Sunday 10 May 2015

Reviewed: June Jenson and the Shield of Quell by Emily Harper.

June Jenson and the Shield of Quell was published on April 16, 2015.

Thank you to Charlotte @ CandleLit for sending me a copy of this book to review for the blog tour.

Emily Harper writes the kind of fast-paced, witty and quirky novels that always leave me with a smile on my face. June Jenson and the Shield of Quell was no exception to that, but a little bit different and my favourite of her novels so far. So, where do I start? This is a hugely action-packed book and it's all kinds of ridiculous, in the best sense. I didn't get chance to catch a breath with all the crazy happenings, one after another, but I raced through this novel and I can't wait to hear more from the adventures of June Jenson.

June Jenson believes her lifetime (or, six month) ambition has been fulfilled, when she gets to join the very secret Alliance. Her job will be to guard important, priceless artefacts, which she has a lot of interest in, being a history professor and all. She's excited, even though she has no real idea what she's getting herself into. Each member of the Alliance has a certain role to fill and June soon discovers hers: to protect the Shield of Quell, the Shield her grandfather was once accused of stealing many years ago. When the Shield once again goes missing, the finger is pointed at June and her grandfather but this time, she's not about to let things lie. Cue the crazy...

Emily has created a brilliant set of characters which really lift this novel and made me love it. Each character on this wacky journey with June has their own appeal, quirky, charming but not your traditional kind of characters. They're very entertaining and I found myself laughing at their antics the whole way through. Firstly, there's June, who is the kick-ass protagonist not afraid to stand up for herself but also not full of herself either. She's clever, resolute, brave and inspired - her love of history is obvious, in a way it defines her but there's so much more to her character too. She spends a lot of time looking after the Professor, her grandfather, sometimes more time than she hopes for. He has early onset Alzheimer's but the nurses are less than enthusiastic about taking care of him. His obstinate nature and refusal to wear trousers probably doesn't do him any favours, but I think I absolutely loved his character. He was at times hilarious, with all the lines he came out with and all his demands and quirks. Also involved in this mad story was Griffin, the taxi driver who somehow ends up involved, out for what he can get or is he actually a decent guy? I wasn't sure. Then there's Dr Cooke, whose banter with the Professor cracked me up on several occasions. Every character was developed so well and I was won over by them all.

I just loved June Jenson and the Shield of Quell. I don't want to give any of the story away, but it's a bit of a mystery full of relentless (and mad) action which was so much fun to read. It's fresh, energetic, exciting and very amusing. I had my suspicions about where the story was going to go but the end result is not really what mattered here, more the wonderful entertainment that kept me turning the pages as quickly as possible to see what the author could possibly bring us next. And she did not disappoint.

Crazy, ridiculous and over-the-top yet an all-out brilliant novel with a great heroine in June Jenson.

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