Friday, 29 October 2010

The Chosen One by Sam Bourne

Title: The Chosen One
Author: Sam Bourne
Published by: Harper Collins
Publication date: 27th May 2010
Pages: 576
Genres: Young Adult/Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

QUICK NOTE: This is a guest review written by my Granny. A publisher sent me this book, but I didn't think I would like it so my Granny offered to review it. So here is her review!

Bruised by years of disappointments, political advisor Maggie Costello is finally working for a leader she can believe in. She, along with the rest of America, has put her trust in President Stephen Baker, believing he can make the world a better place.
But suddenly an enemy surfaces: a man called Vic Forbes reveals first one scandal about the new president, and then another. He threatens a third revelation – one that will destroy Baker entirely.
When Forbes is found dead, Maggie is thrown into turmoil. Could the leader she idolizes have been behind Forbes’s murder? Has she been duped by his message of change and hope? Who is the real Stephen Baker?
On the trail of the truth, Maggie is led into the roots of a massive conspiracy that reaches back into history - and goes right to the heart of the US establishment...

I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting, intriguing, unputdownable....I just loved it! Although it is fiction., it is perfectly credible and it was very exciting so it kept me on the edge of my seat.

It was very, very good - perhaps not for children; maybe adults and older teenagers. It was definitely one of the best books I've ever read; I give it a rating of 5/5. I recommend it!

        Sunday, 24 October 2010

        New Luisa Plaja Book Coming Soon!

        Luisa Plaja has written a new book, and it's coming out next year! How exciting?! It's called Kiss Date Love Hate - I love the title, don't you? - and it sounds brilliant.
        Lex Murphy's group of friends have all dated, hated, ignored and lusted after each other for the last few years. If only there was a way of matching people perfectly to avoid all the unrequited love, dumping and drama! Then Lex's friend George is given a mysterious Sims-like game by his software-testing dad which involves building character profiles in the categories of Life, Looks and Love. Lex and George populate the game with avatars for all their mates, making a few 'wishful thinking' adjustments to the settings - and find that the next day these tinkerings have come true! But how long can this new calm, loved-up atmosphere continue...?
         It comes out on the 7th July 2011 - I can't wait! What do you think of the sound of this book?

        Luisa Plaja is a lovely person and a fantastic writer - she's written some great books so far, including Split by a Kiss and Swapped by a Kiss. I've reviewed both of these, so check those out (Review Index) and then buy the books!

        Saturday, 16 October 2010

        Sweet Hearts: Star Crossed by Jo Cotterill

        Title: Sweet Hearts: Star Crossed
        Author: Jo Cotterill
        Published by: Random House
        Publication date: 27th May 2010
        Pages: 272
        Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance
        Format: Paperback
        Source: Review copy from the publisher

        'You did WHAT?' screamed Mari.

        'You turned down the cutest boy ever? Are you crazy?'

        This summer, Fliss is playing Juliet opposite her dream Romeo. If only she could tell him how she feels!

        But unless she finds some inner confidence, she's going to miss her chance with him.

        Because someone else has her eyes on Fliss's role - and her leading man...

        Could he be her real-life Romeo...?

        I really like the cover of this book - especially the heart shaped dressing room mirror.  I also like the small hearts on the cover; it shows this is a dramatic and romantic book with a touch of comedy.

        Personally, I love books that are to do with drama. Whether it's set in a drama school, a drama club or whether it's about an actress or's guarenteed that I'll love it. So obviously this is going to be a positive review for it!

        My favourite character is Fliss. She's funny, kind and she sounds like a great actress. It's easy to imagine her and the other characters too, which is great. :)

        So. My rating for this? 5/5! It's a very good book. One of my friends, who always used to say 'Books are boring.' or 'I hate reading!' is now a definite bookworm thanks to this book! I'd recommend it for readers aged 9+. Awesome book!

        Sunday, 10 October 2010

        Discussion: We've currently got Vampires. What next?

        Welcome to the first discussion on The Mile Long Bookshelf! Please comment with your own opinions on this topic. I'd like to know what you think!

        Currently, the most popular genre out there right now is Vampires. Yeah. Thanks a bunch, Twilight. It's not that I don't approve of this book topic - of course I do, and I understand that millions and trillions of people LOVE this new take on the vampire world - but it's dragging on  a bit now.

        What about the people who don't really like to read about vampires? There aren't many new books coming out that don't mention them. The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer is a highly popular series of books and movies with teens and adults worldwide. Suddenly everyone became obsessed with vampires, angels and werewolves.

        Me? I just don't get the obsession. I'm just waiting for the next genre to come along. But....what will it be? We've had real life. We've had comedy. We've had sadness. We've had sci-fi. We've had chick-lit. We've had horror.

        Is this going to be the last genre? Like fashion. Fashion is just a big cycle - things that were popular back in the 80s are now coming back. Will the next genre be like that?

        I'd like to know what you think. Do you like this genre? Opinions through comments, please!

        Thursday, 7 October 2010

        Some Seriously Sassy Books!

        In case you don't know already, the picture is of talented author Maggi Gibson. She's written a series of books, and they're brilliant!

        I was so thrilled to get the chance to read Crazy Days, the third book in the series. I reviewed it back in the end of June - here is a quote from it...

        "I think this novel is brilliant, because it's about the environment and music. It will make children and teens more aware of global warming, and mixed with's the perfect match, isn't it? The characters are realistic and well thought about. Maggi is such a fantastic writer, and she has done brilliantly in getting into a teenagers head. " The Mile Long Bookshelf, 24th June 2010. Read the rest of the review HERE.

        This series of books is FABULOUSLY SASSY! You should definitely read these. They can be read alone, but it would be better to have the whole series.

        I asked Maggi how she came up with the idea of Seriously Sassy.

        I wanted to write about a really feisty girl who cared about things, but who was also a lot of fun. I like to think I was a bit like that when I was a teenager. The plot ideas came once I got the idea for that character and her friends. I remember so clearly how confusing and difficult the whole boyfriend thing was for me when I was that age I wanted to make that part of the story. I kind of stole ideas from my own life, and from things that happened to my two daughters.

        Please buy the books - you definitely won't regret it, they're amazing. MUST-HAVE books, seriously! Click the links below to buy.