When my friend and colleague Carrie Gelson reviewed Hostage Three by Nick Lake on her blog, I didn’t hesitate to request it from the public library. Carrie and I often love the same books and I looked forward to reading realistic YA fiction. A gripping tale about a young woman who is kidnapped and held for ransom by Somali pirates. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommended it as a read aloud to one of the grade 6/7 teachers.
After enjoying Hostage Three so much, I requested as many Nick Lake books as I could from the VPL. Here’s what I found:
The tale of a young Haitian man trapped in a building after the big earthquake is told with the story of Toussaint L’Ouverature, a Haitian man who led the slave revolt against the French. I enjoyed it, but not as much as Hostage Three. Some parts were confusing. Some of the Haitian speech I found challenging to hear in my head.
I was looking forward to another Nick Lake book and I do enjoy a good ninja story. Plus the cover is interesting. My nine year old kept asking me about it. The blood is pretty realistic looking. I didn’t read any reviews or even the blurb on the jacket so I was really surprised when one of the ninjas turns out to be a vampire. Actually, all the ninjas are vampires. I kept thinking, “Am I really reading a ninja-vampire combo book?” I didn’t abandon it, but I’m not bothering with #2 or #3 in the series.