After a mammoth adult book, I quickly turned back to the smaller, easier to read children and young adult books I have lined up in my bookshelf waiting to be read. The first one was The Secret by Sophie Masson. First published in 1996, it felt a little aged with the main character being named … Read moreReview: The Secret
False Impression is written by Jeffrey Archer. It uses the 9/11 tragedy to capture the reader’s interest, but it is mainly about conspiracies in the art world – or, if you want it in simpler terms, it’s a murder mystery. This book didn’t compare to the other book I’ve read by the same author – … Read moreReview: False Impression
Green for Danger by Emily Rodda is the latest book I’ve finished reading. Admittedly, whilst reading I thought there was a lot of “padding”, but by the end I realised that every scene did advance the storyline (in other words everything was there for a reason). The book isn’t a fantasy, it’s a mystery. I’ve … Read moreGreen for Danger
Scum of the Earth is written by Pamela Freeman. This is actually the second book in a series of three. However, if you’re a goose like me and tend not to realise these things until after you’ve finished reading the book, it doesn’t matter. I read Trick of the Light first, which turns out to … Read moreScum of the Earth
I finished reading “Trick of the Light” by Pamela Freeman last night. Shocked? So am I. Taking two sittings, a total of about 2 hours, this must be the fastest book I’ve read in ages. Admittedly, it is a thin book (120 pages), with quite large print, but the story was well thought out and … Read moreTrick of the Light
I’m embarrassed to say this, because I’ve read many good reviews on this book, but last night I abandoned A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin. I think my expectations were high, but in all honesty, I’ve never read anything by this author before and I found her writing style to be “stuffy”. The … Read moreA Wizard of Earthsea
Thanks to Helen, I’ve been introduced to Google Book Search. I did a few test searches on children’s chapter books and middle grade writing, and was surprised by the results (pleasantly surprised that is). If you have some questions, try it. You might even start using it more often.
This book was written some years ago, and it shows in the choice of words used. I did find this distracting at the beginning of the story. In fact, some of the phrases used were so weird that I had no idea what was meant. This did give the book an old fashioned feel to … Read moreElidor by Alan Garner