I had quite high expectations for this one because of the mostly glowing reviews, and I am glad to say that they were (mostly) met. It wasn't amazingI had quite high expectations for this one because of the mostly glowing reviews, and I am glad to say that they were (mostly) met. It wasn't amazing or anything, but then again I did not expect that to begin with. It was a light, enjoyable read that I cruised through in a few days, and after a few chapters I kept wanting to read more. I love all the Beatles references; though I am not a major fan I appreciate them and their music. Another aspect of this novel that I liked is that it wasn't overly predictable; at the start, I would have never thought that Ryan would end up to be a nice, cute guy who Penny would end up with. Needless to say, I was wrong and I found myself falling for him. The karaoke dedication thingy was aww-worthy! Also, I didn't expect Penny to become friends with Diane again, and for her to be nice. Overall, I recommend this for anyone looking for a quick fun read with romance and girl power.
Wow, I really liked this book! It was very enjoyable and captivating and I was hardly ever bored while reading it. Also, it was a vast improvement froWow, I really liked this book! It was very enjoyable and captivating and I was hardly ever bored while reading it. Also, it was a vast improvement from Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist without all the swearing. I liked the US cover better than the Australian one, but the content was FAB. Dash seems like my kind of guy, *Sigh*. There were some really hilarious parts that had me giggling and sometimes in a hysterical laughing fit. Some bits I was smiling goofily because there was too much cuteness for me to endure. Overall, I loved it! Rating: 4/5 stars...more
Wow I can't believe I actually finished this in one day..oh well, it's not that hard to believe anyway as it's pretty thin. I enjoyed reading 'Slice',Wow I can't believe I actually finished this in one day..oh well, it's not that hard to believe anyway as it's pretty thin. I enjoyed reading 'Slice', as I always do when it comes to Aussie YA fiction. It took me a little while to get into this book, but by the halfway mark I was well and truly into it. The ending was so sweet and fluffy, I couldn't stop smiling. The cover was what pulled me in in the first place, isn't it just so bright and colourful! Also, when I first read the blurb for some reason I found the name 'Darcy' very funny. It reminded me of a certain 'Mr. Darcy' hahaha. And Audrey reminded me of Audrey Hepburn! Overall, a quick, fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Rating: 3.5/5 stars :D...more
**spoiler alert** What a beautiful ending! (: It just filled me with such an intense happiness - this is the reason I love to read..well, at least one**spoiler alert** What a beautiful ending! (: It just filled me with such an intense happiness - this is the reason I love to read..well, at least one of them anyway. I really had high expectations for 'My Big Birkett', and it's been on my to-read list for a while. Now that I have finished, I will admit that they have only been half-met, unfortunately. This book did not captivate me like I thought it would, and I found myself being able to put it down on many occasions. This was probably the main problem I had with it, other than the fact that the protagonist Gemma lacked a bit of substance, to put it simply..I thought she needed more character development. I wanted her to let us readers know what she was feeling in certain situations, as long as it wasn't too much.
Despite this, I really did enjoy reading this book. Raven was a character I grew to love, as well as his family - especially the little ones Robin and Sparrow (the image of little Robin hugging Gemma's legs is too adorable!), and Mrs De Head. It actually made me tear up when Mr De Head found out about Maggie's death. Come to think of it, is it Maggie or Magpie? Is Magpie just his nickname or what? o.o And OMG is Nick a prick or what?! Grrrrr. -.- Overall, I liked this book a lot, probably would not reread it but then again I don't really like to reread books too often, unless I hadn't read it for a few years or something. Rating: 3.5/5. :D...more
Before picking up this treasure from the local library, I had heard many good things about Lili Wilkinson, in particular about her book 'Pink'. As expBefore picking up this treasure from the local library, I had heard many good things about Lili Wilkinson, in particular about her book 'Pink'. As expected, once I knew that she was the Aussie author to look out for (even better, she was born in my hometown! We have so much in common), I stopped at nothing to get my hands on one of her novels. Luckily, on a library visit last month I spotted Love-shy on a shelf and pounced on it. I have never been so happy about borrowing something. This book was everything I could have asked for, and more. Penny was an awesome protagonist with some serious ambition, and I loved being inside her head. I could also relate to some aspects of her life, in particular going to an Australian school and taking public transport more often than I would really like. Nick's 'condition' was pretty serious, and I found myself raising eyebrows or bursting out laughing on more than one occasion at some ridiculous thing he said. That boy has a lot to learn, that's for sure. I loved the open ending and felt that things finished perfectly.
(view spoiler)[ I'm glad the author didn't put together some awful cheesy ending with Nick and Penny ending up together. I mean, that's what I thought would happen at first, whilst reading the blurb, but after actually reading the book I couldn't picture it happening in real life. I really hope things with Hugh will end happily :') (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I give this book an almost-perfect rating of 4.9/5 stars. I guess it just needed that extra thing to wow me. All I can say is that I can't wait to read another book by Lili Wilkinson!! :) P.s. I also loved the fact that the copy I had the fortune to borrow was brand new. It was so perfect. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I am now officially addicted to Aussie YA books, especially the ones which have been short-listed or have some award-stamp on the cover. What can I saI am now officially addicted to Aussie YA books, especially the ones which have been short-listed or have some award-stamp on the cover. What can I say, I have high standards hahaha. When I first began reading this novel, say when I was about two chapters in, the first thing I took note of was Judith Clarke's writing style. How she took the classic approach, introducing the family first and then going into the story. I loved it, because most of the books I've been reading lately have just gone straight into the plot. Don't get me wrong, I love those kinds of books too (some of my favourites fall under that category), but it was nice to see a change.
After reading the first three chapters it was safe to say that I was completely and utterly engaged in this novel. I loved how Judith Clarke wrote in third person and in different points of view, and how all the characters were tied together in some way, whether they knew it or not. I found myself sympathising with all the different characters, whether they were teenagers or old grandfathers. It was amazing how much I loved this book! The ending was so freaking sweet and I loved it so much. I will now be eagerly looking out for Judith Clarke's other novels! She's sure written a lot :o Good thing too, seeing as she is very promising :) Rating: 5/5, no question about it. ...more
Wow, is it a coincidence that I've read TWO favourited books in a row?! Graffiti Moon was a rollercoaster of a ride and I loved every minute of it. AtWow, is it a coincidence that I've read TWO favourited books in a row?! Graffiti Moon was a rollercoaster of a ride and I loved every minute of it. At the beginning I admit I didn't immediately know that I was going to love it, but a few chapters in and I was definitely hooked. I also really liked how each chapter was from a different point of view, and the poems in between were lovely too. The ending was beautiful, I could not have asked for more! Cath Crowley's writing style was very captivating and still simple enough for me not to get bored. The cover was also a big factor in what made this book stand out for me, as well as the title that hinted something interesting would be going on. In addition, Graffiti Moon made graffiti and glass blowing take on a completely different meaning-I found the descriptions painted a very vivid picture. I highly recommend this book! :) Rating: 4.5/5! - Oh yeah I forgot to mention this, but OMG it's also a short-listed book! I can never get enough of these (; In fact, the next book I'll be reading (My Big Birkett by Lisa Shanahan) is also short-listed! Yayayay I'm on a roollll. ...more