Friday, 15 February 2013

5th Book: By Royal Command, Charlie Higson + Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Any keen readers of this post will notice a change in the name of the title. It's because, well, Zee and I have been reading, merely not writing posts quickly enough... We're ever so sorry. We also get rather confused about which week we're on, so this way may be a tad bit easier.

ZEE’S 5TH READ: BY ROYAL COMMAND BY CHARLIE HIGSON (BUY IT NOW)

Who doesn't love a bit of Bond? Especially when he's still a teenager and at the gorgeously private Eton boy’s school. The Young James Bond series follows James Bond as he starts Eton and finds out that his life is not destined for normality. 

By Royal Command is unfortunately the last in the series but there are 4 other books in the series, all of which I have read and all are quietly brilliant. James starts off by visiting the Alps and learning how to ski, but after a day out on the slopes takes a turn for the worst James finds himself waking up in hospital and little does he know, about 2 bedrooms away from an old enemy. After returning to Eton he discovers a plot to kill the king and that's when his adventurers really start.

I would say that there is a lot of build up to not much action, in this book. Which I always find rather disappointing. The climactic scenes just aren't that exciting and you put down the book thinking 'Was that it?' I definitely think this book is aimed at younger people and us teens should read the "real" James Bond books. But all in all I enjoyed the book and would like to read the whole series again someday. I'd also like to see the books being made into a film, but, that's another story....

RATING : 2.5/5
SIMILAR READS:
'Alex Rider' series by Anthony Horowitz- buy it here.

BELLE’S 5TH READ: STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (BUY IT NOW)

Perhaps one of the most perfect reads for a stressful week, numbering at around a mere 40 pages. Suberb, right? However, I must revisit this find for I didn’t particularly enjoy it but that’s because I don’t think I allowed myself time to sit down and read this enough. I should have swallowed this in one sitting.

It’s the classic. It regards a London Lawyer called Mr Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It’s a great look into the surge of psychology, at the time of publication, in Victorian Britain. It’s also a great companion to Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ which I’m studying in school. A04 ladies will know what I mean. It delves into their interest in psychology and sub sections such as physiogmnony. The latter’s a personal favourite of mine: being able to judge character from appearance. Oh, the number of us lassies who do that these days! Me included...

I will sit back down and read this again. Don’t be put off by rating, especially when you can pop a classic on your reading list, and a fast reader could read it all in about an hour.

RATING : 3/5
SIMILAR READS:
‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde- buy it here.
‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley- buy it here.

1 comment:

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