Book Review; Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Posted on 18 July, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Behind Closed DoorsTitle: Behind Closed Doors
Author: B. A. Paris
Publisher: Mira
Published: 11th February 2016
Pages: 351
Format: ebook
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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Summary:
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace.

He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. Though, you’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.


Sometimes There

This book has been siting on my kindle for far too long. I kept looking at the title and then choosing something else to read and when I finally got around to reading the book, I felt like kicking myself in the head because the book was incredible. I read it over two days because I physically could not put the book down. It was addictive, dark, intense and edgy. I needed to know how it was going to end. I had to know that it would all work out in the end and I just absolutely loved every single thing about this book and the way that it made me feel. This is the kind of book that makes me absolutely love reading thriller books.

Is More

Right from the very beginning of this book I got a bad vibe about the main couple in this story. Something wasn’t quite right but I wasn’t sure exactly what was going on. As the book continued, I had my heart pulled this way and that as I fell in love with the characters and wanted to help them. The plot jumped from the past to the present, keeping the reader hooked on the book and on the edge of their seats. It was a fantastic way of building tension and really helped to make this book even more intense. I love where this book finally went and how it finally ended. I think how it ended actually just made me love the book more.

Underneath The

One of the most wonderful things about this book was the characters. I instantly connected with Grace and wanted her to live the best possible life she could. She loves her sister so much and it is clear that she would do absolutely anything for her and I absolutely loved that about her. I loved Millie as well. She was really sweet, logical, amazing and kind-hearted. I wanted the best for her as well. I also thought Jack was incredibly well written. A very believable character who made this story so very interesting in the first place. B. A. Paris certainly does not shy away from creating vibrant and unique characters.

Shinning Surface

Sometimes you open a book and it reminds you why you love to read. This book did that for me. It was intense, addictive, emotional and gut-wrenching. It was a true page-turner that I thought about constantly when I wasn’t reading. It was dark, gruesome and hopeful all at the same time. I don’t want to say too much so as to spoil the book for you but you should really just heed my advice and make sure that you read this book, especially if you’re a thriller book lover. I guarantee that you won’t regret it.

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 18 July, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Posted on 24 June, 2016 by Faye - 3 Comments

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Publisher: Chicken House
Published: 7th July 2016
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

An important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD.


When You’re

Every now and again you pick up a book and everything suddenly changes. This is a book that completes you. A book that makes you feel less alone. That makes you feel understood. These is what happened when I picked up Under the Rose Tainted Skies. I thought it might because the description sounded brilliant. It sounded like, if done correctly, it was going to change things. And then it did. It was clear to me from the very first page that this book was going straight onto my favourite shelf. It was obvious after only one sentence that this book was going to speak to me. There were a few small things about this book that irked me but overall, it was a stunning read that I absolutely loved from start to finish.

Confined to Your

There were many ways in which this book could have flopped, many ways in which this book could have been a disaster, but instead Louise Gornall has written a brilliant book that is full of realistic and interesting descriptions of someone dealing with Agoraphobia. Everyone will handle their mental illnesses differently, they’ll have different thoughts and different reactions but I feel this was a very good representation of how some people react. Which makes this book the perfect fiction novel to make people feel understood, but also to educate others on empathy, to make others learn more about what it is like when the world scares you. It’s a wonderful depiction of this mental illness and a good picture of what having OCD or anxiety can be like and how best to treat someone with it.

House, How Do

Louise has done a fantastic job of writing believable and interesting characters. Norah was the most detailed and well thought out and I found her story to be a wonderful read. You could really understand her troubles and wanted nothing more than to help her deal with them. I also really liked her mum, even though she’s not seen that much. I really loved that she was so supportive and caring and kind throughout Norah’s illness. While I liked Luke and thought he was a very interesting character, I wasn’t overly fond of him. There were just a few things that happened that made me a little suspicious of him. But overall I thought he was an okay character and was good for Norah.

You Survive

In case you’re not sure, I absolutely one hundred percent loved this book. Like, loved it so much I am willing to stand on top of a rooftop and declare my love for it. It’s a powerful, hard-hitting, emotional read that is incredibly important and also wonderfully written. It is a real page-turner. With a brilliant, brilliant, description of mental illness and the way it can really effect more than just the person suffering. It’s a strong story that should be read by many and read over and over again too. Add this book to your wishlist immediately and read it as soon as possible. You won’t be disappointed.

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 24 June, 2016 by Faye - 3 Comments


Book Review; This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

Posted on 2 June, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

Title: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
Author: V. E. Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books
Published: 7th June 2016
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.


Are We All

Being a large fan of V. E. Schwab, there was absolutely no way I was going to miss the chance to read This Savage Song. And when I finally had it in my hands, I wasn’t going to waste any time! Which in a way, I’m glad I didn’t but also cursing myself that I didn’t wait a little while because I am now desperate to get my hands on the second book in this duology! Once again, V. E. Schwab has written a spectacular story that is sure to blow you away. I got pulled straight in to the story and was able to just imagine everything so vividly. I loved all the characters and the whole idea of the world was simply stunning. This is definitely not a book to be missed.

Destined For

This is the kind of book that makes me wish I could live in the authors head. I wish I could know where her imagination takes her but I’m also incredibly glad that she’s able to put her imagination into words and create a story that flows so well. I loved the entire world that this book is set in. From the way it turned out the way it is now, to the way the Monsters were created and how the different species worked, I just thought it was all incredible. Add to that a twisting and turning plot that leaves you feeling unsure who to trust, and you might just see why I enjoyed this book so much. I am in so much awe of V. E. Schwab.

A Life We

Alongside a wonderful world, V. E. has also created brilliant and vivid characters that I truly enjoyed reading about. First up is Kate. Kate was such a fantastic character to read about with an indepth and fascinating history too. She was closed off and hard but also had a really vulnerable and sensitive side as well. She was snappy and abusive but also kind and caring. I loved how she was a hard one to get to know until you got under her skin. And then there was August. He was an incredible character whom was very interesting to read about. Conflicted in so many ways, strong, protective, trapped, and caring. He was such a unique character to read about.

Cannot Control?

So, all in all, This Savage Song is an absolutely amazing book that I read quickly and impatiently as I loved being in the world and was fascinated by the characters and I simply had to know what was going to happen next. I needed to know where the book was eventually going to take me as well. It was a vibrant, powerful and energetic read that kept me entertained and hooked from the first page until the very last. And that last page! Boy, that is one way to end a book. I am so excited for the next book in this duology now. It is quite clear that it is going to be an absolute page-turner just like this one! So, if you’re looking for a book that will take your breath away in the best possible way, pick up this stunning book!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 2 June, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Posted on 10 May, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments

Radio SilenceTitle: Radio Silence
Author: Alice Oseman
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: 25th February 2016
Pages: 410
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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Summary:
What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…
She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.


What If

Having read and enjoyed Solitaire by Alice Oseman, I was looking forward to reading her next book, Radio Silence. I didn’t really know what to expect but I certainly did not expect that it would be a bok that would stay with me long after I’d finished reading it. But that is what has happened. Weeks after finishing it, I am still gushing over it, still talking about it at every opportunity. For me, this book was incredible. It touched upon so many subjects, which has the potential to ruin a book but instead Alice just made it work. I have fallen head over heels for this book.

You Had

As mentioned above, this book touches on a lot of subjects and manages to do this because of the very intricate and interesting plot. Alice has created a story that twists and turns throughout. It is a book that will keep you hooked as you follow the journey of the characters. As though that isn’t enough, this book also has a character-driven plot, which I absolutely love in books. I very much enjoyed watching how not just the main protagonist but all the characters in this book went on a journey. Also, I love that their was a platonic relationship at the centre of it all!

Everything Completely

Alice Oseman has created some wonderfully vibrant and rich characters in this book. I loved each and every one of them, which doesnt happen very often. Also I really loved that the main protagonists mum was also involved in the plot in a positive way as well! I think that my favourite character was Aled. He went, in my opinion, on the biggest journey and I just thought that he was such an interesting and fascinating character. He was creative, smart, strong, sensitive, loyal and caring and I just thought he was brilliant. He made this book so wonderful.

And Utterly Wrong

In case it is not yet obvious, I just want to document that I absolutely loved this book. It’s taken me a while to write this review as all I wanted to do was scream, “READ IT. READ IT NOW.”, which didn’t really seem appropiate. There is also still so much about this book that I want to tell you about but I also don’t want to spoil it for you. So I just want to end this review by saying that Radio Silence is a marvellous book that is the perfect YA read as it encapsulates so many things about being a teen. It is a truly remarkable book that should not be missed. Read it. Read it now.

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 10 May, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments


Blog Tour: Create Your Own Spy Mission by Andrew and Chris Judge

Posted on 10 April, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Create Your Own Spy Mission by Andrew and Chris Judge

Hi All!
Today is my spot on the Create Your Own: Spy Mission blog tour! I’m here to show you some of the pages filled in by myself so that you can a) see my pathetic drawings and b) see how much fun this book is!

But before I humiliate myself, here’s some information about this fantastic book!


About The Book

Title: Create Your Own Spy Mission
Author: Andrew and Chris Judge
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: April 7th 2016
Pages: 140
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
DOODLE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE!
Welcome to Doodle…where you draw the story. Help finish characters, build up the town and design a GIANT ICE CREAM POWERED robot to fight off…the SUPER villains that you doodle! Doodles get into LOTS of trouble. Watch out, it is up to you to doodle them out of it!

My Doodles

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About the Authors

Chris Judge

Chris Judge is an award winning picture book author/illustrator (THE LONELY BEAST, TIN) and co-author, with comedian David O’Doherty, of DANGER IS EVERYWHERE. Chris’s work continues to feature in advertising, newspapers, magazines and exhibitions in the UK and Ireland.

Website. Twitter.

Andrew Judge

Andrew Judge has written and illustrated countless short stories and comics with his brother Chris, including regular features for arts and culture magazines Mongrel and Totally Dublin. Andrew lives and works as an architect in Ireland.

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Where will your spy mission take you?

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Book Review; How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern

Posted on 20 February, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

How To Fall In LoveTitle: How to Fall In Love
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: 24th October 2013
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback & Audiobook
Source:: Bought & Borrowed
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Summary:
Christine Rose is crossing the Ha’Penny Bridge in Dubline late one night wen she sees a stranger, Adam, poised to jump. Desperate to help, she talks him into a reckless deal: if he gives her two weeks – till his 35th Birthday – she’ll prove life is worth living.

But as the clock ticks and the two of them embark on late night escapades and romantic adventures, what Christine has really promised seems impossible…


When You’re

Cecelia Ahern is, and probably always will be, one of my favourite authors. I have yet to read a book by her that I disliked. (SPOILER: I didn’t dislike this book either). Thus when I saw How To Fall In Love, I knew I had to read it. Before long it got pushed back down my TBR pile until I saw it was an e-audiobook in my library so instantly took it out. The narration was fantastic and I was instantly transported into the book. Essentially I loved this book, it made me laugh out loud, and hysterically, it made me cry and it made me fall in love.

Feeling Stuck

Generic plots can be dangerous, especially in romance novels but Cecelia Ahern has a complete knack for turning them on their head; making them compelling and addictive. Which she definitely did in How To Fall In Love. Sure, you ultimately know how the story is going to end before you even open the book but Cecelia has made the beginning and middle so entertaining that by the end you feel nothing but warmth and fuzziness that it ended the way you expected it to. That is the sign of one amazingly talented and incredible writer.

It’s Nice Knowing

If there is one thing I love in books, it is strong, lovable charachters that I very much enjoy reading about. Characters full of personality and flair that I can imagine existing. These are the types of characters that Cecelia is brilliant at writing. Characters that draw you in and keep you hooked even after the last page. I absolutely adored Christine. SHe was so sweet, determined, kind, broken, sensitive and hilarious. She had so many different sides to her. And then there is Adam, who was also such a fantastic character. Strong but weak, protective and loyal, tempermental but caring. A truly wonderful character that you can not help but love, and rejoice when things start going right for him.

You’re Not Alone

Maybe when it comes to books by Cecelia Ahern, I’m a little biased but I absolutely loved this book and would highly recommend it too. Full of a wonderful, heart fulfilling and emotional story, it would be hard not to love it. Cecelia also deals with some dark sensitive topics but she does it incredibly well, in my opinion anyway. In true Cecelia fashion, this book will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. It’s the perfect book for anyone in need of a book that truly emmerses them in a new world with truly lovable characters that they can’t get enough of. This book, quite simply, is a book that should not be missed.

five stars

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Book Tour Review; Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 14 January, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Title: Thicker Than Water
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Books
Published: December 29th 2015
Pages: 322
Format: Ebook
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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Summary:
Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…


When Everyone Thinks

Ever since reading Storm, Brigid Kemmerer has become one of my all time favourite authors. She is now an author who I read anything she has written. So much so that upon hearing she had a new book out, I did not bother reading the synopsis because I knew that regardless of what it said, I would read the book. Thus, I had no idea what to expect when I started Thicker than Water and I think that helped to make this book even more exciting. Once again, I am happy to report that Brigid Kemmerer has blown me away. This book is a fantastic book from start to finish; the kind of book that makes you wish you could read forever and ever more.

You Did It

Every single plot in Brigid Kemmerer’s books are incredible and the plot of Thicker than Water is no different. From the very start of this book you’re thrown into muddy waters (excuse the pun) with this book. There’s been a murder and no one knows who the killer is. Everyone is certain that Thomas is the killer, but Thomas is certain he didn’t, couldn’t do it. And Brigid pulls you into the story with this emotion so fluidly. Then the plot just builds, it throws you one way and then pulls you another and the whole way through the book you’re left wondering what is actually going on until it is finally revealed at the end. And what a reveal it is. I didn’t see it coming. I loved it. I love that Brigid kept you guessing and then threw your guesses away as something else happened. It made the book that much more exciting and intense to read.

How Do You

The main reason that I adore Brigid Kemmerer’s writing is because she has an amazing way of creating characters that you can easily connect to and love. Characters that have a vast array of emotions and characters that you cry with, laugh with and pray for. And she has continued that tradition with Thicker than Water. Thomas was an intense character but he was also troubled, caring and protective. He has the world on his shoulders and the cops on his back and is just trying to be and Brigid has portrayed this incredibly well. Then there’s Charlotte who is an amazingly strong character, she’s observing, protective but also feisty. She’s vulnerable, protected and cared for. I think I may have liked Charlotte that small fraction more than Thomas, but only because I loved how she dealt with everything thrown at her. She was a truly spectacular character. Hell, they both were.

Stay Above Water

Incase you missed the vibe, I very much enjoyed Thicker Than Water. It was a book that hooked me from the beginning and kept me hanging on until the very end. And, then of course, in true Brigid Kemmerer style, it was left on a gentle cliffhanger, the perfect promise of more. I personally cannot wait to see what will happen next in this story. I loved where this book took me, how it kept me guessing and I just got so pulled in by the characters. I do have to admit that I didn’t love it quite as much as the Storm series books but they are quite high in my heart, but I still loved every minute of this book and would happily recommend it and read it again!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **


About the Author
Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)

Brigid writes anywhere she can find a place to sit down (and she’s embarrassed to say a great
many pages of The Elemental Series were written while sitting on the floor in the basement of a hotel while she was attending a writers’ conference). Most writers enjoy peace and quiet while writing, but Brigid prefers pandemonium. A good thing, considering she has three boys in the house, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager.

While writing STORM, it’s ironic to note that Brigid’s personal life was plagued by water problems: her basement flooded three times, her roof leaked, her kitchen faucet broke, causing the cabinet underneath to be destroyed by water, the wall in her son’s room had to be torn down because water had crept into the wall, and her bedroom wall recently developed a minor leak. Considering SPARK, book 2 in the series, is about the brother who controls fire, Brigid is currently making sure all the smoke detectors in her house have batteries.

Brigid loves hearing from people, and she probably won’t refer to herself in the third person like this if you actually correspond with her. She has a smartphone surgically attached to her person nearby at all times, and email is the best way to reach her. Her email address is brigidmary@gmail.com

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Book Review; Scorch by Gina Damico

Posted on 12 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

ScorchTitle: Scorch (Croak #2)
Author: Gina Damico
Publisher: Graphia Books
Published: 25th Sept 2012
Pages: 332
Format: Paperback
Source:: Bought
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Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home.

To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop Zara once and for all—but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree?


With The

The first book in this series, Croak, was a book that very much surprised me. While I had expected to like the book, I hadn’t realised that I would completely love it. The book was the perfect balance between action and humour, and it enraptured me. Thus, I had high hopes for the second book in the series, Scorch. When it comes to books in a series, I never read the synopsis – I already know I’m going to read it – so I had no idea what to expect with this book. And that worked out fine as this book completely blew me away. It was intense, emotional, fast-paced and a truly scorching read.

Help of

Now it’s hard to talk about what happened in this book without ruining the first book but what I will say is that the plot of this book book was really gripping. The action never slowed down and you continuously felt like you were on edge. Add to that a feeling of injustice and rage and you can almost imagine how the characters must have felt throughout the entire book. There were some big plot twists in this book too which I loved but it was the ending that really got me. It was just as explosive as the ending of Croak and I must know more.

Friends and Family

One of the reasons I fell in love with Croak was because of the characters and I am glad to say that they are all just as vibrant and fun in this book too. They all really have their own journey’s to go through in this books well, which helps them grow. It definitely made the reading of the book more enjoyable as you realise that every body will always grow as time goes on. And because I normally mention it, my favourite character of the book was Lex. I think she has so much going on and I loved how she dealt with it all. Showing that along with her strengths, she also had those inevitable weaknesses, further demonstrating the strength of her character.

We Will Survive

It is not often that you find a book that is the second book in a series and is as fantastic as the first book but I certainly feel that way about Scorch. Gina Damico has managed not to lose anything between the two books by writing a stunning and captivating plot, wonderful and loveable characters, and using her writing talent to mix the dark and the light perfectly. This book was a great read that I struggled to put down, would read again and has me itching to find out what happens next. I cannot recommend this series highly enough.

five stars

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Posted on 12 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; Spotlight on Sunny by Keris Stainton

Posted on 9 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

Spotlight On SunnyTitle: Spotlight On Sunny
Author: Keris Stainton
Publisher: Catnip
Published: 5th March 2015
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
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Summary:
A story about discovering who you are, sorting out friendships and family relationships, also exploring what it is like to grow up as a Muslim in Britain.

After winning a local film competition, Sunny and her best friends Kitty and Hannah are off to do a film-making course – in London! Sunny can’t believe her dad has let her come on her own (even if he has asked her to phone every day…) Sunny is loving the film-making classes and hanging out with their new friend – lovely, funny Will. Sunny knows that these things don’t fit with the future her parents want for her and she starts to wonder what she really wants. And that’s not even the biggest thing on her mind – there’s also the big secret she’s hiding from her best friends…


Growing Up

After reading Starring Kitty and loving it to pieces, I had high hopes for Spotlight on Sunny, which, very fortunately, were not broken. This book hooked me from the start and continously kept me entertained, just as I was certain it would. I read this book over the course of two days – and it would have been one if work hadn’t gotten in the way! – because it was both addictive and an incredibly easy read. It was also, unfortunately, a short read and I did finish it wishing there was more to come. Only, of course, because I loved all the characters so much and didn’t want to say goodbye.

Is Tough

In this book, Sunny and her friends, Kitty and Hannah, go to London for a summer film course. But it wasn’t really about that at all. Instead this book looks at Sunny. It is her coming-of-age story where she works out who she is, what she wants and how to go about doing it. The whole book does this in a wonderful way that involved many emotions in the reader. I also love that Keris explores Sunny’s religion and doesn’t shy away from it. I think it would be the perfect book for teenagers who are just trying to find their place in the world.

But It’s Better

All of the characters in this book really shine and I definitely think Keris has a knack for writing wonderful, realistic and powerful characters. In the last book, I said that Dylan was my favourite and while I still love her, I have to say that Sunny really stole my heart in this book. I loved her enthusiasm, passion and how she overcame her worries and insecurities. I thought she was a lovely girl and someone that I would be honoured to have as a friend.

With Friends

Once again Keris has written a book that I loved and instantly wanted to re-read. It was full of lovely characters, a brilliant storyline and is full of messages and support. On top of that what makes me love this book is that it centres around friendship which I so love in books. It also reflects on real-life issues in a real and sensitive way. Keris certainly doesn’t shy away from the importance of diversity! While I wish there was more and some scenes felt a little rushed, overall this book was fantastic and I urge you to read it.

five stars

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Posted on 9 May, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton

Posted on 2 April, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

Starring KittyAuthor: Keris Stainton
Publisher: Catnip Publishing
Published: 4th June 2014
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
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Summary:
Sometimes the greatest love stories happen behind the scenes…

Kitty’s keeping secrets. Like how she’s struggling to cope with her mum’s illness. And how she’s falling for the girl with the purpley-red hair… A fun film competition with her friends Sunny and Hannah seems like the perfect distraction. But then Dylan wants to be more than Kitty’s secret. Is Kitty ready to let her two worlds meet or will she risk losing Dylan forever?


When Your World

There is a moment when you start reading a book and you just know that you’re reading a book that you’ll love. This happened to me on the very first page of Starring Kitty. I just instantly knew this book was going to be fantastic and I was not wrong. There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe how much I loved this book. It was cute, quirky and just full of wonderful and amazing characters. This is a short book but it works so well that way; it was the perfect length. It was sad to say goodbye to the characters but also just right. I am highly excited for Spotlight on Sunny.

Is Upside Down

This book actually has a very simplistic plot but it made this book so good. This story was about Kitty and this huge moment in her life – her first crush – or the first one that could lead to something more anyway. I thought the whole “coming out” part of this book was dealt with so well and realistically. What made this plot and Kitty’s life so enjoyable was the magnificent writing style. Keris pulls you in subtly and just writes in a brilliant way that truly transports you into Kitty’s world.

How Do You

I truly loved all of the characters in this book. They all had distinct and interesting personalities that I enjoyed reading about. All of them helped to make the book that much better – including the evil bullies! But it was Dylan that I loved the most. She was by far my favourite character. She was quirky, confident, and really cute. But she was also worried, afraid and sensitive too. Faults and flaws that made her a very realistic and lovable character – and the perfect fit for the shy and cute Kitty!

Stay Afloat

This book quickly moved itself into my favourites. It is fun, quirky, full of real emotions and will quickly suck you into a wonderful and intriguing story. Keris dealt with the issues in this book so well and that just made it all the more enjoyable. I will definitely be re-reading this book when I get the chance and cannot wait to read about these characters again in Spotlight on Sunny. I would highly recommend this book! So go read it if you haven’t yet!

five stars

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Posted on 2 April, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment