Happy Thursday bookworms! Today I'm reviewing Operation Hurricane by Benjamin Shaw! I'd like to thank the author for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. Now let's get started!
Boyd isn't known to be the most friendly and go luck guy at his school. He hasn't got many friends and the biggest problem in his life is possibly missing the big track meet. Unfortunately things take an even bigger turn for the worse when his dad goes missing. Now Boyd is up against a deadly global force that's developing technology that can literally twist time. In order to find out the truth, Boyd must make unlikely allies and take down those that are hellbent on changing the world forever.
I am a huge fan of all things spy related so I was super excited to pick this book up! We've got it all, secret code names, impressive technology, heists and thrilling chases. I enjoyed all of the characters and thought them to be very realistic. My favourite character would have to be Boyd as he wasn't your classic "perfect" spy, but a kid just trying to make the best decisions he can. He's fuelled by his emotions and it made his character more realistic. The plot starts off a little slow but quickly ramps up with lots of action. The writing style also fit the tone of the book very well. We follow the perspective of many other characters besides Boyd but I found it to flow nicely. The combination of the spy and sci-fi genres was also very exciting and made for a unique reading experience. There was a complex history and background to the enemy organization which made the story even more believable. I loved learning about all of the technology and the interesting ways it was used in the story. I'm very excited to see what will happen next in this series and I have a feeling that it will be even better!
I definitely recommend this to fans of Back to the Future and all spy film lovers! I gave this book 4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
That's a wrap on my review of Operation Hurricane by Benjamin Shaw! I hope you enjoyed it! What are your favourite spy movies or books? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Tuesday bookworms and welcome to my review of The Taking of Jake Livingston! Thank you to Penguin Teen Canada for sending me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review! Before I begin, this book has many content warnings. You can click the button below to view a list I have compiled. Now let's dive in!
Racism, racist micro aggressions, school shooting, homophobia, slurs, emotional and physical abuse, suicide, violence (graphic), death (graphic), attempted rape of a minor, mental illness, sociopathy, sadism, gore, bullying, parental and medical negligence, torture (graphic), animal abuse/torture, drug use
Jake Livingston is one of the only Black kids at St. Clair Prep, but what makes fitting in even more complicated is that he can see the dead. Most of the time they are stuck in loops, reliving their deaths over and over again, that is until Jake meets Sawyer. Sawyer was a school shooter who then took his own life and it seems that his vengeful spirit has more plans for his afterlife. Suddenly Jake is thrown into a very dangerous situation, and it's going to take everything he has to stay alive.
When I first heard about this story I was intrigued about the element of seeing ghosts and was very excited to see the representation. I'm going to start off by saying that this is a book that has many incredibly heavy topics in it that could be triggering for many people. Please check out the content warnings before picking this book up. This is very much a horror book, not thriller. I personally wish I had been aware of the content warnings before requesting an ARC copy. One element of the plot that confused me the most was the extent of Jake's powers and how they could be used. At many points a random fact or ability would appear with no explanation as to why it came or how it worked. For example the ectomist, which I still do not fully understand. Jake unfortunately felt like a very one dimensional character, we don't explore his personality very much and I found him more to be a vessel for the plot than actually being interested in him as a person.
What I disliked the most, and what made me feel the most uncomfortable was Sawyer. Throughout the book we get diary entries from him, leading up to the school shooting. These entries were extremely disturbing, detailing much of the plot pertaining to the content warnings listed above. At many points it feels as though you should be sympathizing with him because of what he has been through. This made me very uncomfortable as he does many horrific acts throughout the book.
Some final thoughts that come to mind are: don't read this book at night, and don't read this book when you're alone. This book made me extremely uncomfortable. I gave this book a 1/5 Stars ⭐️.
That's all for my review of The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass. Are you a fan of horror movies? Let me know in the comments below!
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