The School For Good and Evil By Soman Chainan


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Soman Chainani is a new author for me is which is slightly unusual for me,  like wise the fact that I listened to this book using the ‘Audible’ App, which I can highly recommend.
I usualy add a plot to my reviews, but this one is so complex that you would be sat in front of your computer for hours on end reading it! So instead I’m going simply to share my views with you.
I was staying in Newcastle when I bought this book, but I had forgotten to bring a book with me so I suggested that I listened to an audio book instead. And so, after about two hours browsing through the audible website I found this book, which I knew my friends had read and loved!
Having (to my sheer disapointment!) not read much so far this holday I started listening to it eagerly and immediately!
It is quality writing from an author that, seriously, could give Pullman himself a run for his money. It had me crying, it had me laughing, it had me in such a state that I had to force myself to stop reading it, as well as resisting my headphones which were whispering the words, “Listen to me, listen to me” in a cool and enticing voice.
I think by now that you may have gathered this, but I will say it anyway: this book is fantabulous and a read that any girl or boy from ages 10 to 13 could love like I did!
If you this read this book – or listen to it like I did – then enjoy and CARRY ON READING!!!!!

See the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqnU3ZqvL1k


My Top Five Series of Books:

1. Ruby Redfort series by Lauren Child

2. Geek Girl series by Holly Smalle

3. The Chocolate Box Girls by Cath Cassidy

4. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

5. Dork Diaries by Rachel Rene Russell

Geek Girl-Holly Small


Geek Girl-Holly Small

My best friend read this book, and consequently began to nag me to read it and when I finally did I couldn’t help but agree with the fact that it’s a pretty awesome book. The writers use of sassy, quirky and punctual style really brings the story to life. The book takes place in England, and is about a girl called Harriet Manners who is (according to Oxford dictionary) a Geek. When shopping in Brighton with her close friend Nat she is scouted by a modelling agency. And due to daily Torment from the school’s biggest bully, and a strong desire to transform from “geek to sheek” she accepts the job. But modelling isn’t every girls cup of tea.

The plot may sound sinister however this is actually a frightfully funny book, with great characters such as Toby, her insane geeky stalker and Yuka Ito, her boss who is quite fabulous!

If you are a fan of authors like Jacqueline Wilson or Rachel Rene Rustle then this book is for you. I really enjoyed this book and believe that you will to!

(I’m afraid that this book is one that could only be appealing to girls)

Pig City- by Louis Sachar


Pig City- by Louis Sachar

I chose to read this book after I read the book “There’s a boy in the girls bathroom” at school and then the “Wayside school” series by the same author. It takes place In a regular American secondary school. Here the three girls, Laura Sibble, Tiffany and Allison decide to start a secret club.
Due to the fact, that she has the same words embellished on the hat she recently purchased at a thrift shop, Laura calls the club Pig City. However when the Monkey Club is formed disaster strikes!

When reading Louis Sachar’s books you completely forget that anything else matters. His expert and humorous tone is mind-bogglingly brilliant! His characters are described with such vivid and precise language you feel as though they’re real. An aspect that engaged me the most was the insane and radical mix of dramatic and therapeutic writing that he used.
I couldn’t recommend Louis books more strongly; in fact I believe that he has grown to be one of my favourite writers. I award this book with five massive gold stars!

The Owl Service: by Alan Garner


The Owl Service: by Allan Garner

The Owl Service: by Alan Garner

 

My Mum actually read this book to me, which heaved me back to the past when my parents read to me every night. I wasn’t sure what to expect but trusted my mother’s opinion because she’d read it as a child. So here are my thoughts on this novel:

 

The ending was either rushed or not thought about properly which was a great shame because the rest of the book was captivating and mysterious. I didn’t love this book or dislike it either. It was generally a good read, due to the large variety of characters with snobby, witty and lovable personalities.

 

The quality of the writing in this book is what makes it special, also subtle yet so memorable. The plot is complicated, meaning you can’t work out until the end of the book what the basic plot of the story is. The gripping aspect of the novel is its mystery. Just to encourage you to read this novel, I would add that Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman (both distinguished novelists) both gave highly positive comments on this read – probably because they use a quite similar style. It’s a fictional story based on an ancient Welsh myth and is set in the present day (although it was published in 1967). Altogether it’s a great read and I would recommend it for readers aged 10-14.

If You Could Save Only Eight Books


I came across this blog and thought what a brilliant idea so I decided to copy him and do the same but for children :
1.Dogger by Shirley Hues
2.Framed by Frank Cotterel Boyce
3.Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child
4.Not now Bernard by David Mkee
5.Cosmic by Frank Coterel Boyce
6.Mr Stink by David Walliams
7.The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman
8.The Wolves of Willoughby chase by Jane Aiken

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As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve invited some of my favourite bloggers to share with us the books that they’d reprieve from their collections if they could save only eight of them. First up is Lauren Sapala. Lauren has an excellent blog crammed with practical advice and inspiring ideas for writing. It can be found at laurensapala.com. Before choosing her eight books, I asked Lauren to tell us a little about her writing.

I started by asking her how long she’d been writing. “Since I was a child,” she told me, “but I started seriously writing in 2006.” To date she’s written four novels and a short story collection and is working now on a fifth novel. I asked her how she’d describe her writing style and subject matter. “I write dark autobiographical fiction, and dark literary fiction. My writing deals primarily with addiction, alcoholism, and psychological dysfunction.”…

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck


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I had expected this book, which is the eighth in the series, to be hilarious like the others, however I was deeply disappointed. All this book contained was Greg Heffley moaning about life, unlike the previous books where he repeatedly got into trouble and had to invent ways to get himself out of it, which were usually crazy and humiliating.

I believe the author has run out of ideas after writing seven previous books with the same characters. Some aspects made me chuckle slightly, but not laugh out loud in the way that I did with the others. Unfortunately Rowley, Greg’s best friend, wasn’t included in this book so much as he had a girlfriend and Greg was highly uncomfortable with that. Rowley is the character who usually causes problems for Greg. This is the whole point of the story: a teenage boy dealing with ridiculous and embarrassing problems. So without Rowley there to get Greg into trouble, the book was a great deal more dull. However, if you’re looking for a book to simply pass time while you’re looking for a more fulfilling one, this one is a suitable option.

In conclusion, I felt that this book is an unmemorable read and I recommend that you read some of the better ones in the series such as The Last Straw, which brought me and my brother to tears of laughter.