Spy for The Queen of Scotts by Theresa Breslin

Blurb: As lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, the beautiful Ginette – known as Jenny – is the young queen’s closest childhood friend. Growing up in the elegant but ruthless French court, surrounded by enemies and traitors – not least the jealous, manipulative Catherine de Medici, and Mary’s own scheming half-brother, James – Jenny has always been fiercely loyal to her mistress. But when she overhears a mysterious whispered plot, closely followed by several unexplained deaths at court, she puts her own life in danger and turns spy for Mary.

Jenny quickly realises not a soul at court can be trusted, and when she and Mary return to their Scottish homeland for Mary to claim her throne, they face even greater peril. Desperate to protect her friend from those who would slit her throat to steal her crown, while battling her feelings for the charismatic nobleman Duncan Alexander, Jenny becomes embroiled in a dangerous web of secrets, betrayals and lies.

Age: 12+

Price: £4.95

I’d heard that this book was really good, so when I saw it in the library, I picked it up and gave it a read, and it was definitely worth it.

This book is all about Mary Queen of Scots life who ruled Scotland from 1542 to 1567 and her made up childhood friend Lady Ginette. This book cleverly mixes history and fiction to create an amazing book about Mary’s tragic life story. This is very much a spy book and has plenty of deceit and lies in it, so if that’s the type of thing that you enjoy then I highly recommend this to you. The only thing I would say is that the author could have put in more details about Mary’s real life rather than making some of it up. And there some parts of the book where nothing was happening and that could have been made much more interesting. However, I really enjoyed this book on the whole and give it an 8 out of 10. Sorry there isn’t much to say about this one as saying anything else would give away the book and I don’t want to ruin it for you. This book is suitable for both genders and hope that those of you in the UK are having a great May half-term! P.S. What books are you reading currently?

 

The Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling & Jack Thorne

harry_potter_and_the_cursed_child_special_rehearsal_edition_book_coverBlurb: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Price: £10.00

Okay, so it has been 15 years since the last Harry Potter book and this didn’t disappoint. I absolutely loved it and all the characters. This is written in the form of a script, but it didn’t bother me at all. We have tried so many  times to get tickets but haven’t succeeded. I loved all the characters, my favourites were Rose, Scorpius and Albus. I thought that the story was amazing and loved all the stage directions The only thing I would say is that the ending was a bit boring and there was a lack of spell casting. However, saying that, it is my favourite book that I have read this year and for that reason, I am disregarding my small criticisms and giving it a 10! I would recommend this to all Harry Potter fans and I suggest you read it if you haven’t already. I would love to know what you thought of it and whether you got tickets to see it or not?

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Asylum (#1) by Madeleine Roux

jimbobBlurb: For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline’s twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum’s dark past. Because Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.”

Age: 14+

Price: £7.99

You probably know that it is Halloween tomorrow and I am soooooo excited as it is one of my favourite times of the year (can’t wait to go ‘Trick or Treating’). So here is a creepy/scary book for you.

This book is absolutely terrifying  and addictive. I am absolutely obsessed with this book. My best friend lent it to me after reading the whole series (this is the first one by the way) and said I should read it, so I did, and BAM!!!! I love it! It is so scary and creepy and I couldn’t put it down. My favourite character was definitely Abby and I like Jordan as well. There was a really clever plot twist at the end that I really enjoyed. My favourite bit however was near the end when suddenly everything pieced together and you finally understood everything. You should definitely read this book as it is perfect for giving you nightmares on Halloween night (don’t worry, it’s not that creepy). I give it a 10 out of 10!!!!!! And recommend it to both genders and to anyone who loved ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’. And…….

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Eldest (Inheritance, #2) by Christopher Paolini

eldest_book_coverBlurb: Darkness falls . . . Despair abounds . . . Evil reigns . . .

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn’t sure whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall – one that puts Eragon in even graver danger.

Age: 13+

Price: £5.99

This is a sequel to the book Eragon, if you would like to read the review, here is your link http://larawhitfield.co.uk/?p=184…..

On the whole, I really enjoyed this book, however, it was very, very long-winded. If anything, it was too descriptive of everything. For instance, Eragon is travelling and it takes about 3 chapters for him to get to where he needs to be. Anyway, aside from the negativity, the books are always worth reading because the endings are amazing, but don’t be that person who skips pages or chapters in books, because you never know, you may miss something important. As I was saying, there is a twist at the end that I was kind of expecting but it still surprised me. I liked this one more than the first in some ways as you got to know a lot more about Roran, Eragon’s cousin (or ‘brother’) which I was happy about. I am still unsure whether to read the other 2 books as this one took so long to read and the size of the last 2 books is a little scary. I give this book 7 out of 10 stars recommend to both genders. Please tell me if you have read the last 2 and whether they are worth the read.

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The Castle by Sophia Bennett

Layout 1Blurb: Peta Jones is an ordinary girl struggling with the loss of her father, an ex-army hero who died in mysterious circumstances. When she receives clues that he may still be alive, she embarks on a dangerous rescue across the Mediterranean to a clifftop castle, home to an exiled billionaire. Soon she discovers that what some people will do for money, Peta will do for love.

Price: £6.99

Age: 12+

This is the last of my holiday to Spain book series and another book that I am impressed with….

I was given this book for my birthday along with another book by the same author called ‘The Look’ which I haven’t read yet but it is on my list. This book is about a girl who tries to find her dad. This book is really sad and thrilling at the same time. Because of the content, I would place it in the adventure books category and mystery, but it could be in my sad books category as well. My favourite characters were Peta, the 2 slave children (won’t mention their names because it may be a spoiler). This book is a lot darker than I expected it to be and there were a lot of characters cleverly portrayed so that you immediately hated them. I think that this book was amazing and would definitely recommend it to people who enjoy adventure, mystery thrillers. This is for both genders and I give it 10 out of 10.

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