Thursday, 29 April 2010

Swapped by a Kiss by Luisa Plaja OUT NOW!

Today Swapped By a Kiss (the sequel to Split By a Kiss) by author Luisa Plaja is out now! You can buy it from lots of different book shops, including Amazon and WH Smith. Here is the Amazon summary:

Rachel hates her life and everyone in it - she even has suspicions that her on/off boyfriend David might not be entirely trustworthy. However, when David invites her to a music festival in England featuring their friend's band, she jumps at the chance for an overseas adventure. Hoping to surprise David, Rachel arrives at the festival early, where she runs into a nasty surprise of her own - she sees David kissing their friend Jo. Distraught, Rachel runs off, wishing she could leave her life behind...the next thing she knows, she's back with David. But not as herself...She's now in Jo's body! Can she keep the swap a secret from David until she can work out exactly what's going on and get her revenge? Over the course of a very weird weekend, Rachel puts herself in someone else's shoes and finds that her own maybe weren't as uncomfortable as she'd always thought. But can she ever be herself again?

Doesn't it sounds brilliant?! You can buy it HERE for just £4.99 - bargain! Plus the cover is gorgeous, it's so purple and sparkly. I definitely recommend buying it, you won't be disappointed, Luisa Plaja is a fantastic writer!

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

In My Mailbox #6

I haven't done this for a while, but I don't do it weekly like some people, I just do it whenever I get books haha! :-)


Only two books so far this week but I'm expecting more! Thank you to Chicken House for sending me such great books, you can expect a review of each in the next couple of weeks. I also got some signed stickers from Cathy Cassidy to stick in her books that I've got. Thank you Cathy!!

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Jane Airhead by Kay Woodward

Title: Jane Airhead
Author: Kay Woodward
Published by: Andersen Press
Publication date: 5th November 2009
Pages: 224
Genres: Children's/Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the author.

What's not to love about Jane Eyre? Gothic and passionate, it features the ultimate hero - Mr Rochester. And that gives Charlotte a top idea: she'll look for a new Mr Rochester for her lovely Mum. So when Charlotte finds the ideal man, she can't believe her luck. He's dark, brooding and mysterious. He's PERFECT.

But this real-life romantic hero also turns out to be sarcastic and rude. Does Charlotte really want her Mum marrying him?
Perhaps it would have been better if Mr Rochester had stayed between the covers of Charlotte's favourite novel...?

I really enjoyed this book, and the occasional chunks of Jane Eyre added an unexpected but pleasant twist to the story. I think some of it was maybe a bit too serious but it was well balanced with humour and surprises. I love this novel - it is absolutely amaztastic!

Also I really, really, really like the cover! I think it appeals to tweens and teens, and not a lot of book covers can pull that off.

This novel is incredibly witty and funny and I think everyone will love it - I'd recommend this book for ages 9+ but, as I said before, I definitely think everyone will enjoy it!

Big thank you to the author Kay Woodward for sending this to me - it was AMAZING.

Friday, 23 April 2010

The Keris Stainton Blog Tour: Stop #4!

Today is my day of Keris Stainton's fabulous blog tour! Keris is a debut author of Della Says OMG which came out on the 20th April. Here is my review of it:
Della's over the moon when she kisses her long-standing crush at a party - but then she discovers her diary has disappeared...When scans of embarrassing pages are sent to her mobile and appear on Facebook, Della's distraught - how can she enjoy her first proper romance when someone, somewhere, knows all her deepest, darkest secrets?
I was SO excited when this novel came through the post the other day that I literally jumped up and down, and then sat on the sofa and read it. ALL DAY. By the first sentence, 'Is that what you're wearing?' Maddy asks me.'  I was hooked. This book has everything a novel could need - romance, mystery, an awesomely cool cover and more! - and I was sooo sad when I'd finished! The 270 pages flew by, for me anyway, and I really hope there is a sequel.

Also I think it will be a big hit with teens because some of it is based on Facebook and I also think teens could relate to Della and her best friend Maddy quite a lot.
My favourite character was Della because I think she was quite funny and it was cool how she got herself out of embarrasing situations.
This book gets a 5/5 from me! Fantastic novel, you should definitely go buy it right NOW!!! By the way, if you're wondering where to buy it, CLICK HERE, where it says Della Says OMG has a five star rating!! How cool is that!? Keris - I really hope you keep writing because you're brilliant at it!
Want to win some amazing Della Says OMG postcards? Well I have 10 (yes, TEN!) to giveaway! Just comment here with why you would like to read Della Says OMG (or if you've already read it, your opinion on the novel) and I will pick out ten of the best comments!

Want to ask Keris a question? Keris will be popping in all day - if you're lucky you might just catch her! Comment your question on the comments and Keris will try her best to answer them all. All questions and answers will be going in a new 'Readers Interview Keris' post which will be going up tomorrow. Get them answers in now!

You can read the first chapter of Della Says OMG HERE.
The next stop on the Keris tour is Chez Aspie - DJ Kirkby's blog.
Big thank you to Keris for asking me to host a day of the tour!!

Friday, 16 April 2010

Video Excerpt of Runaway by Meg Cabot

Runaway is the third (and final, which I'm sad to say) novel in the Airhead series by talented author Meg Cabot. I can't wait to read Runaway which comes out on the 20th April, I think! Not long now! Anyway, here is a video of Meg reading some of her new novel, Runaway...

Doesn't it sound brilliant?! I can't wait for it to come out! What do you all think of Runaway?

Thursday, 15 April 2010

In My Mailbox #5




I'm So Not A Pop Star by Kimberly Greene

Title: I'm So Not A Pop Star
Author: Kimberly Greene
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 26th September 2008
Pages: 320
Genres: Children's/Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Hi, I'm Sam and this is my blog! My life is totally weird right now because:

A) my sister Danni is this big-time pop princess,
B) there's a camera crew following us EVERYWHERE for our reality TV show, and
C) I've just found out an amazing secret about my family!

I'm so exicted, but all Danni can think about is competing with this new rival pop-diva, Harley.

Danni's stinky agent, Robert, is determined that Danni will come out on top and I hope he's right.

But just in case he's wrong I've got a few plans of my own...

I'm So Not a Pop Star is the second installment in the Pop Star series by the fantastic author Kimberly Greene. This time Danni had a problem. Robert, her sneaky agent, had signed her up to go against new pop diva rival, Harley in a music battle. So what was meant to be a nice family relaxation time turned into stressing about Harley time. Then Sam discovers a big family secret, and the family travel to London together. But seeing Danni so stressed makes Sam come up with a secret plan of her own...

This novel was probably my favourite of the series. It was well written and the novel produced a new problem for Sam to 'help' with, rather than her just moaning about having TV cameras follow her all the time. This novel is funny and the main character, Sam, is witty and some of her thoughts made me laugh out loud!

My favourite character was Sam, because she kind of reminds me of, well, me when I was about...nine! She's funny and witty and if she was real, I would definitely be her friend! I give this book 5/5.

I'd probably recommend this novel for kids aged 10+, and I think a lot of children/teens can relate to Sam (except having to have TV cameras follow you everywhere, of course!)

Thursday, 8 April 2010

When I Was Joe by Keren David

Title: When I Was Joe
Author: Keren David
Published by: Frances Lincoln
Publication date: 6th September 2012
Pages: 384
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

It's one thing watching someone get killed.

It's quite another talking about it.

But Ty does talk about it.

He names some ruthless people and a petrol-bomb attack forces him and his mum into hiding under police protection.
Shy loser Ty gets a new name, a new look and a cool new image. Life as Joe is good.

But the gangsters will stop at nothing to silence him.

And then he meets a girl with a dangerous secret of her own.

This novel is about a boy called Ty (short for Tyler). He witnessed a knife crime, and now has to live in Witness Protection. A new name, a new look and suddenly Ty is a much more confident person. Things were bad at first...but now they're about to get even worse. As Ty struggles through life as Joe, a girl called Claire and a school race later and things seem to be getting a little better.

Keren's debut novel When I Was Joe was a brilliant read, and I really enjoyed it! Usually this wouldn't really be my kind of book, but it was recommended to me so I bought it....and it was amazing! It was a little slow to get into at first, but after the first chapter or so I was hooked. This book was mostly about the crime and what it had done to Ty and his family, but there were added twists to make it more exciting - definitely worth reading!

I don't think I've ever read a book before about a knife crime and the witness having to go into Witness Protection, so that made it even more gripping and addictive. I literally couldn't put this book down - you should all definitely read it!

A couple of months ago I won a proof of Almost True (the sequel) which isn't out until September. I've finished reading it, and a review will be up around August (I would review it sooner but I was asked not to.) For now, I'll just tell you that it was FANTASTIC!

I win!

A few weeks ago, the author of the Sassy Wilde books, Maggi Gibson, hosted a competition on her website. She was starting a new section called BLUSHBLUSHBLUSH for all your most embarrassing moments! Anyway, she asked people to send in their most embarrassing moments - she would pick three winners and each would receive a cute lion cub bookmark. Well, guess what? I got an email saying I had won! Here is a screenshot of my entry:

Click the picture to enlarge. Anyway, it turns out I've won another competition as well! I was a member of the Bloomsbury facebook fan page, and they held a mini competition. The first five people to comment would win a selection of Bloomsbury ARC's! My bookmark and my Bloomsbury book selection arrived today....

I feel really sorry for the postman - when Mum gave me the parcel with all 9 (!) books inside, I nearly fell over it was so heavy! I already have 'Paper Towns' and 'Captivate', but that doesn't matter! I would use them as prizes on here, but firstly Mum says I'm not allowed to do any more competitions for a while and secondly I don't have much of my savings left for posting things out. The bookmark from Maggi Gibson came with three Seriously Sassy postcards, a signed book sticker and a letter that she had personally written! I've wanted to read 'Magic Under Glass' and 'No and Me' for ages, so I'm very happy! Also, author Liz Kessler has offered to send me five signed bookmarks!!