Sunday, 18 March 2012

You're Invited to a Creepover: Truth or Dare by PJ Night

Title: You're Invited to a Creepover: Truth or Dare
Author: PJ Night
Published by: Atom
Publication date: 5th April 2012
Pages: 160
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

During a round of Truth or Dare, Abby Miller confesses her crush on Jake Chilson.

The only people who know her secret are her friends at the sleepover - and whoever sent her a text message in the middle of the night warning her to stay away from Jake...or else!

But Abby isn't going to stay away from Jake, especially not after he asks her to the school dance.

As the night of the dance comes closer, some very creepy things start happening to Abby. Someone definitely wants to keep her away from Jake. Is it a jealous classmate or, as Abby begins to suspect, could it be a ghost?

Truth or Dare is a creepy short story full of ghosts, graveyards and creepy, girly sleepovers, not to mention a dead girl and a mysterious lock of red hair! 

My only problem with this book is that it's too short which meant that a lot of the plot and characters were left out or undeveloped. It would have been better if there were more chapters. 

Saying that, I really enjoyed Truth or Dare. It was a nice, quick read and it was my favourite kind of book - romance/mystery/horror all mixed into one! 

I found that I could relate to the main character Abby quite a lot. I can't remember how old she was (or if her age was even mentioned in the book) but she sounded about my age. One of my favourite parts of Truth or Dare is when Abby and her friend Leah are buying things for their sleepover. It's mysterious because they are being watched by someone who we meet later in the book.

I love the cover. Pink and black go really nicely together. The girl peeking from behind the cover is a nice touch too - or is she under a duvet? Either way, they are both appropriate to the plot. 

My rating for Truth or Dare is 4/5! This book is suitable for girls aged 9+. 
Saturday, 10 March 2012

Butterfly Summer by Anne-Marie Conway

Title: Butterfly Summer
Author: Anne-Marie Conway
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 1st May 2012
Pages: 336
Genres: Children's/Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.


Some secrets last a lifetime. When Becky and her mum move to the tiny village of Oakbridge, Mum is hoping for a new beginning. But when Becky discovers an old photo of her mum in hospital clutching a baby, twelve years before Becky was born, Becky becomes haunted by the thought that her mum is keeping something from her. Stifled by her mum's over-protectiveness and depressive moods, Becky feels more alone than ever. The only place she finds comfort is at the beautiful local Butterfly Garden with her new friend, the wild-spirited and impulsive Rosa May. But Becky can't shake off the unanswered questions. Why can't she swim? Where is her dad? Who is the baby in the photo? And why is her mum lying to her? As the two girls spend more time together however, Rosa May's unpredictable temper and possessive streak suggests that she is hiding something as well...and in the heat of the sun-drenched summer, it seems that Becky is the only one in the dark.

This book is beautiful. I have the ARC version as it isn't published until May, so it has a different cover to the one that will actually be published. It is white with blue, shiny writing on the front and little blue silhouettes of butterflies. It's gorgeous and I prefer it to the final book cover (above.)

'Butterfly Summer' is very predictable. Straight from the start, I knew that Rosa-May must be Becky's sister. There were so many clues in the text and in dialogue that when Rosa-May told Becky that she was her sister, it wasn't really a surprise to me. It would have been nice to have a bit more suspense building up to it. Saying that, though, there were still a lot of surprises and twists in the story to make up for it.

I loved the sub-plot of Becky and Mack. I would have loved to read more about them together, but maybe there will be a sequel? Hopefully!

My favourite part of the story was when Becky found a photo of a baby under her mum's bed, and when Becky realised Rosa-May wasn't entirely real.

I loved this book so much! I recommend it to girls aged 10+. 4.5/5!