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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: 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: 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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