So I’ve not been keeping track of my reviews again, but work was busy and it’s Christmas, so I’m going to put them all in one post. This post may be long, I apologise!
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
I wanted to read Artemis Fowl due to the film coming out next year. It was good, but the chapters felt like they dragged and Artemis was such an arrogant child that I found myself wanting to roll my eyes at him.
I know I’m not the target audience, but I really enjoyed the parts featuring the magical creatures. They’re brilliant creations and we’re so funny!
Especially the dwarf. His personality was great.
Artemis could have learnt a thing or two from him.
I enjoyed it, but I won’t be rushing to continue the series. I may watch the film though.
Paper Girls by Brian.K.Vaughn
Overall rating: 🎄🎄🎄🎄.5
Volume 1- 🎄🎄🎄🎄
Volume 2- 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄
Volume 3- 🎄🎄🎄🎄
Volume 4- 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄
Paper Girls was a great graphic novel series, I know it’s still ongoing but I read the first four volumes in quick succession and they were great!
I had no idea what to expect and I loved the time travel element, the action, and the LGBTQ representation too.
I’m looking forward to reading the next volume as I can’t wait to see what happens to the girls next.
A cast of badass girls is exactly why you need to read this graphic novel series!
Escape from Pompeii by Jim Eldridge
I read this to think about using it for Year 4in the Spring Term but myself and the other teachers decided against it.
For a children’s book there is an awful lot of death.
There is also inconsistent language, for example, the narrator doesn’t know what ash is, but later on calls it ash.
It could have been better!
Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Freemantle
I love the Tudors, and it was great to finally getting around to this book after I was gifted it, as it focuses on the sixth wife of Henry VIII- Katherine Parr.
She is one queen that I feel people don’t write about, they usually focus on those who lost their heads.
I know it is fiction, but I was entranced by Katherine’s story- from losing her husband and marrying the King, to her Regency, and then to marrying the man she loved and discovering he is not what she thought.
She loved and lost, but she was strong willed and powerful and probably my favourite of the Queens.
She was also the only Queen who was also an author despite the risk and I love that she was able to write during her reign too.
I’d definitely recommend this book if you like Philippa Gregory or Anne Weir because Freemantle’s storytelling is brilliant.
The only reason I gave it three stars is the treatment of women in the novel, even if it is accurate at the time, it was still uncomfortable to read.
The Girls by Emma Cline
Moving between the modern day and 1969, we follow Evie Boyd as she looks back on her time as a young teenage girl, as part of a group that could be considered a cult.
Evie’s naivety as part of the group made me feel both sorry for her, and want to get her out of there.
However, during reading it is clear how much being with The Girls made Evie mature, not just sexually (the scene with the musician was hard to read knowing how young she was) but also as a person. So much that she starts stealing from her mother to get attention.
Even though she’s matured, she’s still a child desperate to be liked.
However, this book is inspired by a murder, but that didn’t mean that when that scene came it came as any less of a shock.
It took an extremely dark turn.
A Phone Conversation by Emily Martha Sorensen
This is a short story, of an alien boy who tries to ring McDonalds. Instead, he gets the White House.
The president is rightly confused, but has no idea that the boy is extra terrestrial until the end.
It’s really funny. I liked it!
I wish it was longer.
Paulette: French by birth, English by chance by Martin Sorrell
Thank you to Netgalley for letting me read and review this book.
This memoir demonstrates the life of the author’s mother, from her childhood, to her passing, and it’s written in a way that is extremely easy to follow. One thing I took from this book is that despite living in England for a lot of her adult life, Paulette remained true to her French heritage which was lovely to see.
She definitely loved her family, and the added pictures in the book made it feel extremely personal. I never knew Paulette Sorrell, but now I do.
It was very surprising near the end of the book to see places in Somerset that I know well, especially my home town, as I considered whether or not I may have seen Paulette and her family in passing, it made me think about how many places she had seen.
She was lucky to have had such a view of life.
It was nice to hear her words amongst her sons.
Thanks for reading.