The Bucket, D.J. Cattrell

Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Teen & Young Adult

Rachel’s bucket has a hole in one side and a jewel in the other. When Rachel first pressed the jewel in the side of the bucket, she was just four years old. Smoke came out of it and in it five unicorns pranced lightly onto her hand and off again. It made her smile and cry at the same time. As her tenth birthday approaches, her world begins to change with the arrival of a mysterious silent boy with amazingly blue eyes and parents Rachel never sees. They move in next door and their house develops a green glow and has strange noises coming from it. That is when things started getting really odd. Remember, Minotaurs are ticklish…

The Bucket is a novel I was desperate to read ever since discovering it and caught my attention right away thanks to its description which alludes to a mystery which intrigued me. Now and then a reader will come across that one book that blows them away, it is a somewhat generic term, but that is what The Bucket did to me… it blew me away and ever since completing it I have been thinking of its intricate and detailed story and how I need to re-read it! The Bucket may be YA, but it is a captivating, and a brilliantly written novel that should not be missed!

The Bucket for me was thrilling, captivating and addictive right from the start and I felt this from beginning to end. The Bucket was captivating to me from the start thanks to the unique premise of the story and the bewitching literature courtesy of the author, D.J. Cattrell who from the start hooked me with his unique story that was unlike anything I have read before. It is rare to find a fantasy novel that is refreshing, and it is even more challenging to discover a fantasy story that does not rely on gimmicks and ridiculous action sequences! The Bucket does have action-packed moments however they are tasteful and in no way gimmicky which is always fantastic in a book!

The Bucket is a captivating novel that will introduce the reader to the young protagonist of the novel, Rachel. Rachel has a bucket, but this bucket is unique. The bucket is unique because it ‘has a hole in one side and a jewel in the other.’ Rachel, being a curious young girl decided to press the jewel and when she did magic was unleashed as well as five prancing unicorns!

When Rachel’s tenth birthday approaches, she meets a mysterious boy. The boy moved in next door with his parents, and it is then that she starts to notice some strange occurrences and this book lovers is the premise of the captivating mystery that is The Bucket!

The premise of The Bucket is exceptional, original and unlike anything I have read before. I loved the many themes and elements explored throughout the book, and all themes are explored by Cattrell wonderfully, and he does this by lacing these interesting themes throughout the text flawlessly and weaving them with the story. The result of this makes The Bucket a highly addictive and fascinating read that is never once lackluster or predictable. Cattrell really has accomplished the near impossible, Cattrell has managed to write an entertaining, bewitching and flawless story that will perfectly unfold in readers minds like a movie and now that I think about it, why is this book not a movie already!

D.J. Cattrell is a phenomenal writer who knows how to grasp his reader’s attention from the first page. Cattrell instead of writing long, drawn-out builds up which are commonly found in fantasy novels, decides to ditch this approach and thrust his reader into the heart of the story straight away so that the reader is instantly captivated and immersed. I personally love this approach, what is the point of having a long build-up with little excitement? This is only necessary if the author in question can’t develop the characters in the story quickly, but with The Bucket, the reader will not encounter this issue because Cattrell instantly develops his characters and makes the reader invest in not only them but also their journey.

Overall The Bucket is a thrilling, compelling and thought-provoking novel that will easily entertain readers for many days and nights and so I, of course, have to award this stellar gem of a book five stars! If you are a reader who loves fantasy or even YA then I implore you to read The Bucket; it is a fast-paced, action adventure that should not be missed so have a read of the preview below and get reading!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on The Bucket. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

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Well just WOW! I wasn’t expecting that review! Having said that when I go into schools I am always overjoyed when some of the children bring me a well thumbed book to sign, that is just gold to me. I have a history of writing starting with very bad teenage poetry through to writing plays for the theatre company I used to run and articles for various careers that I’ve had. I once re-wrote Shakespeare’s King Lear in modern day prose so that kids could understand the plot more easily. That went down pretty well at The Edinburgh Fringe and… Read more »

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