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!