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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.
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Thursday, 15 April 2010

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!)
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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!
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