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The Third Coin by J A Howard - Review

Sunday, September 6, 2015


Where did I get it? It was free on Kindle a little while ago.

What's it about? Bea Brightman has just moved to New York with her antique seeker father, a man who's been looking for a very special coin for several years. Bea meets Nisha, an unpopular girl in her class, and the two realise they can read each other's minds. Along with Indy, their neighbour, they get dragged into finding The Coin. This is a middle grade novel which attempts to use the legend of King Arthur as its base.

What age range is it for? Anywhere from 9-13. 

Are any main characters LGBTQ+? No. 

Are any main characters non-white? Well, kinda. Nisha is "dark", but whether that translates to actually being a person of colour, I don't know. I kept picturing her as South Asian, though. 

Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? Not really. 

Is there any sex stuff? No

Are drugs mentioned or used? No  

Is there any talk of death? Yes, but in an age-appropriate way

Are there swear words? No.

Would I recommend the book? Kind of? I didn't hate it, and it was a quick read. But I didn't love it, either. I felt like a lot of it was pure exposition, I felt like the POV switches between Bea and Nisha were sometimes badly done. I felt like the King Arthur stuff was shoehorned in. The ending was abrupt and the plot twist I guessed early on. 

How many stars? 6 out of 10. 

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