Ferocious and fast paced but a bit claustrophobic – Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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Darrow, once a Red destined for a life mining Mars now transformed by rebels Sons of Ares into a ruling gold beat the training school in the last book, and is now in the middle of Gold society. But plots and factions stir constantly, and Darrow soon finds himself losing – until he wrests power and influence through unconventional methods. With enemies, schemes, greed and jealousy on every side Darrow feels he can trust no one and continues his campaign of violence, facing the monarch and everyone in his lonely quest for justice.

Oh my goodness! I’ve been waiting to read this ever since I finished Red Rising (my teenage sister read it too – here’s her review). And what a whirlwind it was! I can’t believe how much action and drama was packed into just one book! Though this is very much the same as the first instalment, I felt a bit that the reflection and character development was tacked onto the very full plot, which basically had a LOT of ground to cover. I came out at the end feeling as though I’d been on a really intense rollercoaster and needed a bit of time to settle. But it’s exciting, compelling and a worthy next step along the road for our hero.

“Why do you let me read books when the sequel isn’t available for ages?!” Zöe raves about Akarnae! #REALTEENREVIEWS

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I caught Zöe when she was ill at home from school one day and forced her to read this book – which I’d just finished and I loved. It’s about 16 year old Alex, who finds herself transported to a magical world and mysterious school instead of the more normal boarding school her parents meant to send her to. It’s great, and the author Lynette and her blog are awesome too!

Anyway. These were the first thoughts I got from my ailing sister:

WHERE’S THE SECOND ONE?!?!

WHY DO YOU LET ME READ SUCH GOOD BOOKS WHEN THE SEQUELS WON’T BE AVAILABLE FOR AGES

THAT IS COMPLETELY UNFAIR

Real Teen Reviews – OH MY DAYS IT’S SOOO TENSE – Anne Blankman’s Prisoner of Night and Fog

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In Real Teen Reviews I interview my 15-year-old marvel of a sister about books that I’ve made her read. This story of Hitler’s fictional niece who defies Nazi-ism is the second one and I’m pleased to say she’s enjoying the process so far! For my thoughts and a summary of Prisoner of Night and Fog go to my original post here.

My first feedback came in the form of seeing her disappear into the book for a few hours, then two days later by text.

Hitler’s fictional niece’s compelling story – well-placed historical wondering in Anne Blankman’s Prisoner of Night and Fog.

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Gretchen’s father sacrificed himself to save Hitler, and so her family has lived in his favour ever since. But when a stranger questions her father’s death everything Gretchen believes is turned upside down and she is determined to find the truth. Helped by the strangely kind Jew Daniel her quest, hindered by her distant and strange brother and her changing relationship with Hitler and the powerful National Socialist party, leads her to bold and subversive ideas that change her life forever.

Will we ever tire of stories of the wars and of Hitler? I don’t know – but I certainly haven’t. Set in Munich as Hitler’s power rises, Gretchen’s position as an honorary-niece gives a unique perspective of his personality and the tensions of Germany in the period. But really it is Gretchen and her story that is the focus; and this is fascinating in itself. Add in the ever-popular topic of the beginnings of psychoanalysis and you’ve got a winner!