Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Sticker Dolly Dressing: Popstars and Movie Stars by Lucy Bowman and Fiona Watt

Title: Sticker Dolly Dressing: Popstars and Movie Stars
Author: Lucy Bowman and Fiona Watt
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 30th August 2010
Pages: 68
Genres: Non-fiction/Activity book/Children's
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
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Lights! Camera! Action!

Girls everywhere will love picking the perfect outfits for these glitzy stars in this bumper Sticker Dolly collection. There are over 750 fabulous dresses, costumes, shoes, hats and accessories to choose from to dress the girls across twenty-six glamorous settings and prepare them for stardom.

Discover the glittery world of popstars and movie stars in this exciting book. Use the fantastic stickers to dress the stars for photo shoots, award ceremonies and lots, lots more.

Popstars and Movie Stars is a lovely and entertaining book for 'little dreamers' as I like to call them :) This is a beautifully illustrated book, and I definitely think every little girl in the world would love this. I'm nearly 12 and even I enjoyed it!

With a small amount of text on each page, it's very good for children who aren't very confident readers yet. The stickers are easy to peel off so you can have as much fun as you like with this book!

I would recommend this book. With over 750 stickers, it proves hours of fun!

I definitely recommend this book, to any girls 5-9. 5/5!
Sunday, 19 September 2010

EVENT REPORT: Cathy Cassidy's Cherry Crush Signing

We set off at 9:15am hoping to be at Cathy Cassidy's Bluewater book signing for the 11am start. But a dodgy sat-nav and a 20-mile long traffic jam later and we were too late and had to go to....

Plan B: The Bromley book signing, a few miles up the road from Bluewater.

This was towards the end of the traffic jam over the Dartford Crossing on the way to Bromley.

We found The Glades Shopping Centre which is where the book signing was. We bought our parking ticket but then spent half an hour driving around the car park looking for a space! Eventually we found one. We rushed to Waterstones and joined the queue to see Cathy Cassidy. :)

As you may have read in THIS post, I was sent a manuscript copy of 'Cherry Crush' in July to review so I brought that along to be signed as well as the published edition of 'Cherry Crush', 'Letters to Cathy', 'Daizy Star and the Pink Guitar', and two mini books: 'Love, Peace and Chocolate' and 'Icecream and Dreams' for her to sign.

Finally it was my turn. I had met Cathy once before when 'Angel Cake' was published but I don't know if she remembered me from then (Cambridge, 2009.)

I had a post-it with my name and blog title on it. She looked at it, looked at me and said "Oh, it's YOU!!!" in a really excited voice. She was lovely!

She thanked me for writing such nice reviews of her other books and came round the table to give me a hug. She then asked me if I'd like to stay for the rest of the book signing and help hand out chocolate, newsletters and friendship bracelets (obviously I said yes) :) She gave me a pair of wings and a wand, inspired by the Chocolate Fairies at the end of 'Cherry Crush.' So off I went to keep the fans happy who were in the queue :)

I also met Lisa who is Cathy's publicist. She's the one who sent me the manuscript :) We've emailed each other quite a few times so it was nice to finally meet her :)

Eventually it was time for me to leave, so I went to tell Cathy and she gave me another big hug and thanked me for helping and for travelling such a long way :)

It was really fun, and the freebies were great :) Free chocolate! Free friendship bracelets! Free mini-books! What could be better? A hug from the author of course! That was really nice and it was so cool that she knew who I was :) She spent time on each fan, signing their books and letting them take photos, and also asking them what their favourite book was etc. The queue wasn't too boring though, because everybody there was a fan so we could all chat to each other about the books, and how excited we were :) Lisa was also handing out toffees and sweets which was nice :) I like how Cathy adds a personal touch to her book signings i.e the freebies, and asking certain people to be chocolate fairies :) She didn't ask everyone y'know! Hehe :) It was the best day ever, it was SO fun!

Nothing at all! It was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

Basically, it was a really good day and I really enjoyed myself. I think everyone else did too :) I can't wait to see Cathy again one day!
Sunday, 12 September 2010

Entangled by Cat Clarke

Title: Entangled
Author: Cat Clarke
Published by: Quercus
Publication date: 6th January 2011
Pages: 256
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

The same questions whirl round and round in my head:
What does he want from me?
How could I have let this happen?

17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper - and no clue how she got there.

As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she's tried to forget. There's falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unraveling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there's something missing. As hard as she's trying to remember, is there something she just can't see?

Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here?
Grace is madly tangled with her gorgeous boyfriend Nat....But her friendship with Sal is coming undone...But is she so fast in love, that she can't see what a glorious mess all three of them are in?

I must say, my first impressions of this book were not great. 'Another cheesy romance story. This SO isn't gonna get a good review from me.' But this wasn't just another normal, cheesy, un-original love story. And this is going to get a good review from me. Wanna know why? Because this was a highly original love story with a whole new take on the term 'Paranormal' and I have never read a book quite like this before.

Entangled tells the story of Grace, who is struggling with life and love. Too tangled up in her own thoughts, she doesn't notice what is going on around her. This keeps the reader on the edge-of-their-seat, waiting to see what happens. I was glued to the page - I could not put it down; literally!

I found some of it hard to understand. Some of the things in the book were never quite clear. For example, why was she in the white room? Will she ever make-up with Sal? It was quite disappointing at the end because the answers to the questions above, we will never know unless there is a sequel. It would have been nice if at the end, all questions were answered so the book finished with the reader being clear on what had happened.

Other than that, this book was highly original and I really enjoyed it. I give Entangled a rating of 4/5 and I recommend this for readers aged 12+. I really do recommend reading this book! I've never read one like it. It was brilliant.
Notes: My copy of this is a proof copy, so I don't actually have the edition with the cover on it (my copy is just plain pink with the title on it) therefore I wasn't able to comment on the cover.
Friday, 3 September 2010

My So-Called Haunting by Tamsyn Murray

Title: My So-Called Haunting
Author: Tamsyn Murray
Published by: Piccadilly Press
Publication date: 20th August 2010
Pages: 352
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Spirits, spells and bad boy hell...Who says the living have it easy?

Skye, a fourteen-year-old who can see ghosts, is very stressed. Not only is the ghost of sixteenth-century witch giving her fashion tips, but she's struggling to settle into life with her aunt, and is developing a crush on the most unattainable boy in the school, Nico.

When her aunt asks for her help with a troubled teen ghost Dontay, she's glad of the distraction. But then Nico starts paying her more attention, and she's soon facing a battle to keep her love life and her psychic life separate.

As things get ever more complicated, it looks as though Dontay's past might cost Skye her future.

After reading My So-Called Afterlife (the first in the series) I was SO excited to find out there was going to be a sequel. I waited patiently for it to be published, getting more excited to read it every day, and now it is finally here! The wait was so worth it - I loved it! I'd even go as far to say it was better than the first one - and the first one was amazing so just think how good this one is! Definitely worth reading.

This book was told by new character Skye, who is fourteen years old. She is physic; she can see ghosts and speak to them just like her auntie, Celestine. There are a lot of new people, ghosts etc in this book, but a few things from My So-Called Afterlife remain the same which I thought was nice. There's a few unexpected twists in this book, and you have no idea what will happen next, it's great! Tamsyn has done a brilliant job keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. :-)

The cover is really, really cool. It's elegant, mysterious and fun at the same time! I love the bright pink against the black and grey, it really stands out.

I have no complaints whatsoever about this book. It was REALLY REALLY GOOD! I can't tell you how good it was. Loved it! 10000/5!