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Cogheart - Peter Bunzl (book review)


Book: Cogheart
Author: Peter Bunzl
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk, Children's
Published By: Usborne
Published Year: 2016

My Review:
Having received a copy from Netgalley in return for an honest review I was happy to have been able to give this a read. The book captured me with it's blurb and with it's beautiful cover.

Cogheart is about a girl who is told that her father has gone missing and  everyone thinks that he is dead over a machine called Cogheart. Not knowing anything about this but with the police trying to capture her and having killed in the past in order to get their hands on it will Lily be able to get herself to safety and find out the truth about the Cogheart and what happened to her father?

I don't usually read steampunk novels so I was excited to read into a genre in which I am not used to. I thought by also having it as an adventure book that this would keep me really engaged with the book and have me unable to put it down. However although this did happen some things about the novel did not appeal to me which left me rating it lower than I wish I had.

I really liked that Cogheart let me into a world which was set in the past but one that I was already aware of. By doing this it let me get into the story a lot easier than trying to create a whole new world from scratch. Having Lily be with someone who is trying to take her life apart forcing her to try and escape was something in which I really liked as it made the character feel more in danger and more isolated even though she becomes friends with a boy who is trying to help her. I thought by also showing how the children were stuck on who to trust made this have a lot more of a chilling atmosphere in the book and did keep me hoping that the main characters would be safe and find the answers in which they were looking for.

However, this book unfortunately started to lose my attention throughout it and at the ending of the book seemed to repeat itself (however this could possibly have been an editing error on the version I was reading). This did make me feel rather distant from the novel as I was just re-reading parts I already knew a couple of times. I also thought that there was not enough information on the different characters which did make it hard at various times to really understand why they were doing the actions and acting the way that they were. I also thought that the twist in the book was really obvious and did make me feel rather let down because of it, but didn't really take away from the story.

Overall, I thought that this book was a good read and one that children would really enjoy. As this is the first in a trilogy as well it has made me want to read more and delve deeper into the characters of the book in order to find out more about them as well as how they would progress. I would recommend this book to children and those who are looking for a book which is easy to read and one that is in a different genre than they might usually read.

My Rating: 3/5

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