Tuesday, 30 December 2014

December Reads & Reviews

december reads

Independent Study & Graduation Day, Joelle Charbonneau (2013-14)
The second and third instalments in The Testing trilogy continue to follow Cia's journey. Now a student at the University Cia is still keeping secrets about what she remembers from the Testing process as well as trying to keep up with all of her classes and an internship. Cia soon discovers that the future of the Testing depends on her and her ability to figure out just who she can trust.
As you may remember from last month's roundup I really enjoyed the first book in the series and was keen to pick up the others and find out how the story would conclude. Similarly to The Testing both books were pretty action-packed with a few interesting twists thrown in along the way. Having said that I didn't enjoy either Independent Study or Graduation Day as much as the first novel but overall I still think this is a pretty good trilogy - perhaps one to pickup if you've enjoyed other YA dystopian tales! ✯✯✯

Killing Mr Griffin, Lois Duncan (1978)
A group of teens, unhappy with their English teacher's tough grading decide to get their revenge by playing a prank on him. With straight-A student Sue distracting Mr Griffin with an after school meeting to discuss her work the rest of the group are poised outside ready to put the plan into action. Tied up and hidden away in the woods Mr Griffin refuses to beg for his life and so the teens decide to leave him there overnight, but things take a turn for the worse when Sue and David return later that evening to find their teacher dead.
Having read Duncan's I Know What You Did Last Summer back in 2013, I decided to pick up this short read. Although only just over 250 pages a fair amount happens in this teen suspense novel but I personally would have preferred it to be a little longer as the ending leaves behind a lot of questions. I found it really interesting to see the story switch between school life, the crime and the home lives of not just the teens but Mr Griffin as well. My only real issue was the unrealistic dialogue, something I had expected after also finding this when reading I Know What You Did Last Summer. I can definitely appreciate how this would be good quick read for anyone who likes mystery/suspense novels. Whilst I did enjoy it, it also wasn't one of my favourites. ✯✯✯

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