Thursday, 6 June 2013

Review of The Key Master

Title: The Key Master
Author: Christine Blakemore

Synopsis:
Jac has to do his proving challenge in order for him to get a good career on his home planet of Elythium. To help him complete his challenge, he has the help of a shape-shifter named Blue. Jac and Blue have to travel to Earth and find the 3 keys: Smowid, Rouhon and Thurt.
My Review:
This book was given to me by the author and I was really impressed! It came in a manuscript form and I was really excited to read it.

I really liked Jac and Blue as characters and found them really realistic (as realistic as you can get, considering ones a shape shifter and the other is boy from a different planet). The whole plot of the book was that Jac had to complete his proving task. To do this he has to travel to Earth to find the 3 keys: Thurt, Smowid and Rouhon.

To get to Earth Jac and Blue have to travel through a mirror (which I thought was really cool and wished that the mirrors in my house could do that). On the way, they meet Nene and Mara, sisters who agree to help Jac and Blue. They put them up in the shed in their allotment and give them food and water.

They're both baffled by how to found these keys, but then an advert in the local newspaper gives them a clue to they keys whereabouts. After that, they go off on all sorts of adventures all across Britain. 

I liked the witty narration between Blue and Jac but I also really enjoyed the serious, bonding moments that they shared.

At the end, there is a clever twist that I wasn't expecting...

Overall, I was really impressed with this book. Even though, it isn't published yet, I really hope it does because, it would be a shame for people to miss out such a good book! 

I really liked the narration, the characters and the plot and can't think of anything bad about the book! I'd definitely recommend it for boys and girls!


X X X X X

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Review of Dare You To

Title: Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry

Blurb:

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."


If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....


(Blurb Taken from goodreads)

My Review:

This is the second book from Katie McGarry which is sort of a follow up from her first book Pushing the Limits (review here). I loved that book and this book also didn't disappoint!

This book is told from two perspectives, Beth and Ryan. Ryan is the typical jock, popular and good looking and Beth is the troubled teen, gothic and moody. When I read Pushing the Limits, I was really into the Beth and Isaiah relationship and thought that they fitted together, but then this book came along and changed my mind. 

Ryan has been training to play baseball for pretty much all of his life, his parents put pressure on him to be 'prefect'. But behind closed doors Ryan's life isn't so perfect.

Beth however, has completely the opposite life, and after one night her life completely changes and she's taken away from the people she loves most. 

As soon as Beth and Ryan met they just seemed to work and I really wanted them to work out. There is quite a few swear words in this book but they aren't at all offensive and just seem to fit with the story (Beth's very moody so it fits with her personality).

I liked the glimpses of Noah, Echo and all the other characters from the previous book. Again this book deals with drugs, sex,  alcohol and abuse but it doesn't feel heavy and is handled really well (much like the first book). You really feel for this book and there is some quite emotional parts. 

Katie McGarry is becoming one of my favourite authors - her books are literally amazing and I can't wait for her next book 'Crash Into You' to come out. 

I can't recommend this book enough and Katie McGarry's writing in general - she's definitely one to watch out for. 

X X X X X