Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Muddle and Win - The Battle for Sally Jones by John Dickinson‏



Everyone has a Lifetime Deed Counter (LDC). It works like this:

You offer to help with the housework: Lifetime Good Deeds +1

You steal your little brother's sweets: Lifetime Bad Deeds +1

Looks straightforward, huh? But what if your every thought was disputed by opposing forces of good and evil - by an angel wearing ray bans (called Windleberry) and a demon in the form of a wart (called Muddlespot)? And within your mind they were fighting a fierce battle over your actions, a battle dictated by a game of poker?

When Muddlespot is promoted from a devil's janitor to special agent, the pressure is on for him to infiltrate Sally Jones and make her Bad. If he doesn't, it will be Very Bad for him. But as his mission leads him down Sally's ear and into the deepest recesses of her mind, all becomes unclear. Just what does it mean to be good? And can it be good to be bad?

Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2012 by David Fickling Books

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My Review

The best word I could possibly use to describe Muddle & Win is bonkers, but in a good way! I was hurled into this fabulously imagined world that was brilliantly fun, silly, witty and wonderfully written and put together. I immediately fell in love with brave little Muddlespot, who came to be rather strangely out of a hairy, juicy wart (yes, bonkers, I told you)! The storyline is engaging and is perfectly paced, it is one of them one sitting books that I love so much. I really haven't came across anything like Muddle & Win before and I think everyone should read it themselves to experience the full on punch of silliness it packs into every page.

In every persons mind there is a battle for good and evil over each action the person makes. Angels and demons try to control a persons thought process for their own gain. Sally Jones has never done a bad deed in her entire life, lots of special agents have been sent in to try and sway her with no luck (they have all ended up squashed). In the deepest darkest parts of Pandemonium a little guy called Muddle Spot is chosen as the next special agent for the dangerous task and he really couldn't of been more surprised.

When he invades Sally's mind everything becomes unclear, he is left questioning what it even really means to be bad! Can he succeed in his mission when everyone else before him has failed? Well it might not have the outcome you are expecting. The ending is fantastic and has some little unexpected twists and turns. I loved so much about this action filled book and I urge everyone to give it a try today, you will be highly entertained if nothing else.

*Special thanks to David Flicking Books for the review copy*

4/5 Stars

Carly :)


  1. Out of a juicy wart?! Ha! This really does sound bonkers. It sounds like a fun read though. Great review, Carly! :)

  2. Bonkers - now I'm going to have that song in my head all day (I'm not complaining!)

    This sounds really fun and the cover appealed to me right away. Also the names sounds cute, Muddlespot would make a great cat/dog name!


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