Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Review of Liar & Spy

Title: Liar & Spy
Author: Rebecca Stead

Blurb:

When seventh grader Georges (the S is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?

(Blurb Taken from Goodreads)







My Review:

Another of the Carnegie books here. I'd say this book was average. I enjoyed it but it was nothing special, nothing to write home about. 

The story follows Georges (silent s) who has recently moved into a new apartment in Brooklyn. Whilst there he meets Safer, a 12 year old, slightly eccentric, self appointed spy. Georges becomes his newest spy recruit, and their mission? To track the mysterious Mr X.

However, Safer becomes more and more demanding and Georges starts to doubt how real this is.

I didn't really understand the ending all that much or the notorious taste test, I was enjoying the book through the middle but the ending was just a bit of a let down. It took me a while to get into the book and ending I didn't understand that much.

I'd say try it, a lot of people love it and say it's a brilliant book, but to me, it was okay. I wouldn't go out of my way to read it - it was just average.

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Friday, 23 May 2014

FF (16)

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This weeks question is...

Question of the Week: Have you ever convinced someone to read a book, a series, or a whole genre? What book(s) and who was it? Did they like it?


I convinced my mum to read The Fault in Our Stars, she enjoyed it as much as me and we are both super excited for the film!! Today my friend also asked to borrow it as I'd convinced her to read it - she was excited to read it and I hope she enjoys it as much as myself and my mum!!




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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Review of The Wall

Title: The Wall
Author: William Sutcliffe

Blurb:
Joshua lives with his mother and step-father in Amarias, an isolated town, where all the houses are brand new. Amarias is surrounded by a high wall, guarded by soldiers, which can only be crossed through a heavily fortified checkpoint. Joshua has been taught that the Wall is the only thing keeping his people safe from a brutal and unforgiving enemy.

One day, Joshua stumbles across a tunnel that leads underneath the Wall. The chance to catch a glimpse of life on the other side of The Wall is too tempting to resist. He's heard plenty of stories about the other side, but nothing has prepared him for what he finds . . .

Set in a tense reality closely mirroring Israel's West bank, this deeply affecting parable of a boy who undertakes a short journey to another world lingers long after completion

(Taken from Goodreads)



My Review:

This was another of the Carnegie books. In short I hated this book. I just couldn't get into it. 

I don't really know the story line or plot as I was just skimming and skipping pages. I just found it to be endless pages of waffle that didn't really mean anything. I read to about page 20, then skipped a bit, then read another bit and skipped. It didn't matter where I was in the book, I just couldn't get into it. I didn't finish it and I would not recommend it.

For me, the blurb didn't excite me either, I'd heard it was quite a boring book and yes, it was boring! I found that I didn't want to read because I knew it would mean reading this. 

I wouldn't recommend this book but give it a try nonetheless if you have nothing else to read. I think it's the type of book that's like marmite, you either love it, or you hate it. I hated it!!

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Friday, 16 May 2014

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This weeks question is...

Have you met a favourite author and have a picture? Share.


In short, no. I've met authors in the past, but only really minor authors with school, but I've never met one of my favourite authors sadly. I'd love to one day though.
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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Review of Sweetness and Lies

Title: Sweetness and Lies
Author: Karen McCombie

Blurb:
New girl Amber is a champion ice-skater who can get free passes for Alton Towers and goes to see her granny in Barbados in the holidays. It's almost too good to be true.
Tilly's friend Mia thinks it is too good to be true. In fact, Mia reckons Amber is a total liar. And Tilly and Mia have been best friends since they started at Beech Cliff School, so Tilly has to trust Mia. Right? 
Or is Tilly about to do something very wrong?
My Review:
This is definitely not a challenging book and is incredibly thin. It is dyslexia friendly and I won it ages ago. I was bored one afternoon and didn't want to to start a  new book so decided to sit and read this. 
Tilly has just started secondary school and is thrilled to have met Mia. She's funny and chatty and soon the two of the are good friends - best friends. But when new girl Amber arrives Tilly wants to be friends with her too, but Mia doesn't. She starts to be horrible to Amber and tries to control Tilly.
But does Tilly stick with Mia or become friends with Amber?
Overall, it's a cute, little story for reluctant readers or people with dyslexia, it's not very complex and is easy to follow.

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Friday, 9 May 2014

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This weeks question is...

Question of the Week: What living author or authors would you like to have dinner with? 


I'd love to have dinner with John Green, he seems like such an amazing guy and The Fault in Our Stars is one of my favourite books of all time! I'd also love to have dinner with Jacqueline Wilson as I've grown up with her books so it would be cool to have dinner with her.
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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Author Interview: Kelly McKain

Hello! Today I have a very exciting interview with Kelly McKain - I hope you enjoy it!

How did you come up with the Rainbow Beauty series?
I really wanted to write something about sisters, and young women in business, and of course to set it at a time in their lives where they faced huge challenges, as that’s where the most drama and potential for learning and change in their lives would be. The ideas kind of mooched around in my brain until Rainbow Beauty came out. Chatting to my editor helped too, as I’d find myself saying things I didn’t know I knew about the book ideas!


Kindle or paperback?

Paperback for me, as I feel like I’m in front of a screen a lot already… Although people keep telling me it’s not like a screen… Maybe Kindle soon as well then!


If you could have an author superpower what would it be?
Great question! The power to beam to schools all over the country to meet amazing, inspiring readers and still be back in time for tea! Saying that, nights away in lovely hotels are a treat too so perhaps I’ll stick with trains!


Are you similar to any of your characters?
Yes! Lucy from Totally Lucy – she’s a lot like I was at that age. I would love to have been like Abbie from Rainbow Beauty at 14 – brave and emotionally intelligent and rock steady (well, almost) when things look like they’re falling apart. She’s who I aspire to be like, even at my age now!


What books have either influenced you or your writing?
I loved Roald Dahl and the Faraway Tree books when I was growing up, and most of all Professor Branestawm – I loved all the inventions and the madcap humour. I was always drawn to funny books and TV shows growing up and I still am!


Once you have an idea, how do you get started with the writing?
Lots of scribbling things down on the back of envelopes while doing other things. I keep it all very messy until I’ve really shaped the idea. I don’t want to rein anything in too early.


What's your favourite part of writing?
All of it! I have a cunning system of writing so many notes that by the time I write the book I’m really just writing the actual words on top of the notes and fine-tuning. No scary blank pages or screens for me, thank you! Also the fact that I think that because I’m writing a book, an actual BOOK, it’s acceptable to start on the chocolate at 9am.


How does it feel to get a finished copy in your hands?
Really amazing and exciting! But also, not that exciting because you’re already onto the next idea. So maybe the best word is satisfying. Very satisfying. Like, awarding myself even more chocolate kind of satisfying!

Have you always been writing or is it something that you started doing later on?
I have always written as in that I always wrote stories, and made a picture book when I was 11 and a poetry book when I was about 8. While I was exploring writing as an adult I worked in advertising and as a pre=prep school teacher for a year. My first books, the Mermaid Rock stories, were published when I was 23.


Tips for aspiring writers? 

Read loads and be super-nosy at all times. Don’t worry about the publishing side, just do what you love to do, write what you love to write and everything else will take care of itself.

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Friday, 2 May 2014

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This weeks question is....

  Tell us about one of your hobbies that is NOT reading.

I really enjoy blogging. Blogging is probably my favourite hobby. A lot of people don't count it as a hobby and say that it's not very hard. But blogging is a serious hobby! You never switch off from it, constantly thinking about what to put in your next post, if you need any photos, links. It's quite a demanding hobby but I love every second of it - my blog is like my little baby. I love it and would never want anything to happen to it!

Also, I also really enjoy writing and photography! :)

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