|Skulduggery Pleasant, The Dying Of The Light|
So, the main character is a guy who is dead and is a skeleton. And a detective. That's grounds enough for an epic story, right?
My first experience of Derek Landy's epic series, combining horror, fantasy, comedy and intrigue was in the library. Of course.
I work in a children's library, and as such, I get to spend a lot of time talking to kids of all ages about what they read.
So here she is, the young lady in the green jacket. She approaches me nervously as she hands back her book. As I scan it back into the system, she stutters, 'Do you have the next one in the series?'
She's not nervous because she has to ask me for a book, she's nervous because she really really needs the next one right now and she is worried that I am going to say that I don't have it for her.
And I don't!
I search high and low and in the secondary stock and even in the Teenage library, but it's not there. These things happen in a children's library - it's a hazard of the job.
I break the news to her gently, and then I tell her we can order a copy in for her, but it might take a week. She's not too disappointed. Instead she grins and nods her head enthusiastically, just glad that she can get it at all. Curious, I ask her about the book, while I apologise profusely for the missing copy, and she's eager to tell me all about it, telling me that actually, she's glad she has to wait a bit, because she needs a break, just to absorb it all.
'Wow! Is it that good?' I laugh.
'Yeah, it's really awesome. It's just so thrilling and I really love the characters - the writing is really unpredictable and it's not done in a formulaic kind of way, so it's really different. You can never tell what's going to happen.'
I make a mental note to look out the first of the series.
Just as she leaves, and I put the book she just returned on the book trolley, a young lad comes in, he's maybe about 10 years old. He looks awkwardly at the book on my trolley. I smile and say,
'You okay, dude?'
He points at the book and says nervously, 'Is that...is that for anyone?'
'Err...' I look at the hope on his wee face and smile. This is why I love books. They are magic.
'Just you, mate', I say, handing him the book. He looks at the cover and then I ask if he wants to take it home. He nods and I beep it out for him. He's happy. I'm happy I've made him happy, job done.
I was sent a copy of the last Skulduggery Pleasant book in order to review it, but I think that these two experiences do all of the talking for it. Landy's writing is fast-paced, energised and exciting - to all ages. The characters are a work of art, all relatable and, the beauty of it is, none of them safe from Landy's plans, no matter how awful they may seem. Nobody is immune from being killed off or sidelined, and the plot is twisted and fun.
I'm sad to see the end of the series, like may Skulduggery fans will be, but like many, glad there has been a conclusion. And a very thrilling conclusion at that!
Available in Hardback in all good book shops! If you are looking for a gift for a pre-teen for Christmas, this is the one!
|RAVPower Mini Lipstick Charger|
I hate my phone. For some reason, it's never got any battery on it and it never has quite enough when I need to do important things like take photographs for work, or upload stuff to my G+ account (all very important for a blogger!)
I have to mention that since I dropped it, it's kind of lost its appeal to me too It's not quite the same trying to scroll down a broken screen. The cracks catch on my finger and well, it just makes me sad. And I still have another year on my contract! Poop!
I can't fix my screen without forking out a lot of money, but I can sort out the battery issue.
I was sent the RAVPower Luster Mini Lipstick charger to try out, and I have to say, it's been great.
Doubling up as a torch too, it charges from my computer via USB port, and then the wire simply flips around to connect from the charger to my phone.
It takes up no more space in my bag than a lipstick case, is a sleek design and comes with a small price tag of just £10.99 too. A fab piece of kit. No more blogger emergencies! It also ensures my phone is charged when I'm out all day - very important as a parent!
You can buy it from Amazon. And it's compatible with:
We spend a lot of time out of the house at the moment and a lot of time in the car. Nobody ever told me how crazy it could be, running between all the kids diffeent groups and classes, not to mention my own day to day stuff.
I need sustenance!
It's very important to stay hydrated when busy, and water can get boring. I was sent some cool new wee bottles to try to jazz up my water. Vimto now comes in tiny little bottles, ready to turn water into tasty goodness with just a few drops. What's more, the bottles are handy for slipping into a bag or even coat pocket, providing a wee treat for when you are rushed off your feet. They come in three fab flavours too, original, cherry and strawberry, enhancing your water with as little or as much flavour as you like!
And you know what? No Added Sugar! Win!