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! :)
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'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.
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+.
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.