Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The Rainbow Spines Book Tag

I've never done a book tag on here before, but the Rainbow Spines tag was really fun so I'm happy it got to be the first one on this blog!

To do the tag properly, you need to pick a book for each colour of the rainbow. The Rainbow Spines book tag is basically a chance to show off your pretty books - what an awesome excuse!

Top to bottom: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto, Swapped by a Kiss by Luisa Plaja, Wonder by R.J Palacio, Love is a Thief by Claire Garber, The Fault in our Stars by John Green, Box of Tricks by Ellie Boswell, Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman, Tapas and Tears by Chris Higgins, Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, No Use Crying by Zannah Kearns and Brooklyn Girls: Pia by Gemma Burgess.

Red - Secrets, secrets, secrets, she thought. It’s just another word for lying. The discovery of a grandfather Niki thought had died years ago means a sudden move to London and the start of a whole new life. Niki has to learn quickly to fit in and survive in the school halls and on the tough streets. And at the same time she must get to know her Grandad and come to terms with the fact that her mum has been hiding the truth. But when Niki suddenly discovers her mum’s biggest lie of all, could it change their relationship – and Niki’s own sense of identity – for good? 

Orange - Colin Fischer is 14 and he has Asperger's. A lot of the world is a mystery to Colin - he can't read his classmates' expressions without looking at a chart, the colour blue is really off-putting and he has no idea why his parents like to hug him. But when a gun goes off in the school cafeteria one lunchtime, Colin knows he can work out who did it. Colin loves cool, hard logic. His hero is Sherlock Holmes. Only Colin can piece together the puzzle that links chocolate cake, a dodgy gangster, a cheerleader and a very unlikely suspect.

Yellow - Jaime never wanted to go on the school exchange trip to Spain in the first place. She finds life awkward enough as it is and, because of her embarrassing blushing habit, she tries to avoid drawing attention to herself. Living in someone else’s home, and in a foreign country, is way out of her comfort zone! But persuaded by her mum and her best friends she reluctantly agrees to go and stay with the carefully selected and colourfully-named Concepcin Inmaculada. After all, a girl named after the Virgin Mary has got to be quiet, kind and gentle… Wrong! Concha is a scary, rebellious, boy-mad loner with a mind of her own. Jaime is going to have to be prepared for anything and everything!

Yellow - Eleven-year-old Harrison Opoku, the second best runner in Year 7, races through his new life in England with his personalised trainers - the Adidas stripes drawn on with marker pen - blissfully unaware of the very real threat around him. Newly-arrived from Ghana with his mother and older sister Lydia, Harri absorbs the many strange elements of city life, from the bewildering array of Haribo sweets, to the frightening, fascinating gang of older boys from his school. But his life is changed forever when one of his friends is murdered. As the victim's nearly new football boots hang in tribute on railings behind fluorescent tape and a police appeal draws only silence, Harri decides to act, unwittingly endangering the fragile web his mother has spun around her family to keep them safe.

Green - Sophie and Katy shouldn't be friends: witches and witch-hunters just aren't meant to get along! Now that their friendship is out in the open, both girls are in danger. But if they stick together, they feel like they can overcome anything. Then Katy starts acting strangely mean. Sophie is totally confused: it's like her BFF has had a personality transplant. And that's not possible . . . is it?

BlueDespite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Blue - Kate Winters is an ordinary girl, with a not-so-ordinary mission: take back what love stole! Kate Winters might just be that girl. You know the one. The girl who, for no particular reason, doesn't get the guy, doesn't have children, doesn't get the romantic happy ever after. So she needs a plan. What does she like doing? What didn't she get to do because she fell in love? What would she be happy spending the rest of her life doing if love never showed up again? This is one girl's journey to take back what love stole and maybe find love again along the way.

Blue - 'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.' Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Indigo - Rachel hates her life and everyone in it - she even has suspicions that her on/off boyfriend David might not be entirely trustworthy. However, when David invites her to a music festival in England featuring their friend's band, she jumps at the chance for an overseas adventure. Hoping to surprise David, Rachel arrives at the festival early, where she runs into a nasty surprise of her own - she sees David kissing their friend Jo. Distraught, Rachel runs off, wishing she could leave her life behind... the next thing she knows, she's back with David. But not as herself... She's now in Jo's body! Can she keep the swap a secret from David until she can work out exactly what's going on and get her revenge? Over the course of a very weird weekend, Rachel puts herself in someone else's shoes and finds that her own maybe weren't as uncomfortable as she'd always thought. But can she ever be herself again?

Violet - Is love a great enough power against evil? Bethany Church believes so - after all, the love of her angel siblings and her boyfriend Xavier saved her from the clutches of Hell itself. But when Jake Thorn returns to town determined to take Beth away with him, it seems he may be able to destroy everything she cares about. Will Jake's actions shatter Beth's faith in love? Or can she overcome heartache and betrayal to fulfil her role on Earth?

Now, because this is a tag, I'm meant to tag someone else to do it, so I'm going to tag Lucy from Queen of Contemporary and Jack from The Book Stop.  But only if you want to, guys! :)

Have you read any of the books mentioned in this blog post?

Summarys from Amazon, Goodreads or book covers.


  1. I haven't read any of these books, but on your recommendation I'm going to read 'The Fault In Our Stars'. Gorgeous photos!

  2. Awwww they look so pretty :D TFioS is punching me in the feels every time I see the cover. Dagnabbit! Great choices though :)

  3. *sighs* SO PRETTY. I love this tag so I might have to do it myself if no one tags me soon... I'll be a tag rebel ;) The Fault in Our Stars, Wonder, Swapped By A Kiss and Tapas & Tears are such awesome books, great picks :)

  4. You're going to make me do actual stuff?! -_-
    You're so good at taking pictures, Amber! *buys 50 books on photography*

    Should post this myself sometime next week!

    1. Your new name should be Lazy Lucy! And thank you haha, the top one isn't even in focus though! :)

  5. Oh, that is so cool! And really pretty. I read The Fault in Our Stars and really loved it. I might tag-rebel too-this looks fun. Hades looks the most interesting I haven't read yet-will try and get hold of that at some point.

  6. I really want to read Love is a Thief and the fact this tag sounds so much fun, makes me want to post it!

  7. I have read about 4 of these tags now, and I just love them! I think it's mainly because I am very nosy at what books other people have :P

    I love the books you have picked for your Rainbow Tag, Amber! I think I speak for pretty much everyone when I say GJDBTJB THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P And I read Tapas and Tears absolutely aggggeeeess ago, but I remember enjoying it. Chris Higgins was always one of my favourite authors a few years ago. I love Luisa Plaja, but haven't got round to Swapped by a Kiss yet. Although I've heard that it's just as good as her other brilliant novels :)

    Thank you so much for sharing this pretty post with us, Amber! I have really enjoyed snooping through your collection ;D By the way, you are really good at taking photographs! :)

    1. I'm nosy about people's books too! ASDGHJKL THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, YES OMG. LOVE IT <3 Aw and thank you but I'm not that good at taking photos hehe :D

  8. Yay, I've been tagged! I'll be embarrassed if I can't find one for Indigo, though! Thanks Amber! Love the pics, all the colours look so pretty! :)

    1. I'm sure you can find one somewhere! Good luck :)

  9. The Fault in our stars is propably my all time faverote book, afer my English teacher recommended it, its so so good! Also, I was thinking about reading wonder, and now I think I will!

    Thank you!

  10. I am trying to find a character in the novel Colin Fischer who has a hidden truth and I thought that you might be able to help me find the right character. Thanks so much and I look forward to your reply!!!