The Thirteenth Reviews

Keeley Twycross aged 14: Well I have just finished this book and it is great. My favourite character is Val because she goes on different adventures. I also like this book because I like that Val goes on an adventure in every chapter. My favourite part is when Val and Delta are involved in the car crash and Val doesn’t get hurt. That bit was strange but as I read on it got better and better and I understood what was happening throughout the book. I rate it 10/10 and I recommend it to teenagers 13 and older. It was a great book.

George, aged 14: I got the books when I went to Waterstones to get some books to go on holiday with and met Georgia Twynham. She explained about her books and said about how if you liked Harry Potter you would like this. As a massive Harry Potter fan I decided to buy both the Thirteenth and The Turncoats. The moment I started reading I was immediately drawn into the book. Before i knew it I had finished The Thirteenth and was happy that I had also got The Turncoats. I immediately delved into The Turncoats and now I anxiously await the release of the third book. Both books have a great story that never seems to die down and always keeps you thinking what will happen next. With some great characters and a great plot this is an amazing series so far and I would be willing to pay money to say that the rest will be just as good as the first two.

Rebecca J. M. S: The Thirteenth is a book that if I had never walked into Waterstones the day I did instead of staying at home, I would never have picked it up! I’m glad I went to Waterstones! The Thirteenth is a brilliant book about a girl called Valerie Saunders who works in a bookshop. Though, she sounds like a normal girl, she’s far from it. She has an unwanted tatoo, but that’s not all! She’s also got magical powers which keep taking her on anventure, though that makes it sound pleasent, these adventures aren’t. This book has a lot of twists and turns, but biggest one comes at the end (like all good books). It had me re-reading the pages just to make sure I hadn’t missed something or read it wrong!!! I can’t wait to read the 2nd one and get my hands onto the 3rd book!!! This book had me gripped! :-D
Jackie Hunter: Georgia Twynham is the self-published author of the new Thirteenth series. I met Georgia while she was signing books in Waterstones, Nottingham toward the end of 2010. I liked the sound of it so off I toddled with my signed copy of The Thirteenth. I hurried to finish my then current read, and was then falling into the pages of this fabulous book! It’s a teen/young adult read (I’m a teen in the making at 39!!), with Supernatural happenings, and plenty of twists too. It’s a fast paced book which throws the heroine into the deepend from the off. Val Saunders, is a fantastic heroine, she is always in the thick of the action, and when things don’t go quite right and she gets knocked and bumped, she just picks herself up and dusts herself down, and gets back on with it. Val has plenty of friends to help her along as well as enemies, some quite unsuspected. In all for me a fantastic first novel and start to a series, that any one any age will enjoy, a real page turner. Can’t wait for the rest!!

Rosemary: Santa brought my 11 year old daughter, who is an avid reader, both your books for Christmas. She is now well on her way through ‘The Thirteenth’ and stated this morning that it is the BEST BOOK EVER!!! Thank you we await your third book :-)

From Matthew aged 9. Received both books for Christmas and have just finished the Thirteenth. I thought it was emotionally fantastic and can’t wait to read the Turncoats.

Review from Chris Clarke of Waterstone’s Cornhill Ex-Arcade Store Lincoln.

It is not often that a self-published novel, which has managed to get on the shelves of your local Waterstone’s becomes a word of mouth success. Read more> Opens in a new window. PDF format. (Requires Adobe Reader to view).

Georgina Carr from her blog

It was really good, I mean really, really good. The idea behind the story is perfect, it is something I have never come across before and it is something I thoroughly enjoyed. It is well structured and doesn’t feel like it has lost its rails at any point which is good for a first novel.

The ending had a twist and I was surprised by it, which doesn’t often happen, this was a good thing because it was the sort of surprise that had clues and it could have been guessed at but I certainly didn’t guess, it didn’t come out of nowhere and yet was enough of a twist for me not to have sussed it out, which considering the amount of detective fiction I read is impressive.
Obviously I don’t want to ruin it, but it is really difficult not to tell you what happens so I will just give you a snippet of the first of the crazy things that I mentioned last time.

Well, Val as I mentioned wakes up with a tattoo on her arm and as I mentioned she manages to make water suspend as a ball in the air at a boiling temperature, well what I didn’t mention is that she does this after one of the symbols for the tattoo starts burning and she then sees someone in trouble in a piece of glass. When she touches the glass she gets transported to where that person is and has to use her powers of manipulating the elements in order to save the person. After she saves the person, the symbol disappears!

This happens several times and Val faces all sorts of situations and meets new people who become her scooby gang and we begin to learn that there are people out to get her who are causing the danger. I wont say any more, but it is always nice to know that a book has a villain in it.

The best bit? The ending is lined up for there to be more books!! I really hope she carries the story on because I really liked Val and her friends, I want more. There aren’t many books that I immediately want there to be more of, Harry Potter and Twilight were two of the main ones, and defiantly the books in the True Blood franchise, but these are things that are already established, this isn’t and I still want more.

A good thing to note which I realise a lot of parents of teenaged children worry about is obviously sexual content, there isn’t anything more then a kiss in this so far, so that isn’t something to get anxious over. There is obviously the age old message of “with power comes responsibility” (which for some reason that I can never quite fathom some parents seem to want to protect their children from) but I think that the choices that Val has to make in this book are the sort of choices that wouldn’t directly affect most children, but are ones which they can find parallels with, and in turn this would teach them the value of many things in their lives.

Working at Waterstone’s showed me just how difficult it is for a parent to judge the content of books in that way, that’s why us booksellers are so required, and this is definitely ok for audiences of around 14/15+ I would say, which in itself is quite strange for a book where the main character is 18 years old.

So if you fancy a bit of an actiony/fantasy adventure then I would give it a go, or if you have a friend or relative that is into teen fantasy stuff this would also be a good one for them, I am already lending it to my younger sister.

Marie: Oh my lordy lord! Totally addicted to this book, Georgia you’re a genius! I’m currently half way through; it’s very addictive I have to say.

Loving how it grips you and how it gets straight into the action right from the start.
Clever writing…………. anyway off now to read some more.

Kerstie: finished the book last night it’s brilliant and can’t wait for the next one. I loved Harry Potter and your book is definitely on the same level and a great read and will certainly have a cult following.

Tasha: Mum’s just finished the book and can’t stop raving about it, she loves it, can’t wait till the next one comes out. She’s passed it on to me to read now. Will tell you what I think when I finish it xx

Cindy: Just finished the book. WOW !! What an amazing read. I have loved every page. Well done Georgia. Only problem now is waiting for the next one.

Paul: What a fantastic book, it’s the first book I have read in less than 2 weeks. Once I picked it up I didn’t want to put it down. Cannot wait for book 2 I loved it!

Jessica: OMG! Got it Christmas day and just finished it, only downside is that I haven’t got a book number 2 to read, hurry up Georgia, you should be so proud, it’s a great book.

Libby: I got your book for Christmas and it is amazing I did not want to put it down :) I can’t wait for book 2 :) I am trying 2 read it fairly slowly so I won’t have as much time 2 wait for book 2 but so far it isn’t working I am looking forward to carrying on the book in a bit later today :) x thanks a lot for bringing out your book xxx

Donna: finished the book and it was brilliant. Couldn’t put it down, ready for the next one please, well done.

Leanne: Just finished the book. All I can say is wow, what a fantastic read. Roll on book no. 2! Xx
Sharon: Well Georgia, what a great read, I just couldn’t put it down. It’s got everything you need for a good book, gripping, intriguing and funny. One of the most enjoyable books I’ve read. Roll on book 2 x wishing you all best for a successful 2010 x

Jennie: Finally got the computer! Finished the book in a record 3 days, didn’t want to put it down .Never read such an addictive book with so many twists and turns, such a shock ending: some things I got right others never saw them coming. Hurry up and get the second book finished, can’t wait too long for the next installment.

Gaynor: Georgia you are a genius! The book was so wonderful and I really enjoyed it!
It totally gripped me throughout and the ending was immense.
I have to say, I found the book as brilliant, compelling and exciting as books I have read by established authors like Steven King and Dean Koontz! In my opinion you’re up there with them Georgia….. Well done you should be very proud. Book number 2 please, asap! xx

Yassmin: hahaaa after asking dad what he thought of your book I decided to type it up because it is ace and he reads looaads of stuff like this. The Thirteenth is the conversation of the household at the moment! There are copies of The Thirteenth everywhere!
me: ”are you liking Georgia’s book dad?”
dad: ‘I’m about half way through it and it’s easy to read, well written, the story flows at a great pace, the characters are really good, and it keeps you wanting to know what happens next, it’s great!!’
me: ‘ is it as good as Harry Potter??” (he loved it)
dad: ‘definitely! It really is exceptionally good’
after conversation: dad -‘ I can imagine it as a TV series!’

Vanessa: I’ve just finished and it was great, well done. It was easy to read and follow, something always kept happening to keep you gripped. Once I got going it was hard to put down as you needed to know what happens next, can’t wait for next one, you should be so proud…

Stuart: I’ve read a lot of sci-fi/ teenage fiction and this is up with the best of them. What’s special about this is it feels very British with a believable female lead character. The author captures everyday teenage life and entwines it with a fast paced fantasy/supernatural plot which keeps it grounded and enjoyable. Clever twists and surprises keeps you glued to the end and inevitably wanting more. It’s one of those books that can’t be put down, highly recommended.

Anna: very good first novel. Not only does it combine the supernatural, suspense and twists, but the author infuses the heroine with a warmth and humour that makes her impossible to dislike. A fast paced novel with a dry sense of humour that leaves you unable to put the book down and itching for the next installment. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Lisa: I was recommended this book by a friend. I’m so glad I bought it as it is the most riveting book I’ve ever read in my life. I couldn’t put it down until I had finished it. I am 35 years old and I didn’t think it would be a book for me as it is about an 18 yr old girl but WOW I was wrong, it has some great twists along the way. My 13 year old is now reading it and is enjoying it just as much as I did. Get ‘The Thirteenth’ it’s amazing!!!!

Camille aged 10: Val has a really good personality and I look up to her. I was day dreaming about the characters at school and could not stop thinking about the story! Your book is definitely in my favourite top 3.
What I love about the book is that there are so many adventures and mysteries so at the end of each chapter I really want to read the next one! I also thought that her mum and dad were really nice and caring to her!

I like how you have written it; normally I read in the 1st person but reading your book made me like the 3rd person even better! The story is fun and exciting and the characters are lovely so I now wish that I could have as cool friends! I have read it in 10 days in bed in the evening. The book also made me think of lots of different things that I had not ever thought before; like touching a mirror so you disappear into a new scenario (I had a little go at that!) and the fantasy made it sound real.

Debbie Barrett: 5 star. From the first moment I started reading this book I was hooked!! After the first chapter Georgia had drawn me so deeply in that I carried The Thirteenth everywhere with me till it was finished! The twists and turns that this rip roaring good story takes make it totally addictive reading and the characters really do become like friends. Well done Georgia, I loved it.

Samantha: 5 stars! Got the book 10am Saturday 20.3.10 and by 9.30am Sunday 21.3.10 I had finished it. The weekend started well with my 9yr old daughter reading me the first chapter on the couch. 24 hours later I had emerged from a brilliant story and waiting for the next instalment. I loved the story – the twists and turns and the fast pace. I would recommend this book to anyone and have done in the short time since I’ve read it. Not only is it a good story and an original but it is also a story I will read again and again.

Karen: Read the book on holiday and loved it. Once I started it I was glad I was on holiday since I couldn’t put it down and the twists and turns at the end are unexpected and imaginative. I can’t wait for the next one in the series.

Nancy: I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. It has a surprising twist in the end and something changes every time you turn a page; you never know what’s coming next. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading and can keep up with a storyline. I can’t wait for the next book to come out, to find out more about the adventures of Val. x

Lucy: Well I just finished the book and I found it absolutely AMAZING!!! It was truly gripping and ‘the mother of all page turners’ right from the begging!! The end is both surprising and brilliant (but obviously I won’t tell what happens!!). It’s an amazing book and I think one of the best I have ever read!!! I have recommended it to all of my family and friends who all now want to borrow my book!!!!

Andy: The Thirteenth had me gripped to its pages from the onset. It’s beautifully crafted with characters and surrounds that draw you in from the first page. The plot subtly twists and kept me guessing until the very last page. As the first book in a series The Thirteenth is set to become a cult classic with readers of all ages and I personally can’t wait for the next instalment.

Deb: “WOW” what a book!! Just finished it for the second time and it was as fantastic as the first time with so many twists and turns even second time round and again as in first time I read it from cover to cover in one day even though I tried to take my time this time so I could better understand those twists and turns (oh well maybe next time). Can’t wait for the next book please! Thank you for such a brilliant read.