Genre: Young Adult

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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Review: Thirteen by Tom Hoyle

Review: Thirteen by Tom Hoyle

Review:  One of the key things that drew me into Thirteen was the cult aspect. I’m a fan of the TV show The Following (don’t judge me!) and there’s something fascinating yet truly terrifying about the way some people can compel and persuade others to join them in committing wrongs. Thirteen involves a cult that believe boys born at midnight on the millennium will signal destruction unless they die before they are fourteen. Adam is one of the boys, one of the last boys still alive. Thirteen is very plot-driven and filmic. I think younger YA readers and action fans will really enjoy the action filled plot. Adam is a likeable hero and a believable teenager. For me, I felt Thirteen had great potential as it’s fast-paced, has a good grasp of its target market and the action was compelling […]

Posted February 26, 2014 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Dead Ends by Erin Lange

Review: Dead Ends by Erin Lange

Review: I had heard a lot about Erin Lange’s debut, Butter, last year but not had a chance to read it so when I read about Dead Ends, I was intrigued. I love contemporary YA and road-trip novels too and this sounded like an ideal read for me. Troubled with a bad temper, Dane is this close to being suspended. Billy D is new in his neighbourhood, well liked by his teachers, well behaved and he also has Down’s Syndrome. When the two strike up an unlikely alliance to help Dane with his school problems, Billy D asks Dane to help him find his father in exchange. However this isn’t as easy as it may first appear and also involved decrypting several clues to strangely named towns in an old atlas. I really liked the fact that although Billy D had […]

Posted February 10, 2014 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Review: Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Review: Courtney C Stevens’ YA debut tells the story of Alexi and Bodee. Alexi has a seemingly ideal life and family, but after something happened to her in the summer she’s faking being okay and relies on coping mechanisms like scratching her next, counting the number of slats in the vent in her room and hiding in her closet. When Bodee, a boy from her school, moves into her family’s home after the murder of his mother by his father the two begin to connect and attempt to reconcile with their pasts. While the plot itself may seem typical of issue novels, this book stands on its own due to its writing and sensitivity. Stevens approaches difficult subjects tactfully and with Alexi’s secret really examines the impact something like this would have on a person. For that reason it is fairly […]

Posted February 3, 2014 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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