REVIEW: I Shall Wear Midnight

I SHALL WEAR MIDNIGHT

(BONUS REVIEW)

Author: Terry Pratchett

Ages: 12 to dead

I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth book in the Tiffany Aching sequence, and the thirty-eighth book in the Discworld collection. It is probably my favorite Tiffany Aching book. I first read the four original Tiffany Aching books when I was nine, and even then this was my second favorite, to The Wee Free Men. It is, obviously, hilarious, although maybe not as much as Wintersmith and other similar books. Some may find it quite creepy and disturbing, in the same way as A Hat Full of Sky (a strange ghost-of-a-ghost taking over bodies, giving the previous owner no control) but also in a pure-evil-incredibly-intelligent-undefeatable-monster way – which is somehow the same in the context. Once again, Tiffany is being hunted by an ancient, invisible, ghost-like monster, but his time it is actually evil. It is definitely sometimes slightly age-restricted, but tolerable. A section of the book takes place in Ankh-Morpork, so other familiar characters from the Disc appear, like Commander Vimes and Corporal Angua.

9/10

Read my reviews on earlier books in the Tiffany Aching sequence, The Wee Free Men A Hat Full of Sky and Wintersmith, or other books by this author by searching ‘Terry Pratchett’ on this site…

 

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REVIEW: Thunder Dog

THUNDER DOG

Author: Michael Hingson

Ages: 10+ (includes adults)

A moving, exiting, beautiful story of a the trust between a visually impaired man and his guide dog and their escape from the World Trade Centre, 9/11… This is one of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read. I found it a bit confusing in some places, but I still loved it. It is not just about the man’s escape, it also tells a lot about his earlier life. The story seemed somehow more real than most; as if it’s happening right now, all around you, which isn’t the same as ‘transports you into a new world’. It is not like many non-fiction books (even stories about people) because it does not give the felling that the author is just stating facts, although maybe that is just because it is an autobiography.
It is appropriate for all ages, and you really should read it if you don’t understand what it means to be blind. It also gives some interesting information about guide dogs, an extra bonus🐶

It is an inspiring story of someone who didn’t use his disadvantages as an excuse and has set out to tell the world to do the same.

8.5/10

I first listened to this book on Audible

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TOP AUTHORS FOR A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL

These are some of my all-time favorite authors. They are not necessarily the authors of my favorite books, but the I’ll read anything with their name on it. These are probably only a few of my favorite authors and the order may change, so look out for updates on this post.

  1. Terry Pratchett
  2. Kate Milford
  3. Jessica Townsend
  4. John Tolkien (you know, Lord of the Rings)
  5. Chris Colfer

See my reviews on some of their books📚

REVIEW: Frederik Sandwich and the Earthquake That Couldn’t Possibly be

FREDERIK SANDWICH AND THE EARTHQUAKE THAT COULDN’T POSSIBLY BE

Author: Kevin John Scott

Ages: 11-13

I found this book a little bit boring, but then I was re-reading it, so maybe I am giving you the wrong idea. It is well written, but I struggled to concentrate while reading it. It has a creative, unexpected plot and a bit of wittiness. It is quite realistic, not like some books about children trying to save their city/country/world where all occurrences are irritatingly impossible. It has everything necessary to make a brilliant book, but it doesn’t seem to suck you in and never let you out and  it doesn’t haunt you when you’re not reading. It isn’t the sort off book you can read a thousand times over and never get bored; you can only enjoy it once, maybe twice with a stretch.

6.5/10

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REVIEW: The Crime Solving Cousins Mysteries

THE FEATHER CHASE, THE TREASURE KEY, THE CHOCOLATE SPY

Author: Shannon L. Brown

Ages: 10-14

This is a series of three books, The Crime Solving Cousins Mysteries. I am reviewing them all together because they are very similar and I don’t want to be repetitive.
They are probably more interesting to girls. No spoilers, but it is important to have a vague idea of what happens to understand this review. It’s about two girls solving a bunch of mysteries in the holidays. They aren’t extremely captivating and won’t-let-you-put-it-down, but it isn’t boring. It isn’t very hard to get stuck in the world they create and they aren’t at all predictable and uncreative.

7/10

 

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TOP BOOKS OF A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL

Here are some of my favorite books, as a book-crazy 13 year old girl. They are only roughly in order from best and down and I’m sure I’ve forgotten some, so expect this  list to be updated regularly.

  1. Tiffany Aching Books (The Wee Free Men See review, A Hat Full Of Sky See review, Wintersmith See review, I Shall Wear Midnight See review) –Terry Pratchett 
  2. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan CrowJessica Townsend   See review
  3. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan CrowJessica Townsend   See review
  4. The Left-Handed Fate -Kate Milford   See review
  5. Greenglass House -Kate Milford   See review
  6. Ghosts of Greenglass HouseKate Milford   See review
  7. Carpe Jugulum -Terry Pratchett   (review coming 14 Dec)
  8. JingoTerry Pratchett   (review coming 14 Dec)
  9. Mort -Terry Pratchett   (review coming 21 Dec)
  10. Gracie and the EmperorErrol Broome

See my reviews on these books under ‘Book of the Week’!

UPDATED REVIEW: The Left-Handed Fate

Re-reading this book, I realized that I needed to update my previous review, but I wanted to  keep the previous one as it was to show the different perspectives of different ages.

The book is one of my all-time favourites. Even reading it a second or third time (I don’t count), I struggled to put it down. There are some mildly creepy bits, but it doesn’t spoil the story. It is packed with emotion. There are one or two bits that you might have to read twice or more to understand what happened, but mostly it will pull you in so deep that you hardly notice you’re just reading. It will change some small bit of you and stay with you for a long time. I now think it might be better than the Greenglass House books.

I suggest you read these three books in a specific order so that the pieces fall into place in the most stunning way possible: Greenglass House, Ghosts of Greenglass House, The Left-Handed Fate, Greenglass House. There are other books by this author that tie into these three, but either I haven’t read them or they are not obviously part of the collection so they don’t need to be read together.

9/10

For more information, check out my previous review HERE