The One Memory of Flora Banks

Name: The One Memory of Flora Banks

Author: Emily Barr

Published: 2016

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Who can you trust if you can’t trust yourself?

Flora Banks cannot remember anything since her accident: she is trapped, a 10 year old girl stuck inside the body of a 17 year old. She has no short term memory. That is until she kisses her best friend’s boyfriend, and remembers it. But he’s gone. So she must make a journey half way across the world to find him, herself and what really happened on that night 7 years ago…

Why do I keep choosing books with such long titles? The next review is going to be 1984 or something…
Anyway, The One Memory of Flora Banks is a very unique novel. I was interested from the moment I picked up the book to discover how it would resolve, but it was kind of a let down. I enjoyed it, and would recommend it, but there were a few areas I would improve.

First of all, I’ve never read a book about a person with amnesia before, and it is a really interesting viewpoint. However, as Flora keeps forgetting who she is; where she is etc, she keeps having to review these in this book that explains everything – she’s supposed to read it when she gets confused. I thought it was a clever way of introducing the character at the beginning of the book, but by the 5th time Flora goes through her life story, I got pretty bored of it. The story drags at a few other points, when Flora cannot remember things and has to retrace her steps. Again. Sometimes I felt like hitting my forehead with the book, but as it’s only 300 pages long, it probably wouldn’t take much of an impact.

Flora finds her passport and her parents’ credit card, and follows the boy she kissed halfway across the world, surprisingly easily. Her parents are oblivious of this, as they are in Paris and as far as they are concerned, Flora is tucked up in bed being baby sat by her ex-best friend (they don’t know about the ex part either). In real life, I doubt that this plot would particularly be possible.

SWEETENER: Flora travels to the Arctic to try to track down this boy she kissed. There is some stunning descriptions of the arctic wastelands and ice sheets, and she meets some really loveable characters. However, Flora finds herself in all sorts of scrapes, and as she can’t remember them, not all of them have been told to the reader. Therefore it can get quite confusing when someone refers to a situation that neither Flora no the reader can remember. Due to a series of eye watering events, Flora finds herself back in Cornwall, and that’s where things begin to get quite confusing. I thought that the explanation given for it all was pretty unlikely (and I think illegal), and then it just stops! It’s as if there is just a page count that the author has gone over and that’s it. I would have quite liked an epilogue maybe on the anniversary of a certain death (no spoilers!) that explains what has happened since we last saw them.

But overall The One Memory of Flora Banks is well worth your time. If you enjoyed it, then you will like

  • The Lonely Life Of Biddy Weir by Lesley Allen
    Both girls suffer so much, yet Biddy has the same determination to keep on going.
  • The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr
    Written by the same author, in the same sort of style, I loved Ella Black in this haunting thriller
  • The Mysterious Incident of the Dog in the Night time by Mark Haddon
    I haven’t reviewed the other two, but you can discover this wonderful book here

 

Flora Banks

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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Hi readers… all 17 of you! I know I haven’t posted anything for a while, sorry 😦 , I’ve been a bit busy. But happy easter and I’ll try to get back to posting regularly soon. x

Name: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Published: 2015

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Simon Spier is 16 and still figuring out who he is. He feels like nobody knows, except his online boyfriend Blue. But the thing is, despite emailing him for nearly a year, Simon doesn’t actually know who Blue is. 

So when one of Simon’s emails falls into the wrong hands, he becomes stuck between helping his blackmailer or coming out to the rest of the world – and Blue. But Simon is unsure whether he is ready for Blue to find him in real life. And for him to find Blue. 

“People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing the way we never stop surprising each other”

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s very heartfelt and captivating, and will have you on the verge of tears whilst laughing. I’m starting to realise why they shortened the title to Love, Simon in the movie! (more on that later) Never mind, just have to copy and paste.

One of the greatest things about this book is that it has loads of different genres inside it, because while there is the romance between Simon and Blue; there is also family problems; disputes with friends; and of course the mystery of who Blue could be. It’s definitely not your typical romance storyline. The book also shines a light on the bullying faced by LGBTQ+ at high school, but I thought that it was handled very well.

“Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.”

SWEETENER: While the book covers some quite serious topics, there is humour and light hearted moments in-between. Everything is quite realistic though: the relationship between Simon and his online pen-pal isn’t exaggerated, as is the response to Simon coming out. Simon himself is a wonderful and hilarious character; the reader will be able to relate to his problems and daily life as a teen.

Now, as I said earlier, back in 2017 the book was adapted into a movie. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s supposed to be very good and I can’t wait to watch it. Its a 12A, so I would probably recommend the book to that sort of age rating because there is some older content – as you would expect in a YA book – and they say the f word once. Here is the trailer:

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Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Name: Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness

Published: 2008

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In the New World, there are no secrets. There are no privacy. And there are no women.
Ever since the Noise germ killed all the women and half the men in Prentisstown, everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts and emotions in one never ending, overwhelming Noise. 

Until one day Todd Hewitt, stumbles across a patch of complete silence. Which is impossible. Isn’t it? His whole life was built on lies that have crumbled and now he’s fallen into the dust. But he’ll have to run. Because the men of Prentisstown aren’t going to let Todd escape with such a valuable secret.

The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first book in the philosophical masterpiece ‘Chaos Walking’, from the great author of ‘Release’, ‘The Ocean Was Our Sky’ and many more. Plus the tear-jerking ‘A Monster Calls’ which came out in the cinema back in 2017. It is filled with ‘what ifs’ and the inner monster within all men (see title!). I enjoyed it however I felt like at some points the plot dragged a bit, when its just Todd and his dog and someone else running from the Prentisstown army. Just running, running, running. There also is some quite gruesome scenes that I could relate for fans of Skullduggery Pleasant or Brandon Sanderson.

COMES IN A MULTIPACK!
The Chaos Walking Trilogy follows Todd as he meets various friends and enemies and discovers what really happened to create the Noise all those years ago. Throughout the series as well there is rumours of another ship landing filled with other settlers to the New World. It also talks about the ‘Old World’ but it isn’t really explained whether or not this is Earth. I would definitely recommend it to readers who enjoy more heavier reads – its 500ish pages aren’t particularly light weight! – and who have read one of Ness’ other books. There is talk of The Knife of Never Letting Go made into a movie, and soon to be a motion picture boasting on the back of each book, however Wikipedia has been very uncooperative and I cant tell when its going to come into the cinemas…

 

SWEETENER: The Knife of  Never Letting Go has won lots of awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal and um… there goes me trying to sound professional! Still, its quite a big honour and you know that if a book has that little CILIP nomination on it, its going to be good. Or at least, I haven’t read any that aren’t so far. The only thing I didn’t really like was how some words were spelt incorectlie when Todd was having a conversayshun or just subconshusly talking to himself. See? Its annoying. It just felt a bit like Ness was trying too hard to be like Todd. We get that it’s written in the first person! Also, there are some pictures on a few of the pages to illustrate what the noise is lie and how it works. It works really well; there isn’t enough to make it tacky, but in the same way it helps to break the book up.

The Noise is just a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just Chaos Walking

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READY PLAYER ONE: the film or the book?

I’ve completed my first 10 book blogs (yay!) so I thought I might do something different, so here it is.

Ready Player One is a sci-fi book set in the future, where humans have burnt up the ozone layer and pretty much all other life forms; their only escape is a free virtual reality called the Oasis. But it isn’t just a reality. It’s their life. The story follows this kid called Wade (AKA Parzival in the Oasis) who lives in one of the poorest districts of America in a trailer park and can barely afford enough to eat. But no-one knows this in the Oasis.

At the beginning of the book – not movie – the maker of the Oasis dies. It says in his will that he leaves all of his fortune and the rights to the Oasis to the winner of this legendary contest he had set up for after his death. He was obsessed with the 80’s, the decade he grew up in; if you don’t understand some of the references then ask your parents. Or their parents. Anyway, it says in his will there are three keys to open three gates, and the first player to reach the end of the game will win his entire fortune. Simple. But there are vintage video games, films or other 80’s trivia at each key, and a rival video games company called IOI want to win so that they can take over the Oasis and make everyone pay loads of money for it… a bit like Amazon Prime. And, of course, Parzival has to fall in love before he reaches the end of the book and then meet her in person not just online (its total cat fishing) and learn who he truly is etc.

But, I just watched Ready Player One the movie for the first time and it’s REALLY different to the book. Like, the-first-gate-isnt-a-cool-video-game-it’s-a-car-race different. Because they did. It isn’t freaking Mario Kart! (I really liked the book, so get ready. There will be lots of rants… )

Rant #1
As I’ve said above the first gate/challenge isn’t an ‘epic test of mind and logic’ in the film. It’s a car race. In the book, Wade has to beat this evil death guy at the arcade classic Joust before he can even reach the key. But in the film he just sort of stumbles across how to beat the car race despite spending over 5 years struggling in the book. And all the other challenges are really easy! (Rant #1.5) You don’t have to be particularly skilled at video games to win the challenges in the movie, just able to drive a car. Duh. Not like it’s a video game or anything.

Rant #2
The book is pretty chunky so the directors had to compact 385 pages into a 2 hour film. However they removed some key moments and people that made it quite difficult to understand if you hadn’t read the book. Like they removed the whole concept of keys and made all the gates a lot easier (see other rant!) Not a bad idea, as the book is quite confusing at times as well. But I felt that they really didn’t explain the few things they had left in particularly well. School wasn’t mentioned at all throughout the film, which was one of their better ideas 😉 , but Wade was supposed to have classes about the maker of the Oasis in his virtual school which the author used to explain a lot about this future to the reader. I think that could have been used again.

Rant #3
One of Parzival’s friends is a Japanese boy whose online persona is someone called Shoto but, in the movie he is called Sho. Was it too much effort for the actors to say that extra one syllable? Sho has an older brother that something happens to that they excluded from the film as well. (Not totally spoiling it is hard!)

Rant #4
One of the things I liked about the film was how they used the props and scenery and stuff. It all looked very authentic and realistic, when they could have just had a boy in his room looking at a screen. It must have been either a very expensive or very cheap film to shoot as the actors themselves hardly did any physical acting, it was all voices, while the majority of it was CGI video game footage. I also enjoyed the background music as they tied in really nicely with the theme and, growing up in a household where my parents are pretty obsessed with Bon Jovi and Wham and ACDC, that I knew a lot of the songs. Good thing?

Rant #5
Parzival’s online crush is a girl called Art3mis who comes across as a cute nerd in the book but is more like a cold-hearted who uses Wade in the film. What it also doesn’t tell you in the book is that she secretly is part of a freedom group who want to defeat IOI – the evil video games company I told you about earlier. Not really the sort of thing you forget to mention is it? “Oh did I mention that I’m the leader of a rebel resistance group fighting against evil in the galaxy?” I’m pretty sure they wanted it to be more like Star Wars. “No? Oh, must have slipped my mind. May the Force Be With You.” Anyway, one of her men pick up/ kidnap Wade and together with Artemis they… oops. You’ll have to read the book.

If you haven’t given up on me by now, thank you. Tell me which one you prefer and, if you don’t know yet, I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who likes sci-fi / futuristic novels. Below is a link for the trailer for the film, which is a 12:

But I found the book more interesting because of the more depth in character and plot it (is able to) go into. Because at the end of the day, the book is always better than the movie. Right?

The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes

Name: The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Published: 1927

csebook“My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t”

This is by far one of the oldest books I’ve ever read. For me, if the book is older than 10 years, they call kids by their last names or their phones are bricks, I wouldn’t read it. There is just that awkward time where a book is too old to be talked about any more and too young to be a classic. But Sherlock Holmes would have to be one of the originals (mainly because it came out with the dinosaurs…) Ever since I read Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz, see earlier post, I wondered what the genuine books were like. And:

“Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary”

This book is one to read with a dictionary. The victorians had a rather strange but beautiful language; it is really intriguing discovering new words and phrases. And while I doubt you will ever need to know what an axiom is, or why the man downstairs appears scorbutic, it’s interesting. Sort of. My other point would be that the mysteries are pretty compact. As in Holmes will explain what has happened and then that’s the end of that story. You often don’t find out how he figured it out or even whether the criminal got away. Even though Conan Doyle had to fit 12 separate stories into the book, he could have just aded a few more pages, because it’s not a particularly long novel (but old book = tiny text). Within that, the characters and clues aren’t particularly built up so it’s difficult to guess a solution as a reader or how the detective could have possibly worked it out. In some cases, it isn’t genius its just pure impossible.

“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains however improbable must be the truth “

SWEETENER: The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes – another reminder of its age, the length of that title! – is not one case, but 12 shorter, separate mysteries. It was the last novel Conan Doyle ever wrote about the famous detective, but this isn’t acknowledged in the book. To make it even more confusing, the cases aren’t written in chronological order and not all by Holmes’ companion Dr Watson either. However, this makes it more interesting in some ways because if murder isn’t your type, there are lots of other varieties of problems included in the book.

ROMAINE CALM AND CARROT ON! If blown out stories are more your type, with plot and characters and mysteries then this probably isn’t your type. But larger mysteries have been written about the great detective and Dr Watson such as The Hound of the Baskervilles or A Study in Scarlett that you might want to give a try. Sounding a bit like my English teacher here, but reading classics is pretty interesting. But hang in there. You never know. You right actually figure out what scorbutic means!

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NOTE: I bet that you looked up what scorbutic means…
Tell me if you can actually create a sentence with it in. I’m stuck.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Name: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Author: Mark Haddon

Published: 2003

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Christopher Boone has never been like any other fifteen year old boy. He dreams of one day being an astronaut – not only because he loves maths and science, but because of the silence he would have away from Earth. Away from people and their problems.

Yet he also loves logic. And when he discovers his neighbour’s dog dead in their garden, he decides that he must discover who the murderer was. Whatever the cost. However the investigation that takes places uncovers more mysteries closer to home that he could have ever imagined…

I think I’m really going to regret blogging this book and having to write out The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time so many times but never mind. I’ll just copy and paste. It really is a mystery book like no other. Despite it never actually being said, I assumed that Christopher is autistic and I’m pretty sure that that is the take that the play has given him as well (yes it’s been made into a PLAY. More on that later). He has trouble interacting with the people around him and needs things to be in a particular order. Christopher also isn’t very good at doing what he is told as he will follow warnings to the exact letter, which is helpful during his investigations. Also included in the book are scientific diagrams and notations – you don’t see very that often in a book! – which are quite interesting at the start, but there are whole pages are devoted to ‘How to Work Out Prime Numbers’ or ‘Diagrams of How the Solar System Works’. Not really adding anything to the story.

It’s not a particularly long book yet took a bit longer for me to read than a normal book of that length. I think one reason that The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is so short is that the author has really tried hard to make it seem as though it’s written by someone with autism, because along with the hefty diagrams, there is hardly any descriptions – of people, places, locations. The reader never finds to what Christopher looks like; I don’t think you even know whether he is white or black. The novel is padded out with whole-page images of tube stations or houses but again they don’t really add much. However, it was totally readable, the mystery is unexpected and I enjoyed it as books go. Above are just some of the suggestions I would have added.

SWEETENER: The chapters are really short and numbered as prime numbers instead of normal 1 2 3 which I thought was clever. As well as being engaging, it has a good mystery and page count, so I would recommend it to readers who maybe don’t like as heavy books. Nevertheless, there are some, er, profanities, that stop it being entirely suitable for like 9 year olds. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been made into a family play so I’m assuming that they’ve cleaned up the dad’s mouth and I’ve heard its really good. Personally, I’ve never seen the play, but it’s pretty big and is shown at the
West End :0

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The Hate List

Name: The Hate List

Author: Jennifer Brown

Published: 2009

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May 2. Enemies fight, friends tease, bullies torment. Then the first gun shot began. 

Ever since her boyfriend – Nick – killed students and  a teacher in her school cafeteria before turning the gun on himself, Valerie Leftman has struggled with life. As her brother leaves her, parents slip apart and her friends abandon her, she becomes more lonely than ever before. She is shunned by everyone; is exposed in the crime investigation by the police because of a list. Which she and Nick made of people they hate. Which Nick used to pick his targets. The Hate List. 

After a summer away from everything and everyone, Valerie must face her fears and the people of the town and the rest of the world which seems to despise her. In order to move on with her life, she must come to terms with who her boyfriend really was, what he turned her into and the tragedy that took place. What really happened on May 2, 2008.
I enjoyed this pretty depressing book (as cheesy as that blurb sounded) but I do have a few things to point out that need changing. For starters, I’m sure anyone who has read the book will agree with me, it ends on a really unsatisfying note. I don’t know whether the author was trying to set it up for another  book but it came out 9 years ago – and there has been no development on it since. No spoilers, but Valerie is extremely undecided when it comes between her suicidal thoughts versus going to college and leaving the past behind her. It didn’t have to be tied off perfectly but it was quite unsatisfying as a reader.

Secondly, Valerie as a person wasn’t a particularly nice person.. At some points in the story, she did some pretty stupid stuff and also seemed a bit obtuse when it came to her ever-so-perfect boyfriend. The one who shot all the people.
Jennifer Brown never made her particularly relatable; it seemed like her life was pretty unrealistic: as rubbish a life you could ever get. She – and the reader – deserved some hope in her unhappiness. Brown missed a few important things out of the storyline too – just little things such as whether the psycho who talked Nick into killing himself was ever caught. I also think that it would have had way more impact if there was a complete list of the victims somewhere in the book, as it really was a bit vague. And finally, can we all take a minute to stare at those covers! The one I’ve put on the right is my favourite however the copy that I had was the on the left. I mean, she must have made a BIT of money from the book to hire an artist, but no. It looks like it’s been drawn by a two year old. Seriously boring.

Do you agree with me? Is there any other book covers out there that really need changing? Tell me in the comments section.

SWEETENER:  I couldn’t really think of much good stuff, except how it was quite a short read for such a long book. I read it in a few days. The plot is OK but it dragged a bit and if you like gory stuff… this isn’t your type. The shooting is recounted in newspapers and her thoughts, but it’s pretty ‘PG’. The author could have ramped up the drama a bit, but like most of the book, no. The author doesn’t make that big a scene out of the shooting itself, it’s more about the pain and mental trauma it ensued. There isn’t much of a relationship between Valerie and Nick that the reader gets to know of either. It wasn’t my kind of book, but I guess if you’re more into the deep and meaningful it could be for you.

MATURE CHEESES ONLY! Even though the violence is quite low key, it covers a range of topics that might not be suitable for anyone under 12ish.

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The Girl Savage

Name: The Girl Savage

Author: Katherine Rundell

Published: 2011

gsLiving like a wild cat on a farm in the middle of rural Africa, for Will everyday is beautiful. With her best friend, horse, monkey and adored father: nothing could possibly spoil it. Even when the petty Mrs Browne marries the head farmer, her father is there to protect her. However, all good things must come to an end eventually.

When her father falls ill and the farm is sold, Will is sent away to boarding school in England. Dreary, rainy England where the closes thing to a golden eagle is a bloated pigeon. So Will struggles alone with an unfamiliar county with unfamiliar customs – for ‘lions and hyenas are nothing compared to packs of schoolgirls’. 

The Girl Savage is an engaging book all about friendship, hope and the wilderness of Africa. It has a vivid, if not bittersweet, storyline and Katherine Rundell uses incredibly vivid imagery to transport you to Zimbabwe. I have had the pleasure of listening to one of her talks and she spoke quite a lot about this – her first book. She had grown up in Africa and England; also saying that she had included parts from her own childhood summers in it, from riding horses at midnight to sleepovers in treehouses. One point I would downgrade it on is how there is no particular mystery or adventure in it, just one girl struggling to find her way home – and the storyline can become just plain unhappy  at times. However, its 200 or so pages are perfect for readers ages 8-11.

SWEETENER: Any animal lovers will adore all of Will’s friend: she has a really cute sloth that goes  with her always, alongside a menagerie of other animals from a horse and a monkey to her father’s peacock. Her best friend Simon definitely resembles an animal at times as well! He’s funny, loyal and a bit wild so perfect for Will. Losing him and her father in quick succession as she travels to England takes its toll on her, and she has to fight to ever see him again.

 

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

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Name: Percy Jackson

Author: Rick Riordan

Published: 2005

When Percy Jackson finds out that he is the son of a Greek God, he is immediately sent to Camp Half-blood, a camp for demigods! He meets a few new friends including: Luke, son of Hermes, and Annabeth, daughter of Athena. But when one of the Big Three (Hades, percy jPoseidon and Zeus) claim him as their son, Percy gets wrongly accused of stealing Zeus’ master bolt!! Zeus’ master bolt is what starts all thunderstorms and is a colossal cylinder of electric power! But with Hades’ warrior guards (the Furies) trying to exterminate them at their very move and constant warnings from strange creatures, Percy and his friends are swept up into a world of treason and deadly secrets where nothing is at as it seems…

I really like this book because it is written in a very sarcastic way and it’s very funny. I think that this is probably the best book I’ve ever read! I think that the description is very good and it really helps you imagine what it is like. I would recommend reading the whole series first then watching the films because it might spoil how you imagine Percy and his friends and the gods look like. I wasn’t a very big fan of reading before I read this but now I am addicted to the series. If someone asked me to pick a book, I would instantly dive for Percy Jackson. The books in the series are:

I hope you like them!

Moriarty

Name: Moriarty

Author: Antony Horowitz

Published: 2014

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Sherlock Holmes is dead. The famous detective and his nemesis, Moriarty, fell to their deaths at Reichenbach Falls. But all is not as it seems. A brand new criminal mastermind has arrived from America and with him brings change. He wishes to rebuild the underworld empire Moriarty left behind and make it stronger than ever before.

 And so it is down to junior investigator Frederick Chase to forge a path through the darkest corners of the capital. With the help of Inspector Athelney Jones, he races against time and this shadowy figure, a man determined to engulf London in a tide of murder and menace.

The game is afoot…

Moriarty is a Holmes novel with neither Holmes or Watson. However, Horowitz has perfectly captured Doyle’s writing style. This book is full of red herrings, exciting pursuits, violence and gore. Plus, an excellent twist.. which you will never see coming! But, this London is a much darker place than Sherlock’s.

The House of Silk is the predecessor of this book, however Moriarty is a sequel, not a follow up. You do not need to read them in any particular order either. I only heard about The House of Silk while doing research for this post, and I understood the book fine without it.  While I’m sure they both are, Moriarty especially is full of bits and pieces from the original series by Conan Doyle that link nicely with this plot, but you don’t need to be a Holmes – nerd to understand them all! Whether you are a Sherlock know it all (not me) or enjoyed the TV series and would like to read this epilogue (more my type! 😉 ) this is a perfect crime novel for all.

SWEETENER: Anthony Horowitz uses amazing yet complicating vocabulary to really bring this piece to life. This is probably one of the reasons I would recommend it to more confident readers,  because complex words are used that might be difficult for anyone under 13 to understand. Also, Horowitz creates vivid and gruesome images of the darkness within the streets of London. He writes with all the gory of Lee Child and the cleverness of Agatha Christie.

MATURE CHEESES ONLY! For the point listed above and a few scenes in the book that may disturb younger readers, I would recommend it to 13+. You may struggle to understand some of the references below this age. BUT, Anthony Horowitz is, in my opinion, one of the greatest childrens’ authors ever. If you have never read one of his books, be ashamed! You don’t need to be young to enjoy these book, adults still read them as well. Here are some of my favourites, which I will try to blog about at some point:

POWER OF FIVE SERIES 
Only £7 from The Book People
Unbeknownst to them, 5 teenagers with special powers are the only thing that standsPOWER OF FIVE between evil and all humanity. They must face their fears, form together and defeat evil before it is too late and the past repeats itself.

ALEX RIDER
Available at all good charity shops
Alex Rider is a normal teenager… except for the fact that he is an M16 agent of course. He travels the world unmasking criminals and fighting crime (lot less cheesy than it sounds!)
P.S: don’t watch the movies. They’re TRASH.

THE DIAMOND BROTHERS
£10 from the book people with Groosham Grange –diamond brothers.jpg
which is also amazing
When bumbling Tim decides he wants to become a private detective, he’s going to need the help of his younger brother Nick… who ends up doing most of the work. This series is clever and funny, having you in stitches yet clueless until the very end. 

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