Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
Since I’ve heard so much about them beforehand, these books were quite daunting to pick up and read but I thoroughly enjoyed them. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory avoided cliches and kept teasing the reader for if he was going to get the ticket, and out of miniscule luck he ends up getting it, rather than anything necessarily special about his character. I also like how imaginative Dahl is in the creation of the factory. In Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, the plot is very mix and match, possible to fill up space in the book. I think that the plots in two would have worked better as two spin off stories. A nice classic that I’m dissapointed won’t have a sequel.
Rating – 3.5/5
How to look for a lost dog by Ann M. Martin
There is a very high possibility that there was hidden hypnotism in this book, because after reading this the main character Rose’s top interest, has completely leeched itself into my mind. And on homophones, Rose’s dog is called Rain, and the cover of the book is of rain! How interesting.
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The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol
It’s quite interesting how each piece of wizardry media has its own twist to it. In this interpretation of wizadry our protagonist goofy witch has just graduated from witch school and has her aprenticeship in a small cozy town on the on the edge of urbanisation. Of course, she has a nemesis, a ‘perfect’ girl called Gimma, who we are at first led to believe is the perfect, skilled, girl bully whilst Arianwyn is the one who’s terrible at magic but then Nicol flips my expectations. She is an enthusiastic and skilled witch and it’s very fun having her as a lead. At times though she can be quite patriotic like when she sticks up for Gimma after all the stuff she’s done to her. A nice chill book with a wonderful lead.
Rating – 3.9/5
Star Wars: A New Hope Book by Ryder Windham
The story of Star Wars was great, there’s no question about that Just not so much the author. Windham is very factual in his writing, just describing excatly what is happening rather than making reading this an experience in itself. I like how Luke isn’t ‘The Chosen One’, in fact he isn’t important at all until the climax. He mostly acts as a viewpoint for us to learn about this fascinating world Lucas has crafted. I really want to read Empire Strikes Back, but perhaps a different author next time.
Rating – 3/5
Words of Mouse by James Patterson
Words of Mouse is a book aimed at younger audiences by one of the best selling authors of all time, James Patterson, and I have to say that this was a very pleasant read. It was short and sweet and our main character Isiah is never really in big trouble, which is uncharacteristically satisfying for me. I really enjoy reading from an animal’s perspective and unlike a lot of children’s literature it offers an explaination as to why he has human characteristics: he’s been genetically altered. The quotes at the start of each chapter are very useful as they show his wisdom without disrupting the story. Everything about this book is so warm and fuzzy, and the illustrator has clearly worked hard to portray these characters beautifly. If you’ve just finished a tough, difficult read like Stephen King’s IT, this book may be appealing.
Rating – 4/5
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
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At this point, the books feel kind of repetitive. Tris is a rebel against a new unstable person with power, the excact same premise as the last two, except its safer now to follow Tris since she finally has realised the value of her life.
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Battle of the Beetles by M.G. Leonard
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! Read at your own risk.
Battle of the beetles is a brilliant mystery road-trip type story about a world in which a half beetle-human hybrid commands a genetically engineered beetle army to hold the planet on siege. Just the description alone sounds epic. And I think that’s the word to describe this. Epic.
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