By Rhiannon Williams
Reviewed by Leila, aged 14
When her brother mysteriously disappears, Ottilie discovers a mysterious organisation which is kidnapping young boys. To find her brother, Ottilie must disguise herself as a boy and travel to the Narroway, a place no one has ever heard of. She soon learns just how much danger she’s gotten herself into, as she discovers the true reason the boys have been taken. They are being trained to hunt monsters.
Now, keeping her true identity hidden isn’t her only problem. Ottilie needs to learn to hunt the monstrous dredretches and prepare for her trials. Meanwhile, will she ever be able to find a way home?
An adventurous tale of bravery and friendship, I really enjoyed this book!
By Jenna Guillaume
Reviewed by Matisse, aged 12
This a fabulously detailed and empowering story of a plus-sized girl who struggles through living in the shadow of her sister and finding her true love over her summer holidays.
This story sends an empowering and
inspirational message about body image and normalising plus size women. Around
the world, thousands of women are objectified and judged for being plus size,
and having a book which encourages young women to be confident with their body
is stepping in the right direction towards an equal society.
The plots are intriguing and relatable for young girls who are struggling to find love over their summer holidays. When Maisie meets new friends and has difficulties keeping bonds with her old friends she is unsure of what to do. This is a perfect example of what many people, especially teenagers, face every day. This type of writing can create a relation between the reader and the book, which results in the reader becoming interested in the book and encouraged to read more.
The romantic spectrum of the book, whilst
remaining prevalent, doesn’t overshadow the main events in a similar way that
other books might. It is common for authors to be swept away making the book
all romantic and all about love, but Jenna has maintained the perfect ratio of
main plots to romance. In doing this, she has created a second theme for the
book while also not veering too far away from the main events.
This book is a fascinating read which would be suitable for a myriad of avid young readers. I would recommend this book to children aged 13+, as there is the use of some coarse language.
My overall rating for this book is 4.5/5. I hope that you choose to read this book and share your thoughts as well.