Then – Review

Then by Morriz Gleitzman

This book is one of the best I’ve ever read. There are so many children books which try to play the threat of death but never pull it off, and so many war books where the main characters have the luck of the devil, but this book is absolutely real. It is outright the best representation of World War Two I have ever seen in children’s fiction, and Gleitzman gives brilliant and honest descriptions of the absolute tragedy of what occured in Poland. After reading ONCE, this book is a must read, for the literary skill and for the shocking amount of perspective gained.

Rating – 5/5


Habitica – Review

Hello, how ya liking Ginger Jumble? The first program I just have to talk about is a nifty little website called Habitica I’ve been using every day for quite a while. It’s a hybrid of the two things everyone loves and wants to do. Gaming, and sticking to their goals.

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Divergent – Review

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This book is very cliche. I think I have read too many dystopian novels with a female lead, and when one of the characters died it felt like it copied that scene from every YA distopia I’ve read before. This book doesn’t dump exposition on us, but slowly lets us find out what each faction does. But one thing we need exposition on is the city. A map of where the factions are would have been very useful because some of the geography in this book didn’t make any sense. I like how it lead up to Four’s true identity is nice and slow and gives us the clues and time to work it out ourselves, and in reality is one of the first characters introduced in the book. But after the first kiss, they begin to kiss constantly and it’s really repetitive. The theme of belonging is very strong in this book, where everyone subconsciously shows off their original factions attributes no matter how hard they convince themselves that they want to change. The style of writing is very logical and its a pleasant read but (WARNING) be prepared for cliches.


Rating: 3.5/5

How I Left the Island – Blurb

What would it be like if you lived on the most secluded island in existence on the very bottom of the Earth?

Felix Frigus knows exactly how it feels, but everyone else around him doesn’t seem to notice the overwhelming sense of oppression, expect one other person: his uncle. But when his uncle is reported missing, Felix has to do everything he can to get him back, but how can he do that on an island where no one is on his side?

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MockingJay – Review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzzane Collins

I didn’t know young adult books are so, real! Katniss being mentally unstable most of the book makes perfect sense and really disturbs the reader. People die. And it’s the people who matter. Even as I write this I am not fully at terms with (SPOILERS) Prim’s death and it hurts even more that they chose to really develop her this book. The ending is extremely powerful. The children in the meadow ruins the morose theme, and I think it should have stayed true to its down to earth  roots. Still a great book.

Rating: 4.5/5