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Mini Book Reviews #7: Fire Colour One, A Pocketful of Crows, Everything All At Once

*I am reviewing these books which I was gifted for free by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *

Fire Colour OneTitle: Fire Colour One
Author: Jenny Valentine
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3/5 stars


Book Review:

Fire Colour One was a different type of story. Unique in its approach and was an interesting read and I would definitely like to read more from Jenny Valentine in the future especially as Valentine is an author that I remember seeing ever as a child but never read. 

Fire Colour One was a book that took me a long time to read. It was a short book but I wouldn't blame it on the book. It was definitely my issue. I think that it did in many respects lose what the book was about but when I would pick it up again I would get into it a lot more. 

I think that the plot was the thing that got me involved in the story. I did want to know what happened and I was quite engaged as well. The characters are also one of the reasons why I also kept reading as I did want to know what happened to them and what happened at the end. 

The story also tackles some difficult topics especially with the arrest of Iris and the debt that some of her family has. These are topics that are not widely tackled in YA so it was interesting to see them tackled in this way. I think that although this is something that I have not experienced myself, it was dealt with sensitively.  

The Verdict: 

Fire Colour One is a raw and emotional read with interesting characters and a plot that will leave you questioning every page. 

A Pocketful of CrowsTitle: A Pocketful Of Crows
Author: Joanne Harris
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3/5 stars


Book Review:

I have always wanted to read one of Joanne Harris's book and picked up this one because it looked like it was really interesting and I was intrigued by the premise. I think that Harris makes truly unique worlds for her books and this was no different. I would definitely like to read more from this author. 

I have to admit that I didn't really know what was going on when I first started the book but I soon got into the swing of the story as it is quite weird but I like weird. I think that the writing definitely puts you in the character's shoes and on many occasions feel like I was in the characters head and really felt for her. 

I think that I was in the mood for a fantasy when I read most of the book and it was a different kind of fantasy that I don't typically read so for me it was something different new which I really enjoyed. The book was the introduction that I needed from Joanne Harris and I can't wait to read more from her. 

The Verdict:

A Pocketful Of Crows is a wildly unique read and showcases Joanne Harris's talent as a great writer working today.  

Everything All at OnceTitle: Everything All At Once 
Author: Steven Camden 
Publisher: Pan MacMillian/ MyKindaBook 
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 3/5 stars


Book Review:

I had heard great things about Steven Camden's novels and poetry so when I saw an opportunity to review Everything All At Once I jumped at the chance so I could be introduced to his work so I can see what I truly thought myself. I was therefore really happy that I enjoyed this novel and hope to read more from Steve Camden in the future. 

The book is set over a week centred around different pupils in the school. With this Steve Camden is able to introduce us to a wide cast of characters who all show this expansive shot of the school. It is with that as the reader I was able to immerse myself into the story and feel like I am in the characters shoes which Steve Camden does so well. 

I also got the sense that I can see the different groups in school and how they all fit with each other, showing, obviously, what it is like at a real school. It is also fast-paced and fast-moving which I really enjoy in verse novels and I loved this one.   

The Verdict:

Everything All At Once is a good book that captures the school in a verse novel. It is a quick read that many will enjoy. 


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