Toot or Boot

Stealing the excellent format of the World of Wonder/Ru Paul’s Drag Race game, here are four quick reviews of books I’ve read recently. If I loved it, it gets a Toot. If I didn’t love it as much, it gets a boot.

Orion Lost – Alastair Chisholm

I’d seen this hovering around on the table at work and anyone who knows me knows I love a bit of a space adventure. Orion Lost follows the crew of the Orion, a colony ship making it’s journey across the stars. When a Jump goes wrong, the only person left to take command is Beth, the teenage daughter of one of the lietenants on board. Except someone on th ship isn’t telling the truth…

I adored this book. It was fast paced, action packed, funny, and so clever. If I was going to be stranded on a ship, I’d want Beth to be my captain too.

Rating: TOOT

The Highland Falcon Thief – M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman

Think “Murder on the Orient Express” but instead of a murder, it’s a jewel thief. Hal doesn’t really want to be on the Highland Falcon for it’s final journey, but when a priceless diamond necklace is stolen from the Princess, he turns into a daring investigator, determined to find the culprit (and pet some super fluffy dogs).

This was great. A cool mystery, an excellent train (trains are cool, ok) and more twists than a plate of spaghetti, this is definitely one to read. Maybe whilst going on a train journey…

Rating: TOOT

Infinity Son – Adam Silvera

Twin brothers, Brighton and Emil, as similar as they are different, live in a world where magic is real. One wants nothing more than to be a hero. a Celestial, with some sort of power to change the world and become famous. The other just wants to do his own thing, quietly, without the spotlight. Set against a backdrop of New York, but with an amazing cast of characters wielding fierce powers, and their own agendas, this had all the makings of a fantastic fantasy book.

But something felt off. I love Adam Silvera’s contemporary books, but this felt a bit rushed, a bit complicated-for-complicated’s sake, a bit meh.

Rating: BOOT

Dark Blade – Adam Peasey

We’ve all heard about the stories of a “Chosen One” who will bring balance to the world. On the surface, Dark Blade looks as though it will follow the same formula, with an overly powered good guy saving the day and everything being well. Instead, you get a twisty story, full of pain, action, and magic, but where our beloved hero isn’t actually that great without his magic sword.

I loved how realistic this was in terms of magic being a support but what happens when it’s taken away. I really hope there’s more coming in this world!

Rating: TOOT

So, that’s that for today. Have you read any of these? Do you agree with these or do you think I’m wrong? Let me know in the comments or drop me a message on twitter.

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