Born a Crime

AGE RATING: 12+

TEEN RATING: 4.3/5

TEEN OVERVIEW: Honest and genuine, Born a Crime paints a very vivid and earnest picture of Trevor’s younger years. Although full of hilarious stories, the book never shies away from the harder side of Trevor’s youth. Every tale that Trevor tells is always as candid as can be, even if it doesn’t show Trevor’s best side. Born a Crime is one of the most sincere, funny and serious autobiographies there are. It is gift unto the world about life, love, loss through the medium of humour. Continue reading Born a Crime

Orangeboy

AGE CATEGORY:  15+

TEEN RATING:  3.4/5 

TEEN OVERVIEW: I was really looking forward to Orangeboy because of all the awards and prizes to it’s name but, unfortunately the book just didn’t do it for me. The character development was insane but the book was at times slightly slow and maybe a tad unrealistic for a start. As well as this it was quite depressing at times and hard to read… Continue reading Orangeboy

The Mandibles

AGE RATING: 12+

TEEN RATING: 3.7/5

TEEN OVERVIEW: The Mandibles follows the story of how one large family navigates an ever-changing America. The quantity and complexity of real economic terms that she uses alongside her detailed writing creates a very real and genuine setting. The financial terms do get very detailed at point but overall they are very beneficial for the novel. Interesting, detailed and relevant in today’s world, The Mandibles is a very unique book… Continue reading The Mandibles

Mortal Engines

AGE CATEGORY: 12+

TEEN RATING: 3.9/5

TEEN OVERVIEW: If I’m being totally honest, the insanely awesome cover art and the fact that Mortal Engines is to become a film, were what originally drew me to pick the book up off the shelf! The story overall lacked credibility in my opinion, whole cities dug up and put on wheels, really?
…However despite some amazing plot twists and character developments the book remained mediocre but, unfortunately not great… Continue reading Mortal Engines

War Horse

AGE RATING: 8+

TEEN RATING: 4.9/5

TEEN RATING: World War One was a torment for millions of people for four years, but it was also a living nightmare for other species… Michael Morpugo tells the tale of The Great War and its brutallity through the eyes of a horse, yet also presents a profound and powerful tale of love between human and horse. Magical, moving and unique, War Horse will make you cry and smile. Morpugo is a genius of a writer with a very distinctive and special ability to tell stories.   Continue reading War Horse