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This is the place to be for reviews of Children's and YA books! And, best of all, it is written by a 12 year old, who knows the perspective of tweens and teens!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Nowhere Near You

Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, yet they can never meet. This is because Ollie is allergic to electricity, meaning either he has a fit when he nears it, or the electricity goes off. Moritz has no eyes, and can see through echolocation, but that is not the reason why they can't meet. Moritz has an electric heart, and them meeting would kill him.

With Ollie now on a roadtrip, to find other "Blunderkids", and Moritz trying to fit in in a new school, how will their corresponence keep up, and what will they find out a long the way...

I liked Nowhere Near You! It was a good follow up to Because You'll Never Meet Me, a book I enjoyed greatly. At times it was funny, at times it was sad. I liked that it was a new take on the whole "first person two points of view" thing, that is now so common in the books we read. I must say, I loved Ollie's personality, all bubbly, and trying to make people smile. I wasn't so sure about Moritz's, as it was a little bit darker, but then again, after all he had been through, I guess that was acceptable. The Author, Leah Thomas, did a good job at imagining all the different 'Blunderkinder', their dissabilities/superpowers were very imaginitive, as were their personalities. My favourite was Arthur, who was cool, happy, friendly, and was fragile and yet not fragile at the same time.

One of the only things that I didn't get was why Ollie was dangerous to cars. Of course, electric cars would be a problem, but diesel and petrol cars? (This probably shows you my lack of knowledge in cars, if I am incorrect about the use of electricity in cars please comment) 

I am going to give it an 8/10
And an age rating of 12+#

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

New Logo

You may or may not have realised that I have updated the favicon at the top of my page! Whilst the old one was clunky, and you couldn't read what it said, this one feels refreshingly bright!

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Otherworld

Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

   Simon and Kat are best friends, or at least they were until around 16 months ago. Simon moved away, and when he returned, Kat was different...
   The Company has just released a new VR app. One so immersive you will never want to leave...
   Then, when Kat is found in a coma after an illegal party she is diagnosed with locked in syndrome. The Company offer her a way out, a way that she can live inside the virtual reality app that they have created. Simon thinks there is a hitch. He wants to try it, make sure it is safe for his friend, but when he gets the chance, he finds out much more than he bargained for...

   I could hardly put Otherworld down!!! I was literally reading it everywhere, on the bus, at the playground, whilst I was walking and in shops. What was so captivating was that there was new action around pretty much every corner. You couldn't put it down because there was never a moment where you wanted to put it, you were never bored. I loved the plot as AI and VR are both subjects that I am greatly interested in! The equipment was well thought up, as it was advanced enough to seem different and better, and yet it was not so crazily extreme that you couldn't believe in it. I can easily see something like Otherworld happening in the next few decades, maybe sooner. Having read the book, I can say that is a scary thought. First person worked, probably because over half of the book took place in Simons head. Anything else would have just been weird!

   The thing that could have been worked on was the love story between Simon and Kat. Whilst many characters said that Simon obviously loved Kat, you didn't really feel that in the way he talked about her until way into the book. You knew that they were friends, but you didn't realise that they liked each other in that sense. There could have been a little more love in his thoughts.

I'm going to give it an 8/10
And an age rating of 13+


Monday, 19 June 2017

The Devils Poetry


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The Devils Poetry by Louise Cole

    The world is about to be thrown into a world war. If the peace talks in London don't succeed, then no one will be safe. Callie, a seventeen year old girl, is just one of the many young people who will be forced to fight. But then, a chance is offered to Callie to save the world. And it comes in the form of a young man with a book...
    But, this comes with a price. The dangerous Cadaveri want, even need, to stop her from reading the book, and succeeding in her mission to bring world peace.

On the whole, I liked The Devils Poetry. Whilst I cannot say that it is my new favorite, like I do with some books, it was certainly a page turner. Every time you turned over you were thrown into a new gripping scene. Especially at the end, I found it quite hard to put it down, I was so enthralled by the book. As well as this, I liked the poetry in the book. Not only did Louise Cole have to write a book, she had to write poetry, and I thought she did a very good job at it. Sometimes, in books like these, you find yourself skipping over the poetry, as it might feel out of place, or just boring. But not the poetry in this book. It was exciting, and had a nice rhythm to it. Callie, the main character, was very likable, and written in such a way that you could get behind pretty much all of her opinions. She was caring of her friends, as well as being a book worm, which always goes down well with me.

Now, there were unfortunately ya few parts of the book that I didn't like so much. For example. I was never really sure who the Cadaveri actually were, and why they wanted to stop the reading. The reason  for this lack of explanation was that supposedly, nobody knows, but I didn't find that satisfactory. I feel it could have been developed a bit better. The other thing that I didn't like was that it kept slipping from first person when they were with Callie, to third person when she wasn't there, with almost no warning whatsoever. I did at points find this confusing

So, in conclusion, it was a interesting, thrilling book, with a few things that could have been improved.

I am going to give it an 8/10
and an age rating of 12+

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Louise Cole


Monday, 12 June 2017

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Florian was tricked by his Nazi employer, and is now escaping Germany.
Joana was forced to flee from her country, and is now escaping Germany.
Emilia had to leave, after her father was killed, and is now escaping Germany.
Alfred is a Nazi sailor, on the ship thats going to get them out of there.
Four people, one amazing story. The tale of the Wilhelm Gustloff.

I think that salt to the sea migbt be my new favourite book! The plot was outstanding, and a great way to tell everyone about the greatest maritime disaster of all time. I couldn't put it down, enraptured in the story. I loved the way every single character was written, although I cannot say that I loved every single character. Whilst the characters of Florian, Joana and Emilia were really nice, Alfred was not. He agreed with Hitler in everything he did, and had even written a (Rather rubbish) song about the enemies of the Nazis. I found myself skipping out most of the bits narrated by Alfred, not just because he was horrible, but becasue they were also mostly letters written in his head to the love of his life.

The main thing I loved of the book was all the twists and turns. You never quite knew what was going to happen next. One second they could be fine, the next second they could be plunged into extreme danger. Another thing I liked was the theme of art in the second world war. The book actually taught me some new facts about the war that I didn't know, such as that the Wilhelm Gusloff even existed, or that Hitler stole many great works of art, mostly from Poland, in the war.

Now, I am a sucker for a good cover, and Salt to the Sea was no different. Featuring a barbed wire fence seemingly turning into birds, it really did represent the book, and what it was about.

Salt to the Sea was shortlisted for the carnegie award, which is going to be announced next Monday. Having read all of the books but one I really hope that it wins. Good Luck to Ruta Sepetys!

I am going to give it a 9.5/10
and an age rating of 12+


Monday, 29 May 2017

rope swing





I just remebered this!!

This was me a few years ago, having an epic tantrum!!!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Moonlocket

Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl

If you haven't already read the first in the series, you can find the review for Cogheart here

Lily and Robert are back with a new adventure! The noturious escape artist Jack Door has broken out of jail! On a visit to Roberts old house they find him staying there but he escapes. What they also find is a cresent moon locket with a map on the back. Will this lead Robert towards his mother, and what does Jack Door have to do with it?

Normally, the sequel to a great book is generally never quite as good. But Moonlocket was as good, maybe even better! I loved the adventure, the thrill and at times the terror. You never knew what was going to happen next. It was full of suprises. To be honest most of the best bits were the same as the last book. I loved the idea of mechanimals. I loved airships. I loved the focus on the Cogheart. And there was also new good things, such as the search for Roberts family (And family in general). I think my favourite character was Tolly, a street urchin. He was such a clever idea for a character. Someone who is unlickely to be of any assistance, yet becomes a main character by the end. Also, Tolly said some really insightful things. There was also a theme of independence. Lilys dad thinks that she is vunerable due to the Cogheart, and how people treat hybrids. But Lily actually goes against him, deciding to prove that she CAN do what she wants. I liked this theme, even if it is a common one in YA and childrens literature.

The one thing that I didn't like was the character of Finlo. He is Jack doors son. I didn't feel hat he was necessary, and I could do was feel sorry for him, even at the end. Also, when the climax was at its highest point, everything had just been revealed, and then there was a bit between Finlo and Jack that I thought was very unnecassary.

I am going to give it a 10/10
and and age rating of 10+

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

TV or BOOKS

TV or BOOKS

In debating today, we had to speak on whether TV was more educational than books. Of course,a s a book blogger, I spoke on the side of the books, but it did make me wonder. So I thought I would write a blog post about it, if not only to solidify my own thoughts on the matter...



So first, the Pros and Cons of both sides:

Books

Books develop your language and your imagination.
When you start reading you start with a book with easy vocabulary, and gradually progress, where as when watching television, everything is dumbed down so that the channel can get as higher ratings as possible.

As for your imagination, when you are reading, you can imagine a character in any way you want, whereas whilst watching TV you are just sat there, not exercising your imagination at all.

However, and I am sure plenty of books bloggers will agree with me here, books are expensive. Not everyone has enough money to buy books, sadly. Also, with all those trees being cut down to create the paper, some might say that it is bad for the environment.

TV

Many people find it is easier to learn in a visual way, using things such as TV. With things such as documentaries, it has never been easier to learn from television.
Also, with TV, you don't need to learn how to do anything to do it (Unlike books where you have to learn to read.)

However, televisions are expensive, maybe even more so than books. Also, you need electricity to watch TV as well.



But I decided to ask twitter...

And, with a grand old total of ONE PERSON* voting by the time I wrote this post, I can safely say that 100% percent of twitter think that books are better...


But what do you think?
Are books better?
Or is TV more your cup of tea?

↓I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments↓


*Shoutout to whoever that was. You know who you are, even if I don't (Twitter is weird like that)




Saturday, 6 May 2017

Click on the titles of the reviews to buy the books. This is from the Close Your Eyes review onwards.

Dougal Daley, it's Not My Fault!

Dougal Daley, It's Not My Fault! by Jackie Marchant illustrated by Loretta Schauer

Dougal Daley is dead. Deader than dead. The deadest there is. This is beacuse:

A) The creature in his shed wants to eat him

B) His family and friends want to kill him and it's not his fault!! He hasn't done anything!!!



   Dougal Daley, It's Not My Fault is a funny younger childrens book. Whilst it is not what I would normally read, I was surprised to find myself really enjoying the humour of the book. My favourite parts were when Dougal was writing his will, I thought that it was funny that someone of that age was thinking so much about death. It was also funny that the title were things like "I, Dougal Daley, am even deader than before." The best bit about it was that half the time he wasn't even about to die, he was just scared of his parents. Dougal would keep writing notes to the police that if they ever found him killed in a certain way, then it would have been so and so (Normally his annoying older sister). On the subject of sister, there was always a funny brother and sister rivalry going on. Once or twice, it was her fault that he was in trouble. Dougal couldn't spell Sibble Sybil. Sybil, as well as everyone else, interjected into his writing, with notes that could sort of give you their perspective. I thought that it was brilliant that it was written from Dougal's perspective, as you mainly got his perspective when telling the story. This generally involved blaming someone else at the beginning. "Well, it was the hamster who started it really", or something like that.
   Now, onto the illustrations. These were brilliant, cartoonish pictures that were inserted into the book. Often, they might tell a story in there own, or add to the story. They reminded me of a mix between the Beano and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
   Finally, onto someone elses opinion. One of my younger brothers is much closer to the age that the book is meant for. whilst he hasn't yet read the entire thing, as I was writing this review, he was reading out one of the pages nearer the start in fits of laughter.

I am going to give it an 8/10
And an age rating of 7+
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Jackie Marchant, The Author

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Loretta Schauer, The Illustrator
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The Book itself!