GUEST BOOK REVIEW – Cute Emergency by Tony Heally

Guest Reviewer: Ami  (@mama_roach)

A great addition to anybody’s coffee table, this book is full of cute, and not just required in emergencies. Building on the success of the Twitter account, ‘Cute Emergency’ takes cute to another level – in print form.

The introduction states that since it began, @CuteEmergency has accumulated over 1.1 million followers and continues to grow each day. Fans were asked to submit their cute pet pictures so that they could be printed and shared through a different medium – the good old-fashioned way! What has been produced is a variety of images of animals – some of which, I don’t think are convincing enough to be pets – but nevertheless are exactly what it says on the cover – cute!
Split into useful sections, depending on the remedy required, there is guaranteed to be an image that will make you smile. From sleeping kittens to hugging monkeys, open this book on a rainy day and prepare to be instantly cured.

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Out now from Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780593074169

GUEST BOOK REVIEW – The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Guest Reviewer: Ami  (@mama_roach)

Dashner has Thomas and the remaining Gladers literally ‘dashing’ through The Scorch after being told that the next phase of the trials are about to begin. The maze was only the beginning. Faced with blistering heat and citizens who have been infected with the ‘Flare’ (a deadly virus that sends people mad), Thomas and the Gladers must decide who is worth their trust. WICKED is good. Or are they? Thomas doesn’t know and neither do the readers, as we, alongside Thomas cannot believe everything we see (or read).

Dashner pushes the boundaries, for both the characters and the reader. Having loved the first book, despite its oddities, such as telepathy and mechanical creatures, its mysteries have remained with me and it is now something I want to solve, alongside the characters.

The book starts positively, with twists and turns along the way, but after a while, the clue-finding gets a little repetitive and disjointed. There are almost too many new characters to keep track of, but we, along with Thomas, must work out who is trustworthy and who won’t survive in The Scorch, so this just adds to the sense of mistrust we feel for WICKED. I only hope that the new characters and plot-twists are relevant to the third and final instalment in this series.

Once, like Thomas, you get used to being outside the Maze, the pieces of the mystery start to fit together… then Dashner throws in some more pieces of the mystery to solve!

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Out now from Chicken House Ltd
ISBN: 9781909489417

GUEST BOOK REVIEW – Four by Veronica Roth

Guest Reviewer: Ami  (@mama_roach)

If you want answers following ‘Allegiant’, don’t expect them here. What you can expect though is a wonderful retelling of the series, told from Four’s perspective. Roth splits the narrative into the different stages of Tobias Eaton’s life – transferring to Dauntless, becoming Four and meeting Tris, but also includes exclusive ‘never-seen-before’ scenes (which we have, actually, seen before, but not in this way.)

Whilst still being in shock from ‘Allegiant’, this book is a unique way for fans to revisit the series and replenish ‘happy’ levels. I actually enjoyed reading about Four’s transfer, more so than Tris’s. Being a more complex character than I originally thought, Four has an interesting story to tell, before he meets the girl of his dreams. Characterisation is at the heart of this book, with no need to expand the world originally built in the series, but seeing the world from Four’s perspective enables readers to delve deeper into the history of the factions and discover that there was more to Four than being a love-interest.
Having originally wanted to tell the story through Four’s perspective, we can see Roth’s background for Four’s character truly at the forefront, which is never revealed in the Divergent series. It is certainly a worthwhile read, as it changed my perspective of his character completely.

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Out now from HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007582891