Getting a good review is pretty great. But getting a good review in which your writing is compared to someone/something you are a fan of… well… that’s just AWESOME!

In her Magpies magazine review of Game World, Beth Dolan wrote:

“Special mention of the mother-figure who could challenge Coraline’s Button Mother for creepy malevolence.”

OMG! A Neil Gaiman comparison! I adore Gaiman’s writing and love his book Coraline. In fact, in a recent interview, I picked the Other Mother with her button eyes, as my favourite fictional villain. So this comparison leaves me a bit speechless. Magpies is a subscription magazine… check out the website.

Anyone who knows me could tell you that I’m a HUGE Doctor Who fan. It is my main pop culture obsession. So this little comparison from the ReadPlus review of Perfect World by Clare Thompson, completely blew me away:

Perfect World reminded me of a Doctor Who episode; it was fast paced and cinematic”

Wow! Just wow! There is no higher praise in my view. You can read the full review here.

While on the subject of Doctor Who, I should mention that each of the OTHER WORLDS books has a hidden Doctor Who reference. I put these in most of my books, purely to amuse myself. They are usually pretty obscure and I’m not expecting anyone to notice they are there. But it’s kinda cool when someone does notice. Especially in a review…

“Also nice to see that Ivanoff is clearly a fan of the late great Douglas Adams, and has included one or two references ”

This is from the Reading Time review of Game World by Christian Price. You can read the full review here.

I was watching the Tom Baker story “Shada”, written by Douglas Adams, while writing Game World… so my two main characters ended living in Adamstown, with one on Shada Street and the other on Douglas Avenue.

I’m chuffed that there have been lots of other really positive reviews for the OTHER WORLDS books. If you’re interested in checking them out, here’s a list…

  • “This is a racing read that will grip reluctant readers”
    Perfect World, Books + Publishing, 23 October 2017, Full Review.
  • “It is full of action and adventure, but there is far more to it than that. It will get your students thinking about individuality, differences, acceptance and who controls the world.”
    Perfect World, Lamont Books, March 2018, Full Review.
  • “Keagan is the key to teaching the clones about diversity and friendship – and his relationship with Eone is quite adorable, as is their journey to discovering diversity, and divergence and enlightenment – and hopefully, this book will show kids that it is okay to be who you are and that you don’t have to fit in with the crowd..”
    Perfect World, The Book Muse, 1 May, Full Review.
  • Beast World shows diversity and difference, and puts a spin on the way portal worlds are portrayed. This unique and fun story has animals in clothes as Lords and Ladies in a Victorian London setting, and uses the dynamics of the human world in the animal world to illustrate how different people will do anything to attain their goals.”
    Beast World, The Book Muse, 4 May 2018, Full Review.
  • “Perfect World is a well-executed exploration of what it means to be unique.”
    Perfect World, Tim Harris, 12 June 2018, Full Review.
  • “This series is certainly going to keep readers on the edge of their seats.”
    Game World and Dark World, Just So Stories, 29 July 2018, Full Review.
  • “The books in the “Other Worlds” series are exciting fast-paced junior novels, filled with action, adventure, mystery, set in alternate realities. With both boy and girl protagonists and themes of friendship, collaboration, accepting diversity and problem solving, these novels will engage readers from ages 8 and up.”
    Game World and Dark World, ReadPlus, 21 September 2018, Full Review.