BOOK REVIEW || Ruby Redfort: Feel the Fear by Lauren Child

19 January 2015

Series: Ruby Redfort, Book 4
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Publication Date: November 2014 

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Book Trailer: Feel the Fear
Summary: Ruby Redfort: Undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius.
The fourth book in the scarily awesome Ruby Redfort series, by multi-million-copy bestselling author Lauren Child.
This time Ruby must pit her wits against a seemingly invisible foe. How do you set your sights on catching a light-fingered villain if you can’t even see him…? -goodreads
The stakes are always high when a villain is around, but Ruby Redfort never loses her cool. No, she is one doughnut loving, banana-milk drinking whiz-kid. But the question is, are the stakes too high for pint-sized Ruby this time? You've got to remember, as much as she can outsmart you in a code-cracking race, she is still a 13 year old girl who attends school [sometimes] and has to listen to her parents when it comes to formal dress-codes. So, are all her wise-cracks just a bluff fourth time round? I only have one qualm against Lauren Child's books, and that is; I read them way too fast. The Ruby Redfort books are one of my favourite series of all time which means whenever I get my hands on a new one, I dive in, and only resurface once the last page has been turned. And then I just want more.
Feel the Fear was one of the best books I have read this year and, while the plot was as murky and unreadable as a dirty pond, I think I'm learning from Ruby Redfort. Usually I can never guess what on earth is going to happen at the climax, and although I admit to being fooled until the last moment, I actually worked a little part of a sub-plot out myself. Which is surprising as usually I can never even crack the codes of the most basic conversations Ruby and her best friend Clancy have. Sigh. I actually really want to know what they say, no matter how mundane, so I guess I'd better get cracking. The gem of the book, as always, is Ruby's character [and obviously her t-shirts]. Lauren Child seems to have created Ruby out of something addictive [Mrs Digby's baking?]; she is smart, she owns a lot of yellow notebooks, she can do origami, she is a loyal friend, she sketches [nothing to do with art] which actually sounds really fun, and is really illegal and, duh, she's an undercover agent. [Oh by the way the list goes on, there seems to be no end to her talents]. What's not to love?
Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I LOVE RUBY REDFORT and I thought I was THE ONLY ONE! even when it was just a quirky subplot in her Clarice Bean series... I haven't yet read this book (I have dipped into the first two or three... I can't remember). The only things that annoy me about this series are they are literally just too good. Ruby is extremely clever (I never understood her coded conversations with clancy either), has a great character and literally the BEST LIFE. give me her life now please.

    This looks so decent. Great review!!! I have been in a reading slump, maybe this will get me out?? I AM THINKING YES:D:D

      See that's my same problem and the pain of waiting a YEAR for the next book after reading the one that came out a week ago in ONE DAY is painful.
      and clancy of course.

  2. This series looks like loads of fun. Definitely a series I'd enjoy marathoning on a rainy day. I quite like spy novels myself (having battered through the Alex Rider books, Gallagher Girls series - though I've still got one book left to go in that! :3) and the Finishing School series. There's always something so addictive to them.

    Great review! :D

    1. Yesss I feel like you'd love it, and if you don't then YOU'RE STRANGE.
      I still need to read the last in the Gallagher Girls series and the third in the Finishing School Series WAAAH SOAP<3

  3. Ooh Lauren Child! I think I read a book by her a few years back and I loved it. This Ruby Redfort series looks fantastic and hella fun--I must go and check it out.

    Fantastic review! <33

    1. Yes yes please do and then let me know how you like it!

  4. I've never heard of this series, but one look at that cover and I know it's going to be a fun read! And Ruby sounds awesome, too. I mean, I don't know any other protagonist who loves banana milk. ;) (Have you tried it, though? BECAUSE IT'S REALLY FREAKING FANTASTIC. But it's getting a bit too sweet for me these days... Growing old, man. :/)

    We need more mystery -- this is a mystery book, right? -- books like this in the YA market. Unreadable and murky plots? YES. I think you know, but recently a lot of YA mysteries turned out to be so uber predictable and just bad in general. Kudos on being able to figure out at least one sub plot in the story, though. :D

    Anyway, super pumped to meet Ruby. She sounds so unique and cool! So thanks for putting this series on my radar, Hawwa. I'll go check it out soon, hopefully!


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