Monday, 20 August 2012

Hollow Pike by James Dawson

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Pages: 416
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Released: 2nd of February 2012

Something wicked this way comes...

She thought she’d be safe in the country, but you can’t escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams repeatedly that someone is trying to kill her. Lis thinks she’s being paranoid - after all who would want to murder her? She doesn’t believe in the local legends of witchcraft. She doesn’t believe that anything bad will really happen to her. You never do, do you? Not until you’re alone in the woods, after dark - and a twig snaps... Hollow Pike - where witchcraft never sleeps.

What I Have to Say

This book needs to be a series! I think it would work so well as a series! Especially because the characters are so vivid and cool. They just have such a great group dynamic. I think it would be so cool to just have them going around and solving crime together! It would be amazing. 

I also loved the main plot! It was so intriguing and tense! I really, really can't wait to see what else James Dawson writes, because he's got a really good voice.

I did feel that the  plot was a bit focused a lot on the bullying plot.  I  feel less time should have been spent on that and more time should have been spent on the rest of the book, as once it was over, it felt a bit unconnected from the rest of the book. Especially since the main plot of the book was so cool and exciting.

Still, the bullying section of the novel was very well written and really highlighted the fact that 1. Bullying is a huge problem which isn't dealt with properly, if at all, by teachers and 2. You can't get away from it where ever you go. 

This book is great for people who are being bullied as it really shows that it's not just one person, it's something that most people go through. It also gives some really useful pointers on how to deal with it, especially as the advice they give out in high school is usually poorly explained or not very well thought out.

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