The Night Diary

The Night Diary is set in India in 1947 when Britain split from India. The protagonist is a 12 year old girl called Nisha who’s mum died in childbirth. Her Mum is Muslim and her Dad is Hindu. Nisha lives with her twin brother, Amil, her dad, her grandma and Kazi who cooks meals for them.

Soon into the book, the family find out about Britain splitting from India and that they’ll have to leave from Pakistan to go to India. Unfortunately this meant that Kazi couldn’t go with them as he is Muslim so he had to stay in Pakistan.

At the beginning of the book, Nisha starts to notice the changes which happens after Britain split with India. When Nisha and her family decide that it is safer to walk to India than to take the train. They decide to stop halfway at Nisha’s mums brothers house. This is the house that Nisha’s mum grew up in, so she’s very excited to see it.

This book is amazing and would highly recommend to readers 10+.

Everless

Everless is a book by Sarah Holland. This book is part of a duology, the first book being Everless and the second book being Evermore. The protagonist is a girl called Jules. she lives in a Dystopian world where blood is money. The more blood money (as they call it in Everless) you have the more power you have, this can lead to people who are poorer dying earlier than expected as eventually, all of there blood would be extracted.

The book opens to Jules hunting for food so that she can sell it and her Dad doesn’t have to pay as much of his blood. She goes to the butcher stall where we meet her friend Amma, where she sells what she hunted for an hour coin. Amma tells Jules that she is leaving to work at Everless (the palace where the Princes Roan and Liam live). Amma’s excited as she’ll get paid a year coin for a month of work. Jules is happy for Amma, but she starts to remember her past.

When Jules was younger, she lived at Everless, her dad was a blacksmith. She grew up with the princes and was good friends with them. She would make up games to play with Liam and Roan. Everything was great until one day. Jules was playing near a fire with the princes when suddenly, Liam pushed roan into the fire. Luckily, Jules was quick and saved him, but Jules and her father had to leave because her father was worried about what Liam would do to her because of what she had seen.

After she left the butchers, she rushed home to help her dad pay rent for the month. When she got there, she realised that her dad had to pay double rent as he hadn’t paid the month before, Jules was worried because she knew her dad didn’t have a lot of time left in him, so she told the Collector (the person who collects the blood) that she’s going to work at Everless, and they’ll pay double what they owe the collector and two months in advance. The collector agrees but Jules’s father isn’t so sure.

In the middle of the night, she leaves for Everless. She learns about the Alchemist and the Sorceress (who made the blood stones) and starts to learn things about the monarchy and secrets from her past.

Everless is an amazing book which I would highly recommend.

Scythe

Would you want to live in a world where scientists have conquered death? Well, that’s the world which Citra and Rowan live in. The only way you can die in this world is at the hands of a Scythe, who are the only people who can kill or ‘glean’ as the Scythe’s prefer to call it. Everyone thinks that it is necessary, but that doesn’t stop them from living in fear from the Scythes.

Citra and Rowan both live totally separate lives, but that all changes when a random person invites both Citra and Rowan to an opera. The mystical person turns out to be a Scythe called Scythe Faraday. The reason he invited them to the opera is to ask them to become apprentice Scythes. Citra and Rowan both think that they want nothing to do with Scythes, but they both accept and have to say good bye to their old life and hello to a new life.

Citra and Rowan start to learn the tips and tricks of being a Scythe, but at the first conclave (one of the tests to become a scythe) Citra and Rowan find out that whoever became a Scythe the other would have to glean the other. After that, everything changed…

Scythe is the first book in a trio and would rate it 5 stars. It is by Neal Shusterman and would recommend it for ages 13+ as there are some dark themes in it. If you choose to read this, I hope you enjoy it!

The Princess Trials

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The Princess Trials is set in a dystopian world and it is the first book in a 3 book series. The protagonist of the story is Zea Calico, a sixteen year old girl who was born into the lowest echelon in the walled in City of Phlangloria. The world outside (known as the barrens) has been taken over by deserts and Nuclear War has devastated humanity.

Growing up in the lowest echelon, Zea has gotten to a life full of hunger, thirst and work. The lowest echelon is the harvester region, which means that she has to do work all day. Because of this, Zea joined the Red runners who are a group of people who want to get rid of the echelon system and fight the Royals (the top echelon). The perfect opportunity comes up, the Princess Trials.

Zea thinks of the Princess Trials as just a beauty pageant, but she is soon proved wrong. The trials soon turn deadly as one of Zea’s fellow competitors gets killed. Zea starts to get friendly with Prince Kevin and starts to question whether she really wants to carry on with the mission.

The Princess Trial’s is a fantastic book by Cordelia K Castel which I would recommend to people over the age of 12.

Girl’s can’t hit

Girls can’t hit is an amazing book by T.S. Easton. Its all about how a girl called Fleur (who isn’t very sporty) finds boxing 🥊. Everyone who she knows doesn’t want her to do boxing. Even her best friend Blossom (who is a strong feminist) says she shouldn’t join a male dominated sport. Fleur is surprised when she says this because Blossom was trying to get them to get rid of their girls only boxing class.
In Girl’s can’t hit, Fleur puts everything aside just so that she can focus on boxing. When you get further into the book you start to realise who is willing to change with her and who is stuck wanting the old Fleur.

Girls can’t hit is an inspirational book all about a girl who defies all odds. I would rate it 4.5 stars and I would also recommend it to readers who are 12+.

By Chloë willoughby