Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The Thornthwaite Inheritance by Gareth P. Jones

The Thornthwaite Inheritance is a book that I really enjoyed.
The main characters are orphaned twins, Ovid and Lorelli Thornthwaite. For as long as the children can remember, they have been trying to kill each other. On their thirteenth birthday, Lorelli and Ovid decide to make a truce, inviting a lawyer to come and stay with them in thornthwaite manor, where they live under the care of their butler, their cook, their nurse and their gardener. But even as the lawyer is amending their parents will to confirm their truce, more attempts on the twins lives are being made.
This book was really well executed because I loved how seemingly unimportant details at the beginning played a role in solving the mystery. I also liked how the other characters plots tied in with the twins' plot in surprising ways.
Although the themes in this book seem quite dark, (death, greed, betrayal, murder,) it does not go into any gory details, and is told in a style that makes you relate to the characters, it is emotional without being to gushing or sentimemtal, and at times it is funny.
I would reccomend this book to my friends aged about 9 and up.
This book is outstanding in the style and ideas of the book.

Mr Gum books by Andy stanton

The series of mr gum books by Mr stanton are like no other I have seen. They are exceedingly funny. I read them when I was much younger but still occasionally pick them up to have a laugh.
They are suitable for readers of all ages and even adults like them. I have proof of this. When I was younger my uncle sometimes read these books to me. This usually ended up with him and I (mostly him) rolling on the floor laughing, uncontrollable laughter.
I do not know how Stanton does it but he does.
These are not witty books, they are not rude to anyone, the sheer randomness and hilarity of his writing style are what make it funny.
Although, sometimes I wonder how these books actually got published, they have been      an important part of my childhood reading experience.
the plot of these books don't even seem to matter, because of the funny and  sometimes infuriating characters. Although I will tell you that they involve a strange windmill, a dancing bear, goblins, martin laundrette who runs the laundrette, and a fruit chew of babylon.
So, if you want to read about a girl with an incredibly long  name, a ginger bread man with electric muscles, or a bad man called Mr gum, this is the series for you.

Monday, 26 August 2013


It has been about a year since I last wrote on this blog but now I will be posting a lot more book reviews!!