Monday, 20 October 2014

Review: Itchcraft by Simon Mayo

Title: Itchcraft
Author: Simon Mayo
Author Info: Website|Twitter
Series: Itch #3
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Double Day Children's
Publication Date: 11th September 2014

Tell Me About It
Exploding euros and exciting elements - join Itch, Jack and Chloe on their latest adventure.

Itchingham Lofte, teenage element hunter and unlikely hero, has had enough excitement to last him a lifetime. Stumbling across an unknown radioactive element and trying to keep it out of the hands of those who want to use it for their own ends was hard enough. But when a school trip to Spain ends in exploding currency and rioting locals, he knows that he has to continue to look for answers.

Itch knows the lives of those closest to him are at risk. He must track down a deadly enemy who will stop at nothing to take his vengeance . . .
My Thoughts
After just finishing Itch Rocks I was eager to jump back into his world and find out what more mischief he gets up to. This review will be quick and vague but will hopefully convey my thoughts on not only this boo, but also this series as a whole.

For starters I would like to say that the author, Simon Mayo, has definitely made science interesting, and once again he has wowed me with the different uses of the periodic table and their effects, and how they can be used for both good and bad.

Itchcraft starts off relatively calm compared to the previous books in this series, but do not be lulled into a false sense of security, once the story picks up we are taken on an explosive journey with Itch and his friends, and you never know what will happen next to this element hunter, or what surprises will be just around the corner. Your opinions and ideas about characters will be challenged,  making you have to rethink who you thought were the good guys, and who is really as evil as they can get.

The danger for Itch has only increased as the series has progressed, and Itchcraft sees Itch faced with a whole lot more danger and trouble than he ever thought, and now it is even threatening several lives. It wasn't until I finished the last page of the book that I felt like I could finally breathe somewhat easier, and even now I still don't think it was that easy to end it all.

This series has been consistently amazing, and is perfect for a little budding element hunter, and also for an adult to read and be thankful they don't have an element hunter themselves. As I said earlier, and possibly in previous reviews, Simon Mayo has made science fun, and I am so tempted to find videos online with some of these experiments in ;)

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