Thursday, 26 May 2011

Flawless by Lara Chapman

Title: Flawless
Author: Lara Chapman
Published by: Bloomsbury.
Publication date: 3rd May 2011
Pages: 272
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Sarah Burke's life is about to get complicated.

She's agreed to help her gorgeous best friend, Kirsten, catch the eye of the hot new guy at school, only to discover that he's actually perfect for her!

And to make matters worse, Sarah's convinced that the guy of her dreams won't be able to see past her unusually large nose.

Misguided matchmaking, hilarious escapades and genuine romance result in this sensational high school romcom.

This book was quite good. The characters were interesting and I wanted to keep reading as I needed to see what happened with new guy Rock, Kirsten and Sarah.

It had a few little twists too which was great! Maybe character chapters would've been good though, as then we would have gotten Rock's side of the story too.

I quite like the cover - it's unusual and simple, and gorgeous!

The only complaints I have about this book are the plot was a bit of a cliché, and to be honest, the book didn't seem to stand out from any other book I've read. Otherwise though, it's quite a cool book. :)

My rating for this is 3/5. I do recommend this, but only for readers who don't mind a bit of a cliché once in a while! :)

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Fiction Express Chapter 3 Reviews

Diary of a Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja

So many good things happen in this chapter! The characters are getting more developed, and you start to find out more about certain characters, especially Molly's brother Jamie and also Molly's new friend Jewel. Jewel is still very mysterious but each chapter we find out a little bit more about her. The story so far is keeping me on tender hooks, ending with a dramatic cliff-hanger each time!  I don't think I could live without this story in my life!! :)

Soul Shadows by Alex Woolfe

Woah, I didn't see that coming! Possibly the most dramatic, tension-building, unusual story I have ever read. This chapter leaves many questions un-answered - why do the creatures develop? Why were they made in the first place? Is Derek really nice or is he acting? This is absolutely amazing! I really felt like I was there in the story and it is so brilliantly written. I can't wait to read more!



The Last Symbol by Rebecca Morton

I'm really enjoying this story so far! It's quite unusual and sometimes a little confusing, but it's amazing :) I think this story could do with a bit more explanation in places; otherwise it's great. I'd really like to know what happens to Miko - I can't wait for the next chapter!

Unfortunately next week will be my last week reviewing the Fiction Express chapters as I don't have enough money for credits to keep reviewing them. Don't worry though, you can find other FE reviews on the website!

Friday, 20 May 2011

NEW Cathy Cassidy Book Cover Released

Cathy Cassidy's new book in The Chocolate Box Girls series is going to be called Marshmallow Skye. She originally planned for it to be called Vanilla Skye but she recently changed her mind. Anyway, here's what you've all been waiting for, the delicious new cover for Marshmallow Skye by Cathy Cassidy!


Personally, I think it looks so yummy, I wish I could eat it! And it'll look great next to the previous book, Cherry Crush - I like the way they kind of match.  But what do you think? Post your opinions in the comments... :)

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Sequins, Stars and Spotlights by Sophia Bennett

Title: Sequins, Stars and Spotlights
Author: Sophia Bennett
Published by: Chicken House
Publication date: 7th February 2011
Pages: 336
Genres: Young Adult/Fashion/Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

Best friends Nonie, Jenny, Edie and Crow are so close to beginning glittering careers.

So why do their challenges suddenly seem so overwhelming?

The girls have choices to make.

Who will wait for fame and success?

Who will emerge an outright star?

Who will fall in love?

And who will turn her back on her dreams?

Yay! It's finally here! I've been waiting for this book to be published since about this time last year! Maybe even longer.

Sequins, Stars and Spotlights is all about....well, sequins stars and spotlights! This novel seemed to mainly focus on Nonie and Jenny. The girls are all moving on with their careers....except Nonie. Nonie feels stuck. She's working temprorarily at Miss Teen but all she's doing is making the tea for the 'important people.' Suddenly, she doesn't know what to do with her life. But all of that is put on hold when her friends start having problems that need to be solved. Jenny admits to something very serious (an amazing and surprising twist.) which almost causes a fall-out between them all. Edie becomes very tired with everything (running her blog, applying for universities, running campaignes, helping her friends, studying, trying to save the world....the usual.) Everything's happening at once. Will the girls stay friends and manage their lives at the same time?

AMAZING. The twists in this book, the new characters, the cover, the designs....it's all amazing. I actually have no complaints about this book, it was fabulous in every way. :) Something extra special about this book is that the (gorgeous) dress on the cover was designed by Sophia Bennett's competition winner Jewel. I think the dress Jewel designed is fabulous, she did a great job. :)

This novel is everything I expected and more. It was great! I definitely recommend it for fashion-lovers world wide. I LOVE IT!!! :) 1000000/10! (Or, in more sensible terms, 5/5. xD)

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

The Truth About Celia Frost by Paula Rawsthorne

Title: The Truth About Celia Frost
Author: Paula Rawsthorne
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 1st August 2011
Pages: 352
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Celia Frost’s life is ruled by fear – fear of a rare disorder that means she could bleed to death from the slightest cut.

But when a knife attack on Celia has unexpected consequences, her mum reacts strangely.

Suddenly they’re on the run, and Celia has no idea why. All she wants is the truth…but the truth is more horrifying than she could ever imagine, and it’s closing in fast.

A buried secret; a gripping manhunt;

A dangerous deceit…

What is the truth about Celia Frost?

This novel is really compelling – you keep reading and reading and reading; even if you have better things to do, you keep reading the story because you just have to know what happens to the characters.

‘The Truth About Celia Frost’ is amazing, the plot is so unique and every emotion is contained in this story. Happiness, love, fright, heartbreak, anger, freedom; it’s all in there.

‘The Truth About Celia Frost’ is about a girl with a very frightening secret. Her Mum has brought her up to believe that Celia has a terrible illness where she can’t get cut or have open wounds…if she loses ANY blood, she will die instantly. Celia thinks this is all true – it must be! Her Mum wouldn’t have told her she had the illness if it wasn’t true….would she?

Celia stops believing eventually though, when she is the victim of a vicious knife attack. She starts bleeding, but everything’s fine. She’s not dying. This is when she starts to get very suspicious…

I cannot tell you how brilliant this novel is. Celia Frost is so brave and so loyal. The story concludes with lots of action, and the writer has written it so well that you feel like you’re in the story yourself.

I recommend this to everyone – it is FABULOUS. 5/5.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Fiction Express Chapter 2 Reviews

This time I am only reviewing Diary of a Mall Girl, Soul Shadows and The Last Symbol as that is all I can afford to read. Very sorry to The Soterion Mission fans! Anyway, here are the Chapter Two reviews.

Diary of a Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja

This just gets funnier and more realistic by the chapter. I can feel myself starting to relate to Molly more and more as the story goes on. I really like this and I can't wait to read more. My favourite part of the chapter? When Molly ate a cheese pastry and all of the melted cheese squirted everywhere...I definitely LOL'd!! (Laugh Out Loud.) FABULOUS!

Soul Shadows by Alex Woolfe

Oh wow. This chapter was quite frightening but it was amazingly written! My heart was thumping as I read, as the characters were in danger and I really wanted to know what happened. This chapter ended with a major cliffhanger - this is amazing! :)

The Last Symbol by Rebecca Morton

This chapter was great - in my opinion, the only thing that let it down was the end of the chapter; I think it could've been better, but the rest of it was fab! So unique, and the new characters that we were introduced to were great. This also ended on a cliffhanger, and I'm desperate to know what's going on!

Thanks Fiction Express!

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Boys for Beginners by Lil Chase

Title: Boys for Beginners
Author: Lil Chase
Published by: Quercus Books
Publication date: 4th August 2011
Pages: 224
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher


Why are boys so stupid?!

I mean it's great playing football and having a laugh but as soon as they fancy a girl they act like idiots.

Well, that's what I thought until Charlie started at school. He is the hottest thing to hit year ten and now the game has changed. I'm going to ditch the t-shirts and football boots and make him fall for me.

I just have to get some of the girlie girls to help me.

No problem. Right?

Gwynnie x

I. Love. This. Book. Look at the cover, isn't it amazing? I love the cover just as much as I love the story inside it. This cover reminds me of the Lottie Biggs books (by Hayley Long) as it's chaotic, fun, bright and intriguing!

This is about a tomboy called Gwynnie....she has plenty of friends who are boys, and all of the boys like her, except they don't seem to see her as a girl - they count her as one of the guys. As time goes on, this starts to bother Gwynnie and she takes dramatic steps to become the stereotypical girl - lip gloss, boy bands, shopping sprees....bye-bye football, pizza-eating contests and scruffy trainers!

This is a really enjoyable novel and I think quite a few girls will relate to it. It is also really funny, and the characters are genius and true to life, while there are lots of sub-plots to keep you interested.

Even if you don't enjoy this book (you will, though) you'll find that you keep reading just to see how the whole story concludes.

I loved this, and I give it 5/5! There are some parts in the book that may not be suitable for younger kids, so I give it an age rating of 10+.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Fiction Express Chapter Reviews

Fiction Express have kindly sent me the first chapter for each book that is featuring on the website at the moment. These reviews I've written below are not reviews of the whole story, just the first chapter of each book.

Diary of a Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja

Love it already and can't wait for the next chapter to be released! This is about a girl who lives in a mall, with special access to all the shops and restaurants. In this chapter, Molly makes friends with a girl called Jewel who also lives in her block of flats, at her Mum's work event in the mall. That isn't all that happens in the chapter though, but if I told you everything that happened that would spoil it! You'll have to read this for yourself. This sounds like it's going to be just my kind of book and I'm desperate for the next chapter to be released!



Soul Shadows by Alex Woolfe

Omigod! I didn't think this would be my kind of story, but just from the first chapter I can tell it is. It's a little bit scary, and it really makes you sit on the edge of your seat. It's about a girl who's mother went crazy and locked her daughter in the attic for weeks. This caused her daughter to go a bit crazy too, so she's been sent to a deserted cottage in the middle of nowhere, away from the city noise, on her own for some 'exposure therapy'. She notices strange things around the house....who knew shadows could be so frightening? I definitely think this is going to be a successful story.



The Last Symbol by Rebecca Morton

This has quite a unique storyline, and I really like it so far. It's set in a different world, it definitely doesn't seem to be on Earth. Basically, when a child becomes thirteen, they have to go to school and go through all kinds of tests. Afterwards, a symbol will start to form on the palm of your hand and it determines your future. I really like the sound of this, I'll definitely be buying the next chapter. :)





The Soterion Mission by Stewart Ross

This chapter starts with loads of action, and instantly you want to know what's going on. It starts with a girl running through the forest from someone - who is she running from? Where is she going? It was really exciting. This sounds like it's going to be good, I suggest you read it! :)





So I think Fiction Express is where most of my pocket money will be going for the next eleven weeks! All of these sound so good, I think I'll be reading them all.

Thank you again to Fiction Express for sending me these first chapters to review. :)

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Stormbreaker (The Graphic Novel) by Anthony Horowitz

Title: Stormbreaker (Graphic Novel)
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 3rd July 2006
Pages: 144
Genres: Young Adult/Graphic novel/Adventure
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Forcibly recruited into MI6 after the mysterious death of his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is sent to infiltrate the organization of sinister billionaire Darrius Sayle.

Within days he's gone from schoolboy to superspy - but it looks like his first assignment may be his last...

The official graphic novel adaption of 2006's hottest movie blockbuster, Stormbreaker.

Alex's Uncle works for the 'bank'. Well, that's what he tells his nephew. Little does Alex know, he actually works for MI6 and every day when he leaves for work, he's most-likely jetting off to another country to track people down and have a car chase....maybe he'll even kill someone if he has to. This massive secret is found out though, when eventually Alex's Uncle dies on one of his missions. At the funeral, Alex is approached by someone and that's when the story really starts to happen.

Stormbreaker was the first graphic novel that I ever read, and it really made a great first impression on me. The beginning of the book seemed like the middle of the story, and it was full of mystery which really made me want to read more.

The drawings in this book are really cool. Sometimes the scene has no need for words, as the picture alone is expressive enough. They're really impressive!

I think this graphic novel gets a 5/5. I can't see anything wrong with this at all - great for a beginner or a short-story for a more experienced reader.