Friday, 27 December 2013

Best of 2013

Wow! 2013 has been and gone, where did that go?? But, the end of a year signifies another 'Best of' post, this year I have read some great books. I couldn't pictures for all of them but reviews will be linked below! Enjoy, what were your favourite books of 2013??


I won't go into detail about any of the books. Click below for any reviews

Reviews:

Those are my favourites, as you can see I liked a lot of Suzanne Collins and Katie McGarry!

Stay tuned to my blog for a very exciting blog post coming very soon!!!!!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hello guys! 

Sorry, yet again (I always seem to be saying that to you) for my lack of posts, but I've been so busy with Christmas that I haven't had time to post! Hopefully next year I will be more active, but I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and a very happy new year! I will have one more post coming this year, you'll have to come back on the 27th if you would like to know what that it... 

That's all guys! See you soon!


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Review of Crash Into You

Title: Crash into You
Author: Katie McGarry

Blurb:
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane 

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind. 

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. 

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.


My Review:

Isaiah is hurting because the person who he thought he loved didn't love him back. He's feeling unloved and Isaiah knows that feeling all too well. He's a typical bad boy. His passion is cars, driving them, repairing them - he loves them.

Then.... enter Rachel! She's from a wealthy family. She has a mum, a dad and some over protective brothers. Rachel's mum used to have another daughter who sadly died due to cancer before Rachel was born. She hides a secret that only her and her brothers know. Like Isaiah, Rachel also has a passion for cars.

So when Rachel and Isaiah meet by chance, one night changes everything for them...

This is another great book from Katie McGarry. I can't recommend her books highly enough. I would strongly advice you to try this series!!

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Friday, 29 November 2013

Review of Coco Caramel

Title: Coco Caramel
Author: Cathy Cassidy
Series: The Chocolate Box Girls (book 4)

Blurb:

Another delicious book in the Chocolate Box Girls series, a sequel to Cherry Crush, Marshmallow Skye and Summer's Dream, from bestselling girls' favourite, Cathy Cassidy.
Coco is the youngest of the Tanberry sisters but she's as headstrong as any of them. Coco is crazy about animals and loves her riding lessons. When her favourite pony at the stables is sold, Coco scopes out the new owner - and she's not happy about what she discovers. With big sister Honey going off at the deep end and Summer only just recovering from her eating disorder, Coco can't rely on family help. Can Coco save Caramel alone - or will a new friend help her?


My Review:

I have been following this series since book one: Cherry Crush and have really enjoyed them all. Coco was always the tomboy of the sisters and she comes across as a very headstrong, independent character. She's into saving the planet and animals and is complete nature lover. I imagine her as a slightly scruffy girl who looks like she's been playing outside a lot. She's a really loveable character.

Coco has a love of horses but when the one that she loves deeply is sold because of her, she makes it her mission to save her. With the help of a boy they manage to get the horse and hide her, but, it comes with complications...

I really enjoyed this book and the story is really easy to follow. It's a great easy read and I really enjoy the way Cathy Cassidy has done this series, you get a real feel for the characters. This is one of my favourites of the series and I'd definitely recommend.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Book Review: Queenie

Title: Queenie
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Published By: Doubleday, 2013

Blurb:
It's 1953, the year Elizabeth is to be crowned Queen of England. Elsie Kettle can't wait to go to London to see the celebrations on Coronation Day. Elsie lives with her Nan - her mum works as a showgirl, so she's not around very often. Spirited and imaginative, but often lonely, Elsie longs for a best friend. Luckily, she and Nan are very close; Elsie just wishes she was allowed a cat to keep her company sometimes.
Then tragedy strikes. Nan and Elsie both fall ill with tuberculosis, and Elsie finds herself whisked away to the children's ward of the hospital. Confined to bed for months on end, Elsie finds it very hard to adapt to the hospital's strict regime. But she invents astonishing ways of entertaining the other children on the ward, and for the first time finds herself surrounded by true friends - including Queenie, the hospital's majestic white cat.
Finally, Elsie is well enough to leave hospital. But before she does, she has one very special, very unexpected visitor...

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book! I'm loving that Jacqueline Wilson is taking a foray into historical fiction - I really enjoy history, so I'm loving her recent work! This book is set in the year 1953 and it's the year that our Queen is being crowned. 

Elsie Kettle, lives with her nan (Elsie's mum is a showgirl) and they plan to go to London and see the Queen. But, illness puts a dent in their plans. Elsie's nan comes down with tuberculosis in her lungs and gets confined to a sanatorium for complete bed rest.  

Whilst Elsie's nan is in hospital, Elsie and her mum have to be checked to see if they also have TB. Unfortunately Elsie does, in her knee. So Elsie is confined to bed rest as well. She has to wear a splint on her leg to keep it in place. I can only imagine how boring it must have been to sit around all day for months and not being able to do anything - boring! 

Elsie at first struggles to fit in to the hospitals way of life and she finds it hard to make friends. Her only true friend is the hospital cat who is a gorgeous pure white cat. 

I won't go into much more detail about what happens, but I loved the ending! I wasn't expecting it. 

Overall, I loved this book, it was interesting to read about how they used to cure TB and to listen to Elsie's stories, I really did long for her and her nan to get better. You really connected with the characters and got a feel for how they were feeling and what they were thinking. I'd highly recommend!

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Hello Again

Hello everybody!

Sorry for my lack of posts recently! The last one I did was on the 30th September! *Gasps and slaps wrist*. Bad blogger definition right there. But anyway, you may be able to tell that my blog has had a change, quite a drastic change as well! All the fonts have changed, the header has changed and the background! I hope you like the new layout.

Hopefully, I will be getting back into the swing of blogging!

Speak to you soon!


Monday, 30 September 2013

Cover Reveal: The Secret Diamond Sisters


Hey Guys!


Long time no see! Anyway, today I have a very exciting post for you all! Michelle Madow has got a new book coming out on the 25th February 2014!! This may seem a long way away, but I'm sure it will be worth it!

Isn't it pretty?!?!
Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Title: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: Hunger Games (book 2)

Blurb:
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol - a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before...and surprising readers at every turn


My Review:


OMG! This book was just amazing! I seriously love the Hunger Games and if you haven't read the series then read it! I mean it's just incredible!!

Basically, Peeta and Katniss have survived the Hunger Games but their survival has spurred on a rebellion in the districts! The Capitol is in uproar and the mayor decides to pay Katniss a visit, he demands her to make it better or there will be serious consequences for her and her friends and family. 

In this book it's the 75th Hunger Games, and the rules state that every 25 years there will be a special Hunger Games. The twist of this Hunger Games is that all the existing winners will be put back into the arena. This year it will be much harder, everybody knows how to play it...

Now that I have finished this book I am craving the third and final instalment! I desperately want it/need it! The Hunger Games is one of the best trilogies I've ever read and I want more! I'm also really excited for the film release and can't wait for it!!


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Friday, 16 August 2013

Where Have I Been?

Hello!

Long time no see 'eh?

Sorry I have been so absent, I've still been reading and book reviews will be going up shortly! It's been the summer holidays and I've been enjoying doing nothing! Haha!

So, sorry for lack of posts but its nice to take a break from blogging! But I'm back!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Review of Emerald Star

Title: Emerald Star
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Series: Hetty Feather (number 3)

Blurb:

Since leaving the Foundling Hospital, Hetty has seen her fair share of drama, excitement, tragedy and loss. After the death of her beloved mama, she sets off to find a real home at last - starting with the search for her father.

But Hetty is no longer a simple country girl, and begins to fear she'll never truly belong anywhere. And even when she is reunited with her beloved childhood sweetheart Jem, Hetty still longs for adventure - especially when an enchanting figure from her past makes an unexpected reappearance. Could a more exciting future lie ahead for Hetty?

(Blurb taken from goodreads)


My Review:

This book is the last in the Hetty Feather series - which I loved! Jacqueline Wilson is definitely one of my favourite authors, she's just great when I want a nice, easy read. I love how her writing just takes you into the story and I think that the Hetty Feather series is my favourite of hers. I'm constantly re-reading them!

Anyway, the story starts off with a bit of background. Hetty's birth mother has died :( so Hetty decides to try and find her birth father, which she manages. However, her father's wife, Katherine, doesn't believe Hetty and decides that she needs proof. Hetty then writes to her old governess - Miss Smith - enquiring what her mother's real name was. When Miss Smith writes back to give proof of her mother's identity, letters from Jem are also there. Hetty then discovers that her foster father is dead and that her foster mother is ill. She decides to leave her birth father to see Jem. 

When she arrives Jem welcomes her with open arms, however, her foster sisters aren't so welcoming. 

Hetty stays there for several months but when the circus arrives everything changes...

Overall, I think that this book was a fantastic end to a fantastic series! It still leaves questions unanswered so you are left to create your own ending for Hetty which I liked. I'd really recommend this series and think it's a nice, sweet book.

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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Help Michelle Madow!

Hey Guys!

I have a very important mission for you all! Michelle Madow has entered a competition to meet Taylor Swift.


How Does This Affect You?
Well, if you know Michelle's books then you will know that her first book 'Remembrance' was inspired by Taylor Swift's music video 'Love Story'.

This would make Michelle's dreams come true if you just click this link - it's really that simple!

(You'll have to paste it into a URL - sorry)


http://www.kiss108.com/t/?2x7

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Review of The Key Master

Title: The Key Master
Author: Christine Blakemore

Synopsis:
Jac has to do his proving challenge in order for him to get a good career on his home planet of Elythium. To help him complete his challenge, he has the help of a shape-shifter named Blue. Jac and Blue have to travel to Earth and find the 3 keys: Smowid, Rouhon and Thurt.
My Review:
This book was given to me by the author and I was really impressed! It came in a manuscript form and I was really excited to read it.

I really liked Jac and Blue as characters and found them really realistic (as realistic as you can get, considering ones a shape shifter and the other is boy from a different planet). The whole plot of the book was that Jac had to complete his proving task. To do this he has to travel to Earth to find the 3 keys: Thurt, Smowid and Rouhon.

To get to Earth Jac and Blue have to travel through a mirror (which I thought was really cool and wished that the mirrors in my house could do that). On the way, they meet Nene and Mara, sisters who agree to help Jac and Blue. They put them up in the shed in their allotment and give them food and water.

They're both baffled by how to found these keys, but then an advert in the local newspaper gives them a clue to they keys whereabouts. After that, they go off on all sorts of adventures all across Britain. 

I liked the witty narration between Blue and Jac but I also really enjoyed the serious, bonding moments that they shared.

At the end, there is a clever twist that I wasn't expecting...

Overall, I was really impressed with this book. Even though, it isn't published yet, I really hope it does because, it would be a shame for people to miss out such a good book! 

I really liked the narration, the characters and the plot and can't think of anything bad about the book! I'd definitely recommend it for boys and girls!


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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Review of Dare You To

Title: Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry

Blurb:

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."


If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....


(Blurb Taken from goodreads)

My Review:

This is the second book from Katie McGarry which is sort of a follow up from her first book Pushing the Limits (review here). I loved that book and this book also didn't disappoint!

This book is told from two perspectives, Beth and Ryan. Ryan is the typical jock, popular and good looking and Beth is the troubled teen, gothic and moody. When I read Pushing the Limits, I was really into the Beth and Isaiah relationship and thought that they fitted together, but then this book came along and changed my mind. 

Ryan has been training to play baseball for pretty much all of his life, his parents put pressure on him to be 'prefect'. But behind closed doors Ryan's life isn't so perfect.

Beth however, has completely the opposite life, and after one night her life completely changes and she's taken away from the people she loves most. 

As soon as Beth and Ryan met they just seemed to work and I really wanted them to work out. There is quite a few swear words in this book but they aren't at all offensive and just seem to fit with the story (Beth's very moody so it fits with her personality).

I liked the glimpses of Noah, Echo and all the other characters from the previous book. Again this book deals with drugs, sex,  alcohol and abuse but it doesn't feel heavy and is handled really well (much like the first book). You really feel for this book and there is some quite emotional parts. 

Katie McGarry is becoming one of my favourite authors - her books are literally amazing and I can't wait for her next book 'Crash Into You' to come out. 

I can't recommend this book enough and Katie McGarry's writing in general - she's definitely one to watch out for. 

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Sunday, 26 May 2013

Where Have I been?

Hey Guys!

Sorry my reviews haven't been very consistent recently, but, I've been resting my eyes for a bit. I have one more review book to finish and then when that's up (hopefully by the end of this week), I'll have a bit more of a break. So just encase you were wondering I haven't forgotten to post things and I haven't neglected you guys - I'm just having a little rest and then I'll be back.

Thanks for being patient!

Tash
xxx

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Review of 'True'


Title: True
Author: Erin McGarthy

Blurb:

When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…

(Blurb Taken From NetGalley)

My Review:

I really liked this book. It's a love story about Rory and Tyler. Rory is a really smart girl at college. She has 2 friends, who she loves but, she's never had a boyfriend and she's a virgin.

Rory's friends decide to take it upon themselves to 'de-virginise' Rory, and set her up with Tyler. Tyler is a bad boy, barely scraping through his EMT program, he's tattooed and has a messed up family. 

He agrees to do the deed but, secretly he's interested in Rory and as they get to know each other they discover that their a great match together. However, Rory discovers what her roommates were planning him to do and could it all be over? 

Overall, I really liked this book. It's one for older readers as it contains swearing and sex scenes. I did really enjoy this love story and you could feel the love from Tyler and Rory.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Review of Sequins, Stars and Spotlights

Title: Sequins, Stars and Spotlights
Author: Sophia Bennett
Series: Threads book 3

Blurb:

Best friends Nonie, Jenny, Edie and Crow are so close to beginning glittering careers. So why do their challenges suddenly seem so overwhelming?

The girls have choices to make. Who will wait for fame and success? Who will emerge an outright star? Who will fall in love? And who will turn her back on her dreams?

My Review:

I read this book a while ago so this review may be very brief. But, I'm going to give it a go anyway.

This is threads book 3 and I really enjoyed it. It follows the 4 girls, Nonie, Jenny, Crow and Edie as they make it big in the fashion industry.

In this book, Nonie finds love but also has a rethink about her future. Jenny gets swept away to New York to star in a musical. Edie's working herself to hard and questions where she wants to go and Crow has a rethink about her label.

Overall, I did really enjoy this book and it has been a good, light series to read.

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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Review of Code Name Verity

Title: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein

Blurb:

I have two weeks. You'll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
That's what you do to enemy agents. It's what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way for a girl caught red handed doing dirty work like mine - and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturnfuhrer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I'm going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France - an Allied Version of Two.


We are a sensational team.

My Review:

This is one of the Carnegie books and I really wasn't impressed. I couldn't even get passed the first 50 pages!

From the blurb the book sounded quite good but as soon as I started reading it just seemed like endless amounts of waffle written all over the page!

Nothing seemed to happen and I couldn't understand what was going on. It's very rare that I do stop reading a book so you can tell how bad I thought it was.

I really wasn't impressed and wouldn't recommend at all! But, if it sounds like a book you enjoy go ahead and read it but for me, I just couldn't get into it. 

Let me know if you did enjoy it and why!

Sorry Elizabeth but your book just didn't impress me!



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Monday, 8 April 2013

Review of Geek Girl


Title: Geek Girl
Author: Holly Smale

Blurb:

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.”
Harriet Manners knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her.
So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her best friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of impossibly handsome model Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.
Veering from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, Harriet begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did.
As her old life starts to fall apart, will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

(Blurb taken from amazon)

My Review:


Harriet is a geek, no question about it! She even looked it up in a dictionary just to make sure. I am a self confessed geek!

Nobody at school likes her so when she's offered the chance to be a model she thinks it could be just what she's looking for! She wants to make people see her differently, not just as the resident geek.

I really enjoyed how the story was told. I liked Harriet's narration an the way she views the world. I really liked how the author conveyed Harriet's awkwardness and I loved the little facts she would put in.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend!


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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

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Review of The Weight of Water

Title: The Weight of Water
Author: Sarah Crossan

Blurb:

Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat. 'The Weight of Water' is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

(Blurb taken from goodreads)

My Review:

I'm taking part in my own little Carnegie book awards, there isn't enough space at my school so my English teacher said that I could do it independently, I immediately checked out the books on  NetGalley and saw this and requested it, luckily it was then approved!


I read this book in several hours and from the first page I was intrigued, the layout was different. The whole book was told in a series of poems (they don't rhyme though so it doesn't feel like you are reading a multitude of poems, which I liked as I HATE poetry)

The story follows Kasienka, who is Polish, as she heads to England to find her Tata (Dad) with her Mama (Mum). Her mum can't face that her dad walked out all those years ago so her mum drags Kasienka along for the ride. 

They live in a cramped studio apartment and they are both desperately trying to fit in. Kasienka gets bullied by the 'it' girl called Clair. 

This book is much deeper than it first appears and really does make you think about bullying and immigrants and how other people feel.

I really enjoyed this book and I would HIGHLY recommend it, it exceeded my expectations and I think that you shouldn't dismiss it just because you don't like books told in poetic form. And if you do like books told like that, then hey, this books for you!

This book is also set in Warwickshire which is where I live so I could really visualize everything. Also my mum's maiden name was Crossan, so me and Sarah could be related! 


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Friday, 29 March 2013

Review of Beads, boys and Bangles

Title: Beads, boys and bangles
Author: Sophia Bennett
Series: Threads book 2

Blurb:

Crow is in designer heaven; Nonie's caught the eye of a gorgeous boy; Jenny has a new play. 

But poor Edie's in trouble... it's rumoured that slave children in India have been making their high street collection. 


It's up to the girls to save their fashion dream! 


My Review:

This is the second book in the threads series and I read the first one and wanted to know what would happen next. I wasn't desperate to read this book but I was glad to get a copy. 

As soon as I started reading this I was back with the girls (Nonie, Crow, Jenny and Edie)! Let's back up a bit, Edie runs an ethical blog and then someone starts to spread a rumour that Crow's clothes are being made by slave children in India. 

So... the girls manage to get a trip to India to see the factories where Crow's clothes are made. Everything seems fine but when journeying in India they meet 3 children. 

That's all I'm gonna tell you! How mean am I?! Overall, I did enjoy this book. I would say that if youre not into fashion then this might not be for you but as I am slightly fashion conscious I really enjoyed it! 


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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Review of Witch Twins

Title: Witch Twins
Author: Adele Griffin

Blurb:

Claire and Luna may be witches, but there’s no easy spell to stop a wedding!
Though identical on the outside, ten-year-old twins Claire and Luna Bundkin are as different on the inside as peaches and peanut butter. Claire is mischievous and Luna is a dreamer, but they do share a favorite hobby: witchcraft. Whether it’s making breakfast or washing dishes, there’s nothing a five-star witch can’t accomplish with a wave of her pinkie finger. But there are two strict rules: Don’t tell Mom, and don’t try any spells without Grandy—their magical grandmother—watching. When Claire and Luna’s father announces that he’s getting remarried to a loudmouthed Texas woman named Fluffy, the twins know they need to do something to stop the wedding. Fluffy wouldn’t be a bad stepmother, but Claire and Luna know that she would lure their father to far-away Houston. A spell might be the only way to save their Dad, and they’ll try anything. Even if magic usually lands them in a pot of trouble. This ebook features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s own collection.

(Blurb taken from netgalley)


My Review:

Ten year olds Claire and Luna are identical twins, but not just any normal twins they are witches! Their grandmother is a 5 star witch yet they don't have any stars.

When the twins find out that their father is marrying a women called Fluffy (yes I know). The girls believe that she's trying to get their father to move to Texas. So (naturally) they decide to ruin the wedding , with a little help from some magic.

This is a charming little story that I really enjoyed and will recommend to younger children. It's light-hearted and I really enjoyed it! It's a great little read!

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Review of Samphire Song


Title: Samphire Song
Author: Jill Hucklesby

Blurb: 

When fourteen-year-old Jodie buys a wild horse at auction, she has no idea what she is taking on. Something has drawn her to Samphire--there's an instant bond between them. She recognizes he's a damaged horse who needs time to mend. Jodie understands all about pain, having lost her dad two years before. 

Slowly, she gains Samphire's trust, and Jodie begins to blossom with a new confidence. But when her younger brother Ed becomes very ill and needs an operation, Jodie is faced with the biggest decision of her life. 

In order to help her mother and brother, she must let Samphire go. She makes him a promise--as soon as she can, she will find him and bring him home. It's a promise that leads her into danger. But somewhere, Samphire is calling to her. She senses his life is at risk and there's not much time. She must rescue him, whatever the cost.

(Blurb taken from goodreads)

My Review: 

The story starts off with Jodie's life involving horses up until the point when the story really gets going. This is when she receives money from her mother to spend on what she likes, which is of course a horse!  
Jodie goes to a auction looking for a lovely, sweet pony but, obviously, is attracted to the wild pony going berserk in his stall. She then decides to call it Samphire.

Jodie plans to enter him  into a big cross country race. I thought that this was going to be really predictable and is obviously going to win.

But the book had a surprising twist. Her younger brother has kidney failure and is rushed to hospital. Samphire needs to be sold as his expenses become too much. I did not expect this to happen at all!

This book was not what I expected and was completely unpredictable and I really enjoyed it! I would definitely recommend!



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Friday, 22 March 2013

Review of No Ordinary Excuse


Name: No Ordinary Excuse
Author: Michelle Adams


Blurb:

‘I put on my imaginary thinking cap. Mine is a hot pink, domed helmet with purple lightning bolts on the sides. It pulls down from a long spring coil above my bed… So with my cap in place, I started thinking of possible homework excuses. Maybe I could tell Miss Haven that I’d spent the last two weeks under alien hypnosis and they’d erased any memory of a school project…’

Meet twelve year old Gemma Martin. She wants to be an actress, but school is getting in the way. Gemma has used all of the usual excuses to avoid her homework, but this time she’s facing serious consequences and must rely on her vivid imagination to create the most extraordinary homework excuse ever. Initially, Gemma’s stolen project story skyrockets her popularity, but it isn’t long before things start to spiral out of control and Gemma is headed for disaster. No Ordinary Excuse is the story of how our biggest mistakes are often our greatest teachers.

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

Gemma  hates doing her homework, so when she puts off a project that will affect her school level/grade, she comes up with a grand plan to get more time. What is this plan? Her project has been stolen! Her plan involves her auntie who is touring Australia at the time taking pictures of the stolen project to prove Gemma's lie. It all appears to be going smoothly until Gemma's teacher refuses to accept her project. And then Gemma's school rival tells the lie. Will Gemma be able to put things right or will she end up in detention forever? 

I would recommend this book and it's a great easy read! 


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Monday, 11 March 2013

Transcendence Book Blitz


Hey Guys!
This is my first book blitz and I am so excited to be doing this! 




Title: Transcendence 
Author: Michelle Madow

Synopsis:
Transcendence is an extra book in the Transcend time saga. This book includes, deleted chapters, character profiles, bonus scenes, guest posts and many more! It's a great book for fans of the series and if you haven't read the series, please do!







Remembrance: Series: Transcend Time Saga #1
Publication date: July 27th 2011
Genre:YA Time Travel
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12177772-remembrance

Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn't going to be easy.


Vengeance
Michelle Madow
Series: Transcend Time Saga #2
Publication date: December 8th 2011
Genre:YA Time Travel
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12780764-vengeance

How far would you go to get revenge?

When Chelsea Givens discovered that her ex-boyfriend Drew dumped her to be with her former best friend Lizzie, she'd never felt so betrayed in her life. Then her new friend Shannon tells her she can help set things right. Chelsea's willing to listen, but what Shannon wants her to believe -- that she shared a past life with Drew -- is impossible. And what she wants her to do to get him back … well, it's downright crazy.

Could Shannon be telling the truth? And if she is, what lengths will Chelsea go if it means making Lizzie pay?

Find out in Vengeance, the second part of the Transcend Time Saga.

*Vengeance is the short story that bridges the events in Remembrance and the final novel in the Saga.





















Timeless
Michelle Madow
Series: Transcend Time Saga #3
Publication date: November 14th 2012
Genre:YA Time Travel
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12933542-timeless

IT'S A RACE AGAINST TIME.

In Remembrance, Lizzie and Drew changed the course of fate so they could be together.

In Vengeance, Chelsea set fate back on its original, deadly path.

Now, strange things keep happening to Lizzie. Things that are omens of darkness to come. A curse has doomed her to die an early death, just as she did in her past life. To make matters worse, even if she can figure out who cast the curse, it's irreversible. There's only one option left for her to save herself. It's crazier than anything she's heard yet, and to do it, she'll need Drew and Chelsea's help.

Because to make things right, they must go back to when it all began ... and Lizzie discovers that the final events in her past life were more sinister than she ever imagined.




Purchase Links:



Remembrance

Vengeance

Timeless

Transcendence
Available for free download, so it would be great if bloggers could mention that in the Blitz. Here is the download link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/266571


REMEMBRANCE E BOOK GIVEAWAY


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Michelle Madow was inspired to write Remembrance after seeing Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video while a junior at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. The song and video gave her the story idea about a high school girl reincarnated from Regency Era, England. She handed in the first chapter as a homework assignment for class, and when her teacher and classmates wanted her to continue writing, she decided to go for it. By the end of the school year, her first novel was completed!

For more information on Michelle and her books, visit www.michellemadow.com.
Michelle lives in Florida, where she is hard at work writing more novels for young adults.
(Images for the three book covers: RemembranceVengeanceTimeless)