Book Review

Fiction Express Mondays : Chapter 6.

Voting has closed over at the Fiction Express website so it’s time for me to share my thoughts about the new chapters. Please be aware I discuss some of the things that happen in the chapters and the voting choices so if you haven’t read the chapters yet there are spoilers ahead.

Diary of A Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja.
The vote last week meant that Molly went off to find Jasper instead of returning to continue her date with Liam. For poor Molly though even this doesn’t go right, she’s thrilled to finally kiss Jasper but her delight doesn’t last long as she’s thrown back into the Jamie-Tasha-Liam triangle. I love how complicated the characters’ love lives continue to be – it really transports me back to my high school days. This week’s chapter saw some more of the lovely interaction between Molly and Jamie, their relationship comes across very genuinely. I thought that Jewel’s reappearance might bring some answers, but we’re still wondering what on earth is being hidden by her and Jasper. I wonder if this week’s vote means we might start to get some answers next week?

Soul Shadows by Alex Woolf.
This week’s chapter opened with Estelle breaking into the tomb so that soul shadows could be created using the corpse inside it. I liked the fact that the corpse’s soul shadow added more background to the story – this was a clever way to add in exposition without it feeling clunky. The frenzied battle of Estelle, Sandor and the good soul shadows against the evil soul shadows worked well, and was a nice contrast to the quieter and more emotional section leading up to the battle. I do fear that poor Estelle and Sandor’s situation is becoming increasingly hopeless, it seems that the evil scientists are always one step ahead of them. The options for the this week’s vote don’t look like anything’s going to improve for them any time soon.

The Soterion Mission by Stewart Ross.
The reveal for last week’s vote comes part way through the chapter, it opens instead by continuing the story of what is going on inside the Children of Gova’s compound. I found Cyrus’ reaction to the news of Roxanne’s fate quite moving, from his impassioned defense of her during the meeting in the Great Hall to his despair at hearing of her true planned fate. I was also saddened by what appears to be the end of the great friendship between Cyrus and Navid – poor Cyrus didn’t do well during this chapter! When the vote reveal happened I was pleased to see it was Sheza who met with the crocodiles, I look forward to discovering how Timur reacts to the downfall of his favoured successor!

The Last Symbol by Rebecca Morton.
The vote last week saw Sergeant Xenon handing Miko over to the Officials. All of the plans put in place for Miko’s return seemed to work, I spent a lot of the chapter wondering where it was going to go wrong. I liked the continued insight into Tyson’s character, I suspect he’s going to become quite instrumental in how things play out. The reveal of what Miko’s symbol actually meant was quite surprising, and I found Prophate’s methods pretty disturbing. When I started to realise what the vote was going to be deciding I found myself feeling quite anxious about what I was choosing! It felt like quite a bit of ground was covered this week, I wonder what’s coming next?

After a lot of thought here are my votes for the end of chapter 6:

  • Diary of a Mall Girl – Molly and Ameera should get caught snooping by Jewel.
  • Soul Shadows – Estelle should launch a frenzied attack on Derek, try to seize the remote and turn the Soul Shadows against their master.
  • The Soterion Mission – Giv should have seen a force of rival Zeds.
  • The Last Symbol – Miko should choose the Official stamp.

What do you think? How did you vote?

4 thoughts on “Fiction Express Mondays : Chapter 6.

  1. Thanks a lot as always, JJ. Hope you don’t mind the result of the vote being left to later in the chapter – I feel it makes the book more interesting. The relationship between Roxanne and Cyrus is rapidly developing into a central feature of the novel. It’s a feature I find it v interesting, especially because of the age / experience differential and the inevitability of imminent death. And, yes, no one likes Sheza! Au revoir, nasty whimp!
    Can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying doing this book – but please do tell me if I’m letting the allegorical side intrude too prominently.

    1. It worked for me, I think you’re right about it adding interest.

      I think the inevitability of an imminent death is having an interesting effect on your characters, it certainly acts as a different sort of motivator.

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