Friday, 22 February 2013

Rainbow Beauty: Peppermint Kiss by Kelly McKain

Title: Rainbow Beauty: Peppermint Kiss
Author: Kelly McKain
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 1st February 2013
Pages: 272
Genres: Young Adult/Family/Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Abbie's life feels like one big rain cloud since her parents split up.

Now she lives with her mum and sisters in a grotty flat.
Only new friends, Ben, Summer, and gorgeous, guitar-playing Marco, offer Abbie a silver lining.

But then Abbie has a bright idea to turn her family's fortunes around. She's always loved making her own luscious beauty products.

Could opening a new business - the Rainbow Beauty parlour - bring her family a pot of gold and heal their hearts too? 

 Abbie's world is turned upside down when her parents split up. They leave their luxurious, happy life in a big house with plenty of money, for a grotty flat, with no money, barely managing to pay the rent. They all become really miserable. Will bonding over making beauty products help them all to be happy again? Will a rainbow appear from behind the cloud? (Cheesy I know, it's all I could come up with...)

Abbie is pretty, clever, fun and relatable. I really liked her as a character. Her sisters were cool too, with their different personalities. They all seemed so...real! This book is beautifully written. I also really liked Ben, Summer and Marco. They reminded me of my own friends! I especially liked the chapter where Abbie starts at her new school and meets new people.

The plot is fun to read, and it's lovely to see the close relationship Abbie has with her mother and sisters. It was nice to see them all stick together during the hard times. Occasionally it was emotional, like when Abbie talked to her dad, but other than that it's a pretty cheerful read!

I love the cover so much. It's pretty and I like the colours that have been used and the swirly writing. The covers for this new series look similar to Kelly McKain's 'Totally Lucy' series so it's easy to tell that they are all by the same author.

Overall, I give this book a rating of 5/5. Woo hoo! I loved this book and can't wait for the next one in the series. I recommend this to girls aged 11+ (but it's a nice, short book for slightly older readers too like myself.)


  1. Lovely review, Amber :) I like the fact that her family sticks close to each other because quite often in books, they drift in difficult times. May have to check this out!

    1. Thanks Rebekah! I agree. Most books are about people drifting apart permanently, but this one was about sticking together. It was lovely to read!

  2. I used to love Kelly McKain when I was younger but I'm not sure if it's my thing anymore. I might try this though, to see if I like it. I used to devour her books!

    1. So did I! Her books are a nice, cheerful break from reading long YA books. xD

  3. i want to try and read it cause it seems intresting