Thank you to Harper Collins for enabling me to review Lauren Child’s latest Ruby Redfort book Feel the Fear.
Feel the Fear is the fourth in the Ruby Redfort series and as a newcomer to this series, it is safe to say you don’t need to have read the previous books to enjoy this one. Although you may want to go back and do so after reading this!
Ruby Redfort is a smart, sassy and athletic thirteen-year-old girl with a large collection of slogan tee-shirts, who just so happens to be an undercover agent and master code breaker. Recruited at a very young age, she has dealt with wolves, super villains and now ghosts?
Impossible things are happening in her hometown of Twinford, items disappearing from locked rooms and people walking across the sky. It is up to Ruby to figure out the mysteries of the birdman burglar and the case of the vanishing shoes, all whilst trying to pass her final agent test.
Overall this was an enjoyable book, with only two things that bothered me (detailed below).
What I liked:
The cover- it’s beautiful.
The characters are interesting and realistic. Ruby is a spy but isn’t applauded when she risks her life and is treated (when not being a master code-breaker/spy extraordinaire) as an ordinary teenage girl. However, her natural talents and intelligence are weaved throughout the story and it’s great having another interesting and intelligent girl as a role model for children.
Ruby’s friends and family are more than just background figures, and their relationships are again realistic.
When the story gets going the spy capers are fun and well written.
The codes throughout the book (and the importance placed on them) are excellent. Cryptography is a fascinating art.
The two things I didn’t like
Ruby’s attitude- she’s quite often downright rude and this is rarely picked up on. She’s excellent when she’s smart and sassy/witty but not when she’s rude for no reason (i.e. when having her cast removed).
The pace: this book took quite a while to get going. Once it did, it was worth the wait, but it took a long time getting there.
Links (find out more about Ruby).
The Amazon page for Feel the Fear can be found here, where it has received 13 5 star reviews!
Check out the Ruby Redfort Facebook page here for a chance to win a signed copy of Feel the Fear and to learn more about Ruby herself!
You can watch the rather cool book trailer by clicking here.
Overall an enjoyable read. Are you a fan of Ruby? Were you surprised this was by the same author as Charlie and Lola? Let me know what you think.