Summer Reading Book Review: H.I.V.E.

Summer is here, and we know what that is time to hangout outside, swim and bike till our legs fall off,  eat tons of ice cream, and most importantly... SUMMER READING!

Now, before you go running off into a panic, know there are some really great books out there.  Take the time to check out what's out there and if you dare - see what is on YOUR school's summer reading lists!

You never know, you might come across your next favorite writer or book series.... and that book series could become the next summer blockbuster movie!  ... and the you can sit back and relax with your large popcorn and say, "Yeah, I know about this author. The book series is SO much better than the movie!"

To help you in your quest, here is some info on a really awesome book.


H.I.V.E (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) by Mark Walden (from the H.I.V.E. SERIES)

H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) is the first book in the H.I.V.E. series.  H.I.V.E. is a top-secret school of applied villainy where children with a precocious gift for wrongdoing are sent to develop their talents into criminal mastermind.  After all, 'villains have the best lines and wear the best costumes'.

One small catch is that hat the children cannot leave until training is complete, six years later.  With villainy comes a certain freedom of thought, and every year one student in particular will show exceptional talent - after all, it takes the best to produce the worst

This year there are two students:  Otto Malpense and his new friend Wing Fanchu are both exceptionally bad, and they are definitely not keen on being held against their will for six long years...


Facts About the Author

Mark Walden is an author who lives in England.  He used to be a video game designer and producer before writing the H.I.V.E. series. He went to college at Newcastle University and studied literature, film and television.  He has a family and a cool cat named "Otto"  ( there a connection?) 

He has a website too - if you are interested, click here.