Wednesday, February 24, 2010

First Clues Review: Malice by Chris Wooding

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Malice by Chris Wooding

Malice by Chris Wooding
The Malice Series

Scholastic (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0-545-16043-X (054516043X)
ISBN-13: 978-0-545-16043-8 (9780545160438)
Publication Date: October 2009
List Price: $14.99

Review written by Karan, a 6th grade student. Date of review: February 2010.

Review: Malice is real, and it’s deadly, and it’s written by Chris Wooding! “Once you get into the story, there’s no way out.” Everyone’s heard the rumors about Malice. If you gather 6 different items, and say the “words” 6 times, you will be whisked away by Tall Jake (the bad dude) into a whole new world, where the only things that exist are death and darkness. Oh, and did I tell you that all this horrifying stuff takes place in a COMIC! It’s a world that few know about … and even fewer survive.

Seth and Kady, two friends think it’s all a joke, but when their best friend Luke disappears after saying the chant, Seth and Kady don’t laugh at it anymore. But their friend said it as a joke, that’s not fair; to Tall Jake it is though. He doesn’t care, when you call him, he comes, when you say “… take me away” he will take you away! It’s his job, to horrify people, but it’s your job to stay alive. Inside of Malice is classified information, the only thing I could tell you is, to stay away from it, take it out of your brain or else you either get the time sucked out of you or you get eaten alive by a clockwork keeper and many other “creatures”! But I’ve already told you TOO MUCH, go for yourself if you want to find out! IT’S MALICE. YOU CAN’T ESCAPE.

Malice is horrifying, but who said horrifying isn’t the new cool??? I know I didn’t! This book written and drawn by Chris Wooding is one of the best part novel/part comic books I’ve ever read! My favorite part is when Seth, Kady and Justin are fighting the huge music monster and Seth kills it with the bow and arrow. This book is very amusing; I just couldn’t put it DOWN! It is amusing because of two main things, one, its characters have come alive, unless I’m seeing things, that’s how much Mr. Wooding has worked on Malice, putting imagery, and suspense and a good setting! Oh, also the setting is also very well developed in the story, the author made Malice real even though it’s a fake world of monsters and death, oh!, and also darkness! Malice deserves a 5 star rating for its entertaining action, suspense, and imagery. This book is first in a series and I can’t wait to read the second one titled Havoc!

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