THE BLACKTHORN KEY | THE BLACKTHORN KEY #1

25995832The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Published by Puffin
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA, Adventure
For Fans of: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Lockwood & Co, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (yes. This one specifically)
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

London, 1665. Fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe is apprenticed to master apothecary Benedict Blackthorn. In Blackthorn’s shop, Christopher learns the delicate secrets of transforming simple ingredients into powerful medicines, potions and weapons. His beloved master guides him with a firm, steady hand—instilling in him the confidence and independence that prove increasingly vital as Christopher learns of a mysterious cult preying on the most learned men in London. The murders are growing closer and closer to home and soon Christopher is torn from the shop with only a page of cryptic clues from his master and the unambiguous warning—‘Tell no one.’

Helped by his best friend, Tom, Christopher must decipher his master’s clues, following a trail of deceit towards an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.


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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME – MARK HADDON

41bz6juMwiL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe Curious incident of the dog in the nighttime by Mark Haddon
Audio book Option: Presented by Recorded Books, an Unabridged Reading Narrated by Jeff Woodman
Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
Ratings: 3.5/5
Genre: Fiction, YA, Classic
Post Book Thoughts: Well that was strangely frustrating and fun at the same time

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for a fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbour’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened.
Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.


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