Mini Reviews: The Children Act and Broken Monsters



Published: Sept 2014
Publisher: Nan A Talese

The Children Act was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review 

This was a strange one. I've been putting off this review for ages because I can't make up my mind as to whether I actually liked this book or not.

I enjoyed the law aspects of the story but the problem for me was that there wasn't enough of it. I think I expected more of a struggle. I thought Fiona's decision would take up more of the book. I think this was a bit of a missed opportunity.

I felt that the trouble in Fiona's marriage didn't really add anything to the story. It's clear that she is a different person inside the courtroom.

After the halfway mark it just got too bizarre for me. I also hated the ending!


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆


Published: July 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins

Broken Monsters was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review 

For the most part I liked Broken monsters. It's a book that really sucks you in by feeding you bit by bit. The characters are interesting and the writing is believable.

For a YA book the imagery is pretty horrific. It's the sort of Gore you'd expect more from an adult novel. A mad man disemboweling children and turning them into sick twisted taxidermy figures! Hey I'm not complaining I loved to be scared.

For me it was an edge of the seat thriller right until the end when it started to go south much to my anger and disappointment.

Spoiler alert: ** I hated the fact that it turned paranormal out of the blue. It seemed like a cop out ending to me. **Spoiler ends


★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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