Thursday, 22 December 2011

Lolly Luck by Ellie Daines

Title: Lolly Luck
Author: Ellie Daines
Published by: Andersen Press
Publication date: 5th January 2012
Pages: 192
Genres: Children's/Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the author.

I'm Lolly Luck by name, lucky by nature.
I'm the luckiest person I know, and the luckiest person everyone else knows.

But Lolly's luck begins to turn.

When her dad loses his job and the family home, Lolly thinks things can't get any worse.

Then she overhears her parents arguing and learns a secret that will change her life for ever...

When Andersen Press offered this to me, I was really excited to read it. I've read tons of positive reviews about this book - in fact, I haven't seen a negative one!

I like the simple concept of how the book is basically about Lolly's luck changing practically over night. Even though some of the things that she goes through are seemingly 'unlucky' I believe that most of the time you make your own luck, and everything happens for a reason.

When Lolly heard the 'secret that would change her life for ever' (not saying what the secret is, you'll have to read the book yourself) I felt so, so, so sorry for her. To be honest, it was a bit like something dramatic that would happen in Eastenders! Lolly went through a lot and Mariella, the school bully, didn't help either.

There are twists and turns, ups and downs in this book! It's like a roller coaster ride. I really enjoyed it!
Is it just me, though, or does the cover look very similar to one of the newly-designed Cathy Cassidy books? Still love it though!

I think this book is for girls aged 8+ but I'm 13 and I really enjoyed it too. :) 5/5! This would make a perfect Christmas present.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

TMLB 2nd Birthday Celebrations LAST COMPETITION

This is international, and the closing date is 5th December 2011 at 3pm GMT. Today is the last competition in my series of giveaways. For the last five days I have been hosting a giveaway every day.  Good luck!

Day #5 PRIZE PACK:

'Fallen Grace' by Mary Hooper Double-Sided poster
The Shadowing Hunted by Adam Slater
Trouble Twisters by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

To enter, fill in THIS form.

The winners from previous competitions will be announced on the 6th December.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Saturday, 3 December 2011

TMLB 2nd Birthday Celebrations 4/5

This is international, and the closing date is 4th December 2011 at 4pm GMT because todays' competition started late. If you've only just found this blog, I am hosting a five-day-giveaway, with a giveaway every day. Good luck!

Day #4 PRIZE PACK:

'Haunting Violet' tote bag
'Dead Beautiful' by Yvonne Woon
'Angel' by L.A Weatherly

To enter, fill in THIS form.

The winners from previous competitions will be announced on the 6th December.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Friday, 2 December 2011

Someday Angeline by Louis Sachar

Title: Someday Angeline
Author: Louis Sachar
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication date: 5th March 2007
Pages: 192
Genres: Children's/Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from WHSmith as part of their Christmas Campaign.

Someday, they will tell her, things will be better. But for a small genius with big troubles, someday can't come soon enough.

Angeline could read before she was old enough to turn the pages of a book, and she mastered the piano without a single lesson. But being so clever doesn't make life easy for Angeline. Mean kids at school call her a "genius freak", and her dad seems a bit worried about how to look after her.

It is not until she makes friends with a boy who tells the best jokes, and a teacher who loves tropical fish, that things start to get better in some surprising ways for Angeline.

This children's book has a really strong moral - that it's good to be clever and not to be ashamed of it. I think this is a good message for kids especially nowadays and I definitely recommend this book to children aged 8+.

It is like a roller coaster of emotions in Someday Angeline! There's ups and downs, sad bits and funny bits. It's very true to life - especially some of the things she and her Dad say. I started to really like the characters. Angeline and her father had a really good relationship together.

I had a lot of empathy for Angeline. This book is amazingly written and I think it's a story that quite a lot of kids will relate to.

The cover is cool - it doesn't stand out much but it ties in with the main plot of the story.  The problem is, the pink will probably put off a lot of boys. I think the story in general would appeal to boys and girls, but seeing as the cover is all pink, I don't think a boy would even give it a second glance which is a shame.

Overall I give this book 4/5 and recommend it to children aged 8+.

TMLB 2nd Birthday Celebrations 3/5

This is international, and the closing date is 3rd December 2011 at 3:30pm GMT. If you've only just found this blog, I am hosting a five-day-giveaway, with a giveaway every day. Good luck!

Day #3 PRIZE PACK:

'Haunting Violet' tote bag
Double Sided 'Mary Hooper' poster
Kisses for Lula by Samantha Mackintosh

To enter, fill in THIS form.

The winners from previous competitions will be announced on the 6th December.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Thursday, 1 December 2011

TMLB 2nd Birthday Celebrations 2/5!

You know the drill. The details are on the last post. But if you've forgotten, The Mile Long Bookshelf is hosting a competition every day for five days! Today is the second day.

This competition is international. It closes tomorrow at 3:30pm GMT. Anyone can enter.

DAY #2 PRIZE PACK:

'Between' by Jessica Warman
'Fallen Grace' - Mary Hooper Double Sided Poster
'Haunting Violet' tote bag

To enter fill in THIS form.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED