Fiction Books, Middle Grade Books

The Three Hares by Geoffrey Simpson – Book Review

I was sent this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it for older middle grade or young teens.

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Rating: 4/5

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

The Adventure of a Lifetime . . .
Ethan Drake is a living legend.
If only his late father had mentioned it.
Ethan and his friends decode a series of cryptic riddles from an ancient treasure map. Their discovery entangles them in a centuries-old struggle between warring secret societies.
It soon becomes clear that Ethan is not just an adventurous teen who accidentally stumbles upon a shadowy world.
He is a catalyst…
a spark which ignites the resurgence.
The Three Hares is a smart, twisty adventure mystery, one that will keep you reading until the remarkable end.

This story is an adventure with great friendships and a group of friends who have to save their town from the corruption that goes all the way to the Mayor.

The story was initially a little slow but after a few chapters I really got into the story and it was a really enjoyable read. I loved the way riddles were incorporated into the story they made the story more interesting and fun.

There was plenty of mystery and intrigue which kept me reading long into the night, wanting to read one more chapter. As the story progressed the suspense increased and was also intense at times which kept me on the edge of my seat.

The main trio; Ethan, Jake and Liz were really great to read. I loved Ethan’s and Jake’s friendship and that they readily accepted Liz as part of their group. They were brave and I loved their banter. They were smart and resourceful and determined to do what is right. I also loved that they showed that they felt vulnerable and afraid as it made them more relatable, especially for younger readers. They will be able to see themselves in this book.

They also had great character development and the characters felt fully fleshed out and complex. Though I do wish that we could have got more physical descriptions of the trio but it also left room for each reader to see them how they thought they looked.
The only thing I felt that was a little unrealistic was that Ethan and Jake were allowed to go camping alone as they were only 14? I felt they were a little young to be able to go camping without any adults.

One of the things that I loved was how the theme of corruption in the leadership and activism to stand up for what is right no matter your age was incorporated into the story. It’s something that is highly relevant in society today and it was great to be able to see that and the kids standing up for what is right.

Overall this is a great read with interesting plot twists which keep you interested throughout.

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