Action and Adventure

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May – Ruth Eastham – The Messenger Bird

A different approach to the WW2 era. Nathan and his family have moved into a house his family inherited from his Great Aunt (who lived there during WW2). In the house are clues to a mystery involving the Enigma Code. When Nathan’s Dad gets arrested for breaking the Official Secrets Act, it is up to … Continue reading

Phillip Gwynne – The Debt Series

I am up to the last in this series and whilst I have found it reminiscent of the Conspiracy 365 series have enjoyed it more – there is less repetition in the action and the idea of a new task to repay the family debt (or lose a pound of flesh) gives each story a … Continue reading

February – Robert Muchamore – Black Friday (Cherub Series 2 – number 3)

This cherub is the third in the second series (about Ryan Sharma) and finally seems to match the action and engagement of the first series (about James) that made books like Brigand’s MC hard to put down.  Black Friday continues the story surrounding the Amarov clan but makes use of a good variety of locations … Continue reading

February – Veronica Roth – Divergent

Is Divergent the next Hunger Games or Harry Potter?  It would seem so with a soon to be released movie and a waiting list for the series in my school library and local library.  Is it worthy?  Certainly, as a first of a series (there are three) it is far less tedious than The Hunger … Continue reading

Saga September – Skye Melki-Wegner – Chasing the Valley

Chasing the Valley – Skye Melki-Wegner This is another of the books I received from Random House. The first few chapters had me hooked and I had high expectations. I liked the character of Danika and the magical /but not completely magical setting. The steady introduction of other characters was well done in that you … Continue reading

Spooky September – Jonathan Stroud – Lockwood and Co: The Screaming Staircase

Jonathan Stroud – Lockwood and Co: The Screaming Staircase The first of a new series and another of the Random House books it reminded me of The Laws of Magic series by Michael Pryor X and Rivers of London (Peter Grant #1)  by Ben Aaronovitch. Looking at the cover, as a non-horror reader I approached … Continue reading

Old Times October – The Apothecary – Maile Meloy

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy is as much an adventure as it is historical fiction (but that is the bonus of historical fiction it goes with so many other genres).  What I liked about it was its diverse range of characters and the Cold War mentality.  Some of it was definitely far-fetched (at times it was like the Young Bond … Continue reading

Action and Adventure August -Brian Falkner Brainjack

I chose to read this book as part of Action and Adventure August but it is a really good link to Speculative September.  NZ author Brian Falkner has written a thought provoking and action packed story about what might happen if we let computers/the internet link to our brains.  He also makes a comment on … Continue reading

Action and Adventure August – Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl and the last guardian

I have loved the Artemis Fowl stories since discovering them back in 2001/2.  This last in the series of eight doesn’t disappoint.  There is plenty of action and adventure and  laugh out loud moments from the exploits of combining a teenage genius (Artemis) with an elf (Holly Short),  centaur (Foaly), a farting dwarf (Mulch), a … Continue reading

Action and Adventure August – James Patterson – The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride 1)

My knowledge of Maximum Ride came from students begging to be first in line when new books of the series were released (I think there are now 8).  So, I expected it to be good because normally I like what they like.  How wrong I was!  This book was so disappointing, the characters were not … Continue reading

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