by Amy Wilson
Reviews by Izzy, aged 15 and Leila, aged 14
IZZY: After Owl turns thirteen and winter begins, she was not expecting to not only discover frost patterns on her skin, but to also find her long-lost father, but she does! As Owl makes new friends, relives memories from her Mum and is astounded to uncover that her drawings talk, Owl slowly collects more secrets and her world begins to spin.
Amy Wilson has embraced the legends and myths of magic in this book and has united the worlds of fae and human, creating new characters, settings and plots to enhance the reader’s imagination. This is a fascinating story of a young girl’s journey to find and save her father, as well as herself. An easy-read for all young readers who enjoy fantasy. Rating: 3/5
LEILA: Owl has no clue as to who her father is, not even a name. So when frost patterns start to unfurl across her skin, she can’t help but think that it may be linked to him. As she tries to unravel the mystery, Owl’s life is becoming a mess. Not only is there a new boy at school who seems to be constantly staring at her, but Owl’s best friend is needing her support now more than ever. Add in her Mum’s annoying vagueness at any mention of Owl’s father and Owl’s life is feeling like a complete mess. Could Owl’s problems get any worse?
This book shows the chaos in nature, in the seasons and in the life of a girl who finds herself caught in the middle of it. Frosty, but warm-hearted, Owl’s journey is one to be enjoyed by anyone who loves the magic of Winter. My Rating: 3.5/5
By Matthew Reilly
Reviewed by Izzy, aged 15
When Skye and her family move to New York, she doesn’t expect to find herself making friends with the queens of Monmouth, yet she does. And it’s not too soon after that she has also been invited to join the most exclusive gang in NY; The Secret Runners of New York. But until the pieces begin to fall into place and Skye learns that there are multiple missing persons linked to the school, does she start to question her friendships.
Yet another novel where Matthew Reilly’s readers are left utterly speechless. The descriptions in the novel are deep and well fitting, though it is his imagination and the novel’s plot that truly leave the readers in awe. With time travel, the relevant controversy of Rich vs Poor and some grand mystery and plot twists, The Secret Runners of New York is sure to be a best-seller. Matthew Reilly has reproduced and conjoined ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘The Maze Runner’ in this brilliant novel, The Secret Runners of New York. What a great success.