suspense · thriller · Young adult

Are You Watching? Vincent Ralph ★★★★★

Blurb; Ten years ago, Jess’s mother was murdered by the Magpie Man.

She was the first of his victims but not the last.

Now Jess is the star of a YouTube reality series and she’s using it to catch the killer once and for all.

The whole world is watching her every move.

And so is the Magpie Man.

My Review; I was kindly given a copy of this by a fellow blogger and I absolutely loved it. It was an easy, fast paced read. Short chapters. Brilliant debute which had me hooked. Perfect for YA and thriller readers. Brilliantly written. I won’t be able to forget this one.

The story follows Jess who is determined to catch her mothers killer and stop more deaths from happening. But how far is too far? Will she make it? With the help of an online streaming programme she is part of she could reach out to millions. It’s tense, edge of your seat reading. Parts are terrifying for what she has to face and put up with. But will she push the killer too far? Taunting him…

No matter who I suspected the magpie man (killer) to be I just didn’t get it right at all.. Shocking outcome. The ending just hots up and had me holding my breathe throughout. Heart pounding. Jess is a very determined and brave girl. But will she get the ending she wants?

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. I think this will end up in my top twenty reads of the year too. It was so good. Really enjoyed it. I cannot recommend this book enough. I read it all in one day.

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fantasy · Young adult

*BLOG TOUR* Jack Janson & The Storm Caller – Andrew Marsh ★★★★

Blurb; Jack Janson is nearly fourteen, an only child living with his parents who hate him almost as much as they hate each other. The only good things about his life are the girl next door, Sarah-Jane Farmer, whom he adores, and his Granny Jean in Cornwall who he spends the summer holidays with.

His gran is cool but she has been hiding a HUGE secret. As her health fails, she decides to share the secret with Jack.

Gran leads Jack to a cave.

“Boom Tom tum” a loud voice echoes and a rock opens up to reveal a young giant called Winfred Storm Caller. Gran has been looking after the friendly giant since pirates killed his mother, but she now needs Jack to care for Winfred.

Sarah-Jane arrives to help and they uncover The Book Of Lore hidden in the cave.

What magic does it possess?

Have they found a way to get Winfred home to his own lands?

Are Sarah-Jane and Jack brave enough to use the book to save Granny Jean’s life?

My Review; I wan’t to start by staying I didn’t think I’d enjoy this book that much… Boy was I wrong. It was brilliant and I was hooked. Teach me to judge a book! Tut tut. It is brilliantly written. Easy reading.

I loved the main character Jack. You get to see two sides to him in this story. The side when he’s around his parents… Shy. Quiet. Nervous. Then we get to see the side of him around his grandma, he is a whole different boy… Happy. Confident. loud. Jacks friendship with SJ is beautiful too we all need a friend like that. I also loved Winfred the big giant, similar to bfg in my mind. All the characters in this story learn something valuable and important… With a happy ending for all! A perfect low fantasy story which I really enjoyed.

Perfect read for young adult and teenage fantasy readers. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. With thanks to the blog tour for letting me read this cause without I probably never would have read it!

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mystery · Young adult

Expelled – James Patterson & Emily Raymond ★★★★

Blurb; One viral photo.
Four expelled teens.
Everyone’s a suspect.

Theo Foster’s Twitter account used to be anonymous–until someone posted a revealing photo that got him expelled. No final grade. No future. No fair.

Theo’s resigned to a life of misery working at the local mini-mart when a miracle happens: Sasha Ellis speaks to him. Sasha Ellis knows his name. She was also expelled for a crime she didn’t commit, and now he has the perfect way to get her attention: find out who set them up.

To uncover the truth, Theo has to get close to the suspects: the hacker, the quarterback, the mean girl, the vice principal, and his own best friend. What secrets are they hiding? And how can Theo catch their confessions on camera?

My Review; I have been enjoying James Pattersons young adult stories and this didn’t disappoint either. It’s a brilliant story with similar ties to The Breakfast Club. Theo is the main character and got expelled from his school by being framed for posting a photo. He is determined to prove his innocence. However, he is not the only pupil to be have been expelled…

As the expelled group come together with thanks to Theo for his determination to prove they’re all innocent, they become a mixed group of unlikely friends.. Nevertheless, along the way there are plenty of secrets and lies unfolded… Some pupils are guilty, some arn’t. Each have their own reasons for what they have done. Who’s innocent? Who’s guilty? Does Theo ever prove his innocence?

I really enjoyed this one… It’s not a death story but still a ‘who dunnit?’ story. Easy reading. Short chapters. Brilliant co-written with Emily. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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