Norah and Darcy are back to solve another mystery. This one has a more serious tone to it as there is a person injured in somebody’s arson job. BecauseNorah and Darcy are back to solve another mystery. This one has a more serious tone to it as there is a person injured in somebody’s arson job. Because this is for a middle grade audience the clues are quite visible and it isn’t hard to guess the whodunits but I still found Framed & Dangerous to be a really interesting book. Kim Harrington just has a way with mysteries. I really enjoyed this one, right before the ending it pulled me into the story and I just had to know how things would end. I had guessed at it but I was curious to see how things would be handled. Overall, there are just so many clues in Framed & Dangerous hinting at so many different things that it was really cool guessing at which ones were right and which were wrong. I really enjoyed the story and I am curious to see if there will be a fourth book in the series....more
As someone who really loves Julie Kagawa’s writing I was super ecstatic to start this one. Right off the bat, I’m just going to say oh my goodness whaAs someone who really loves Julie Kagawa’s writing I was super ecstatic to start this one. Right off the bat, I’m just going to say oh my goodness what on earth happened to the sweet little Ethan we knew and loved in the Iron Fey series! He’s grown up and he was so different to how I thought he would be but it was definitely interesting. The story took me a little bit to get into but once the ball got rolling it kept getting bigger and I was flying through the pages. The story line is so good and it’s really different from the iron fey series which I thought was really good. The supporting characters Kenzie and Keirran were just as awesome as Ethan and they made the story as entertaining as it could be. Then of course, there were a bunch of my old favourites who I absolutely loved to see. My two favourites Ash and Grim made appearances and I won’t say to what extent but they were there. Overall, The Lost Prince was a great start to what I hope will be a fantastic series and I am eagerly anticipating the release of the second book. ...more
As someone who used to spend nights as a ten year old reading mother goose books under the cover with a mini torch I was very excited and interested iAs someone who used to spend nights as a ten year old reading mother goose books under the cover with a mini torch I was very excited and interested in reading this anthology. Some of the retellings were really good and there were a couple I didn’t think were so great but when the title describes them as Dark Tales they actually mean dark tales. I was surprised at how dark a turn some of the stories took but I still really enjoyed them. I think that my favourite story would have to be Wee Willie Winkie by Leigh Fallon. I read that one before I went to bed and it kind of creeped me out a little. I really enjoyed the Two and Twenty Dark Tales Anthology I thought it was worth a read, I was really impressed with some of the authors creative adaptations of the nursery rhymes. I would definitely recommend this one to fans of the Mother Goose nursery rhymes. ...more
I thought it was high time that I read a book by Sarah Rees Brennan because I had heard so many great things about her Demon’s Lexicon series that wheI thought it was high time that I read a book by Sarah Rees Brennan because I had heard so many great things about her Demon’s Lexicon series that when I read the synopsis for Unspoken and saw how mysterious it sounded I eagerly jumped right in. I jumped in and eagerly began devouring the words; unfortunately, I was soon starting to wade out of a pool of storylines that I just did not care for. For instance, the he likes her and her but he likes her too and she likes him and maybe him but she likes someone else was just too painful for me. Unspoken has these really great parts that kept me reading for a couple of hours. However, there were also parts that I really couldn’t stand and those parts made the story drag out and those were the parts that I remembered the most. It was the parts I didn’t like that outshone the great parts. The characters were not particularly interesting. None of them really clicked with me and I just really could not sympathise or empathise with them. I just didn’t care what any of them did. The mystery wasn’t the conventional sort of mystery I was expecting and while I was curious about who the bad guy was I sort of felt that there weren’t a whole lot of clues and the big reveal was kind of confusing. I feel a little disappointed in Unspoken, I was hoping for some incredibly awesome mystery story but that wasn’t the case at all really. Unspoken ends on a cliff hanger and I have to say that I’m just not that interested in continuing with the series. I was really excited to read Unspoken but unfortunately, I walk away with a bad taste in my mouth. I think I will give Sarah Rees Brennan another chance, just not with any more books in the Lynburn Legacy series. ...more
After laughing out loud just from reading the author’s note alone I had expected Schooled to be a hilarious read. While yes, there were a lot of partsAfter laughing out loud just from reading the author’s note alone I had expected Schooled to be a hilarious read. While yes, there were a lot of parts where I laughed out loud there were also some insightful ideas on life within the schooling system from Tali’s own experiences.
I enjoy the occasional non-fiction memoir and I really enjoyed reading Schooled. As someone who is nearing the end of my degree I found it a nice experience reading through Tali’s school experience.
I found Schooled to be a really well-written book. Tali just has a way with words that once you start one of the stories you can’t stop reading it and then you just go straight in for another one. I did this one evening, I thought I’d just settle down and read a story or two before getting on with other things but in no time I had read about a quarter of the book.
There was nothing that I didn’t like about Schooled. There was a wide range of stories that kept me interested and it was extremely well-written and edited brilliantly. There really is nothing I have to complain about.
If you’re a fan of memoirs, especially those that touch on the side of humour then definitely check out Schooled....more
Having seen the movie a few years ago I thought it was high time I read the actual story. I don’t read nearly as many kiwi authors as I ought to becauHaving seen the movie a few years ago I thought it was high time I read the actual story. I don’t read nearly as many kiwi authors as I ought to because I do find them to be really talented and reading a book set in New Zealand is always something I love. The narrator of the story is Kahu’s uncle so it shows his point of view for everything and I really liked that. I enjoyed his voice as I found him to be really enthralling and it just made the story that much more interesting. I felt that time seemed to jump a little bit and I found it slightly difficult to figure out how old Kahu was but it eventually smoothed out into a steady timeline and that made it far less confusing. I really enjoyed reading The Whale Rider; it was interesting seeing the differences between the book and the movie. There were a few differences but I think the movie did a pretty good job in representing the book....more