Tuesday, 29 December 2015

You Killed me by Keith Gray

17172432Len Grimsby is dead and he blames Toby. When Len's ghost appears at the end of his bed, Toby is taken back in time to see the repercussions of his actions and unravel the series of events that led to Len's death. Can he save Len from being killed? And can he manage not to screw everything else up in the process?

You all know how much I like a book with a moral to the story and this short story has a moral but surprisingly I did not love this story. I picked it up because i was in a bit of a slump and I wanted something easy to read and I suppose it filled both of those needs at only 72 pages I whizzed through it in about ten minutes but I wanted a bit more from it. 

Basically a butterfly effect is set off when Toby drops his cricket bat over a wall.  The story plays out the things that happen as a direct effect of this and some of this is good an some of it is bad.

The story has a sort of Christmas Carol feel when the Marley ghost visits Scrooge which was an interesting way to tell the story.

I am clearly not the target demographic for this story and so I only gave it a 2 star but I do think it wouold be ideal when teaching young children a lesson.

Thanks for Reading

EM xx


The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

12958103In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

The Pledge is set in a dytopian future where your class is defined by the language you speak. The concept is interesting and unlike anything I have previously read.

I didn't feel much of a romantic connection between Charlie and Max, in fact I found Charlie quite dull. Max seemed infatuated with her instantly but I'm not sure why.
Charlie is different, she has a special secret. A secret that could get her into an awful lot of trouble if anybody found out. She understands other languages which is not only unheard of but against the law and punishable by death.

Charlie did have a very believable relationship with her little sister, I liked how the two communicated and looked after each other when things got tough. Unlike other YA stories Charlie did have parents who were present for half of the book at least. 

The story wasn't as action packed as i would have liked but there was enough to keep the book going at a decent speed. The queen could have been much scarier and the ending didn't leave me wanting to read on into the next book (The Essence) if the queen ha been much scarier then i think i would have jumped on the second book.

The story definitely had promise and I am not put off from reading other books by Derting but this series is not really my cup of tea.

Thanks for reading

Em xx