Review: Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe

Concentr8Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Bloomsbury Publishing Australia in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Concentr8’ IS REAL!! Oh my goodness! I was so shocked when I found out! This is a heads up to those who may start reading thinking it is a figment of the author’s imagination. (Like I did.)
I feel like this novel was one big dramatisation of every single kid out there who “suffers” from ADHD. Like, the WHOLE ENTIRE STORY was cemented in the issue of the ADHD pandemic that is sweeping the world. I didn’t like it. Frankly, ADHD IS a problem but this novel just made such a big deal out of it; a BIGGER deal than it has to be.
And what puzzled me the MOST was the rave reviews the novel received from establishments like the Gaurdian and Daily Mail. I really don’t get them.
‘Concentr8’ is a novel about five kids who are diagnosed as ADHD and are given a medication called Concentr8. Unfortunately, for them, the government banned its production due to the negative health effects it’s had on children and adolescents. However, Concentr8 was the medication that almost everyone with ADHD was on, so its ban meant that all these kids and teenagers are going wild. And the whole community goes crazy, too. (I really don’t know why. Realistically, it’s only the kids and teens who are affected. Why, all of a sudden, grown people are doing random stuff such as smashing windows, stealing stuff and breaking law? I have no idea.)
This novel also questions whether ADHD is real or not. Whether it’s just a disease made by people who want profit from this “disorder”. It explores the historical background of ADHD and the reasons why the author believes it’s all a lie. I quite liked this. I have previously heard of the reasons why ADHD may not exist and was curious to see what would come of this novel. Nothing good it seems. I didn’t really like the approach that was taken to exploring this issue.
There was one aspect of the novel that I did quite like. It was how the author put his story together. There were so many interesting perspectives. Mayors, journalists; the five kids. They all had their roles and chapters in the novel. But William Sutcliffe also explored the complexity of friendship and leadership in teens. He very clearly described how often adolescents get carried away and into trouble often because of the overpowering influence of their friends. Or, more particularly, their one, charismatic, “leader” friend.
This is definitely a thought provoking read. And very quick to finish.
Congratulations to William Sutcliffe on the publication of ‘Concentr8’!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Top of the Class [Nearly] (Tom Gates, #9) by Liz Pichon

Top of the Class (Nearly) (Tom Gates, #9)Top of the Class (Nearly) by Liz Pichon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

‘Top of the Class’ seemed a lot like all the other novels/instalments in the ‘Tom Gates’ series.
I liked the new characters which Liz Pichon introduced. They added something new and different which didn’t make reading the series so dull to read.
I still don’t get what is so funny about this series.
And I don’t get why Tom Gates is so fun to read.
Maybe I’m to old for this series.
Probably.
However, I did like how their was a bully in the story. It gave the novel a feeling of realism and something that all kids experience at some point.
Congratulations to Liz Pichon on publishing her NINTH instalment!

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Review: Best Book Day Ever! [So Far] (Tom Gates, #4.5) by Liz Pichon

Best Book Day Ever! [so far] (Tom Gates, #4,5)Best Book Day Ever! [so far] by Liz Pichon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

‘Best Book Day Ever!’ is probably THE SHORTEST and MOST SILLIEST novel that I have had the pleasure of reading in paperback.
Here is what I continue to like about this series. (And the random reason why I continue reading it.):
1. Its so easy to read through. Like, if you’re incapitated and literally cannot be bothered to read anything but you’re up for SOMETHING. This is a good read. Took me…30 min?
2. It reminds me a lot of ‘Diary of the Wimpy Kid’. And not in a good way.
3. I like all the illustrations.
Congratulations to Liz Pichon on publishing a new novella in the ‘Tom Gates’ series!

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Review: Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle

Breathing Under WaterBreathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Random House Australia in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Breathing Underwater’ is a moving tale of what happens when you lose your other half – your twin – and the depth of bond and grief that fills connects the most sacred of siblinghood relationships.
This novel has been amongst my favourite by far! It has managed to capture, in detail, the most unimaginable of events – when a twin loses his/her other half. I believe what left such a memorable and hard impact on me is the fact that I’m a twin myself. Losing my other half is probably my number one fear. Till this day, I wouldn’t know what I would do or how I would react to such a loss. It would be like losing a part of myself; losing a soulmate. To have read this novel was to experience the heat of that reality. To have loved it first hand; stepped inside another twin’s shoes and have taken agonising steps in them.
But, what marvelled me the most, was the smoothness and capability with which Sophie Hardcastle, the author, has written this beautiful and poignant tale. Every word to me felt real. Every time I picked up the novel I felt transported. Every time I put it down, I couldn’t wait to get back to it.
Sophie Hardcastle masterfully wove a story that gripped my heart and mind. She built tension, suspension, anticipation and a plot so intriguing that it was impossible for me to think of anything else. I literally found my mind wandering off, as I would go about life, and hoping and worrying for Ben and Grace.
I loved the romance and grief that the authoress managed to weave so compellingly. The novel wasn’t just one whole lump of sorrow and grief as depression. No. It painted life as it really is: full of surprises and hope and love and renewal.
What I quite liked is how Grace was introduced from the very beginning. Grace is painted as always second, always after, always not the best. Ben, on the other hand, is the golden boy, the first, the best. Their two differing characters and the way their family dynamics and friendships, created an interesting exploration into the often difficult and unsteady most twins share, no matter how glorified society makes twin-ship to be. I felt that Ben’s and Grace’s relationship was very true and honest: they had a close and loving relationship but it was often eclipsed by a sort of power struggle between the two.
The second most memorable aspect of the novel for me was the atmosphere. It was so deep and…intense…but enchanting and bewitching! That’s probably the best way to describe it! I felt like the setting of the novel also contributed a lot to the intensity of the atmosphere. The novel based a lot of itself near the sea. And the atmosphere so skilfully created seemed to be a representation of the sea. Beautiful and calming, but at other times uncertain and violent.
I loved the eloquence of the writing. And I loved how poetic it was. The plot was beautifully laid out and the end was one that left me gasping but begging for more.
Congratulations to Sophie Hardcastle on publishing a beautiful debut! I hoping to see more great novels!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: The Boyfriend List (Ruby Oliver, #1) by E. Lockhart

The Boyfriend List (Ruby Oliver #1)The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Boyfriend List
Author: E. Lockhart
Published: 27 July 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
RRP: $14.99

Review

‘The Boyfriend List’ was something that seemed to fit quite well in E. Lockhart’s list of published books. It didn’t seem to deviate much from the other angst-y teenage novels she writes. And although I haven’t read her highly popular ‘We Were Liars’ (and I know, I know, I should), ‘The Boyfriend List’ definitely got my attention.
And since this novel contained and was completely written as a list, here’s one from me:
(Because they are quite lovely in the end.)
1. I loved the blurb and I love the new cover. I felt like the funny blurbs were what pulled me in ultimately and the word “shrink” on the front cover. To be honest, the very first cover really creeped me out. What’s with the frog? Who puts a frog on the front cover? And why is it…smiling? Oh, well… I guess it did its purpose. Pulled my attention right in.
2. Ruby Oliver seemed to lead and interesting and very troublesome life. I wanted to see whether she was clever enough to survive it. Mwahahahaha! (And I wanted to have a little laugh at her expense. :P)
3. I loved the little footnotes every few pages. I don’t know. I just love footnotes. They’re like little insights into people/characters. It was awfully good to see them in ‘The Boyfriend List’.
4. At first I felt like the novel was another stereotypical rich girl meets stereotypical bad boy and gets into heaps and heaps of trouble. But it really wasn’t. A lot of the novel was Ruby finding herself, learning to come to terms with her feelings and navigating life.
5. The story was written with each chapter being a number on her list and titled with the name of a boy. I wasn’t quite sure what to think of that or about Ruby at first, but I realised that these boys meant something to her. They were symbolic of important events in her life.
6. It was also written as a whole heap of flashbacks and flash forwards to the present. It was written in first person, and I felt like the novel was solely Ruby’s monologue on her life and her slow understanding of what she did wrong.
7. The novel got me reading and I picking it up a lot more than expected. ‘The Boyfriend List’ wasn’t anything original or overly unique, but it just kept drawing me back, and back, and back. I really don’t know what did it.
8. Maybe it was all those boys…
9. Or the funny stories Ruby had to go with them…
10. But I enjoyed the simple way it was written.
11. An incredibly easy read. And especially light on the brain when you’re trying to recover from too many exams and study.
12. A quick read.
13. I can’t wait to see what else Ruby Oliver gets up to.
14. And WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL THOSE BOYS!!
Congratulations to E. Lockhart on publishing a great start to the ‘Ruby Oliver’ series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: The Ocean of the Dead (Ship Kings, #4) by Andrew McGahan

The Ocean of the Dead (Ship Kings, #4)The Ocean of the Dead by Andrew McGahan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Ocean of the Dead
Author: Andrew McGahan
Published: 27 July 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
RRP: $24.99

Review

‘The Ocean of the Dead’ is BEYOND all words! And all fantasy WORLDS that I have across, too! It really is a magnificent finale to the ‘Ship Kings’ series! I’m so happy/sad that it had to end! Argh! Too many conflicting emotions!
Reading the ‘Ship Kings’ series was (let me tell ya) on HECK of a journey! It was a stupendous voyage across the ‘Ship Kings’ world and one that took some time and effort – but was worth it in the end. Reading this novel, was a pleasure, mainly because Andrew McGahan continues to deliver REAL pieces of literature, time and time again. Reading his writing is like learning what true English is and should sound like. I literally learned how write from his novels, and his writing is what has inspired me to write some of my own short pieces! You could literally call or compare this series to a classic and no one would blink an eye! THAT is the level of grammar and prose!
What has also amazed me, is that this ENTIRE series not only has sun beautiful, sophisticated, elegant and masterful writing, but its plot is really quite complex! It is like a gigantic tapestry. Each instalment reveals something different, but with such intricacy and minute detail, that stepping back to reflect upon the series is like looking at a masterpiece by an artist yet to be discovered.
The world building is beyond this world anything has ever seen! OMG! I cannot describe to you or possibly express with any body language how OUTSTANDING it was! There are novels out there that leave you wondering why something has happened or full of questions about the world, such as why does this work or how does that work? The ‘Ship Kings’ series has none of that. If you think you can ask a question about the science behind this world, you will find yourself stuck. The research into scientific facts that went into this novel is beyond my comprehension. I am SO impressed!
What sticks with me the most after reading this finale, is the incredible, real, tangible moments that Andrew McGahan has created. Each moment, though told from third person narrative, held a reality. Reading a sentence was never boring. Every sentence held something important. Something new. Thinking back, I don’t recall that I have not read a single sentence or just have it a cursory glance. It was like every word held gravitas and gave me this wide perspective on everything that was happening.
If you think that Percy Jackson was good, think again! ‘Ship Kings’ will forever change your mind!
Congratulations to Andrew McGahan on publishing a true cataclysmic conclusion to the ‘Ship Kings’ series!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: And I Darken (Conqueror’s Saga, #1) by Kiersten White

And I Darken (Conqueror's Saga, #1)And I Darken by Kiersten White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Random House Australia in exchange for an honest review.

Review

I LOVED ‘And I Darken’!! Once I finished the novel, it was AGONY for me, realising how SILLY I was to have taken so long to get to it and how long the wait will be until the SECOND instalment comes out! (At least it appears that there are DEFINITELY books scheduled for the next two years! Yippee!)
So here’s what I loved about ‘And I Darken’:
1. THE TITLE: Isn’t it just gorgeous! I am in AWE of it! I mean, it’s so short but so unique! But there is so much depth to it! And I couldn’t help but wonder what it meant! I legitimately STARED at the title, after reading the blurb, trying to figure out what it all meant!
2. THE COVER: It fits the story so well. At first the thought the girl on the cover was a bit creepy, and I favoured the look of the alternate cover editions, with the purple petals and the shiny, majestic sword. But after getting to know the characters, I thought the aura the cover produced was well paralleled with the novel.
3. THE CHARACTERS: Were BEYOND spectacular! I was enchanted by how complex and how different these characters – that I’ve just only met – were to others in the YA historical/fantasy genre! Take Ladislav (or Lada) as an example. Man, the girl was feisty! She had guts and UMPH so strong that I was quite aghast but also proud of who she was! Lada showed strength and a weird sort of masculine femininity (if that makes any sense) in a world where women were only use as bargaining tools. As servants and wives. They were less than men. But throughout the novel, she met women who held a lot more power than she expected, and made her want to carve out her own power. It was interesting to get to know her through a third person narrative but also wonderfully intriguing. It meant that not everything was revealed instantly and I, as a reader, had this wide scope of the events that happened around her. Lada’s brother, Radu, was the second character who told the novel in his perspective. And let me tell you, he was VERY different to Lada.
4. THE WORLD BUILDING: Beyond compare. I loved everything that happened to create this vibrant and tangible world! All the different lands fit neatly into each other and created this GIGANTIC puzzle piece that I loved to connect together!
5. THE WRITING: Beautiful. Elegant. Powerful. Fulfilling. Captivating. Strong. Flowing. Rich. Archaic.
6. THE HISTORICAL SETTING: I love any novel that is set in a powerful empire. There is something uniquely thrilling about these books. It’s as if you’re traveling back in time. Kiersten White managed to capture the Ottoman Empire in startling clarity!
7. THE ROMANCE: There is definitely some strong romance here. And a weird sort of love triangle. Radu is in love with Mehmed, but Mehmed is in love with Lada, and Lada has protected her brother since he was born. Confused? So was I. But I got used to it. And let me tell you, it made for an awesome plot!
Congratulations to Kiersten White on publishing an awe-inspiring first instalment in ‘The Conquerors Saga’! (Give me book two, already!)

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Black by Fleur Ferris

BlackBlack by Fleur Ferris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Random House Australia in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Black’ ended up being A LOT better than I expected. I initially thought that this was going to be scary/mind-numbing/over-the-top/depressing/mind-boggling or anything else that can be associate with stereotypical horror novels. But this novel was everything that I thought it wouldn’t be. And I didn’t regret picking it up for one second!
What I enjoyed the most (and probably always will) was the ROMANCE! *swoons* Fleur Ferris masterfully weaved a love story into a high-action, and fast-paced plot. It was tense and cute and my emotions were all over the place TRYING to figure out what would happen next! And there was a love-triangle! In this case, it really pushed my opinion of the plot up. I really wouldn’t describe this novel as solely horror. ‘Black’ was more light-horror-and-more-romance. In other words: my favourite type of scary novels.
The writing was lovely. It wasn’t anything that I found unique, or different in anyway. To be frank, the style was a lot like all the other young-adult novels out there, but I found it flowing and easy to read.
This leads me to: ‘Black’ is the perfect novel to read when you want something a little frightening but nothing too hard on the mind. Something that gets you reading something new and exciting. I loved it because I zoomed through it without a break and I loved it because it was perfect with my currently, very busy, life.
I thought the characters were solidly developed. Ebony “Black” Marshal was a somewhat archetypical character, but she was also a breath of fresh air. She was strong, yet vulnerable; courageous, but also a bit of a coward; clever, but also silly; edgy, but a real person.
The plot was – I must say – very well laid out. After finishing the novel, I felt like it was very SOLID. There wasn’t a piece that I felt was left out or as if there was anything missing from the story. A great development of tension and anticipation by the author! I was always looking forward to picking the book back up, and would do so whenever I had a spare moment. I was always kept curious and hoping, always hoping! It evoked a great emotional response from me!
It was an awesome finale for ‘Black’! I felt that it was so true to the novel and also a great crowd pleaser!
Congratulations to Fleur Ferris on publishing her second YA novel! I’m definitely going to check out ‘Risk’!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: Matilda by Roald Dahl

MatildaMatilda by Roald Dahl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Random House Australia in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl has touched my heart in all its deep dark corners and filled it with love, love, love! It has squeezed its way, yet again, onto my shelf of favourite novels and to-reread.
Roald Dahl’s writing can be easily compared and rivalled against Shakespeare’s. Ok. This may sound absurd to some of you. Or somewhat true for others. But Roald Dahl has brought and expressed his creative genius in a wonderfully poetic way that has filled – and continues to fill – the hearts of millions of children. Roald Dahl has managed to create worlds and stories that seem completely absurd and frightening but at the end of the day they are original and capture our world today with startling clarity.
‘Matilda’ is one of those novels about a very clever, a very gifted and very talented protagonists who often come to terms with a very unjust and cruel world around them. Yet with their wit and clever thinking they are able to outsmart their enemy – physical or metaphorical – and triumph in the end.
There was something – IS something – about Matilda herself that makes me love her and her story. Maybe it’s her clever thinking and the fact that she reads books by the pile. Maybe it’s her strong sense of justice and her lovely humbleness. Maybe it’s her loyalty to friends and ability to be extremely creative. Maybe it’s because she’s a child. But it’s definitely because Matilda is as real as the world around you and the ground you stand on. Matilda is as real as the trees, the sky, the ocean. And she’s a big breath of fresh air.
But it’s not just Matilda who’ve I’ve fallen in love with – or whom I’ve learned to absolutely dislike. All of Roald Dahl’s characters have evoked some sort of emotional response within me. He has managed to hook me in with the extravagance of some of his characters and the awfully accurate behaviour of adults in a humorous way.
I think what always surprises me about Roald Dahl, and specifically ‘Matilda’, is the proper English and grammar he uses. Whenever I pick up children’s novels, I always expect these really simple sentence structures and everyday words filling the pages. Most of the time that’s true. But with Roald Dahl…he doesn’t hold back. If he wants to say something and that includes a new and complex word which most young readers probably never even HEARD of, he will do it. And I love it. Reading his words allows you to learn something. Every book has a couple of new words that you’ve never come across before but which you look up in the dictionary, nevertheless.
This is a read that I recommend if you want something light-hearted and quick but also with a bit of meaning.
Oh, and I am SOOO in love with the new covers Dahl’s works have been given by Penguin Random House illustrators. Did you notice the little, yellow airplane on all of them?
Congratulations to Roald Dahl on his newly re-covered ‘Matilda’!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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Review: The Shark Caller by Dianne Wolfer

The Shark CallerThe Shark Caller by Dianne Wolfer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Random House Australia in exchange for an honest review.

Review

‘The Shark Caller’ left me sad and a little confused. Definitely a little shaken yet also connected and a bit horrified. This is one of those novels that literally transport you into a different world where you have such a surreal yet complete experience that it’s a bit hard coming back to reality. I’m honestly still not quite sure what to think of all this…
What enchanted me from the beginning was how well designed and aesthetically pleasing reading this novel was! I loved the colours used on the cover – which I have absolute cover-lust for – and the contents page! People, I have an absolute LOVE for novels that publish with a contents page! They make reading the novel so more…enriching and sophisticated! It’s like an old tradition has come back to life! And it had all these small illustrations on the inside! So cute!
I loved the fonts used throughout the book. There were these curlicued chapter titles and little quotes underneath that absolutely captured my heart. They were like little windows into the chapter’s content! And every now and then there were these poems that fit in so well with the world Dianne Wolfer created!
Seriously, everything about this novel was gorgeous!
But what left me slightly reeling and deeply touched was the fact that Izzy had a twin, Ray, who passed away.
As a twin, I know the bond that exists in such a close relationship. I understand the depth of emotion and connection that Izzy and Ray experienced on a daily basis and how unimaginable it would be to lose your other half would be. I for one would never wish it upon any twin and to read about such a loss was almost like experiencing the loss myself. This definitely ended up being a hard read for me emotionally – not just because of my understanding of such a relationship, but because of the beautiful and simple way Dianne Wolfer put those emotions down onto paper and managed to tattoo them onto the heart of her reader.
‘The Shark Caller’ also did not lack in world-building. This imaginary island that the author wrote of seemed to utterly real to me. I’ve never been outside of Australia or anywhere remotely close to Papua New Guinea, but I could imagine the forests and the underwater world which left Izzy so captivated.
I could understand her attachment to such a place, but what boggled my mind was how closely and believably fact and fantasy were woven together.
As I got deeper and deeper into the story, the more bizarre the events. Being able to talk underwater; webbed feet (alright I can understand this but still otherworldly to me); talking sharks; shapeshifting creatures; evil sea creatures! There was so much but so well done! This all seemed to stem naturally from the culture, traditions and beliefs of Izzy’s people! They left me astounded yet very much captivated.
A very flowing and poetic style to the writing! And I loved the new and unique language which Izzy’s people spoke in! It seemed hard to understand at first, but I got the hang of it and loved its sound on my tongue!
Congratulations to Dianne Wolfer on publishing a richly fantastical novel for young adults! I can’t wait for more!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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