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Fancy a new read? Check out what we think, and discover whole new worlds just waiting to be read…
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
It began with Eragon, it ends with Inheritance…
That’s what is written on the back of the last book. These books are a series for those who enjoy action, mystery, and a challenge. As you progress through the books, the complexity of the vocabulary grows, as does your interest in the storyline.
The first tale is about a young boy who goes hunting and finds a precious stone. Thinking that it may be worth something, he takes it home with him. But when it hatches into a dragon, he realises that it was more than just a stone. He begins to raise the dragon, but soon finds that it isn’t ideal for him to be raising a dragon in his house. Soon enough, he finds he has to leave his home, and embarks on a long and dangerous journey with his dragon and the town bard. But with creatures threatening them every mile, it looks doubtful that all three of them will make it to their destination alive.
As the stories progress, you meet more and more complex characters and you smile, laugh and mourn along with them. You begin to feel as if it’s you who’s building the relationships with these people, rather than the boy and his dragon.
In Eragon, the story begins, and Eragon and Sapphire travel to join the Varden (the secret organisation that fights against the evil King Galbatorix). In the second book, Eldest, Eragon travels to the elfish realms of Ellesmera, to receive special training from the elves. In Brisingr, Eragon begins the book by helping Roran chase after his sweetheart Katrina. And finally, in Inheritance, as the Varden advance towards the king, in Uru’baen, Eragon searches desperately for a way to gain an advantage over King Galbatorix.
It ends with an unsatisfying amount of information that is unsaid, but, saying that, it is rare to find a book series that does not leave you feeling as if there should be one more book. It leaves you feeling sad at certain sacrifices that some characters make, and glad that others have received the respect they deserve. There is often a sense of disappointment after finishing a series of books, and the Inheritance Cycle is no exception. You become attached to the characters so much that it feels as if you’re saying goodbye to an extremely close, personal friend.
Saying goodbye to the two main characters can upset you terribly, especially when you see the joy that the last book can bring the dragon, Sapphira, and how upset she is when you leave her for the last time.
They exchange tearful farewells with all the characters, and they, and you, leave their world.
The Dad Dilemma by Rhiannon Cross
The Dad Dilemma is an unpredictable book that has shocks and surprises around every corner. That’s one of the reasons why I enjoy this book.
Another reason why I like this book is because Rhiannon Cross wrote this book in the first person, which I think is more effective than the second or third person, because it makes you feel like you have stepped into Millie’s shoes. A 13 year old girl with bouncy, curly hair and a big rucksack dragging her down. But I wouldn’t want to actually be her, because she has too many dilemmas for my liking!
When Millie and Patrick (her best friend ever since she can remember) start to create devilish plots to get rid of her Dad’s new girlfriend, they both begin to develop feelings for each other, even though she goes out with Matt, he gorgeous boyfriend.
Read this book from the library, if you want to find out more about Millie’s love life, and how her and Patrick’s crafty plans fail or succeed.
I give this book a 9/10, because no book is perfect! It is also surprising that Rhiannon Cross wrote this book when she was just 14 years old!
What type of reader are you?
Take our quiz to find out what type of reader you really are.
Complete the questions below, and write down your answers. At the end of the quiz, look at which letter you have the most of, and see what type of reader you are!
Question 1: Which book is your favourite out of the following best sellers?
a) Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (by Rick Riordan)
b) Dustbin Baby (by Jacqueline Wilson)
c) Diary of a Wimpy Kid (by Jeff Kinney)
d) Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (by Darren Shan)
Question 2: Who is your favourite author out of the following?
a) Michael Morpurgo (King Arthur, War Horse, Private Peaceful, Kaspar)
b) Jacqueline Wilson (Dustbin Baby, My Secret Diary)
c) Jeremy Strong (Cartoon Kid series)
d) Darren Shan (The Saga of Darren Shan, The Demonata)
Question 3: What is your favourite genre of book?
Question 4: What is your favourite book out of the ones below?
a) 13 Treasures (by Michelle Harrison)
b) Kaspar (by Michael Morpurgo)
c) Dork Diaries 2 (by Rachel Renee)
d) Twilight (by Stephanie Meyer)
Mostly A answers:
You would love to go on an adventure and step inside Arthur’s shoes. Your favourite books must include a quest or a voyage, and you enjoy reading about fiery characters. We recommend Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Kaspar’.
Mostly B answers:
Drama is your bookmark! You love reality books that grip you and occassionally make you shed a tear. We recommend Jacqueline Wilson books for real page-turners, such as ‘Dustbin Baby’.
Mostly C answers:
You love a good laugh! In a book, you like to be able to enjoy every page without a single upsetting moment. A couple of suggestions would be ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ by Jeff Kinney and ‘Double Act’ by Jacqueline Wilson. We would also recommend ‘Dork Diaries’ by Rachel Renee and ‘Beware! Killer Tomatoes’ by Jeremy Strong.
Mostly D answers:
You love an adrenalin rush! Thriller books are definitely your speciality, and you enjoy being kept at the edge of your seat. We recommend ‘Twilight’ by Stephanie Meyer, ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ by Derek Landy and ‘Room 13’ by Robert Swindells.
What do you think?
‘King Arthur’ by Michael Morpurgo
Have you ever wondered who the real man was behind the legend of King Arthur? Did Guinevere fall in love with him at first sight? Was King Arthur a brave warrior or a powerful ruler?
A tale of passion and woe, Morpurgo lifts King Arthur out of the tired pages of history and places him in front of you in your living room, as if two friends catching up in front of the log fire, or a grandfather retelling his stories of youth to his wide-eyed grandchild. This scintillating page-turner will draw you in to a world of swords, pride and forbidden love – and you will never think of mighty King Arthur and his beautiful Guinevere in the same dusty light again.
The Bronte Bloggers
The story of book club begins…
A brisk January afternoon, our first book club meet. Hot chocolates, minstrels and giggles set the scene for our chats about book favourites, much-loved authors and the best bits about reading. A book opens…
A simple yet powerful book title; appropriate as the first word in many a story-telling opener… once upon a time. The caption on the front is, ‘Everybody deserves to have something good in their life. At least Once.’
Watch this space: we’ll let you know where the adventure takes us, and whether you should be reading Gleitzman’s creation too!
Gulliver’s Great Reads
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
2. The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
3. Northern Lights, Philiip Pulman
4. The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
5. The Secret Garden, Francis Hodgson Burnett
6. Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome
7. Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
8. Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
9. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
10. Watership Down, Richard Adams
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