Rachel Holton

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (34 of 37)
Location: Glasgow
Birthday: 23 Jun


Top Reviewer Ranking: 83,107 - Total Helpful Votes: 34 of 37
The Worst Witch (Young Puffin Story Books) by Jill Murphy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
First of all, this is one of the books I read as a child which has really stuck in my mind over the years. I am a huge fan of the fantasy genre and this magical tale of the accident-prone Mildred Hubble was an introduction of sorts for me.
This would be a great read for children who are too young to read the Harry Potter series as The Worst Witch with it's more whimsical tone doesn't share the darker themes of the Potter books.
Nevertheless this is a great pre-Potter read, Jill Murphy also combines magic with the old boarding school genre which I absolutely love.
The main character Mildred is the perfect hero for children, always getting into mischief and trying to keep up… Read more
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Depression and Humour!, 9 April 2012
I first picked up this book because I was struggling with depression myself and was curious how it would be portrayed in this young adult novel.
First of all I was really surprised at how many of the protagonist's feelings and situation mirrored my own. It seems that Ned Vizzini has accomplished the feat of putting emotions into words in this refreshing novel.
In the story Craig has found his life becoming too much for him, feeling immense pressure from all angles such as his family, friends and teachers. He cannot cope to the point that he considers committing suicide. Instead however he admits himself into the psychiatric ward of his hospital. While there he meets a number of… Read more
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Alert!, 16 Feb 2012
An absolutely amazing read! When I picked this up I felt really skeptical, I read the blurb and didn't really think it was for me. However when I started reading I just couldn't stop and proceeded to finish it in one day.

First of all I really liked the setting. Suzanne Collins introduces us to a dystopian America called Panem which is divided into 12 districts and the evil Capitol. In order to punish the districts for rebellions in the past the hold the annual Hunger Games, a contest in which children and teens fight to the death. This is also broadcast on television to serve as a warning to the districts of the power of the Capitol.
Our hero of the story, Katniss lives in… Read more

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