I requested this book for review ages ago knowing I would love it and I certainly did so much so that I'm currently awaiting my preorder of a signed eI requested this book for review ages ago knowing I would love it and I certainly did so much so that I'm currently awaiting my preorder of a signed edition to drop through my letterbox from waterstones any day now.. For me Lucy's Worsley's historical fiction really hits the spot. It's well informed and clever and I can gladly recommend it to my students without worrying that they'll get really misinformed ideas about the historical period covered.
I've been a bit geeky over Queen Victoria of late. I didn't see the show on ITV about her early reign but I read the book linked to it and was left wanting more and this book helps to prolong my geeky obsession. I've ended up fascinated about young Victoria and the left she lived prior to becoming Queen and the challenges she faced from the way she was forced to live under the Kensington system and how she broke free of it once she was able.
My Name is Victoria focuses on Victoria as a child and sows you how the Kensington System worked and gives you real insight into how life may have been like for Young Victoria. I really enjoyed getting to know her and see how her friendship with the daughter of the man controlling her develops and hers to change her path for the future.
All in all historical fiction I can rave about. I loved it and want more like it from Lucy Worsley....more
Like nothing else I've read YA. I really enjoyed it and stayed up too late to finish it.
I had high hopes for this book after hearing about it at AndeLike nothing else I've read YA. I really enjoyed it and stayed up too late to finish it.
I had high hopes for this book after hearing about it at Andersen's blogger event and I am so pleased to say it lived up to all expectations.
What I liked about this book is that it is really different from all the other contemporary YA I've read. It is set in London and the focus of the story is looking at politics and morality around said politics. It's such a poignant story considering our current political climate in a post brexit world where things feel like they are moving more to the extremes than ever before as people are losing hope in what seems to be an increasingly more broken system.
I also really enjoyed the mystery elements to the story as Alena digs into the background of her mother who died when she was young and was involved in a lot of anti-government protests in the 80s but is rarely spoken about at home by her brother who raised her from when she was small. I loved finding out more about this absent character as the story unfolded.
I also loved the insight the story gave the reader into what it means to be a family especially a less traditional one like Alena's. I thought it was particularly clever when it mused over the thoughts Alena has about her mother who died when she was so young and how that made Alena feel because she feels like she ought to actively miss her mother on one hand but finds it hard on the other hand to miss something she didn't really have.
A stunning and exciting addition to the UKYA market. I'm looking forward to more from Catherine in the future....more
I like Evie, I love Amber but I just can't stand Lottie. She's just too much all the time. Everything is completely about her and her views all the tiI like Evie, I love Amber but I just can't stand Lottie. She's just too much all the time. Everything is completely about her and her views all the time. It's a real shame because she sort of ruins these books for me and actually I want to adore them completely....more
Seven Days of You is one of those that I found myself completely absorbed in and unable to put down. I loved every page and didn't want it to end.
I loSeven Days of You is one of those that I found myself completely absorbed in and unable to put down. I loved every page and didn't want it to end.
I loved this book for several reasons. Firstly I adored the setting. I loved seeing Tokyo through Sophia's eyes and exploring it with her and it's made me intrigued enough to want to visit myself much like Anna and the French Kiss left me wanting a Paris adventure.
I loved the main character and her friend group mostly because I thought the teen voices in the book were spot on in how they acted and reacted to situations in such teenaged ways. I also loved the romance element to the story and seeing the intense way it developed over the real time of the course of the book especially because you knew from the outset it was going to end up bittersweet at best.
A really cute YA read which I really enjoyed....more
Fabulous historical fiction. I loved the detail which made the time period come alive. I loved the main character. It was brilliant to have a really aFabulous historical fiction. I loved the detail which made the time period come alive. I loved the main character. It was brilliant to have a really awesome female lead. I also loved the mystery element to the story. ...more