So, I’m thinking I’ll do a weekly hoard instead of a monthly one – easier to create, and easier to read!
Kite Spirit – Sita Brachmachari
“I was actually staring because I wanted to paint you.”
Kite’s best friend is called Dawn. No, was called Dawn. Because Dawn committed the big S. Kite can’t even bring herself to say the word. Her dad refers to it as ‘what happened.’ Nobody really seems to want to say it. Because nobody wants to accept the fact that Dawn killed herself. She committed suicide. Kite’s struggling to cope with this fact. She keeps running over everything in her head, analysing her own actions again and again. What if she’d done this differently? What if she’d been a better friend, rather than failing to notice that her best friend was slipping into despair? Then, one day, Kite’s father takes her on a holiday to the place his mother came from. Kite starts seeing Dawn everywhere. She thinks she’s trying to send her a message, but she’s not sure what…
This book was… emotional. Kite really does blame herself for Dawn’s death. Looking back, she feels like she should have seen the warning signs, spent more time with Dawn, tried harder to get into her apartment the day she didn’t show up at school. She also wonders if she was really a good enough friend to Dawn – Dawn never even mentioned that she was feeling any different to normal. Dawn’s death affected everyone in the book in different ways, and it was really interesting to see how each of the characters dealt with their grief. Kite’s parents were very focused on helping Kite to get over her grief, but her father especially struggled to talk about and accept what had happened. As you would expect, Dawn’s parents were torn apart. They moved away from their apartment, and were completely consumed by their grief. You see, grief can go two ways. You can give up, and spend all your time being sad about the person you lost, or you can keep going.
Ironheart – Allan Boroughs
“Outside the sky had turned black and thing, with silvery clouds forming concentric circles over the lake.”
In a world where floods cover large amounts of what used to be clear land, and technology is a rare treasure, something very valuable is hidden. A mountain of treasures from before the world crumbled. Some amazing things lie there – enough seeds to feed the entire world, and remove the famine forever. However, not only good things lie dormant there. Diseases terrible enough to wipe out the world, weapons strong enough to destroy a country. And now, a race is on. A race to reach those weapons. One man wants to use them to gain power for himself. The girl who stands between him and this hoard wants to find her father. And now, the fate of the world is down to who gets there first…
I like a good, world-endy, barely any tech left, so we’ll have to fight for it sort of book 😀 This had tons of intriguing stuff – pirate riggers, an android called Calculus, a nasty, ratty, cowardly traitor I always kind of hoped would turn out to be a good guy, a brave, strong teenager… you get the idea, I liked this book. India was an interesting character, and the kind I like – she could handle herself, and wasn’t going to allow others to compromise her ideals or push her around. She was also on a quest, however, and fought to take every step towards completing it. It was a book like nothing I’ve ever read before, and very enjoyable.
Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare
“She took poison rather than let herself be captured by the Romans. She was braver than any man.”
There’s a side to Queen Victoria’s London that only certain people can see. The Downworld. Full of monsters, vampires, warlocks and demons, it’s a secret world that only those who belong in can see. And Tessa Gray has no idea what’s coming. Called to England by her older brother, the moment she steps foot in England she is dragged into a world of magic and mystery, discovering powers she never knew she possessed, and a plot that could threaten not only her and her brother, but all the people she has met and learnt to care for – the people who rescued her when nobody else could…
To be honest, I’m not really sure where I stand with this book. I liked it, I’ve heard multiple glowing reviews from friends, and I was really looking forwards to reading it. Then, I loved the world, and all the ideas of a Downworld. I also really enjoyed the idea of the Pandemonium club, haunted by vampires and other super-naturals, and of the Shadowhunters. And, I loved Jem. He was a great character. However, it just didn’t give me the emotional jerk that makes me love a book. I would read it again, and enjoy it, and I’ll definitely give the other books a go. I certainly enjoyed it, it just wasn’t quite what I expected. That plot twist, though… I didn’t see that coming at all, and I normally spot plot twists, so I was very shocked at that! To sum this up – I liked this book, it just surprised me by not being the book I’d imagined. Still very good, though!
Ministry of Pandemonium – Chris Westwood
“‘The lights are like stars.’ ‘A city of tiny stars, yes.’ ‘Millions of them.’ ‘Yes, millions.’”
Ben Harvester is seeing strange things. And he’s met a strange man, who goes by the name of Mr October. Mr October has thousands of different faces to choose from, and seems to think that Ben has been chosen for a special job. When he tells him what this job is, Ben is dragged into a world he never dreamed existed – a world where demons haunt the streets, and two different forces fight for the souls of the dead. One side gives those souls peace. The other side steals them away, and stops them from ever resting. The fate of the dead rests in the hands of people like Ben – whether they rest, or forever walk the earth…
I liked this book. It mixed the supernatural with the ideas of having missing and sick family members, in a way that worked beautifully. The main character was quirky and interesting – he was amazingly talented at drawing, and liked hanging out in graveyards. Throughout the story, he learnt how to make friends, how to grieve, how to let go, and many other things. It was a story about death, life, and what happens after death. Some people in the book were trapped on Earth because of a scheming group that stole away souls, some were willing to pass on, and others couldn’t accept that they were dead, and had to persuaded to leave. You see, Ben was given a special job – working for a group that helped souls pass on in peace. One of those souls, however, was someone he thought he would never see again… you’ll have to read it to find out who!
So, I thought I’d introduce something new, as I love bookmarks, and have many different ones. This is the bookmark of the week – the one I used for all my leisure reading from the 13th to the 19th. Enjoy!