‘The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl’ is written by Aussie author Melissa Keil. It’s the first of her books I’ve read but it won’t be the last!‘The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl’ is written by Aussie author Melissa Keil. It’s the first of her books I’ve read but it won’t be the last! The title alone was enough to pique my interest, although I wasn’t initially sold on the blurb. I did have my doubts that it was going to be my kind of read but I was very pleasantly surprised. There was a real warmth to the characters that I wasn’t expecting which drew me in and made me care about what happened to them.
The story is set at the start of the summer and is based around the central character of Alba, a budding graphic artist and comic book fan. She is genuinely happy with her life, which was actually refreshing to see. She loves her home town of Eden Valley, she loves living behind her mother’s bakery, she has a great group of friends and adores her best friend Grady who she has known since childhood. What could she possibly have to deal with? The story focuses on what happens when you have everything you think you want and are afraid to take the next step because it might never be as perfect as it is in that moment. Alba has to face making big decisions about her future without knowing if they are the right ones to make. Should she stay in Eden Valley or leave and go to university? Will Grady always be her best friend or is there more between them? These are questions that will be familiar to most teens. I thought that Keil did well to make these issues in the book so realistic and easy to identify with.
There is a humorous steak throughout which made me laugh and smile as I was reading. The idea that Eden Valley is the only safe place when the end of the world comes, was somewhat strange but actually worked well with the overall themes of the story. You don’t always know what is around the corner so you should live life to the full and enjoy every moment you have.
My absolute favourite thing about this book was the friendship between Alba and Grady. It’s easy, it’s comfortable and it’s the kind of best-friend bond that I would have loved to have had with someone growing up. These two practically live in each other’s pockets and have supported each other through thick and thin. Their friendship has taken a different direction by the end of the book but this works so well and was a joy to see develop.
This is a contemporary YA novel that you won’t want to miss. Grab it now and bump it straight to the top of your TBR pile.
This is the perfect edition for any Peter Pan fans' collection. A truly lovely edition which would also make the perfect Christmas stocking filler.
InThis is the perfect edition for any Peter Pan fans' collection. A truly lovely edition which would also make the perfect Christmas stocking filler.
In addition to the novel Peter and Wendy, this edition also includes Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and the play Peter Pan. Plus, it features lovely illustrations by Joel Stewart. I hadn't actually read the Kensington Gardens story before so it was nice to read something new about such a classic tale.
I have read Peter Pan so many times before, but it was super to hold such a fine edition in my hands and revisit the wonderful world of Neverland. I never tire of reading about Peter's adventures with the faithful Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys by his side and I'm sure this book will introduce many more children to such a classic tale of adventure. ...more
This book is 'Obsidian' retold from the point of view of Daemon Black. You would think that the story itself would be a bit repetitive for anyone thatThis book is 'Obsidian' retold from the point of view of Daemon Black. You would think that the story itself would be a bit repetitive for anyone that has already read the Lux series, but I can guarantee you that it is not in the slightest. In fact, seeing everything again but through Daemon's eyes this time, added an extra layer to the romance between himself and Katy. Where she sees him behaving like a jerk, being hot one minute and cold towards her the next, the reader sees him doing it to protect not only his sister Dee, but Katy too. He is determined to fight his feelings for her to keep her safe, but they are continually drawn to each other.
If you haven't read 'Obsidian' and this is your first introduction to the Lux series, then it would work perfectly well to read this one and then carry on with the rest of the books in the series. I don't think anyone would be able to resist getting caught up in the undeniable attraction and chemistry between Daemon and Katy. Sparks most definitely fly between them whenever they are anywhere near each other. It was also interesting to see how his perception of her changes as he gets to know her. His initial reaction that she is entirely average evolves very quickly.
What really came across was how much responsibility Daemon shoulders but also how there was never any doubt about his feelings for Katy. It seems almost inevitable that he was never going to be able to stay away from her for long, although he does his best to fight it.
I loved 'Oblivion' so much! I'm a massive Jennifer L.Armentrout fan and this series is one of my favourites. It was lovely getting to revisit all the characters and I fell for the romance all over again. This is yet another stunning five star book in the series. ...more
Nicola Yoon's debut novel is an extraordinary book. The story was so captivating that I read it in one sitting, unable to tear myself away from it's pNicola Yoon's debut novel is an extraordinary book. The story was so captivating that I read it in one sitting, unable to tear myself away from it's pages. It's emotional, beautiful, sad and hopeful all at the same time. It is a book that I will be recommending to everyone I know. I actually haven't read many books this year which have totally blown me away but this one definitely did. I absolutely loved it!
The main character Maddy, is an eighteen year old girl unable to leave her house. Protected by the four walls around her and by her mother and nurse, she has never known any other kind of life. When new neighbours move in, Maddy forms a life-changing friendship with Olly, the boy next door. When friendship turns to love, Maddy's world changes and she suddenly has some tough choices to make about her future. This story definitely posed some interesting questions about love and life which resonated with me a lot and which I found incredibly moving at times.
The relationship between Maddy and Olly is something special and was beautifully conveyed. They have an incredible bond which opens both their eyes and makes them consider what really matters to them both. I felt the intensity which they share and the depth of feeling which lies between them.
I did not see the HUGE twist coming at the end of the story but it was absolute genius. It turned everything upside down and posed an interesting dilemma for the characters.
I loved all the artwork and illustrations that accompany Maddy's story too. These really enriched the book and were created by Nicola Yoon's husband David.
A stellar five star read which rescued me from a long reading slump! ...more
'Tempting the Best Man' is the first book in the Gamble Brothers series, featuring the utterly irresistible Chase Gamble. You have been warned ladies!'Tempting the Best Man' is the first book in the Gamble Brothers series, featuring the utterly irresistible Chase Gamble. You have been warned ladies!
I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I heard about it, even though it is an adult, rather than a YA title. Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my absolute favourite authors and having her write an adult romance with a sexy hero, definitely ticked all my boxes. The romance scenes were actually a little tamer than I was expecting, although things did get pretty steamy at times.
The heroine of the story, Madison, has loved Chase ever since they were little. Having grown-up together, she has seen his good side and his bad (not that there is very much bad about him!) and she loves him still. If only she can made him see her as something other than his best friend's little sister. At her brother's wedding she gets the perfect opportunity to show him the new grown-up Madison, although there are plenty of obstacles in her path.
I enjoyed every single second of reading this story and the only negative thing I have to say about it, is that it was far too short. I wanted it to go on and on. It was so fab! Jennifer L. Armentrout writes such fantastic romances with couples who you absolutely fall in love with. I was rooting for Madison and Chase from the start and I enjoyed seeing the dynamics of their relationship change as they spent more time in each others company.
Next in the series is 'Tempting the Player' which features Chase's brother, Chad Gamble. I need to get my hands on it asap. ...more
This review is short but heartfelt. Read this book. Buy this book. Share this book with a friend. If you want to have your heartstrings tugged and youThis review is short but heartfelt. Read this book. Buy this book. Share this book with a friend. If you want to have your heartstrings tugged and your emotions scattered all over the place, then read these beautiful poems. Typewritten on scraps of paper and interspersed with Tyler Knott Gregson's own photography, this collection of poetry has been woven into a gem of a book. I have been dipping in and out of it ever since I first picked it up and my copy is now stuffed with scraps of people, marking all of my favourite poems. I will be reading these over and over again because they are just beautiful and they speak to me in a way that leaves me feeling like someone has just looked into my soul....more
I will read just about anything and everything but I'll admit that I'm not normally a big fan of the horror genre. I think it's partly because I haveI will read just about anything and everything but I'll admit that I'm not normally a big fan of the horror genre. I think it's partly because I have such an overactive imagination that horror is often too much for me to stomach. However, I wouldn't say that 'Daughters Unto Devils' is out and out horror - or at least not until the very end, when yes, you will need to ensure that every light in the house is on. Or better yet, read it in broad daylight and not just before bed. You will most definitely regret it otherwise.
Sixteen year old Amanda and her family live in a small cabin in the mountains. Cooped up with her siblings and parents, during a long and tough winter, Amanda none the less has a secret of her own - a boy she has been meeting without their knowledge. When the family uproot and move to the prairie, it is a fresh start for Amanda, but something is out there and evil lurks everywhere.
The tension ramps up from the very beginning of the book. I knew something terrible was going to happen but I didn't know what and I didn't know when. That was enough to keep me on the edge of my seat throughout. The evil when it came, crept under my skin. There is one scene in particular which totally crept me out. I wanted to look away but I was glued to the page with horror. You'll know the moment when you get to it.
Amy Lukavics's debut novel is a great read, which I've seen described as Little House on the Prairie meets The Crucible. This is the perfect spooky Halloween read, although if you are of a nervous disposition then beware. This book is not for the faint hearted! ...more
I found this book very slow. I got about half-way through and then realised that nothing had really happened yet. Although I've seen some great reviewI found this book very slow. I got about half-way through and then realised that nothing had really happened yet. Although I've seen some great reviews for this title and it did sound promising beforehand, I have come to the conclusion that it just wasn't for me.
The story is about a teenager called Lorrie, who used to live a life of privilege and riches before her family end up losing all their money. Abandoned by her mother, Lorrie and her sister live with their Aunt Gigi in their now crumbling family home, Edgewater. Lorrie is desperate to hide their downfall from her friends and especially handsome Charlie, the son of a senator. However, secrets long buried, begin to rise to the surface and it's only so long before everyone begins to find out the truth.
The blurb of this book made it sound so good and I really wanted to like 'Edgewater' but in my opinion, it needed more drive and impetus. It was so slow that I found it hard to stay engaged with the story and I didn't particularly care about any of the characters. The most interesting character in the book was actually the crumbling Edgewater itself which has been left to sit and decay. Most of the first half was centred around Lorrie reiterating her money problems but I wanted and needed something else to happen and I was left feeling disappointed with this title. ...more
If you are a Percy Jackson fan looking for your next read, then 'The Blackthorn Key' may well fit the bill perfectly. It is a story with plenty of twiIf you are a Percy Jackson fan looking for your next read, then 'The Blackthorn Key' may well fit the bill perfectly. It is a story with plenty of twists and turns, some dark secrets to uncover and fiendish clues to crack. Although I don't often read a lot of middle-grade fiction, this one appealed to me a lot and proved to be a fantastic read.
One of the things I particularly liked about it was the main character, Christopher Rowe. He is a apprentice apothecary to Benedict Blackthorn, who is more like a father to him than an employer. Christopher finds himself in deep trouble when a series of murders are committed and he is caught in a web of secrets more dangerous than he could ever realise.
Set just before the plague in London, during 1665, the story hurtles ahead at breakneck speed, taking the reader along for the ride. You are plunged straight into the adventure, as Christopher has to solve a series of cryptic clues. The story is like 'The Davinci Code' for a younger generation of readers and I loved it.
If mystery and murder are your kind of thing, then you will definitely enjoy 'The Blackthorn Key' which will take you on an adventure you will never forget! ...more
This was a super creepy read with one hell of a twist at the end. Just when I thought that the story was about myths and pagan legends,Creepy stuff!
This was a super creepy read with one hell of a twist at the end. Just when I thought that the story was about myths and pagan legends, it turned out to be something else entirely. I loved the fact that it kept me on my toes and challenged my perceptions. I really want to read it again now because it will be like seeing the characters and their actions in a whole new light.
Heather, along with her best friend Emma, Emma's boyfriend Darren and their friends Dougie and Martin, head off together on a camping trip. The story alternates between the events that transpired during their excursion and current day Heather, one year on and still seemingly recovering from her experience. She tells of an evil spirit that seems intent on wreaking havoc on their small group but the question is, will anyone believe her?
It is not often that I can be completely surprised by a book, but Claire McFall definitely managed that. 'Black Cairn Point' was creepy, chilling and wonderfully thrilling and I enjoyed every second of the story. Normally I like to race through to get to the big finale, but I took my time reading this book and enjoyed savouring every bump in the teens' journey. I was most definitely on the side of Heather throughout the story, as she tries to convince her Doctor that she is not crazy and she was not responsible for what happened to her friends. I really sympathised with her and I liked her as a main character, which made the ending even more brilliant.
A highly recommended read and I will be looking out for more by Claire McFall in the future. ...more
'Front Lines' has such an innovative storyline. Michael Grant has imagined an alternative history where girls enlisted and fought on the front line du'Front Lines' has such an innovative storyline. Michael Grant has imagined an alternative history where girls enlisted and fought on the front line during World War Two. Joining their male counterparts, they protect their country against attack. Uniquely different, this made for a plot which piqued my interest as soon as I read it. I couldn't wait to see how Grant's spin was going to unravel.
Set in 1942, the story follows three girls as they go to war. We initially see them at home with their families, understanding their motives for enlisting, before following them through rigorous training and all the way to the front line. They have a lot to contend with along the way as they try to prove their worth.
I enjoyed 'Front Lines' and I think YA readers will too. Although the subject matter might initially seem male orientated, because the central characters are all girls, I think this will appeal equally to female readers. If you are a history buff then you need to get your hands on this title which provides such a unique and different spin on events. Who would ever have thought of imagining girls as soldiers? Michael Grant, that's who.
I still haven't found any of his books quite as gripping and addictive as the Gone series, but this is still a great read and as the first in a new trilogy, it will be interesting to see what is in store for readers next. ...more
Alex Gino’s debut novel is a moving and hopeful story about a boy called George who believes that he is really a girl inside (I’ll refer to George inAlex Gino’s debut novel is a moving and hopeful story about a boy called George who believes that he is really a girl inside (I’ll refer to George in the female tense from now on). Even though George is only ten years old, she knows who she truly is but how can she get anyone else to see her for who she is meant to be. When she gets the chance to be part of the school play of Charlotte’s Web, she becomes convinced that if she can only play the part of Charlotte, then she will finally be able to show her true self.
George is a loveable character and one who you warm to immediately. I liked the friendship she has with her best friend Kelly, who is incredibly supportive and provides the hand to hold that George so desperately needs. It was also interesting to see how George’s relationship with her mum evolves, as this is obviously a tough situation for any parent to react to and know how to handle.
This is an important book for young people to read, as it shows how we need to be accepting of others and not judge people for who they are. I haven’t read a lot of LGBT books, but this is one that should really find a place on school library bookshelves. ...more
Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor books are my go-to series when I'm in the mood for a generous helping of romance. 'Second Chance Summer' is the first titlJill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor books are my go-to series when I'm in the mood for a generous helping of romance. 'Second Chance Summer' is the first title in her new Cedar Ridge series which didn't let me down. It gave me lashings of romance, as well as hot sparks flying around left, right and centre. Well it does feature firemen. Yes, that's right firemen!
What I love about Jill's books, is the way that she creates a whole community of wonderful characters who you instantly care about and want to see more of. This time, it's the Kincaid family who live and work on Cedar Ridge and are determined to make a success of their family business at all costs. Although Aidan is one of the main characters, I also really loved his older brother Gray and his domineering and feisty wife Penny, as well as his younger siblings Hudson and Kenna. My favourite thing about them all is that you know they are always watching each other's backs. Although they joke and fight with one another, there is no doubt in your mind that they will stand together through thick and thin.
When Aidan hears that local girl Lily Danville is back in town after a ten year absence, his heart can't help skipping a beat. Lily was the girl that got away and now that she is back, he won't let her escape so easily next time. However, Aidan and Lily are both carrying their own burdens of guilt and until they can leave the past behind, they won't be able to move on with their futures together.
I absolutely adored the setting for the story too. Cedar Ridge sounds picturesque with it's beautiful mountains and hiking trails. First, I wanted to live at the beach and now I'm thinking that the mountains sound right up my alley!
This was a super read which swept me away on a tide of romance. I'm most definitely eager to read the second book in the series now which will be centred around Hudson. ...more