adventure to find the treasure of Captain Flint. This book had just the right amount of adventure and it was action packed right from the very beginning.

This book was a pleasant surprise for me and I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. I would definitely recommend this book to younger readers as it is not a heavy book, but is definitely a classic that people should read before they reach their teenager years.

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The Runaway Queen, The Bane Chronicles, Book #2

8/10

The Runaway Queen

 

Synopsis

On the word “Axel,” she froze. This was all he needed. He shoved her backward out the window. The balloon, bumped back by the force, shifted a foot or so away from the window – so she landed half in, half out.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book gave me constant excitement from beginning to the end; Clare’s writing keeps you in constant suspense and the plot line is further excelled with Bane’s wit and humour.

The first book in the series is here.

The third book in the series is here.

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The London Eye Mystery – Dowd, Siobhan

6/10

The London Eye Mystery

Synopsis

Monday 24 May, 11.32 a.m. Ted and Kat watch their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye. The pod rises from the ground. Monday 24 May, 12.02 p.m. The pod lands and the doors open. People exit – but where is Salim? When Aunty Gloria’s son, Salim, mysteriously disappears from a sealed pod on the London Eye, everyone is frantic. Has he spontaneously combusted? [Ted’s theory.] Has he been kidnapped? [Aunt Gloria’s theory.] Is he even still alive? [The family’s unspoken fear.] Even the police are baffled. Ted, whose brain runs on its own unique operating system, and his older sister, Kat, overcome their prickly relationship to become sleuthing partners. They follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin, while time ticks dangerously by…

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

This book was okay. It offered readers an enjoyable reading experience following Ted, who has Asperger Syndrome, his older sister Kat, who was named after Hurricane Katrina, and Salim, their cousin who is moving to New York.

When they are offered a ticket to the London Eye by a stranger, Ted and Kat allow Salim to go up on his own whilst they wait for him to return. Ted watches the pod rise and fall again on its cycle, making a note of the town he went up and the time his pod came down. His pod came down but missing Salim. They know begin their search for their missing cousin, travelling all over London to try and find him. They all have their own theories as to what could have happened to Salim but no one knows for certain.

I would recommend this book to pre-teens as the language used is not difficult to understand or hard-going to read. Although this book feels like it is aimed at younger readers, I think all ages would enjoy this book but appreciate it in different ways. Younger readers are more likely to appreciate the story line as a whole, whilst slightly older readers are likely to appreciate the quirkiness of the characters and the panic of the situation.

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Messenger of Fear, Messenger of Fear Series, Book 1

10/10

 Messenger of Fear

Synopsis

He is the messenger. He offers you a game. Play or Pay. “Who are you?” That was the first question I asked the boy in front of me. The pale, solemn young man in the black coat with small silver skulls for buttons. But he didn’t answer it. Instead he answered the question I never asked, but which was nevertheless what I really wanted to know. Am I dead? No. Not dead, he told me. But surely not quite alive, either. How could I be? I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, still shuddering at the memory of the creeping yellow mist that had awoken me in that strange silent land, I could recall nothing else about myself. And then the games began.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

When Mara wakes up in a land that seems to be full of a yellow mist, she doesn’t know where she is, who she is, even what her name is. Her memories appear to have vanished and she knows nothing of who she was before she awoke in the mist. Then she meets the ‘Messenger of Fear’ who slowly begins to tell her who she is and why she is there.

This book was absolutely amazing! I was hooked from the first page and couldn’t stop reading until I finished it a day after starting it! I loved Michael Grant’s ‘Gone’ series, so I had high hopes for this book. I have to say, this book outshone the entire of the ‘Gone’ series. It was full of messages about anti-bullying and making the right decisions in life and the punishments that are given out by the Messenger of Fear are a metaphor for the consequences that can happen as a result of the bad choices that you make.

It was an incredibly thought provoking book with well-developed characters and a rounded plot. This could have worked as a singular novel, but I’m pleased to discover that there are more to the Messenger of Fear series, as I loved it that much!

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Gone, Gone Series Book 1 (Grant, Michael)

9/10

Gone

 

Synopsis

299 Hours 54 Minutes. Suddenly it’s a world without adults and normal has crashed and burned. When life as you know it ends at 15, everything changes. A small town in southern California: In the blink of an eye everyone over the age of 15 disappears. Cut off from the outside world, those that are left are trapped, and there’s no help on the way. Chaos rules the streets. Now a new world order is rising and, even scarier, some survivors have power – mutant power that no one has ever seen before…

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

One minute Sam is daydreaming about surfing in his lesson, the next his teacher has just vanished into thin air. Along with everyone over the age of 15. Then begins a whirlwind of adventure and emotions as Sam, Astrid, Quinn and everyone within the dome begin to fight for what little resources there are left with no fishermen, farmers or even police to provide food and keep the peace. What doesn’t help is that a select few of the survivors appear to have powers, superhuman powers making it very hard for everyone to get on. Everyone is petrified of turning 15.

This book is amazing! Although it is a fantasy book, it is so realistic; this is most likely because all the characters start off in a setting that is very familiar for the reader: school. This book is scary because it shows a possible forecast of a life without adults and how children, up to the age of 15, would cope without a superior force.

This book is a ticking time bomb as the countdown ticks away the time and the chapters towards the end of the book…

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