Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on kiwireviews.nz : Wednesday 24th July 2024 - 14:55:10

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  

I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Books > Kids - General > Alfie Bloom #2: Alfie Bloom and the Talisman Thief review

« Star Wars Jedi Academy #4: A New Class reviewStar Wars Jedi Academy #4: A New ClassKiwi Corkers: The Three Little Lambs reviewKiwi Corkers: The Three Little Lambs »

Score: 9.8/10  [1 review]
5 out of 5
ProdID: 7290 - Alfie Bloom #2: Alfie Bloom and the Talisman Thief
Author: Gabrielle Kent

Alfie Bloom #2: Alfie Bloom and the Talisman Thief
Sample/s Supplied by:
Click to search for all products supplied by Scholastic (NZ)

Disclosure StatementFULL DISCLOSURE: A number of units of this product have, at some time, been provided to KIWIreviews by Scholastic (NZ) or their agents for the sole purposes of unbiased, independent reviews. No fee was requested, offered nor accepted by KIWIreviews or the reviewers themselves - these are genuine, unpaid consumer reviews.
September 2016

Alfie Bloom #2: Alfie Bloom and the Talisman Thief product reviews

When Alfie Bloom inherited a castle and a centuries-old magic, his dull and lonely life was changed forever. But Alfie's new life has come with dangers he never could have expected. When Ashford the butler is kidnapped in the middle of the night, the castle comes under threat from a terrifying enemy. Trapped inside with only his twin cousins and best friend Amy, it's up to Alfie to defend his inheritance and prevent a terrible fate from befalling the whole of England!

Check out Scholastic (NZ) onlineClick here to see all the listings for Scholastic (NZ) Visit their website They do not have a Twitter account Check them out on Facebook They do not have a YouTube Channel They do not have a Pinterest board They do not have an Instagram channel They do not have a TikTok channel

adventure   alfie bloom   castle   gabrielle kent   hexbridge castle   kidnap   kids books   magic   scholastic
Other listings you may be interested in:
The Wheel of Time : Knife of DreamsThe Wheel of Time : Knife of Dreams
Rating: 9.5
Skywatching - The bestselling guideSkywatching - The bestselling guide
Rating: 9.5
Captain America - The Movie StorybookCaptain America - The Movie Storybook
Rating: 9.3
Animorphs - 1 - The InvasionAnimorphs - 1 - The Invasion
Rating: 9.6
Children of LibertyChildren of Liberty
Rating: 5.8
Food HeroesFood Heroes
Rating: 10.0
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon - Choke PointTom Clancy's Ghost Recon - Choke Point
Rating: 9.5
Innocent in DeathInnocent in Death
Rating: 9.5
I  Survived: The Nazi InvasionI  Survived: The Nazi Invasion
Rating: 8.9
The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it was None of His BusinessThe Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it was None of His Business
Rating: 10.0
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of PilgrimageColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Rating: 10.0
We've Got A BoatWe've Got A Boat
Rating: 9.8
Rating: 9.5

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of savta

Review by: savta (Jo)
Dated: 6th of April, 2019

Link to this review Report this review


This Review: 9.8/10
Score 10 out of 10
Value for Money:
Score 10 out of 10
Score 9 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 10 out of 10

I enjoyed this book right from the very first page, and so did my review partner, Mr 12. Neither of us had realised until we started reading that this was the second book in a trilogy - but the author has done an admirable job of weaving the necessary background information into the very first chapter, so we did not feel that we had missed out on anything significant. Alfie and Artan, two of the main characters, are introduced right at the start and, as each new character appears, he or she is skilfully placed in context. I have read so many books that lack this background information and have struggled to know what exactly is going on, so it is brilliant to find a book that is so on to it.

Mr 12 enjoyed the way the four children interacted so naturally. Alfie's best friend Amy and his twin cousins Madeleine and Robin are all around the same age; when they are not working as a team, they are teasing one another and having fun as they continually discover new things about Hexbridge Castle. Things are nearly always changing and proving to be different from the way they first appeared, and this is a source of amazement for everyone. Not only the castle itself, but the people in it are seldom what they appear to be. In fact, this is a story that requires you to believe in magic or you won't enjoy it at all.

A magic talisman, an enchanted lens, potions with amazing healing powers, swirling mists that cause those who go too near them to forget everything, a flying bear that is a type of magic carpet, elves, sprites, time travel, portals to another world - what does this book not have? It is easy to immerse yourself in the story as you travel deeper into a fantastic place that rivals the Harry Potter series for excitement. Mr 12 is not one to be gullible, but after he had finished the book, he said that he found it hard to stop believing in the events because he was so caught up in them. I agree with him totally; once you have entered the world of Alfie, you are drawn into the intrigue and it is impossible to stop!

Apart from the magical elements and the struggle to rescue various people from Merioch (because almost everyone, at some point, is captured!), there is the added interest in trying to decide exactly who is who. During the course of the story, different characters are revealed as being someone quite different and unexpected from what they had pretended to be (or thought they were!) Revelation follows revelation as everyone's true nature emerges. I found this fascinating, as did Mr 12. It is testimony to the power of the book that both of us had finished reading it in under three days. Now we want to read the first and third books in the trilogy. If they are as good as the second, they will be simply amazing.

Random listing from 'Books'...

Score: 9.5
Product reviews for listing 4500: Goblins Vs Dwarves
Written by Philip Reeve

Product image for Goblins Vs DwarvesAn army of short, fat, hairy dwarves is tunnelling into goblin territory. They are digging under Clovenstone castle to steal its precious treasure.

Goblins love fighting, but Skarper and Henwyn's rowdy tribe is no match for the giant armoured moles of the enemy. They must seek the help of heroes, trolls and ghosts for a battle that will decide the fate of the goblins forever.

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the Knock Out News Group. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of kiwireviews.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, on the premise that they have been submitted as the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"Biologically speaking, if something bites you it's more likely to be female"
Desmond Morris