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Mini Reviews #2

Mini Reviews #2

Title: The 100 Society Author: Carla Spradberry Publication Date:  September 4th 2014 Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books Source: Review copy from publisher via Netgalley Summary: For sixth-form student Grace Becker, The 100 Society is more than just a game; it’s an obsession. Having convinced her five friends at Clifton Academy to see it through to the end, Grace will stop at nothing to carry out the rules of the game: tagging 100 locations around the city. With each step closer to the 100-mark they get, the higher the stakes become. But when the group catches the attention of a menacing stalker – the Reaper – he seems intent on exposing their illegal game, tormenting Grace with anonymous threats and branding their dormitory doors with his ominous tag. As the once tight-knit group slowly unravels, torn apart by doubt and the death of a student, they no […]

Posted November 3, 2014 by chooseyabooks in reviews, Uncategorized / 1 Comment
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Review: Red by Alison Cherry

Review: Red by Alison Cherry

Review:  Red for me was a strange read. On one hand it reminded me of Drop Dead Gorgeous and there was a strong satirical and humorous feel to the novel with a slight Mean Girls edge. However the central concept of someone dying their hair to fit in with the rest and playing a ‘redhead’ along with the town of Scarletville had some difficult implications. When I was at university, one of the books I studied was about post apartheid life in South Africa and involved a couple able to pass as white during the apartheid, so obviously there were some clear parallels here for me as I read. Red obviously has a message about tolerance and discrimination and looks at these issues through a more satirical lens. However some parts were so over the top it detracted from the […]

Posted August 21, 2014 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Review: Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Review:  I love Morgan Matson’s YA and when I learnt that Katie Finn was Matson’s pseudonym I was really excited to read Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend [Broken Hearts… for ease of typing] and expected great things. After a disastrous break up in a supermarket and a small case of mistaken identity on a train, Gemma sees her chance to make things right with her former best friend Hailie, as well as reconnecting with Hallie’s cute brother, Josh.  However things begin to go wrong as a series of unfortunate disasters occur and the strain of trying to keep her true identity from Josh begins to show itself. In this sort of scenario, I think it can be expected that you have to suspend your disbelief to an extent and in order to enjoy this book, I would say […]

Posted August 20, 2014 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 1 Comment
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Review: Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton

Review: Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton

Review: Boy’s Don’t Knit came into my life at just the right moment when I really needed cheering up. Told in a (slightly reluctant) diary format, Easton has the teenage voice down perfectly. Ben is a great character and you can’t help rooting for him as he unintentionally lands himself into chaotic situations. After an unfortunate accident and misunderstanding, Ben is now giving back to the community and being forced to take up a hobby and ends up in the knitting class. Suddenly he finds out that maybe knitting isn’t as bad as he thought, in fact he might actually be good at it. If only it wasn’t such an ‘uncool’ hobby. I adored this book. It’s funny, it feels very authentic and it looks at how we can tell ourselves not to do something due to a fear of being […]

Posted August 4, 2014 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Mini Reviews 1: The Contemporaries

Mini Reviews 1: The Contemporaries

Today’s reviews all are contemporary YA novels, however each is very different. Title: Amy & MatthewAuthor: Cammie McGovernPublication Date: March 17th 2014 Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books Source: Review copy from publisher Summary: Amy loves Matthew and he loves her back. This is their story.Amy is unflinchingly honest about her limitations. Born with cerebral palsy, she can’t walk or talk without help. But trapped inside this uncooperative body lies a brilliant mind and a luminous spirit – a girl capable of truly loving and worthy of being loved in return.Matthew has his own set of challenges – a mind consumed by unwanted repeated thoughts, obsessive rituals and a crippling fear that he can’t explain. But underneath all of the anxiety lies a deep seed of hope for someone to come along who believes in him…This is the story of Amy and Matthew. It may not be a […]

Posted July 29, 2014 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 2 Comments
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Review: Gloss – Summer Scandal by Marilyn Kaye

Review: Gloss – Summer Scandal by Marilyn Kaye

Review: I really enjoyed Gloss, the first in Marilyn Kaye’s 1960’s series, so was pleased to see there would be a second book. Gloss was a great summer read which also touched on some important issues about sexism and the workplace. Summer Scandal similarly continues to balance the fun of fashion and Sherry’s dream job at Gloss with the realities of the civil rights movement, insecurities in relationships and social attitudes of the 1960s generally. Each former intern has their own arc and story in Summer Scandal, however for me, Sherry feels like the main character and her story is incredibly interesting and important in this book. Sherry wants to write about more serious and newsworthy topics and is drawn into the civil rights movement by a colleague. Kaye writes about issues well and also the civil rights movement doesn’t feel shoehorned in […]

Posted July 8, 2014 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Say Her Name by Juno Dawson

Review: Say Her Name by Juno Dawson

Review: I love Juno Dawson’s writing; it’s the perfect combination of witty humour and tense creepiness. It goes without saying, therefore, that I was really looking forward to Say Her Name from the moment it was announced, however I was a little worried. The Bloody Mary legend is the one urban legend that has crept under my skin and scared me a bit – it’s probably to do with the mirrors – so I was simultaneously intrigued and terrified of Say Her Name. Say Her Name is set in a British boarding school where Bobbie and her friends summon Bloody Mary. They expect nothing to happen, like it hasn’t happened for most of the millions of teenagers who have said those fateful words before. However, soon mysterious things begin to happen. A message saying ‘five days’ is just the start of it. […]

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Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Review: The Bone Season intrigued me early on with its prepublication hype and also the fact I’d heard it described as an adult/crossover novel with YA appeal. While not necessarily my usual type of read, I did find myself enjoying this book and getting swept into the world of The Bone Season. For the first 10% of the novel, I have to admit I was very confused. We are immediately thrown into the novel’s world and it is a complicated one. The language, alternative history and level of detail did make me consider giving up as I felt a little overwhelmed. However, after taking a break I persevered and I am glad I did as I became quickly engrossed and accustomed to the world. The novel begins in London with Paige, a secret voyant, working for the criminal underworld. Paige is […]

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Review: The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning

Review: The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning

Review: Ever since I was a teenager and read Let’s Get Lost, Sarra Manning has been one of my must-read YA authors. I just love her writing so I was pleased to snag an egalley of latest YA, The Worst Girlfriend In The World. Franny’s best friend Alice is regarded as the worst girlfriend in the world to many of the local boys, with that title cheerfully blasted on the boy’s bathroom wall. However that’s never affected their friendship. Until Franny starts college to study fashion while Alice stays at their old school for sixth form cracks form. One almighty crack in their friendship called Louis Allen, lead singer of the awful local band The Desperadoes and Franny’s crush of choice for years. However, when Alice sets her sights on him how will their friendship survive their deal that the best […]

Posted April 29, 2014 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

Review: Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

Review:  One of my favourite things about being a book blogger is the way it has challenged my perceptions and preconceptions of certain books. When Fire and Flood dropped through my letterbox I was intrigued due to the great write-up and press release Chicken House had supplied me with but at the same time felt it would be another dystopia and I was pretty tired of them. I decided on a whim to start Fire and Flood shortly after receiving it, especially as I was curious about Victoria Scott’s previous Dante Walker books, and very quickly was ensconced in the book. One of the most refreshing things is although aspects of it are very dystopian, it doesn’t feel like that when you read it. It begins in our ordinary world and we’re rapidly pulled into something strange and new. In […]

Posted March 10, 2014 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 2 Comments
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