Sunday, 19 October 2014

Review: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris RiddellThe Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell (review copy) - A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.

On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.

Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.
From Goodreads

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (review copy) - WARNING! I cannot review this book without spoiling the others in the series. Read no further if you're planning on reading this series and don't want it spoilt for you.

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion... she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola's past be the love of her future?
From Goodreads

Monday, 13 October 2014

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - Anna has everything figured out - she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere... Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including √Čtienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?
From Goodreads

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Review: The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me by Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice

The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me by Laura Tait & Jimmy RiceThe Best Thing That Never Happened To Me by Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice (review copy) - Everyone remembers their first love.

Holly certainly remembers Alex. But she decided ten years ago that love wasn't about mix tapes and seizing the moment - though she's not exactly sure it's about secret dates with your boss, either.

But what if the feelings never really went away?


Alex wants to make every moment of his new job count. It's a fresh start in a big city, and he's almost certain that moving to London has nothing to do with Holly. Almost.

How do you know if it was meant to be... or never meant to happen at all?
From the blurb.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Review: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Noggin by John Corey WhaleyNoggin by John Corey Whaley (review copy) - Listen: Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t. Now he’s alive again. Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is.


Despite all logic, he’s still sixteen and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too. If the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, it looks like there's going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.
From the blurb.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Review: The Baking Life of Amelie Day by Vanessa Curtis

The Baking Life of Amelie Day by Vanessa CurtisThe Baking Life of Amelie Day by Vanessa Curtis (review copy) - Amelie Day loves to bake - cupcakes, biscuits, bread, tarts and muffins - so she's thrilled when she's invited to compete in Britain's Best Teen Baker of the Year. But Amelie has Cystic Fibrosis and some days she can barely breathe. Determined not to let her condition or her mum stop her, Amelie musters all her flour power, but will it be enough to get her there? From the blurb

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan VivianBurn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian (review copy) - Bad things can happen, even to good girls, and sometimes the only way to make things right is to do something wrong...

Lillia used to trust boys, but not after what happened this summer. And she’ll do anything to stop the same thing happening to her sister.

Kat is over the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person - her ex-best friend - and now it's payback time.

Four years ago, Mary left town because of a boy. Now that she’s back, she's going after him and she's going to make him pay.

Threee very different girls who want the same thing: revenge, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they've each had a taste.
From the blurb.