Book Review: Pale


The Lazarus Serum can bring you back from the dead – but when you come back you’ve changed – you’re a Pale, an outcast. It’s the last thing Jed wants, but an accident changes everything and Jed’s forced to discover the true cost of living forever.

Published by: Stoke Books

My copy from: Myrick Marketing & Media via Netgalley

Pale‘ by Chris Wooding is part of a series aimed at children with dyslexia, or have trouble or lack of enthusiasm with reading. Thus, it is quite a short book. I thought the ideas behind the book were good. Its nice to see a book in this category with fantasy elements. 

The premise is that when someone dies, if they are injected straight away with a serum then they can come back to life as a Pale. However, they look different. As such, they are treated differently by society. Most Pales live in a place called the Graveyard, and are stripped of their wealth and belongings. Jed, a popular boy, despises Pales, like the rest of his classmates. However, when he saves his girlfriend from being hit by a car, he becomes one. And so he gets to see what life is like on the other side. 

Although I enjoyed the fantasy aspect, it is also very clear how this book relates to real life; bullying, segregation and thankfulness. Therefore I think this book is appropriate for children/teenagers, as there is a strong message they can take away. Furthermore, the action in this book makes it a good read.

I’m going to give it 4 sofas as it wasn’t really long enough for me, but I think it is perfect for its target audience. And the cover is good too! 

Letterbox Love #5

Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Lynsey of Narratively Speaking whereby book lovers can exhibit the books they received this week.

So this week I haven’t actually bought any books or got any from the library (probably the first week in years!). I’ve got about 50 library books at the moment, and I’m trying to work my way through them. 

I did however get some ebooks for review:

Thanks to Myrick Marketing & Media and NetGalley for ‘Pale‘ and ‘Crow Girl’. Both these books are part of the dyslexia-friendly books for teenagers, so will be quick reads. Look out for my reviews soon! 


Pantomime‘ is a novel that every blogger seems to have read, though it is not due to be published till February! I requested it to see if it lives up to the hype, and the cover is so good! Thanks to Angry Robot and NetGalley for allowing me to have this.

The Girl in the Wall

The Girl in the Wall‘ is an action/suspense young adult novel, a category I don’t think there are enough titles in! Thanks to FSB Associates and NetGalley for this.

So there you have it! Lots of ebooks this week. I don’t really use my tablet for reading, but in the job I start next week I have to take the train, so I’m hoping there will be plenty of opportunity for reading! 

What did you receive this week? Have you read any of my books and do you think it should be at the top or the bottom of my to read pile? I’d love to hear from you!