Wee Book Reviews #2

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Loralli By Laura Dockrill* - This is a fantasy young adult novel about a mermaid who leaves her family in the sea and heads to the surface. When she reaches land she grows legs but is completely naked and is found on the beach by Rory who is celebrating his 16th birthday. The mer people go on a hunt for Loralli, the mermaid, because they believe that the human world is dangerous. And it is because there are some people who know of mermaids, and they will hunt them down.

I was quite excited to read this book as the plot sounded awesome. I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to but I still enjoyed it. Fantasy books can sometimes be a bit confusing for me and this one was too. I don't think that's any fault of the writer I just don't feel like this was the best book for me. The mer people in this book have their own culture and history that I found a little complex. Because this book was so fast paced at times I felt confused and didn't really understand what was going on. This book is narrated in split chapters which I love. Some of the chapters are narrated by the sea which I thought was a really interesting and unique idea. I don't think I've seen that done in any other book before!

Overall I enjoyed this book but don't think it was the book for me. I probably won't read it again if I'm honest. I gave this one a 3/5 stars because it was a nice easy read but didn't blow me out of the water(you see what I did there?).

Darkmere by Helen Maslin* - This book is told from the perspective of Kate who is attending a private school on a scholarship. She feels outcasted because everyone is very rich and she isn't. Until the cool boy at school, Leo, invites her to spend the summer with him and his friends. At the castle he recently inherited. Yes, a castle. When they arrive at the castle the discover that it was some unpleasant history. The first woman to live at Darkmere castle, Eleanor, had cursed her husband and then killed herself. Since then, unfortunate accidents happen to any male who inherits the castle.

This book was a really nice, easy read but at times I found it to be a little bit crigney. I think it's really hard to write YA novels without appearing that way! The book also contains chapters from Eleanor's diary and to be honest I found these to be much more interesting than the other chapters. I didn't necessarily dislike Kate's though! I read this book pretty quickly and as we got towards the end I was pretty much desperate to find out how it fitted together. I think the ending was really good and involved some plot twists that I wasn't expecting either.

This was another book that I gave 3/5 stars because it was a good read but wasn't anything special at the same time. One thing I have to say though. At one point in this book Kate gets really badly sunburnt and then 'takes a handful of codeines' to deal with the pain. Taking a handful of codeines would kill you!

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham* - I started this book without much of a clue as to what it was about. It's actually about dementia. This book hit me a lot harder than I expected it to so I would warn anyone before reading this book as it made me cry at times. It's about a teenage girl, Katie, who is having a miserable time until her estranged grandmother, Mary, shows up. Katie had never met her grandmother but she knows that her mum stopped speaking to her. But Mary has dementia and doesn't recognise anyone. So Katie is trying to find out Mary's story whilst Katie's mum is trying to find a nursing home for Mary.

This book was really hard hitting and I found it quite tough to read. Thankfully no one I know personally has dementia but when I was visiting my gran in hopsital a lot of people on her ward had it and it was really heartbreaking to see. Jenny Downham has a real habit of writing really hard hitting books! This book was quite big but I found it really fast paced and read most of it in the one sitting. At the end I was so excited to find out how to story concluded!

I gave this book 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed it but it definitely wasn't as good as Jenny Downham's first book which is why I didn't give it 5/5 stars.

So there's some quick reviews of some books that I've read recently. What to you think, would you try some of these out?

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