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on Jun23 2013

I have fallen a little behind lately with keepign up to date, but here are a couple of reviews which I should have pasted ages ago, as they are super!

This is from teen librarian:
* The story opens in a dank sub-basement of a hospital where we meet Adam who is being interviewed by a shadowy figure about his illicit activities as a skimmer.

The story is a mix of prose and graphic storytelling which enhances the tale and has the advantage of showing rather than telling what happens during skimming. The story is as much about Adam and his family life and realtionships as it is about the science-fiction aspects of the story but they mesh together well creating a deeper, more enjoyable story. Adam has a relatively unhappy home life and is not the most popular of young people at his school, his faults actually make him more interesting as flawed heroes are often more interesting than squeaky clean characters.

Adam, with his gifts has a range of enemies arrayed against him; and when his sister goes missing, he finds that his only ally is a girl who is studying to join The Board – a group of people that control skimming with an iron fist, but they are not the worst of his problems!

The Ten Rules of Skimming is an exciting, action-packed adventure that mixes science fiction, horror, mystery and intrigue that introduces readers to a world where mind jumping is real if not common- it reads like Inception for YA readers!

I thoroughly enjoyed it! *

Thanks Matt!


And this one is from parents in touch:

* A gripping and exciting debut novel, perfectly suited to the graphic novel format. Adam has a strange and uncanny power – he can skim into people’s minds. He discovers the hard way that skimming is an amazing rush, until he is hunted down by the shadowy figures of The Board – the book opens with a frightening interrogation. The rules set by The Board must be followed, but Adam has to break them in a battle of wits as he struggles to find out who has taken his missing sister. It’s a book which draws you in and grips you with its power and imagination and the illustrations convey a dark and sinister feel. *

Thanks parents in touch!

I am super pleased with these, and super pleased with life. To get back to my website, click on: get back to Zella’s website.

Serendipity review . . . .Zelda and Swainton

on Feb4 2013

You can read the full review here:

Or the abbreviated version below:

Review by K. M. Lockwood
Zella Compton’s first published novel is a dark and imaginative story with an intriguing central premise. What if you could slip into other people’s consciousness, leap from one mind to another?
The format is also unusual –like Henry Tumour by Anthony McGowan & Andy Horan, or Slog’s Dad by David Almond & Dave McKean, there are black and white illustrations throughout. These break up the text and give breathing space for some pretty extraordinary ideas. It would be interesting to see this as a larger format, full-on manga.
The identity of the sinister Questioner is not revealed till the end making for ongoing mystery and threat. The element of psychological peril increases as Adam’s interrogation proceeds and a small cast of distinct characters make the storyline easier to follow. There is a nicely drawn relationship between Adam and Spod, and the family tensions with his mother and little sister Marion come across well.
This book would particularly suit older 10+ readers looking for big ideas presented through a mix of text and graphics: it’s not as visual as a graphic novel but far less intimidating than long blocks of text in a more traditional format. Distinctive, interesting and likely to appeal to gamers.
The full version has, sadly, got my name as Zelda, and Jess’s surname as Swainton!
My website can be accessed by clicking: Zella Compton

Sam Bannister, The News, review of The Ten Rules of Skimming

on Jan7 2013

The Ten Rules of Skimming is a unique adventure which will grab even the most reluctant young reader. Zella Compton’s debut novel is an animating adventure told through words and a set of impressive illustrations which make the story an irresistible read. Adam Barnes could be any bored teenager until his life takes an exciting twist which takes him places most people can only dream of. Living any schoolboy’s fantasy, he skips through people’s minds from one cliff-hanging chapter to the next, bringing drama, suspense and defiance along the way.


Thanks Sam!

Nayu’s Reading Corner reviews TTRoS

on Nov19 2012

To read the full review, click on the words you are reading now . . . .

But here’s the gist of it:

Themes: psychic stuff, a mentally sick man, family ties, being hunted, getting stuck between a rock and a hard place, freaky mind boggling concepts, loads of major peril and general weirdness
Nayuleska’s thoughts
I nearly stopped reading at page 95. The enemy is really sick, reminding me of killers and paedophiles who are free in the world. I’m a visual person. I react more strongly to what I see than what I hear. This is good when I need cheering up, but not so great if I’m getting freaked out.
What happens to Adam is strange. The scary part is that it’s so easy to take the leap of faith and see his story come alive in my head. The waves of evil coming off the enemy made me want to take a shower. That’s something his victims can’t do for themselves, and something that is disturbing if I think of all the sickos in the world.
Zella captures the reader’s emotions and even when the book ends doesn’t let them go. This 9/10 read will make you think hard about the minds of psychos, as well as what makes us us. As for me, I’m heading off to watch a cute anime to level out my head.
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Teen Librarian reviews TTRoS: #excellent

on Sep28 2012

I sent Matt the Librarian a copy of The Ten Rules of Skimming as he runs an excellent website called teenlibrarian and I wanted to know what he thought. He asked me to write a piece for his site about working with an illustrator – the lovely Jess Swainson – and I’ll link to that when it goes live.

But this is what he put on twitter about my book:


Matt Imrie ‏@mattlibrarian

@ZellaCompton The Ten Rules of Skimming is like Inception for YA readers! #excellent


That is massive praise – and especially as I don’t know him, he’s not related and he owes me diddly squat! I am so excited and buzzing.

I also had a lovely phone call from Hummingbird Books yesterday, to discuss The Ten Rules of Skimming. That was very exciting as well. Hopefully it’ll get a review on the site, as only books which children LOVE are included. Fingers crossed.

That’s all folks, to get back to my website click on: Magic me back to Zella Compton’s website





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