Book Review; When We Collided by Emery Lord

Posted on 29 May, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

When We CollidedTitle: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 7th April 2016
Pages: 344
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.

Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Jandy Nelson, When We Collided is a powerful story of two teens whose love is put to the test by forces beyond their control.


Sometimes There

As soon as I heard about this book, I wanted to read it. It had a vibrant cover and a very interesting plot. I had also heard some good things about the author’s previous works as well. Fortunately, I am glad that I read this book as I thought it was a very intriguing story to read. Unfortunately, I found it very hard to connect with the main protagonist, Vivi, and as such, struggled to find an emotional connection to the book thus impacting on my overall enjoyment of the book. I liked it a lot, I just couldn’t love it.

Is More

One of the things I loved lots about this book was the subject matter that it looked at. Our main protagonist is dealing with some mental health issues and I really liked the representation and treatment of this. I thought it was a very unique and interesting portrayal. I also really loved the setting of this book and how that played a part in the plot of the story too. Essentially I liked how the plot went and can definitely see why so many people have truly loved this novel.

Going On

I should mention now that I absolutely adored Jonah! I thought he was an incredible character. He was super sweet, sensitive, kind, protective, loyal and funny. He has his flaws too, like taking the world on his shoulders but I just loved him as a character a lot. Of course, on the other had, I really struggled with Vivi. I can’t really pinpoint why I found her character so difficult to connect with but I just found myself not liking her very much. As another positive point, however, I also really loved all of Jonah’s sibblings too. They were a nice addition to the story and gave it that little bit extra which was nice.

Underneath It All

This is one of those I liked it but I didn’t like it kind of reviews. The hardest ones to write as it looks like I just can’t make up my mind! But mostly I liked aspects of this book and disliked others. What should be noted is that I enjoyed reading this book as a whole, loved the subject matter that is touched upon and can see why others love this book. It just wasn’t the right book for me. I am still glad I read it and it definitely made me think more about mental health and how it affects people. I would also still recommend this book, especially as it might help to remove some of the stigma around mental health.

Three 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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Book Review; Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Posted on 22 May, 2016 by Faye - 3 Comments

Never Always SometimesTitle: Never Always Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Publisher: Mira Ink
Published: 13th August 2015
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
Never date your best friend.
Always be original.

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow; like #5, never die your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he’s broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It’s either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they’ve actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.


Are Rules

Adi Alsaid is an author I have been keeping an eye on ever since I finished his first book, Let’s Get Lost because I really loved that book. So when I found out about Never Always Sometimes, I clambered to read it. Then, being a blogger, it took me a while to finally get around to it. But I’m glad I finally did, but also relieved I waited. Unfortunately while I did enjoy this book, it simply was not as good as Let’s Get Lost, in my opinion. Fortunately, the book was still entertaining, still had Adi’s writing style and still kept my interest throughout. It just wasn’t quite the right book for me.

Made Just

Aside from the author, another thing that drew me to this book was the summary. It sounded interesting and reminded me a little of Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone. I have to admit, I love lists! The plot of this book was a little cliche – although that is sort of the point – and I just struggled with it a bit. Normally I don’t mind when books don’t break the mould as the characters usually keep me addicted but sadly I found it really difficult to connect with the main character, Julia. I really struggled with her character and that made the plot harder to swallow as a result, which is very unfortunate.

So They

While I struggled to connect with Julia’s character, I have to admit that I did like Dave. I didn’t think he was an amazing character but in comparison to Julia, he was a lot easier to read. What I liked most about Dave was how kind and caring he was. There was a plot between these two characters that I really disliked which also just made it really hard for me to fully enjoy this book. On the other hand, I quite liked some of the side characters in this book such as Dave’s brother and Olivia. Adi did a very good job writing these side characters.

Can Be Broken?

It may not seem like it, but I did enjoy Never Always Sometimes. Yes, Julia frustrated me and there was one part of the plot that I really disliked, but I also loved a lot of the book – especially the ultimate journey that Dave goes on. Plus the story was addictive and easy to read and had a very “aww cute” factor to it as well. Never Always Sometimes is one of those lovely books that can lift your spirit if you let it. I would still recommend it to others, especially if you’re a fan of YA Contemporary books.

Three 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 22 May, 2016 by Faye - 3 Comments


Tour Review; Ghostbird by Carol Lovekin

Posted on 29 March, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

ghostbirdTitle: Ghostbird
Author: Carol Lovekin
Publisher: Honno Press
Published: 17th March 2016
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
Nothing hurts like not knowing who you are.

Nobody will tell Cadi anything about her father and her sister. Her mother Violet believes she can only cope with the past by never talking about it. Lili, Cadi’s aunt, is stuck in the middle, bound by a promise she shouldn’t have made. But this summer, Cadi is determined to find out the truth.

In a world of hauntings and magic, in a village where it rains throughout August, as Cadi starts on her search, the secrets and the ghosts begin to wake up. None of the Hopkins women will be able to escape them.


It’s Time

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. It is absolutely gorgeous. It’s full of mystery and intrigue, and having now read the book, really feel it fits too. After seeing the cover, it was the synopsis that got me to read the book. Which I am glad I did. It was a very unique and interesting story full of emotions, mystery and intrigue. While I had a few issues with it, I did overall like the book and would happily recommend it to others. Essentially this book left me feeling full of hope and happiness, and feeling like I had just finished a very magical book.

To Know

One of the first problems I had with this book is that it took me a while to get into it. It has a bit of a slow start and feels very confusing to begin with. This is, in most part, to do with the writing style of the author so eventually this got a lot easier to read as I got used to the style. The plot was very fascintating to read about and I loved following the story of the characters’ lives. I loved how it twisted and turned and how it all ended too. It was a really magical and moving story about family, friendship and love.

Exactly Who

The characters in the book are all really well-written with intricate backgrounds and unique personalities. I found Cadi to be a very interesting character and I really connected with her as she struggled to understand where she came from and who that made her. I also really liked Lili. She was a fascinating character, strong and resiliant too. Caught in the middle of things and just wanting the best for her neice. And then there’s Violet who has so much burden on her shoulders and struggles to just get by. She’s done what she thinks is best but also what she can cope with. She was a very interesting character to read about. I loved how all the character journey’s came together at the end.

You Are

While this book wasn’t my favourite book, I did enjoy reading it and am still very glad that I did. I feel that some of the problem with my connection to the book stems from not coming from a Welsh background nor knowing much about Welsh communities. I also normally love ghost stories but really struggled with the ghost aspects of this book. I have a feeling it is stemmed in a Welsh myth and this, again, is not something I’m familiar with. However, saying that, I did love the way the ghost pulled the story forward and connected everything. I loved everything else about the story and was so moved by the ending. It did leave me feeling full of hope. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a unique story that is essentially uplifting and focuses on family.

Three 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. **


Author Info

carol lovekin 1 LFjg preferred photo  janey stevens low res Carol Lovekin was born in Warwickshire. She has Irish blood and a Welsh heart, and has lived in mid Wales for 36 years. She has worked as a cleaner, a freelance journalist, a counsellor, a legal secretary and a shop assistant. She began writing with a view to publication in her late fifties has published short stories, reviews and is a prolific letter writer. She has been blogging for over nine years. Ghostbird is her first traditionally published novel.

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Posted on 29 March, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin

Posted on 7 January, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Title: This Song Is (Not) For You
Author: Laura Nowlin
Publisher: Sourcefire Books
Published: January 5th 2016
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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Summary:
Bandmate, best friend or boyfriend? For Ramona, one choice could mean losing them all.

Ramona and Sam are best friends. She fell for him the moment they met, but their friendship is just too important for her to mess up. Sam loves April, but he would never expect her to feel the same way–she’s too quirky and cool for someone like him. Together, they have a band, and put all of their feelings for each other into music.

Then Ramona and Sam meet Tom. He’s their band’s missing piece, and before Ramona knows it, she’s falling for him. But she hasn’t fallen out of love with Sam either.

How can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?


When Things

As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. It sounded interesting and fascinating and unique. I was incredibly excited, and so it was very disheartening when it wasn’t everything that I’d hoped it would be. Which, I understand, is entirely my fault and no one else’s. I still enjoyed this book and am very glad that I took the time to read it but it just wasn’t the book that I had wanted it to be. I would definitely still recommend it to others, especially if you’re after an interesting, unique book but with a warning that it’s not as deep as you may hope it to be.

Come Together

This book is about a very different kind of relationship trio and that is what makes it unique and intriguing. But, unfortunately, for me, this relationship felt like it was constructed and not organic which made it that little bit harder to read. It felt circumstantial and used mostly as a plot point and nothing more. There was an interesting dynamic between the characters and I still thought it was quite addictive to read, it just didn’t feel completely right to me. And I have nothing against that kind of relationship happening in real life, it just felt too put together for the book. Which is a shame but I still think it’s good that the dynamic was used in the first place.

Just Right

There were three main characters in this story but I am going to struggle to tell you my favourite. While they all have unique and wonderful personalities that made them who they were, I didn’t feel able to truly connect with any of them. They felt light and simplistic, and everything just seemed to fall so easily in their lives, which is just another aspect of this book that I struggled with. I think that Ramona was probably the character I connected with the most. She’s fiery and passionate and knows what she wants; the kind of person that I really hope to one day be. But none of the characters really spoke to me, and that is probably half the battle with this book, unfortunately.

We Smile

I wanted to fall in love with this book. I wanted to love the words and the characters and feel like it was a magical and wonderful book. So I definitely think I put too much pressure on the book. I did like this book. It was interesting and unique to read, quick and easy too. But I was hoping for a book with depth, one that explored the relationship further but this book was light and fluffy, and I’m really not a light and fluffy person. So all in all, this book is worth a read but it just wasn’t a book that took my breath away.

Three 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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Book Review; The IT Girl by Katy Birchall

Posted on 27 May, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

The It GirlTitle: The IT Girl
Author: Katy Birchell
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Published: 7th May 2015
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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Summary:
Everybody wants to be a famous It Girl. Don’t they?

Anna Huntley’s aims in life:

1) Must keep my two lovely new (and only) school friends by not doing anything in usual manner of socially inept dork and outcast.

2) Train Dog (my labrador) to high-five. This is probably the most ambitious life goal on this list.

3) Do not set the school’s Deputy Queen Bee mean girl’s hair on fire (again).

4) Work out whether 2) and 3) constitute being socially inept or outcastish.

5) Go to Africa and give out rice.

6) To hide in a cupboard FOR LIFE with Dog now Dad is engaged to one of the most famous actresses EVER, the paparazzi want to spash my face all over the papers and everyone in school (and The World) is soon to discover the level of my social ineptitude.

7) Is rice a bit done now? Maybe I can give out chocolate in Africa too. I do like chocolate. Must work out how to do it from the cupboard…


It’s Time To

At a blogger event I was given the opportunity to listen to an extract of this book and it had me giggling very quickly – along with many other bloggers and thus I knew it was one that I would inevitably pick up and read all the way through. While this book was entertaining and it did make me laugh throughout, it still felt like there was just something missing. The plot was quite predictable and it was a story line that has been done a fair few times before but there wasn’t anything new about it. However, I still enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

Learn Who

If you’ve read The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot then you are very likely to enjoy this story. Just like Mia, Anna is a nobody at her school, she is clumsy, a little bit crazy and not very well liked. Then one day she is seen as royalty. (Though not literally in this one!). While I did like how the book played out, I couldn’t help but feel that there wasn’t enough uniqueness to this story to keep me captivated throughout. To be honest, the plot really lets this story down.

To Be

On the other hand, I found the characters to be a breath of fresh air. With characters that are fun, full of flair and interesting to hoot, it is the main reason I continued reading until the very end. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that Anna was like a little mini Bridget Jones – in that she was constantly making a fool of herself and pining over the wrong guy. She definitely makes this book shine. On top of that I loved Marianne, Jess, Danny and Connor. I thought they were all fantastic characters that I very much enjoyed reading about.

In The World

It was the characters in this story that really made it for me. They were just so great to read about and made it easier to overlook the predictable storyline. I did love that the book was a mix between Bridget Jones and Princess Diaries and love that it celebrates being yourself over being someone else – even if you are essentially crazy and over the top. After all, if you are that way, you make us laugh and we think you’re wonderful because you’re passionate and sensitive and fun. This book could have been better but it does work the way it is. I know that this review may have seemed negative but I promise that I did enjoy reading it and am very glad I did. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series and if you’re looking for an easy and fun read, then you should give this book a try!

Three 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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Book Review; The Rain by Virginia Bergin

Posted on 21 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

The Rain Title: The Rain
Author: Virginia Bergin
Publisher: Macmillan’s Children’s Books
Published: July 17th 2014
Pages: 384
Format: Ebook
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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Summary:
It’s in the rain…and just one drop will kill you.

They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.”

Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby’s only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he’s even still alive.


When One Drop

The concept of this book really caught my attention and it was the best thing about this book. I can not imagine how difficult it would be if the rain was contaminated and had the potential to kill you. Hell, I struggled to live without running water in the flat for two days! Sadly, however, the concept was also one of the only things in this book that I enjoyed. I found the main protagonist extremely hard to read about and there were a few too many inconsistencies for me. So while I liked this book, it wasn’t anything spectacular or amazing and probably not a book that I would revist.

Can Kill You

Alongside the concept, I did like how this books plot went. I was very interested in following the journey that the characters took and liked all the different turns that appeared throughout the book. There were a few moments that I didn’t like and just didn’t work for me personally but overall I did like everything that occured in the book. This is the kind of book that makes you think things might finally be okay and then a curveball gets thrown and ruins that which is something that I do like in books.

How Do You

The reason I struggled to fully enjoy and engage with this book is because the main protagonist, Ruby, irritated me so much. She was our narrator and I know that if I met her in real life, we would not have been friends. She was shallow, selfish, and a snob. I believed that by the end of this novel this may have changed but no, she was still just as frustrating and thus it ruined my enjoyment because I wanted to throw her across the room throughout the entire book. I can only wish that she really does change and grow in the next book; The Storm.

Learn to Survive?

This book had so much potential. I have heard a great many good reviews about it too but it simply did not work for me at all. I am probably being nitpicky and irritating about the reasons why I didn’t love it but as a reader, I’m allowed to do this. But before you believe I hated this book, remember that I finished it. I also found it to be addictive, fast-paced, full of action and incredibly eerie and creepy. It could have been an exceptional and unique dystopian but instead it was just an entertaining and emotional read that didn’t quite hit the mark.

Three 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 21 April, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Mini Reviews; The Underwood See, Hi So Much and Full Metal Alchemist

Posted on 5 March, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

The Underwood SeeAuthor: Michael Lawrence
Publisher: Orchard
Published: August 1st 2007
Pages: 308
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
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Summary:
In an old stone house in an empty world a traveller yearns for a Withern Rise haunted by tragedy. In two identical realities there are glimpses of people who shouldn’t be there, and whispers in the night. Life changing resolutions are in the air in the realities of the Underwood See.


This is the third and final book in the Withern Rise trilogy and I waited a long time to read it. Fortunately I thought it was a very interesting read that definitely got me thinking. This is a book that can get confusing if you’re not careful but one that I ultimately thought was very entertaining. It was addictive, fast-paced and fairly emotional too. It was a fantastic way to finish this trilogy.

Three Stars


Hi So MuchAuthor: Laura Dockrill
Publisher: Random House Childrens
Published: February 27th 2014
Pages: 288
Format: E-book
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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Summary:
Ten-year-old Darcy sees the extraordinary in the everyday and the wonder in the world around her. This second book sees Darcy move-up to Big School – and all of a sudden EVERYTHING changes. Her best friend Will isn’t sure he should talk to girls anymore, her new teacher may in actual fact be a cauldron-bubbling witch and, horror of horrors, her precious pet Lamb-Beth goes missing. Can Darcy face these challenges head-on, armed only with her curious, whip-smart mind and eye for a story?

Joyous drawings, colourful characters and a high-energy voice – the Darcy Burdock books are packed with personality from start to finish.


This book returns us to Darcy’s world as she takes an important step in her life – starting secondary school. This book was another fun, yet emotional, book from the talented Laura Dockrill. It is a book that successfully looks at all the fears and worries that we face as we transition from junior to secondary school. It also shows how, at the core of it all, things will be okay. It is a quick fun read that I would highly recommend.

Four 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. **


Full Metal AlchemistAuthor: Hiromu Arakawa
Publisher: Viz Media LLC
Published: May 3rd 2005
Pages: 183
Format:Paperback
Source:: Bought Copy
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Summary:
Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world; something between magic, art and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in this power to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg…and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel. Now Edward is an agent of the government, a slave of the military-alchemical complex, using his unique powers to obey orders…even to kill. Except his powers aren’t unique. The world has been ravaged by the abuse of alchemy. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher’s Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are…


This was only the second manga I have read but I really loved it. It was easy to follow, had an exciting story that twisted and turned and really just hooked me early on. Add in fantastic artwork that was beautiful and depicted the story well and you can see why I really enjoyed it. I am definitely looking forward to reading more books in this series and seeing what else the Full Metal Alchemist gets up to.

Four Stars

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Book Review; Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Posted on 25 February, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

Heir of FireAuthor: Sarah J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: September 11th 2014
Pages: 562
Format:Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?


When You’re

I had been dying to read this book ever since I finished the second book, Crown of Midnight. Then raving reviews came in and I got both more excited and worried all at the same time. I think, unfortunately, that all the hype around this book made my expectations too high and this impacted my enjoyment. The book itself was good. It was well-written and entertaining but it wasn’t as fantastic as I had been led to believe and it made me feel like I had missed something.

World Collapses

One of the biggest problems I had with this book is that it honestly felt like nothing was happening. I know that a lot of stuff did happen and a lot of things occurred but while reading it felt a little too tell and not enough show. It’s hard to put in words what I mean aside from saying that I wish there had been more action going on. On top of all of that, I had a problem where I didn’t feel emotionally connected to the story. I did not get the “feels” and it has made me wary of the next book.

You Have To

We are introduced to a lot of new characters in this book but instead of telling you what I thought about them all, I want to tell you a little about my favourite new character. Her name is Manon and she was such a fascinating character to me. I loved how she was with Abraxos – who was also super awesome! I just thought she was a truly well-developed character and for her, I will definitely read more of the series as I want to learn more about her. I think the vast array of characters may be why I didn’t feel so many emotions while reading this.

Fight Back

Despite how my review seems to come across, I did really enjoy reading Heir of Fire. It was full of complexities and complications and there was a lot of tension thrown in as well. But it just wasn’t as good as the previous books in the series, and certainly didn’t feel like it warranted the hype – unfortunately. I really do wish I loved this book more. As it is, it was an okay read and has left just enough curiosity to leave me certain I will read book number four, I just may not jump around for it.

Three 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 25 February, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth

Posted on 4 February, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

seven daysAuthor: Eve Ainsworth
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: 5th February 2015
Pages: 249
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
This bold, compelling and topical story about bullying is told from the perspective of the bully and the bullied. You won’t be able put it down until you’ve reached the conclusion. Jess’s life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her – it’s turning school from a safe place into a nightmare. Kez has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks. A hard-hitting and even-handed look at bullying and the issues facing teenagers today.


Have You

The synopsis of this book really grabbed me. Incidentally, I’m a sucker for books that involve bullying and I loved the idea that this book looks at the story of both the victim and the bully, which isn’t often done. Now that I’m finished I can admit that although I did like this story, I did find it a bit repetitive as well as having a few other flaws. However, despite this, I am very glad I read this book as it as one that I essentially enjoyed – I just think it could have been so much more.

Ever Wondered

Jess is being bullied about her weight, her look and her clothes. Kez is the one instigating it all. I found the plot of this book worked well as you got to see all sides of the story and I thought it took the journey in an interesting direction. On the other hand though, I also found a lot of the plot cliche-d and it was very obvious what was going to happen. On top of that, a lot of it felt repetitive as you got all the scenes from two perspectives. I think if these were cut down, this book could have been given more time to explore the issues set out in the book and would have helped to make this a more intense read.

What Their

Possibly one of my biggest problems with this book are the characters. While they were relatable, I also found them all to be very stereotypical. I think this, again, is because there just wasn’t enough time to flesh them out. I did find the thoughts that both main characters had were realistic and a lot of their actions were too but I just fell that you didn’t get to know them enough and thus they felt a little two-dimensional. Which is definitely unfortunate as they could have really made this story a lot more interesting.

Motivation Is?

Seven Days is a quick, easy read that opens up the topic of every story having two sides. It is a likeable book with realistic features and relatable characters. So if you’re looking for a light read, than this is probably a good book for you. I would recommend this book to teens aged 11-14 but feel that older teens may find it a little juvenile. While I did find it to be a nice little story, I was a bit disappointed it didn’t have more depth and didn’t delve further into the issues it looked at. A simple, thought-provoking, read.

Three 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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Mini Reviews; Aristotle and Dante, Five Children and It, and Girl Online

Posted on 21 January, 2015 by Faye - 5 Comments

Aristotle and Dante Discover SecretsAuthor: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: February 21st 2012
Pages: 359
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
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Summary:
Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.


I had high expectations when I started reading this book as I had heard so many good things about it. Fortunately I quickly discovered that it was as good as people had told me it would be. I very quickly fell in love with this story and all of the characters. I wanted to stay in their world, to discover more of their secret and to just witness thair lives. This book has a unique voice and a very fascinating and lovable main character. It holds a realistic romance and was just a book that I really enjoyed reading abd would definitely recommend to others.

Four Stars


Five Children and ItAuthor: E Nesbit
Publisher: Unknown
Published: 1902
Pages: 103
Format: Ebook
Source:: Free on Amazon
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Summary:
The five children find a cantankerous sand fairy or ‘psammead’ in a gravel pit. Every day ‘It’ will grant each of them a wish that lasts until sunset, often with disastrous consequences. Never out of print since 1902. The Introduction to this edition examines Nesbit’s life and her reading, showing the change in childrens’ literature from Victorian times.


I read this book as part of my book group (and was then too ill to go!) but I am fairly certain I would not have read this book otherwise. I am also certain that if I had started this outside my book group, I would not have finished it. To me, this book had many flaws but my biggest problem with it is that the writing style seemed condescending and patronising. I know I am no longer a child but I feel even as a child, I’d have grown irritated by this book. Add to that a very boring and repetitive story and you should see why I really didn’t get on with it.

Two Stars


Girl OnlineAuthor: Zoe Sugg
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Published: 25th November 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Hardback
Source:: Library Copy
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Summary:
I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has – I can’t believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! – and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes…

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.


I had trepidations when it came to this book. I had heard some mixed reviews about it and then there was all the drama surrounding it. However, I am really glad that I got around to reading this one anyway as I actually really enjoyed it. I loved the blog posts in this book, really enjoyed the plot and just found myself swept away by the story. There was insta-love in it that irked me slightly but essentially this was a cheesy, cute romance story that I couldn’t put down. It made me get emotionally invested and I went from cheesy smile to tears to smile again in a matter of moments. It may not win any awards but if you’re after a teen book that is cliched but still entertaining then you should definitely read Girl Online.

Three Stars

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