The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester

This book is thoroughly enjoyable! I loved the characters and the situations described in the book.

The Girl Who Could Fly

The Girl Who Could Fly

Piper McCloud is a young girl who isn’t quite what her parents expected… or what anyone else expected for that matter. From the time she was born, strange things happened, and when she finally takes the unusual step of flying in front of the whole town, she is whisked away to a top secret, maximum security school for kids with exceptional abilities… except all is not as it seems.

Piper is such an upbeat, caring and responsive child, you can’t help liking her. She is naive at times and yet oddly perceptive for a young person with such a sheltered background at others.

Of course, the students rebel with devastating results, but you can’t keep a good girl down (on the ground)…

There is quite a bit of thought provoking delving into the characters, especially Piper, Conrad (a super genius) and the Director of the school, Dr Hellion (a surprisingly suitable name). I found the book to flow well, especially once Piper is banned from flying and takes matters into her own hands.

Love the characters and the whole idea of ‘exceptional abilities’. Great book!

Furnace; Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

Furnace; Lockdown

Furnace; Lockdown

This is a book I kept putting down. Not because it is badly written as such. I just did not relate to the story or the characters at all and really struggled with  the level of violence.

The main character is Alex who is framed for a murder he did not commit in a future where teenagers have been out of control and a no tolerance policy is now in effect. The result is life imprisonment in The Furnace, a high tech, high violence, low on humanity prison which is built into a fissure below the Earth’s surface.

To say that the institution is sadistic is an understatement!

The book was recommended to me as an alternative for Primary school aged boys who like Robert Muchamore, otherwise I would never have read it. I’m glad I did read it as there is no way I am putting this book into a Primary Library. Secondary Library – yes, but Primary – NO! I have only read the first of the Cherub series and found it quite entertaining.

My biggest problem is, I can’t read them all! I have to take recommendations form book sellers, and reviews in blogs and publications… I’m glad I read this one first though!

Not my cup of tea!