30. Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy

This was another book I got for my birthday, and I read it on Monday while the mountain weather was bad, the visibility was poor and the wind was high. I lost myself to the pages of this book while it snowed heavily outside and tried not to think about the skiing I was missing out on.

Synopsis (as taken from the back of the book) is as follows:

Ready for an adventure?

Arthur and Maudie Brightstorm are devastated by the news that their Father, a daring explorer, has died in a failed attempt to reach South Polaris. But a mysterious clue leads the twins to question the story they’ve been told. To find the truth, they must undertake the journey of a lifetime.

Ability to read – This was just the book I needed to distract me from the fact that I wasn’t skiing. You always feel slightly cheated when the weather is bad and the mountain closes, when you’ve come to ski and the story within these pages made me forget my sadness for a moment. I had no issue with reading this book, the language was uncomplicated and easy to understand. It was easy to get into the story and be able to understand what was happening. There was a natural flow to the story which kept me within the pages as I followed along with the story.

Characterisation – The twins, Arthur and Maudie, were interesting to read about because of their individual personalities and the loyal natures they had to each other. It was interesting to learn about their personalities and how they differed from each other. I had thought Maudie was the more dominent twin but through the story I realised it was Arthur.

The villain of the book was brilliantly crafted and kept me guessing for most of the book. I will be interested to see where the twins next cross paths with the villian.

Harriet Culpepper was a good addition to the people the twins interacted with. She bought a sense of protectiveness and safety to the story the twins were set upon. She acted as a friend and family member and kept the twins on the straight and narrow – mostly.

Visualisation – The detail and description in this book made it easy to visualise what was going on. I didn’t feel like I had to slow my reading down or take a moment or two to think before I could see what was happening. I got a clear picture of the Brightstorm’s world very early on into the story and that vision only grew the more I read of the book.

Uniqueness – Having just come from reading ‘Sky Circus’ by Emma Carroll, I was already prepared for an element of flying, however I haven’t experienced flying quite like this since ‘Treasure Planet’ the animated film from 2002. I thought premise of going on an adventure to find out the truth of what happened wasn’t exactly original, I recently read ‘Explorers’ of Witch Mountain’ by Alex Bell which followed a similar premise, but I did think that the layers of story were original. There were elements to this that I hadn’t come across before and I enjoyed it enough to be invested in what the characters do next.

Hannah xoxo

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