Animals

A Little Something Different

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Where did I get it? I bought it

20801166Synopsis: The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. 

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

My Thoughts:

I have been meaning to read Sandy Hall’s books for a while and I am glad I finally got around to it. We never actually see what Gabe and Lea are thinking, rather we see their relationship develop through others points of view. While I was a little worried that this would be a downside to the book, I was actually really pleased by the way it was written.

My favourite views were probably the Chinese Delivery guy and the Squirrel. All of the 14 or so characters who narrated the book were all unique and easy to like. The Bench was a nice touch too.

This was an a light fluffy read that would definitely be one of my new favourite contemporary books. There was never a moment that I was bored throughout this novel.

If you’re looking for a fast humour-filled contemporary romance this is the book for you!

Rating: 4/5

 

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