Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Review - The Celebutantes #1 - On the avenue by Antonio Pagliarulo

There's somethin' bout the way,The street looks when it's just rained,

Hello readers,

Today I post to you in a rather depressed mood due to Undone by Cat Clarke. I'm almost finished yet I'm dreading the ending.It also doesn't help that I'm listening to sad songs.I was always one to create an atmosphere.

The Taylor Swift quote refers to the constant torrential down pours outside my window right now - natures even galvanising the atmosphere to heighten.

Anyway let's move onto the review before I break down into tears and my laptop electrocutes me :


Book name - On the avenue

Series - #1 in The Celebutantes

Author - Antonio Pagliarulo

Page count - 342 pages

Time spent reading - 25th May - 28th May

Review :

You'll probably recognise this book from my Library Lovelies and Riveting Reservations orginal post. I picked it up last Thursday because it just seemed like the ridiculous 'trash' I'd enjoy.

A magnificent mystery.

The plot revolves around the Hamilton triplets - the richest, most scandalous and famous trio of  New York City.

When they're accused of murdering the maker and breaker of the fashion industry ,due to the fact her body is found dressed in a garment from their upcoming fashion line, they decide to find the real killer.

It's similar to two of my favourite things so I'd recommend it to fans of these :

Pretty Little Liars - they receive unpleasant texts from an anonymous source and are solving a murder in both.

Gossip Girl - (I've yet to read the book series but it shares these qualities with the tv show) it's set in Manhattan and the girls personalities plus lives  resemble that of characters on the show - especially Lexington and Serena.

Unexpected murderer therefore I'll definitely continue reading this series.

Rating :

4 out of 5 stars



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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Review - Summer Camp Secrets #11 - Falling in Like by Melissa J Morgan

Let the rain fall down, And wake my dreams,

Pleasure to Post to you readers,

So no book haul after all as I didn't go shopping . I can promise with trustworthy certainty that there will be a book haul on Thursday as I'm going to a Nearby ,yet not so frequently visited,town that has at least 20 charity shops !

The Hilary Duff lyrics (I was a colossal fan of her in my naive innocent days and I'm intrigued to read her book series) refer to the rainy day that has drenched residents of my village.

The droplets have been drowned out by my relentless reading though .One book finished.One book started and finished.One book 25% the way through and becoming one of my favourites.

Back to the actual post though and let's start reviewing :


Book name - Falling in like

Series - #11 in Summer Camp Secrets

Author - Melissa J Morgan

Page count - 191 pages

Time spent reading - 23rd May - 25th May

Review :

No.4 in my top 5 favourites from this series, this adorably fun book leaves me yearning to read all the books from this series.

The plot revolves around the trials and tribulations of 4 Camp Lakeview residents after their summer at camp.

Alyssa is shunned by the Art department at her school when she enters an inappropriate painting into their competition and an international campaign is launched protesting that she should be able to enter it - so unrealistic.

Valerie is galvanised to stay with her father whilst her mother is aiding her sick family member. This means having to endure her spiteful step-sister and attend dance lessons with her. When Valerie begins to out-shine her step-sister murder on the dance floor commences.

Tori is developing a series crush on the new boy at her school. However she's forbidden to date him by her father due to the fact it's the son of one of his clients. But will this romance suffer the same fate as that of Romeo and Juliet's ?

Priya is falling in love once again. This time with the boy whose family owns the snack bar adjacent to hers.She can barely find the time to hang out with him though because of her science project. Will this romance end before it's even started ?

Similarly to my adoration of the same writing style wise No.5 in the series the multi-perspective narrative is perfection and I would prefer if the entire series was written in this format.

In conclusion, my rating is :

4 out of 5 stars



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Monday, 27 May 2013

Review - Summer Camp Secrets #9 - Just Friends ? by Melissa J Morgan

A drop in the ocean,A change in the weather,

Greetings fellow book lovers,

In store for you today at the dawning of a new week is another delayed review.

The Ron Pope song quote is referring to the inevitable change in climate after the spectacular sunshine decided to disappear meaning the tragic demise of outside reading.The pleasantness of heat is going to return on Friday according to the current weather fore-cast though so fingers crossed.

Review time :


Book name - Just Friends ?

Series - #9 in Summer Camp Secrets

Author - Melissa J Morgan

Page count - 157 pages

Time spent reading - 21st May - 23rd May

Review :

Bought this book from one of my favourite charity shops in a Nearby town for £1.25 because I'd already read a copious amount of others from the series (these books : #1,#2,#3,#5,#6,#9,#10,#11 #13 and #14).

This novel explores tomboy Priya and what happens when she believes that her best friend starts experiencing emotions towards her.

It's unrequited of course. Until she discovers that it's actually one of her bunk mates he's crushing on and unexpected jealousy strikes.

But does Priya really love him ?

Previously I didn't know anything about the protagonist so it was interesting to learn about her.

It was an adorable contemporary but not my favourite from this lengthy fun quick read series.

I'd recommend this series for those searching for an easy summer series.

I'm rating this :

4 out of 5 stars


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Possible Book Haul tomorrow,
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Sunday, 26 May 2013

Review - Sweet Valley High #23 - Say Goodbye by Francine Pascal

I'm Walking on Sunshine,

Hey Book Lovers,

As the title states the heat has continued to influence my life.I've spent practically the whole day devouring a book whilst the sun has tanned me in one of new beautiful blouses.

Also on the subject of home life I should probably mention that my Wi-fi has been back on since Thursday I just forgot to tell you.

Today I present to you a post that should have appeared almost a week ago.Post catch up will continue until at least Wednesday as there's two other reviews I need to catch up on.

I'm officially free from school for a week now though so you should expect better content and possibly more than one book haul.

Now that I've hopefully got you excited, I'll begin my fan girl fest :

 
Book name - Say Goodbye
 
Series - #23 in Sweet Valley High
 
Author - Francine Pascal
 
Page count - 153 pages
 
Time Spent Reading - 19th May - 20th May
 
Review :
 
I purchased this book from one of the charity shops in my town for 10p despite it's battered exterior - can I really resist SVH ?
 
Ideally I wanted to finish it during the final day of the Bout of Books Read-a-thon however Gatsby disrupted that plan.Throughout the school day that followed I could see the twins flawless million dollar smiles begging me to devour it during school work time. It was almost too much to endure so I rushed home to finish this.
 
Although plot wise this isn't my favourite from the series it's definitely the most heart-wrenching and tear-jerking.It takes you on an extraordinary roller-coaster ride that you wish never had to end.
 
The plot details what happens when Sweet Valley's superlatively adorable couple - Todd Wilkins and Elizabeth Wakefield - are galvanised into separation due to Todd's reallocation.
 
You should listen to Taylor Swift's (I don't like her newest album ,except for the song All too well which is my favourite by her, but her old actually Country music is phenomenal) song Last Kiss because the words express exactly what happens during the novel
 
The sub plot was extremely enjoyable as well. Jessica is employed by a dating agency and her match-making creates humorous results.
 
I adored this book and would especially recommend it to those SVH fans who love Todd and Elizabeth's relationship.
 
It has me enthused for my Sweet Valley reading week in June where I'm going to read as many  books from the different Sweet Valley series as I can. More on that in my June TBR post though that will probably appear on Friday.
 
Therefore in consideration of these points I'm rating this :
 
5 out of 5 stars
 
 
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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Library Lovelies and Riveting Reservations #2

Here Comes The Sun !,

My apologies readers,

Yet again I didn't post on Friday. I think I might organise a different schedule that doesn't involve posting daily but 4 or 5 days a week instead because I've felt too much pressure recently to post. More on that when I've made a decision.

'Here Comes The Sun' refers to the extraordinary weather my town has been experiencing Today. This means I can read outside finally which is my favourite thing to do when it's scorching.Hopefully it will stay like this during my school break.

Today I bring you another edition from my newest segment.This time the borrowed beauties are from My District Library and there's only two books to show. Also you're able to get a sneak peek of some of the future books I'll borrowing because I've reserved them and listed them below.

Riveting Reservations
This section will be complied in to three categories - Arrived (books I reserved but are now ready to collect) , In Transit (when they've sent the book to my library but it hasn't arrived yet) and Reserved (when they've not done anything regarding my reservation).Today there's only two categories because I picked up all the books that arrived today.
 
In Transit
 
Pretty Little Liars #7 - Heartless by Sara Shepard - Labelled as In Transit as of Today coming to the Nearby District library
 
Diary of a Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja - Labelled as In Transit as of Today coming to My District library
 
 
Reserved
 
Miss Peregrines home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs - Reserved on January 18th 2013 coming to My District Library
 
Pretty Little Liars #8 - Wanted by Sara Shepard - Reserved May 23rd 2013 coming to the Nearby District Library

Steady Beat #1 (Manga) by Rivkah - Reserved May 23rd 2013 coming to the Nearby District Library
 
Teen Dreams by Ros Kaveney - Reserved Today coming to the Nearby District Library
Crush Confidential - Starry Nights,Stage Frights and My Surprise Valentine by Liz Elwes - Reserved Today coming to the Nearby District Library
 
Library Lovelies
 
Dream on by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore
 
An adorable romantic contemporary.You may remember this being mentioned in my previous post. It revolves around a Romeo and Juliet production so it's bound to be good - I love R&J plus books centring around plays.
 
 
 
Megastar Mysteries #5 - Honeydale by Annabelle Starr
 
I read and reviewed book 6 in this series last week and craved more of the unrealistic celebrity crime solving . In this book Rosie's on a Journalism course when her detective skills are required so it should be even more interesting - I'm a reporter for my school newspaper.
 
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Have fun in the sun,
Mimi
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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Library Lovelies and Riveting Reservations #1

 
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library"
 
Welcome to my new segment readers,

During this post I will show you my library lovelies  - books that I've borrowed from one of the local libraries - and riveting reservations - books that weren't available at the library I go to so I've pestered for them to be sent to my library so I can read them.Also it's basically just an excuse to write about my adoration of libraries.

I went quite psycho Today with the amount I checked out because I'm off school next week therefore I'll have more devouring time. It's only my second time visiting this particular library (I'm a member of 3 - My District library, Nearby District Library and my School Library) the Nearby District library so I have plenty of options to choose from.

The previous time I visited it I didn't notice that it had a self-service machine. Today was the first time I'd ever encountered them - it certainly saves my books from not being scanned properly by ditsy librarians but has me worried about my hopeful career as a librarian.

Riveting Reservations
 
This section will be complied in to three categories - Arrived (books I reserved but are now ready to collect) , In Transit (when they've sent the book to my library but it hasn't arrived yet) and Reserved (when they've not done anything regarding my reservation).

Arrived

Dream on by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore - Arrived at My District Library on the 21st

In Transit

Megastar Mysteries #5 - Honeydale by Annabelle Starr - Labelled as In Transit as of Today coming to My District Library

Reserved

Miss Peregrines home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs - Reserved on January 18th 2013 coming to My District Library

Diary of a mall girl by Luisa Plaja - Reserved on May 18th 2013 coming to My District Library

Pretty little liars #7 - Heartless by Sara Shepard - Reserved Today coming to the Nearby District Library

Pretty Little Liars #8 - Wanted by Sara Shepard - Reserved Today coming to the Nearby District Library

Steady Beat #1 (Manga) by Rivkah - Reserved Today coming to the Nearby District Library

 
Library Lovelies



Animal Academy #1 by Hakobune Hakusho
 
This library has a colossal Manga section (6 shelves full) therefore I'll be reading a lot more from this genre now.
 
I picked this one up before some of the others because of it's plot - a normal girl enrols in a school for shape-shifters.
 
The reason I love these books is that they're so adorable,pretty and quick reads.
 
Interested in this book ? Click here for more information : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6096134-animal-academy
 
 
Koihime Soushi by Koge-Donbo
 

Another Manga but this time a romance centring around a girl with the ability to galvanise people to love her.
 
Interested in this book ? Click here for more information :
 
 
 
Wrong Number by Chloe Rayban
 
The author of this book wrote  a series that I own called the Justine Duval/Wild Child series which I plan to read in June.
 
Therefore when I noticed this 70 page quick read I thought I'd see if I enjoyed her writing style.
 
It sounds so sweet - it's about a girl who receives a call from boy who has dialled a wrong number and starts falling in love with him.
 
 
 
The catastrophic history of you and me by Jess Rothenberg
 
I've been extremely excited for this book since it was released last autumn.
 
Who wouldn't adore a book with a pretty cover, creative title and a plot line to die for ?
 
Interested in this book ? Click here for more information :
 
 
Undone by Cat Clarke
 
Similarly to the previous book listed, I've been awaiting the opportunity to read this novel.
 
The plot is simple yet intriguing - an investigation of her best friends death - but the length (500 pages) supplies that there's depth to the story.
 
Interested in this book ? Click here for more information : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16036975-undone?ac=1
 
 
The Celebutantes #1 - On the avenue by Antonio Pagliarulo
 
A Goodreads reviewer described this as Nancy Drew (which I love) + Gossip Girl (which I loved the t.v show of and plan to finally read the book series of in September) + Pretty Little Liars (which words can not express how much I love) so if that's true this maybe the best book ever !
 
The plot line sounds amazing and I've never read a book about triplets before.
Interested in this book ? Click here for more information : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1167623.The_Celebutantes
 
 
Prophecy of the sisters by Michelle Zink
 
A horror-themed book about twins sound like something utterly unmissable and was recommended to me on Goodreads.
 
Interested in this book ? Click here for more information : 
 
 
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Hopefully I'll Post tomorrow and not repeat what has happened for the previous fortnight,
Mimi
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Review - Megastar Mysteries #6 - SongBird by Annabelle Starr

"Can't repeat the past ? ... Why of course you can !"

Good afternoon readers,

That Gatsby (my latest adoration) quote refers too the loss of Wi-Fi my house is experiencing again. This may lead to poor quality posts but I'm trying to prevent that.

Anyway here's the delayed review :


Book name - SongBird

Series - #6 in Megastar Mysteries

Author - Annabelle Starr

Page count - 130 pages

Time spent reading - 18th - 19th

Review :

I chose this gleefully at the library last weekend when I recognised the series title from reading them 2 years ago.

This series is about 3 normal best friends (Rosie,Soph and Abs)who are constantly solving mysteries for celebrities - so unrealistic.

 In this particular book a new popular anonymous singer ,only known as SongBird,is invited to their environmental themed school fete. However SongBird may start singing the blues because someone is attempting to sabotage this event.

Can Rosie, her friends and her crazy detective programme loving Grandmother stop the saboteur in time ?

It was weird but also successful to re-visit characters I hadn't encountered for so long.Stories like this make me want my own detective agency.

Unfortunately I did solve the mystery of this book before it was revealed but it's the first time that's happened with this series.

I still thought this book was extremely enjoyable though due to the fact they uncover evidence so quickly.

I'd recommend this for people who love Nancy Drew (like me) and are looking for a girly quick read.

I'll definitely be reading the others in the series so I'm rating this :

3 out of 5 stars


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Tomorrow will be the first of my new segment on books I've borrowed from my libraries so please stick around,
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

A-Z Book Tag - Converted from Youtube

As Easy as ABC,

Today I thought I'd do this entertaining tag that I've seen trending on Youtube (although it originally began 2 years ago).

My answers will be listed below with a picture of the book for proof of ownership as well as a small explanation as to why I picked the novel to correspond to a certain letter.

I've been drafting this post since Book Haul #2 so I finally thought I'd publish this today because you're probably sick of just reviews.

The concept and rules are simple :

Basically you have to search through your bookshelves and find a title that corresponds with each letter of the alphabet e.g Dracula for D.

 There's only two rules and it's that you can't use a book that starts with The for a letter other than T e.g you wouldn't be able to use The Hunger Games for H.

Also you have to own the books in physical format therefore Kindle books are not allowed.

Let the tag commence!!!

A is for Across the Universe by Beth Revis

 

I had copious different options for this letter (unlike the other vowels with the exception of 'O') but I picked this paperback due to it's gorgeous cosmic cover and concept that I'm yet to read.

If you want to know more about this novel read this : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9533922-across-the-universe

B is for Bright Lights by Linda Chapman

 

I actually received this book in Primary school whilst working as a librarian for free. The love affair has been endured 5 times (haven't read the sequel,Centre Stage, yet though) and I'd highly recommend it to readers interested in the fame or acting industry because it's in my top 20 all time favourites.

If you want to know more about this novel read this : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/946441.Bright_Lights

C is for Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon


Another freebie!!! Although I  prefer her stand alones (The crazy things girls do for love and Tall,thin and blonde) this series is perfect for someone seeking humour and a theatrical protagonist. Unfortunately I personally believe the series worsens after this book but I'd say this is a definite read for any high school girl.

If you want to know more about this novel read this :
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12372808-confessions-of-a-teenage-drama-queen

D is for Dear Sister (#7 in Sweet Valley High) by Francine Pascal
 
 
My favourite Sweet Valley novel and a favourite of all time. I devoured these within an hour because it's interesting to read about the twins almost becoming opposites of each other due to major event in the story. Who wouldn't love the cheesy 80's cover anyway?
 
If you want to know more about this novel read this :
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38601.Dear_Sister?ac=1


E is for Echoes of Love by Rosie Rushton
 


One of the hardest letters to find this book is part of Rosie's magnificent Jane Austen re-tellings series this modern day version of Persuasion. It will truly tug at the heart-strings with countless flashbacks it's the definition of perfection - especially suited for this time of year. Love, lies and Lizzie by Rosie Rushton (a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice) is as amazing and I'm excited to read more by the author.

If you want to know more about this novel read this :
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7543798-echoes-of-love

F is for Funhouse (Point Horror) by Dianne Hoh

 
I love things that are set at theme parks so the cover was an instant attraction (and of course it's Point Horror- a series I own 75 books from). Not the best book by this author (The invitation is better) and not the best from the series either as I found it pretty predictable.
 
I choose it for this letter based on the points covered in my first sentence though.If you like Final Destination 3 then you'll also enjoy this because the plots are pretty similar.
 
If you want to know more about this novel read this :
 
G is for Generation Dead by Daniel Waters




 
My edition is appalling cover wise compared to the US however the story inside with the undoubtedly amazing plot concept remains.
 
Haven't read this yet but when Halloween is approaching this will definitely be suitable for the TBR.
 
If you want to know more about this novel read this :
 
H is for Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
 
 
Chose this for H because I'm extremely excited to begin this series (I own the sequel too) but another complaint to be made about the comparison of US and UK covers.
 
If you want to know more about the book read this :

 
I is for It can't happen here! (#86 Sweet Valley Twins) by Francine Pascal
 
 
 
I picked this so as to the fact it's my first and only SVT book but it hold a deeper meaning than the SVH books because it contains historical context (plus it's got 12 year old versions of Jessica and Elizabeth. Enough said.)
 
In addition it's my only book beginning with this letter.
 
If you want to know more about the book read this :
 
 
J is for Jaws by Peter Benchely


 
I picked this because it was one of two books I own that begin with J and I quite enjoyed the film so the book it's been adapted from will statistically be better.
 
If you want to know more about the book then read this :

K is for KimiKiss volume 5 by Taro Shimone


I almost believed I didn't have a book for this letter (I'd actually moved onto searching for a book that started with a letter 'N' when I noticed this on the shelf and couldn't believe I'd forgotten about it.


I got this free from a library book promotion thing in November 2012 and devoured it on the same afternoon.

The reason I picked it is that it's the only book I have for this letter and it's my favourite manga novel.

If you want to know more about the book then read this : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7211207-kimikiss-various-heroines-vol-5?ac=1

L is for Last Christmas (Private series) by Kate Brian
 
One of my most anticipated reads so I picked it for this list. This is the prequel to one of my favourite series's Private, surrounding how one of the main characters ended up in a mental asylum. It'll be weird to read about the different characters from a different perspective to Reed Brennan's (the usual narrator of the story who didn't exist on campus when this book is set). I can't wait to read it during the Christmas season.
 
If you want to know more about the book then read this : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7236405-last-christmas-private-prequel


M is for Magenta Orange (Magenta series #1) by Echo Freer



Magenta orange is the first book in yet another of my favourite series's but Shades of Magenta book 3 is my actual favourite from it.

This book is hilarious,poignant and adorable with the added bonus feature of multiple narrative of Magenta, Her neighbour and her best friend. I highly recommend this!

 
If you want to know more about the book then read this : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1483432.Magenta_Orange?ac=1
 
N is for New Years Eve (#3 in Saturday Night series)
 
 
This book is part of Caroline B. Cooney's (one of my favourite authors) Saturday Night series that I'm yet to read but extremely excited for.

I've only read horror themed books by her before so it'll be interesting to see how she handles a different genre. Will most likely be read at the same time as Last Christmas.


If you want to know more about the book then read this :  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2956581-new-year-s-eve
 
 
O is for Overkilll (Point Crime) by Alane Ferguson
 

I usually enjoy the books from the Point Crime series and if it's revolving around dreams (a feature I especially enjoy) then I'm bound to adore it. Plus I can't really complain if it's not as good as my expectations are hyping it to be then it's not much of a loss as it was only 10p.


If you want to know more about the book then read this : 
 
 
P is for P.S Longer Letter Later (Elizabeth and Tara*Starr #1) by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin
 
 
Entirely written in letter format (one of my favourite types) between two best friend this novel was brilliant therefore I'm astounded that I haven't yet purchased the sequel , Snail mail no more.

Although I've never read anything else by the authors (by the time I discovered that the baby-sitter's club books are like miniature SVH I considered them to be too young for my audience) this book has made me eager to.
 

If you want to know more about the book then read this :  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42157.P_S_Longer_Letter_Later?ac=1
 
Q is for nothing unfortunately.
 


R is for Ruby Red by Linzi Glass
 

 
Not from a genre I usually read (historical gypsy romance), I picked up Ruby Red solely to complete the same 4 for 99p deal as Generation Dead. At the minute though I'm beginning to think I might actually enjoy this because the cover has the simple but beautiful effect.


If you want to know more about the book then read this : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2265776.Ruby_Red?ac=1

S is for Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

 
Another novel with Red in the title coincidentally, Sisters Red is my favourite book of 2013 so far. It's a re-telling of my favourite fairy-tale Little Red Riding Hood. The cover art is undeniably remarkable, the use of dual narrative between the two sisters is perfection and the writing style is enchanting. If you haven't read this you're missing out!
 
If you want to know more about the book then read this :



 T is for The Luxe by Anna Godbertson


 
The most common letter of book titles according to the amount of different choices I had but only one book came to mind - The Luxe. Although it's waiting to be read the fact that it's been described as an 19th-20th century Gossip Girl and a cover that's as precious and as beautiful as a diamond ball gown themed cover there's already enough assurance that I'll enjoy it without turning a page.

If you want to know more about the book then read this : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1254951.The_Luxe?ac=1
 
U is for nothing.
 
V is for Vampires Love by Janice Harrell
 

 
When I thought of the letter V the first word that came to mind was Vampire and this book actually has that word at the start of the title. I read the sequel in Primary school ,at least two years before buying this, but have nearly forgot the entire plot but I do remember enjoying it.

If you want to know more about the book then read this : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1288203.Blood_Curse
 
W is for World enough and time by Emma C. Williams
 


My first Giveaway win so this holds a special place in my heart and the book representative of the letter 'W'.

I haven't heard anything about this novel but I personally expect great things as the author herself was extremely pleasant during the brief contact I had with her.

If you want to know more about the book then read this : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15699974-world-enough-and-time?ac=1
 
 
Then Shamefully nothing for X,Y or Z.
 
 

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Bout of Books Read-a-thon Wrap-up

 
It must have been love , but it's over now,

Hey faithful readers!

Today I'll be discussing my overall progress for the Bout of Books read-a-thon. This will include my total amount of books read, pages read,whether or not I triumphed my targets and more.


Let's begin :

Total Book Count - 5 and 1/2 Books

Unfortunately I didn't read all 7 books I set for myself however I'm still pretty pleased with the amount I managed to read as I usually only read 3 books in a week.

Also I had an extremely busy week so it's good that I managed to read so much.

The main thing I'm pleased that read-a-thon accomplished is that my reading slump is officially over ! One cannot dwell on ones failures when something like that is achieved.

In case you haven't kept up to my daily updates (please check them out), the books I read where :
Boys for Beginners by Lil Chase
The Prom Queen (Fear Street) by R.L Stine
Sweet Valley High #88 - Love letters for sale by Francine Pascal
P.S Longer letter later (Elizabeth and Tara*Starr #1) by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin
Megastar Mysteries #6 - SongBird by Annabelle Starr
Sweet Valley High #23 - Say Goodbye by Francine Pascal (I read this but only halfway - hence the 5 books and 1/2)

Did I stick to the TBR I organised for myself ? - Partially

In my defence 4 of the books I read where from the TBR but the other two weren't.

Basically my reasons for not reading the three I missed was because of my prioritisation , distaste (Point Horror - The Prom Date by Diane Hoh),time and emotions regarding reading them at the time they could have been read.

I decided to read P.S Longer letter later rather than Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech because it appealed to me more.

The Crush by Alex Shearer ended up being axed because it had that Friday feel (unintentional Fanta Quote) about it. On Friday you may remember I only read 10 pages of my book (oh the shame) so I couldn't read it.

Usually I have tendency to veer from my monthly TBR's as well because I'll buy something or see a book on my shelf that looks more interesting than the book/s from the TBR.

In addition the main reason for steering away from certain books on the TBR is simply because I don't have the time to read them.

Total Page Count -  1,067 !

Very impressed and enthused by this total in order to the fact that mainly I read around 3,000 pages a month so to read almost half that amount of pages in a week means that I've colossally contributed to a successful page count month !

 In addition this prediction is secured as I've got a week off from Friday 24th May and I always read a book a day whilst I'm off. YAY !

Will I be doing another Read-a-thon in the future ? - YES !!

I certainly will be as I can clarify two definites and one possible read-a-thon I'll be participating in, in the near future.

Firstly Bout of  Books is hosting another wonderful read-a-thon from August 19 - August 25th. I'll probably do better than I did this time because that read-a-thon occurs during the School summer holidays.

Plus on October 12th Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon is happening again. Unfortunately I was busy on the day when the previous one occurred therefore I was unable to participate. Hopefully though I will be able to this time.

The one I'm unsure about is my schools.I don't really know much about it but my Book Club leader mentioned there might be one last week.

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Review - P.S Longer letter later (Elizabeth and Tara*Starr #1) and Final Read-a-thon Update #7

The End is near ! ,

No I'm not talking about doomsday but the unfortunate end of the Bout of Books read-a-thon.

Today's post will feature my final read-a-thon update but the review posting will still continue for a while. However I may have a book haul on Saturday or a Tag from Youtube post so other content will be mixed in.

Also on the subject of my Blog Posts, Would you like a new segment on books I've borrowed from my libraries ? I've been contemplating having a segment like this for a while so I would really appreciate your opinions on it in the comments.

Read-a-thon Update #7 :
Finished Megastar Mysteries #6 - Songbird by Annabelle Starr so a review will be up soon.

Going to start and finish hopefully Sweet  Valley High #23 - Say Goodbye by Francine Pascal tonight.

Then I'll start reading Looking for Alaska by John Green which I'm very excited  for as the author has received a copious amount of hype. It's his debut novel so it's a good book to start with for his writing.

My post tomorrow will be summing up my Read-a-thon experience (the books I read , the amount of pages I read etc) so be sure to check that out!


Let the reviewing commence :

 
Book name - P.S Longer letter later
 
Series - #1 in Elizabeth and Tara*Starr series
 
Authors - Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin
 
Page count - 267 pages
 
Time spent reading - 16th May - 18th May
 
Review :
 
I borrowed and read this book from the library last year and when it appeared on the library book sale for 10p I automatically bought it due to my adoration of it.
 
Sometimes when I re-read a book I loved first time around it isn't as good as I remembered e.g Point Horror - The Baby-sitter by R.L Stine. But with this book that's definitely not the case !
 
It basically revolves around two very different best friends and how they deal with their separation by keeping contact through letters.
 
The characters are very original and people who I would be friends with if they existed. This is because their personalities express features I'm very poignant to.
 
The letter format galvanises you to be hooked.In addition the letters contain content such as lists so it's not written solely in one writing style.
 
I now urgently desire the sequel ,Snail Mail no more, therefore I'm rating this :
 
 
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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Review - Sweet Valley High #88 - Love Letters for sale and Read-a-thon Update #6

The promise I made,Is starting to fade,

I didn't intend to make not posting on a Friday a habit but somehow it's become one. I sincerely apologise for the lack of a post but as I mentioned in Thursday's post (check it out if you haven't already) I was really busy.

So busy in fact that I only read 10 pages yesterday... Oh the shame ! I've never done that before and when I finally did commit the crime it's during read-a-thon week. Talk about bad timing.

On a more positive note though I did win a Goodreads Giveaway today for a book called The Academy : Game on by Monica Seles. I'm pretty excited because a) it takes place at a boarding school b) the plot sounds amazing and c) it's been compared to another series that extremely excited for - The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter.

Read-a-thon Update #6 :
I've decided that I want to reference songs in all my introductory lines hence the Girls Aloud lyric that refers to the broken promise of posting a Read-a-thon Update daily.

Moving on to the actual update , I finished P.S Longer letter later by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin today so a review will be up tomorrow instead of double Gatsby review. This is because I couldn't get into the book because the writing was too complicated.

Currently I'm reading Megastar Mysteries #6 - Songbird by Annabelle Star. I read some of the series when I was 11 and couldn't resist revisiting the series Today when I spotted one in the library. I haven't read this one before and I'm 24 pages in at the moment. The font is larger than my usual reads and this makes the story fast-paced. It's so awesome that it's encouraged me to read the others that I haven't read from the series.

Plan on finishing it tomorrow then reading Sweet Valley High #23 - Say Goodbye by Francine Pascal afterwards to signify the end of this challenge.

Review time now :

 
Book name - Love Letters for sale

Series - #88 in Sweet Valley High

Author - Francine Pascal

Page count - 156 pages

Time spent reading - 14th May - 15th May

Review :

I only purchased this last week for 10p in my favourite charity shop in the world but due to unstoppable manic anticipation I read it this week as a special treat for reaching the middle of the read-a-thon.

This is one of my favourite series and the plot for this one sounded particularly interesting.

It definitely didn't disappoint because it's now my second favourite SVH novel (after #7 Dear Sister) !

The concept is amazing :

Elizabeth and Jessica decide to become entrepreneurs by starting their own letter-writing business (this has now become one of my ambitions but unfortunately nobody writes letters as much as they did in the 80's).

Todd , Elizabeth's boyfriend, is suspicious and feels neglected by his girlfriend during the scheme as Elizabeth won't reveal anything about the business.

Therefore when one of the twins 'friends' begins developing a crush on him and uses the letter writing service to win his heart Todd and Elizabeth's relationship is in jeopardy! Will Todd betray his true love ?


*Sweet Spoilers *

Jessica in a relationship that's lasted longer than a fortnight? Sounds hard to believe but that's her status in this book.This was weird because one of my favourite characteristics of her is the flirt trait but I'm happy she's settling down.

The parts that seemed to foreshadow an E.W + T.W break-up almost had me having a break down therefore I was rather relieved by the unbelievably adorable penultimate chapter's scenes at the end.

*Spoilers Over *
 
Especially can't wait for my other Sweet Valley High read tomorrow after my successful devouring of this.
 
Because I had absolutely no problems with this book, I'm rating it :
 

5 out of 5 stars



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Off to watch Eurovision now,
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