Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Review of Sequins, Stars and Spotlights

Title: Sequins, Stars and Spotlights
Author: Sophia Bennett
Series: Threads book 3


Best friends Nonie, Jenny, Edie and Crow are so close to beginning glittering careers. So why do their challenges suddenly seem so overwhelming?

The girls have choices to make. Who will wait for fame and success? Who will emerge an outright star? Who will fall in love? And who will turn her back on her dreams?

My Review:

I read this book a while ago so this review may be very brief. But, I'm going to give it a go anyway.

This is threads book 3 and I really enjoyed it. It follows the 4 girls, Nonie, Jenny, Crow and Edie as they make it big in the fashion industry.

In this book, Nonie finds love but also has a rethink about her future. Jenny gets swept away to New York to star in a musical. Edie's working herself to hard and questions where she wants to go and Crow has a rethink about her label.

Overall, I did really enjoy this book and it has been a good, light series to read.


Sunday, 14 April 2013

Review of Code Name Verity

Title: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein


I have two weeks. You'll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
That's what you do to enemy agents. It's what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way for a girl caught red handed doing dirty work like mine - and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturnfuhrer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I'm going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France - an Allied Version of Two.

We are a sensational team.

My Review:

This is one of the Carnegie books and I really wasn't impressed. I couldn't even get passed the first 50 pages!

From the blurb the book sounded quite good but as soon as I started reading it just seemed like endless amounts of waffle written all over the page!

Nothing seemed to happen and I couldn't understand what was going on. It's very rare that I do stop reading a book so you can tell how bad I thought it was.

I really wasn't impressed and wouldn't recommend at all! But, if it sounds like a book you enjoy go ahead and read it but for me, I just couldn't get into it. 

Let me know if you did enjoy it and why!

Sorry Elizabeth but your book just didn't impress me!


Monday, 8 April 2013

Review of Geek Girl

Title: Geek Girl
Author: Holly Smale


“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.”
Harriet Manners knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her.
So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her best friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of impossibly handsome model Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.
Veering from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, Harriet begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did.
As her old life starts to fall apart, will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

(Blurb taken from amazon)

My Review:

Harriet is a geek, no question about it! She even looked it up in a dictionary just to make sure. I am a self confessed geek!

Nobody at school likes her so when she's offered the chance to be a model she thinks it could be just what she's looking for! She wants to make people see her differently, not just as the resident geek.

I really enjoyed how the story was told. I liked Harriet's narration an the way she views the world. I really liked how the author conveyed Harriet's awkwardness and I loved the little facts she would put in.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend!


Wednesday, 3 April 2013


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Review of The Weight of Water

Title: The Weight of Water
Author: Sarah Crossan


Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat. 'The Weight of Water' is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

(Blurb taken from goodreads)

My Review:

I'm taking part in my own little Carnegie book awards, there isn't enough space at my school so my English teacher said that I could do it independently, I immediately checked out the books on  NetGalley and saw this and requested it, luckily it was then approved!

I read this book in several hours and from the first page I was intrigued, the layout was different. The whole book was told in a series of poems (they don't rhyme though so it doesn't feel like you are reading a multitude of poems, which I liked as I HATE poetry)

The story follows Kasienka, who is Polish, as she heads to England to find her Tata (Dad) with her Mama (Mum). Her mum can't face that her dad walked out all those years ago so her mum drags Kasienka along for the ride. 

They live in a cramped studio apartment and they are both desperately trying to fit in. Kasienka gets bullied by the 'it' girl called Clair. 

This book is much deeper than it first appears and really does make you think about bullying and immigrants and how other people feel.

I really enjoyed this book and I would HIGHLY recommend it, it exceeded my expectations and I think that you shouldn't dismiss it just because you don't like books told in poetic form. And if you do like books told like that, then hey, this books for you!

This book is also set in Warwickshire which is where I live so I could really visualize everything. Also my mum's maiden name was Crossan, so me and Sarah could be related!