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A 16-year-old reviews The Passionflower Massacre and Sleepwalking

I was contacted a few months ago on Twitter by 16-year-old Charlea Harrison, who had read and loved Write to be Published (though it’s aimed at adults). I went to read her blog and was really impressed in loads of ways.  Anyway, one thing led to another (and a lot of tweeting!) and she wrote this wonderful review of the new ebook versions of The Passionflower Massacre and Sleepwalking.

Here’s Charlea:

“These two novels were the first that I had ever read as an eBook, and at first I was apprehensive as to whether the invaluable experience of reading would be the same without a hard copy. Luckily for me, I was presented with two books teeming with imagination, originality and loveable protagonists. What more could you ask for?

“The Passionflower Massacre had me gripped from the very start. I found the context extremely unique; I didn’t expect any excitement in a fruit picking farm at first. How wrong I was to judge! There were several moments during the book when my jaw literally dropped. I even once walked into a branch while walking to school because I was so absorbed in the book. I loved how it was split into parts, as well as chapters, to differentiate between the plot and sub-plot; for a while I couldn’t make out the significance of their connection, until the end, and I found it utterly brilliant; an extremely clever use of structure.

“As a dystopian novel, I knew that Sleepwalking would need to have a great amount of imagination to be successful, and it definitely had that, and more. The world of the Citizens and the Outsiders is intricately described to a perfect level of understanding for the reader to avoid confusion, yet maintain an air of mystery about the world. I loved how it dealt with the theme of identity, self discovery and acceptance, and clearly showed significant progression in the characters’ identities throughout the book. Most of all, I adored the way language and stories are presented throughout the book. From the references to books such as Nineteen Eighty-Four (which is one of my favourite ever books – interestingly, another dystopian novel) to the beautiful poem recited by Livia’s mother, I was engrossed in the way Nicola Morgan described language and its role and effect on the world.

“Overall, these are two truly great novels which I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to read. I would, without a doubt, recommend this eBook to every young adult, and even adult. It will take your imagination on a rollercoaster.”

THANK YOU, Charlea!

I like to encourage young writers as well as readers, so do go and look at and maybe comment on her blog – but do also leave a comment for her here.

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2 Responses

  1. That’s a very thoughtful review, nicely expressed, Charlea. I agree that adults will also enjoy these books – I read both as an adult and enjoyed them as much as you evidently did.

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