This is quite a hard choice, mainly because all of those 3 critic jobs are brilliant. It’s basically a choice between eating lots of lovely food, reading lots of great books or watching lots of great blockbusters. Hmm.
The Golden Compass
I’d probably be a book critic, simply because I prefer books to films and food. I have countless favourite books, though I have fewer favourite movies. And films that are based on books are never as good as the original books themselves. For example, The Golden Compass in nothing compared to the original book – Northern Lights. In the film, they missed out the last 3 chapters! The Harry Potter films, in my opinion, aren’t as good as the books. I wonder if the CHERUB movie will be any good…
I have kind of strayed off topic, so back to the point. A book critic!
Today I am reviewing a book that isn’t Doctor Who-related. I know! It’s crazy! But I’ve just read this amazing book, and I had to share my thoughts.
Anyway, here’s the basic information:
- Title: CHERUB: People’s Republic
- Author: Robert Muchamore
- Release date: August 2011
- Part of a book series?: Yes, it’s the first book of three in CHERUB series 2
- RRP: £12.99 (UK)
- Pages: 407 (it’s the longest CHERUB book yet!)
- Overall rating: 10/10
So those are some of the basic facts. Now on to the actual review:
The book is a lot like any of the books in the original CHERUB series (see here), but there are two main differences:
- The 3 books make one, long story. In CHERUB series one, each book was a different mission (and essentially a different story)
- The main characters are different. A few minor-ish characters are back, but James Adams (the main character in series 1) and his friends are all grown up and, therefore, no longer part of CHERUB. It’s really quite weird with them gone…
People’s Republic is
quite very exciting, with a few shocks are surprises, and I never wanted to put it down. unfortunately, I had to, but I still finished it in a few short days. :-D I could go into more detail, but I don’t want to spoil anything. So you’ll have to buy the book to find out about Ryan, Ning and Ethan. Sorry. :-(
Basically, this is an amazing book and though the old characters have gone, I can’t wait for CHERUB: Guardian Angel (the next book in series 2).
I’m reviewing a more children-aimed book than before. But it’s still a fantastic book. Well, 3 books.
Book One: The Enchanted Wood
Out of the 3 books, this one has to be my least favourite. It is a good story, but it doesn’t quite live up to the rest. The plot is basically some children move to the countryside, and come across a magic tree (known as The Faraway Tree) with some wonderful talking creatures. The tree has a land on top, and the land changes every so often (which is a problem in some occasions). It’s kind of interesting. 7/10.
Book Two: The Magic Faraway Tree
In this book the children’s cousin Rick comes to stay. Of course, he doesn’t believe them at all about this magical tree, but they soon sort him out. 10/10.
Book Three: The Folk of the Faraway Tree
In this story, the children’s mother’s friend’s child comes to stay. She is called Connie and in very selfish. She too didn’t believe about the tree, but the kids sorted her out. Also in this story the Faraway Tree almost dies… 10/10.
Overall the series is good for all ages. I really like it. :-)
The Faraway Tree Stories 3-in-1 cover
Today I found a video of Robert Muchamore reading an extract of CHERUB: The Recruit. I personally am a big fan of the CHERUB series, and I just had to share the video. You can watch it below:
Like it? Below is the UK cover for the book:
CHERUB: The Recruit cover
The CHERUB series is absolutely brilliant in my opinion, but it is not suitable for younger readers. I had to make that clear. Below are a couple of useful links:
Have you ever considered writing a book? If so what would it be about? Make a list of the ideas you want to cover, or the themes it might have. If you’ve never considered writing a book, what other major work have you thought about (a movie? a symphony?). Write a paragraph or two about what you imagine it would be like.
The simple answer: yes. Maybe even a series. And it would be nice to have the series made into some movies. The Enemy Within Saga titles are below:
- The Enemy Within
- The Enemy Within Saga: Forever Midnight
- The Enemy Within Saga: Rising Sun
- The Enemy Within Saga: The Battle Cry
- The Enemy Within Saga: The Lightning Strike
- The Enemy Within Saga: The Prisoner
- The Enemy Within Saga: Guardian Angel
Why the 2 series, you may think. Well, at the end of series one everything seems fine, then series two just messes it all up. I have actually started the first book, The Enemy Within, online. You can check it out by clicking here.
Another book would be nice. It would be called The Killing, it wouldn’t be part of The Enemy Within Saga, and it’s plot is complicated. Trust me on that. I recently turned an early draft into a drama script and the audience were very confused. In some scenes, the character is in it twice at the same time (young and old). On stage, there had to be two different actors, but in a movie that would not have to happen.
I think I’ve gone a little off topic now… Themes. Well, for The Enemy Within Saga it would be magic, mystery and maybe a bit of horror. Mystery for The Killing.
A paragraph on what it would be like. Fun. Exciting. Done.
Have you ever considered writing a book?
Books, glorious books...
What is the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you on a bus? If you don’t take buses often, how about on an airplane? While driving to work? While walking home from school? And if nothing strange has ever happened to you while using transportation of any kind, what is the strangest thing you can think of that you wish had happened to you while using transportation?
Long topic. I’ll go for the last question, as I don’t think anything strange has happened during transportation… yet.
My Art teacher could suddenly jump out and say I no longer have to do any Art ever again. It would be nice with Maths as well.
There could be a massive earthquake that shakes all the banks (but, luckily, no where else) and cash machines so all the money comes out.
The earthquake thing could happen, but near a WHSmiths. All the books, free! Ish.
I’m out of ideas…
Have you got any? What strange thing has happened to you during some form of transportation?
An ordinary bus :D