I can't really do a long review of this because there's not an awful lot to right about. I picked this up in Waterstones because I love a random humou...moreI can't really do a long review of this because there's not an awful lot to right about. I picked this up in Waterstones because I love a random humour book, and this one is pretty random. To sum it up, this is basically a collection of books with really silly titles. From tractor obsessed authors to horse related lesbian short stories (don't ask!) and to other truly bizarre and wonderful book titles that I won't mention in fear of spoiling your reading amusement.
This a very short story set when Valkyrie was 13, so we're talking a few books back now. When I say short, I mean short, my Kindle jumped through the...moreThis a very short story set when Valkyrie was 13, so we're talking a few books back now. When I say short, I mean short, my Kindle jumped through the percentages and I read it in about 8 minutes, but boy was it funny! The summery of this short is that Skulduggery is held captive by Scaramouch Van Dreg who fancies himself as a major villain. His aim? To rule the world.
What I loved about this book? Simply put, watching Skulduggery shooting holes through all of Scaramouch's plans and basically making him feel like an idiot. Enter some seriously funny wisecracks, a funny entrance from Valkyrie and you've got a genius short story that all Skulduggery pleasant fans will love to bits!
Favourite quote: "We need more villains like you, you know that? We need more bad guys who want to take over the world. There aren't enough of them. The others think it's just, you know...silly" (less)
I honestly loved this and though it's very short it is a delightful read that will bring a smile to your face. For those who love Snow White and the S...moreI honestly loved this and though it's very short it is a delightful read that will bring a smile to your face. For those who love Snow White and the Seven Dwarves but thought that maybe there was more to the story than first appeared, this is a sure win.
I laughed through a lot of the verse but there were some points that struck a true cord with regards to prejudice and casting judgement. And man do I have a different opinion of those Dwarves and of Snow White. I think I will always want Snow White to end slightly differently in some way, Why should the perfect good-looking prince always get the girl? Love comes in many forms, something we should all bear in mind. Regardless of anything else and of how you feel about fairy tales or happy endings, this is a witty, clever and ultimately interesting take on a classic that, for many people, was a part of their childhood. And I am infinitely jealous of Mr Mullins poetic skill (my attempts at verse suck lol)(less)
This is a funny short in true skulduggery pleasant style, though I have to admit, being so short there wasn't as much time for plot development (not t...moreThis is a funny short in true skulduggery pleasant style, though I have to admit, being so short there wasn't as much time for plot development (not that I could ever really complain much about anything skulduggery).
I did love the twist near the end of the book and I have to admit, even with my pretty random and explosive imagination, I did not see it coming because it was such an usual turn to take.
The jokes are all there, as are all of Valkyrie and Skulduggery's infamous one-liners that have you laughing on public transport or choking on your drink (or is that just me?) and this book was great for some much needed light relief :)
This was a creepy little read with enough tension in it to make me think about it for a while after I finished it. For those who are looking for a neat...moreThis was a creepy little read with enough tension in it to make me think about it for a while after I finished it. For those who are looking for a neatly tied of ending then don't look here.
If you're looking for something to scare you a bit and create a sense of tension and peril then this is the book for you.(less)
I'd like to thank Mr Lane for asking me to review his book and for being patient with my very busy work schedule and insane amount of books on my to-r...moreI'd like to thank Mr Lane for asking me to review his book and for being patient with my very busy work schedule and insane amount of books on my to-read list :) Well, where to start! I really liked this collection of shorts and they will stick in my mind for a long time to come.
Mr Lane focuses on some sensitive topics including Racism, Drug addiction, Child abuse and Mental Illness and considering each story is limited to around 10 pages(ish) they have a certain depth to them, similar to that of a longer novel. One story that particularly made me gasp was the story of the girl who runs away from home to live her life as much as she can as she's in fear of becoming mentally ill like her mother. The last paragraph stopped me cold with it's conclusion because despite my over-thinking brain, I simply never saw it coming and believe me, you probably won't either.
Each story was poignant in it's own way and I took something from each one. I think I'll definitely be looking out for more books by Jeremy Lane because there is no doubting that he is a skilled writer with the ability to write engaging and thoughtful stories without the need to babble. Genius.(less)
I can't give this book more praise then this: It's short and yet leaves an impact like a meteor and is the most cleverly written book I've read in a l...moreI can't give this book more praise then this: It's short and yet leaves an impact like a meteor and is the most cleverly written book I've read in a long time. Those final couple of notes had me crying my eyes out. Very emotive and powerful, and some important lessons to be learned in the couple of hours it will take you to read it.(less)
Usually I find writing reviews for books pretty straight forward because essentially the authors are all adults with life experience behind them and y...moreUsually I find writing reviews for books pretty straight forward because essentially the authors are all adults with life experience behind them and years of schooling or at least some knowledge of literary skills and devices. Occasionally however, I need to re-evaluate how I look at a book because the author is different. In this case, the author is only 12 years old.
When I think back to when I was twelve there is no way on this earth I had the urge to read much let alone write something. And if I did write stories, I got bored very quickly, so I have to give Pamela Shine full credit for her determination and staying power to the task at hand. To review her like an adult however, would be unfair.
Red Flame: Wizards’ School is a fun fantasy adventure about a group of wizards who go to the Red Flame School, one of many in the world of Wizland. These wizards are given missions and jobs to go on and in the case of some of the wizards, get to go out and cause a lot of trouble (the child in me grinned wickedly at this) and they also get into fights with other competing schools.
The powers the characters have were different to what I usually expect from a book centred on magic. It is often too easy to make your main character super powerful with an insane complicated power, but Pamela has created abilities for her characters which tend to stem from something simple or basic and become surprisingly powerful when used. The story itself is fast paced and quickly comes to a conclusion without any messing around or going off on a tangent (something some adult authors are guilty of), whereas it is the way of the teenager or younger person to get the point.
Having said that, as an older reader I think I would have liked a bit more explanation as to background and character history and description of the places the events were set. The ability to do this is something I feel she will develop over time and gain with experience, but if I were to give this to a younger person as it stands now I feel they will love it to bits without the added description. As this book is aimed at 8 to 12-year-olds then I think it would be nice if this book got a bit more publicity as I’m sure children in that age group will love it.
One important point to note while reading this, and as a reader it is one of my big sticking points; I hate grammatical errors and I was expecting some from such a young author, but you know what? There were NONE. None what-so-ever. I’ve been known to mark books as DNF because the grammar mistakes are so bad and this book has absolutely none at all. So I give 10/10 for her brilliant spell checking and grammar skills.
If Pamela writes a sequel I will definitely be reading it as I’m interested to follow her career and to see where she goes from here. I’m sure that with more experience and knowledge she will become a very competent adult author. (less)
Dawn of Eden: I was thrilled with Dawn of Eden and I found it a unique insight into the world of The Immortal Rules before Ali's adventure begun. Kylie...moreDawn of Eden: I was thrilled with Dawn of Eden and I found it a unique insight into the world of The Immortal Rules before Ali's adventure begun. Kylie made a sympathetic caring, yet tough protagonist and I was pulled into her story and her reasons for fighting the Red Lung Virus without much trouble. The story even took a romantic turn and featured a cameo from a pretty important character from The Immortal Rules. The ending was pretty well done, which is usually difficult with a Novella and overall, with this story, I was very impressed. Not only did it give additional background on the vamps and Red Lung Virus, but also an insight into how difficult life was during the breakout.
Thistle and Thorne I was really surprised with this novella. I have books by Ann Aguirre on my to-read list but have yet to read any of them; needless to say this will have to change very soon because she is an exceptional writer. Mari and Thorne made a brilliant twosome and I really hope Miss Aguirre writes a full book based on these characters because I really want to know what happens after this novella ends, especially as it ends with the suggestion that there is more to come. There is a little tinge of romance in this, but very little and the plot and action certainly takes centre stage. The post-apocalyptic background is well thought out, and so different from most others I've read since I've never read anything about a chemical spill before. Overall, this is a cleverly written novella but with quite a bit of violence and gore though not without the emotional undercurrent with the characters which make them feel more human.
Sun Storm This is unfortunately the short story that let me down and by this point I was actually pretty hopeful that all three stories would be made of win. Don't get me wrong, the idea of solar flares and the end of the world is realistic enough, but what failed to capture me was the idea of developing powers when hit by the sparks from these flares. Having said that, It's no more unbelievable than zombies I guess so I gave it a chance. When I got to a certain part half way through though, I thought the following: 'that could never happen in a million years' even my huge imagination has a limit and it reached it. Having said that, some people may take to it though to me it seemed a bit silly. Character wise, though I loved Sarah, Ian just didn't gel with me and I didn't really feel his relationship with Sarah. Add what felt like a much too rushed ending and when I finally finished I was ready to admit that I didn't personally enjoy it.
All in all for the first two stories this is worth reading, but honestly, I did not get on with the third. Having said that, I'm sure some people will disagree with me. Give it a go when it's released!(less)
Netgalley doesn't class this as horror. I disagree. It scared the crap out of me in more ways than one. I'm going to keep this review spoiler free so...moreNetgalley doesn't class this as horror. I disagree. It scared the crap out of me in more ways than one. I'm going to keep this review spoiler free so as not to ruin the affect for future readers because this is one short story you don't want to miss.
Is it really possible to ask the Cosmos for something and actually have it granted? well it does in this novel and with devastating consequences. This is so well written I was creeped out by every twist and turn and every time something unexpected happened I felt like the bottom of my stomach dropped about a foot.
I never thought that such a short novel could have such a huge impact, not only on my emotions but also on my ideas of God, the Universe and Fate. This is a thought provoker if ever there was one. Though be warned the main character is a bit erm annoying at first but I did warm to him.
Anyway read this when it's released. It's totally mind blowing.(less)