In June, I took part in the Star Wars readathon hosted by my brilliant friend, S. It was a brilliantly organised readathon and you could choose which path you wanted to go down to which career you were going for (obv all Star Wars themed!).
I went for the role of Jedi Knight (because I’m a good guy obv), so for that I had to read:
- A book with a blue front cover (Orphans of St. Halibuts)
- A book set in a magical world (Gargantis)
- A book with siblings in it (Do You Know Me?)
And I DID IT. I read the following 3 books, and thought I’d share my reviews of them! I can’t wait to see if S plans another readathon (and keep watching this space for a readathon I MIGHT have planned…)
The Orphans of St. Halibuts – Sophie Wills
(proof sent to me from the publishers)
“Life has been perfect ever since the orphans of St Halibut’s buried their matron – don’t look like that, it was an accident! Tig, Stef, Herc, and Pamela the goat just have to make sure nobody finds out they’re on their own. Discovering that an Inspector is on his way, they’ll need to convince him that everything is peachy or they’ll be sent to the Mending House – where badly behaved orphans go, never to return. But the Inspector is not quite what he seems and things very quickly go from bad to spectacularly out of hand…”
I didn’t honestly know what to expect when I started this, but my god, I thought it was WONDERFULLY FUNNY. There’s a whole host of little things that just properly appealed to me and I HOPE there is more to come from Sophie! This is a story of orphans who end up getting into a whole lot of unfortunate situations and how they work together to get out the other end! There’s gorgeous friendships between the orphans and they are their own little family. They have SUCH stupid and outlandish plans that it had me chuckling all the way. This is like a brilliant kid’s heist book that goes so wrong, but is SO SO right. Bring me more!
Gargantis – Thomas H. Taylor
“There’s a storm brewing over Eerie-on-Sea, and the fisherfolk say a monster is the cause. Someone has woken the ancient Gargantis, who sleeps in the watery caves beneath this spooky seaside town where legends have a habit of coming to life. It seems the Gargantis is looking for something: a treasure stolen from her underwater lair. And it just might be in the Lost-and-Foundery at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, in the care of one Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder. With the help of the daring Violet Parma, ever-reliable Herbie will do his best to figure out what the Gargantis wants and who stole her treasure in the first place. In a town full of suspicious, secretive characters, it could be anyone…”
I read Malamander last year and I ABSOLUTELY adored it, so when I knew there was going to be a sequel, I knew I needed to read it! When it finally came time to read Gargantis, I was SO EXCITED… and it didn’t let me down! This is so bloody brilliant. I loved being back in Eerie on Sea with these gorgeous characters. With the promise of a MASSIVE MONSTER, a terrible storm, the magic of the first book and a strange old object in the lost and found, I knew this was going to impress me… but man. I didn’t know how much I’d enjoy it! Being back with Herbie Lemon and Violet was delightful: they were back being their wonderful, pesky, intelligent selves. This features everything you know and love about the first book but with some brilliant additions: a terrifying baddie and some wonderfully helpful sidekicks. This is so full of fun and adventure with trademark wit. Just brilliant! If you’ve not got on this series yet, please do!
Do You Know Me? – Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott
“Tally is autistic and proud. She used to feel like she had to hide her autism, but now Tally is determined to make sure people see who she really is. But now Tally has a new worry – her school trip. And that means new places, new people and new challenges. She quickly falls in with the popular girls and is grateful that they don’t make a big deal about her autism, but it’s not long before Tally realises that, while the girls are popular, they aren’t very kind. With a jolt Tally understands that she’s not the only one who’s been made to feel like she has to hide her true self. But will she find the strength to stand up for herself and the people she knows are being treated unfairly, or will she stay quiet? And will Tally ever find her people?”
Just like Gargantis, this is a sequel that I’d been excited about since I found out about it. This series is brilliant. I had such high hopes for this because I ADORED the first book (Can You See Me?) and thought it was brilliantly done… and let me tell you, this book is just as glorious and needed in the world! This story follows autistic Tally on her journey through secondary school and the scary experience of going on a school trip, away from her comforts of home, her parents and the things she loves most. This is a brilliant story of standing up for yourself, being proud of who you are, finding your tribe and the importance of empathy. These books just ooze charm, warmth and love. There’s some brilliant new additions to the characters and some who just did my head in (but I think this was purposeful). I think this book, and the first one in the series need to be read by adults and kids alike. Just brilliant!
And that’s it! I had a WHALE of a time reading these books for the Star Wars Readathon! Thank you so much S for hosting this readathon! I had a blast!
Have you read any of these books?
Do you join in readathons?
Talk to me in the comments! I’d love your thoughts on these books, or on readathons!