Month: November 2015

Seven Days

Seven Days by Eve Ainsworth

Where did I get it? The school library

18679049Synopsis: School should be a safe place for Jess, but at the moment it’s everything she dreads. Jess’s life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her. Kez’s life isn’t any sweeter. She has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks… Told from the point of view of the bullied and the bully, this is a taut, powerful story of two girls locked in battle with each other and themselves, spiralling towards a shocking conclusion.

My Thoughts:

This is a story about a bully and a victim. Told from both their perspectives, we are shown that it is possible for the bully to be bullied and for the victim to stand up for herself.

Jess, is a social outcast, teased for being fat and awkward. Although she starts of the book, cowering from Kez, the bully, by the end she has managed to come to terms with her weight and consequently stand up for herself.

This book was heartfelt and sincere, guiding us through a time space of one week that changes everything. I liked being able to see both Jess and Kez’s side if the story, as it helped me come to terms with the decisions they made.

The fact that Kez’s, life was not easy either helped me feel a little sorry for her. Kez takes her anger out at Jess, in order to fell superior and in control. Even though this is completely unacceptable we can see that her influences may not have been the best, resulting in poor choices on her behalf.

This was a thought provoking book that demands to be read.

My Rating: 4/5

 

The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Where did I get it? The school librarythe-age-of-miracles-9781471124853_hr

Synopsis:On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life–the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

My thoughts:

This book is about Julia, an eleven year old girl who one day wakes up to find that the Earth’s rotation is slowing. As a consequence of ‘the slowing’  birds are unable to fly and crime and injury rates are rising.

When I started this book, I was not sure if I would like it, but the cover drew me in. However, about half way into the book I was still waiting for something exciting to happen.

The whole point of this book was definitely lost on me.

The one aspect of the book I did like, though was Julia’s narration. The way that she spoke was very interesting and well written even if the plot wasn’t.

I would not really recommend this book, but if you are a fan of coming of age/distopia novels then this may be for you.

My Rating: 2/5

 

 

Denton Little’s Deathdate

Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin

Where did I get it?- The school library

Synopsis: Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—the day of his senior prom.51xds1m8mml-_sx326_bo1204203200_
 
Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle—as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. (Though he’s not totally sure—see, first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters. . . . Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.

My Thoughts:

This book was okay. The main character, Denton, was tolerable, and there were a few aspects to this book that I really enjoyed: Denton’s overprotective stepmom, Horrible GrandadCop, Denton’s weird best friend and even Denton’s self eulogy.

The plot was generally well thought out and developed. Starting about a day or so before his death date, Denton’s life suddenly becomes a whole lot more exciting as he races to find out about his mother and the purple rash that is slowly spreading across his body.

For me, the humour in this book was basically kept me from putting it down. The topic of death, was handled well, however, and I loved the way that everyone attended their own funerals and wrote their own eulogies!

There were several moments in the book where I felt like shouting at the stupid decisions that Denton made, but I realise that without his awful sense of judgement, I probably wouldn’t have laughed half as much as I did.

All in all, this book was a quick read, that made me laugh pretty much all the way through-(much to the confusion of my classmates and family!)

Rating: 3.5/5

 

 

Vendetta

Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

Where did I get it?- I bought it24638201

Synopsis: When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

My Thoughts:

This is probably my new favourite book. I loved the fast pace and twists and turns. The main character, Sophie, is extremely well written and the fact that she still was going strong even after everything that happened to her, just made me like her more.

Then, there was Nic…and Luca… and the rest of the Falcone brothers. Wow. And Millie. The bestest best friend anyone could wish for- don’t forget her!

The book kept me on my toes the whole time and I really loved the individuality of all the characters. The only part, I didn’t really like was the abrupt ending but that’s only because I was so into this book I didn’t want it to end.

So, now I think I need to go back and read this book again, because I definitely did not see that ending coming. Again,wow.

I can’t wait to see where these characters go next and will be desperately waiting for book two to come out in January. JANUARY! Why so far away?!

Rating: 5/5

Top Ten Tuesday

 

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Top Ten Tuesday in hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The list this week is about ten things we are thankful for, be it authors or books or just about anything else!

  1. My dog is ( according to me at least) the most wonderful  dog in the world and definitely one of my best friends. Well… most of the time- I now have a considerable amount of shoes with holes in them, thanks to him! IMG_20151124_161214863

 

2. The author, Catherine Doyle, and her lovely book: Vendetta.

3. Reese’s peanut butter cups. I may have a slight addiction to them.

4. My school library and my local one too. Without them I probably wouldn’t have been able to read half the books I have.

5. My family and friends. I often take them for granted, assuming that they will always be there for me and they have never let me down.

6. Tea. Where would I be without a hot cup of tea to warm me every morning?

7. Music.

8. The Addams family. I have my mother to thank for making me watch this movie and I am so glad she did.

9. The book ‘Finding Audrey’ by Sophie Kinsella

10. And last but not least…. the author, Rainbow Rowell with her fabulous books: Carry On and Fangirl.

The One Dollar Horse

The One Dollar Horse by Lauren St. John

Where did I get it?-I bought it

odhquote1-399x600Synopsis: Fifteen year old Casey Blue lives in East London’s grimmest tower block and volunteers at a local riding school, but her dream is to win the world’s greatest Three Day Event: the Badminton Horse Trials. When she rescues a starving, half-wild horse, she’s convinced that the impossible can be made possible. But she has reckoned without the consequences of her father’s criminal record, or the distraction of a boy with melty, dark eyes, with whom she refuses to fall in love. Casey learns the hard way that no matter how high you jump, or how fast you gallop, you can never outrun the past.

 

My thoughts:

I actually read this book a while back and just re-read it recently. When I first heard this book was going to come out I immediately put it on my Christmas list. I have enjoyed reading all the previous book by this author and The One Dollar Horse did not disappoint.

The main character, Casey, is interesting and driven. All of the characters in this novel were well written and I felt myself rooting them on, especially Casey’s dad who tries so hard to give Casey what she wants.

The romance between Casey and Peter was also very well written and it developed naturally throughout the course of the book. Storm was a lovely horse and I was cheering Casey and Storm on through every challenge they faced.

I would definitely recommend this book.

Rating: 5/5