The Storm Bottle Swimming with dolphins is said to be the number one thing to do before you die. For 12-year-old Michael, it very nearly is. A secret boat trip has gone tragically wrong, and now he lies unconscious in hospital. But when Michael finally wakes up, he seems different. His step sister Bibi is soon convinced that he is not who he appears to be. Meanwhile, in the ocean beyond Bermuda’s reefs, a group of bottlenose dolphins are astonished to discover a stranger in their midst – a boy lost and desperate to return home. Bermuda is a place of mysteries. Some believe its seas are enchanted, and the sun-drenched islands conceal a darker past, haunted with tales of lost ships. Now Bibi and Michael are finding themselves in the most extraordinary tale of all. Book Trailer Praise ‘I loved it… An absolute winner.’ – LA Weatherly, author of the Angel Burn trilogy ‘A writer who knows how to grip the imagination, make you sit on the edge of your chair, and make you laugh out loud.’ – Michelle Lovric, author of The Undrowned Child, The Mourning Emporium and The Book of Human Skin ‘If you only ever buy one Kindle book in your life (although that sounds a bit unlikely, now that I stop and think) this has to be it.’ – The Bookwitch blog.
Author Nick Green Nick Green is a UK children’s and YA author, best known for his trilogy The Cat Kin, published in the UK by Strident Publishing and in Germany by Ravensburger, and also as a BBC audiobook. He has appeared on BBC radio talking about his books, and has been shortlisted for two UK children’s book awards. He regularly does school visits and other children’s literary events. The Storm Bottle is his first straight-to-Kindle novel.
What I liked best: I loved the setting. The beauty and mystery of Bermuda is phenomenal. I also love the seafaring aspect. I love all the boating terms and lingo. The back and forth banter between Bibi and Hal is great fun. I love sailing stories and this aspect is probably what I liked best. It set the stage for a great story.
What missed a bit: I don’t want to be a spoiler, but the ending wasn’t what I hoped for. With that being said, I am a bit of a “happy ending” guy. I love them, even if at times they are somewhat predictable. This ending was not predictable, nor was it bad. On that I want to be clear. The ending was a suspense, action filled drama that ended very well.
Overall: An excellent book. The Storm Bottle is a unique, exciting, mysterious story. The underwater imagery is brilliant as is the stetting. The relationship between Hal and Bibi and even Michael is superb. It is a great read, that will keep you turning page after page to see how it ends.
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