Wormwood by K.E. Coles

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Helllllo readers, fantastic book from me today! Really exciting book review for a fantastic author and friend actually who I have been collaborating with from the beginning. She’s a fantastic author, and has been forever a supporter of this little blog so it’s a really privilege to be reviewing her new book today.

‘I wore my guilt like a coat, but it was one I was used to wearing – old and worn and shabby, and it fitted me perfectly.’

They’re finished, aren’t they? Mesmeris. But what if they’re not? How far will you go to protect the people you love?

Pearl has moved on with her life. She has a home, a job, a wonderful friend in Spicer, and a beautiful child – everything anyone could want. If only she could stop loving Art.

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So, what is Wormwood about? Well Wormwood is the third in the Mesmeris Trilogy and oh my life have I been waiting for this. Book one Mesmeris introduced us to the dark, dank world in this dystopian nightmare, the second book (Infixion) really pulled in a number of new exciting characters that helped to bulk the story and give it depth, and the third, well IT’S GOING TO TURN IT ALL ON ITS HEAD. Following on from Infixion Pearl is trying desperately to move on with her life; she has everything she could have ever wanted; a job, a house and a lovely friend called Spicer but her old life is starting to make an appearance and Mesmeris is still at large. Can Pearl distance herself from her old life? Only time will tell.

So what did I think? The first thing I want to say was that it’s incredible how Coles has managed to keep the suspense throughout all three books. Her writing is not filled only with impact, but it’s engaging, wonderfully captivating and it tells a story. The whole story. I’ve read too many dystopian style stories that only look at the surface. They don’t delve into the bottom of characters but this does. Coles is fantastic at creating a web. A story that has multiple strands that keeps the reader engrossed.

All the characters are fantastically written Pearl especially. The main character needs to stand strong throughout the story and I’m not going to lie Pearl is not only a pillar for the tale but she is relatable and warm. She’s a nugget of gold in this story. I also adored that we got to delve into Art’s personality and understand more, I also adored Spicer. He’s just bloody fantastic.

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In terms of the story, I adored the ability to delve into the perspective introduced through Wormwood allowing us as the reader to learn more about the ominous cult leader Papa. We’ve had whispers but we really get to look into Papa’s back story. Not only does it give us a completely new perspective but we get to delve more into the dark side that Spicer and Pearl are desperately trying to fight against. The ending? Well I’m not going to go into it, because that would just spoil it but the story goes out with a little bit of a bang. I’ve adored these books from the beginning and it’s certainly not one I’m going to forget for a long time.

Overall this is a fantastic book filled with light and dark, good and darkness. It’s got a fantastic set of rich, warm and enticing characters and Cole’s writing really flourishes through this final book.I feel that Cole really met her stride here – it’s not that she didn’t deliver before, no. But here I feel that she finally felt comfortable to really round out the story, push the characters to their limits and really explore her writing. It’s just bloody fantastic. 

I’m going to stop here because I could go on, and on and on and on. GO pick up this book and the rest of the trilogy if you haven’t already. It’s fantastic.

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Gideon and the Crimson Samurai by Ricky Baxter

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Helllllllo readers – it’s Monday which is always a bit of a struggle but I have a really exciting and interesting book for you today. Many of you will know how much I adore reading books for the younger reader because 1) they tend to be quite exciting, and 2) they often have some wacky, crazy characters. Many of you will know my Mumma B works in a primary school and when I used to help out you would often find me poring over the books when I should be cleaning up glitter or photocopying music (oops.) Without further reminiscing onto le review.

Gideon Joust is your average twelve-year-old boy, with all the growing insecurities one would expect, following the mysterious disappearance of his father. On one fateful day, the boy’s world is turned upside down – leading to a chance encounter with a brash child warrior: Kibishi the Crimson Samurai.

Gideon and the Crimson Samurai is uniquely written in play format – suited for teens and adults alike.

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As the rather short blurb suggests the book follows the adventure of Gideon Joust who is, on the surface, a rather average twelve-year-old boy. However there has always been a question that has concerned him – what did happen to his father? Why and how did he disappear? Where is he now? As he begins his quest to find out what really happened he meets another young boy named Kinishi  who turns out not to be a regular boy as like Gideon, but instead a warrior. They go on their mission together – one that will change Gideon’s life forever.

Enough of the blurb, onto my thoughts on the book – the format is really interesting as it’s written in play format which I  was really surprised to see. I think the book is targeted at 14/15 year old’s and for me, although I found it a little difficult to get through (namely because I’m not used to seeing a children’s book in this format) I think would really work with the book’s target audience. It definitely allows you to get more into the action and get straight into the tale. The author additionally adds a lot of detail around the writing to help give more of a description and flavour to the book as a whole – for example.

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After many long hours of aimless searching and journeying though much greenery and fields, the young Gideon falls flat to the ground, devoid of strength and motivation.

Gideon: I give up – what was I thinking? How big is the outside world anyway? I really need to find that crazy samurai before he gets any further, but how am I supposed to find him when he is probably miles away by now? As Gideon lay on the ground, he smells a delicious and sweet scent that lasts for only a fragment of a second. The young boy leaps to his feet in excitement, as he smells the scent once again. Gideon races onward, following the direction of the scent – desperately traversing over many hills, gasping in awe at the lush scenery of the landscape, filled with rich grass and nearby wildlife under the bright and blue sky.

As you can see this helps to flesh out the book and make it more of a story than just a play script that I think will help to engage readers .

The characters are really well-developed throughout and the friendship that develops between the two is a lovely read. It does have suspense, action and a lot of adventure and I can imagine action loving readers getting incredibly excited about the plot and the quest stile plot. For me the writing was a little basic at times and there lacked a little pizzazz. It felt a little simple and I thought more strength could have been added to the spoken parts however I do understand the target age so it does fit. I also thought the cover worked incredibly well with the story inside and definitely would intrigue readers.

Overall a lovely little read – for me a little predictable in the plot-line and in the telling and I thought the spoken parts could have been stronger but definitely an interesting book. I have heard that this is going to be made into an audio book which I think will work much better in terms of the format! One to definitely get your YA reader getting stuck into an adventure.

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