Month: June 2016

Love Song

love-song-667x1024Love Song by Sophia Bennett

Published April 7th 2016 by Chicken House Books

Pages: 384                                                                                                                                                    

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“I have spread my dreams under your feet: Tread softly because you tread on my dreams” ~Yeats

It is a good feeling, after starting a book, expecting it not to be to your taste, only to have all preconceived notions blown to shreds. I completely and utterly enjoyed Love Song; the plot, the band, but most of all, I loved Nina.

There is nothing better, in a novel, than having a grounded and relatable main character that you can connect with… (not that I’ve ever been on tour with a band!). Almost everyone can admit to having fan-girled over the likes of 1 Direction or 5SOS at some point or the other, and it will come as no surprise that Nina fell in love with the members of The Point, especially after she got to know them a little better.

The Point. They surprised me. Yes, we have our classic rock diva persona, that was to be expected, but beneath that there was a sense of vulnerability, which is what Nina managed to see. Each member of The Point was different, with flaws of their own, and it was only when they were truly working together in harmony, that we could catch a glimpse of who they were on the inside.

More than my love for The Point, was my love for Ariel. She was a sweet, devoted little sister whose loyalty knew no bound.

There was a point in the book, when I felt that after what Jamie had done, Nina was right not to immediately forgive him, but after reading a chapter from his perspective, I have to admit any doubts I had  about him were swept away. Since Love Song is primarily from Nina’s point of view, the chapter of Jamie’s helped us gain a further insight into the boys’ world and I really enjoyed being able to hear Jamie’s thoughts and feelings.

I would most definitely recommend this book and I have learnt from this experience not to be so hasty about judging a book because maybe, just maybe, the novel may turn out to be more than alright.

Rating: 5/5

Have you read Love Song or any other book about a boy band? What did you think?

YALC 2016

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I first heard about YALC last year from a friend and I knew immediately I wanted to go. Unfortunately, all the tickets had been sold by then, so when I heard YALC was back this year, I leapt at the chance to go and bought my tickets instantly.

Looking at the line up of  brilliant authors attending this year, I realised that  there were many books I hadn’t read or heard of before. So, in preparation for YALC, I compiled a to-read list of books written by authors who will be there.

MY YALC TO-READ LIST

  • Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
  • London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning
  • Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
  • Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell

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In reality I only managed to read some of the books on my list but I also picked up many more novels at the convention itself.  I still aim to read all of the books I mentioned above, but after attending YALC, I have a few more I want to add to that list.

   UPDATED YALC TO-READ LIST

  • Kook by Chris Vick
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
  • Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
  • And I Darken by Kirsten White

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Have you read any of the books above? What did you think of them?

Dear Dad…

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Recently, I gave a talk on motherhood for an English presentation. In this I highlighted various reasons why a mother was the most important figure in your life, but what I failed to mention was that fathers too, are equally important.

This father’s day, I would like to just say thank youIn previous years I must admit that my gifts have been far from satisfactory (often they were vouchers for free labour), but I hope to do better this year.

My father is the one who runs out at short notice to get fast food when we want it, he’s the one who each and every holiday makes sure we have access to unlimited movies, he’s the one who fixes all electric devices when they break down and my father is the one who ensures I have music to listen to on the way to school.

If I haven’t said thank you for all of the above before this, I’ll say it now, and thank you  for everything else you’ve done for me over the years.

Love you,

Kaavya