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Blog Tour – The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs

The Inventory: Iron Fist by Andy Briggs (The Inventory #1)

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The Rules: if you find a secret inventory of utterly deadly battle tech.
1) Do not try it.
2) Do not tell anyone.
3) Do NOT let thieves in behind you.

What’s more secret than top-secret? The Inventory. Home to the deadliest inventions the world isn’t ready for. Invisible camouflage. HoverBoots. Indestructible metals. Plus a giant creature of chaos: war robot Iron Fist. No one has ever broken past the state-of-the-art AI security system. (Seriously, most bad guys have no idea this stuff is even there.)
Problem 1: the security robot wasn’t ready for a gang of kids wandering in.
Problem 2: they’ve ONLY brought the ruthless Shadow Helix gang in behind them. Seriously dumb, but it’s a bit late for ‘sorry’.
Say hello to trouble: the Iron Fist is in the wrong hands!

Title: The Inventory: Iron Fist (The Inventory #1)

Author: Andy Briggs
Release Date: 5th May 2016
Genre: MG Sci-Fi / Adventure
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Paperback
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29919809-the-inventory
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Iron-Fist-Inventory-Andy-Briggs/dp/1407161792

My Review

4/5 stars

Thank you very much to Faye Rogers for organising this blog tour, and to Scholastic for the copy of this book.

Iron Fist is a Middle Grade novel about a boy called Devon, who lives with his uncle at The Inventory, a store of the world’s most dangerous objects. He’s unpopular and bullied at school, and then he gets trapped in The Inventory, with his bully, Mason, and a girl, Lot. Not only that, they’re trapped in there with invaders, who are there to find the Iron Fist.

Dev and his unlikely friends go from zone to zone, each zone getting more and more dangerous – knocking something over could kill them all, as they’re pursued by the invaders.

If you’re wondering what reading this book is like, the way I would describe it is an episode of Doctor Who (like a really good one you don’t want to end, probably David Tennant era) crossed with… I definitely had a TV programme in mind, but I’ve completely forgotten… but Doctor Who should probably cover it (without aliens, but with super cool technology).

I loved the technology element to this book – even though it’s Middle Grade, I felt it didn’t skimp on super cool inventions, and science – and there was a good mix of male and female characters (not sure if it passes the Bechdel test, but there are female characters, at least).

This book is full of twists and turns, and so many dead ends and plot twists – I didn’t see the ending coming, but it also didn’t feel out of place.

This is the first book in the series, and I felt the book ended well, and setup for future books.

Overall, a fast-paced, fun MG rollercoaster, and one you should definitely give a shot (especially as I will be giving a copy away – see pinned tweet on my Twitter (@annalisebooks)).

Author Information

Andy Briggs is a screenwriter, producer and author of the Hero.com, Villain.net and Tarzan series. Andy has worked on film development for Paramount and Warner Bros, as well as working with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee and producer Robert Evans. With a strong social media following, Andy tours the UK regularly, doing festival, school and library events.

Website: http://www.andybriggs.co.uk
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/aBriggswriter



Tour Schedule

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my stop on the Iron Fist blog tour (I certainly have!) and don’t forget to enter the giveaway (see pinned tweet on my Twitter (@annalisebooks)).

Annalise x

Review: Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Murder Most Unladylike
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t, really.)

But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident – but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there’s more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.

Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?

First off, a little disclaimer: I’m older than the target audience for this book, but I’ll try not to let that cloud my judgement!

I picked up Murder Most Unladylike in Blackwells in Oxford, which, as it happens, turns out to be where Murder Most Unladylike was actually written. I’ve heard so much about these books (and the rate that Robin Stevens is churning them out at), that I thought I should give them a go, despite them being MG (Middle Grade).

I love the setting for these books (1930s England, not too far from Oxford) and I love mystery novels – this one kept me guessing until the end.

The characters here are flawed – Hazel questions herself, and Daisy is bossy and a little mean. Daisy being portrayed as a beautiful quintessentially English girl – and everyone loving her for it – sat a little uncomfortable for me, and a little unrealistic. I liked that Hazel was from Hong-Kong rather than stereotypically British.

Something I liked was that homosexuality was accepted – although I’m not sure whether this would be accurate for the time and lesbian relationships featured a lot more heavily that straight relationships (then again, it is set in a girls boarding school). There seemed to be a few facts that seemed to me a little historically inaccurate.

Overall, a fun little read with a thrilling mystery, perfect for MG readers.

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Annalise x

Review: The It Girl by Katy Birchall

The It-Girl
The It-Girl by Katy Birchall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First I’d like to thank @Chelleytoy and @EMTeenFiction for the book – I received this book during a talk at YALC on Book Blogging. Thank you so much!

The It Girl is probably not a book I would have bought myself, simply because it’s been a while since I was an awkward 14 year old (I am now an awkward 21 year old, thank you very much). However, once I got into it, this book was really enjoyable, and I related a lot to Anna. The characters are likeable, with flaws (and yes, this is a good thing – they became more real) and very relatable.

Anna is a great character, and the perfect teenager who is trying to find her way, making mistakes along the way – which makes for great reading. I think everyone can probably see some part of themselves in Anna. Her relationships with the other characters are one of the highlights of the book, and I particularly enjoyed the family dynamic – dealing with divorced parents and a new stepfamily. I felt that Anna reacted how I would react, and as such, she is a realistic character with believable actions.

The format of the book is mainly regular chapters, with emails dotted throughout the book to and from various characters. This book was easy to read, and the format broke up the book and made it a little more fun

Overall, a really enjoyable read, whether you’re looking for something aimed at the younger YA market because you’re a younger reader, or you want a fun, light read that’ll make you feel nostalgic and cringe a little at your younger self.
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