Book Rainbow: Red Books Part 2

Back with some another insight into some of the books on my shelf with red spines or covers – see Part 1 here!


See the first four books in the red stack by clicking here.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

I have had this on my shelf for a while but have not yet read it. I already have a general idea of the story and have heard lots of people recommending the book and the TV series…will get around to it at some point!

Half Bad by Sally Green

Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

This is the first in a trilogy – I picked it up in my local library at first and went into it without any preconceptions. It is really original, the main character has a strong voice and it certainly doesn’t pull any punches. This was a great trilogy, but the ending of the final book didn’t sit right with me which has somewhat put me off recommending this series to others.


Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

Another hilarious and moving novel from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author in the country. A story of prejudice and acceptance, funny lists and silly words, this new book has all the hallmarks of David’s previous bestsellers.

Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma’s house. She’s the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn’t know about his grandma.
1) She was once an international jewel thief.
2) All her life, she has been plotting to steal the Crown Jewels, and now she needs Ben’s help…

David Walliams needs no introduction as the author feted to be following in the footsteps of Roald Dahl. Every one of his books has been a massive hit with the children I teach, with Gangsta Granny a particular favourite. Well worth a read!

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

(WARNING! Summary is for the third book in the trilogy!)

Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

I could probably have had the whole trilogy here (starting with A Darker Shade of Magic) but just included the last one in this picture. Despite the second book ending on a cliffhanger and being desperate to find out what happens, I have been putting off reading this for two reasons: One – I want to read it cover-to-cover, completely uninterrupted which is a rare luxury. Two: I don’t want this series to be over…

What did you think of these books – have you read any of them?

Would you like to read any of them?

Any favourites or some to give a miss?

More red books for your rainbow shelves coming soon – let me know some of the books in your shelves!


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