I really enjoyed this book! A very light hearted, easy read perfect for fans of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Wilde like me. Daisy is very relatableI really enjoyed this book! A very light hearted, easy read perfect for fans of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Wilde like me. Daisy is very relatable as a ditsy girl who should probably focus a little more on the here and now than social media! She makes silly mistakes that I felt I would certainly be capable of making - like completely forgetting about a date! This book didn't really have me hooked and was easy to put down. But was just as easy to pick back up again. Perfect for the holiday season when life gets a bit hectic and you need a little pick me up. I had this on kindle which meant I was reading in the car or on public transport rather than in bed or in the bath which are my favoured places, but this was by no means a bad thing! Being able to dip in and out of the story so easily was exactly what I needed whilst I got all of my Christmas shopping done. Am interested to read other books by this author....more
this is a story i had been interested in reading since stories about things i cant possibly relate to fascinate me. bubble boy has been stuck in a hosthis is a story i had been interested in reading since stories about things i cant possibly relate to fascinate me. bubble boy has been stuck in a hospital room and monitored since he was 2 months old. i loved the added hospital documentary and bbc forum since i love watching children's hospital programs and hearing their innocent points of view a story that made me laugh and cry so deserves the 4 stars. however the event involving planes and the sunrise had me very confused as to whether it was a dream or not and also questioning why it was necessary at all. a very unbelievable part that let the story down for me. i read the last part of the book just so i could finish it, but i didnt particularly enjoy it after that....more
I read this book years ago and still occasionally remember a story about a little girl being kidnapped from an aquarium. it's a story that is both harI read this book years ago and still occasionally remember a story about a little girl being kidnapped from an aquarium. it's a story that is both hard to read and hard to put down. so short that you can read it in one sitting but you still need to take a break. i love how raw and real the character is - she just wants to be free and doesnt care what she needs to do for that to happen. this is a story of strength and determination against pure evil...more
i do still love a good children's book to read before bed and this one is perfect. as soon as i had finished it i added it to my christmas list to buyi do still love a good children's book to read before bed and this one is perfect. as soon as i had finished it i added it to my christmas list to buy for my 9 year old nephews. this is a beautiful tale of 2 friends who have started to grow apart due to a death in one of their families. they decide to recreate one of their favourite books - mixed up files - and spend an adventure filled night in ikea, their favourite ever store. this book tackles some deeper issues and had me completely gripped throughout...more
Stasha and Pearl are given special treatment at Auschwitz because they are twins. They aren't forced to do manual labour or deal with the constant thrStasha and Pearl are given special treatment at Auschwitz because they are twins. They aren't forced to do manual labour or deal with the constant threat of being gassed. They are Mengele's patients in his 'Zoo' and they are experimented on in horrific ways to see if they can feel each other's pain. The close bond they have with each other is what gives them strength. Until one day Pearl goes missing and Stasha, along with another lone twin Feliks, set out to find Pearl and get revenge on Mengele - the Doctor of Death.
I wanted to love this book, I really did. I have read several other books based on World War 2 and was looking forward to reading a whole new type of story from the point of view of twins who got special treatment in Mengele's Zoo. But I found it such a chore to read. Part of the issue I had with this book was that a large portion of the plot was given away by the blurb, so for a while I felt like I was just speed reading to get to the part where I didn't know what to expect. I wish I got to know more about other people in the 'Zoo'. The book was extremely focused on Stasha and Pearl and their opinions on other characters, rather than letting us get to know the others for ourselves. It led me to feel quite closed off inside a small portion of the twin's minds for the majority of the book. I would have preferred if I had the chance to understand more about the environment the book was set in by getting to know more characters and hear more conversations. I found the lengthy paragraphs and fantasy elements put me off reading the book, and I found it easy to put down and not feel like picking up again for a few days. I did enjoy Part Two a lot more than Part One because the pace picked up, but I still felt like getting to the end was more a necessity than a choice. This isn't a book I would highly recommend but it does give a fresh point of view on the horrors of Auschwitz and an insight into the minds of twins....more
Ella is a girl who sews. This is the identity she holds on to throughout her imprisonment in Auschwitz. Along with the other seamstresses she makes frElla is a girl who sews. This is the identity she holds on to throughout her imprisonment in Auschwitz. Along with the other seamstresses she makes friends with, Ella makes clothes for Guards in exchange for the 'luxury' of a job as dressmaker indoors. She sews to survive whilst witnessing the many horrors of a work camp where falling ash is a common sight. This is a beautifully written tale. I fell in love with Ella and her best friend Rose. I wished, along with them, that they would get their dream dress shop once they escaped. I smiled at their stories and cried at their heartbreak. This is a beautiful story about a girl who holds on to her identity no matter what. This is the story of a girl who has hope. This is the story of Ella, who sews....more
Jane Tennison is a detective who witnesses an IRA bomb attack and is left to deal with the aftermath both at work and in her personal life. I was leftJane Tennison is a detective who witnesses an IRA bomb attack and is left to deal with the aftermath both at work and in her personal life. I was left constantly wondering which characters I should and shouldn't trust, and was completely gripped by the amount of detail that this novel contains about the work involved after an attack like this.
I haven't read a novel by Lynda La Plante before this one and feel like I have been missing out. I do love a good mystery with twists throughout but this is the first Crime based novel I have read. I didn't know if I would get on with the main character because I couldn't identify with her at all to start with, but as the book progressed I started to like her more and more. The actual storyline is not as fast paced as I expected but still had me staying up late to find out what would happen next. There were a few twists I wasn't expecting that kept me captivated and hungry for more. Jane Tennison is a character I enjoyed following and rooting for and although the bomb hits a little close to home I really enjoyed getting an insight into the work involved in these cases. A very detailed crime novel that tackles gritty subjects, including sexism, wonderfully. ...more