Jamie's Reviews

The Grindle Witch
By Benjamin J. Myers | Publisher: Orion Children's Books

When Jack Jolly moves from the city to the tiny Northern village of Grindle, he thinks his life's just become a lot more boring. But then he finds himself plunged into the middle of a terrifying mystery, and confronting an ancient evil - the Grindle Witch. But when Jack and his new friends, Paddy and Leila, take drastic measures to stop the Grindle Witch, they realise that they may have unleashed more than they bargained for. A creepy supernatural tale that will have readers on the edge of their seats. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book was extremely intriguing from the beginning and got very mysterious as the plot was revealed. I think the author’s description was effective. The characters were very contrasting which ended in a good result. The build up to the climax was superb. Overall I think this is an exceptional book.

How to Remember (Almost) Everything, Ever!
By Rob Eastaway
 | Publisher: Portico 

Struggling to remember all that information they're stuffing you with at school? Want to impress your friends with amazing memory feats? Can't keep on top of all your online passwords? Then you need this book! Packed with cool tricks and fun exercises, How To Remember Almost Everything, Ever will help you hone your memory to super-hero standards. Learn how imagining a walk down your street can help you remember a shopping list, how you can memorise a phone number by picturing the digits as letters, and how music, rhymes and even smells can help. Find out what your brain has in common with a computer, how spies committed things to memory, and how to flummox your parents with memory tricks. A completely updated, reillustrated and redesigned edition of a book first published in 2007, How to Remember Almost Everything, Ever is the perfect book for anyone who wants to improve their study skills and make their memory the best it can be. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: I don’t read non-fiction books very often but this book has made me think I should read more of them. The book is handy for everyday life as it contains lots of interesting facts. The author reveals clever ways to keep things in your head such as using cunning and original phrases, mnemonics or rhymes.  The book is well illustrated to help you remember things too. I would recommend this for boys and girls 10 years and over and I personally enjoyed it.

Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den
By Aimee Carter
 | Publisher:  Bloomsbury Childrens

Twelve-year-old Simon Thorn's life has never been easy, but being bullied at school and living in a cramped Manhattan apartment with his Uncle Darrell is nothing compared to his biggest secret: he can talk to animals. When his mum is kidnapped by a herd of terrifying rats, Simon finds out that he, his mum and his uncle are all Animalgams - people who can change into an animal at will. In search of his mother he discovers the Animalgam Academy located underneath Central Park Zoo. There he learns about the fractured five kingdoms that make up this secret world - Mammals, Birds, Insects, Reptiles and Underwater. And Simon Thorn is the only one who can save them. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book entranced me from the very beginning from my point of view I think is hard to do with such a fictional theme. I love how the Author made something so unrealistic seem so realistic it makes you think that the events in the book could actually happen. Personally my favorite thing about Simon thorn and the wolf’s den is how the Author tricks you she makes you think for sure of something and then changes it completely. 

How To Train Your Dragon: 12: How to Fight a Dragon's Fury
By Cressida Cowell
 | Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Dragons vs Humans: is this the end? Find out in the twelfth book in the How to Train Your Dragon series.

It is the Doomsday of Yule. At the end of this day, either the humans or the dragons will face extinction. Alvin the Treacherous is about to be crowned the King of the Wilderwest on the island of Tomorrow. His reign of terror will begin with the destruction of dragons everywhere. BUY IT ON AMAZON 

Review: I have never read a how to train your dragon book before and I didn’t really like it. This book was just a bit to predictable I think it would be better for younger children and to understand it you need to read the other books in the series. I think it was just not my type of book.

Zero Hour (Department 19, Book 4)
By Will Hill
 | Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books

Department 19 still stands against the darkness. But for how much longer? Book 4 in the explosive series from bestselling author, Will Hill.

As Dracula continues his rise, the men and women of Department 19 wait for good news. But hope is in short supply – the country is beginning to fall apart as the public comes to terms with the horror in their midst; a cure for vampirism remains years, even decades away; and their supposed ally Valentin Rusmanov has not been heard from in weeks.

Jamie Carpenter and his friends are working hard to keep the forces of evil at bay, but it is beginning to feel like a lost cause…Until familiar faces from the past bring news that could turn the tide. News that takes Matt Browning to America on a desperate search for a miracle, and sends Jamie and Larissa Kinley into the darkest corners of eastern Europe, where something old and impossibly powerful waits for them. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book captures you and makes you feel like you are there. The story is very convincing and makes you believe what you are reading. The vampire side of is really intriguing and is hard to make it sound real but Will Hill has got a great balance, which really makes you think that vampires could exist.

I thought the idea of department 19 was brilliant and this book includes lots of reading categories. I thought it was a great book and very well written.

The Binding
Jenny Alexander | Publisher: A&C Black Childrens & Educational

When Jack and his family arrive on the remote, blustery Scottish island of Morna, the whole summer holiday seems doomed... until they find the den. The three children who claim it are the only other children their age on the island and soon Jack, Tressa and Milo are initiated into their secret society, the Binding, which charismatic Duncan presides over with elaborate rules, ceremonies and punishments. BUY IT ON AMAZON

Review: This book was amazing .I loved the theme of a mysterious society .It really made me believe that this could actually happen .I love this book and is one of the best I have ever read. My favorite character was definitely Duncan I loved how mysterious he made everything seem I would highly recommend this book.

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