Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Missing Me by Sophie McKenzie

Missing Me is the final book in English author Sophie McKenzie’s “Missing” series. The book features Madison, an American 15 year old girl who has briefly come to live in England before uncovering a shocking and heartbreaking secret. It is at that point that Madison decides to cautiously go on a mission of her own to hopefully uncover the truth. That is until suddenly, one by one things seem to turn horribly, horribly wrong.

In the two previous books named Girl, Missing and Sister, Missing the story is told from the viewpoint of Lauren, Madison’s older sister who was kidnapped as a baby and brought to England. Eventually she found her way back to her real parents. I was a bit stupid and read the last part of the series first, however I do have good reason. My best friend is a huge fan of Sophie McKenzie and she was unaware that the final part of the trilogy had been published, so I decided to buy it her for Christmas. Much to my dismay and surprise, I discovered that it was a signed copy! It was the fastest time in which I have ever read a book and I think it only took me around two days to complete. 

Overall, I loved the book and highly recommend it, there were many moments where theatrical gasps should have taken place and numerous twists and turns as well as difficult (very difficult) situations. It covers a variety of themes and is gripping from the very first sentence. Nonetheless, I think that there was only one thing I disliked about the way McKenzie has wrote this book. The fact is that the majority of people you meet will like some fast pace action and drama but this was too fast. Everything in the last 3 quarters of the book seemed to take place in one day, perhaps even over what seemed like five hours and I think that maybe if it was slowed down slightly there would be slightly more intensity and power in the text.

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Holly x

Saturday, 27 April 2013

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)“Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love.”

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City of Bones is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series by American Novelist Cassandra Clare.  This is the sequel to the series that goes by the name of “The Infernal Devices”. I have not yet finished this book but I am close enough to the end to feel that I can write some sort of review of it. 

This is a book that you either love or hate, a bit sort of like white chocolate or the colour pink. I began reading it because I heard that there shall be a film of it coming out in August and it is highly regarded by several well known authors. However, there are several things I disagreed with and dislike within the contents of the five hundred and something paged paperback. The descriptions of settings and characters are brilliant, so great that you can picture these events unravelling in your head. Clare also has the knack to place cliff hangers at the end of chapters, which appeals greatly to me and makes you want to read on. 

Nevertheless, maybe it was just me but I found this book incredibly hard to get into, I do not know whether it was because you read action straight away when Clary sees the shadow hunters in Pandemonium or just the way that Clare writes but I did not immediately feel that I wanted to read more. I found myself having to almost force myself to read on. Also this contributes to the previous point I made but I found that it dragged slightly and in spite of the first chapter, you were left hanging and waiting for something to happen. I know that this is the beginning of a yet to be completed series and that many people love series books (I happen to be one of those people). But I have found that this is not up there with other series’ such as Harry Potter – to be fair that can never be beaten.

Holly x