Saturday, 26 November 2011

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

Title: Before I Go To Sleep
Author: S.J. Watson
Pages: 365
Genre: Realistic Mystery Fiction

My rating:

'Memories define us.
So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?'
This book has taken me over two weeks to read. That is ages for me. The reason that this book got four stars was that it wasn't gripping enough for me to keep reading it. However I'm not saying that overall the book wasn't good. I think the research is amazing and the facts are so accurate that it's awesome. Also this book has a lot to be uncovered so the reader is attracted to it because it is basically a whole secret all the way through. However some bits can get tiredsome and repeated and personally, I think that there is too much description and not enough story line. Perhaps this book just isn't for me.

Welcome to Christine's life. Believe me, it's not a pretty one. Christine is forty-seven. She is amnesiac. When she was twenty-nine she had an accident and every night since - she can't remember who she is when she wakes up. Who her family is. Nothing, only flashbacks. Over the years, her Doctor is convinced that she is getting better, finding out more and more of the truth. If only she could trust one person. The one person that can really help her.

This is a sad and shocking story. I'm am glad that I have read it now and apparently it has been aquired for filming so I hope to see the film if there ever is one. Everything is concluded in the ending which contains much more action and suspense than the first two parts, the ending is actually heart-breaking and made me cry. I recommend to people who like this book:
Unsaid by Neil Abramson

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Nobody's Girl by Sarra Manning

Title: Nobody's Girl
Author: Sarra Manning
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Pages: 368

My rating:

'Let's face it, no one can be as boring and perfect as me'
It took me a week to read this book which, for me, is quite a long time. There were parts in this book that just didn't keep me hooked for long enough so I ended up giving up and putting off reading it. However the overall writing of this story was genius. I loved how care-free it was and how real the characters were. By the end of the book I was crying with the characters.   

This book is about a sevennteen-year-old girl named Bea. She has a difficult time at home with her mother was is constantly on her back about boys and trys to make her a boring, dull girl so no boys would want her. Bea thinks her life could not get any worst she starts hanging around with Ruby, a popular girl in her school, and when they want to go to spain, they offer to take Bea along with them. Bea is starting to enjoy the peace of not being at home when terrible things start to happen again and once more she is on her own. But maybe a good thing will come out of all of this, maybe she will end up in love.

The reason I gave it only 3 stars was because of the lack of grippingness but the ending made up perfectly for that, otherwise this was a perfectly good story and a really good read! I recommend this book to people who like:

Sara's Face by Melvin Burgess

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Title: Sweetly
Author: Jackson Pearce
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 312

My rating:

‘The sister with the candy emptied a handful of them into her palm, picking out the yellows and dropping them as they continued to trudge forward.’

For nearly a year now, I have waited to get my hands on this book. Partly because I read Sisters Red and I absolutely adored the book and the author. And for the first time, I found this book in my library. Firstly, let me just say that it isn’t perfect. After a while the story line drags on in the middle and makes slow progress but I forced myself to continue because I am not a giver upper. 
   Don’t even consider it.
However there is a lot of mysteries to solve and they do make you think about all the secrets the characters are hiding. The ending, I must say, was a lot better.
This book is a retelling of Hansel and Gretel but, instead, it is very twisted. The main character is named Gretchen which makes me think that she’s a monster but she really just an 18-year-old girl with a brother named Ansel. In this version Gretchen has a twin sister who had vanished in the woods twelve years ago. Then when they’re much older and their step-mother kicks them out, they go and start a new life somewhere which may just lead them even deeper into the mystery of the disappearances...
The characters portrayed a lot of emotion throughout the story about all the people they’ve lost and about the people they love, the writing flows so neatly I forgot that it was actually a story that I was reading. This book wasn't as I expected but however, I totally enjoyed this book and I recommend it to people who enjoyed:
Beastly by Alex Flinn

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Title: Between Shades of Gray
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 338

My rating:

'Somethimes there is such beauty in awkwardness'

I can honestly say now that this book is so beautiful. It is based on a true story that happened during the war in 1941. It is full of love and heart-break, and it is so moving that I managed to read it in one day. I didn't want to read anymore because I was too scared to know what would happen in the end. I got this from my library and I didn't think that I would like it that much but I loved it so badly.

This book is about a 15-year-old girl, Lina who is taken with her family by the Soviets to slavery camps but she needs to find her father first, as she got taken without him, and at the beginning she never knew a thing about what was about to come in the future.

Lina is so real and her voice is true and so heart-breaking. I would recommend this to people that liked 'A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness'

Monday, 24 October 2011

Room by Emma Donoghue

Title: Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Pages: 321


'Today I'm five'
This book did literally break my heart; I didn’t want to finish it because when I did then I knew there would be no more. I think this book is absolutely beautiful and I guarantee it will never let me go. There are 2 points when I cried, most when they were happysad moments about the unbreakably strong bond between a mother and her son.  
I first got this out from my school library recommended by a friend who didn’t finish it because it was too confusing but because I have seen the reviews before, I always try and read them books to the end and I’m so glad I did.  
This book is about a boy named Jack who narrates the story and he is five-years-old. He has lived with his Ma in a single, locked room for all his life and he doesn’t understand anything about the world outside. It shows you the amazing bond between a Child and his Ma and how they coped together. Jack sleeps in Wardrobe for some of the night to avoid Old Nick, who is his Ma’s captor and Jack believes that all the objects in Room are important to his life. But then his Ma tells him that there is a world out there, one that he’s been missing. And she wants to get out. Ma’s been stuck in Room for seven years and now her only hope is to trust Jack, whatever it takes...   
The characters are made so real they I’m expecting them to get up and walk right off the page. I believed every emotion, every piece of conversation. It all flowed, and even the new characters that came in, I believed them as well. The ending, I think, of books are the best parts to see if the author has put in a big ending and Room had the most brilliant, heart-breaking ending that you could ever imagine.
The plot is so unique and such a delicate area of knowledge. Most people don’t know what it’s like to be a five year old but I think Emma Donoghue does. To write a story like that, you’ve just got to be so focused and she done it alright.
Some people, maybe young-adult readers, could find this book confusing but until you get past, at least, page 40, then you’re hooked. I think the writing is beautiful and so moving, great effort from Emma Donoghue (whom now is my favourite author). This book has no chapters, only five different parts, which all adds to the effect of a five-year-old, writing the story.
I would recommend this book to people who like...
Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson  

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Creature of the Night by Kate Thompson

Title: Creature of the Night
Author: Kate Thompson
Genre: Horror, Urban fantasy
Pages: 250

My rating: 4 stars of 5
'I'm not staying here. There's nothing to do. No way to get out of your head.'
My friend recommended this book to me so I decided to give it a go. This book is nothing like I expected it to be. Also I found this was well written and very gripping so the author made sure I kept reading because I really wanted to know what happened in the end. And the ending was really touching and it made me want to cry. I get that feeling at the end of books of sadness because I've finished it and I know everything, there's no more.

Bobby is a ganster, in a group with the lads. He steals stuff, he drinks illegally, he smokes underage and he argues with his ma 24/7. He lives in Dublin with his family who are his ma and Dennis, his little half-Brother but his ma decides to up sticks and move to the country and Bobby's not happy. This means he has to leave the lads behind and the streets and the alleys he used to hang out in to go and live somewhere where there's nothing to do. He hates it, and so many times he tries to escape back to Dublin, by stealing a car but he runs into trouble instead and has to pay off the car to their landlord, P.J. Dooley, so he goes to work on their farm. Meanwhile Dennis claims he is seeing ghosts and a little woman at night and it turns out that Bobby's half-brother is as stupid as he seems...

There are parts during the story where it goes on about him in his job but on the whole it
is thoroughly enjoyable and gripping right until the end. I loved it :)  


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Red Tears by Joanna Kenrick

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Title: Red Tears
Author: Joanna Kenrick
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Pages: 272

My rating: 4.5 out of 5

                'I open the box Inside it is softness and steel. Tissues and blades.'
To complete this book, Joanna Kenrick researched into self-harmers and spoke to them on forums so she knew, from first hand account, how them people feel. This is a moving book all about pain and the metal pain that Emily, the main character, feels about her life. This book is beautifully written, and there was probably alot of pressure on the author, Joanna Kenrick, to get it right because some people have different reasons and opinions on these realistic fiction books.  

Emily Bowyer is a normal teenager but from when her studying starts her life begins to creep downhill, her friends start to dislike her and her parents are to busy noticing her brother and don't seem to bother about anything except her exams. In her house, she has to be the perfect student, like she always has been but she just can't seem to focus because there's something else on her mind. Her secret. The one she's been keeping for so long. The one she's secretly ashamed of when it comes to hiding the evidence. But she can't help it.
   And no-one must never, ever find out...   

I reccomend this book to people who have read and enjoyed Entangled by Cat Clarke.

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Saturday, 8 October 2011

Day of the Dead Ceramic Tiles with skeleton figures

Day of the Dead Ceramic Tiles with skeleton figures

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 435

My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

'Angel-bloods are a fairly attractive bunch. I have good skin and my lips are naturally rosy so I never have to wear anything but gloss.' 
This book is now my all-time favourite. It is just so beautifully written and perfect. I thought, at first, that I wasn't going to like the story but now I can't wait to read the sequal. It one of them story's where you have to stay up in the middle of the night to read it because it is so effortlessly written.

The story is about Clara, who is a Quartarius (Quarter angel) and she lives with her mother who is a Dimidius (Part angel) and she needs to find out what her purpose her on earth is, which comes to her in visions but she ends up falling in love with the wrong person. Which could affect her fate all along.

I recommend this book to fantasy lovers and who like a bit of romance too.

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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes

Title: Unhooking the Moon
Author: Gregory Hughes
Genre: Young-Adult
Pages: 240

My rating: 5 stars out of 5

When I first decided to read this book I didn't think much of it. I was about to give it back to the library without reading it even though it had won an award but instead I did read it; I'm so glad I did. This book is GENIUS!! And Gregory Hughes is amazing. It made me cry my heart out when I had finished it. It's a heart-warming tale full of love and life.

It's about the Rat, a girl of 10 and her brother, Bob (who is the narrator of the story), who is 12 but when their Father dies they go to the Big Apple in search for their uncle. From the beginning to the end it is a journey that follows them to the biggest city in the world, lighting them up every step of the way.

I reccomend this book to EVERYBODY! Even adults will enjoy this book as much as teens will.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

If I Stay by Gayle Forman Review

Title: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Number of pages: 210

My rating: 4 stars out of 5
'Am I dead? I actually have to ask myself this. Am I dead?' 
A story that won't quite let you go. It's true. This is very rare for me to remember a book for such a long time but I remember it in perfect detail. Honestly, this isn't the most amazing book that I've ever read but it does have potental. The story, at first, makes you wonder what is going to happen to make her decide if she is going to stay. It doesn't give much away in the blurb. This book makes you think about loss and death that will never quite leave you.

This story is about a terrible accident that tears seventeen-year-old Mia life apart and she has to make the hardest choice that ever really mattered. It's a choice between love. Her life before that was an ordinary life. Until that one moment that rips her from the ordinary to cold hard reality.

I recommend this book to teenagers that want to know the difference between life and death in someone else's point of view. How a girl views her life to be and the choices that she has to make. It's a haunting book about love and loss and it's a definate read.

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Monday, 26 September 2011

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Review

This is my first review on a book and I welcome all comments and your opinions! :)

Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: Realistic Fiction,
Number of Pages: 230

My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

'Her eyes meet mine for a second. "I hate you," she mouths silently. She turns her back to me and laughs with her friends. I bite my lip. I am not going to think about it.'
The reason why I decided to read this book was because it has been so popular. Even though it was published quite a long time ago the words still ring clear as if they were spoken yesterday. The thing that strikes me about this book is that all the way through the book you have no idea how it's going to end. And thats what makes you keep reading.

  It's about a girl, Melinda Sordino, who speaks to us as readers about a terrible point in her life that she just can't seem to voice to anybody else. As the story goes on she gets quieter and quieter, retreating into her shell until she can speak no words. She feels boxed up and alone. With no-one to speak to she becomes a loner and an outcast and she has no where that she belongs.
   Melinda's voice cut through so true and clear and it makes you want to go and give her a hug.

I recommend this book to all the people out there who can read a story and feel for the characters or think about their problems. Because some people in this world just don't get it that some people are different to them or if some people have problems that they can't just take away.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

What My Blog Is About?

hello again,

my blog is designed to give people my age (YA) reviews about books they want to read in the future and what my and other people opinions are on them.

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Monday, 19 September 2011

Welcome to my blog!!!

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