Tag: Friendship

Cressida Cowell – How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse | Review

Title: How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse

Author: Cressida Cowell

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 240

Rating: 3.5/5


Cressida Cowell - How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse

Cressida Cowell – How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse


This book was pretty cute, but then all of the How to Train Your Dragon books are and so there’s no surprise there. This was actually probably my least favourite of the three that I’ve read, but it was still enjoyable enough and I liked the fact that much of it focused on a quest to reclaim a mythical potato.

I also like the little twist towards the end, although I’m not going to spoil it for you by telling you what it was. Suffice to say that Hiccup and the gang are subjected to a test of friendship (as they usually are), and that there are all sorts of subtle parodies of our own world and the inimitable sense of humour that makes Cowell’s books a hit with kids and adults alike.

What I will say about this one is that the adventure felt a little less fleshed out, somehow shorter than some of the other books. There was too much time on the setup and not enough on the heart of the story, but that’s okay. It was still a good read, and I don’t regret picking it up. I just want to hurry up and get to the rest of the series, so I’ll have to scour the charity shops.


Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell


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Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti – Zeroes | Review

Title: Zeroes

Author: Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 552

Rating: 10/10


Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti - Zeroes | Review

Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti – Zeroes | Review


Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This is one of the best books that I’ve been sent in a long time, and I’ve already been recommending it to my friends and family – I’m certainly recommending it to you! What’s not to love? This epic story follows the story of the Zeroes, a group of friends with superpowers. Just because they have superpowers, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re superheroes – in fact, the main characters are in their late teens, and each of them has to come to terms with their ability.

You see, each of the superpowers comes with a downside – the blurb puts it better than I ever could: “Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t – like when the voice starts talking in the middle of a bank robbery and gets you into a whole heap of trouble.” Meanwhile, there’s a character who can manipulate electronic devices, but with the caveat that they get headaches whenever they’re around them. My favourite weakness, though, came with my favourite character – damn, what’s his name again?

It’s with this character that Westerfeld and co. show a serious level of genius, to me – there was a guy called Thibault, whose codename was ‘Anonymous‘, and his superpower was that people could forget him, even if he was in the same room as them. That comes with the worst drawbacks of all – he has no choice about whether people remember him, as he found out when he was a child and almost died after his parents took him to a hospital and left him there, and then forgot about him. How can someone like that ever be loved?


Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti


I won’t go too much into the story line, but suffice to say that it’s a rollocking tale of friendship and camaraderie, and I hope that the authors produce further books in the series for me to feast upon. Loosely speaking, though, it follows the Zeroes as they get embroiled in a bank robbery and Scam ends up getting himself into a little bit of trouble. Scam said some things, using the voice, and they almost tore the Zeroes apart. Can they find friendship again, when tested? There’s only one way for you to find out, and that’s to read the book.

Another interesting aspect to this was that it had a cinematic feel – I could imagine it working well on the big screen, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the film option has already been discussed. Now, I don’t normally go to watch superhero movies, but this would be different – as their name suggests, the Zeroes aren’t exactly Iron Man, and close combat isn’t their forte. These guys (and girls) live on their wits, and on the sheer strength of their personalities. There’s also another reason why they’re called Zeroes, but you’ll have to read the book to find that out – it worked well with the story though, and whilst it wasn’t exactly vital, it was an excellent touch. Definitely read this.


Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti - Zeroes | Promo

Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti – Zeroes | Promo


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