Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High School burned down. The blaze killed three and injured twenty, and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. For two decades, little was revealed about what became known as the Johnson Incident. Until now. A diary has been found in the ruins of the school. In this diary, Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly's twin, tells of the strange and disturbing sequence of events leading to the incident. But Kaitlyn doesn't exist. She never has.
My review - First things first, I LOVE the cover of this book! And the pages, it works so well with the creepiness of this book!
This book was perfect for a Halloween Read. It had the right amount of creepy that I was kind of scared to read it at night, but I did and then my coat fell of the chair in the kitchen and I screamed, but it was so worth it!
I have been in a reading slump for a good couple of weeks but this book got my right out of it! This was so interesting on how the story was told. It was mainly made up of diary entries, police reports, police interviews, notes, videos etc..
It talks about a fire that happened at Elmbridge High School 25 years ago. 3 people died, many injured and one missing - Carly Johnson. No one really new what happened until a diary is found in the ruins written by her twin Kaitlyn...except Kaitlyn never existed.
This book really kept me on my toes! The evidence really comes together as you read this book which makes you want to read it more to find out the whole truth and what really happened at that school 25 years ago.
Also this is Dawns debut novel and just wow! This was such a brilliant creepy YA debut novel! I haven't read many creepy YA books but this one is at the top for me. It was so dark and twisted that it was the perfect book for this time of year.
Dawn has done a brilliant job with this dark, creepy book that I will recommend to everyone who hasn't read it yet, especially for Halloween....if you're brave enough.
Assassin's Creed by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery illustrated by Neil Edwards and Ivan Nunes
Charlotte de la Cruz is overeducated and underemployed, wasting her time in a dead-end job in San Diego, and spending her free time chasing down conspiracy theories on the dark side of the internet. When a real-life conspiracy crashes into her life, she's pulled into the orbit of the Assassins, a mysterious organisation of principled killers with roots stretching back thousands of years – and users of the stolen Animus technology, which allows them to experience the memories of their ancestors as if they were there! Charlotte has a secret in her blood... the genetic memory of an ancestor who was in Salem at the time of the infamous witch trails: Tom Stoddard, an Assassin who witnessed a dark act with repercussions for the present day! As Charlotte is trained in the Assassins' art, and as she begins to investigate the life of her ancestor... the forces of the Templar Order move against her. Will Charlotte learn the skills she needs to survive, and the truth she needs to prove her worth - before the Templars silence her forever?!
~ I was sent a copy of this comic from the publishers, this in no way impacts my review~
I give it - 5/5
My review - It has been a long time since I have read a comic. Especially a great comic like this.
I am a big fan of Assassin's Creed. I adore the games so I was very excited when this, surprisingly, came through my mail box. It was a very nice surprise!
The first thing that had me drawn to this comic was the cover, the fact that there was a female assassin on the front. That had me very intrigued and I couldn't wait to get stuck into it!
In this comic we follow Charlotte, she is very smart and works at a job she's too good for. She is then scouted by the brotherhood for her ancestors memories. She has an ancestor who was an assassin.
This comic was 1 of 5 and it was very quick but very good and it left me wanting more! I enjoyed all of the comic as I think Charlotte is a great main character and I cannot wait to see how she gets on with the training and if she survives with the Templars hot on her trail.
The illustrations where beautiful in this comic! Neil and Ivan did a brilliant job!
All in all, a great start to a mini-series that I am very excited to see how it goes!
Ducks growing out of bananas? A mouse catching a cat? What's wrong with this book? Yes, there's something strange, something funny and even downright preposterous on every page of this book (and even the cover!). But it's not a mistake - it's nonsense! And it's also surrealism. Nonsense lies at the heart of many beloved nursery rhymes. Children readily accept odd statements like "the cow jumped over the moon" and "the dish ran away with the spoon." This fanciful bending of reality is also basic to surrealism. In this book, nonsense and surrealism combine to spark creativity and imagination. What's true? What's impossible? What's absolutely absurd? From Eric Carle, creator of the classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, comes a book to make children laugh and think, preparing them for a lifetime of loving both words and art.
~I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my review~
I give it - 4/5 My review - well, this picture book had me laughing all the way through it. I'm 21 and I adored this book. You're never too old for picture books, especially one as funny as this!
This was a quick and easy read that I loved and I think kids and even adults would enjoy this.
Also Eric created the very hungry caterpillar, one book I LOVED when I was younger so I was very happy when I got asked to have a read of this one.
I mean, come on, how can you not laugh at this picture!
I think kids would love this picture book as it is very silly and very funny. The illustrations are beautiful and the whole thing is just great! So if you're looking at picking up a book for your child or even yourself, then I recommend this one.
Geeky girl meets famous boy . . . what could go wrong? Tuesday Cooper is happy being normal -doing her a-levels and indulging in her twin obsessions: buying weird vintage clothes in charity shops and writing her beloved music blog (which nobody ever reads). Her love for music started when she was thirteen and had a massive crush on Jackson Griffith, teen rock god and SUPER HOT LOVE OF HER LIFE. Now Tuesday's eighteen and has moved on to fancying boys in real life and Jackson went off the celebrity radar years ago. So it can't be him that's messaging her on her blog, can it? From one girl's computer to the pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival, this is a love story for anyone who has ever wished that someone would sing a love song just for them. Dreams can come true . . .
My review - This was a really enjoyable, festival book!
I do wish I read it in the season of the festivals though! But I still enjoyed it.
Tuesday was a really interesting character, I love the name first of all, Tuesday is a blogger and one day someone starts commenting on her blog post called Jackson Griffith. At first, Tuesday and her friends think it is just someone messing around with her until one day Tuesday finds out that it is really THE Jackson Griffith. A super hot rockstar who she has been in love with for years. But after meeting him she realises she will have to deal with her boyfriend, also she has to figure out why her best friend has suddenly became cold and is having relationship problems with her girlfriend.
Jackson is not perfect, he is very flawed but you can see why Tuesday adores him.
I really loved the mother/daughter relationship. Not only does Tuesday have a really funny mother but they talk to each other like best friends and it was lovely.
I love the character of Tuesday, how she reacts to meeting her all time favourite singer, I'm pretty sure the majority of us would do the same thing if that happened to us. I know I would!
All in all, a very fun, I really loved the ending and I think it rounded the story off very nicely!
Alice Salmon young, smart, ambitious - with her whole life ahead of her. Until the night she mysteriously drowns. Nobody knows how or why. But Alice left a few clues: her diary, texts, emails, and presence on social media Alice is gone but fragments of the life she led remain - and in them might lie the answer to what really happened to her - if only someone can piece it all together before it vanishes for ever . . .
I give it - 4/5 My review - This was a really intriguing book!
This book is about Alice, she mysteriously drowned and no one knows how or why. This book is mainly filled with emails, diary entries, police statements, blog entries, notes on laptops etc...and it really makes the story come together.
This book has a little bit of everything, suspense, mystery and romance and it was really, really interesting.
This book had me gripped from the very beginning, it had many twists in this book that had me keep on reading to find out the whole truth in this story.
It was really well written and T.R. Richmond did a really great job of doing different characters in this book.
At first when reading the book I wanted to know what happened to Alice, was she murdered, did she slip or did she commit suicide? But, after a few chapters in I realised that wasn't the only thing I was going to find out but a lot more then I expected.
This book was brilliant and I really enjoyed every second of it.
It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.
The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.
But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?
My review - I've been putting of reading this book for awhile as I have heard mixed things for it but then I decided to give it a go and I don't regret it.
It was fantastic.
Cara's family have to deal with The Accident Season. Each year in October accidents happen to their family. The worst when her father was killed during the month of October. Cara's mother prepares by getting all medical supplies in, making the kids where many layers and basically baby-proofing the house to keep her and the kids safe during this month. Now they are older strange things are happen. Cara is seeing a girl in all her pictures that she used to talk to in school and has now disappeared. We follow Cara, her older sister Alice, their brother Sam (who technically isn't their brother as their parents met when Cara and Sam where little) and Cara's best friend Bea, they are trying to find out what happened to the girl who went missing whilst dealing with The Accident Season, they find out a lot more then they bargained for.
This YA book has a little bit of everything, suspense, supernatural, mystery and a little bit of romance (which I really, REALLY loved.)
This book had me gripped from the beginning. It was really creepy and it was a really great read for the month of October, since the book is set in the last two weeks of October.
It was beautifully written and very captivating and one of my favourite YA books of 2015.
It's the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O'Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there's a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma. The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can't remember what happened, she doesn't know how she got there. She doesn't know why she's in pain. But everyone else does. Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don't want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town's heroes . .
My review - This book is not for the faint hearted. It is a book that will make you emotional, it made me angry whilst reading it. Not because it wasn't good, it was phenomenal, but because of the topic. It is such an important topic and this book speaks the truth about it. Because stuff like this happens and will carrying on happening until action is taken.
Louise has held nothing back when writing this book and that is a really good thing. This book made me cry.
Yes the main character is mean, but does that mean what happened to her should have happened? No. This book also tackles the topic of victim blaming. Because it wasn't her fault, she wasn't asking for it. But when the pictures get posted online people are saying something different saying she did ask for it. Social media is a horrible thing when it comes to a topic like this and the main character, Emma, learns it from the hard way, by basically being ridiculed online.
This is one book I won't forget. Louise has done a brilliant job with this book. I would encourage ever young adult to read this if you haven't already. Yes it will leave you upset and really angry. It is really well written and talks about victim blaming and consent.
The best YA book of 2015 I have read and one that will stick with me.
One of the King's knights has gone missing. Sent to explore the mysterious Wild Wood, which no-one dares visit and some say are enchanted, he has vanished in the snow. Tiuri - now Sir Tiuri after carrying out his last perilous mission - has to find him.
With his best friend and squire, Piak, he must journey into the heart of a terrifying, secret forest realm, where danger is all around and every path leads you astray. It is a place of lost, overgrown cities and ancient curses; of robbers, princesses and strange Men in Green; of old friends and treacherous new enemies and a secret plot that threatens to bring down the entire kingdom.
This gripping, spellbinding sequel to The Letter for the King sees a hero facing his greatest test, surrounded by darkness in a world where good and evil wear the same face, and the wrong move could cost his life but where help comes from the unlikeliest of places.
First things first, this is such a beautiful book. When I first opened it there was a map on the inside and when you took of the dust cover there was a beautiful imprint on the book, just wow at the design on the whole book.
I am a big fan of fantasy books and this one is at the top for me. From the first page I was pulled into this fantasy world surrounded by all the wonderful characters.
I really love the world building in this book. I love how Tanke has built her own fantasy world. The story and characters where very engaging.
Also, Laura Watkinson has done a wonderful job in translating this book!
The story is very intriguing filled with, journeys, sword fights and friendship. We meet a lot characters we already know from the previous book and get to meet a handful of interesting characters as well.
This was a fantastic fantasy story that will have you gripped from the very first page. It will transport you into the book and you feel like you are apart of this brilliant story.
Hannah adores her older sister, Jenny – they are the best of friends, but different in every other way. Jenny dreams of leaving the States and flying to the UK to visit the places where their English mother grew up. But Jenny’s dream turns to a nightmare when she vanishes without a trace.
Hannah and her father arrive in England to a big police investigation. As Hannah gets to know some of Jenny’s friends and acquaintances, she realises that families can hide the biggest secrets of all . . .
~ I was sent a copy of this book from the publishers this in no way impacts my review~
I give it - 5/5
My review - This is the first book I have read by Laura Jarratt and I can tell it won't be the last. This book was fantastic and I loved every second of it.
In this story we follow Hannah, her sister Jenny went over to the UK to work when Hannah get's a strange text from Jenny - I need you. Please Come. - then the day after her family gets a phone call, Jenny has gone missing. So Hannah and her dad fly over to the UK to the place where she was working and to talk to police and help as much as they can. Hannah keeps receiving texts from Jenny which are strange and don't give much away. Hannah starts questioning everyone she can, even the cute boy who works with the birds. Not everything is as it seems for Hannah. As she starts to question people and gets more texts she figures out there is a lot more going on with her family then she thought.
This story had me on the edge. It had me guessing until the end and I loved the twist in this story. It was so beautiful at times and also heartbreaking. I shed a few tears at times as this book really got to me. It was so well written and I really enjoyed the suspense in this book.
Laura has written such a brilliant book. It had me gripped from the very first page and I didn't put it down once, I read it in one sitting and even after I finished it I couldn't stop thinking about how amazing this book was.
This book has a little bit of everything, drama, suspense and even some romance and I am recommending it to everyone if you haven't read this yet.