BOOK REVIEW | BLINK AND YOU DIE BY LAUREN CHILD

Title: Blink and You Die

Author: Lauren Child

Series Number: 6

Publication Date: May 1, 2017

Genres: YA mystery, thriller.

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins NZ in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: 

Say goodbye to Ruby Redfort: every smart kid’s smart kid. The mind-blowing conclusion to the thrilling series by award-winning author Lauren Child.

Ruby Redfort: undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius – you can count on her when the ice starts to crack.

All good things come to an end… Ruby Redfort is running scared, a whole bunch of people want her dead and worst of all one of them is on her team. But just who is this agent of doom?

You can run, Ruby, but you can’t hide…

MIGHTYAPE | PAPERPLUS | WHITCOULLS

i’m going to be real honest here: i binge read the entire ruby redfort series in a week or two and i have no regrets.

i first heard about ruby redfort through an email from harper collins. i randomly requested blink and you die to review, and when i actually googled the book i thought i’d hate it. the author has written many children’s books, and because of that, i assumed that the ruby redfort series would be to immature and i wouldn’t like it. boy was i wrong. i haven’t read such a good series in so long. i would like to personally thank kelly, from harper, for this book because damn. it’s not everyday you read a book that has such an impact on you.

the first thing i’d like to point out in this review, that yes: this is a young adult series! just because the author mainly writes for children doesn’t mean they can’t branch out to older groups.

second, (and this one’s very important okay): if you like ally carter’s books then you should’ve read ruby redfort yesterday. no excuses. (seriously though, get on it already).

i rated this book 4 stars when i first finished it. it’s been a week and i kinda want to rate it higher. like 10 stars higher. god bless good books.

blink and you die isn’t the strongest book in the series. it was good, don’t get me wrong. the plot was amazing, like always. it was complex, with many different twists. there are some mystery books where you figure out what’s going to happen 100 pages before it does; then there’s books like ruby redfort. and of course, anything by ally carter.

i can’t believe ruby is only 13. i’m turning 21 soon and i’d never be able to do some of the things that she’s doing.

at the start of the series, ruby is fairly immature. she’s reckless and she doesn’t think. (she actually thinks too much if you ask me, but she has no sense of safety). she just does things and hopes to not die. towards the end of the series, i respect her more. she realises the world doesn’t revolve around her all the time (but it does like ninety two per cent of the time, you can count on that). she still takes a lot of things for granted, but she respects those around her a lot more.

hitch is one of my favourite characters. (i’m not going to lie here, i totally didn’t think he was going to end up being a bad guy), (okay that’s a lie. i suspected him at one point).

can we just stop and appreciate the male / female relationship that wasn’t romantic!!!!!! clancy and ruby, the bestest of pals. they could go romantic in the future, but i loved how they were friends and that was that.

and. the parents?! ruby’s parents are so bloody clueless, i love it. they don’t know half of what’s going on with their own daughter but they love her no matter what, and are so supportive of her. a lot of YA books completely neglect the parents, but i really enjoyed the family dynamic, including that with hitch and mrs digby. everyone’s so kind to one another.

 the ruby redfort series deserves more attention. i wish more people read these books. so. damn. good.

PSA: in case i haven’t mentioned it enough, go read look into my eyes (ruby redfort #1).

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