Brendan Reichs

Book Review: Nemesis

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs – Published July 13th 2017 by Macmillan Children’s Books (first published March 21st 2017)

This is the last review I need to write to get back on track (finally!) It’s only going to be brief I’m afraid, though!
I love Kathy Reichs, especially her Virals series, and naturally thought I would enjoy this, too. And I did, to a degree – just not as much as I had expected to. The book alternates between two narrators, Noah and Min. They don’t seem to have that much in common, except that every other year, on their birthday, they are both murdered. They then wake up in different places the next morning, alive and well.
I will not go into too much depth on this, but it’s probably quite obvious that this odd occurrence freaks both kids out. And of course, they want to know what the heck is going on, and why it’s happening to them. Their paths eventually cross, and they discover that they are both ‘Betas’ in a secret project.
It was an intriguing storyline, and I am really interested to know more. But it was also a bit… I don’t know, my questions weren’t all answered. In fact, not many of them were at all. I also didn’t really connect with the characters as much as I did with Virals, so that was a shame.
Overall, I’m giving it 3.5 stars. Maybe one day I’ll continue reading the series, but it’s not really a priority.

Book Review: Terminal

Terminal by Kathy Reichs (Virals #5) - Hardback, 380 pages - Published March 26th 2015 by Arrow (Young)

Terminal by Kathy Reichs & Brendan Reichs (Virals #5) – Hardback, 380 pages – Published March 26th 2015 by Arrow (Young)

Terminal is the fifth book in the Virals series by Kathy Reichs. I know I’ve reviewed a ton of books in this series now, so I’ll try to keep this one relatively short!

The Virals gang are always getting into trouble. But this time, they have multiple severe problems to worry about: a rival pack and, worse, some mysterious black-suited men asking questions about them. Which was worse? Losing against the Trinity, or becoming a bunch of lab rats for some secret government agency?

First, Tory and her friends need to find out the identities of their opponents. While the first two seem to be somewhat easy to find, the third member of the Trinity – the mystery girl – brings quite a shock to every member of the Viral pack.

As usual, the Reichs’ bring tons of action, problem-solving and surprises in this Virals sequel. Nothing is certain: who are the Trinity? Who are these mystery detectives? Will this be their last adventure? 

I said I’d keep this short, so I’ll try to wrap this up now. I love this series. I’ve been looking forward to this book for ages, and I definitely was not disappointed. As well as the two main problems the pack is facing, Tory has another issue; multiple boys are after her, and she doesn’t know who she wants. I love how this book has teenage humour to it, a little bit of romance – the perfect amount, in my opinion – and tons of unexpected plot twists. 4 stars for Terminal!


Book Review: Exposure

Exposure by Kathy Reichs & Brendan Reichs (Virals #4) - Paperback, 432 pages - Published September 11th 2014 by Arrow (Young)

Exposure by Kathy Reichs & Brendan Reichs (Virals #4) – Paperback, 432 pages – Published September 11th 2014 by Arrow (Young)

I know you’re probably getting fed up of me reviewing every book in this series, so I’ll (try to) keep this short.

Oh my God. This is definitely my favourite book in the Virals series so far. The Virals gang is drawn into yet more trouble, putting Tory and her new best friend in severe danger. Her relationship with Ben is wobbly, after the whole Gamemaster situation and his admission to certain feelings toward his packmate.

As usual, this book has the perfect mix or crime, problem-solving, adventure, humour, teenage input and a hell of a lot more. A strong 4.5 for this book! Can’t wait to read the final book in the series, Terminal.

Read my reviews on the first three books: Virals, Seizure and Code.

Book Review: Code

Code by Kathy Reichs & Brendan Reichs (Virals #3) – Paperback, 416 pages – Published October 10th 2013 by Arrow

This is the third book in Kathy Reichs’ Virals series. Code follows the familiar gang of kids on yet another wild adventure – one far more sinister that it first seems. Do they have what it takes to complete each challenge they are faced with, before the countdown ends? Only time will tell.

Tory is stuck in the middle of Ben and Jason, close friends of hers between which tensions are boiling high. They’d never got on, but things are getting serious. Tory is determined to discover the link between them, the reason for their hateful words and behaviour towards each other.

Along with this and the pressing issue of codes and puzzles yet to be solved, Tory must prepare herself for her débutante ball. She wasn’t looking forward to it in the first place, but it turns out to be far more eventful than any of the kids anticipated…

And to top it all off, the Virals are this close to discovering what could be the last remaining piece of information on their bizarre situation. What secrets were being held, so close yet so far?

There are tons of side-stories and plot-twists in this book, just as there was in the first couple of books. A very exciting series, with numerous links and discoveries to be made throughout. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book! 4 stars for this one.

Read my review for the first books; Virals and Seizure