Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Just a small post to say merry Xmas and I hope you have a brilliant day! Hope you get all that you wanted and got lots of books! See you soon!


Monday, 17 December 2012

Review of Ginger Snaps

Title: Ginger Snaps
Author: Cathy Cassidy

Gone are the days when Ginger was an outsider, always on the fringes of friendship. She's swapped puppy fat and pigtails for makeup and hair straighteners and never looked back - until now.

Ginger and Shannon are best mates, but when they befriend lonely Emily, everything changes. Even the saxophone playing boy in the trilby hat can't help - he's part of the problem...

Are Ginger and Shannon drifting apart or can they stay best friends forever?

My Review:
I read this book a while ago and kept meaning to post a review. Well, after many months it's finally going up!

This is my favourite of Cathy's books. Sam was very charming and I really liked him. The story follows Ginger, who has never really been accepted in primary school, however, when she comes to secondary she is befriended and becomes friends with Shannon.

They then spy new boy Sam who i think Shannon liked to start off with. He then rejects her so she starts telling Ginger that he's weird, but Ginger can't fight her feelings.

After many events in the book (which I won't go into detail about) Ginger discovers who her real friends are an who she wants to be.

I REALLY enjoyed this book and think that you should read it!!


Tuesday, 20 November 2012


There are some offers that are available for the release week of Timeless!

In celebration of the release week of TIMELESS (November 20, 2012 – November 27, 2012), two special weeklong deals will be occurring:

The e-version of Remembrance will be reduced from $2.99 to $0.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

 Anyone who purchases Timeless during the release week is eligible to receive a free personalized Remembrance bookmark signed by Michelle Madow. To claim a bookmark, email timeless@michellemadow.com with your name, mailing address (as it should appear on the envelope), and proof of purchase (a screenshot/photo of your purchase confirmation, or a photo of Timeless on your e-reader.) This offer is international.

TIMELESS, the third and final part of the Transcend Time Saga by Michelle Madow, released on November 20, 2012.

The Transcend Time Saga is about a high school student named Lizzie who has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England, but doesn’t realize it until she meets her soul mate from the past and he triggers her memories to gradually return. The series began with REMEMBRANCE (published July 25, 2011), and continued with the short story VENGEANCE (published December 8, 2011). The series has sold a significant number of copies so far, and has received much praise from reviewers.


<-------- Remembrance

Click here to see my review.

Vengeance ------>Click here to see my review

Summary of TIMELESS


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

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

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

Because to make things right, they must go back to when it all began …

Click here to see my review. 

Author Bio

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

Michelle graduated from the Park School of Baltimore in 2005, where she always took two English classes each semester. She graduated from Rollins College in 2010, cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. At Rollins she was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and a member of the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta.

She received the Charles Hyde Pratt Award for Excellence in Creative Writing in 2010.

For more information on Michelle and her books, please visit www.michellemadow.com.

Michelle lives in Florida, where she is hard at work writing more novels for young adults.

Author Websites

Official Website: www.michellemadow.com
Blog: blog.michellemadow.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/michellemadow (@MichelleMadow)
Facebook Personal Page: www.facebook.com/MichLMadow

Purchase Links

REMEMBRANCE $0.99 Specials


Saturday, 10 November 2012

BlogInk Post - The Life of a Secret Book Blogger

Today in most schools reading is for nerds and geeks (like me)! Woop! I can't stand the people who say that reading is really uncool and that they haven't read a book since they were seven! I know, how did they manage that!?!

Reading is the gateway to life. If you can't read then you're finished basically. You need to be literate to get a very basic job - even working in McDonald's! Which isn't as high class as my job! If you can't read the orders then you're not going to impress your boss.

Secretly, I'm an undercover book blogger, like a spy - nobody knows what I do apart from my family. I'm like James Bond  but way better! I secretly contact publishers and authors and ask for books to review and then put them on this blog.

I've constantly got a book in my hand - always feeding my reading monster. She comes out practically everyday and I have to feed her, otherwise she gets grumpy that she hasn't delved into the wondrous world of books, glorious books! Okay, now I sound like someone from Oliver (which was originally a book)!

Being a secret blogger is seriously cool in my eyes. I admit you don't get the top-notch latest gadgets but, you do get...wait for it...FREE BOOKS! *screams* That's the best part of the job for me! My little book monster gets fed lots of yummy treats!

You see, everything (well, nearly everything) comes down to a book, TV programmes can be adapted, so can films, even music can be turned into a story. Nothing is safe!

Reading to me is just a way of life, I devour books, I enjoy writing, I enjoy blogging. English is my favourite subject and I'm half way through my second novel. Most authors tell aspiring writers that they need to read, read, read. If it was a race, I'd probably win (not blowing my own trumpet or anything). *Gets a trumpet and blows it*.

My bookshelf is fit to burst (literally) with all my fab, amazing books! My favourites are 'Touch of Power' and 'Tom Daley: My Story', which was definitely read and not just drooled over *looks around suspiciously*.

All of this goes on in my double life. I've never told anyone this let alone the world wide web, so if you tell anyone, then I'm going to have to kill you, okay? 

The life of a secret book blogger certainly isn't dull. Asking publishers and authors about their latest books. Reading some incredible stories and discovering new authors who have an amazing way with words.

Overall, my double agent life is unique, nobody I know has it. I love how no two books are exactly the same and that you can dip in and out of other worlds and escape. I just love how there is some people who love books just as much as me! The blogosphere has some really cool people!

All in a day's work.

Review of Four Children And It

Title: Four Children and It
Author: Jacqueline Wilson

Rosalind and Robbie don't want to spend the summer stuck in their new dad's house with irritating Smash and her glamorous mum. 

Dad's biggest wish is for everyone to get along. So when he suggests a picnic in nearby Oxshott woods the children grudgingly agree.

That afternoon, in a golden sandpit, Rosalind makes a wish of her own and something extraordinary happens. It just might change their summer from weeks of rows and bickering into the best holiday these four children have ever had...

My Review:

This was a nice change from Jacqueline Wilson's normal books and she tends to write about real life problems but this is more of a fantasy. It's about the four children, Rosalind, Robbie, Smash and Maudie. It's also a tribute to E Nesbitt's book Five Children and It (which is one of Jacqueline's favorite book).

The children get dragged along to a picnic at Oxshott woods by their Dad. They go and sit by a sandpit but then as they sit their (with faces like thunder), something starts rustling beneath the pit. Robbie - who is animal obsessed - manages to get this strange creature out called the Psammead. The best things of all is that it can grant wishes! 

I loved reading about the wishes, especially Smash's, they were really creative and got me thinking that if  I found a Psammead what would I wish for? 

I'm not going to go into detail about the plot because otherwise that would spoil the story. Overall though, I think that this book is worth a read and seen as I'm a HUGE Jacqueline Wilson fan I'm yet to find a book of hers that I don't like. (Also because I got the book for £1.49 makes it even better)!

X X X X 

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Review of Timeless

Title: Timeless
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Transcend Time
Book 3



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

In Vengeance, Chelsea set fate back on it's original, deadly path.

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

Because to make things right, they need to go back to where it all began...  

My Review

I've been hooked on this series ever since I got the copy of Remembrance. It was awesome. Then I reviewed Vengeance and it bridged the gap between what happened at the end of book 1 and set the stepping stones of what would happen in this book!

WOW! That's all I can say! WOW! Loved, loved, loved this book! Thank you Michelle for writing such an epic series! I finished this book in practically one sitting - trust me it was that good!

The books told from Lizzie's point of view. Crows start doing strange things around Lizzie and then other odd things start to happen.

Drew and Lizzie decide to see Alistair (who is Lizzie's memory guide). He tells them that Lizzie has had a curse put on her. If they didn't stop this curse then it would result in death for Lizzie on the next full moon. They narrowed it down to 2 possible suspects - Jeremy and Chelsea. 

They discover who did this to Lizzie and they agree willingly to help stop the curse. But it's not as easy as they'll help. Oh no. They have to travel back to their past lives and stop Lizzie from dying to break the curse. However, it's not as easy as it first appears...

This book was EPIC! Loved it! Loved the writing! Loved the characters! This needs to go to the top of your to be read list!

X X X X X  

Monday, 29 October 2012

Review of Me, Suzy P

Title: Me, Suzy P
Author: Karen Saunders
Series: Me, Suzy P
Book 1


I'm Suzy Puttock (yes, Puttock with a P), fourteen years old and a complete disaster magnet.

My life's full of ups and downs. My loved-up big sister Amber's getting married and wants lime-green bridesmaids' dresses. I'm not happy about that.

But there's this hot new guy, Zach, just started at my school. I am happy about that.

Only... I've had a boyfriend since forever, Danny. So now I'm all kinds of confused...

My Review:

This was a proof book sent from Templar publishing (thanks for the book). It's exactly the kind of book that I read and I really enjoyed it! Suzy was definitely a drama queen and I loved her for that. She was funny and was a typical teenager. Up one minute, down the next. She goes through what every teen goes through.

Suzy's been going out with Danny for ages and she's happy, well, just a tiny bit annoyed that Danny doesn't show her much affection in public. Then the new boy Zach turns up and... WOW! He is hot! But, Suzy can't just drop Danny, she doesn't know how to and she's never broken up before and can't hurt his feelings. Suzy and Danny go to a party and Suzy sees Danny kissing Jade (the school's bully). Why is Danny kissing her? 

Danny and Suzy fight and argue and Suzy dumps Danny. Danny and Jade start to go out so Suzy decides that 2 can play at that game so she decides to go out with Zach. After some unfortunate dates together, Zach dumps Suzy in public in front of everyone! She's really embarrassed.

Then Suzy's sister, Amber has her wedding and Suzy thinks that it's really unfair - how can she bear to stand there watching her sister be sickeningly in love, when she isn't? And why did Amber have to marry a man with a worse surname than Puttock? 

Suddenly, a surprise guest turns up and Suzy's all happy again.

This book was brilliant and I really enjoyed! I recommend it to everyone, especially if you're a fan of Louise Rennison and Cathy Cassidy.

Great book, Suzy is definitely the next drama queen!

X X X X 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Review of A Reckless Magick

Title: A Reckless Magick

Author: Stephanie Burgis


Kat's back for her third adventure and as usual, social disaster is following in her wake...

When the Stephenson family travel to a grand country house in Devon for her sister Angeline's wedding, Kat is stalked by a dangerous magical enemy and finds everything she thought she knew about her late mother called into question.

With smugglers, sabotage, tangled romance and plenty of magical activity at work, it's down to Kat to protect her family and her country from impending ruin.

My Review

I was sent third book to review and wow - it didn't disappoint! It's the third book in its series and I haven't read any of the others in the series - I could follow the story easily so it didn't matter.

The book is set in the regency era. The main character is 13 year old Kat. I liked her, she wasn't perfect, she was entertaining and likable. Kat is also a guardian for the Order. Her older sister - Angeline - is engaged and their family is travelling to Devon to see Angeline's fiancee (Frederick) and all of his family. 

As their travelling up Kat's carriage is hijacked. As someone is travelling past they stop to help. She's called the marquise and as Kat gets to know her she questions who she really is...

There's lots of other twists and turns which I won't explain as I might give some of the story away. It's full of sizzling magic, fantasy and full of intrigue.

Great book, written well and I REALLY enjoyed it! Gripping, definitely a book to add to your must read list!

X X X X X 

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Guest Post - Michelle Madow

Top Five Favorite Books

I’m so excited to be here today talking about my top five favorite books! It’s hard to narrow it down to only five, but here it goes…

1) Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
There is no question that this is one of my favorite book series of all time. I grew up with Harry—when the first book came out, I was exactly Harry’s age! J.K. Rowling created an incredible world that came to life in the pages. I wish I could go to Hogwarts! The amount of creativity that went into this series inspires me.

2) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I remember reading this book, and being on the edge of my seat unable to put it down. Suzanne Collins has this incredible way of writing where you feel like you ARE Katniss inside the arena. I also love reality shows involving eliminations and alliances (Big Brother and Survivor!), so I loved seeing this gruesome spin on modern day television programs.

3) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I read Twilight when it first came out in 2005, and after reading it I was obsessed. The love story drew me in, and as an 18 year old at the time, Bella’s character inspired me to make positive changes in my life. A lot of books I was reading at that age involved teens who were partying, drinking, etc. Reading about a girl like Bella, who was happy being who she was without craving popularity, encouraged me to be more comfortable embracing that side of my personality. Twilight changed my life, and led me on a path to become a better person.

4) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
This is one of my all time favorite series! I love the future world Scott created, and the technology within it. If you love reading about awesome inventions and gadgets, this is a book for you. It’s obvious while reading that Scott loves science, and he does such an amazing job thinking about the path technology can take. I also love the characters—Tally, Shay, Zane, and David are well developed and feel like real people. This book has it all—adventure, a good message, relatable characters, and of course a great love story!

5) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I waited until right before the last book came out to read this series, and I don’t know why I waited so long! But on the other hand, I’m glad I did, because I was able to read all of the books at once, which I think increased how much I enjoyed it. Richelle Mead created a unique world of vampires, and I loved the characters as well. My favorite character was Lissa—I loved seeing her growth through the series.

Thank you, Natasha, for having me on your blog!

Michelle Madow was inspired to write Remembrance after seeing Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video while a junior at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. The song and video gave her the story idea about a high school girl reincarnated from Regency Era, England. She handed in the first chapter as a homework assignment for class, and when her teacher and classmates wanted her to continue writing, she decided to go for it. By the end of the school year, her first novel was completed!
For more information on Michelle and her books, visit www.michellemadow.com.
Michelle lives in Florida, where she is hard at work writing more novels for young adults.
The final part of the Transcend Time Series, Timeless, comes out on November 20, 2012. Be sure to read the first two parts, Remembrance and Vengeance, first!
(Images for the three book covers: Remembrance, Vengeance, Timeless)

Sorry Again.

Sorry Again Guys,

Sorry that I haven't reviewed anything in AGES! I'm waiting till my birthday (which is in 8 days) Arghhh! Excited! Anyway, I'm waiting till my 13th birthday and then a new video will be up with ALL the books that I get! (It may be very long!)


Have a good weekend! I have my PAARRTTTYYYY! Think of me on Wednesday!


Friday, 24 August 2012

Review of Seriously Sassy, Crazy Days

Title: Seriously Sassy, Crazy Days
Author: Maggi Gibson
Series: Seriously Sassy book 3


"I'm gonna use my fame and money to make the world a better place ... OK?"

Life is seriously good for Sassy Wilde - she's had her first kiss, she has her two bestest bezzies ever and her rock-chick dreams are on the verge of coming true.

But just as everything's set to take off, her new boyfriend starts acting weird - and then the record company turns Sassy's world upside down!

Sassy feels like giving it all up - until a real disaster strikes. Now's not the time for Sassy to pack away her guitar, cos her talents are needed more than ever...

My Review:

Following the events that happened in book 2, Sassy finds out that Y - Gen music tried all they could to get Sassy a record deal but other companies are saying no because of what Sassy did. She vows that she will never sing again.

Then Taslima, her friend, has to go to Pakistan following an earthquake where her family may have been hit.

Seen as Sassy is a member of the eco club, they think that they should raise money. They try lots of things but all decide that to raise lots of money they need Sassy to sing - but she said that she won't ever again. Will she sing again to help her friend and other people who also need help.

It's a great book! I'm so glad Maggi let me review the books! Fab book! Downside - the series has ended! If you've never heard of this series, well you need to BUY IT NOW!!

 X X X X X 

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Review of Seriously Sassy: Pinch Me I'm Dreaming

Title: Seriously Sassy, Pinch Me I'm Dreaming
Author: Maggi Gibson
Series: Seriously Sassy, Book 2


"I sing cos I care about things. I'm not gonna change just to be famous!"

Sassy Wilde has plenty to say about life, love and... lemurs. She's a rock chick with eco attitude, but for Sassy it's not all about fame.

There's Twig, the boy who makes her feel squidgy inside. And Cordelia and Tas, her bestest mates. But as the Wiccaman festival beckons and Sassy's dreams start to come true, will she have to leave them behind?

Suddenly, Sassy's in a whirl of bezzies and boys. It's not just her guitar strings that are twanging - it's her heart strings to...

My Review:

This is the second book in the Seriously Sassy series and it didn't dissapoint! It follows on from the first book nicely with the protest Sassy staged in book 1. She discovers that someone has filmed her singing and has put her on the internet - but who? 

However, a record company get in touch with her and ask if she's willing to make a demo CD, there's no hesitation and Sassy immediately says YES!  They record some tracks and as a challenge Y - Gen say that they want Sassy to perform at the Wiccaman festival to see what she's like performing. Sassy, Tas, Cordelia, Megan, Pip and her mum all go for a few days and make a holiday out of it. In the time that they stay Sassy meets THE Pheonix Macloid - the HOTTEST celeb ever and he likes her! But, Sassy has Twig as her boyfriend already. As Sassy is an eco warrior her songs all have something to do with the planet. Y - Gen say she can't sing one song but when the moment comes Sassy does something unbelievable and has she blown her chances of being a star, all because she cares about the world?

It's a great book! It's turning out to be one of my favourite series'! Can't wait for book 3 ----> Seriously Sassy: Crazy Days!

X X X X X 

Friday, 10 August 2012

Review Of Seriously Sassy

Title: Seriously Sassy
Author: Maggi Gibson
Series: Seriously Sassy Series Book 1

"Right now boys are NOT part of my life plan. I've got more than enough to do as it is." "Yeah like the planet to save," Cordelia says dreamily. "And my singing career to get off the ground. I've not even got my first demo disc yet!"

Sassy Wilde's had enough of pollution and plastic bags - she wants to make a difference. It's time to grab her guitar and start spreading some eco love...

But first she has to get around her mum and dad - officially the most embarrassing parentals In. The. World.

And it's not just endangered creatures keeping Sassy awake at night. Why, oh why did Magnus (the Magnificent) offer her a bite of his muffin in biology?

My Review:
First of all this book is GREAT! I loved it! Sassy is so cool and a great character, I liked how she wasn't perfect and that she cared so much about the environment and was very strong for a 13 year old. Sassy isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes in even if this means that she will get into trouble (which she does)! 

I loved how Sassy dreamt of being a star and I loved the songs that were scattered all the way through the book, the songs also seemed to represent how Sassy was feeling so if she was angry the song would be about how angry she was, if she was happy it would show in the song, but adding this to the book really helped to make it more personal.

A quick summary is Sassy's dad is standing for the local election and Sassy needs to be the perfect daughter for him, they strike a deal - if she's good, she gets a demo, if not then she doesn't. 

Sassy has to think about what she wants more - to save the planet or get a demo? Stand for what she believes in or sit tight and wait?

A must have, must read! Great book! Can't wait to read the next two books in the series!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Review of Mates, Dates and Great Escapes

Title: Mates, Dates and Great Escapes
Author: Cathy Hopkins
Series: Mates, Dates

A school trip to Florence seems like the perfect escape for Lucy. She wants time away from Tony who is pressurising her to take their relationship further. In Italy she meets an American boy, who is also visiting Tuscany, and she thinks he might be the ideal way to get over Tony. He seems to be the perfect gentlemen, and Italy introduces Lucy to a world of culture and sophistication.

Will she be able to move on from Tony? Or is it a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire?

My Review:

This is book nine in the Mates and Dates which I love!!! It's all about 4 best friends - Lucy, Nesta, TJ and Izzie - who are mates that have dates, hence the title of the series Mates, Dates.

Lucy and Tony have been going out for a while but as Tony is 4 years older wants to take their relationship further (if you know what I mean), he's pressurising Lucy and she doesn't know what to do. A school trip to Florence seems like the perfect break but Lucy's family don't have the money, until Lucy's older brother, Lal, has to see Mrs Finkelstein's solicitor, he thinks he's done something wrong but he hasn't! I'm not going to give away what it is but it results in Lucy being able to go to Florence after all - which she's thrilled about! 

Lucy, Nesta, TJ and Izzie have a lot of good adventures which I'm not going to reveal. Lucy meets Teddy who's really sweet and they have a little holiday romance. Not going to reveal anything else, if you like the sound of this book then give it a try! 

Fab book! Love the series! Only thing is you might wanna start at the first book in the series as different things over lap in the books, but the series is a DEFINITE holiday must read!


Monday, 23 July 2012

Review of 'The Celeb Next Door'

Title: The Celeb Next Door
Author: Hilary Freeman
Series: Camden Town Tales


Rosie has lived in Paradise Avenue, Camden Town all her life. As well as the market to hang out at and gigs to go to, there are celebrities to spot, and TV studios where she and her best friends Sky and Vix might get noticed.

When Rosie finds out that the drummer from a chart-topping group is moving into the house next door, she makes it her mission to befriend him. But things don't turn out quite the way she expects...

My Review:

Seen as I read a couple of other books my Hilary Freeman and saw this in the library as another book in the 'Camden Town Tales' I thought 'YES - I will read that!' It's fast paced and the perfect summer book for any teenager! It's full of romance, friendship and a sprinkle of celebs! 

Every character in the story is realistic and you can believe that they are real, they face the same problems as any typical teenager, so it wasn't hard to believe the characters. The story is a bit out of reach but Camden is like that so it's not totally out of this world.

Max is sooo sweet, I found myself falling in love with him, if Rosie doesn't him then I'll have him! He was so considerate and always thought about Rosie - I wish the boys nowadays were like him! 

Rosie faces any problem that any normal person would face at least once in their life, but I felt like I wanted a better ending for Max, for him to go with Vix because she likes him and Rosie was trying to set them up.

I feel that this book was written better than the first book but both books are enjoyable and worth a read, they're nice summer reads! 

X X X X 

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Got More Books...

Sorry not many book reviews are going online but seen as I read the books so long ago then I can't remember very well what the story was - a video is going up online shortly so you will all be up to date!

Thanks and keep reading!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Review of ' Shades of Magenta'

Title: Shades of Magenta
Author: Echo Freer

Holiday time and the heat is on for Magenta Orange. But she's keeping her cool... Magenta can't hide her disappointment: her dream destination turns out to be a holiday camp in the middle of nowhere. But she's looking forward to topping up her tan and starring in the talent contest... not to mention a bit of holiday romance. Soon Magenta's back on form, with parachuting pandemonium and disaster on the diving board...
Will gorgeous Daniel be able to stop her from getting into deep water?

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book and it's told from three people's perspective - Daniel, Magenta and Justine. Magenta is the main character and is 13 - Daniel is her boyfriend. Justine is Magenta's cousin and also likes Daniel as well. They all go on holiday together and Justine attempts to break Daniel and Magenta up. At the swimming pool Magenta meets a creep called Liam who follows her around because of an incident. It has a nice ending. 

The only thing is that alot of the book is on love and relationships. Daniel is constantly in his mind saying that he loves Magenta and wants to spend the rest of his life with her, but, they are only 13 so it's quite deep. I think the author should've made them 15, 14, then it wouldn't be as bad.

Overall, a really good book!