Liquidator by Andy Mulligan Review (No Spoilers)

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Thank you so much to David Fickling Press for sending me a press release copy of this book in exchange for and honest review. This does not affect my opinion, all opinions are mine only.

Title: Liquidator

Author: Andy Mulligan

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Comedy, Thriller

Pages: 416

My Rating: 4.5/5

LIQUIDATOR! The brand-new, delicious and wildly popular energy drink. “For those who wanna win!” The company that makes it is set to earn a fortune, with its global launch climaxing at an international rock concert that will SHAKE the planet. The only problem?An innocent child is dying. Meet Vicky and her class-mates – their work experience is about to spin totally out of control as they uncover a secret that could change the world. And put them all in mortal danger …From the award-winning author of TRASH comes an action-packed thriller full of danger, hilarity and – above all – friendship.

When I first got my hands on this book, my first impression was how intriguing the book looked as a whole. That sounds weird but honestly this book has the full package. Spread throughout this book are emails, posters, text conversations … Everything that is mentioned in the book is visually given and that is one of my favourite things ever. I love when a book has visual elements- it really adds to the whole experience! Also, I really liked the ‘spillages’ on every page. Seeing as this book is about a drink that may not be what it seems it was really fitting to have spillages of the drink everywhere. I found it so clever how the number of spillages on each character’s pages corresponded to their traits. That sounds confusing but you’ll understand when I talk about the characters.

Okay, plot. The whole pacing of the book was so, so fast because the story was just so fluid and easy to fly through. It made me feel really great that I managed to get through a 400 page book in three or four days. I loved the whole idea of setting the story around work experience, especially as I have already don’t some work experience and I will be doing it again next year. So I really related to the feelings that the characters, especially Vicky, felt- all the stress and the tiredness and just the general teenage feels. One of the really amazing things about this book is the speed at which we got into the action. Literally, there was action 50 pages in and it was actually crucial to the story line rather than early action that doesn’t mean much… I can’t really say too much more about the plot without giving away spoilers but just know it was such a fun, fast-paced read. A hell of a ride.

Yay! Let’s move on to my favourite part of the story which was the characters! When I first saw that this book was going to be written from no less than 10 perspectives, I was a little nervous because I sometimes find it really difficult to distinguish between different character voices- sometimes they just seem a little bit too similar to me. But here, it was as if every character was a real friend of mine and I was reading about a story they’d all been on together. Also, every single character was different. Take Vicky for example. I knew from the moment i started reading about her that she was the dominant one, the leader of the group. It was the fact that she had so many more chapters than anybody else that told me that. Edgar. I could tell that he was gay and that he had a crush on….. someone, I’m not going to say who- read it to find out! He was my favourite character because he gave me all the feels and he was just so adorable. I won’t comment on all ten characters but there are two more that deserve honourable mentions. First is Michael. Remember earlier when I said that the spillages on the pages represented each characters traits? Well Michael’s pages were completely clean if that tells you anything. I sussed him out to be the OCD, scared of everything child who wanted to be somebody but was brought up in such a way that he didn’t know how. And I was right, hopefully. Lastly is KatKat, wow she was a character. I think she was a little full of herself but didn’t exactly know it. She just had little touches. Like the way she named all her chapters dramatic things and no one else did. She made me giggle.

As you can probably grasp by now, there is a hugely eclectic mix of characters and character traits which I absolutely loved and gave the story a whole new dimension. Each character went on a completely different work experience but the way in which Andy Mulligan weaves it all together is practically ingenious. I loved his writing style and the way everything flowed so fluidly, it was just perfect. There was never a moment where I felt confused or as if the story was lacking in some sort of edge or plot twist. This book covers every genre and I had such a good time reading this.

Highly, highly recommended and I wouldn’t mind giving this a re-read some time in the future!

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27223936-liquidator

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The Territory by Sarah Govett Review (No Spoilers)

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5th June 2059

Noa Blake is just another normal 15 year old with exams looming. Except in the The Territory normal isn’t normal. The richest children have a node on the back of their necks and can download information, bypassing the need to study.

In a flooded world of dwindling resources, Noa and the other ‘Norms’ have their work cut out even to compete. And competing is everything- because anybody who fails the exams will be shipped off to the Wetlands, which means a life of misery, if not certain death.

But how to focus when your heart is being torn in two directions at once?

Once again, let’s start with the cover. I love this cover, I love the colours, the title, the meaning. Usually you’ll get a cover with a face or a girl- usually a girl- and it will have no significance to the story inside. But this cover bears so much resemblance to the story inside. I don’t want to say too much otherwise I’ll spoil the story and we don’t want that.

Anyway, enough of covers, I feel like my reviews all start with the same thing about covers. Maybe I need to read a book with bad cover. Then you’ll see what I have to say about that.

Just as a little side note, I am 15 years old and- like Noa- I also have exams looming. I’ve been reading way too much and not revising- I should fix that. This book has been relatable but terrifying at the same time. I found myself wanting to put the book down so I could revise but, at the same time, fighting with myself because this book was so good!

Sorry, I should’ve mentioned at the beginning what I thought about this book! Well I’m mentioning it now! This book was absolutely fantastic, completely captivating, utterly enthralling. Okay maybe I went a bit overboard then but honestly this book is amazing! I have never managed to read a book in a day but with this I read it straight through in one day and I am so proud of myself! I was up all night crying my eyes out over the ending which is the reason I didn’t post a review sooner…

When I started reading this book I didn’t think much of it and I was afraid I would have to post a negative review but honestly I have never been so happy to be proved wrong! The way Sarah Govett writes is so so unique! Her writing style keeps you captivated with what you think is a predictable storyline and then it just whisks you off and plays with your emotions. Honestly guys the feels were raw with this book, it literally left me sobbing and rolling around on the floor like a little baby. I have never been so affected by a book before…

I think the characters were my favourite part of the story. Each one was so different and they were all developed so well. Noa, for example, she was developed so well but I found some of her decisions so stupid and I was sat there screaming at my book because of her actions. I was so tempted to throw my book across the room and I would’ve except I love this book so so much! Another part of the reason I got angry at this book (in a good way) was Raf. I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers but honestly? I hated him. But I think Sarah Govett wanted us to hate him. I can just sense something is up with him. All I’m saying is I love Jack and Noa. End of story. Let’s talk about Daisy. Wow, she was a beautiful character. I loved how different all three of the friends are and that really just gave the story a lot more depth. Daisy was my favourite character after Jack.

Okay, let’s wrap things up! I loved this whole story, every single part of it was thought out so well and the storyline had such a great fluidity and the plot-twists were insane, they caught me off guard. I actually had to put the book down for a full minute to be able to comprehend how big the plot twists were. I loved every second of this book it was phenomenal. It left my crying and speechless and terrified for my exams. So, thank you Sarah Govett for making me believe I will die if I fail my exams. I cannot wait for the sequel, I can guarantee it will be incredible!

This is the first new book in a brand-new dystopian trilogy that comes out on the 14th of May, so go and pre-order it now!

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed my review! I will be back really soon for another post! Leave any suggestions for anything you’d like to see in the comments box down below! All my social media links are down below along with the Goodreads link for this book!

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