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Three Recent Reads

Snap by Patrice Lawrence 

World Book Day 2019 

When Soraya’s younger brother Farhad runs off into the freezing night, Soraya and her friend, Austin, are in a race against time to find him. High above the streets, Farhad’s guilt closes in. He doesn’t want to be found.
A story of two friends, one missing boy and a secret as precious as gold.

Having already read Orange Boy, I really enjoyed reading Snap. A great book for world book day, Decent in length, – many are too short. Can also be read as a stand alone.

Rated 3 Rainbows 

Nought Forever by Malorie Blackman

World Book Day 2019

I’ve never been shot before. It’s dark but I keep seeing white flashes before my eyes like spots of lightning jabbing at me. Am I going into shock? Must be. But I can’t pass out, not now. Then I’ll be dead for sure.
Dan is on the run – hiding from a ruthless gang who want him dead. 
It’s one of those nights. One of those nights where I sit alone and watch the world go by. One of those nights when if my hatred were fuel, I would happily light a match and watch the whole world burn.
Eva just wants to be left alone to mourn her daughter. But when a badly wounded Dan crosses her path, she’s compelled to help.
Both are hiding dark secrets from their past. Both have reasons to fear the other. But they are both connected to each other too, and before the night is over, Eva will be forced to choose: betray Dan, or protect him – whatever the cost.

I have to agree with some of the other reviews on this book. I expected more from such a popular author. Great if you have read others in the series, but if like me you where hoping to read this as a stand alone to introduce you to the books, best not to start here.

Rated 2 Rainbows 

Becoming Dinah by Kit de Waal

Review Copy via publisher 

Release Date 11th July 2019 

Dinah’s whole world is upside down, dead things and angry men and cuts all over her head that are beginning to sting….
Seventeen-year-old Dinah needs to leave her home, the weird commune where she grew up. She needs a whole new identity, starting with how she looks, starting with shaving off her hair, her ‘crowning glory’. She has to do it quickly, because she has to go now.
Dinah was going to go alone and hitch a ride down south. Except, she ends up being persuaded to illegally drive a VW campervan for hundreds of miles, accompanied by a grumpy man with one leg. This wasn’t the plan.
But while she’s driving, Dinah will be forced to confront everything that led her here, everything that will finally show her which direction to turn…

I really wanted to enjoy Becoming Dinah. I did enjoy it for the eight chapters, but after that I really struggled to keep going, which was a real shame. I unfortunately had to DnF it. Therefore I am not going to give a rating on the book. 


Writer, Gamer, Reader, Parent, Creative Writing student.

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