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Replay – Keira Lea

22 Jan

Started – 13/1/13

Finished – 19/1/13

Format – Kindle e-book

Synopsis – Kelsee Lewis has a new school, a prima donna best friend, and one week to write a hit play. Throw in a self-obsessed mom and an absent executive dad, and it’s no wonder she has panic attacks—complete with time-warp special effects. When Kelsee meets comic book maven Quinn, she realizes the attacks give her the ability to rewind time.

Replaying life seems like the best way to erase mistakes. But will second chances leave Kelsee flailing in the orchestra pit alone?

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book from Amazon last year as it was free for a day and i really like young adult books with a bit of time travel thrown in.

 

This book is about Kelsee who attends a school and is involved in a writing programme. Along with the stresses of writing a play for the end of school production she has to deal with her parents divorce and new partners. She starts to have what she thinks are panic attacks but they soon turn out to be more strange and that she can stop time with this.

 

I did like this book but i felt that the element of the stopping time and rewinding could have been explored a bit better. There was a good bit about changing events will have a knock on effect on future events.

 

I did think this book was written well for teenage girls and that they would enjoy this but for an adult i didnt enjoy it overally.

 

Rating – 3/5

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The Mind Readers – Lori Brighton

21 Oct

Started – 15/10/12

Finished – 21/10/12

Format – Kindle e-book

Series – Mind Readers #1

Synopsis – Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book back in January as it was free on Amazon. I’ve just had another look and at the minute its still free.

This book is about a teenage girl called Cameron who has the ability to read other peoples minds. Along with her Grandma who also has the ability they keep having to move around in order to keep away from those that want to do people like them harm.

Then one day a new student starts at the school, Lewis, and as soon as he does Cameron seems drawn to him. She even wonders if he is like her and can read minds too. The two of them end up on an Island and its here that Cameron starts to question everything that she has ever known. Who can she trust and is her life in danger due to her powers.

I really enjoyed this Young Adult Paranormal Romance. Although there is a lot of books on the market now probably down to the success of Twilight this one was very good. To start with there was no mention of werewolves or vampires, something that i think has been overdone. Also the female lead character was very stong willed and a very good strong character.

The plot to this book was very good too. It was fast paced and full of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. It was very well explained too.

The romance side of it was good too and although it was in there it wasnt too much and it didnt take it away from the actual story. I’m not a massive fan of romance novels and this can put me off in a book, but i really enjoyed this book!

There is two more books in this series so far, The Mind Thieves and also The Mind Games and i will be downloading the next book in the series a bit later on today.

This is a very good Young Adult Paranormal Romance book, if thats your sort of thing download it, its still free at the minute!

Rating – 4/5

The Dresskeeper – Mary Naylus

7 Aug

Started – 25/7/12

Finished – 31/7/12

Format – paperback book

 

Synopsis – This title is suitable for children of ages 12 years & over. When Picky’s Mum forces her to look after Gran, who has dementia, Picky is accidentally transported back to the year 1685, where a man in a wig insists she is someone called Amelia and tries to kill her. Managing to get the dress off just in time, Picky returns to the present with the dress covered in blood. Who is Amelia? Is she dead? Will wearing the other dresses in the chest take Picky back in time too? And does she dare put herself in danger again?

 

My Thoughts – I’ve had this book on my shelf for a long time and ive really been looking forward to reading it for a long time. This is a young adult book, suitable for the younger side of the scale too. Its about a girl called Picky, who is a typical teenage girl. She is bullied at school, something that lots of people can identify with, her father isnt really interested in her and she has to look after her Gran who has dementia too.

It is one weekend at her Grans that Picky puts on a dress and is transported back in time, into somebody elses life. Its here that she ends up in the middle of a mystery that she is determined to solve.

I enjoyed this book, it was refreshing to read a young adult book that didnt revolve around the paranormal. I liked how the book not only focused on the back in time part, but also Pickys life in the ‘future’ if you like. I felt that many younger readers could identify with her in this part, weather it be being part of a single parent household or being bullied at school.

I also enjoyed the back in time part. I felt that it was quite acurate and also interesting at the same time for those that might not have studied this particular time period. I liked how the mystery part unfolded, i did however guess what was going to happen, but i suppose thats what i get for being older than the target audience.

This book is very good, great for both young adult and older readers. I would have liked a follow up book as the ending was left open, but as of yet there is not one. A very enjoyable book to read.

Rating – 3.5/5

Ellie Foster’s English Coursework – Tina Orr Munro

29 May

Started – 6/5/12

Finished – 23/5/12

Format – Kindle e-book

Synopsis – Ellie Foster’s family holiday isn’t going well. Firstly, she’s not even with her family. Ok her mum’s there, but that’s it. Maybe the love child is related to her in some way but definitely not Trevor, her mums hippy boyfriend, or his other kids, maniac twins Sky and Blue. Secondly, she needs to find a boyfriend on this trip or risk being labelled a loser and having to spend the rest of her school life with yellow teethed Lucy Telling as her only friend. Worst of all, she’s got to record the whole disaster in a diary and submit it as coursework or risk failing her English GCSE! Before she knows it she s making a fool of herself in front of a Greek God, batting off an annoying nerd, hiding from her crazy Gran, getting Trevor arrested, and dealing with the return-of-the-father. It’s a wonder she has time to write down anything at all…

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book back in January as it was free for a day on the kindle. The idea of the book really appealed to me, as did the cover.

This book is written in diary form, which for me is a format that really appeals to me. Ellie Foster needs to keep a diary for her holidays otherwise she will fail her GCSE English Coursework, and this is how this book is introduced. Ellie and her extended family, her mum, step-dad, his twin children and her half sibling (or the love child) go on holiday to Greece. Ellie doesnt get on with her step-dad or step siblings deep down their is some resentment towards them for having to share her mum with them. She also isnt too much of a fan of ‘the love child’, i really wanted to know if the baby was a boy or a girl! Just something that bugged me through the book.

Ellie wants to go to Greece and find a Greek god and finally ‘do it!’ as she thinks she is the only person at school that has not yet ‘done it.’ Her best friend fills her head with all different stories and she feels a little under pressure to keep up with the crowd and fit in.

This book is a brilliant childrens/young adult book. I would say its more of a pre-teen book however, i am well out of being a pre-teen and i really enjoyed the book. It was very funny in places, and had me laughing out loud, but at the same time it had some serious messages behind it. Like, the greek man she finds is not all he seems, and she gets in quite a difficult spot with him. Luckily she gets out of it unscathed, but its a good book to point out to teenage girls that somethings are not all they seem.

What i liked most about this book is that it deals with issues that are current with teenage girls. For example, fitting in with there peers, and always wanting to be with the in crowd was good. Although it was a work of fiction, it could quite easily have happened to a number of teenage girls.

This is a very good book, very highly recommended and ive had a look on the authors website on Amazon and she is writing a sequel to this book, i can hardly wait!

Rating – 4.5/5

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

23 May

Started – 11/5/12

Finished – 22/5/12

Format – Paperback Book

Challenges – 1001 Childrens Books You Must Read

Synopsis – When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town.

But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella.

Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away – until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car.

Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward’s coldness. He, and his family, are vampires – and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.

My Thoughts – This was the first time that i had read this book, although at times it did feel that i was the only person in the world that hadnt. I was put off by all the hype that surrounded the book when it came out (Team Edward, Team Jacob, etc!) and it really put me off it. So now I decided to pick it up now and give it a go. I have already seen the film of the book, so unfortunatly i was comparing the book to the film as it went along, something that i hate doing!

This book is about Bella (Isobella) Swan who moves to Forks to live with her Dad who is the Chief. Its here that she tries to make a new life, something that she isnt looking forward to at all. She attends the local high school and makes some friends. She also captures the attention of Edward, a boy who she just cant seem to understand in the slightest.

It seems that Edward just plain dislikes Bella to start with, to the point that he tries to change classes to avoid having to be near to her. But when Edward saves her life, it becomes apparent that they cannot stay away from each other, much to Edwards horror.

Soon it seems that Edward is hiding something and Bella finds out what it is. Edward is a vampire, along with the rest of his family, Carlisle, Esme, Alice, Emmett, Rosalie and Jasper. Bellas reaction to this is not what Edward expects, she is fine with putting herself in danger because she is totally and utterly in love with him.

In this book we are also introduced to Jacob and his father. We dont find out exactly what they are until the next book in the series, but they are introduced all the same.

I really really really enjoyed this book. I was a little bit aphrensive about reading it, as some people say its like marmite, you either love it or you hate it, but i am please to say that i loved it. its not a book that is a huge work of literary fiction, but it is a great romance and young adult book. I liked how many twists and turns there were to this book, although i knew what was going to happen as i had seen the film before i kind of forgot parts of it and was surprised again. I really enjoyed the baseball scene as that is where we are introduced to James and this is where the story really starts to get exciting.

I am definitaly going to read more in the series and i would recommend this book to anyone that hasnt yet read it. You never know you might love it, just like i did!

Rating – 5/5

Joanna’s Day (Joanna In Time) – Toni and Stephen Downs

25 Apr

Started – 8/4/12

Finished – 22/4/12

Format – Kindle E-book


Synopsis – When Joanna Murray’s parents split up, her English mother takes her back home to England, where she is placed in St. Agatha’s Academy, a private school where only “the best children go.” But Joanna is no mood to try and get along with her schoolmates, who she regards as weird and snobbish. This is especially true of a group of giggling girls and their leader, Dennis Dinwiddy, a spotty, rat faced boy who takes a dislike to Joanna on sight. It is when Joanna is auditioning for the school play – a musical version on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – that Dennis “Dimwit” gets his chance for ultimate revenge by opening a trapdoor in the stage, sending Joanna plummeting into the abyss. When she lands, Joanna finds herself in the 6th Century, during the time of Camelot and King Arthur. Will history be rewritten? And if so, how will it affect the future?

 

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book as it was free on Amazon for a day and i thought that this might be the sort of book that i might enjoy.

 

This book is about an American girl called Joanna, whose parents spilt up. Her mother takes her away to England and away from her father. Its here that she is enrolled in St Agathas Academy, a typically british private school. Its at the school that a production is put on and during this Joanna falls through time and back into the times of Camelot. Here she meets famous figures like Lancelot and King Arthur. Joanna is the only hope to save Camelot and needs to do so before she can return home.

 

For me i was a bit indifferent about this Young Adult book. Some parts i liked and some other parts i didnt. I think in all honesty that i am too old for this book, which is something that doesnt really happen when i read the young adult genre.

 

I didnt like how quickly events were jumped through. For example, when Joanna starts at St Agathas there is a big jump and all of a sudden she is there. I dont think it was explained very well and there could have been more detail going into it. The first half of the book really didnt keep my attention very well, however this did pick up towards the end and i was interested to see how the story ended. I also didnt understand how nothing was said for a while about Joanna wanting to return how, if it was me i would have been more concerned as to how i was going to get home. When Joanna did eventually reach home again, i didnt like how it was all ‘happily ever after’ i just didnt think this part was realistic.

 

However i did like how historically accurate it was. It had the story of Lancelot and Guinevere and the ‘love’ story if you can call it that. For me it stayed pretty close to the original story. Some parts of the language were funny, but i think if i was younger i would have enjoyed it a lot more.

 

Now i would recommend this book to young adults, probably around the age of 10-14 ish, but unfortunatly i think i was too old for the book and the message was a bit lost on me, which is sad as the story is ok, but not for me.

 

Rating – 3/5

Sin and Sacrifice – Danielle Bourdon (Daughters of Eve #1)

10 Apr

Started – 2/4/12

Finished – 8/4/12

Format – Kindle e-book

 

Synopsis

Evelyn Grant, along with her four sisters, have a secret. A secret the Knights Templar want for themselves. It all went back to the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Knowledge and Life. The Knights will do anything to exploit the girls and their access to that sacred place, but one man, government agent Rhett Nichols, is set to the task of saving the women from torture and even death.

He succeeds—and he fails.

After centuries of being hunted, would Evelyn ever be able to trust the one person who might be able to help her? On the run, Evelyn and Rhett face off against their adversary and she’s left with no choice but to put her life in his hands.

 

My thoughts – I downloaded this book as it was free for a day on amazon, along with the other books in the trilogy. I really enjoyed this book.

 

This book is about Evelyn and her four sisters, who although they seem normal on the outside, they are hiding a huge secret. A huge adventure happens when an event unfolds ( i dont really want to say what it is incase others want to read the book!) Due to this event, the lovely Rhett makes an appearance. Now Evelyn is not the only one hiding a secret, Rhett is too. This book is a great mystery story, a little like the Dan Brown books, a bit of romance, but not too much, suspense and lots more thrown in.

 

This book was a little bit gruesome in places, personally I’m not a fan of two much blood, but i think that this story needed the odd part to illustrate a few points. For once i think that violence in a book was just about right.

 

There were several other twists and turns in this book, some that left me gasping and at a couple of points i couldnt believe what was happening, i really liked these parts.

 

The synopsis above doesnt really do the book justice, it was much better than that. I have the other two books also on my kindle, so i’ll be reading them soon, i just want to ration them a bit so that i enjoy them more.

 

I really enjoyed this book and i would recommend it to other people.

 

Rating – 4/5