Thursday, 31 July 2014

Review: Runaway by Marie-Louise Jensen

Name: Runaway
Author: Marie-Louise Jensen
Author's website: www.marie-louisejensen.com/wordpress/
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date published: 2014
Number of pages: 311
Rating: 4/5
Available: Now
Runaway is dramatic from the very beginning, when it starts with events that utterly change Charlotte's life. The story, which follows Charlotte's new life on the run and her journey to discovering her family's secrets, is very exciting, full of action, mystery and suspense. This almost non-stop drama is balanced well by occasional moments of calmness or humour, and the romance (Mr. John Lawrence is a wonderful character) is also well mixed into the story.
It took me a while to get into this book, to be really interested in it and to really want to keep reading, but eventually I did and after that I didn't want to stop reading. About midway through, I found that all I wanted to do was find out what happened next, and then what happened after that, and after that... I think Runaway is definitely worth persevering through.

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Review: Blind Servitude by David Chattaway

Name: Blind Servitude
Author: David Chattaway
Author's website: www.davidchattaway.com
Publisher: David Chattaway
Date published: 2014
Number of pages: 99
Rating: 4/5
Available: 21st July 2014 (expected publication)
I found Blind Servitude to be a very engrossing read. The narrator, a young boy named Eli, tells you things in a way that makes you keep reading because you want to know more about his strange life in the mine, and how things came to be the way they are at the beginning of the story. Because Eli doesn't know everything, and is curious to find out more, you're also curious.
The story was quite sinister at parts, the siren signalling the disappearance of a prisoner reminding me of the cannon signalling the death of a tribute in the Hunger Games. It was also mysterious, suspenseful, exciting, and even scary at some parts.
There is some wonderful and brilliant description in this novella, and it is incredibly clever (keep an eye out for Peta). I would have liked for it to be revealed how they really ended up in the mine, and what the surface looked like when Eli opened the doors to the outside, but I suppose still leaving some things to the imagination even at the end maintains the mystery and makes the story more fascinating.

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