Saturday, 18 February 2017

~Review~ Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Title: Rooftoppers
Author: Katherine Rundell
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Rating: 5/5

Sophie was rescued from a sinking ship

No records survived and everyone believes that no woman remained alive. Sophie was saved by kind Charles; who brings her up. No one knows her mother and everyone thinks she's orphaned. She sets out to prove everyone wrong. Running away from the law, Sophie befriends wild Matteo, who scrambles round rooftops and owns the sky. Together, with help from other Rooftoppers, will they find Sophie's mother?

What I think:

I've rated it 5/5 as it is cleverly written and exciting. It's original, as it's set on the rooftops Paris, which makes it a lot more interesting. Sophie is a stubborn but lovable character. 
This story is great for girls and boys aged 10+.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

~Review~ The girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Title: The Girl of Ink and Stars
Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Publisher: Chicken House
Rating: 3/5

Isabella is trapped on Joya


Isabella's island, Joya, is ruled by an evil Govenor, who is Isabella's best friend's, Lupe, father. After a suspicious death of a young girl, Isabella accuses Lupe of being rotten and causing the death. Lupe sets out to prove she isn't rotten, which causes mayhem in Gromera. Isabella goes out into the Forgotten Territories to save Lupe.

What I think: 

I had heard lot's of great things about this book, and was quite disappointed. Everything is resolved in middle/early end but things go wrong later on for no apparent reason. Suitable for boys and girls aged 11 - 14.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

~Review~ Has anyone seen Jessica Jenkins? by Liz Kessler

Title: Has Anyone seen Jessica Jenkins?
Author: Liz Kessler
Publisher: Orion

Jessica has a superpower!

Jessica Jenkins was ordinary, but since she got a necklace from her mum's friend, she can turn invisible without thinking about it! Izzy, her best friend, is excited but is it really so amusing? Concealing Jessica's power will be dangerous and where has it come from? What if the wrong people find out?

What I think:

It's really different and unique, as not many books feature girls with invisibility and for that reason, it was part of the post Books I love; 2016 edition.
Perfect for all genders aged 10+.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

~Review~ Far Rockaway by Charlie Fletcher

Title: Far Rockaway
Author: Charlie Fletcher
Publisher: Hodder

                                            Cat has just been hit by a truck.

At hospital, Cat is battling a haemorrhage and is whisked into a world full of adventure, excitement and fun. Strange people roam the landscape - some trustable, some not. She doesn't know if she's going to win but she knows one thing: Real Girls rescue themselves.

What I think:


I love this book as you will never be able to put it down and be a favourite with everyone!
With a hint of Treasure Island, boys and girls aged 11+ will love this amazing story

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

~Review~ Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

 Title: Time Travelling with a Hamster
Author: Ross Welford
Publisher: Harper Collins

                                        Al has a time machine

Al Chaudhury has a possibility of saving his father's life. But to do that he has to travel back in time to 1984. With challenges going on in 1984 and the problem of sneaking out every night to break into his old house to get the time machine, will he keep his secret concealed from his family? And will he be successful?

What I think:

I absolutely loved this book as you couldn't put it down, and if you did, you were left wondering what was going to happen next. A fascinating read of saving your family, suitable for any gender aged 9+

Sunday, 15 January 2017

~Review~ The secrets of Billie Bright by Susie Day

  Title: The Secrets of Billie Bright
  Author: Susie Day
  Publisher: Penguin

Billie Bright has to do a hero project

She has recently started secondary school and in English, she and her classmates have to do a project about someone they admire. She chooses her mum, who died of cancer when Billie was five. But that's the problem - 'Welsh' and 'smelled nice' does not fill up 48 pages. Whenever Billie asks her father, or brothers, about her mum they go quiet. Will Billie get the information she needs for her project? And will she reveal secrets about her mum?

What I think:

I think that it's cleverly written and shows that you shouldn't be scared of secondary school. Also people who have lost friends and relatives when young can relate to the story as well.
Perfect for girls aged 11+


Monday, 2 January 2017

Books I love; 2016 edition

    It is now 2017, and I was thinking about books I read in 2016. I read loads of good ones, but some stood out more. Such as The Dream Snatcher by Abi Elphinstone and the second book in the series, The Shadow Keeper*. I thought that these stories were fast paced and full of adventure. I got the privilege of meeting Abi during the Edinburgh Book festival, where she signed my books.  Also, to tie in with the theme of adventure and excitement, I loved Alfie Bloom and the Secrets of Hexbridge Castle, and the second one in the trilogy Alfie Bloom and the Talisman Thief*. All books mentioned in this paragraph were exciting and the authors have lots of imagination.

The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham was relatable for most teenagers, as it's about four girls being misunderstood.  Also Girl out of Water by Nat Luurtsema, about a socially awkward teenager who finally accepts her tallness. Both books focus on accepting yourself and not letting others get you down.

Kitty Slade series by Fiona Dunbar and Has anyone seen Jessica Jenkins? by Liz Kessler*  are about girls with powers. Kitty Slade sees ghosts and has to help them and Jessica Jenkins can turn invisible when wearing a special necklace. I decided to group these together as they are about magical powers and dealing with them.

Girl with a White Dog by Anne Booth, Butterfly Summer by Anne-Marie Conway and Tangled Secrets by Anne-Marie Conway are very moving and sad. In Girl with a white Dog, Jessie learns about Nazi Germany and how it impacted on her family, right up to the present. Butterfly Summer and Tangled secrets are about sadness when a loved one dies.

I enjoyed reading them and hope you will too!

* I haven't reviewed it yet