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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Posted on 21 January, 2015 by Faye - 5 Comments


Book Review; Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

Posted on 15 October, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

Whispering SkullAuthor: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Published: 25th September 2014
Pages: 485
Format: Hardback
Source:: Netgalley
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Summary:
In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn’t made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood’s investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George’s curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.

Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood’s annoyance. Bickerstaff’s coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.


When Something

Ever since I finished The Screaming Staircase, the first Lockwood & Co book, I have been dying to get my hands on the sequel. Thus I was disappointed that I didn’t love this book more. While there were many things that I adored about this book, once I finished it I realised that I had not loved it as much as I’d hoped I would. I was expecting to be blown away once more but this just didn’t happen so even though this book was exciting and entertaining, it just didn’t reach my high expectations, unfortunately.

Important Is Missing

Before we get bogged down in the negatives and you start thinking that I truly hated this book, let’s look at the things I did like. The plot of this book was complex, full of action, and really made the book tense and exciting. Every time you were certain things were finally going right, something else would occur which definitely kept you on your toes! I was also continuously guessing as to what had happened until I was eventually proved right. It is a plot that will keep you alret and always wondering, which is never a bad thing.

You Will Have

In the first book of this series we’re introduced to a dynamic trio that really made the stroy more fun and exciting to read. Unfortunately I didn’t feel that this time around. The trio didn’t feel quite right to me and it made the book a little harder to read. There wasn’t as much humour as in the first book and while it’s all explained at the end, I just got a little put off that the main characters were in such a tiff with each other. I really just wanted them to be a strong unit but they weren’t. This, in turn, went through the rest of the book as well. There just wasn’t as much humour and excitement in this book as there was in the first. And I know I shouldn’t judge this book on the first but it’s difficult not to.

To Find It

I did enjoy this book. It was tense, mysterious and did get your heart rate moving rapidly but I also really missed the humour and fun that I had in the first book. While there were moments of it in the second, it just didn’t fall all the way through and that saddens me a little. I would still recommend this book and tell people that they should read both and I’m still very excited for the third book but I can only hope that there will be more fun in the next book again. I know that the topic of the book this time was more serious but it just didn’t sit right for me personally. I really wish I had enjoyed it more but in places, it felt like it dragged a little and yet I still found myself wanting something a little more from it. But really, I need to re-iterate that I did really like this book, I just didn’t love it but there is nothing wrong with that.

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 15 October, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Posted on 5 September, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

The Geography of You and MeAuthor: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Headline
Published: April 10th 2014
Pages: 337
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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Summary:
For fans of John Green, Stephanie Perkins and Sarah Ockler, THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME is a story for anyone who’s ever longed to meet someone special, for anyone who’s searched for home and found it where they least expected it.

Owen lives in the basement. Lucy lives on the 24th floor. But when the power goes out in the midst of a New York heatwave, they find themselves together for the first time: stuck in a lift between the 10th and 11th floors. As they await help, they start talking…

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland they can’t shake the memory of the time they shared. Postcards cross the globe when they themselves can’t, as Owen and Lucy experience the joy – and pain – of first love.

And as they make their separate journeys in search of home, they discover that sometimes it is a person rather than a place that anchors you most in the world.


Love Finds

Before I started The Geography of You and Me, a lot of people told me that I simply had to read books by Jennifer E. Smith. With that in mind I bought Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and borrowed This is What Happy Looked Like but I still haven’t read either of them. So when The Geography of You and Me came out, I knew I should try it. Feedback came in saying it was really great so I finally read it. Unfortunately I was slightly disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book but for me it wasn’t a masterpiece. It was a quick, simple, plain love story that was okay but nothing spectacular.

You When

Possibly what made this book feel mediocre to me were the characters. In my opinion they felt a little flat. I didn’t connect with either of the two main characters and thus I wasn’t overly invested in their grand love story. It was entertaining to read about them but nothing about either character has really stayed with me. I didn’t fall in love with the characters which made it difficult to fall in love with the story. I’m not sure if they needed more characterisation or if they just didn’t work for me personally.

You Least

Another issue I had with the book was that it had a fairly predictable plot. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem as the characters or writing style make it easy to look past but that is, unfortunately, not the case with this story. Or, it wasn’t for me. While the writing style was easy to read and fall into, it wasn’t anything exceptional which it needed to be to counter everything else. However, before I sound too negative, this story is a little bit like your average teen rom-com. Light, easy to watch, and a nice way to feel good for a while.

Expect It

Essentially I think my expectation of this book ruined it a little for me. I was expecting something that would grip me, make my heart sing and make me yearn for a love as beautiful as the one on the page but instead I got a simple, light-hearted romance book that is nothing to sing about. I enjoyed this book on the lowest level; it allowed me to escape for a little while which was nice and I felt a little lifted afterwards. I would recommend this book if you want a quick book that will make you smile for a while.

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 5 September, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; Flashes by Tim O’Rourke

Posted on 27 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

FLASHES cropAuthor: Tim O’Rourke
Publisher: Chicken House
Published: 5th June 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Ebook
Source:: Review Copy from Publisher
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Summary:
Flashes is the first in a new series of YA paranormal crime novels in which a 17-year-old girl cannot help seeing glimpses of dead people who seem to want her aid – much to the consternation of her boyfriend, who has just started work for the local CID.


When You

As soon as my eyes fell upon the synopsis of Flashes, I was instantly intrigued and knew that it was a book I wanted to read. Paranormal and crime? Yes please! I had not read anything by Tim O’Rourke before so aside from this, I had no expectations as I went into the story. Fortunately this turned out to be an entertaining read and I definitely think that I’ll be picking up the next book, or even just another Tim O’Rourke book! Saying that, I also wasn’t blown away by this book and it isn’t likely to win awards but it is enjoyable and well worth the read, especially if you just want to escape for a few hours.

Can See

Charley has been seeing flashes of how certain people die for as long as she can remember. It is something that causes her physical pain and so it was hard to hide meaning that all her friends pushed her away, considering her a complete freak. Then Natalie arrives and Charley finds in her a true best friend. Until she dies. Now Charley is alone again, with no one truly believing in her flashes, so she decides to get some proof. Upon finding the rigt location, she stumbles into Tom, the new CID in town. A connection between them is made and thus ensues them working together to find out who the murderer is, if there even is one. One of the biggest issues I have with this book, and why it just didn’t blow me away, is because the plot is very generic. It followed the structure of the genre simply and there were just no surprises, at least not for me! I was also hoping that there would have been some explanation about the flashes but that also never came. However, fortunately, the storyline was bearable due to great characters and intense writing.

People Die

Charley was a stronog character in this story. She had been through an awful lot and while there were times when she was quite naive, I felt this just added to her character and made her feel more realistic. Tom, however, was an even stronger character. He wanted to do what was right, even if it meant bending the rulebook slightly and he wasn’t afraid to stick up for what he believed in, which was something that I just really enjoyed reading about. There were a few times when the relationship between these two characters didn’t feel quite right but fortunately this was just few and far between. Aside from that, they worked really well together and I’m looking forward to reading more about their relationship in the rest of the series.

Do You

What really helped this book was the writing style. It was fast-paced and exciting, really pulling your attention in to the book. It was also full of tension that caused your heartbeat to race. It was thrilling and slightly scary in a few places as well, truly managing to make you feel an array of emotions as you read the book. Tim O’Rourke managed to make this book exciting, and, like all crime books I read, I still wanted to know if I was right about the mystery unfolding on the pages. So even though I was right and it didn’t have a major twist, I still found myself enjoying the story for what it was, which is a great sign of writing a book well – it kept the reader wanting to know!

Do Something

All in all, Flashes is a decent book that hits all the right spots. It’s an entertaining read, makes your blood race and your guesses go wild. It was thrilling and exciting even though it was also generic and easy to guess who the murderer was. I do still wish there had been more on the flashes themselves as I feel this would have brought extra mystery into the book and would make it seem less like a plot ploy, however, it does work as it is. I’m definitely going to read the next one and look forward to seeing where this duo will go. If you like Paranormal, Thrillers and Crimes then I am sure you’ll enjoy this book and should definitely give it a try. It may not be the next big thing, but it’s still a great way to spend a fair few hours!

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 27 June, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson

Posted on 5 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments

Author: Jane Elson
Publisher: Hodder Children’s
Published: 6th February 2014
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source:: Borrowed Copy
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Summary:
A Goodnight Mister Tom for today – this is the book that will make you laugh and cry …

Grace’s fun loving Mum has found a lump. Her north London world of sleepovers, tap dancing and playing the clarinet fall apart when she is sent to live with her grumpy old granddad on his farm in Yorkshire while her mother goes into hospital to get better.

Grace misses her mother so much it hurts, and doesn’t quite understand what is happening to her. And things go from bad to worse when she starts school and becomes the bullies newest target.

But Grace is no longer alone when she meets the wild Megan and her pig, Claude – when she’s with them she feels as if she can confront anything. At Easter time when Grace misses her mum the most, she knows she must find a way to get to London. With Megan’s help, she hatches a plan to run away that involves Claude, chocolate Easter eggs and a risky ID swap. But it’s all worth it if it means that she finally gets to see her mum …

A gorgeous story of courage and friendship that will tug at your heart strings.


When All

As soon as I was told about A Room Full of Chocolate, I knew it was a book that I really wanted to get my hands on. It sounded like a really intriguing story that I would love to read. Then, upon hearing so many others raving about this book, I got even more excited to read it until eventually I opened the book. Unfortunately, however, this book did not live up to the expectations that I had given it. Essentially I had expected to be blown away by this book but this simply was not the case. While I did enjoy this book and liked reading it, I was wholly disheartened by a lot of it and was constantly pulled out of the story due to the issues I had with it. I would still recommend it, but I certainly would warn that it’s not a brilliant book.

Is Lost

One of the things I was most drawn to about this book was that it sounded like a cute story of friendship and dealing with big scary illnesses in a really lovely way. While this book does deal with friendship, and dealing with big scary illnesses, and has its cute moments, it just didn’t deliver as I hoped it would. The biggest problem I had with the book was that there were never any repercussions for the actions of the children in the book, the pig was used as a scapegoat one too many times, and the representation of the bullying just didn’t feel right. I feel that if the characters were older then the bullying would have felt more realistic, but it was too grown up and got violent far too quickly and again, there weren’t enough consequences for these actions in the end of it. But, when you look past these things, the story is emotional, and cute, and does have a happy ending and I can see why people love it but I just couldn’t see past these issues to truly enjoy my time reading it.

We Must

I loved Grace. I thought she was the most realistic character in the book. She was rash in her decisions, kept all of her emotions at bay, and had a little bit of a temper. But she was also friendly, protective, caring, worried, and just a ten-year-old girl struggling to deal with the big real world things facing her. I also liked Megan and her free personality. She was sure of herself, strong, and protective as well. She was a great friend for Grace and I enjoyed reading about her. In all honesty, it was due to these two characters that I continued reading this book. I wanted to see where their friendship was going to take them. While some of the other characters and their actions didn’t feel quite right – such as the bullying mentioned above – I felt that these two were strong and well-written, which made it an easier book to like!

Fight To

One of the best things about this book was the voice of the main character. It had a light tone that was easy to be pulled into and I found myself really wanting to read more of it. I feel that Jane has really managed to create a wonderful voice for herself and her protagonist that helps to make it an enjoyable read. While the other issues did make it hard for me to absolutely love this book, I know that I will still be keeping an eye on Jane to read whatever she publishes next as I feel that she has a lot of talent and I cannot wait to see what she will do with it. For the writing alone, I would definitely recommend this book just reminding people to take the story with a grain of salt.

Stay Alive

Essentially this was a good story and I can see why people loved it but as it wasn’t what I was expecting and didn’t do what I was hoping it would, I struggled to love it. I did, however, still like and enjoy it and definitely want to see what Jane will be writing next. Caroline at Big Book Little Book spoke with me about this and we both decided that it is better suited for those in the higher range of middle grade fiction who can understand that what Grace and Megan did should have had heavier punishments, or to read it with younger children to be there to discuss what they think or feel about what happened. I would also add that it would be the perfect opportunity to discuss bullying with the child and what they should do if they are getting or get bullied. So it does have potential, but for me there were just a few too many things that didn’t sit right with me that pulled me away from enjoying it too much. But I’d definitely be interested to know what you think if you ever read it – or have already!

Three Stars

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Posted on 5 April, 2014 by Faye - No Comments


Book Review; Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve

Posted on 29 March, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

fearsome dreamerAuthor: Laure Eve
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: October 3rd 2013
Pages: 384
Format: Hardback
Source:: Bought
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Summary:
There is a world where gods you’ve never heard of have wound themselves into hearts, and choice has led its history down a different path.

This is a world where France made a small, downtrodden island called England part of its vast and bloated empire.

There are people here who can cross a thousand miles with their minds. There are rarer people still who can move between continents in the blink of an eye.

These people are dangerous.

And wanted. Desperately wanted.

Apprentice hedgewitch Vela Rue knows that she is destined for more. She knows being whisked off from a dull country life to a city full of mystery and intrigue is meant to be. She knows she has something her government wants, a talent so rare and precious and new that they will do anything to train her in it.

But she doesn’t know that she is being lied to. She doesn’t know that the man teaching her about her talent is becoming obsessed by her, and considered by some to be the most dangerous man alive …


Three Stars

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Posted on 29 March, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie

Posted on 8 March, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

Falling FastAuthor: Sophie McKenzie
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: March 1st 2012
Pages: 247
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
When River auditions for a part in an interschool performance of Romeo and Juliet, she finds herself smitten by Flynn, the boy playing Romeo. But Flynn comes from a damaged family—is he even capable of giving River what she wants? The path of true love never did run smooth . . .

This is real life, not a rehearsal…


When You’re

I really had no idea what to expect when I went into this book. I had heard that some people liked it but aside from that, I had no expectations. I did, however, know that many really love the author, so I was a little disappointed in this book and how little I ended up enjoying it. While I only had few expectations, I did hope to enjoy it more than I did but instead found it to be a fairly irritating read containing characters I really struggled to sympathise with. While I liked the book enough to finish it and be fairly intrigued about the next book in the series, it isn’t one I’d be quick to recommend.

Searching For

Probably the largest problem I had with this book was how naive it really was. I worry that as an older reader that I may be putting too high a standard on this book but I personally do not feel that this book is good for teenagers. It sends off some bad messages about life, friendships and love – or it did in my opinion anyway! For me, it had a very twilight-esque feel to the book in that it gives out bad reading vibes through really annoying characters. While there was a little clarification at the end, I just don’t feel like it was enough. I can see how these kinds of books should be good, but this one just didn’t really work in the way I would have liked it to. However, how it ends has definitely left me curious enough to want to continue and see where the story will go from here.

True Love

River was a character I both liked and disliked. There were times when I could understand where she was coming from, and then there were times when I really just couldn’t stand her or the actions she was taking. This is mostly down to the naievity of her personality. She wanted a Romeo and Juliet kind of love and that infuriated me because just… why? Romeo and Juliet died because they were both naive and acted on stupid impulses. Then she was quick to fall in love and she just struggled to show me that she had any redeeming qualities at all. Then you have Flynn who was someone I really disliked. Not once did I stop and change my mind about him. I can understand why he is the way he is but he also doesn’t ever try and change and I really needed him to. I don’t think these two characters really fit together well and I just wish their relationship was explored more. In want of seeing this happen is the only reason I am wanting to read the next book in the series.

Be Careful With

There was something addictive about this book. Despite all of the previous problems with it that I’ve mentioned, I still couldn’t put the book down. It was intense, intriguing and I did really want to know how it was going to end. It is because of this that I have decided to give this book three stars instead of two, as, although I had issues I did still find this book interesting. It is easy to see why Sophie is a well-loved author and I am definitely going to read more of her work in the future. I just hope she manages to use this talent of hers to create books with compelling plots and characters as well as words. I also feel my judgement of this book stems from personal issues and feel that I would have thoroughly enjoyed this book if I had been able to put these aside, simply because the style was really easy to get used to and has a way of really drawing the reader in.

What You Find

This book was not the right book for me. I found it lacking in many places and I just failed at truly enjoying it. However, it did have a lot of potential and I can see that it may be really liked by other people. The main characters were hard to appreciate and the plot felt a little simple but because the style is so addictive, it is possible to look past these things. If you’re looking for an easy read that won’t take you long but will keep you entertained for a short while then you should consider trying this book. It may not have been perfect for me but that doesn’t mean it’s not the right book for you. And who knows, maybe you’ll end up completely loving everything I disliked about it. But you’ll only discover that if you read it yourself!

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 8 March, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Club Review; Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

Posted on 20 February, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

Witch Finder Author: Ruth Warburton
Publisher: Hodder Children’s
Published: January 2nd 2014
Pages: 374
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley
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Summary:
London. 1880. In the slums of Spitalfields apprentice blacksmith Luke is facing initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum, the fearsome brotherhood dedicated to hunting and killing witches.

Luke’s final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself. Luke knows that tonight will change his life forever. But when he picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, Luke has no idea that his task will be harder than he could ever imagine.


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 20 February, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Series Review; The Windvale Sprites by Mackenzie Crook

Posted on 12 February, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

the windvale sprites Author: Mackenzie Crook
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Published: November 1st 2011
Pages: 208
Format: Hardback
Source:: Review Copy from Publisher
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Summary:
When a storm sweeps through the country, Asa wakes up the next day to find that his town is almost unrecognisable – trees have fallen down, roofs have collapsed and debris lies everywhere. But amongst the debris in his back garden Asa makes an astounding discovery – the body of a small winged creature. A creature that looks very like a fairy. Do fairies really exist? Asa embarks on a mission to find out. A mission that leads him to the lost journals of local eccentric Benjamin Tooth who, two hundred years earlier, claimed to have discovered the existence of fairies. What Asa reads in those journals takes him on a secret trip to Windvale Moor, where he discovers much more than he’d hoped to…


This book is a lovely, light-hearted read that I am certain children of many ages would really enjoy. It is shrouded in mystery and magic and is simply a cute tale that was hard not to find entertaining. There was humour laced with the story as well and I just believe it was a lovely and wonderful book, which is good when you just want to escape for a little while.

After reading just the first page of this book, I was hooked. I could actually tell that this book had a flair of life that I would enjoy. As the story progressed, I found myself pleasantly surprised. I was enjoying the story more than I expected. I admired the description of the Sprites and the journey that our main character takes. I love how much it took me into a completely new world. Alas, before too long the story was over and I had to return to my every day life. Thus, when I heard there was another book, I was excited to be able to return to such a lovely world.

Four Stars


The Lost Journals of Benjamin ToothAuthor: Mackenzie Crook
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Published: November 7th 2013
Pages: 272
Format: Hardback
Source:: Review Copy from Publisher
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Summary:
These are the recently discovered journals of Benjamin Tooth: alchemist, inventor and discoverer of the Windvale sprites. They chronicle his journey of scientific discovery from pompous boy to mad old man in his pursuit of the sprites on Windvale Moor. The sprites hold the key to eternal life, and Tooth is determined to capture it.

A companion volume to The Windvale Sprites, The Lost Journals will be published with an exciting treasure hunt campaign to find Benjamin Tooth’s lost statue. With clues ingeniously placed throughout the book, readers will love to follow the adventure beyond the written page.Monday 18th April 1768.


Unfortunately, this book simply did not have the same magic touch that The Windvale Sprites had. It is due to this that it took me a while to get into this book. I was, admittedly, a little disappointed in this book and I fear that ruined some of the enjoyment I could have gotten from it. This book is the prequel to Windvale Sprites and tells the tale of how Benjamin Tooth found the fairies and their powers to stay alive for many, many years. It could very well have been just as light-hearted and lovely as the first book but instead I found it just a little too slow for my tastes.

The book starts with Benjamin at eleven and describes his life until he discovers the fairies. But it was only in Part Three that I really started to enjoy this book, and then it was over before I really had a chance to appreciate it. I believe that younger children would definitely enjoy every aspect of this book, as there was humour laced in all of the chapters as before but I just personally struggled with it. I did still like the book, it just wasn’t exactly what I had been expecting. Definitely happy to recommend this entire series though, especially if you want some light-hearted, entertaining, and humorous books to help you escape the mundanities of everyday life. Or, you know, if you’re a child.

Three Stars

** I received these copies 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 12 February, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


Book Review; Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt

Posted on 20 January, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

Skin DeepAuthor: Laura Jarratt
Publisher: Egmont
Published: March 5th 2012
Pages: 377
Format: Paperback
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Ugly people don’t have feelings. They’re not like everyone else. They don’t notice if you stare at them and turn away. And if they did notice, it wouldn’t hurt them. They’re not like real people. Or that’s what I used to think. Before I learned…After the car crash that leaves her best friend dead, Jenna is permanently scarred. She struggles to rebuild her life, but every stare in the street, every time she looks in the mirror, makes her want to retreat further from the world. Until she meets Ryan. Ryan’s a traveller. When he and his mother moor their narrow boat on the outskirts of a village, she tells him this time it will be different. He doesn’t believe her; he can’t imagine why this place shouldn’t be as unwelcoming as the rest. Until he meets Jenna. But as Jenna and Ryan grow closer, repercussions from the crash continue to reverberate through the community. And then a body is found…

Three Stars

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

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Posted on 20 January, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments