The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan

‘My mind wanders as I scan the crowd, wondering which people here will be my classmates at Pointe Laveau. And that’s when I see them.’

Eveny Cheval couldn’t be more disappointed when she has to return to her home town. With its secluded village and gates barring off any tourists, Carrefour is practically the opposite to New York, where Eveny used to live. There is no one there that Eveny knows. There is no one she can trust. But little does she know that she fits in better with anyone in the town: because Eveny is a Doll.

I love this book so much. The characters are all incredibly different, but every one I can picture in my mind. My favourites are probably Drew and Chloe, because they are very unpredictable. The chapters are fast paced and lead on from one another with ease. I seemed to get more and more gripped as the plot developed. The twists and turns are epic; I like how you never know who the enemy is until the end. A little bit of romance, a little bit of magic, an action infused plot and what do you get? An amazing idea that will go far.
In my opinion, girls of the age 12-16 will love this book, but I’m sure some boys may like it too. I rate it four stars, and the publisher is Usborne. The Dolls will be published in March so look out for it on line and in book stores!

I reviewed this book for lovereading4kids

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There will be lies by Nick Lake

‘People you love can lie to you for the very best of reasons.
Maybe they want to protect you.
Maybe they want to hide a terrible secret of their own
Maybe they just love you so much they’ll do anything, ANYTHING, to keep you.
Maybe they’re just liars.
What about you?’

Shelby has lived with only her mum all her life. She grew up to love her, even if she is over protective. But when Shelby is involved in a car crash she is told things she was never told before. She was told lies. She was told a bit of the truth. But will Shelby find out what is what before it is too late?

I must admit, this book was a little hard to get into at first- there was a lot of information you have to process at the start- but afterwards I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator talks with a funny sarcastic tone which can change depending on what the scene was about. There was also a lot of action, which made it a little gory! I also loved how Lake made the fantasy in the book so realistic.

I give this book a four star, and the publisher is Bloomsbury. The age range is 13+.

The Piper by Danny Weston

‘Please,’ she whispers. But he simply lifts a long white pipe to his lips and begins to play again, that same, mournful tune. Then a pair of cold wet hands clamp tightly around her ankled. They pull back hard and she has time for one, short scream.

 It is Granddad Peter’s eighty eighth birthday and Helen is the only one there at the care home. Everything looks dreary- like it always does. Someone has put a balloon in the corner, attempting but failing to be cheerful. Helen knows she’s in for a hard time- Granddad Peter is as gloomy as his room. But when she mentions the trip she’s going on, Granddad tells a story that Helen has never heard before. It is a story that puts you on edge. It’s a story that will make you turn the pages faster and faster. It’s a story that will make Helen never think twice about going on that trip again.

Fast paced and mysterious, The Piper will get you having nightmares for days after reading the last page. I’ve read many books about World War Two, but none of them have been like this. As the narrator is introduced at the start (Granddad Peter) it feels like someone is reading the book with you, especially because he is one of the main characters in the story he tells. It could also be passed off as an amazing mystery, as all the twists and clues are like separate surprises- most of the time I couldn’t guess what would happen next. Creative and imaginative, I can picture what happens in my head, it is that detailed.

I haven’t read man horror books, but if you like being on the edge of your seat, I recommend this book! By the way, if you do read it, I suggest that you do not read it at night.

The age range is 12+ for boys and girls (but boys may enjoy it more). The publisher is Anderson Press and I give it a five star out of five.

Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo

The last thing she said to me was: ‘Live, child, you have to live. Live for your mother, live for me.’

Listen to the Moon is set in World War One, in the Scilly Isles. The war is raging around the islands, and what was warmth towards the Germans has turned to pure hostility. Alfie and his family know they need to avoid any Germans at all costs, but when they find a girl on an uninhabited island nearby, they can’t resist taking her in. Cold, alone, frightened, the girl has no memory of how she had got there. No matter how hard they pressed, nothing could be done. The one word she spoke, the one word she spoke out of the millions she could have said, was, ‘Lucy.’ And so the story begins.

I had great expectations for this book, what with Michael Morpurgo being a very successful bookseller. And, in the end, I was pleased. Very pleased. I like how the book is written from the view of Lucy, the girl, and also in third person. It was very fast-paced, and all events were quite unexpected which made it more mysterious. After reading this book, I thought more about the situations that happened and even looked up a few events.

This book is very similar to other Michael Morpurgo books, as it is about World War One, but I think it had a more personal side to it as well. If you have read Kensuke’s Kingdom, which is another of Morpurgo’ s books, you will like Listen to the Moon. I would say the age range is 12+, for boys and girls, and the publisher is Harper Collins. I give this book a four star.

Half A Creature From The Sea by David Almond

‘ A story is a journey.
Every word is a footstep.
A story is a life. ‘

Twisted with emotion, threaded with the smell of the sea, Almond creates both fantasy and reality in this gripping book. All the stories create a world within a world, a story within a story, a life within a life. I love how Almond leaves everything for you to pick up so there is no wrong answer- it just makes everything last so much longer (which is a good thing!). I remember spending nights staring up at my ceiling, seeing things other people cannot see, dreaming about the story I just read, pretending to be in the main character’s footsteps. That is something hard to achieve for an author- for kids like me to dream about their stories. Well, David Almond definitely achieved it.

The cover and the illustrations are completely beautiful, every single one. I loved flipping back through the pages to look at the pictures, I loved looking at the cover for the first time. It is definitely the best cover I have ever seen.

After reading the book, I now know a lot of things about David Almond that I didn’t know before. This is because, within each story there is a connection to Almond. The spider webs that make up all the tales are adorned with tiny crystals of Almonds childhood, each thread inspired by the life of the author. This is mainly why this book is so special- the stories are true in such a way that you can smell the sea salt on the paper, you can hear boys yelling, ‘Goaaallll!’ in the distance. There is a weird mix of reality and fantasy here, a weird mix of both the truth and lies, that puts a special effect to the book like no other.

I also quite liked the introductions before each tale- it made everything easier to picture in my mind.

The age range is 11+ and the publisher is Walker Books. I give this book five stars.

Note: when I say five stars or four star, I mean five out of five.

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

’round and round, tighter and tighter,
smaller and smaller.
Forever.
Or so it seems.’

Life is a spiral. A never ending spiral. Becoming tighter, becoming wider. Two parallel universes colliding together to form one. One perfect spiral. Life. Life is a girl, facing normality, making magic. Life is realising your destiny, realising the answers to the questions you have been pursuing for all eternity. Life is a river, and what shapes are made beneath the surface. Life is all the complications we hold and ow we work them out. Life is a spiral. Read the spirals carefully, and you will work out what they mean.

Sedgwick’s book is so intricate it amazed me when I started reading the first story. I just love how everything is all connected and fits together so perfectly, but despite this you still can’t predict what happens next. All four stories are told in so many different ways, yet are really just replicates, copies of each other, stories within stories.

My favourite tale is the first one because of how it’s narrated in one long poem, but I love all the others almost as much.

The only slight thing with this book is that you have to focus to understand. It is not an easy read, which can be a good thing but for people who like to read books in an hour will be disappointed. For mainly this reason, the age range is for YA (young adults) and for girls and boys. The Publisher is Indigo and I give this book four stars.

Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

‘I am dead, but not gone.’

One day every year a group of mysterious people meet in an empty house. There are thirteen chairs. Twelve occupy them. But when Jack comes in things become very weird. Jack doesn’t believe in ghosts. Of course ghosts don’t exist. But why are all these people meeting up to tell ghost stories? Why do they all believe in them?

Jack is a curious boy- but if he wants to find out what all of this really means he has to delve deeper in the stories. He has to believe in the ghost stories being told. He has to believe in ghosts.

I haven’t read a good ghost story in forever, but this has really made my curiosity grow much bigger. All thirteen ghost stories captured the true feeling of being scared without using something very cliché. For example, my absolute favourite one is a story called Unputdownable, which is about a man who finds a sudden interest in writing but everything goes way too far and out of control. I love the way Shelton narrates in the certain characters voice, which gives the stories a beautiful tone, drawing me in deeper. It gives a personality to every story, which some authors struggle with but Shelton makes it seem so easy.

Another thing that is absolutely amazing with this book is that Shelton somehow creates as story within all the stories- this is the only book I have read that connects all the ghost stories together.

To be honest, I have no more words to say. I just love it so much I am speechless.

The age range is for girls and boys from the age 12+/. The reason why I have set the age to twelve or more is because it made me realise what Death means, and how we can cope with it, and how if we chase Death, Death will chase us. And I think this is something that comes in the older years of childhood.

The publisher is David Fickling Books. I give this book a five star. You have done your job right, Dave Shelton.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

‘An hour ago, nothing that happened felt real to me. Now it does.’

Tris, a different person from book one, has changed to become the new, guilty Tris now. Things are falling apart for Tris. Dauntless is crumbling. Her relationship with Tobias is being destroyed. Everything is falling down; all because of the Erudite taking over the system. It was bad before, but it’s worse now. Much worse. How will Tris stop Jeanine Mathews from becoming the leader of all five factions? Will Tris help Marcus, Tobias’ father? Will things get better for her, or will she give up?

This book is a great sequel to Divergent, the original book. I love how Tris changes, but sometimes, I almost lost hope- it was quite depressing. As different situations give Tris different problems, I became more entranced by Roth’s world and more gripped by the second. There is only one slightly bad thing with this book. It’s the sort of book that you can put down easily. You need the time, concentration and focus to read this book, and if there are any distractions nearby, you may miss an important moment. Because there are so many problems, dillemas, climaxes in this book they all need equal attention. And sometimes I can’t give that.

Nevertheless, this book is amazing. Roth continues to astound me, and I hope that happens in the last book which I can’t wait to read. My favourite character in this b0ok is Tobias.

The age rang is 13+, and the publisher is Harper Collins. It is the second book of the trilogy, and I am more than happy to give this book a four star review.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

‘Today is the day of the aptitude test that will show me which of the five factions I belong in. And tomorrow, at the Choosing Ceremony, I will decide on a faction; I will decide the rest of my life; I will decide to stay with my family or abandon them.’

Beatrice Prior is a sixteen year old girl who is different to the others. Not because she left her family to become Dauntless. Not because she was the first jumper. Not even because she fell in love with Four, her  mysterious teacher. But because she doesn’t belong anywhere. She is a bit of everything. She is Divergent.

When Tris changes the rest of her life does too. Caleb, her brother, changes. She finds out more about her mother than she knew before. And the factions are arguing fiercely. Erudite wants power. And anything that gets in their way will be killed. So when Jeanine finds out Tris’ darkest secret, something goes wrong. Horribly wrong. And Tris’ already wilting life crumbles to reveal her true self.

I love love love this book so much! I got it for my birthday as I watched the movie before, and although I’ve been busy since then I have squeezed in at least half an hour of reading every day. Tris is just such an amazing character and the story is structured well as she finds out more about herself at the same rate as the audience does. She is a good person who has a strong willed mind, but creates problems as she doesn’t trust herself with the respect she has, which frustrates me as there is a lot of dramatic irony going on! Roth creates pictures so vivid at some points I could be hugging Four, I could be giving advice to Christina, I could be living Tris’ life. I liked reading her fear landscapes out of all the scenes.

But most of all, I adore the books plot. How could Veronica Roth create such an incredible storyline? This book now rivals The Hunger Games and Harry Potter for popularities, but personally, I like this book more than The Hunger Games!

The age range for Divergent is 12+ and the publisher is Harper Collins. I give this book a four star review.

Shift by Jeff Povey

“…after the door close behind him there’s a flash of light that seems to illuminate the whole room. Carrie jumps in her seat, letting out an involuntary scream. It’s like someone put million-watt bulbs in all the light sockets, and the flash all but blinds me.”

One moment Rev was in a boring detention, and the next there was a massive blinding flash of a light and everyone in the whole world has disappeared. Apart from the people in the detention with her. What should she do? Should she run around, go crazy? Or should she stay low and try to work out where the others have gone? But it seems like she and her friends aren’t the only ones; there are others out there, exactly like them, but with supernatural powers. Now this new world isn’t as safe and fun as it was before- the fact that everyone’s gone and Rev is alone with these monsters is now extremely scary… But what if it’ the other way round? What if she’s disappeared, into a mirror image of their world?

A gripping and captivating book, Jeff Povey has definitely convinced me that there’s something out there which is dangerous! All of the made up characters are intriguing and loving especially Rev, Johnson, GG and the Ape. For me my favourite character is the Ape (“it’s Dazza”) because of his cute fondness for Rev and his insistence that he should save the others, even when the worse comes round. This book is so good it blew me off my feet and I would be insanely proud if I was the author of it. With so many twists and turns, this book is best for it’s spellbinding words.

The age range is 13+ but 10 year olds can read it too as it took me two days to read, and trust me I was busy! This book is mostly for girls because of it’s romance and characters. The publisher is Simon and Schuster and I give it a four star.