Going into Black Knight I was eager to find out what invention would be used next, and how the team are going to find it, so I was pleasantly surpriseGoing into Black Knight I was eager to find out what invention would be used next, and how the team are going to find it, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the recruitment of three new members, to help Dev, Lot, and Mase do thier job with less damage. The recruitment process was very sneaky, but it also shows us the new skill sets that the new members will be bringing into the team, rather than the surprise of the initial forming of the team. Black Knight is just as gripping as the previous books, but we are introduced to a third agency trying to find the items, the Company of Merchant Adventurers are set to steal the Antikythera Mechanisim in an attempt to find a way to the Black Knight. Dev and the team must stop Shadow Helix, and CMA from destroying the world, and thier journey takes them to some unexpected places.
One thing I love about this series is that each book brings with it a lot of new inventions and gadgets that the team use to aid thier missions. I liked getting to see a few old favourites, but some of the new technology sounds amazing....but also somewhat scary if it was a real object. As per usual, the path to retrieving the missing items isn't an easy one, and this one is a very bumpy ride with a lot of unexpected twists and turns. I love how Black Knight takes the team out of thier comfort zone, and takes us along for the ride, but this mission has the added complication of a mole in thier midst and I honestly didn't see this one coming.
The last few chapters of Dark Knight will leave you wanting to throw your book across the room. We discover a few secrets and are finally told the answer to a mystery that plays throughout the book, to have it taken away from us on the cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers. Why are we left in torture and suspense, wondering what is going to happen next......I'm hoping the next book will be out very very soon.
Final Verdict Black Knight is another great installment to this series so far, and I'm already wishing the days away needing the next book in my hands....more
After finishing Iron Fist I was eager to make a start on Gravity, wondering what invention would the team be searching for and how dangerous it was goAfter finishing Iron Fist I was eager to make a start on Gravity, wondering what invention would the team be searching for and how dangerous it was going to be. After the events of Iron Fist, Dev, Mase, and Lot are now tasked with retrieving the items that were stolen from the Inventory, with the Avro and a backpack of gadgets they must work as a team and recover the items as they are found, from stolen jetpacks to Newton's Arrow.
Gravity is a very aptly named book, as the invention they have to recover actually controls the gravitational force, with some pretty serious consequences when its used for the wrong reasons. I really enjoyed getting to follow the team as they travel to Tokyo to hunt down Newton's Arrow and stop Shadow Helix from completing thier task. Seeing what Newton's Arrow was capable of was freaky but also pretty awesome.....for a reader and not for the person on the end of the arrow. We get to see how Charles's mind works in the pages of this book as he interrogates the Collector for information about the stolen objects but also gives things away which prove to be disastrous later on.
I liked that we get to see Dev using his ability more as he learns more about himself and who he is. The team itself is starting to function slightly better, as teenagers go its going well, and while the missions aren't picture perfect and they do slip up, I like the trust they have with each other, even if that means sticking together through the worst of it.
I liked the progression of Gravity, following the ups and downs of the retrieval mission, seeing all the damage that Newton's Arrow can do, as well as it's true purpose. I loved getting to spend time with the characters again, even though I've only just left them, and even though I've read the books straight after each other, it doesn't get boring or repetitive.
Final Verdict Gravity is a book that I really enjoyed reading. With new gadgets and more surprises thrown at you this book really stands out for itself, but flows really well as part of the series. I'm really looking forward to diving into the next book....more
Iron Fist is a book that somehow slipped past my radar when it was published, and it wasn't until I was asked to take part in the blog tour for the laIron Fist is a book that somehow slipped past my radar when it was published, and it wasn't until I was asked to take part in the blog tour for the latest installment to this series that it really got on my radar. I really enjoy books with gadgets, and crazy inventions, and technical wizardry, so it was easy for me to say yes for the series so far. Iron Fist is a book that drew me in immediately, I loved the mystery and suspense surrounding the plot itself, but also the protagonist and how easy it was to relate to them.
Dev lives at the Inventory with his uncle. They are keepers of the secret storage unit for thousands of gadgets that were banned, deemed too unsafe, or unsuitable for public knowledge. But for Dev the inventory is his playground, and whilst he may not get on well with his uncle, he has no problem entertaining himself with things he finds on the shelves. We get to see his personality shine through quite early in the pages, and it's definitely an hilarious moment.
"Anyway I thought you were afraid of heights?" said his uncle Dev shrugged. "I wasn't planning on going very high. Just y'know, fast. I'm not afraid of fast."
Unbeknownst to Dev and his uncle Charles, the Collector, an operative in Shadow Helix, has his eyes set on Iron Fist, and is willing to pull out all the stops to get what he wants, even if that means invading the Inventory. Dev and Charles soon find themselves under attack, and with Devs' frenemies Lot and Mason caught in the cross hairs, they must do whatever they can to stop the Collector.
Iron Fist doesn't have a big location, in fact the book itself is mostly set in the Inventory itself, but with everything that goes on within the pages the world feels a lot bigger. I liked that we get to see some of the inventions in action, or get a great description of others. I enjoyed the flow of the story, and not only was I kept guessing but also surprised with a few revelations that I did not expect. I liked seeing the friendship between Lot, Mase, and Dev form, and they may not be the best of friends but its a friendship formed out of necessity rather than want. Final Verdict Iron Fist was a book I finished relativity quickly, and I'm excited to see where it all goes from here. The characters and the world already feel like a small part of home to me and I can't wait to dive into the next book....more
Jesper Jinx has been a series I have enjoyed. I like that each new book brings a new misadventure for Jesper. They are quick and easy to read, which mJesper Jinx has been a series I have enjoyed. I like that each new book brings a new misadventure for Jesper. They are quick and easy to read, which makes them perfect for younger readers, as well as humour that makes older readers laugh.
I've been on many adventures with Jesper, but Jesper Jinx and the Mouse Mayhem brings a new adventure in the form of pet mice. Jesper is determined to have mice as presents, and eventually gets his own way, only for the mice to quickly escape on a trip to school. Jesper is beside himself with worry over his new pets, but something strange is going on at school, and for once Jesper isn't directly involved in it.
Jesper Jinx and the Mouse Mayhem is split into its usual format with small chapters that show the progression of the story as well as images to show us what is happening. But what makes this story unique is we get to see a few familiar faces as they all play a small role in this book.
Final Verdict Jesper Jinx and the Great Mouse Mayhem was just as hilarious as the previous books in the series, and after all the misadventures that Jesper has had so far I am excited to see what could happen next for him....more
I fell in love with the Harry Potter universe when I first read the books, then all over again when I got to listen to them. When I got the chance toI fell in love with the Harry Potter universe when I first read the books, then all over again when I got to listen to them. When I got the chance to listen to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them I jumped at the chance. Not having read this book yet, this was my first foray into this world (if we don't couldn't the movie) and one I was excited to make a start on.
The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them audiobook isn't very long, 1 hr and 40 mins in total, so I was able to get through this quite quickly. One of the main things that drew me to this audio was that fact that Eddie Redmayne narrates it himself, so it was easy for me to picture him as Newt as he narrated the story
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them goes through the list of magical beasts and creatures, giving us the names in alphabetical order, their Ministry of Magic Classification, as well as a short description and information about said creature. My favourite example of this is the flobberworm, with a description of 'it moves very little'.
Narrator Eddie Redmayne as a narrator was perfect, for me he is Newt and he fits this role to a tee. His personality comes across through the story and really draws you in.
Final verdict Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a great addition to the wizarding world, and very handy for all witches, wizards, squibs, and muggles to learn about these creatures....more
When you are approached to review a new book you are always apprehensive over accepting or not, even more so when you have no idea who the authors areWhen you are approached to review a new book you are always apprehensive over accepting or not, even more so when you have no idea who the authors are, just that you have worked with them before. But the synopsis of Belle drew me in, along with the tag line
What happens when you mix classic fairy tales and Gossip Girl together? Everything. Everything happens.
I did initially struggle with the beginning of the book, it took a while for me to turn the Disney switch off in my brain, but once that was done I did start to enjoy Belle.
Belle was an interesting read. I initially wasn't sure how this book would play out and I was pleasantly surprised at the uniqueness but familiarity of it. I liked that we get to see some familiar 'faces' and personalities along with thier dress sense, but that they aren't set in thier usual world. The idea of the 'Royals' and the 'Peasants' added that bit of hierarchy into the story, showing us who rules the school and who is looked down on. The gossip section written by Elsa really gets to the nitty gritty of what is going on in thier social scenes, and we see more of the other characters in these small snippets. I liked how the characters were true to themselves, but also followed thier own desires, which also meant that what I thought was going to happen was mostly wrong.
The progression of the story and the plot itself kept my attention, and everything that happened felt natural and unrushed. As Belle was coming to an end there are events that happen that I didn't see coming, and I'm glad that although I thought the book would be predictable I was happy to be proven mostly wrong.
Final Verdict Although Belle didn't blow me away, I did enjoy the book. The uniqueness means this book will stand out from others and the sneak peak at the next book has me wanting to know what happen next....more
The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom are the staple of every parents bookcase for younger children, and in my case for the book basket for work. I loveThe Gruffalo and Room on the Broom are the staple of every parents bookcase for younger children, and in my case for the book basket for work. I love how easy it is to read these books, and how quickly the children pick up on the repetitiveness of it, so when I saw The Giant Jumperee on NetGalley I knew I had to read it.
The story itself follows a rabbit who is scared of this mysterious Giant Jumperee, and when he seeks help from his fellow animals they too are scared. But it takes one brave animal to pull the Giant Jumperee out of hiding.
I love the illustrations in the pages of this book and The Giant Jumperee itself was a very quick read, but like other books by Julia, its easy to follow with repetitive words that will make this a hit for children.
Final Verdict The Giant Jumperee was a lovely read, and one I can't wait to add to the collection....more
I first heard of Ten Birthdays from a comment from the author, I quickly checked it out on his website and said I was very interested in this book. II first heard of Ten Birthdays from a comment from the author, I quickly checked it out on his website and said I was very interested in this book. I knew going into Ten Birthdays I would need lots of tissues, so with coffee, chocolate, and a box of tissues I began reading, and I did not stop until I had reached the last page.
Imagine your birthday could never be celebrated the same way ever again, that instead of looking forward to your celebrations you dreaded the day. This is the case for Poppy, whos birthday also happens to be the day she lot her Mum. A day spent shopping with friends with hushed conversations between them does not leave Poppy with good feelings, and when she finally makes it hope its clear why, and rather than face the small party, Poppy hides, waiting for everybody to leave. It's then that she receives a belated gift off her Mum, a letter to open for the next ten years worth of birthdays. This was also the time I declared myself gone, and gave up trying to hold back the tears.
Ten birthdays is spread over the course of ten years in Poppy's life, but it's artfully done with quick glimpses into Poppy's birthday celebrations with information on what she has done, what her friends are doing, what shes doing now or next. We see how poppy spends her birthday, decisions she makes and how they affect those around her. We see her growing up, changing jobs, falling in love, and the ups and downs of her friendship with Freya and Mark.
Ten Birthdays is a book that I fell head over heels into, and didn't come up for air. I instantly loved the characters, how their personalities were so different but they were so close. The village Poppy grew up in sounds quaint, and is most definitely a village where everybody knows everybody else and thier business, and I do miss this aspect of my youth.
I don't really want to say too much about Ten Birthdays because this book is just as much of a journey for the reader as it is for Poppy, and I really do want you to take this journey with her.
Final Verdict Ten Birthdays is a heartfelt journey about loss, love, friendship, and growing up. I loved every minute of this book and can't wait to dive into my own copy again....more