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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!

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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: Virals

Virals by Kathy Reichs - Hardback Cover

Virals by Kathy Reichs – Hardcover, 464 pages – Published May 12th 2011 by Arrow (Young)

Virals is the first book I have read by Kathy Reichs. The majority of the story is written from the viewpoint of 14-year-old Tory Brennan, the niece of Bones star Temperence Brennan, with a few chapters following a different character (or group of characters).

Tory and her friends face a series of challenges after unearthing some incredible mysteries on their beloved Loggerhead Island – where many of their parents work at LIRI, an animal research facility. At first glance, this book may seem like a typical kids-solving-problems kinda tale, which I feared at first, but it turned out to be far more. Due to the young gang of characters that lead this story, many younger readers will be able to relate to their troubles in the way that they are fed up of being looked down on by adults, with their revolutions and discoveries always being deemed as “childish ideas” or somewhere along those lines. The teen female protagonist also brings a lot of relatable content in the form of her language, actions and thoughts. However, Tory may be too young a protagonist for some readers.

One thing I really liked about this book was the scientific element. I’ve recently developed a love for crime novels and forensics, and this book has elements of both. It includes a decent amount of terminology and information rather than dumbing it down for “kids”. For some, this may not be such a good thing as it may be harder to understand or become emerged in, but I personally appreciate it. (Plus, I managed to use it as an excuse for reading instead of completing schoolwork. I mean, I was technically learning stuff, right?)

Another debatable aspect of Reichs’ writing style is the modernism. Again, I think this will appeal to the younger generation as they are accustomed to it, but there may be some readers who are not so keen on the modern terms and descriptions.

There were a few typos and mistakes that I noticed, but nothing hugely terrible. The writing is mostly quite to-the-point, which I wasn’t sure about at first, but it did grow on me as I read on. There were also some wonderful details and descriptions, though some aspects seemed a little repetitive. (I don’t know, maybe I’m just picky.)

Overall, Virals is a gripping, adventurous book that any science-nut or crime-lover should surely enjoy. It’s quite long at 454 pages, and the plot-line definitely thickens with each chapter. Seemingly individual story lines entwine later in the book to create a complicated, exciting scenario full of twists and surprises. I’m giving this book 3.5/4 stars out of 5, and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Seizure.

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