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BOOK REVIEWS Millie, Age 13, The Friends’ School, Hobart North Tas The Last Thirteen Book 6 James Phelan Grace, Year 9 Arndell Anglican College Oakville NSW The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl Melissa Keil The next book in ‘The Last Thirteen’ series by James Phelan has satisfied my very high expectations and has then blown them away. Again it was just as action-packed as all the others. The thrills, as usual, started from the word go and I was captivated in Sam’s world for hours, battling alongside him as he fought against Solarius in the fight to save the world: picking up the dreamers who tell the future in the their dreams and fighting many, many other enemies along the way in battles fraught with frustration, betrayal and comebacks. In this book the story goes along the same lines like all the others, with the only change being the scene. Sam is very confused throughout the whole book. I couldn’t help keeping on reading just because it was such a page-turner, but after reading the previous books I found it quite tedious as the story pretty much stayed the same. I think I almost would have preferred to have not read any of the other books because I would have found this one more exciting. This is not really the author’s fault, as from the first book he knew he had to write thirteen, so one could expect he would have to recycle the storyline sometimes. I did quite like it though and I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series. Rating: Pretty exciting This novel is a great read. It is funny, intriguing and simple all at the same time, leaving you eager to read more. It reminds you of the little things that matter and what people wish to hold onto after school. Set on the outskirts of Melbourne, in a small town of around 300 people, a girl named Alba and her friends have just finished high school and come to terms with reality, which, of course, comes with its own weird adventures. They struggle with the conflicts between old and new friends, the confusing boy and girl friendship and when the people you thought you knew, change. Alba and her friends try to find the reality amongst all the chaos and in doing so find their true selves. The author gives clear descriptions and a story line that can be confusing to follow at times but pulls through in the end. It is one of those books that I didn’t realise how much I loved it till the end. I recommend it for readers 14+. Rating: Well written and enjoyable.
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