Review & Giveaway: Alex Rider Collection

As a child Lewis could always be found with his head in a book. From the moment he could read he sailed through one book after another, reading the entire Road Dahl collection, David Williams and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, way before he started high school. I loved to see him enjoying books and yet now at 13, it seems he has reached an age where reading doesn’t have the same appeal as it once did, not helped by the fact he is in that middle ground where some books are too young, yet some still too old.

We were sent this fantastic collection of 10 Alex Rider booksย and I hoped that they would be enough to remind of his love of reading. Alex Rider is a fourteen year old by star athlete, dragged into the dark world of spies and espionage when his uncle, an M16 agent, is murdered. Alex is very much a teenage James Bond, a black belt in Karate with superhuman strength and speed, and as a result the books are filled with action packed adventures, mystery and suspense.

The Complete Missions collection consists of ten novels: Stormbreaker, Point Blanc, Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike, Scorpia, Ark Angel, Snakehead, Crocodile Tears, Russian roulette and Scorpia Rising. Aimed at children aged 11+, I couldn’t wait to hear what Lewis thought of the books!

Lewis started with the first book in the collection, Stormbreaker, and his initial reaction was, “Yeah it’s alright!”. After a couple of hours when he reappeared, he launched into an animated description of the book, telling me how the book contained some fairly violent scenes such as shooting and ninja fights, and how Alex had some witty comebacks and was a really likeable character. He also enjoyed that the book, although very surreal in some ways, was very real in others, such as mentioning some of his favourite clothing brands. I think for teens, it is so important to have that relatable hero or heroine.

It was interesting to see just how fast Lewis finished the first book, and soon started on the second. He said he felt they were much more suited to his age range than other books he has read from the school library or in class and, as a parent, I loved to see him rediscover his love of reading. I think at 13 the Alex Rider books have everything a teen could want – action, thrills and suspense!

Although Lewis is only three books into the series he hasn’t lost momentum and is ploughing his way through the rest. I take my hat off to the author, Anthony Horowitz, for drawing in the reader and knowing exactly how to hold their attention. As an award winning novelist for both adults and children, Anthony has been chosen by the Ian Fleming estate to write the new James Bond novel which will be published next year, a novel I’m sure that Lewis will read in the future.

Lewis gave the Alex Rider collection a huge thumbs up and yet you don’t have to take his word for it. To win the entire 10 book collection, with a RRP of ยฃ79.90 (currently on offer at The Book People for just ยฃ13.99) simply enter via the link below. One lucky winner will be notified via email at close of competition on 29th April. Good Luck!

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104 Comments

  1. Josie Bicknell
    April 4, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    great storytelling

  2. Tracy Nixon
    April 4, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    I love mystery and suspense so these books would appeal to me!

  3. iain maciver
    April 4, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    the thrills and excitement

  4. Catherine McAlinden
    April 4, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    Iโ€™d like them for my daughter, she loves books that are series, and she can binge read!

  5. Rachael Sexey
    April 4, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    The excitement ๐Ÿ’–

  6. Brad Start
    April 4, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    Ales Ryder sounds like a young modern James Bond, whatโ€™s not to like?

  7. Katy Malkin
    April 4, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    The action and twists and turns would appeal

  8. Emma
    April 4, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    I love adventure/mystery books, so these sound perfect!

  9. Lynne Manton
    April 4, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    I try to encourage my grandson to step away from his computer and read a book occasionally and I think he would really relate to Alex Ryder

  10. Karina Henderson
    April 4, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    little lady loves adventure so she cant wait to read them

  11. janine atkin
    April 4, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    id love these for my son. he has read a couple from this series and would love to read them all. id like to read them too!!

  12. Beth Gerrard
    April 4, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    Looks like a great series. Hope I might be lucky enough to win.

  13. Jackie Howell
    April 4, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    love adventure books and so do the kids, not read these ones yet

  14. Mo
    April 4, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    I have read the first Alex Rider book called ‘Stormbreaker’ and /I really enjoyed it. So I would love to read the rest of the collection.

  15. amy bondoc
    April 4, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    this sounds relly exciting!

  16. Solange
    April 4, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    The action and excitement.

  17. Karen R
    April 4, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    They sound like a fun read, I love this type of adventure book xx

  18. Lorna Ledger
    April 4, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    I think it could get younger boys into reading, a hard demographic, they sound really cool books

  19. Leila Benhamida
    April 4, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    Love a good spy story. Will be great to discover the main character and his adventures

  20. Susan Smith
    April 4, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    The Excitement they will bring

  21. Stacey Carnell
    April 4, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    I love a good mission ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Angie McDonald
    April 4, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    I love the genre and I love a good book series to get stuck into!

  23. Karen Barrett
    April 4, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    This genre is really appealing

  24. Jules Eley
    April 4, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    Tthe action… I love lots of action!

  25. Chris Andrews
    April 4, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    they are brilliant, l have read a few of them and if l were the lucky winner l’d have the whole set

  26. Johannah Carroll
    April 4, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    I think the fact that the author has been chosen to write the new James Bond book says it all about his credentials as a spy novel writer and the fact that the Alex Rider stories are aimed at a young teenager ensures the excitement level is ramped up to ten.

  27. john prendergast
    April 4, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    full of action

  28. DAWN WINSKILL
    April 5, 2018 / 1:41 am

    I like action stories.

  29. laura banks
    April 5, 2018 / 9:47 am

    that they are action books

  30. Elizabeth Smith
    April 5, 2018 / 11:33 am

    I think the strong stories of action and adventure will appeal to all the family

  31. Dean T
    April 5, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    I love Bond and Bourne, these seem to be in a similar vein so super exciting!

  32. Peggy rossiter
    April 5, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    For my granddaughter, who loves reading, so more adventurous stories and

  33. April 5, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    I’ve read one or two with my son – love the adventures he gets up to

  34. Ray Dodds
    April 5, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    The thrills and excitement

  35. Annabel Greaves
    April 5, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    They sound like there are lots of exciting adventures xx

  36. Iona Cornish
    April 5, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    My eldest Grandson is a discerning (or possibly even fussy!) reader and I think he’d love these

  37. ElizM
    April 5, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    My kids both love the Alex Rider stories – lots of action without the violence of the adult equivalents – the Stormbreaker film was fantastic – can’t wait for more.

  38. Vikki Sanderson
    April 6, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    They seem like they’d be full of edge-of-your-seat moments!

  39. EMMA WALTERS
    April 6, 2018 / 6:28 pm

    my son needs something to capture his attention, this looks perfect!

  40. EMMA WALTERS
    April 6, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    the football theme would be perfect x

    • EMMA WALTERS
      April 6, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      ignore me, wrong post….doh!

  41. helen tovell
    April 6, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    They look like junior James Bond which is why I think my son likes them

  42. Charlotte Wilde
    April 7, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    they sound action packed and the perfect book for this miserable rainy weather!

  43. Angela Kelly
    April 8, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    My students tell me these books are very exciting. I’d love to have a read and then put them in our school library.

  44. Margaret Gallagher
    April 8, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Mystery and suspense – love to read

  45. Mel Turner
    April 8, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    I think these will interest my son

  46. Kayleigh Devlin
    April 8, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    Action packed books for girls and boys

  47. Margaret Clarkson
    April 9, 2018 / 5:58 am

    Exciting and fast paced with interesting characters

  48. Rich Tyler
    April 9, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    Action & adventure storys

  49. Jacqui Williams
    April 9, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    If it encourages my son to read, I love it!

  50. michelle o'neill
    April 10, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    i love a book with a good twist x

  51. Sharon Hirst
    April 12, 2018 / 8:25 am

    My niece likes to read, I think these action packed mysteries would be great for her

  52. kris mc
    April 12, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    the story twists

  53. simon tutthill
    April 12, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    Theyre absolutely fantastic books with great stories to keep our young ones amused for hours on end

  54. ZARA
    April 13, 2018 / 11:14 pm

    These books have always been a classic but I love them as they are full of mystery and exciting elements! Fingers crossed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Lisa Wilkinson
    April 14, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    I love a good adventure story

  56. cheryl hadfield
    April 15, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    the great adventures and excitement of the storylines

  57. Michelle Ferguson
    April 15, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    My nephew is a bookworm, would be brilliant for him

  58. April 16, 2018 / 8:44 am

    I love the covers and the fact they appeal to boys as my son struggles sometimes to find books he wants to read – he’d love these x

  59. Ruth Harwood
    April 17, 2018 / 11:50 am

    We love action-packed stories, and I know my kids would love to sit and read these with me and later on their own!

  60. Karen hutchinson
    April 19, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    Spending time with my son reading them together

  61. Simone Griffin
    April 20, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    They seem like they are really suited to the age range they are aimed at x

  62. Kerryn Johnson
    April 22, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Fantastic action drama

  63. Emma Howard
    April 24, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    My son has just got into the Alex Rider books so this compilation would keep him quiet for a while!

  64. Rebecca Matthews
    April 24, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    Reading with my son and the witty comebacks.

  65. Carole Nott
    April 25, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    Action packed books

  66. David Pithie
    April 25, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    Perfect reading material for my summer holiday.

  67. Christina
    April 25, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    Ninja Fights, They sound Great!

  68. Amanda Baggott
    April 26, 2018 / 10:42 am

    The action and suspense! They sound brill

  69. Susan B
    April 26, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    Our children also choose to read entire book series and this one sounds very appealing because it has spies in it and because the children relate well to stories about other children and young adults.

  70. Jessica Barber
    April 27, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Love any kind of spy-themed story for all the awesome gadgets they use!

  71. astrid c
    April 27, 2018 / 10:26 am

    i think they would really engage my son these books x

  72. Emma Fox
    April 27, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    I think that my son would love the action and adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. carol boffey
    April 27, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    The thrills and excitment

  74. Diana
    April 27, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Action and adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. Sarah Robinson
    April 27, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    I would love all the gadgets and action in these books.

  76. Samantha Fletcher
    April 28, 2018 / 2:32 am

    My nephew and I love these books

  77. Carly Belsey
    April 28, 2018 / 4:49 am

    My son is 10 and would love to read these. He loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books at the moment but this could be a fantastic action selection of books that he would love

  78. paula cheadle
    April 28, 2018 / 6:17 am

    my grandson, he is an avid reading, if he goes missing, you can usually find him in his bedroom reading

  79. Victoria Prince
    April 28, 2018 / 10:46 am

    The excitement and fast paced plot ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this type of books. I actually read Stormbreaker when it was first released and really enjoyed it, so I’d love to read the whole collection

  80. Laura Pritchard
    April 28, 2018 / 11:15 am

    My son would love the adventure and Alex’s gadgets – they’d really engage him!

  81. JULIE WARD
    April 28, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Hopefully they would get grandson into reading again, they sound like a can’t put down book

  82. donna l jones
    April 28, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    that it is a football theme

  83. Ruth Wollerton
    April 28, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    My son would love to RIDER away with these amazing books, heโ€™s the biggest Alex Rider fan. Thanks for the chance xxx

  84. Kirsty Caffrey
    April 28, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    The excitement and the adventures would appeal to my son x

  85. Laura Pyper
    April 28, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    The action

  86. Angela L Paull
    April 28, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    How high octane and exciting the stories are

  87. Claudia Wren
    April 28, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    I have read the first Alex Rider book myself and I enjoyed it. My son Finn then read it and loved it too so I know he would love to read the others! They are action packed and full of adventure.

  88. Jeanette Leighton
    April 28, 2018 / 10:54 pm

    Love to win these my daughter will love them and to be honest I’d read them too ๐Ÿ˜

  89. Pat Stubbs
    April 29, 2018 / 8:37 am

    My grandson read one of these and loved it so I would love to give him the rest of the series. Anthony Horowitz is such a good storyteller who knows how to keep adults and children alike in suspense

  90. Lauren Old
    April 29, 2018 / 8:54 am

    I love books that are fast paced and full of action so these should be perfect!

  91. Tammy Neal
    April 29, 2018 / 10:26 am

    The excitement and action x

  92. Danielle Pooley
    April 29, 2018 / 10:45 am

    The action storyline!

  93. Allan Fullarton
    April 29, 2018 / 12:14 pm

    Looks full of action, great.

  94. Pam Francis Gregory
    April 29, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    Loved the film so expect to love the books too!

  95. laura stewart
    April 29, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    sounds good x

  96. Michelle Clark
    April 29, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    I used to love these when I was younger. I hope my niece starts to get into them

  97. Natalee Gosiewski
    April 29, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    love the action

  98. Patricia Avery
    April 29, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    I like the fact that it sounds just the thing to get my reluctant reader of a grandson into something he will want to read. I found a series of Star Wars novels which he absolutely loved. Hoping Alex Rider will also be something he really enjoys. His Mum, sister and I are avid readers but he finds it hard to get into a book unless its something he can relate to ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. Danielle Graves
    April 29, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    I think they would be a good transition to chapter style books and feel like my son could really get behind the character and story and find them exciting

  100. Craig Havery
    April 29, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    anything spy related/martial arts etc is right up my street

  101. Elanor Rice
    April 29, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    The unexpected twists and not being able to put down till Iโ€™ve read just a little bit more ๐Ÿ™‚

  102. Natalie Crossan
    April 30, 2018 / 1:44 am

    Great for reluctant readers just like my little girl is xx

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