Ayesha Dean and the Istanbul intrigue: Some reviews

I read and loved this novel for children some weeks back, and I really feel that more children need to have such an amazing protagonist as Ayesha in their lives, a young muslim girl with a hijab and a black belt in taekwando is someone a lot of young people could relate to.

As a teacher I also got to share the love of this character with my pupils, a few of whom read the novel and wrote my a review. Obviously in the interest of child protection the pupils names will remain anonymous on the internet but there reviews are Posted below:

A, aged 13 said – Ayesha Dean is an iressistable read that is unlike others in this time. It is a dramatic tale that had me on the edge of my seat. The story is creative and easy to follow. The characters are all funny and relatable. I think that the authors objective was completed as this story represents true equality between all religions and genders.

However there are some points that may need to be worked on, the main thought that crosses my mind is the oversimplification at some points. It is similar to a kids TV show. Another point that could be altered is the speed that events happen by this I mean the plot is a bit rushed at points. In conclusion this is a terrific read unlike any other which should be in every bookshelf in the world (*****)

H, aged 12 said – One thing that really stood out to me about the novel was Ayesha’s humour, appetite and determination to do what was right by delivering justice to the world. For example when she single handedly took down a criminal at the airport.

On the other hand the only flaw I could see in the story line was that it was slightly predictable. To improve you could have added a cliffhanger to add an aura of unpredictability by not only adding suspense it also benefits the author by giving her more of a plot and storyline to base the next novel on.

To conclude my overall opinion of this book is that it is a fantastic and thought evoking action novel. The main character Ayesha Dean – is a very determined individual who we all wish to somewhat be like. She is good hearted and has an endless craving for kebabs, is enthusiastic and much more! I give this book a rating of 8/10

and another H also aged 12 (different kids honest) said – Welcome Welcome! we greet you to the tale of Ayesha Dean, you’ve never heard of her you say? Well that may be because she is the character of  an author who has created her first book, and she may become more famous than any of you may imagine. Melati Lum may be a beginner but boy can she write!

Everyone needs to improve, it doesn’t matter who it is because no one’s perfect. I found it very difficult to find anything to improve on and i’m sure you will too. But, what I finally found was that Melati Lum just needs to use a wide range of vocabulary a bit more. There is nothing wrong with the actual story and thats it.

Overall this book has more goods than bads. This book is awe inspiring and its cliff hangers will drive you crazy. Melati Lum has just started to write but can you get any better than this?








My Summer Reading Bucket List

I’m at the eve of the final day of term and the dawning of a new job is on the horizon, so what better time (especially as I have been recently armed with book vouchers) to come up with a summer reading list of all the things, I would seriously need to devote sometime too in order to get them finished. I shall hopefully remember to revisit this in September and see how many I finish.

My current summer reading list is as follows:

The Graduate – Genuinely never seen the movie although i’m aware of some of the key themes, I bought this more because I didn’t realise it was a novel.

The tale of Gengi – An ancient Japanese novel that I have been meaning to read since university and have finally taken the plunge and bought. The original writer of this was looked upon as a sinner because the ancient buddhists frowned on writing fiction.

Father brown stories – Added to the list because I’m currently reading the view from the cheap seats a collection of Neil Gaimans non-fiction (absolutely outstanding) and he is a huge fan of GK Chesterton and proclaims him as hugely influential on his works.

Equally because of the view from the cheap seats I’m debating an epic reread of:

Sandman series – In my mind one of the finest graphic novel series ever written, and because i’m reminding myself of the joys of all things Gaiman I think a trip down memory lane is in order

and the Preacher series – Because I haven’t read it for a while and I fancy re-familiarising myself with the series before attempting the TV show

also added to this will be My best friends exorcism (grady hendrix) bought with one of my ill-gotten vouchers today, as I was a huge fan of horrorstor and its play on the form of a novel, although it did terrify me slightly – still the summer holidays should give me plenty of daylight hours to attack it in.

If you can think of any other great novels, comics, or manga that should be added to this list let me know in the comments either on my page or on this blog, I’m always up for a reading suggestion



The girl with the white flag

I read this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review, thanks to Bloodhound books. I have rated the Girl with the White flag 4/5 stars on Amazon and Goodreads mostly because it won’t allow me to issue 3.5 stars which is the truer rating. The reason for the rating is because I don’t know what to think of this book, the story is well plotted and the character of Eddy Boyle is well developed and believable to some extent. This is a detective noir story, with the protagonist not being the most likeable of people. However the book itself had some issues for me, the Noir element felt a bit like a caricature of what Noir fiction should be. More who framed roger rabbit noir than anything written by Chandler or Hammett. This style of writing just didn’t work for me and spoiled some of my enjoyment of the book, this however is an entirely personal thing and as I have discussed above the book is well crafted and well plotted. The ending is a little scooby doo esque but works with the format of the story itself.
The difficult past of the protagonist is well handled but other than providing him with motivation doesn’t add that much to the story, so maybe didn’t need to be discussed as much as it did. The interaction between all the characters was well written and I like that none of the characters were overly likeable. I think that this added well to the story and made it much more credible. If you are a fan of Hardboiled noir fiction than this could be the book for you.