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Mystery – Audio Book Review: Death Cloud

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins

On a break from school, fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with an uncle and aunt he doesn’t know, while his father is stationed in India. After befriending an orphaned that his uncle doesn’t approve of, Sherlock is assigned a tutor, a fascinating American named Amyus Crowe. When two men in town are found dead from what looks like the plague, Sherlock is immediately suspicious. As Sherlock begins to investigate the strange clues left behind, he stumbles upon a nefarious plot and a ruthless man who sets his sights on young Sherlock.

Teenage Sherlock does not have many friends. He is bright, logical, and a natural at deductive reasoning. But his education with Amyus Crowe is a turning point in his learning and detection skills. Several details about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes little-known early life and family information are carried over into this new series debut.

The Justin Bieber look-a-like on the cover may only appeal to little girls, but mystery fans of all ages will appreciate this fast-paced adventure. Full of mystery, brilliant detection, drama, and intrigue – Death Cloud is an enjoyable and gripping tale of a beloved character’s coming-of-age. I’m excited to see further adventures of young Sherlock

This audio book is read by Dan Weyman, with a unique voice for each colorful character. Weyman’s clear and concise narration made for easy listening and added immensely to the tone of the story.

Sci-Fi – Fiction Book Review: The Roar

The Roar by Emma Clayton

Mika is the only one who doesn’t believe his twin sister is dead. Mika shares a unique bond with Ellie, who begins to show up in his dreams. When Ellie tries to escape her kidnappers, Mika feels her distress and becomes more convinced that he must find her. When the government provides a competition in the form of a flight simulation game, Mika is a natural. But he soon discovers that this is not a game to the government. And they have plans for Mika and his friends.

Mika and Ellie live in a dystopian future England where a plague infected all animals, and a wall was built around America and Europe, keeping out the animals. But the twins both learn the truth and the startling vast conspiracy. Clayton’s worldbuilding is fantastic; the imagery of the city is vivid. Though, more time could be spent on character development.

Fans of Ender’s Game will see similarities in this science fiction thriller. Full of adventure, suspense, and intrigue – this debut is exciting and engaging. The excitement builds to a cliffhanger ending that will leave readers wanting more. Clayton’s sequel The Whisper is set to release this February from Scholastic.