I’m a huge Katie McGarry fan, I’ve loved every book in her Pushing the Limits series so I was keen to try this, the first title in a new series. The fI’m a huge Katie McGarry fan, I’ve loved every book in her Pushing the Limits series so I was keen to try this, the first title in a new series. The fact it involved a motorcycle club upped the interest for me, I’ve been watching Sons of Anarchy for the last few years but until now hadn’t seen an MC featured in a young adult book. I was interested by the way it was established early on that this MC is a law-abiding one – this distinguished it from the ones I’m used to seeing on tv and made me interested to discover what the differences were. The very inclusion of an MC makes this book have problematic elements – like the ones on tv this club is shown to have some pretty poor attitudes towards women and I decided early on that I was going to accept that this was a world with rules I didn’t like.
The story itself does feel like the sort of thing I’ve come to accept from Katie McGarry. It’s told in dual narrative, has a burgeoning romance between a girl and boy from opposite sides of the tracks, and plenty of drama along the way. I found that I didn’t love the characters quite as much as I had for previous books, mainly because I found Emily a little harder to take to. I enjoyed Oz a lot and was very invested in his story, I just wish I’d felt equally invested in Emily’s. I’ll certainly pick up the next book in this series – there’s enough about the world to make me look forward to revisiting it....more
The first I heard about this book was when the poster containing Sam Maggs’ fangirl manifesto appeared online. A strong call to arms for geek girls evThe first I heard about this book was when the poster containing Sam Maggs’ fangirl manifesto appeared online. A strong call to arms for geek girls everywhere I knew this book would be something I would want to read. The reading experience was a little different to the one I was expecting, I think mainly because I couldn’t quite fit myself into the target audience – much of the book seems to be pitched at newcomers which is brilliant, though it meant there was little new for me to discover. There were moments though that felt geared more towards me, and I didn’t mind at all reading the introductions to different aspects of geekdom – I think I just wanted a bit more. It was certainly nice to read sections and find myself nodding along as I remembered experiences of my own. One thing I would caution prospective readers is that the book talks mainly with an American focus, the publisher and author are American and so you might find yourself falling in love with the sound of a convention and then discovering getting there would involve a transatlantic flight (yes, I’m speaking from experience here)....more
I haven’t read many of the Princess Diaries books but I’ve loved the ones I’ve read. When I saw that Meg Cabot was writing a new series linked to themI haven’t read many of the Princess Diaries books but I’ve loved the ones I’ve read. When I saw that Meg Cabot was writing a new series linked to them I was really excited for it, when I started reading this first book in the series my excitement just grew and grew. I loved this book, it’s funny and cute and just downright lovely. The princess in question is Olivia, her mother died and her father is absent so she lives with her aunt and uncle and cousins. When she discovers there’s more to her family tree than she realises we get to experience her joy and excitement first hand – I found reading this I smiled so much my cheeks actually ached a little. Familiar faces from the Princess Diaries return along with a whole host of new characters, I can’t wait for the next book so that I can spend more time in Genovia and more importantly with Olivia....more
I’m not actually sure where to start with reviewing this book. It’s brilliant, and I loved it, and I’m not entirely sure how to be suitably eloquent aI’m not actually sure where to start with reviewing this book. It’s brilliant, and I loved it, and I’m not entirely sure how to be suitably eloquent about this. This is a fantasy ya filled with fae but at the same time its contemporary setting is filled with the characters’ personal lives and interactions, being a teenager is hard enough without having to navigate all of the rules of the fae. I really liked the setting of this book, the fae are known and a part of the fabric of Fairfold and so this means there was no need for some of the secrecy that can come with fantasy books that mix the real world and some sort of other world. There is of course secrecy, and hiding activity from adults – what good fantasy adventure doesn’t have some sneaking around – but this is allowed to be more story specific because of the town’s knowledge of the fae. I loved the characters and their relationships, I was completely drawn into their lives and found that as the peril was increasing so too was my worry for them. This book was a real contrast to the other Holly Black book I’ve read (The Coldest Town in Coldtown) but I loved it just as much....more
I absolutely loved this book. I had it recommended to me after a discussion about Shakespeare and interpretations of Shakespeare by a good friend. ItI absolutely loved this book. I had it recommended to me after a discussion about Shakespeare and interpretations of Shakespeare by a good friend. It is a re-working of Romeo and Juliet, its focus is not on the star-crossed lovers but instead on Benvolio Montague. Romeo and Juliet do of course play their part, and Mercutio’s storyline is significant, but it is Benvolio who takes centre stage. I wasn’t sure initially how interesting I would find another take on Romeo and Juliet but the shift in focus works really well, and whilst there are elements of the story that are familiar much of it feels new and fresh. There is comedy and tragedy a-plenty, I shed more than a few tears whilst reading this on public transport! My only criticism of the book has to go to the cover, I’m afraid I don’t like it at all and think that the book deserves far better – it definitely wouldn’t entice me to pick the book up and what a shame it would have been to have missed out on it....more
This was a book that left me wanting more, but in a good way. It’s fast, fun and pulpy – it focuses on Night Watch, a company of supernatural bounty hThis was a book that left me wanting more, but in a good way. It’s fast, fun and pulpy – it focuses on Night Watch, a company of supernatural bounty hunters and the murky underworld they deal with. A wide range of supernatural creatures get a mention, it doesn’t rely simply on the tried and tested vampires and werewolves though they do of course get a mention. I enjoyed re-encountering creatures I’d come across in tv shows like Supernatural and Teen Wolf – I think this book is a good match up for shows like them. I’m really looking forward to reading more of the books that feature the Night Watch....more