This is a very short novella set between the first and second books. Though I found that because of it's shortness there wasn't the same depth of plotThis is a very short novella set between the first and second books. Though I found that because of it's shortness there wasn't the same depth of plot, it was still very funny and attention grabbing.
Lockwood, Lucy and George are back in full form, this time investigating a haunting in a school involving a dagger in a desk (literally!)and a very nasty sounding ghost.
Expect the usual, george being funny, lockhart being a bit blase and Lucy be the ever present good humour but sensible one. Lets not forget the need for tea and iced buns by the end of the book.
Definitely recommend this to those who are a fan of the Lockwood and co series. amazing...more
This had a promising start and I was thoroughly creeped out (which I guess was kinda the point). The thing that bugged me was the ending. I kept thinkThis had a promising start and I was thoroughly creeped out (which I guess was kinda the point). The thing that bugged me was the ending. I kept thinking there should be more. I guess that it was meant to end like that but I didn't like it.
I get that life does go on and it doesn't have a perfect ending but the lack of closure and explanation bugged me. Why were some people topping themselves and others just sitting down and dying peacefully? What caused it in the first place? I just didn't see the point to the story. Maybe I missed something.
However, I can't deny that despite the lack of closure and explanation the author is an exceptional writer. The book read fluently with no hiccups and I loved the atmosphere and descriptions, so I will happily read more of this books just to see what else he's written. I recognise a good writer when I read one, and this guy is talented....more
Funny. Simply put. But with a nice little passage at the end that gives the book it's point. Love the drawings. Love the one liners. Love love love itFunny. Simply put. But with a nice little passage at the end that gives the book it's point. Love the drawings. Love the one liners. Love love love it! Will be reading 'All my friends are still dead'...more
I wasn't impressed with this at all. The only reason it got three stars was for the incredible artwork. This could have been longer and I feel it's aI wasn't impressed with this at all. The only reason it got three stars was for the incredible artwork. This could have been longer and I feel it's a rip-off splitting it across so many volumes.
Don't get me wrong, I love this series and I am eagerly awaiting the next Iron Fey novel, but I won't be reading the rest of the Manga series. Took me ten minutes. That's how short it was....more
This was a nice short story that gave an interesting insight into four's mind but unlike some of the reviewers I didn't think it was amazingly mind blThis was a nice short story that gave an interesting insight into four's mind but unlike some of the reviewers I didn't think it was amazingly mind blowing or revealing. It was good but not as good as the other books in the series.
Having said that, Four is awesome and any book with Four in it is ok by me :)...more
I missed this when it came out and as a result felt a bit lost when we first meet Moonshine in Vampirates and he seems to know Connor and hate him forI missed this when it came out and as a result felt a bit lost when we first meet Moonshine in Vampirates and he seems to know Connor and hate him for no particular reason...it all makes sense now! Yeh!
This was a lovely short story that I devoured in a single sitting, which is handy cos my life is hectic at the moment. I really enjoyed it. It was mythical, fun and had some great laughs along with some heartstopping peril. I love love Justin's work and even though it's been nearly a decade since I first read a book of this, I still love his work.
It's such a shame that I didn't like this as much as the rest of the 'In school' series because they used to keep me very entertained. This one had thIt's such a shame that I didn't like this as much as the rest of the 'In school' series because they used to keep me very entertained. This one had the great stupid exam answers in but I felt it was ruined by the silly jokes and the excuse letters.
Don't get me wrong, I had a chuckle at some of it, but the rest just fell flat. And believe me when I say this, my life is so sucky at the moment I'll take any excuse to laugh given to me....more
It's been a while since I've read a Darren Shan book. I loved the Demonata series but couldn't get away with the vampire books, or the thin executioneIt's been a while since I've read a Darren Shan book. I loved the Demonata series but couldn't get away with the vampire books, or the thin executioner. I've yet to read the zombie ones, but I've been looking for this little gem for a while, which I finally found hidden in the adorable book palace store in the famous crooked house in Canterbury! Couldn't have been a more perfect place to find it :) Anyways....
I loved this! It was such a scary, creepy story yet with some valuable morals, great lessons on bravery and family ties and such a wonderful ending. I guess I was expecting something blunt at the end, but this was perfect. I loved Koyasan, and such a beautiful name! Would totally call my kid that if I had one lol
I'm totally going out of my way to read one of Darren's zombie books now. I've missed his writing. I know this is 8 years after it's release, but well played Mr Shan, well played!...more
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 soNetgalley 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....more
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. KylieDawn 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!...more
Usually I find writing reviews for books pretty straight forward because essentially the authors are all adults with life experience behind them and yUsually 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. ...more