fantasy · mystery · suspense · Young adult

Gone – Michael Grant ★★★★★

Blurb; In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.

There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your 15th birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…

My Review; I was kindly gifted this series to read by a friend and I had to start it straight away. 560 pages long and I devoured it. I do believe it has also been turned into a tv series or film so I will have to keep a look out for that. I can honestly say I have not read anything similar to this before and it was amazing.

A world where all the adults and anyone aged over 15 disappear. Scary. This leaves with it a lot of problems… babies? Food? Animals? Emergency services? Deaths? Who is all that down too? Well whoever is there has to handle it all. Luckily there is still electricity but no WiFi, no call signal and no TV. How will these children cope? Alongside all that some children have powers! Will they all come together to survive? Or will there be war? Will powers have to be unleashed? Will there be a leader? Honestly so many questions. I loved it all.

Sam steps up. I loved his character and his sidekicks. Brave. Strong. A hero to many. But like always there are bullies to face. Parts of the story do get violent with fighting and guns. With power comes great responsibility and the urge to abuse that power. An explosive ending. Through the story it is counting down towards something.. something that cannot be stopped or can it?

I am so glad this is book one as I want more already I was lost into this world and I need to see what happens. Will the adults return? Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars. This may even end up in my top reads of the year. Brilliant. Loved it. Addictive. A real page turner.

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Children's · fantasy

Opie Jones: Talks To Animals – Nat Luurtsema ★★★★

Blurb; Dr Dolittle meets Kid Normal in a hilarious middle grade superhero series from comedian Nat Luurtsema. Perfect for fans of David Baddiel, Charlie Changes into a Chicken, My Brother is a Superhero and Lightning Girl

10-year-old Opie Jones is Very Ordinary. In fact nothing remarkable has ever happened to her, if you don’t count the cat that gives her funny looks from next door (which she doesn’t). So she is naturally very surprised when she is recruited to join The Resistance – a team of superheroes who can read minds, and have a dastardly brainwashing villain to defeat.

HOWEVER… it turns out Opie can’t read human minds, she can read ANIMAL ones. The other members of the Resistance are very disappointed. And a whole world of animal chat and demands is opening up to her. She’s still a superhero, just one on her hands and knees in the mud, chatting to a pedantic worm.

But when the Resistance find themselves captured, it might just be that listening to all the creatures great and small is what makes Opie Jones the right person to save the world.

My Review; Hi I’m Gemma, 26. Yes I still read children’s books. Why not? Reading and books don’t have an age limit.. now moving on… I really enjoyed this one. It’s beautifully illustrated throughout and the story just sets your imagination on fire. I find children’s book have so much more magic and imagination in them than adult books.

Meet Opie she’s discovered she can talk to animals! Wow. What a hero. But surely that means there are others like her too? There sure are a secret group of them. But it soon becomes apparent they are against an evil group of the same people who are trying to take over her school.

Which side should she join? Good vs Evil. She is sure a hero and her power is more useful than she thinks but with power comes temptation to do wrong. A great read. I do believe this is book one in a new series coming soon and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for Opie. Will her powers grow? Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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fantasy · Magic · Young adult

Amari And The Night Brothers – B.B. Alston ★★★★

Blurb; Quinton Peters was the golden boy of the Rosewood low-income housing projects, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari Peters, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Why isn’t his story all over the news? And why do the police automatically assume he was into something illegal?

Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s old closet. A briefcase meant for her eyes only. There was far more to Quinton, it seems, than she ever knew. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari is certain the answer to finding out what happened to him lies somewhere inside, if only she can get her head around the idea of mermaids, dwarves, yetis and magicians all being real things, something she has to instantly confront when she is given a weredragon as a roommate.

Amari must compete against some of the nation’s wealthiest kids—who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives and are able to easily answer questions like which two Great Beasts reside in the Atlantic Ocean and how old is Merlin? Just getting around the Bureau is a lesson alone for Amari with signs like ‘Department of Hidden Places this way, or is it?’ If that all wasn’t enough, every Bureau trainee has a talent enhanced to supernatural levels to help them do their jobs – but Amari is given an illegal ability. As if she needed something else to make her stand out.

With an evil magican threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.

My Review; I was gifted this book for free as part of the Amazon Vine reviewers team. This does not influence my review in any way. I got this because it looked interesting and an easy read. I was right. This book will have your imagination on fire. Magic. Fantasy. The unimaginable. Talking elevators/lifts who are also named. It’s a whole new world to get lost into and I already cannot wait for book two to come out. I loved it all!

The main character Amari is on the hunt to find out what really happened to her older brother but first she must go through some training. She is one determined and strong kid with an alley by her side the whole time. But who can she trust? Does she know her enemy? Can she save and find her brother before it’s too late? She knows she isn’t wanted within the establishment but that doesn’t make her give up just more determined. Absolutely loved her such a powerful character.

Loved it all. The setting. The plot. The outcome. Brilliant. I was lost into this world and wish I didn’t have to leave it. I know it’s a children’s/YA book but you’re never too old for that magic in my eyes. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I also just adore the cover too. Magical.

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