Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Beads, Boys and Bangles by Sophia Bennett

Title: Beads, Boys and Bangles
Author: Sophia Bennett
Published by: Chicken House
Publication date: 3rd May 2010
Pages: 316
Genres: Children's/Young Adult/Fashion
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Crow is in designer heaven; Nonie's caught the eye of a gorgeous boy; Jenny's rehearsing a new play.

But this time Edie's in trouble...The rumours are that slave children in India have been making Crow's new high-street collection.

How far do the girls have to go to save their dreams?

This is the second novel in the Threads series by Sophia Bennett. It's about what happens now Crow's designs have reached shops such as Miss Teen - the designs are taking the world by storm! But not everyone loves Crow's designs, and some people have doubts about how the clothes were made. A group of people in America have hacked into Edie's blog, saying that the designs were created by small children in India. So Edie, Crow, Nonie and Nonie's big brother go to India, and are shocked by what they see.

This novel was actually very informative and I reckon I learnt quite a bit from it too. Not many books are funny, serious and yet also a bit educational (in a good way, not in the boring kind of way!) so that made this novel unique. I also LOVE the dress on the cover of this book! It's so cute. Some of the clothes Nonie wears are amazing. She sounds so cool - I wish she was a real person.

My favorite character was Crow. She is such a unique character and her designs sound gorgeous! She also sounds very kind and funny. Crow is one of the coolest characters in the book!

I think it would be best if you read Threads 1 first before reading this  - so you know the background of the characters etc. You'll love Threads 1, it's such a good novel. In fact, I'm giving away a signed special edition copy! Why don't you enter? CLICK HERE to enter.

I recommend this book for girls 10+ and I give it 5/5 stars!
Thursday, 25 March 2010

Lottie Biggs is NOT Desperate by Hayley Long

Title: Lottie Biggs is NOT Desperate
Author: Hayley Long
Published by: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication date: 7th May 2010
Pages: 256
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

Why am I edgy as an eggshell?

Am I doomed to be a tragic desperado my whole life?

Am I normal? Or am I mad - if I'm not, why am I being kept awake at night by a hyperactive geriatric chinchilla and indecent visions of Gareth Stingecombe wearing his dad's Britney Spears boxer shorts?

What it all comes down to is this: Will I ever actually do it?

Firstly I'd just like to say a big thank you to Macmillan Children's Books for sending this review copy to me.  Thank you very much!

I really like the cover of this book. I love the bright colours, they really make the book stand out. Also I really like all the doodles around the title, it just makes you want to pick up the book and read it straight away!

I think this book was amazing - seriously, this book was so addictive! I liked the way that the titles were totally random,  so you'd have to keep reading to see what it meant. I got through this book in about three hours,  it was fabulous!

This novel is about a teenager called Lottie Biggs. Her life is one big rollercoaster - there are ups and downs, good things and bad things, and occasionally thoughts about boxer shorts with Britney Spears on them. I think Lottie copes with life very well, and if she were real, I'd definitely be her friend. Lottie and Goose (her best friend) have a bit of an argument in the middle of the novel, but luckily in the end they make up. This book is hilarious - it had me grabbed from the beginning.

I could go on and on and on and on and on about this book, but I won't, because then my review would take up the whole first page of my blog! I'll just say that you definitely would not regret it if you bought this book - in other words, go and buy it now! You will LOVE IT.

My favourite character was Goose because she was very funny and was there for Lottie. Until the middle of the novel when Goose and Lottie had an argument...but I won't say anything about that, you'll have to read it!

It was a nice, short read, perfect for if you've got a busy day but want to fit in some reading etc. Overall I give this book 4/5 - it was fantastic!

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Captivate by Carrie Jones

Title: Captivate
Author: Carrie Jones
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication date: 5th April 2010
Pages: 288
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

He smiles. It's a wicked smile. Kind but not kind. Handsome but dangerous. Feral almost. I can see why Nick nearly killed him. I ask again, "Why were you in the road?" "I was waiting for you."

Zara and her friends thought they'd solved the pixie problem. And they had - sort of. They're locked away, deep in the woods. But the king's needs grow stronger each day that he's in captivity, while his control over his people weakens. Who will fill the power vacuum? Astly. He claims he's different. He claims that it doesn't have to be violence and nastiness all the time. Zara wants to believe him...until Astly also claims that she's fated to be his queen. There's no way Zara would ever turn pixie. And she's got good friends who'll make sure of that. Besides, she and Nick are so in love they're practically inseparable. But when the very thing Zara most wants to protect is exactly what's at risk, she's forced to make choices she never imagined.

At first when I received this book I didn't think it looked like my kind of novel; I didn't think I'd be able to get into it. And I was right, sort of. I had to force myself to read it for the first two chapters but then the story started getting exciting and I didn't have to force myself anymore!

I haven't read the first book, 'Need', but to be honest I don't think you need to. This novel was fine to be read on it's own, although it probably helps if you've read 'Need' first because then you know the background of the characters.

I really, really love the cover, too! I love the way the gold stands out against the black background. It makes the book look mysterious - you can't really tell what the book will be about (unless you've read the first book 'Need', obviously).

Evil pixies that look like humans...nope, I don't think I've ever read any other book with that topic! That makes the book even better - most books talk about the same thing, but occasionally a novel pops up with a new topic.

I think the characters in this book were amazing - my favourite was Zara because she was really brave and funny. I also think Cassidy was quite cool - I liked near the ending when she...I can't tell you what she did - you'll have to read it!
Sunday, 21 March 2010

My Life On TV by Kimberly Greene

Title: My Life On TV
Author: Kimberly Greene
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 30th April 2010
Pages: 320
Genres: Children's/Young Adult/Contemporary/Fame
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Hi, I'm Sam, welcome to my blog!

Listen up, I'm gonna be starring in my own TV show!

Freaky right?

Life in the limelight is not for me, but things are kinda strange right now.

My sister's quit being a pop princess so I've got to look after the family. I'm cool with that, but I'm not cool with my co-star. He's pretending to like me for the paparazzi, but it's one great big act.
 And guess what - I'm dealing with my first major crush. There's a boy I badly want to kiss and when that first kiss happens it just has to be special...

This novel is the sequel to My Sister's a Pop Star, but I think you could read this book on it's own, too.  It was an extremely brilliant novel and was a cute, lighthearted read for anyone who wants a break from serious, older teen books. It dealt with friendship, crushes and family life, and was a nice quick read.

I really didn't like Sam's co-star, Seth Black, because he was so...annoying. He was really stuck-up and he kept lying to Sam and the TV producer. He really annoyed me, so I was glad he wasn't in the story too much.

My favourite character of this book was Olga (Sam's best friend) because even when they had arguments Olga was always there for Sam and helped her through tough times.

The ending was amazing though! It was a perfect ending, just how I wanted it to end. It was a hilarious book and I think it's suitable for ages 10+. I definitely recommend this book for people who want a quick, cute, not too serious, funny, lighthearted read!
Friday, 19 March 2010

My Sister's A Pop Star by Kimberly Greene

Title: My Sister's a Pop Star
Author: Kimberly Greene
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 30th April 2010
Pages: 288
Genres: Children's/Young Adult/Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the author.

Hi, I'm Sam, welcome to my blog! Guess what? My sister Danni is THE number-one,superstar pop princess - and my life's totally crazy! I can't wait for Danni's world tour to end so we can get to be a normal family again.

Well, as normal as you can be with Danni's slimeball agent hanging around. I definitely think he's up to something - and I have a sneaky feeling I'm not gonna like it...

Backstage passes, private jets and TV stardom - life's one ultra-glam rollercoaster when your sister's a pop star.

Wow. I expected this book to be brilliant but it was triple brilliant! I absolutely loved it, it was just my sort of book. Firstly, I loved the cover! Purple is my favourite colour and the characters on the cover were truly amazing. Rui Ricardo (the cover illustrator) did a wonderful job!

Secondly, the plot was really gripping!  I read all 276 pages in three hours; every time I was about to finish reading something in the story would pop (pun not intended!) up and I would have to keep reading to see what happened next. This was an extremely enjoyable book!

At the beginning of each chapter, you get to read a blog post that Sam (Danni's little sister) has written for her blog which I think adds to the book's brilliant-ness.

My favourite character was Blu, a TV director, because he was one of the only ones who actually listened to Sam. Blu was funny and witty, and he cheered Sam up when she was sad and miserable.

My only complaint is that the book wasn't long enough! I really didn't want it to end, and when it did, I was really sad. But then I cheered up again, because I had the sequel sitting right next to me! My Life On TV. And a review of that will be up soon...

Monday, 15 March 2010

Skate School: Ice Princess by Kay Woodward

Title: Skate School: Ice Princess
Author: Kay Woodward
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 30th October 2009
Pages: 240
Genres: Children's/Sport/Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

 Frankie felt a mixture of fear and excitement.

She was leaving her home, family and friends for what? A dream that had only the tiniest chance of coming true but while there was a chance - however small - of being an Olympic champion, she just had to go for it.

Because one day, it might just come true.

Skate School: Ice Princess was a brilliant book. It focused on the main character Frankie trying to achieve her dream of becoming... an ice princess.

One day, while ice skating at the local ice rink, she is 'talent spotted' by the one and only Madame Kristiana von Berne, Coaching Director of a skate school in Switzerland. Frankie has trouble deciding whether to go or not.

Stay with friends and family? Or go to a school dedicated to ice skating where she could have a fantastic time and make loads of new friends? Frankie, being a huge fan of skating, chooses the ice skating school in Switzerland.

Kay Woodward is definitely one of my favourite authors! The next book, On Thin Ice, is just as great!This is one of the best books I've ever read! My favourite character, except Frankie, was probably Alesha, as she was really nice and was the only proper friend Frankie had.

I rate this book...5/5!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning

Title: Guitar Girl
Author: Sarra Manning
Published by: Hodder Children's Books
Publication date: 17th July 2003
Pages: 256
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift

Seventeen-year-old Molly Montgomery never planned on becoming famous.

Molly's band, The Hormones, was just supposed to be about mucking around with her best mates,  Jane and Tara; writing songs about Hello Kitty; and being a girl.

But when the group is joined by the deliciously dangerous Dean and his friend T, things onstage-and backstage-start happening, fast.

Soon The Hormones are front-page news, and their debut album is rocketing up the charts.

Molly is the force behind the band, but the hazards of fame, first love, screaming fans, and sleazy managers are forcing the newly crowned queen of grrl angst close to the edge.

Fame never comes for free, and Molly's about to find out what it costs.

This book was very funny and I've been wanting to read it for absolutely ages! I read it in a day (only just, it kept me up until midnight to finish it!).

The characters were funny, the story kept you interested, the cover was funky... it was fantastic! My only complaint is that in the book it says she has a pink guitar but on the cover she has a black one... that was the only complaint!

My favorite character was Molly because I loved her hair (it was pink!) and I loved her sense of humour. I love any character with a good sense of humour! I could not put this book down, honestly! It was like there was invisible super-glue on my hands, I just had to keep reading!

The prologue pulled you into the story and I couldn't put it down until I got to the end of the book. And even then I wanted more!

I give this book 5/5, I think it's one of Sarra Manning's best books.
Sunday, 7 March 2010

Paper Towns by John Green

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Published by: Bloomsbury
Publication date: 3rd May 2010
Pages: 320
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificent, adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar.

So when she opens his bedroom window late one night and summons him to join her on an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to find that Margo has not.

Always an enigma, she now becomes a mystery and Q soon learns that there are clues to be followed in his search for Margo.

At first this didn't look like my kind of book, but I started reading it anyway. It turned out to be a really good book! It was a little hard to get into at first but then when I got into it I couldn't put it down.  The clues that Margo left for Q were really well thought of, I liked the way the story was split into Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 and the cover is really cool. Overall this was an extremely good book and I will be looking out for other books by this author.

My favourite character was Lacey (one of Margo's best friends) because her character was funny but sensible at the same time. She wasn't in the book very much until near the end, but I think she should have been in the story more.

The character's personalities were well thought of, and well described, so it was as if you were standing there with them. I give this book, 5/5, it was excellent.