2020 · Blog Tour · Book review

Book Review: Breaker by AnneMarie Allan @aldhammer @cranachanbooks @lovebooksgroup #Breaker

It’s a pleasure today to be sharing my review for Breaker by AnneMarie Allan as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Kelly of Love Books Tours for the invite and Cranachan Books for the book.

About the book

An environmental disaster. An undersea adventure.

Tom and Beth are not happy when they move to Scotland and find themselves facing a rainy, windswept beach, a house that’s falling to pieces, and a school full of strangers.

But when an oil tanker crashes into the Bass Rock, their small seaside town is shaken to its core and Tom and Beth suddenly find themselves in a race to rescue the local sea life and save their new community from environmental catastrophe…
Breaker is available to purchase now – Cranachan publishing

The first thing I want to talk about is the fantastic cover for Breaker, it’s full of little details from under the sea and I think it really stands out. It doesn’t stop there though with each chapter having a little drawing of a sea creature at the start which I loved.

We meet Beth and Tom, twins who have moved to North Berwick and are staying in a house that you could say is a little run down and needs a lot attention. They’re really not too happy about this and being the new kids in town are both wanting to make friends and try and fit in.

When an oil tanker collides with a rock and punctures a hole the seaside town comes alive and the threat of an oil spillage is imminent but can it be stopped before it causes major devastation?

Breaker is aimed at children aged between eight and twelve and I’m not going to divulge how old I am but I am way out of that age bracket but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved Beth and Tom, they both really stick up for each other and look out for each other but have their own friends and interests. Another character that I loved was Professor MacBlain, he’s a bit eccentric and strange but fantastic.

The first half of the book is very much character building and scene setting. It’s written perfectly and let’s the reader really visualise everything and everyone so when the adventure kicks in it’s all well formed and almost plays like a movie in your head.

The core of this story is about the environment, it’s educational in a fun way and I think many children will be able to take something away from it, even something small can help in a big way.

Breaker is a fun filled story, it has suspense, brilliant characters and a beautiful setting. I’d love to read more about Beth, Tom and Professor MacBlain, I think this would make a great series as I’m sure they could find a lot more adventures in North Berwick. I’ll definitely be keeping my copy of the book safe for my wee one when she’s older, I can’t wait to read it to her and I hope I can instil some of the qualities Beth and Tom have on keeping the environment safe.

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About the author

Annemarie Allan’s first published novel, Hox, won the 2007 Kelpies Prize and was shortlisted for both the Scottish Children’s Book of the Year and the Heart of Hawick book awards. Her third novel, Ushig, a fantasy based on Scottish myths and legends, was shortlisted for the 2011 Essex Children’s Book Award.

She writes for both adults and children and her novels and short stories range from fantasy and science fiction to historical and contemporary fiction, taking their inspiration from the landscape and culture of Scotland, both past and present. Annemarie lives in Prestonpans, near Edinburgh.

About the publisher

At Cranachan Publishing we focus on sourcing the finest, freshest writing so that we can produce books that our readers will want to devour in one sitting.

Making sure that Cranachan serves up mouth-watering books, Anne Glennie, as the founder and director, is head of the clan. With a degree in English Language and Literature, she has always been passionate about reading, learning and books.

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