I received a copy of this book this week, and since I loved the other books in The Ladybirds series so much, I just had to read it right away. I pickeI received a copy of this book this week, and since I loved the other books in The Ladybirds series so much, I just had to read it right away. I picked it up yesterday afternoon hoping to get a taste, and finished this morning.
So, yeah, just like the other three books: I was instantly hooked.
Pearl isn't a very nice girl and a lot of people are scared of her. She smokes, drinks, makes out with boys, and doesn't have much respect for anything. She's a total troublemaker, so she's always in trouble at school. She's also good at manipulating people, and somehow manages to get herself out of most things. Well, except for the troubles at home.
That's why she's so interested in being in the school musical, so she can be away from the house and concentrate on doing something she loves. The school will be performing Romeo and Juliet, and she's convinced she's going to be Juliet. No one else will be as good for the part. Plus she'll get to cosy up to Jake Flowers.
But on the day of the auditions, when it looks like the part is pretty much hers, a new girl waltzes into the auditorium. Hoshi Lockwood is different. She's cute and quirky, she has pink hair and a dress style all of her own. She also happens to have recently moved from Japan to live with her English father. Everyone likes her instantly. So much that she practically steals the part of Juliet from Pearl.
Of course Pearl is so angry that no matter how hard she tries to be good--so she can once again reconnect with her old friends--she attempts to sabotage Hoshi whenever she can. But no matter what she does, Hoshi is just too lovable and worms her way out of everything. Plus she insists on being nice to Pearl. Is this new girl adorable enough to melt Pearl's cold exterior? Or will Pearl's awful home life keep her trapped in an endless cycle of trouble?
Okay, I didn't expect to like Pearl as much as I did. And to be honest with you, I still pretty much hated her at the beginning of the book because she's truly awful. Some of her mean girl traits are so frustrating, but when she meets her match and nothing she tries works, I found myself getting really comfortable with the story.
This installment was written very well. I mean, the transformation of Pearl is a gradual and awesome one. It sneaks up on you, as the truth about her life is revealed: that she's embarrassed about the condition of her home, that her mother is pretty much absent, that her brother is an abusive jerk, and that no matter how hard she tries to be good, it just doesn't seem worth it. I loved how this book explained a lot about what made Pearl behave the way she did, and why she lashed out at her childhood friends.
Sometimes, circumstances change people so much that the only way they know how to live is by lashing out and being defensive. Which is totally how Pearl was at the beginning, so it was nice to see her realise that not everyone or everything is awful.
And Hoshi. Well, what can I say about this awesome character? She's nice, smart, talented, kind, loyal, confident, and has her own secrets. Even though Pearl manages to treat her badly at the beginning because she's downright jealous, Hoshi somehow sees through the hard exterior and sticks by her new friend. It's adorable, really.
Star Struck is not just another awesome installment to The Ladybirds, it's the perfect way to end this super cute series. Pearl is very different from her quirky friends, but she still managed to make me smile and somehow managed to worm her way into my heart. I went from not being able to stand her, to actually feeling sorry for her. And in the end, I was very happy with how her love story turned out.
I loved this story as much as the other three! Can't wait to see what other tales Jenny McLachlan will share with us. :)
Thank you Bloomsbury Australia, for introducing me to this super fun and quirky series....more
You know, I usually like robot stories... but this was just average for me.
It's the story of how C-3PO got The Force Awakens red arm. And it took meYou know, I usually like robot stories... but this was just average for me.
It's the story of how C-3PO got The Force Awakens red arm. And it took me a while to get into because, seriously, the start was just a catalogue of what other droids were with him. Total info dump that was meh and bored me to tears.
Actually, it wasn't until the whole red arm thing actually unfolds that I kinda started enjoying the story. And that was near the end! O.o
I suppose this is a sonewhat cute, colourful comic book featuring the most annoying robot in the history of robots. ;)...more
I've had my eye on this book since I first heard about it. The concept: Children of the Corn meets Romeo and Juliet really grabbed me because it soundI've had my eye on this book since I first heard about it. The concept: Children of the Corn meets Romeo and Juliet really grabbed me because it sounded super creepy. So I was really happy when our local library ordered it.
Ash and Rhys Larkin are twins. All their lives, they've heard their mother tell them about the bizarre place she was born. Quivira sounds more like a cult than the utopia she makes out, but because Ash has had visions all of her life, she tends to believe her a lot more than her brother.
After her mother disappears, the visions come to her with greater intensity. And they soon start to feel like someone else's memories.
That's why she drags her brother all the way to Kansas to find their mother. Instead they end up in the weird village surrounded by cornstalks. The place where centuries of mythology all lead back to Ash.
Okay. This book started out really well. I liked Ashlyn. I liked what was happening. The mythology was interesting. Things were starting to get creepy. But once the twins actually reached Quivira, the creepy and mysterious feel started to slip away. Until it was pretty much gone.
I think my biggest problem was Dane. I didn't like him, and certainly didn't buy into their attraction. There was just something about them that felt kinda forced, and it has nothing to with insta-love because I'm not a hater of that trope. I actually think it fits teenage stories very well. :)
Don't get me wrong, this wasn't an awful book. It was very well written, and I especially liked the whole thing with the twins. Plus I thought Beth was awesome! There were some high points, but they weren't enough to keep me hooked. By the time I reached the end, everything that happened started to not make as much sense as while I was reading it.
Also, there's no way I would file this under horror. Romance suspense/thriller, even dark fantasy, but NOT horror.
I get very disappointed after reading books marketed as horror, when they aren't remotely scary.
This might be the fourth book in the Hundred Oaks series but, because I've been reading them out of sequence, it's my sixth. And man, it was fantasticThis might be the fourth book in the Hundred Oaks series but, because I've been reading them out of sequence, it's my sixth. And man, it was fantastic! :)
Savannah's father has just gotten a new job working at Cedar Hill Farms as the new head groom. This farm trains horses and is owned by the very rich Goodwin family. She lives in the shared staff accommodations with her father and his pregnant girlfriend. Her room might be tiny, but Savannah knows what it's like to be poor.
Her father has only given her one rule: stay away from the Goodwin family because they like their privacy. But as soon as she's settled, she crosses paths with the very alluring Jack Goodwin and can't seem to stay away from him. He's suddenly everywhere, and even helps her secure her dream job of becoming a jockey because she's the only one the most difficult horse likes to be around.
But Jack's got a lot to prove to his father, and his father is trying to secure an important business deal, and Savannah finds herself getting entangled in the middle of everything...
I loved this book! It's another winner. And the main reason for that is Savannah. She had an amazing and honest voice that hooked me into her story. She's strong and although she might get swept up in things sometimes, she stays true to herself. She also loves her family and is willing to do whatever it takes to help them. Not to mention that her love of horses is a quality that I really enjoyed reading about because I love horses.
With a main character this awesome and a love story that goes through many ups and downs, as well as focusing on some pretty cool friendships, of course I was going to love it!
Also got a kick out of catching up with some of the characters in previous books, and their siblings. It was super cool to see one couple actually get married in this book!
BTW, you know a book is awesome when I totally got caught up in the excitement of horse racing... and I don't even like horse racing! LOL....more