Did The BBC Class Books Fill the Hole in My Heart?

Genre: YA // Sci-fi
Series: BBC Class Companion Books
The Stone House GR Rating: 3.38
What She Does Next Will Astound You GR Rating: 3.44
Joyride GR Rating: 3.82
My rating:  ⭐⭐⭐

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stone House

There’s an old stone house near Coal Hill School. Most people hurry past it. They’ve heard the stories. But, if you stop, and look up, you’ll see the face of a girl, pressed up against a window. Screaming.

Tanya finds herself drawn to the stone house. There’s a mystery there, and she’s going to solve it. But the more she investigates, the more she realises that there’s a presence in the house. One that wants her.

Something is waiting for Tanya in the stone house. Something that has been trapping others in its web over the years. Something that is far worse than any ghost.

What She Does Next Will Astound You

At Coal Hill School, things have started to get public. Kids have become obsessed with a website that demands you perform risky stunts, or tell it your most painful secrets. And Seraphin, everyone’s favourite vlogger, wants you to get involved. All in the name of charity.

At first people just get hurt. Then their lives are ruined. Finally, they disappear.

As April’s fragile group of friends starts to fracture, she decides she’s going to uncover the truth behind this site herself. Whatever it takes, whoever she hurts, April’s going to win. But then, to her horror, she wakes up and finds her whole world’s changed.

What she does next will astound you.

Joyride

Poppy is a quiet girl, right up until she steals a car and drives it through a shop window.

Max is a nice guy, but then he kills his whole family. Just for fun.

Amar always seems so happy, so why is he trying to jump to his death from the school roof?

Some of the students of Coal Hill School are not themselves. Some of them are dying. Ram has just woken up in a body he doesn’t recognise, and if he doesn’t figure out why he may well be next.

I’ve talked about my love for BBC Class before, and since I loved the show so much of course I needed to read the companion books. It’s been a while since I read them, so my memory is a bit foggy, but I’m still going to try haha.

Did these books fill up the hole the show left in my heart after it ended? (there’s still no news about a second season rip) Yes and no. On one hand I really missed the characters so I was thrilled to have them back in my life, even if it was only for a little bit. On the other hand the characters didn’t feel as fleshed out as they were in the show (which is one of the big reasons why I love it so mch) and there were times they acted out of character. Like in What She Does Next Will Astound You, April and Tanya’s personalities were kind of switched. While on the show April has no problem fighting and killing aliens, suddenly she does in this book and is more of the rational/logical one, which was Tanya’s role on the show. Meanwhile Tanya enjoyed the fighting and killing. Especially April suddenly having problems with fighting alien felt really weird, which I’m sure everyone who has seen the show would agree on. I mean, April is a warrior queen?

Does this look like someone who has trouble killing aliens

April (and by extension Tanya) isn’t the only one who acts out of character though. Charlie does something in the same book that I could never imagine him doing. The books are all written by different authors, so I guess the one who wrote What She Does Next just didn’t have a good enough understanding of the characters, which is really a shame. I also felt like this one dragged on a lot, even though the concept was pretty interesting.

Joyride on the other hand felt too fast-paced and it really annoyed me that we got to read from the antagonist’s POV several times, which gave too much away. I would’ve preferred if things had remained a mystery a bit longer for me as a reader and to have figured things out along with the main characters.

What I really liked about The Stone House was the relationship between Tanya and Miss Quill, something that I love about the show as well. I love that Miss Quill looks after Tanya and clearly cares for her, even though she tries to hide it.

The writing of these books was okay. I would’ve preferred if Patrick Ness himself had written them, not just because he’s an amazing writer but he knows the characters he created, unlike these writers.

I did love the cute Marlie scenes in all the books (with the exception of one but as Charlie acted completely out of character I’m just pretending that it didn’t happen *shrugs*), Miss Quill had some iconic lines like always, there are some funny moments and the books were fun to read. So all in all I did like them and if you really love Class and want more of it, I would recommend them. Just don’t have high expectations.

How do you feel about companion books? I’ve yet to find some that are really, really good. Usually they’re not on the same level as the original show, so I’m always a bit wary of them. My obsession with Class got me to buy them though haha. Anyway let me know how you feel about them in the comments!

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #46

A second Weekly Hufflepuff in a row?? I’m on FIRE

I finished The Stone House and started What She Does Next Will Astound You, another BBC Class book. I really like the formatting of this one. I also started The Wonderful Wizard of Oz which has been fun so far (I’m pretty sure I’ve only seen The Muppet version of this? So that makes it extra fun since I’m not that familiar with the story)

My final term of my second year has started this week (WHAT)  and um… It was a pretty stressful week full with panic attacks, but I’m okay now. I’m not saying that I won’t be stressed anymore and that I won’t get anymore panic attacks, because I know that isn’t true, but I do feel better than earlier this week. This term does look fun and I’m looking forward to it (mostly I’m looking forward to finishing it though woops – I’m just really really ready for summer vacation, I really feel like I’m at the edge of a burn out)

Last week I completely forgot to mention that I went out with a friend that week (because I’m a horrible friend) to get Dunkin’ Donuts because two stores finally opened in Amsterdam.

Not only does it look really cute, it tasted amazing. Like strawberries and with custard inside

And time to freak out over Doctor Who again! Another amazing episode. Lately I hadn’t been that excited about Doctor Who, but this season really feels like my favourite show again. Also did I mention I love Bill??

Other than that I haven’t been up to much. I’ve been trying to get back into blogging and the blogging community and so far I’ve been quite succesful? I’ve got 3 posts scheduled for next week and read quite a few posts!

I came up with a new feature! As you may know I work at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and I love art, so for a long time now I really wanted to talk more about art on here but I never got to it and didn’t really know how to do that. Then I came with the very simple solution: a new feature! I really wanted the name to have ‘art hoe’ in it somehow, as I love that term. And so, with feedback from some friends, I came up with ‘The Artsy Hufflehoe’! I don’t know yet when I’ll start this feature. Hopefully in two weeks!

And that’s a wrap! Hopefully I’ll be able to keep this up and I’ll see you with another wrap up next week. How has your week been? Are you also in the last term of school? Any exciting summer plans? What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments!