Sunday, 29 April 2012

Review Of A Monster Calls

Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Original Idea: Siobhan Dowd

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Connor's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming...
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Connor. It wants the truth.

My Review:
Sorry, I haven't posted in a while but I keep having other things to do and haven't had time to write this review, so I'm sorry. Anyway, this book won best book in my county, so I though, I'll give it a try. 

This book was alright. It didn't completely wow me but I didn't hate it. It was just alright. The whole story is Connor's mum has cancer and her treatments aren't working out how there supposed to. Connor keeps having a nightmare and the monster has come to get the truth of the nightmare out of Connor. It's hard for Connor and you can see his struggle having to admit the truth. 

The monster tells three tales that are supposed to have a meaning that helps Connor, but Connor can't see how it helps. In the end Connor gets fed up with the bullies and rages out on everyone. His dad comes back from America for a while and he has to live with his gran whilst his mum is in hospital. 

The ending sentence is really sweet and this book was quite good. In parts I would be enticed and not want to put it down but then it would go onto a downer and I would want to put it down.

I would say give it a try as I did enjoy it but it wasn't giving me the wow factor and a book that I would recommend for people to definitely read but it was quite enjoyable.

x x x

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Book News

Just been to the Scholastic book fair where they sell off old books for £2 (at the highest)!! Loved it - didn't what to leave!! I got 7 books and they are...

The Look - Sophia Bennet (£1)
Ginger Snaps - Cathy Cassidy (£2 because it was a hardback)
Tough Love - Anne Cassiday (£1)
Fat Chance - Catherine Robinson (£1)
Big Woo - Susie Day (£1)
Starstruck - Cathy Cassidy (£1)
Saving Poppy - Kate Cann (£1)

Money well spent!! I REALLY want to go again in July!!


Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Review of Diary of a Lottery Winner's Daughter

Title: Diary of a Lottery Winner's Daughter
Author: Penelope Bush

Does money have to change everything? Charlotte and her family are determined that winning £3.7 million won't change them. But they haven't counted on how everyone else around them will react. Charlotte's best friend is acting strangely and someone's spreading cruel rumors around school. Can Charlotte use the money to change things for the better?

My Review:
This book was a nice and easy read. It all starts with Charlotte and her family going on holiday. There Charlotte gets her fortune told by a creepy Gypsy Ginnie. Her fortune says 'Be careful what you wish for'. Then Charlotte starts making wishes and suddenly everything that she wishes for some way or another comes true...
Charlotte is quite a sweet character and you can see that she cares about her family dearly.
Chelsea (Charlotte's older sister) is quite selfish and only cares about herself. 

This book is really simple but is a nice light hearted read!

x x x

Monday, 16 April 2012

Review of Remembrance

Title: Remembrance
Author: Michelle Madow

Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from the Regency Era...but she doesn't know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking to him about the mysteries behind her feelings , he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult as she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows that she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn't going to be easy...

My Review:
I was sent a PDF copy of this book for review and I LOVED this book. The story is inspired by Taylor Swift's 'Love Story', and the whole story is really similar to the video.

When Lizzie meets Drew he takes her breath away and Lizzie knows that she knows Drew but can't place where from. Lizzie knows that she's head over heels in love but she's already in a relationship with Jeremy. Then Chelsea falls in love and she thinks that her and Drew can never be. But with flashbacks of Drew in her mind, is all hope lost between them?

Lizzie was a great character and I loved how she was so thoughtful and real, creative and sweet. 
Jeremy at times was an idiot but at certain times I did feel quite sorry for him. He always seemed to take Lizzie for granted and I was happy that Lizzie left him.
Chelsea always seemed to have Drew on her mind and never had time for Lizzie. Even though Lizzie was struggling Chelsea always seemed very absorbed in her own world and never had time for others.
Drew was a mystery man, you could never tell how he was feeling, one minute he's warm and welcoming and the next he's cold and shutting Lizzie out of his life.

This book has it all, the ultimate lover's story, great story-line and characters you can connect with. You could get a really good image of Lizzie's mask and dress and how beautiful everything was.

I could feel every emotion that the characters felt and I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I can not fault it! 

x x x x x

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Review of The Mummy With No Name

Name: The Mummy With No Name
Author: Geronimo Stilton 

Halloween and Egypt and mummies... oh, my! I admit it, I am a 'fraidy mouse. Halloween scares me out of my fur! This year, I got an urgent message from my friend, Professer Sandsnout, just before Halloween. He needed my help, so I rushed off to the Egyptian Mouseum to find him. But I didn't expect to find real, live mummies, too! Oh, what's a 'fraidy mouse to do?

My Review:
I don't know why but I just really like these books. Certain words are in different colours and fonts. The stories are simple and easy to read. It didn't take me long to read as it is only 98 pages long. I like that because it's based  in Egypt you get little facts about Egypt so it's educational aswell. The characters are really nice and you get to know them through the different books. 

It's a book for younger readers and I have been reading these books since I was 8 but I still like these books several years on as a nice easy read to give my eyes a rest.

I still really like these books and I can't really complain about these books.


Sunday, 8 April 2012

Review of Noughts and Crosses

Title: Noughts and Crosses
Author: Malorie Blackman

Callum is a nought - a second class citizen in a world run by the ruling crosses...

Sephy is a Cross, daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country...

In their world, noughts and Crosses simply don't mix. And as hostility turns into violence, can Callum and Sephy possible find a way to be together?
They are determined to try.

And then the bomb explodes...

My Review:
At the start of this book I couldn't really get into it and then suddenly, something clicked and I just LOVED this book! I could hardly wait to get home and pick the book up. I was experiencing every emotion and I was gripping the pages in anticipation just waiting to see what would happen next!

This book is written from the view points of Sephy and Callum - they each have a completely different view of life but they are best friends. Every chapter takes another turn and I could NEVER predict what would happens next.

I cannot wait to read the next book - Knife Edge -  and this book is only for 12+ or teen as there're swear words and other scenes not suitable fore younger readers.


Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Book News

Just got my book that I won from Girls Heart Books can't wait to read it - looks really good!!
Here it is ------>

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Review of 'Shadow'

Title: Shadow
Author: Michael Morpurgo

Never have Aman and his mother needed a friend more than when a Springer Spaniel appears - thin and war-ravaged - in the mouth of their Afghan cave, where they struggle to survive in a world of poverty, corruption and police brutality. Nursed back to health by Aman, the dog becomes a constant companion, a shadow, and that's what Aman decides to call her.

But life in Afghanistan becomes more dangerous by the moment. Eventually, Aman, his mother and Shadow find the courage to embark upon the treacherous journey from war-torn Afghanistan to the safety of a relative's home in Manchester, England.

But how far can Shadow lead them? And in this terrifying new world, is anywhere really safe?

My Review:
I read this book in one day and a thoroughly enjoyed it, at first I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did. 

Each chapter is from a different point of view - Aman, Matt and Grandpa. Most of the book is Aman and his mum's story of how they got to England. The story is heartfelt and I felt sooo sorry for everything that they had to go through. 

Shadow is a great dog and a brave one aswell, she really does link in with the story well and I felt that the dog really was loyal to Aman and the soldiers. 

All in all I really enjoyed this and it gets a thumbs up in my book!!


Review of 'Marshmallow Skye'

Title: Marshmallow Skye
Author: Cathy Cassidy

Skye and Summer Tanberry are identical twins, and Skye loves her sister more than anything else in the world. They do everything together, but lately Skye's been feeling like second-best - it's the story of her life. And when her friend Alfie confesses he's fallen for Summer, not her, it hurts.

Skye wants to be her own person, but with an effortlessly cool twin, how can she? Will Skye ever step out of Summer's shadow and find her own chance to shine?

My Review:
At first this book comes across as quite spooky in the first couple of chpaters and is based on a ghost that supposedly died because of doomed love - like Romeo and Juliet. I read this book in 2 days and I really enjoyed it! I felt connected with the character of Skye and any feeling she had I could feel it too. 

The story is really good and the ending was interesting all the things in the middle of the book linked in at the end.

This book is the second in the chocolate box girls series and I think that you should read the first book first as some events that happen in this book are due to the previous books.

Overall, I REALLY enjoyed it!!