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Thursday, 28 March 2013

*** Review*** Deadly Dare (The Deadly Dare Mysteries) by Malorie Blackman

In Deadly Dare , there's a new craze at Theo and Ricky's school. The rules are simple: write a dare, put it in the bag and take turns to pick one out. But on the night Ricky does his dare and enters the deserted warehouse, he disappears. What really happened to Ricky - and how much does new girl Angela know? Theo needs to find the answers before it's too late . . .

I’m choosing this because:

As I read this it’s still March... (Just about) and so it is still Malorie Blackman Month. Now let’s be honest I’ve read quite a few of her books so far and I’m not actually getting bored of them so hurray! I’m doing this month with AmyBookworm. I love the synopsis and the fact that there’s 3 stories in this book means that I’m in for triple the enjoyment! I’m also going to write 3 separate reviews. Otherwise I’ll get confused.

Judging a book by its cover:

Well it’s purple with the poison pen style writing that was on my copy of ‘Pig-Heart Boy’ (OMG!! I have matching covers!!!) and I have to say it’s really eye-catching!! I do love bright covers, they really brighten up bookshops everywhere!! I think it played a major part of me buying it. I love a good cover me!! So shallow, sometimes it can only lead to disappointment though...

Pricing the (possible) awesomeness:

Well.. You want a price... of course you do. I paid £2.50 and purchased it from my local British Heart Foundation charity shop (YAY!!! Helping those with heart issues!!). However You want to know about it new don’t you? Amazon have this for £4.49 paperback and £4.27 on Kindle. I got it cheaper... HA! 


Well, this is a story for younger readers so I wasn’t really sure if I’d like it but you know me, I’ll try anything once and I found myself to be pleasantly surprised. At 123(ish) pages, this is a very short story. So enjoyable though. The mystery begins early with a mysterious POV and then it just keeps going and shows no sign of letting up until we’ve solved our mystery. I liked that, it stopped me from getting bored and I get bored way too easily sometimes. Malorie Blackman has a way of writing for kids and it translates so well for me. The feel is completely to her YA books but equally as good.

Theo – He’s the character we’re with for the majority of the book. I like him, he’s an unlikely hero and I was really backing him (Get in a boy!! You show them what you’re made of!). He was a really nice character and I really couldn’t find a reason not to like him.

Angela – It’s hard to describe her without spoilers, I will try though!  The beginning of the story Angela appears to be a normal girl but as the story goes on it becomes apparent that her home life isn’t what she wants you to believe. She’s a nice girl but her secrets and sometimes foolish behaviour can get frustrating.

Ricky – Ricky is Theo’s best friend. He instantly appears protective of the ill Theo. I like this about him.  Although we don’t see much of Ricky, I have to say that he is definitely a character that I’d like to see more of.  From what we do see of him I will admit that I’m a fan of his. He handled what happened to him in this story very well and I hope that we get to see more of him in books 2 and 3.

Overall this is an enjoyable story.  Although it is aimed at readers younger than myself I found that didn’t matter. The actual mystery comes to the reader at an early stage and the developments follow thick and fast which is a great way of holding the reader’s attention too!  The writing is good enough that I didn’t find myself getting bored which  sometimes do when reading books for people who are younger than young adult.  The plot of the story refuses to let up until it’s revealed all of its secrets to the reader. Put all these things together and you have a great story for pre-teens that love to read. All kids should read. It’s and so much fun... way better than throwing snowballs at houses... oh sorry, off topic!

As I’ve said this is a very enjoyable short story, I would’ve finished yesterday but  had issues so couldn’t. I enjoyed it and I’m 22, so imagine how much the actual age range will adore it! I’d definitely give this to kids as it will keep them occupied and entertained. 

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