Tag: Fantasy

Gaby’s Angel by Janet Hoggarth

Four Stars

Review by Alice.

Gaby’s Angel tells the story of a girl called Gaby who loses her best friend. But when Emily comes back as her very own guardian angel, life is a whirl of sleepovers, makeovers and parties with mates. But Emily can’t stay in Gaby’s world forever – she’s on a mission to show Gaby that life is full of new possibilities.

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I really enjoyed Gaby’s Angel because it shows how someone dying can change your life forever but that, in the end, love and friendship are the things that matter most. My favourite character was definitely Emily (the angel) because she always sees the bright side of things even in a world of darkness. She’s also a very funny character to read about with her sarcastic sense of humour and her sassy personality.

I think that Gaby’s Angel was aimed at children from the age of nine to twelve years old as some of the content is a little mature and a little sensitive. There is a little bit of lubby-dubby content.

 

 

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

five_stars

Review by Alice.

Harry is back for another year at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  With Sirius having died only a few months ago, life becomes much harder especially since he, Ron and Hermione are now N.E.W.T. students. 

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Furthermore, with a new teacher added to the mix and Draco Malfoy acting stranger than usual, how can Harry survive his sixth year at school ?

I really enjoyed Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince because it raises lots of questions of who Harry can trust and who trusts Harry. Additionally, I really think that you discover more of the emotional side of the characters as they are definitely starting to grow up.

I believe that J.K. Rowling aimed this particular book at thirteen plus but many people such as myself think that the book is appropriate for children from nine or ten years old. I started this series at the age of eight and a half and I really enjoyed it.

 

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Defiance by Eric Gardner

3-and-half-star

This is an action packed, fast paced apocalyptic style thriller. The book opens with Gabriel being forcefully taken from his own home in front of his wife and children. Outside the house, a woman in a van is orchestrating the whole operation including intercepting the anticipated emergency phone call to be made by Gabriel’s wife moments after his abduction. At that point, just a few pages in, I was hooked and just didn’t know who to trust – Gabriel must be somebody bad for the authorities to take him in that way, but then again, were they really the authorities?

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The story moves back a few days for us to understand why Gabriel was taken from his home. There is a long conversation between Gabriel and his friend Naheen, in which Naheen tells of a prophetic dream/premonition he’s had in which Gabriel changes the world and Naheen sees only black. Moments before Gabriel is abducted, he hears on the news that Naheen and his family have all been brutally murdered. The story then moves to Afghanistan where an archaeological dig is taking place and after a sand storm, there is a marvellous revelation. From here the story takes off Indiana Jones style!

Hoping the above has whet your appetite with intrigue, I shall say no more about the story but it is quick paced and, although at times I wondered where the story could possibly be going, it all comes together by the end. You will then need to read book two to follow the series for further revelations to unanswered questions.

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Yesterday by Felicia Yap

3-and-half-star

From the initial ‘blurb’ and genre listing of psychological/thriller/mystery, I din’t expect this book to be fantasy/science fiction at all.

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This is a world of mono’s and duo’s – mono’s remember just one day, duo’s remember two. Mono’s are inferior to duo’s. Mark and Claire are a mixed marriage; Mark is a duo and Claire a mere mono. The body of Mark’s mistress has been washed up on the river Cam and Claire initially suspects her husband might have something to do with her death. Hans is the detective trying to solve what he suspects is murder, by the end of the day. He needs to do this within a day because he is a mono but also needs to keep this fact from his duo colleagues.

I found parts of this book confusing and also I wanted to shout “What does it matter? all will have forgotten in three days time anyway” – only they didn’t seem to forget everything, which just added to my confusion of how all the mono/duo memories worked.

I can’t say it’s a favourite book for me, but will probably appeal to fantasy/sci-fi readers.

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The One by John Marrs

Four-and-a-Half-Hearts

 

This book seems to be a re-naming of A Thousand Small Explosions by the same author, so if you’ve read that one, this is not a new book.

This is a fabulous read, I couldn’t put it down. Just imagine that a gene had been discovered which tells who your perfect life partner is, The One who is for you. You may be perfectly compatible with others but to get The One is a match made in heaven, gives off a thousand small explosions.

The One

We start with fairly short chapters introducing six random subscribers to Match Your DNA, an international company matching your DNA with one other somewhere in the world.  We very quickly learn a little about the lives and ‘getting together’ of Mandy, Christopher, Jade, Amy, Ellie and Nick.  Most have taken the test and are with their perfect partner and others are curious to see who their perfect partner is even if they are with someone at the moment. 

Each of the characters’ lives are interesting and different, Christopher, for example, is a serial killer and we follow him through his murders and also his love life, while Ellie, who set up Match Your DNA, is scared of anyone getting too close because they may only want her for her billion pound fortune.

The premise of the story is quite thought provoking in many ways – if you’re happy and in love with one person would you jeopardise that love for a perfect match? Would you cheat on your perfect match in the likelihood they will take you back because your love is so deep? The chapters of each character are fairly short so there isn’t a moment of getting fed up with one or another character, and each are lovely and easy to fall back into. For a book about love and finding happiness there’s also a lot of sorrow and pathos. Some perfect matches are dying or seriously ill, but John Marrs has a wonderful compassionate way of writing so that even the sad parts are engaging and thought provoking.

This is the first book I’ve read of John Marrs and was so impressed that I have just purchased another of his books. He has a good fluid way of writing and I would have thought that this book has a degree of enjoyment for everyone.

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