Monday 23 September 2013


This is the first mini review-type round up that I've done. I've avoided them up until now because I'd rather just write a full review to do a book justice. However, over the summer, my reading habits became so erratic and disorganised that I'm left with no choice - if I don't write down something about these books now, then there will be no words written down about them at all, and that would be a shame. I don't post about every book I read, but I I do try to review the ones that I think I have an opinion on, good or bad, and these definitely come under that category. You might start seeing a few more of these posts from me in the future...

We Can Be Heroes - Catherine Bruton (Egmont UK, 2011)

We Can Be HeroesI had a lot to say about this one, but it's been a while since I finished it and as time goes by, it becomes a bit more difficult to articulate all those feelings in blog form. But in short, I loved it. It's so refreshing when a book manages to explore 'issues' without making it obvious that it's exploring the 'issues' - when the story and the characters take precedence over the 'issues' but never belittling their importance in the process. This deals with the after-effects of 9/11 in a bittersweet way - an interesting take on grief and present-day attitudes to race and religion with a authentic and utterly convincing voice. My only criticism is that it was a bit too long, but other than that, highly recommended for slightly younger readers.

The 5th Estate - Rick Yancey (Penguin, 2013)

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)This is the problem with reading books that get a lot of great reviews - am I just setting myself up for disappointment? It's not that I didn't enjoy this one - it was an engrossing read, but I was expecting so much more. I don't read a lot of sci-fi, so in some ways, I don't think I'm the right person to judge, but some of the dialogue here was woeful. Think Starship Troopers, but with extra cheese. I liked the main character, Cassie and her story. That was, until a romantic element was introduced and just undermined the whole thing. He smelt of woodsmoke and chocolate. That says it all really. But my main problem was with the whole premise - as far as I could see, there was a far easier way to solve the whole 5th Wave thing than with the actual 5th Wave. I might continue with this series, I might not.

Hollow Pike - James Dawson (Indigo, 2012)

Hollow PikeReally enjoyed this one. In theory, I love mysteries. I grew up reading them. But for some reason, I've always been a bit weary about YA mysteries or ghost stories. Perhaps because there's nothing worse than a disappointing ending. But this one was more than satisfactory. Much more, in fact. Great characters, although I would have loved a bit more of Kitty, Delilah and Jack and I didn't have a clue what was going to happen next. Had a real Scream feel to proceedings, which in no bad thing in my opinion.


  1. I read Hollow Pike last Halloween and really enjoyed it. Cruel Summer is even better in my opinion. I haven't read The Fifth Wave yet - there is so much hype around that one, but I've read mixed reviews.

    1. Thanks Leanna - yes, I've heard good things about Cruel Summer too :)

  2. Yay! I'm glad you're doing mini reviews. I always have some grand review planned for a book but then too much time passes and I can't remember why I liked it so much.

    We Can Be Heroes -- 9/11 from a British perspective, middle grade (or younger YA) at that?? Innnteresting...

    The 5th Wave -- I agree with everything you said, except I won't be continuing on with the series. SO much hype for ... that?

    Hollow Pike -- I love that cover. It kind of looks like Edward Scissorhands.

    1. Yep, definitely more mini reviews to come for that exact reason.

      God, The 5th Wave was so disappointing. That whole Ethan bit just ruined it for me. RAGE.