Book Review

Fiction Express Mondays : Chapter 10.

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.
This week’s chapter opened with Molly kissing Liam, unsurprisingly they quickly realised this was poor timing. I loved seeing Jamie’s protective side again in this chapter, the discussion between him and Molly was really lovely and made me wish once more that I’d had an older brother when I was growing up. I was pleased to see Molly finally standing up to Wendy, it felt like it had been coming for a good while. I thought it was interesting that Jewel’s reaction to being outed was so different to Jasper, it’s nice that someone isn’t angry with Molly. I was really entertained by the end of the chapter, it’s really very unfortunate the way Jasper keeps getting trapped in confined spaces!

Soul Shadows by Alex Woolf.
The chapter this week started quite sadly, with the death of Shadow-Carl. The result of the vote was kept until partway into the chapter – once our bunch of adventurers were reunited with some of the rogue blackshirts the decision was made that they would go to the armoury and then on to Barbara’s office. I think the Super Shadow is a truly scary creation, I’m very glad I’m reading this rather than watching it – I’d definitely need a cushion to hide behind. I was completely shocked by Sandor’s revelation that he has a girlfriend waiting back at home, I was sure he and Estelle were going to get together. The final vote is pretty tough I think, I really hope the winning choice allows them to escape in one piece!

The Soterion Mission by Stewart Ross.
This week saw Taja volunteering to return to Alba with Yash and pretend to be Roxanne, so that Cyrus and Roxanne could go to the Soterion. I liked the development of Taja in this chapter, I find her a really intriguing character. I was saddened by the reveal that Roxanne has entered her death month, though not entirely surprised. I loved the way Cyrus and Roxanne managed to persuade more of the Albans to defect to their cause, I like the idea of a band of rebels! When I got to the vote I couldn’t believe what I was having to decide, I realised though that it was so hard because I cared so much about all of the characters which can never be a bad thing.

The Last Symbol by Rebecca Morton.
The chapter started with Miko going to see Prophate in person, and realising that he was on a one way trip. The scene where Miko and Aster entered the Enhancement School was horrible and just confirmed for me yet again how evil Propate is. The insight Miko gets into what happens to the enhanced is pretty unpleasant. The result of the vote meant that Jamese took the decision to warn all of the co-conspirators, I was so frustrated when it was revealed that Prophate was yet again one step ahead. The reunion of Drina and Jamese followed by the reveal of Prophate’s true identity really built the tension for the end of the chapter, I truly have no idea how this is all going to be resolved!

My choices for next week’s final chapters are:

  • Diary of a Mall Girl – Molly should find a light switch, make sure Jasper’s OK and talk to him as they wait for the return of Art Boy.
  • Soul Shadows – They should let Becker try to defuse the bomb.
  • The Soterion Mission – Timur’s javelin should kill Sammy.
  • The Last Symbol – Xenon and a group of the enhanced should be standing there.

What do you think? How did you vote for the final time?

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