Slated trilogy: Slated by Teri Terry

 

SlatedTitle: Slated

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Teri Terry

Published by: Orchard Books

Publication Date: May 3rd 2012

Pages: 448

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Mystery/Romance/Crime/Sci Fi/Dystopia/Fantasy

Book Blurb:  Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. She’s been Slated. The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

 

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Review:
Slated, by Teri Terry, is a distant future novel where criminals and rebels under a certain age have their minds wiped so they can start again, new life, new identity. This process is called Slated. It is based from the narrative point of view of a girl called Kyla after she’s been slated. Once slated each person is given a levo. Levo’s monitor your emotions such as anger and the want to perform damage. If the level gets too high it will knock them out just in case they want to perform any other crimes. If you are slated then you want to stick to the governments rules, no matter how twisted. One wrong move and the levo will either kill you, or the government will. No more chances.
The characters in this book were extraordinarily life like, mainly because each of the main characters will relate to someone out there. They’ll all teenagers facing problems with love, friendship, identity etc… but slateds just have a little further to go. Kyla is one of my favourites because of her intuition. Instinct. She is smart and, not to be too egotistical, I would like to think I am also smart and intuitive.
There is a point in the story in which I cried, of course telling you would be a spoiler, but if you have t=read the book then you’ll know which scene I’m talking about. *wink*.
One of the main things I disliked was that it ended on a cliff hanger. Once finishing the book I was like a monster. I needed the second book or I would die. It ended on an amazing cliff hanger that made me read the next book in around four hours non-stop reading, I bought fractured around half-an-hour later.
Overall this book was a gripping read and you will enjoy it, or have probably enjoyed it, immensely.

Gallagher Girls: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter


I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Gallagher Girls 1Title: 
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You (LYKY)

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Ally Carter

Published by: Hyperion Books for Children

Publication Date: April 1st 2006

Pages: 309

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Romance/Adventure

Book Blurb:  Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses – but it’s really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti). But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can Cammie have a normal relationship with a boy who can never know the truth about her?

 

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Review:
I’d Tell Your I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You is a book about the girls of Gallagher Academy and narrated by the headteachers daughter,  Cameron ‘Cammie’ Morgan. The school is a place for exceptionally talented and gifted girls on the front, which isn’t a lie, just the watered down truth. It is in fact a school for spies in training. They are taught to do amazing things such as kill a person in many ways with a piece of uncooked spagetti, but the one thing they’re not taught to do, is deal with boys. The Gallagher Girls series is based on the dilemmas, social lives of the girls, plus a few extra problems they will have to face.
This book was…I can’t describe it. I must have read for three hours non stop to finish this book. I honestly could not put it down.
There is no one character I prefer. Cammie is extremely relate-able, Bex is just awesome in all her quirky ways and Liz is that geeky girl that you would not want to be left alone in a lab with if she was angry. Macey is simply hilarious with her fashion and boy skills, surprisingly, probably the most normal out of all of them. I think I am most like Cammie and Liz though there is some of Bex in me with my love for adventure as well.
Ally Carter managed to add humour into the most serious of scenes which I admire so very much.
There were two things that really got to me though. The first was that i wanted a little more action and actual spy mission-y stuff. I have heard that the second book is better though. Right now as I write this review, the next book is sitting beside me. “Read me please! I’m awesome and you know it.”
The second problem is that once I finished the book I thought, that was amazing, but when I tried to think about all the events in the book, it just seemed a little, plain.
Overall this was an interesting beginning for the Gallagher Girl series and I cannot wait to start reading the next book, Cross My heart and Hope to Spy. Although I hope that it is a little more thrilling than the first book. But it was a nice intro into the secret world.

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horrowitz

Title: Stormbreaker

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Alex Rider

Published by: Walker Books

Publication Date: 4th September 2000

Pages: 249

Genres: Teen/Adventure/Spy/Thriller/Mystery

Book Blurb:  When his uncle 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.

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Review:
I used to be so jealous of Alex Rider, not because he’s lost people, that would be sad. But because he is a spy. For around four years of my life I have wanted to be a spy for the MI6 so one day my dad bought me and my twin the box set of these books. The first book was stunning. Yes it included lots of action though Anthony Horrowitz managed to get the balance right creating a realistic thriller. It focuses on Alex Rider and his experiences. His emotions are shown really well considering the way he was feeling was polar opposites.  Jack Starbright is Alex’s American housekeeper become guardian who I adore and you will see how awesome she is as you go along through the series.
Stormbreaker has been through many different covers though I have chosen the newest edition which I (after lots of sitting around flicking through tabs.) have decided is my favourite. It’s simplistic colouring, I thing, is very spy like.
A movie was made for this book, though it was an O.K film, like most book adaptations, they changed too many things. One of the smallest was Alex Rider’s hair colour, the biggest being…
If you want to carry on reading my rant on the movie then please make sure you have at least read this book. You do not need to read the whole series..

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