Thursday, 31 October 2013

October Review

Another month down. 2013 is going fast

Books read
175) Linked by Imogen Howson (British Books Challenge)
176) Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
177) Dare to you by Katie McGarry
178) Pawn by Aimee Carter
179) Finding it by Cora Carmack
180) Crash into you by Katie McGarry
181) Panic by Lauren Oliver
182) Roomies by Sara Zarr
183) The Offering by Kim Derting
184) The Booby Trap by Dawn O'Porter (British Books Challenge)
185) Diamonds and Deceit by Lelia Rasheed (British Books Challenge)
186) Fireweed by Jill Paton Walsh (British Books Challenge)
187) Hold your Breath by Caroline Green (British Books Challenge)
188) Trouble by Non Pratt (British Books Challenge)
189) Divergent by Veronica Roth
190) Insurgent by Veronica Roth
191) Allegiant by Veronica Roth
192) Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
193) Everyone a Stranger by Victor Watson (British Books Challenge)
194) The day Donkey dropped Dead by Sam Hare (British Books Challenge)
195) As delightful as a carrot by Keris Stainton (British Books Challenge)

Events attended
I went to a fab brunch at Hot Key Books with Picadilly books and Templar Books which I came out of with a huge pile of proofs to work my way through between now and the new year

I also got to see John Boyne at the UEA which was amazing. I may have fangirled about Barnaby Brocket a little bit

Bookish Brits
I am also delighted to announce that this month I have joined forces with 9 other UK bloggers to set up Bookish Brits a youtube channel. I am very excited about being involved and dipping my toe into the world of booktubing.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Review: Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Carroll

The gates to Frost Hollow Hall loomed before us. They were great tall things, the ironwork all twisted leaves and queer-looking flowers. And they were very definitely shut.

Tilly's heart sinks. Will's at the door of their cottage, daring her to come ice-skating up at Frost Hollow Hall. No one goes near the place these days. Rumour has it that the house is haunted . . . Ten years ago the young heir, Kit Barrington, drowned there in the lake. But Tilly never turns down a dare.

Then it goes horribly wrong. The ice breaks, Tilly falls through and almost drowns. At the point of death, a beautiful angel appears in the water and saves her. Kit Barrington's ghost.

Kit needs Tilly to solve the mystery of his death, so that his spirit can rest in peace. In order to discover all she can, Tilly gets work as a maid at Frost Hollow Hall. But the place makes her flesh crawl. It's all about the dead here, she's told, and in the heart of the house she soon discovers all manner of dark secrets . . .

My Thoughts
A nice sweet little read which I happily read it pretty much one sitting.

Frost hollow hall is a Ghost story set in a Downton-esque setting. The main character is a teenager who ends up working at the hall and is able to feel the spirit of the ghosts there. As the story unfolds you get to know more about what has go on in the past and uncover the secrets of the hall and its inhabitants.

I really loved the main character Tilly and discovering the truth about what happened at the hall along with her. I loved the feel of the story and the setting and I just needed to know more. I also liked how the story was quite gentle for a ghost story meaning it is a book I could happily recommend to my younger students without the fear that parents might complain that books are giving their children night terrors because they are sensitive little souls.

Would happily read more set in the world from this author. 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Review: Model Misfit by Holly Smale

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”

Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.

What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.

With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.

Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.

Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good?

My Thoughts
Funny and very readable. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Harriet a second time and finding out more of her story.

Model misfit is the second book in the geek girl series. Harriet has just finished her exams and is off on a modelling adventure to japan. Her story is madcap throughout and I loved seeing how she managed to get herself into such fixes in her own unique and geeky way. You can't just help yourself from smiling whilst reading this book because Harriet just doesn't belong in the fashion world in her heart of hearts and as a consequence she never quite gets it right.

Loved meeting all the secondary characters for the first book again and meeting the new ones. I do particularly love the relationship Harriet has with her step mother and it is refreshing to see a positive Teen / step parent relationship in a YA title.

Definitely worth a look. Could work as a standalone but I'd definitely recommend reading book one first to get the full Harriet experience.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Review: She is not invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Laureth Peak's father is a writer. For years he's been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he's obsessed, Laureth thinks he's on the verge of a breakdown.He's supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong.

On impulse she steals her mother's credit card and heads for the States, taking her strange little brother Benjamin with her. Reunited with the notebook, they begin to follow clues inside, trying to find their wayward father. Ahead lie challenges and threats, all of which are that much tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other 16-year old. Because Laureth Peak is blind.

My thoughts
She is not invisible is a really thoughtful read and I think is my new favourite Marcus Sedgwick.

She is not invisible utterly fascinated me as a reader for several reasons. Firstly I loved the mystery behind the story and the whys and wherefores behind why a 16 year old blind girl was heading off with her much younger brother America. Quite simply I just needed to know more about their motivation and what they wanted and hoped to find and I loved unraveling the story. For me the story was all about that journey rather than the final destination.

I loved how the book challenges and changes for perceptions making you realise that not everything is exactly as it might first appear and making you as a reader rethink differing things you had already assumed.

I loved the main character and getting inside her head over the course of the book and looking at the obstacles she had to overcome in her day to day life which others took totally for granted. I really enjoyed having that opportunity to step into someone else's shoes and see the world in that completely different way.

All in all a fantastic read which I will be recommending regularly to others.

You'll love this if you loved
Picture me gone by Meg Rosoff

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Bookish Brits

A week or so ago I was invited by my lovely blogging friend Clover to join a group of equally awesome bloggers to set up a collaborative youtube channel about books. I've been thinking about vlogging for a while as something to add to what I already do on this blog but was reluctant to do so as I use the youtube account linked to my blogger account to post random youtube videos of me and colleague to help kids revise for exams and I didn't really want to mix the two so for me this is a perfect set up.

Today my first video was posted (with a highly flattering face being pulled but never mind). Please do check out the channel and videos by the other girlies on the project.

No Books allowed October

Can you believe October is almost over? Here's what I've been up to this month.

Work has been mega busy, lots of late night and lots of marking now the kids coming to the end of the first half term. This has meant I have been chained to my laptop or pile of marking and not done much else. However I do have two exciting things I have been up to.

Firstly I got to attend the wedding reception of my lovely friends Lyndsey and John. Some of you know Lyndsey from page after page reviews so check out the picture below. For the event I helped out with the catering and impressed even myself in managing to produce 50 mini cheesecakes and 50 mini key lime pies and transport them to venue without ruining them (without ruining them was the more impressive feat) with the add of my happy helper Lauren.

The other exciting thing I did this month was attend the grand opening of the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum opening. I have been working with a small group of students and a colleague (check her out in the picture below with her cartoons) on a project for the the new exhibitions at Norwich castle for over a year now. Evening was lovely. I got to eat Canapes in the castle itself and listen to the brass band from the castle balconies. It was all far too exciting even if I did get the dress code completely wrong.

Currently watching Game of Thrones season one on Blu Ray and not at all enjoying it. Going to stick it out to the end of the series but doubt I'll carry on. Is it just me? Everyone else I talk to seems to love it.

I'm now about to be on half term so looking forward to some time to myself and some half term adventures but you'll have to wait until next month to hear about those

Monday, 21 October 2013

Review: Tiger Lily by Jodie Lynn Anderson

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

My Thoughts
I wanted to completely love this book but unfortunately it didn't do it for me.

When I was younger I was fascinated by Peter Pan and neverland so when I heard about this book I couldn't wait to read it. However I must admit it just didn't click with me at all and I found myself struggling to pick it up again and finish it off. It is just so slow and I just found myself wanting more.

Don't get me wrong there are some things that were really brilliant about it. The writing style is truly beautiful and the message it had about being the person you wanted to be and tolerance was really heartfelt. I loved the relationship between tiger lily and her adoptive father. I also really loved the relationship between tiger lily and peter once you got to that part. I also thought the ending was brilliant too.

All in all not the book for me. Stories about Neverland and Peter Pan are fast paced and exciting in my head and unfortunately this wasn't and left me wanting more. 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Books I can't wait to read

I always have a wishlist of future titles I am desperate to read and I thought from time to time I'd share the books I am most looking forward to. All links go to goodreads so you can add them to your wishlist

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E Smith

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.
I love Jennifer's books. I literally cannot wait for this one!!

Trouble by Non Pratt

Hannah’s smart and funny ... she’s also fifteen and pregnant. Aaron is new at school and doesn’t want to attract attention. So why does he offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah’s unborn baby? Growing up can be trouble but that’s how you find out what really matters.

I am desperate for this book. I must admit I love Non to bits. I meet up with her from time to time when I am in London to chat about books and I love how intune with the YA market she is and I love chatting to her about books because I know whichever book she recommends to me I will love it completely which means there is no doubt I will love this book too.

The Fearless by Emma Pass

The Fearless. An army, powered by an incredible new serum that makes each soldier stronger, sharper, faster than their enemies. Intended as a force for good, the serum has a terrible side-effect - anyone who takes it is stripped of all humanity, empathy, love. And as the Fearless sweep through the country, forcing the serum on anyone in their path, society becomes a living nightmare.

Cass remembers the night they passed through her village. Her father was Altered. Her mother died soon after. All Cass has left is her little brother - and when Jori is snatched by the Fearless and taken to their hellish lair, Cass must risk everything to get him back.

I loved Emma's first book. Cannot wait to give this one a go.

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

A new breathtaking novel from Natalie Standiford about love and trust during the Cold War.

Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia--a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music, and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse. At the same time, she's been warned that Soviets often latch onto Americans in hopes of marrying them and thus escaping to the United States. But she knows Alexei loves her. Right?

As June approaches--when Laura must return to the United States--Alexei asks Laura to marry him. She's only nineteen and doesn't think she's ready to settle down. But what if Alexei is the love of her life? How can she leave him behind? If she has a chance to change his life, to rescue him from misery, shouldn't she take it?

The History Geek inside of me is dying to read this. Look at that cover!!

Shadowplay by Laura Lam

The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes.

He and the white clown, Drystan, take refuge with the once-great
magician, Jasper Maske. When Maske agrees to teach them his trade, his embittered rival challenges them to a duel which could decide all of their fates. People also hunt both Micah and the person he was before the circus--the runaway daughter of a noble family. And Micah discovers there is magic and power in the world, far beyond the card tricks and illusions he's perfecting...

A tale of phantom wings, a clockwork hand, and the delicate unfurling of new love, Shadowplay continues Micah Grey’s extraordinary journey.

I loved the first book in this series because it was so different. Cannot wait to see where it goes next.

Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

London. 1880. In the slums of Spitalfields apprentice blacksmith Luke is facing initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum, the fearsome brotherhood dedicated to hunting and killing witches.

Luke’s final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself. Luke knows that tonight will change his life forever. But when he picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, Luke has no idea that his task will be harder than he could ever imagine

Another author I love. cannot wait to get my hands on this one.

What I thought was true by Huntley Fitzpatrick

From the author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.
Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

Loved the author's first book. cannot wait to read this one too. Love the cover.


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Review: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

This is a love story. But it’s not what you think. This is not a first kiss, or a first date. This is not love at first sight. This is a boy and a girl falling in messy, unpredictable, thrilling love. This is the complicated route to happiness that follows.

This is real. This is life. This is how to love.


Reena has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember. But he’s never noticed her, until one day… he does. They fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town, leaving a devastated – and pregnant – Reena behind.


Three years later and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter Hannah. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again.

After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer again?

My Thoughts
How to love is a brilliant read which devoured in pretty much one sitting unable to put it down.

How to love is the story of Reena and Sawyer and their messy relationship. It is told flitting between past tense Reena who is in love with Sawyer from afar and present tense Reena who is faced with the return of Sawyer after he has been missing for the past two years while she struggled alone and pregnant with his child.

Quite honestly I'm not sure I have the words to do this book justice. What I loved about it was how messy and complicated the relationship between Sawyer and Reena was. It was full of baggage and didn't run smoothly once and stops and starts and is brilliant in how it portrays that first chaotic love which isn't as picture perfect as films and books would have you believe. The story packs an emotional punch on several occasions and doesn't do at all what you'd expect it to do.

Put simply I loved it and couldn't get enough of it!!

You'll Love this if you love books by
Sarah Dessen
Cat Clarke 

Monday, 14 October 2013

Review: Because it is my Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

Since her release from Liberty Children's Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship.But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve--and her heart--will be tested as never before.

My Thoughts
I have been waiting for what seems like an age for this book. I loved the first book in thes series and had ridiculously high hopes for this one and am glad to say I really enjoyed this instalment too.

Because it is my blood follows on directly after the first book in the series joining Anya after her release from liberty. Throughout the course of the book Anya discovers more about herself, her role in the family business and discovers who has been targeting her family unit over the course of the series so far. I won't tell you too much about what happens for fear of spoiling the book but I will say that I lovedt the action that was jammed into this book. I loved that it didn't feel like a second book in a series in that I wasn't left with more questions than answers.

I love love love Anya as a character. She is tough and feisty and prepared to go that extra mile to save her family. I love that this book gives her the time she needs to explore a bit more about who she is and why. I love the relationships between Anya and the rest of her family and those she holds dear like Scarlet and Win.

The end of the story is awesomely clever in the way in which Anya goes about staking her claim in the family business and I cannot wait to see how it plays out for her in the final instalment.

You'll love this if you Loved
All these things I've done by Gabrielle Zevin
The Godfather
The Diviners by Libba Bray 

Friday, 11 October 2013

History Books I rate: World War One

Some of you might know I teach History at High School. I love finding good YA historical fiction which I can use in the classroom if only to recommend to my students as wider reading.

I do however find that I can be very critical of historical fiction and I do find myself having to give up on books others have raved about because I can't get over historical inaccuracies or stories where events are treated lightly.

This month I have a selection of books set in and around World War One

YA Titles

I loved Stay where you are and leave. It's aimed a little younger so suitable for younger pupils. It has a bit of mystery going on and deals with post traumatic stress disorder and the affect shell shock had on the men who served at the front.

Dusk is a love story set in and around World War One and I really enjoyed it. From my own history geek point of view I loved the medical side that is brought out when you see how nurses worked during World War One to support the troops. It is the first in a trilogy the rest of which is yet to be published but it promises to be awesome.

In the Shadows of Blackbirds is a really unusual read. It is set in post war America and looks at the world in the aftermath of war dealing with the Spanish influenza epidemic. Why I've picked this book out is because it is perfect for girls who love paranormal romance as it has a lot of odd spiritualist stuff going on, and whilst for me it was about about the historical context, I think that would really hook them in.

For me no list of YA titles about World War One would be complete without Private Peaceful having a mention. For me it is a perfect read about World War One for getting into the heads of those at the front line and should be read by all teens

Adult titles

Half of this book is set in France during the First World War. The story itself is centered around a piece of artwork from the time when it turns up in the modern day. While I loved the whole thing I adored the stuff set during the war and seeing how life was like for the women in a french town occupied by the enemy.

Possibly an obvious choice and not one I'd recommend to use for teens in its entirety however I do use extracts about the sappers and their work in World War One digging tunnels towards the enemy trenches. The detail it goes into is exquisite and well worth a read.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Review: Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve

There is a world where gods you’ve never heard of have wound themselves into hearts, and choice has led its history down a different path.

This is a world where France made a small, downtrodden island called England part of its vast and bloated empire.

There are people here who can cross a thousand miles with their minds. There are rarer people still who can move between continents in the blink of an eye.

These people are dangerous.

And wanted. Desperately wanted.

Apprentice hedgewitch Vela Rue knows that she is destined for more. She knows being whisked off from a dull country life to a city full of mystery and intrigue is meant to be. She knows she has something her government wants, a talent so rare and precious and new that they will do anything to train her in it.

But she doesn’t know that she is being lied to. She doesn’t know that the man teaching her about her talent is becoming obsessed by her, and considered by some to be the most dangerous man alive 

My thoughts
I've left it too long between finishing this book and reviewing it to do it justice

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and loved the mix between fantasy and dystopian that runs throughout it and found myself wanting to now more about the world and characters. I must admit at times I did find it a bit slow and I got to the end wishing I had book two to go straight into as by the end I really got quite invested in what was happening and where things were going.

I think I really just liked how completely different it was to everything else I've read of late and would definitely recommend it.  

You'll love this if you loved
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Review: That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson

Romney Marsh, July 1940. When invasion threatens, you have to grow up quickly. Sixteen-year-old Peggy has been putting on a brave face since the fall of France, but now the enemy is overhead, and the rules are changing all the time. Staying on the right side of the law proves harder than she expects when a plane crash-lands in the Marsh: it's Peggy who finds its pathetic, broken pilot; a young Polish man, Henryk, who stays hidden in a remote church, secretly cared for by Peggy. As something more blossoms between the two, Peggy's brother Ernest's curiosity peaks and other secrets come to light, forcing Peggy and Henryk to question all the loyalties and beliefs they thought they held dear.

In one extraordinary summer the lives of two young people will change forever

My Thoughts
Another fab read from Lydia Syson.

I must admit I love Lydia's work purely because it speaks to me as a history teacher. Her stories are engaging and exciting as well being well researched and historically accurate. I love that I can happily recommend them to my students without any worries that might get completely wrong ideas about the time we are studying.

That burning summer is a really interesting story of a romance that develops between a British girl and a Polish pilot who she finds honest her home after he is forced out of his plane by parachute. I really enjoyed watching their relationship develop and seeing the world through their eyes particularly in the way he worried about being treated by others. I also loved that it gave me a bit more insight into the role polish pilots played within the RAF which is something I hadn't really appreciated before.

A fab read which I thoroughly enjoyed.  

You'll love this if you loved
A world between us by Lydia Syson
Rose under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Friday, 4 October 2013

Extract Five from Trouble by Non Pratt

I am so excited to have an extract from Trouble by Non Pratt, a book that I have been dying to read from the moment I heard about the book deal last year

A boy. A girl. A bump. Trouble.
Hannah’s smart and funny … she’s also fifteen and pregnant. Aaron is new at school and doesn’t want to attract attention. So why does he offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah’s unborn baby?
Growing up can be trouble but that’s how you find out what really matters.

I’m feeling reckless.

“Bored?" Hannah says, reading my mind.
"That's an understatement," I mutter, then worry that I've offended her since she hangs out in the park every week. "Maybe it's just me. I'm not in the mood."
"It's not just you. This place is better in the daytime, when the swings are for kids and the roundabout isn't weighed down with drunken basketball morons."
I look at her and wonder what she'd be doing here during daylight hours. She reads my mind once more.
"I come here with my sister a lot." Her face lightens underneath all the make-up. "She's five."
"What's her name?" I ask, surprised to find I'm curious about someone else's life. It's been a while since that happened.
"Lola − although we call her Lolly," Hannah says, then glances down at her bottle and chucks it in the bin. "Let's get out of here."

Click on the picture above to win a proof copy of Trouble

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Review: The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child? Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods. Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own about games that are played in the dark.

A new psychological thriller from the award-winning and bestselling author of STOLEN and FLYAWAY.

My Thoughts
A really compelling read which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The Killing Woods is the latest offering from Lucy Christopher, an author whose debut novel Stolen I loved, and quite honestly I have been desperate to get my hands on a copy for a while now. I'm glad to report it lived up my increasingly high expectations.

I won't say too much as the story because I don't want to spoil it at all but I will say it kept me guessing throughout and I loved how the story twisted and turned as it progressed. I loved the main character Emily and was fascinated with her story as her world fell down around her. It was really telling when you looked at the role the press played in making the situation she was dealing with so much worse.

A fascinating novel about trust and loyal and believing in your own convictions.

You'll love this if you loved
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Little White Lies by Katie Dale 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Review: Weirdos Vs. Quimboids

I think Georgia Nicholson has met her match and her name is Blossom Uxley-Michaels!

I wanted to read Weirdos Vs Quimboids from the first time I heard about it. As soon as I read the press release that came with it I was sold. Quite honestly this book is absolutely hilarious and kept me happily amused giggling like a loon for an entire afternoon while I raced through it in one greedy sitting as I found myself incapable of putting it down.

Blossom is a 15 year old weirdo. She sits on the very outside of the social circle at her school alongside her two best friends Petrina and Walter. As a result she spends her teenage days not being invited to parties, lusting over the hottest boy in school from afar and putting her with her completely mad hippie parents. However this is all about to change as Blossom is determined that things will be different this year starting by working on the school radio.

For me what made this book brilliant was Blossom's outlook on life. She has that fantastic combination of being a weird and awkward teenager along with the drive to want to change and become cool. However the way she goes about trying to achieve that state of coolness is done in a hilariously funny and very uncool way. What's more is the way she is written makes her so relatable to the point where I can see shades of my teenage self in her that I want to cringe along with her while she's off on her latest madcap adventure. I absolutely adored her embarrassment scale and seeing the whole variety of things that she encounters that she finds utterly mortifying on a daily basis. What I also loved about this book was the way in which the whole cast of secondary characters was quite diverse but they weren't included as a token gimmick but just there in a very normal way as they should and would be in a normal high school. It was a really nice comment on how tolerant and accepting I believe teenagers today are on the whole and I'm so glad that this is being reflected in YA books.

A brilliant read which make you laugh like a loon and keep you completely engrossed from the first page to the last.

You'll love this if you loved
The Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison