Book Review

Fiction Express Mondays : Chapter 2.

Voting has closed over at the Fiction Express website so it’s time for me to share my thoughts about the new chapters. I must say that I was really pleased with the four chapters and thoroughly enjoyed reading them all.

Diary of A Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja.
The voting last week was to decide which party Molly should go to, the art launch with Jewel and Art Boy won. It was nice to find out more about these characters, Jewel in particularly is quite mysterious and closed, I found myself wondering what secrets she’s hiding. I really enjoyed this chapter. It’s written retrospectively, Molly is talking about what’s been happening over the last week. I thought that this worked really well. The chapter’s great fun with funny bits and wonderfully cringey moments.

Soul Shadows by Alex Woolf.
Last week’s vote was about what Estelle should do, the winning option was that she should go and try and help Sandor. From the beginning of this chapter I felt really tense as I read, at times I almost didn’t want to click to turn the page. There’s plenty of creepy and scary stuff going on, but at the same time we get to see more of both Estelle and Sandor which I really liked. There was one scene that was a little gory, but I think it was well balanced with the rest of the chapter. This was another thrilling chapter, it’s definitely the kind of terrifying that I love to read.

The Soterion Mission by Stewart Ross.
The cliffhanger leading into this chapter was probably the one I was most concerned about so I was thrilled that Roxanne received a reprieve even if the first couple of pages left me thinking she hadn’t. I liked this chapter a lot, there was more excellent world building going on, telling the reader more about Cyrus’ community and introducing more of the Zeds. I love the brotherlike friendship between Cyrus and Navid, I hope we’ll get to see more of it in future chapters. There was one scene in this chapter that I found really gory but I’m sure that’s more to do with my personal issues with teeth than anything else.

The Last Symbol by Rebecca Morton.
I was really excited to read the next chapter of this book, I had such a hard time choosing how to vote and I knew that whichever option had won I was going to like what came next. The choice that won was for Miko to cut out his chip. The chapter moved along at a great pace, as I was reading it I could imagine it playing out as a really gripping film. At the point where Miko and Lok are hiding from The Officials I found myself holding my breath in case they heard me – I was totally involved in the story.

After two weeks I can’t begin to pick a favourite story, they’re all so different but so brilliant. I had to think for a while about how I was going to vote, in the end this is what I decided on:

  • Diary of a Mall Girl – Molly should ask Jamie to go with her, possibly bringing some of his friends.
  • Soul Shadows – Estelle should Climb down from the tree without Sandor seeing her and then head in the other direction, through the dense forest, towards Delhaven village.
  • The Soterion Mission – Cyrus should give the order that they should follow him in a charge towards the weakest-looking part of the Zed ring, break out and make a run for it.
  • The Last Symbol – The girl should tell them that the Blues are willing to take both Lok and Miko through the border, but will be keeping a very close eye on Miko.

Do you agree? How did you vote?

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4 thoughts on “Fiction Express Mondays : Chapter 2.

  1. Kind comment, JJ. Many thanks. Yes, I love creating a new world in a novel and was delighted when the relationship between Cyrus and Navid began to strengthen. Strange, isn’t it, when a fictional character takes on a life of their own and starts to tell you want to do? Apologies for the teeth episode – my uncle was a dentist so I grew up without the usual hangups! Tested it on various teenagers (and younger) and they didn’t mind …

    1. No worries about the teeth, it’s interesting to hear that your younger readers didn’t mind it – I wonder if it’s an age related hangup.

  2. Whatever, I’ll try to leave teeth out of chapter 3! It’s mighty tricky, by the way, incorporating the readers’ wishes every week – they’re hard taskmasters and it’s almost impossible to plan ahead in any detail.

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