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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-27 04:08
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

Meh. It was alright, but I have no desire to continue the series.

 

It contains one of my YA pet peeves, which is when a character risks dire consequences (e.g. death or dismemberment) merely for the sake of mild curiosity or an unfounded hunch.

 

Maybe Alex just doesn't really care about death at all, considering he was pretty emotionless when told his uncle/father-figure had died.

 

I also think it was unrealistic that Alex was able to point a gun in the direction of the prime minister and not get shot by a guard. I don't believe Mrs. Jones' command would have been quick enough. That critique might be a bit nitpicky, though.

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text 2016-05-02 21:38
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

 In the beginning alex rider thought that he was being robbed but when he looked outside it was just to cops in the front of his door and they told him that his uncle died in a car crash. I really enjoy this StormBreaker a lot because the book is finding out the truth if his uncle really died in a car crash or not. The reason he believes that is not the truth is because he thinks that his uncle was a spy for the top secret intelligence agency. Also alex was recruited to find the truth about his uncle if he actually died in a car crash or he was in a top secret agency.

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review 2016-03-06 00:00
Stormbreaker
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz 2/2.5 Stars
Recommended for younger audiences especially for the ones who's new to the spy world.

When his guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down. Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in gruelling SAS training exercises. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he’s off on his first mission to Cornwall, where Middle-Eastern multi-billionaire Herod Sayle is producing his state-of-the-art Stormbreaker computers. Sayle has offered to give one free to every school in the country – but there’s more to the gift than meets the eye.

You'll enjoy it if you fancy a cliche mystery-spy-plot.


So, young boy got blackmailed recruited into the MI6 where he trained for less then a month before he goes on a mission, finishing what his uncle did. His uncle can't continue the mission because he died. Like, a well trained spy, definitely trained more than a month, and he died.

A line from the book:
"He still didn't know how or why, but he knew now that the Stormbreakers had been turned into killing machines."

Um, okay?? Alex?? Some explanations??

Then there's some of the action sequences that just happen immediately with little reasoning. Then there's the end where Alex is captured and Heroid tells his tragic backstory and the why he did it. I won't explain more but you should get it what's inside the book.

If you can get across and ignore the plot holes I'm sure you'll find this book as an interesting read or maybe even enjoy it.
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text 2016-02-10 04:40
Underrated Books!
Under The Never Sky - Veronica Rossi
A Shade of Vampire - Bella Forrest
It All Started With An Apple - Ashley Winters
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz
Sanctum - Sarah Fine

Hello all! This post will be about amazing books/series that I have read that are so, so amazing but have like no fanbase! We need to change that pronto! 

 

Under the Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi

This trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies of all time and I'll tell you why. I found this first book after looking at iBooks after I got my first iPhone two years ago. Here was the first book for like $2.99 and the cover was gorgeous. So, I bought it. This book has everything anybody could want. Dystopian world? Check. A kickass heroine? Check. Hot guy with family issues? Check. Amazing writing? Check. Fast-moving plot? Check. THE OTP OF ALL OTPS. Check. Seriously, this book had one of my first big book OTPs. I think that's why it hold such a special place in my heart. Perry (the main guy character) is one of my baes and will forever remain so. 

A Shade of Vampire Series by Bella Forrest

This series is the best. It's a very long series. I think we're up to like book 21 now. That being said, I haven't read all of it only up to like 11 or 12. But that doesn't make it any less amazing! Want a story with a sexy vampire? Yeah its a lot cliche but it's worth it. Yeah it's a love story between the girl and the main vampire like every vampire story ever. But...I don't know, it's hard to explain. It's almost a new take on things. There so, so many characters but you get to fall in love with (or hate) all of them! The POVs tends to switch at time but it gives you a well-rounded view of the story. Too long of a series for you? The first seven books tell the story of the two main characters. The next like 9 tell the story of two other characters, and so on. Love spin offs? Well there's A Shade of Kiev which is a direct spin off of like the sixth or seventh book. And then there's Shade of Dragon which I thought had nothing to do with the series but apprentlty I've heard it's going to tie in. It's a long series to read but a fun one at that. 

It all Started With an Apple by Ashley Winters

What happens when your best friend convinces you to throw an apple across the cafeteria to find out who you'll fall in love with? An amazing book that's what. This book started out as a story on Wattpad and it was one of the first things I ever read on there, I think that's why it has such a special place in my heart. This book is a great story about two kids falling in love (or do they?) and then there's a shocking plot twist that made my throw my phone across the room. The best part is this story is FREE on wattpad! However if you enjoy I would suggest buying it from the author! That's why I have a copy sitting on my shelf! (EDIT: apparently it's not being sold any longer :/) https://www.wattpad.com/story/2598009-it-all-started-with-an-apple

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

I've seen about zero hype about this series and it's kinda sad. I started reading this in 8th grade because my teacher made us read the first book for an assignment (he wasn't a very good teacher by school standards). It was amazing. I loved it and read the second on straight away. And then I went out and bought the rest of the series, or what was out at the moment. I haven't actually finished the series because I lot interest in it (not because it wasn't amazing, just because I started reading teen ya romance and like fantasy stuff). But if you want a story about a teenage spy then this novel is for you! Don't like romance? That's fine! This series has next to none! 

Sanctum by Sarah Fine

If you've been following my blog for forever and have read every post then you'll know I got the second and third book of this trilogy from a giveaway on Goodreads. Sadly I didn't win the first book and had to tract down a copy. This series really surprised me. I thought it wasn't going to be that great but it was really really good! I fell in love with the main guy character! The main chick got on my nerves at time but she was okay. And the side characters were life! Basically this series is about a girl ending up in Hell and working her way through it to find her friend who she doesn't think belongs there. Okay, it's a lot better then it seems and I recommend a try at least. It is (or was when I read it) available on Kindle Unlimited so try that! 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-06-06 16:21
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

Now, this book was originally meant to be a Flashback Friday post as this isn't the first (or second, or third) time I've read this book; but I missed the deadline. Alex Rider series is a series that I read when I was a young girl in elementary/middle school. It was a book that was fast paced and was dived into the world I've only saw on television at that point.

Originally published in 2000, Stormbreaker is the debut novel into the Alex Rider series, a series that would eventually stretch to be 10 books all pertaining to a 14-year-old British boy named Alex Rider (surprise). In Stormbreaker, Alex's uncle had recently died in a "car accident" and Alex finds himself orphaned (as his parents died when he was a young boy, hence, why he was being raised with his uncle). Curious -- maybe a bit too much -- Alex digs into his Uncle's death only to find that dear old Uncle Ian didn't die in a car accident. MI6 -- British's CIA -- has been watching Alex and find his curiosity useful.

Yep, it's a boy-turned-spy novel.

Now the reason why I picked this book up again isn't just for the nostalgia (although, that is a big part of it). I hate leaving series unfinished. Its one on my pet peeves both in writing and reading. So, when I found out that the Alex Rider series has been completed I had to know the ending of this series that captivated me as a girl. So, I found my old copy of Stormbreaker and settled in to read.

With that being said, I will be reading the other 9 books. I will try to keep those on the Friday schedule though.

This book, while geared towards the younger crowd, was an enjoyable read even though I'm not a 22 year old woman. It kept me entertained. I still laughed at Alex's wit and humor. I found myself wanting to continue reading even though I knew the rough plot line.

Well, I'm off to read Point Blank now.

Overall, I give this book a 4 out of 5. Its a good read; but, has it faults in some lucky moments that were a bit too lucky.

Until the next page turn,

Tiffany

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